TMLN- Slowey Flirts With Perfection

In this edition of TMLN, the Red Wings lose their home opener, the Rock Cats get rained out, the Miracle ride Kevin Slowey's almost perfect arm, and the Beloit Snappers lose an extra innings affair. All that and more.

Rochester Red Wings: The Red Wings lost their home opener on Saturday, dropping a 4-1 contest against the Syracuse SkyChiefs. Newly acquired Ryan Glynn (0-1) got the start for the Wings, and his day did not last as long as planned. In 4.2 innings of work, Glynn allowed four runs (two earned) in picking up his first loss of the season. Rochester's relieving core pitched well for the rest of the game, holding the Chiefs scoreless from the sixth inning on. Henry Bonilla, Mike Smith, Jason Miller, and Beau Kemp combined to pitch 4.1 innings of scoreless relief, striking out eight along the way. Kemp was most impressive, as he struck out the side in the ninth inning.

Offensively, the Red Wings forgot their bats in Syracuse, as they scored their only run on a double play. Shortstop Jason Bartlett scored the only run of the night for the Wings, as he went 1-3 on the night. He also stroked a double, which turned out to be one of only two extra-base hits in game for Rochester. Terry Tiffee also added a double, and Chris Heintz had the only other base hit for the Wings. They face Syracuse once again at home on Sunday, as they look to get back on the winning track. J.D. Durbin (0-0) takes the ball for Rochester on Sunday, as he faces David Purcey (0-0).

New Britain Rock Cats: The Cats were rained out on Saturday, as they were looking to grab their first win of the season. The field was deemed unplayable, and the Cats will look to win their first game of the season in a 1:35pm start on Sunday. Errol Simonitsch will take the ball for the Rock Cats, as they try not to make the weekend a complete loss.

Fort Myers Miracle: The Miracle won their third straight on Saturday, topping the Sarasota Reds 11-7. Kevin Slowey got the start for Fort Myers and looked great, striking out eight in 5.2 innings of work while putting together a perfect game going into the sixth. The young right-hander also allowed no earned runs, while walking only one along the way. He gave way to Josh Hill, who got lit up, allowing two earned runs in his one inning of relief. Ryan Callahan was the next Miracle pitcher and he got the distinct honor of blowing a save and winning a game, as his third of an inning proved to be the clincher. Alexander Farfan tossed the last two innings of the game, allowing no earned runs on one hit.

The Miracle bats were working on Saturday, as they combined to score 11 runs on 11 hits. Four Miracle batters collected multi-hit games, with Erold Andrus leading the way in this one. Andrus, who was picked up in the Rule-5 draft from the Yankees, drove in six runs, and smashed the go-ahead Grand Slam in the seventh inning. Alexi Casilla and David Winfree also picked up two hits, while Garrett Guzman stayed hot stroking two hits as well. The left fielder, who missed the entire 2005 season, is batting .444 this season, and is one of the main bats in the Fort Myers lineup. On a down note, Trevor Plouffe made his third error in as many games, as he continues to struggle with te glove. The Miracle try to sweep the series on Sunday, as Jay Rainville (0-0)gets the start at home.

Beloit Snappers: The Snappers lost their first game of the season on Saturday, dropping an extra innings affair against the Cedar Rapids Kernels. They had won their first two games of the season against the Kernels, and sent Adam Hawes to the mound for game three of the four-game set. Hawes, who led the Appalachian League in ERA in 2005, was more than impressive, as he held the Kernels scoreless during his six innings of work. In all, he struck out four, walked one, and allowed only three hits. He gave way to left-hander Alexander Smit, who allowed an unearned run in his inning of work. Danny Vais picked up a blown save on this night, as he allowed an earned run on three hits in his 1.2 inning appearance. Yohan Pino, who picked up the win on Friday, was the next to take the ball, and he held the Kernels scoreless in 1.1 innings of work. The loss went to Jose Lugo, who allowed two big runs in the top of the tenth inning.

While they only scored two runs, the Snappers were definitely seeing the ball well on Saturday, as they accounted for 14 hits. Five Snappers had multi-hit games, with Eli Tintor and Caleb Moore leading the way with three apiece. Moore also had two doubles on the night, and Tintor scored one of the Snappers two runs. Paul Kelly, Dwyane White, and Tarrence Patterson each had two-hit games, and Henry Sanchez added a double in the losing effort. The Snappers finish off their four-game set against the Kernels on Sunday, with Ryan Mullins taking the ball in the series finale.

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