Right-handed starter Dan Osterbrock tossed a complete game, seven inning no-hitter on Saturday, as he picked up his second win of the season. Coming off being named Midwest League Pitcher of the Week, Osterbrock may take home the honor again this week, as he lowered his earned run average to 2.19 for the season. A former Appalachian League All-Star, Osterbrock is in his second season with the Snappers, though he could be in Fort Myers very soon.
Osterbrock got some big help from top prospect Aaron Hicks, who doubled three times in the game. The speedster also scored a run, as he raised his average to .319 on the season. Michael Gonzales and James Beresford also drove in runs in the contest, with Gonzales hitting his second double of the season.
Miracle Rally Late, Down St. Lucie
Shooter Hunt picked up his first win of the season on Saturday, as the Miracle scored three runs in the top of the ninth to erase a 3-2 deficit. Nate Hanson and Jair Fernandez led the offense with two runs batted in a piece, as Hanson hit his first home run of the season. Fernandez also doubled in the game, as the team backed a strong starting effort from Michael Tarsi. Drew Thompson doubled and walked in the game.
In the top of the ninth, the Mets sent in Jose Bierd, which would prove to undo them. Evan Bigley started the frame with a single, and was moved to second on a Deibinson Romero walk. After a Hanson strikeout on a bunt, Fernandez's double plated two. He would later score on a Jonathan Goncalves single.
Cats' Bats Silent Again in Loss
Staff ace Carlos Gutierrez had his best start of the season on Saturday, but the bats once again were silent, as the Cats lost 4-1 to Portland. The right-hander went six innings, striking out four, and allowed only one earned run. Usually reliable Spencer Steedley was hit hard in his two innings of relief, allowing three earned, while walking two. He also failed to strike a batter out.
Rene Tosoni led the way offensively, which is no big shock, as the sweet-swinger is batting .347 on the young season. He paced a four-hit attack by picking up two hits in the game, as only Alex Soto and Toby Gardenhire also had hits in the game. Tosoni is the only Cats regular batting over .300 in 2010.
Fox Dominant In Spot Start for Wings
Matt Fox, a former first round draft pick, was dominant in a spot start for Rochester, tossing five innings of two-hit ball. Jose Lugo and Kyle Waldrop worked a combined three innings of shutout relief for the Wings, before giving the ball to Closer Anthony Slama for his sixth save of the season. With the 1-0 win, the Wings notched their tenth win of the season.
The Wings got a major contribution from their 2,3, and 4 hitters on Saturday, as they combined for all seven of the teams' hits. Brian Dinkelman led the way, picking up three hits including a triple, and Trevor Plouffe and Danny Valencia each had two knocks. With his three hits on Saturday, Dinkelman is now batting .329, and looks good in that third spot in the lineup. Dustin Martin drove in his organizational-best 18th run of the season.