Garrett Jones continues to swing a hot bat to open the 2008 season, as the right fielder picked up two more knocks on Monday. Brian Buscher, Randy Ruiz, and Matt Macri also had two hits in the contest, with both of Macri's hits going for extra-bases (double, triple). Ruiz drove in two in the game, and Buscher and Jose Morales also doubled in the contest. Buscher and Macri also drove in a run a piece.
New Britain: The Rock Cats were off on Monday, and will host the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Tuesday and Wednesday in a quick two-game set.
Fort Myers Miracle:The Miracle finally got a little offense, but the pitching let them down, as Dunedin smacked 17 hits in their 7-4 victory. Miracle starter Alex Burnett allowed 12 hits in only four innings of work, as the young right-hander allowed five runs in the contest. Anthony Slama pitched well in relief, tossing two innings of shutout ball, while striking out two. Matthew Fox pitched the final two innings of the contest, allowing two earned run on four hits. He also walked one and struck out one.
Brian Dinkelman and Rene Tosoni led the way offensively for the Miracle, as they both collected two hits in the contest. Dinkelman hit his second double of the season, while driving in a run. Tosoni picked up his first RBI of the season, as he boosted his batting average to .417. Slugger Danny Valencia continues to tear the cover off the ball in 2008, and could be promoted to New Britain very soon. Valencia drove in his sixth and seventh run of the young season, had his third double, and also scored once.
Beloit Snappers: The Snappers got a solid starting effort from Brian Kirwan, another home run from Chris Parmelee, and great defense, as they blanked Peoria 8-0 on Monday. Kirwan allowed only one hit in his 5.2 innings of work, walking one while four before handing the ball off to Charles Nolte. Nolte tossed his second straight scoreless outing, blanking the Chiefs over 2.1 innings, and Blair Erickson finished off the game with a perfect ninth.
Slugger Chris Parmelee hit his third home run of the season, a solo shot in the sixth, as he collected his first multi-hit game of the season. Three of his four hits this season have been of the longball variety, and he has now homered in three straight games. Catcher Dan Lehmann doubled and scored twice, and the team got great production from the top of the lineup as well. Steven Singleton and Joe Benson combined for four hits in the contest, collecting three RBI, though they combined to get caught stealing three times.