Minor Details: Games of May 8

Four errors and no runs doom the Red Wings.  A frustrating game for the Lookouts, but it may be time to move up both Nick Gordon and LaMonte Wade.  The Andersons provide relief in a Miracle win.  The fourth inning decided things for the Kernels.


The IronPigs scored in six of their eight innings at bat and cruised to an easy win.  The Red Wings made four errors, which was not particularly helpful.

Coming in, Aaron Slegers had pitched two really good games and two bad ones.  This one tipped the scale in the wrong direction, as he pitched four innings and gave up five runs on seven hits and a walk with two strikeouts.  Alan Busenitz and Nik Turley each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.  Matt Hague was 2-for-4.  Rochester had only five hits, all singles.


Dan Rohlfing hit a grand slam (his fourth homer) in the fourth inning to put the Lookouts up 4-1.  It was all Biscuits after that, as Montgomery score one in the fourth, three in the fifth, two in the sixth, and two in the seventh to win going away.  The bottom of the fifth and the top of the sixth were extremely frustrating for Chattanooga.  The Biscuits scored three runs in the fifth without hitting the ball out of the infield.  There was an error, a hit batsman, another error, a bunt single, and a wild pitch.  In the top of the sixth, the Lookouts loaded the bases with none out, only to see the next two batters strike out and a runner out at the plate trying to score on a wild pitch that hit the backstop and bounced right back to the catcher at home plate for an unassisted putout.

Fernando Romero pitched 5.2 innings, allowing seven runs (five earned) on nine hits and no walks with four strikeouts.  Romero had pitched well in his last three starts, lowering his ERA to 2.96, but it went up by nearly a run in this game.  Mason Melotakis struck out three in a scoreless inning, keeping his ERA at zero with 11 strikeouts and 2 walks in 13.2 innings.  His WHIP is 0.51.  LaMonte Wade was 2-for-2 with a double and two walks.  He is batting .321 with an OBP of .468.  Nick Gordon was 1-for-5 and is batting .330.


A four-run sixth turned a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 lead and eventual victory.  Brian Navarreto drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly, Kevin Garcia brought home the go-ahead run with a single, and Rafael P. Valera tripled in two to secure the lead.

Cody Stashak pitched five innings, giving up two runs on three hits and one walk with four strikeouts.  Brady Anderson threw three shutout innings of relief.  Nick Anderson followed with a scoreless inning, keeping his ERA at zero.  He has struck out 11 and walked 1 in 11.1 innings.  No Miracle batter had more than one hit.  Chris Paul was 1-for-3 and is batting .328.


All the game's runs scored in the fourth inning.  Jermaine Palacios homered leading off the top of the fourth (his second) to put the Kernels up 1-0, but the Dragons responded with four in the bottom of the inning.  James Vasquez and Brantley Bell each had a run-scoring single and Cassidy Brown delivered a two-run single.  Cedar Rapids did not get a hit after the Palacios home run and only had two hits in the game.

Eduardo Del Rosario had pitched well for three innings but ended up only going 3.2 and giving up four runs on four hits and four walks.  He did strike out five.  Logan Lombana struck out three in 3.1 scoreless innings of relief, dropping his ERA to 1.74.  Tom Hackimer pitched a scoreless inning and has an ERA of 2.45.  Palacios was 1-for-4 and is now batting .360.


10:35  Chattanooga (Paul Clemens, 1-0, 3.46) at Montgomery (Greg Harris, 1-2, 4.05)
5:35  Palm Beach (Junior Fernandez, 1-1, 4.20) at Fort Myers (David Fischer, 2-1, 2.74)
6:00  Cedar Rapids (Tyler Beardsley, 3-1, 3.91) at Dayton (Scott Moss, 3-1, 2.61)
6:05  Rochester (Kyle Gibson) at Lehigh Valley