New Britain Rock Cats: The Rock Cats dropped a 7-4 affair against Trenton on Monday, in a game that had some special meaning. Gary Sheffield, the Yankees' slugging right-fielder was in New Britain on a rehab assignment. Add to that the fact that Phillip Hughes, the Yankees' number one prospect was on the hill, the Cats definitely had their work cut out for them. Adam Harben (1-2) lasted only three innings as the Cats' starter, which was his shortest outing since a three inning outing on April 11. He allowed a season-high four earned runs, and walked a season-high five batters in his worst outing of the year. Tristan Crawford took the ball in relief, and decently during his four innings of work. He allowed three runs (one earned), and struck out five along the way. The final pitcher of the night for the Cats was Robert Korecky, and he had the best outing of the bunch. He failed to allow an earned run for the fourth straight outing, and set a season-high with three strikeouts.
Felix Molina carried the Cats' offensively, as he continues to swing a hot bat. In May, the second baseman is batting .370, and has hit safely in his last six games. Of those six games, three have been multi-hit efforts, and he is now second in the organization with six home runs. Douglas Deeds scored two runs in the game, and he now has four runs in the last three games. He also has a three-game hitting streak, and is batting .308 during the month of May. J.R. Taylor had his first hit in the last three games, as he tries desperately to get over the Mendoza Line. In 31 games this season, the slick-fielding shortstop is batting only .194, and has not had a multi-hit game since April 13. The Cats are currently 5.0 games out of first place in the Eastern League, and have a record of 18-21.
Fort Myers Miracle: The Miracle survived a bad start from Kyle Aselton, as they completed a sweep of St. Lucie during their 6-5 victory on Monday. Aselton went only 2.2 innings in his shortest outing of the season, and allowed a season-high five earned runs. He struggled with his command throughout the outing, walking five batters, and tossing two wild pitches. Ryan Callahan (2-2) picked up his first win since April 8, as he continued his dominance at home this season. In six home appearances, Callahan has posted a 0.68 earned run average, and has collected both of his wins. Joshua Hill picked up his second hold of the season, as he broke a string of five appearances allowing an earned run. His scoreless inning was the first time he did not let up an earned run since May 1, and he now has a 10.50 ERA during the month of May. Jonathan Martinez picked up his eighth save of the season, as his last two saves have been of the multiple inning variety. He also struck out two batters for the second straight outing, and has not allowed an earned run in three straight appearances.
Jeremy Pickrel drove in three runs on the night, and now has four RBI during the last two games. He picked up his first hits in the last five games, and he is now four for his last 29. Garrett Guzman continued his torrid batting, and has now hit safely in his last four games. During that time, he has gone 8-17, and has three multi-hit efforts. Trevor Plouffe, who was playing the role of designated hitter for the first time since May 11, scored twice in the game, the first time he has scored more than once since April 13. He is struggling badly this month, batting .140 during his 18 appearances. Matt Tolbert ran his personal hitting streak to three games, and scored his first run since May 10. Fort Myers is currently one game behind Dunedin for first place in the Florida State League Western division.
Beloit Snappers: The Snappers lost their third straight game to Peoria on Monday, and are now one loss away from being swept. Brian Duensing (2-2) got the start for Beloit, but ended up on the losing end of a 2-1 contest. Duensing pitched great once again, and has put up great numbers in the month of May. In his four appearances, Duensing has posted a 1.53 earned run average, and Monday was his first loss since April 12. He went 7.1 innings in the game, allowed two earned runs, and struck out six. Frank Mata was the only other pitcher for the Snappers in the game, and he did not allow and earned run for the second straight outing. The former top-30 prospect has now allowed an earned run in only one of his last five outings, and currently has a 3.00 earned run average in May.
Tarrence Patterson went 1-3 on the night, and picked up his first double since April 23. He also picked up a walk in the game, giving him at least one in the last four games. Eli Tintor went 1-4 on the night, and scored the only run of the night for Beloit. He also smacked a double, and has now hit safely in four of his last five appearances. The double was also his second in the last five games, and his third extra-base hit in that span as well. Josh Land also went 1-4, and drove in the only run of the night for Beloit. He has shown the ability to hit doubles, as he has three already since being called up from Extended Spring Training during the middle of this month. The RBI was his first in his last five games, and only his third all season. The Snappers are currently 22-21 on the season, and are 3.5 games back in the Midwest League Western division.