The Red Wings dropped a heartbreaker on Thursday, falling to the Gwinnett Braves 2-1. Despite a great starting effort from Yohan Pino (1-1), the Wings could not get the bats going when it counted, as they went 0-9 with runners in scoring position. Pino went 6.1 innings, allowing only two earned runs, in what was his best outing in Triple-A to date. Rob Delaney finished off the game, going 1.2 innings, lowering his earned run average to 3.68.
Offensively, the Wings got a multi-hit game from Trevor Plouffe, who has been on fire the past two games, After notching two hits on Wednesday, the shortstop got two more on Thursday, and has raised his average to .245 from .239 in the process. Dustin Martin picked up a hit, and his 19th stolen base of the season, and with his one hit, Steven Tolleson has now hit safely in ten of his last 11 contests. He is batting over .300 since being promoted from Double-A.
New Britain Rock Cats
New Britain got a strong start from Mike McCardell on Thursday, and some great relief, as they topped New Hampshire 2-1. McCardell worked five innings of one-run ball, earning his first win of the season, and walked only one. Carlos Gutierrez worked two scoreless innings for his second hold of the season, and Alex Burnett lowered his earned run average to 1.88 after 0.2 innnings of work. Anthony Slama notched his 21st save of the season, striking out four in 1.1 innings to seal the game for the Cats.
The Cats got big efforts from a number of players on Thursday, as Brian Dinkelman, Luke Hughes, and Juan Portes all had two-hit games. In fact, New Britain had numerous chances to break open the game, as they left 12 runners on base. In all, they went 1-8 with runners in scoring position. Hughes picked up an RBI in the contest, his 13th of the season, and also walked. With his two hits, Dinkelman ran his hit streak to three games, and Portes broke a five game slide with his two knocks.
Fort Myers Miracle
The Miracle were blanked on Thursday, falling to Clearwater 2-0, as they could muster only four hits in the contest. Steven Hirschfield was dominant on the bump for the Miracle, striking out seven in six innings of shutout ball. He has been phenomenal all season for Fort Myers, as he lowered his earned run average to 2.06 in the game. He also walked no batters. Dakota Watts picked up his second loss of the season in relief, as he allowed all the runs in the game in only 1.2 innings of relief. Joe Testa threw a third of an inning to finish off the game.
Not much to talk about in the way of offense for the Miracle on Thursday, as Chris Parmelee's 18th double of the season may have been the only bright spot. Evan Bigley, Nicholas Romero, and Alex Soto joined Parmelee in the hit column, but that was all the Miracle would get on this night.
The Snappers exploded for ten runs on Thursday, unfortunately, Great Lakes scored 11, as the team dropped a high-scoring affair 11-10. Dan Osterbrock pitched fairly well at the outset of the game, working five innings of four-run ball, striking out seven. However, he did walked four, and struggled with his command all night long. Michael Allen and Steven Blevins pitched well in relief, as they combined to go four innings, while allowing only one run, but Kyle Carr was rocked, as he blew his first save of the season.
Angel Morales led the way offensively for the Snappers, picking up four hits in the contest. The top prospect hit his 14th double, scored and drove in a run, and also swiped his tenth bag of the season. Nathan Hanson had three hits in the game, including his 15th double, and he also drove in his 23rd run of the season. James Beresford, Tyler Ladendorf, and Drew Thompson all had two hits in the game, and Michael Harrington drove in two runs. In all, the team went 7-18 with runners in scoring position.