On Tuesday, the Cedar Rapids Kernels had the day off. So did Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario. Sano and Rosario got their first days off due to minor injuries. The Red Wings played the longest game in the Twins organization so far this year, 16 innings. The Rock Cats bats definitely got going. And, the Miracle got a nice pitching performance to make up for the loss of their top two hitters.
Jairo Rodriguez was promoted from Cedar Rapids to Fr. Myers. Bryan Santy was sent back to Extended Spring Training. Here is what happened on Tuesday.
Rochester Red Wings 8, Toledo Mud Hens 7 (16 innings)
Let’s jump right to the 16th
inning. With the score knotted at five apiece and one out, Ray Olmedo doubled and scored the go-ahead run on a Doug Bernier single. Soon after, Chris Colabello, who was previously 0-7 with three strikeouts and two errors, hit a two-run homer, his eighth of the year, to give the team an 8-5 lead.
In the bottom half of the inning, Virgil Vasquez made just his second career relief appearance. He got the first two outs quickly before issuing a walk to Quinton Berry. Following the ever-annoying “Defensive Indifference,” Nick Castellanos singled him in to cut the lead to two runs. The next batter, Jordan Lennerton, singled as well. Avisail Garcia singled in Castellanos to cut the lead to one. With the tying run at third base, Vasquez got a strikeout to end the game.
Ray Olmedo led the offense. He had three doubles in seven at bats. Doug Bernier was 3-6 with three RBI. Joe Benson was 2-6 with a walk and two doubles. Evan Bigley and Eric Farris were each 2-7.
The Red Wings used nine pitchers in the game. PJ Walters put together a quality start. He gave up two runs on six hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out eight. Rafael Perez threw another 1-2-3 inning. Luis Perdomo gave up a run in the eighth inning on two hits while striking out two. Tyler Robertson got two outs, one via strikeout. Dan Turpen got three outs, one on a strikeout. Michael O’Connor got just one out and gave up two runs (1 earned) on two hits. Shairon Martis came on and threw 3.2 innings of one-hit ball and he struck out four. Caleb Thielbar, in earning the win, got four outs, three on strikeouts; he walked two and gave up a hit. Virgil Vasquez came on and recorded the save despite giving up two runs on three hits and a walk in the 16th
Kyle Gibson returns to the mound to face Toledo on Wednesday night.
New Britain Rock Cats 6, Portland Sea Dogs 5
The Rock Cats bats definitely were working in this game. Danny Santana went 3-5 with his fourth and fifth doubles. Josmil Pinto was 3-5 with his seventh double, raising his average to .347. Antoan Richardson was 2-5 with his sixth double. Jhon Goncalves was 2-5 with his fifth double. Dan Rohlfing went 1-2 with two walks. Mark Sobolewski hit his first home run. AJ Pettersen was hit by a pitch and walked. In four games with the Rock Cats he has been hit by a pitch four times.
BJ Hermsen, getting the win, was the beneficiary of the great run support. He gave up four runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings. Edgar Ibarra gave up one run on one hit and one walk in one inning. He struck out two. Bruce Pugh gave up one hit over two scoreless innings. Aaron Thompson recorded his second save with a 1-2-3 inning.
New Britain plays a morning game on Wednesday (9:35 a.m. central time) and will send Pat Dean to the mound.
Ft. Myers Miracle 4, Tampa Yankees 2
No Miguel Sano? No Eddie Rosario? No problem on this night as the Miracle topped the Yankees 4-2. Sano thinks that he will miss two games after being hit on the elbow by a pitch a night earlier. Rosario was also out with a minor injury and is expected to return to the lineup quickly. It was the first game either of them has not played in this season.
Jason Wheeler put together the best start of his season. The lefty worked seven strong innings. He gave up one run on four hits. He struck out five and walked none. Chad Rodgers came on for the eighth inning. He gave up one run on two hits and a walk while striking out two. Zack Jones struck out the side in the ninth inning to record his sixth save.
Aderlin Mejia had a nice game. He went 1-2 with two walks, his second double and his first stolen base. Kennys Vargas went 2-4.
Also at 9:35 a.m., the Miracle will send Matt Summers to the mound to face Tampa again.
Cedar Rapids Kernels
No game scheduled. On Wednesday night, the Kernels will begin a series in Quad Cities. Brett Lee will take the mound.
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