Happy Birthday–April 9

Doc White (1879)
Hippo Vaughn (1888)
Wade Johnston (1898)
Vic Sorrell (1901)
Fred Frankhouse (1904)
Claude Passeau (1909)
Zip Payne (1909)
Joe Brinkman (1944)
Peter Gammons (1945)
Nate Colbert (1946)
Kirk McCaskill (1961)
Hal Morris (1965)
Graeme Lloyd (1967)
Rudy Hernandez (1968)
A. J. Ellis (1981)
David Robertson (1985)
Luis Arraez (1997)

Cecil "Zip" Payne was a long-time minor-league player and manager, collecting 2,179 hits.

Joe Brinkman and Derryl Cousins hold the record for most games umpired together, 2,123.

Rudy Hernandez was an infielder in the Mets organization from 1987-1991, reaching AA.  With the exception of 2004, he has been a manager or coach in the Twins' organization since 2001.  He is currently a batting coach for the Twins.

We would also like to wish a happy birthday to Mama MagUidhir.

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Minor Details: Games of April 7

NASHVILLE SOUNDS 8, ST. PAUL SAINTS 1 IN NASHVILLE

Nashville scored all eight of their runs in the fourth inning, including a two-run homer by Joey Wiemer.

Multi-hit games:  None.

Home runs:  Will Holland (1).

Multi-RBI games:  None.

Stolen bases:  None.

Pitching prowess:  Scott Blewett struck out two in a scoreless inning, giving up one hit.  Matt Bowman pitched a perfect inning and struck out one.

Opposition standout:  Wiemer was 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, a walk, and two runs.

Record:  St. Paul is 5-3, in second place, a half-game behind Gwinnett.

FRISCO ROUGHRIDERS 12, WICHITA WIND SURGE 8 IN WICHITA

Wichita scored six in the first to take a 6-3 lead.  They fell behind 7-6, scored two in the eighth to go up 8-7, but Frisco came back with five in the ninth to win it.

Multi-hit games:  Carson McCusker was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs.  Tanner Schobel was 2-for-3 with two walks.  Andrew Cossetti was 2-for-4.

Home runs:  Kala'i Rosario (2); Noah Cardenas (1).

Multi-RBI games:  Rosario, 3; Cardenas, 2.

Stolen bases:  Emmanuel Rodriguez (4).

Pitching prowess:  Pierson Ohl pitched five innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk and striking out four.  Regi Grace pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk.

Opposition standout:  Max Acosta was 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs.

Record:  Wichita is 1-2, in third place, two games behind Springfield and Tulsa.

CEDAR RAPIDS AT BELOIT

Rained out.  Will be made up April 27.

FORT MYERS MIGHTY MUSSLES 5, TAMPA TARPONS 2 IN FORT MYERS

Fort Myers scored two in the second to take a 4-2 lead.

Multi-hit games:  Wilfri Castro was 2-for-3 with a double.  Rayne Doncon was 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, and three RBIs.  Byron Chourio was 2-for-4 with two runs.

Home runs:  Doncon (1).

Multi-RBI games:  Doncon, 3.

Stolen bases:  Isaac Pena (1), Chourio (1), Brandon Winokur (2), Carlos Aguiar (2).

Pitching prowess:  Aaron Holiday walked three in a scoreless inning.  Paulshawn Pasqualotto pitched five shutout innings of relief, giving up two hits and two walks and striking out three.  Wilker Reyes pitched a scoreless inning, walking one and striking out one.  Samuel Perez pitched a scoreless inning, striking out one.

Opposition standout:  Montana Semmel struck out three in two perfect innings.

Record:  Fort Myers is 2-1, tied for first with Dunedin and Clearwater.

TUESDAY'S TILTS

4:07  Iowa at St. Paul (Caleb Boushley, 1-0, 1.59)
5:30  Fort Myers at Clearwater
6:35  Dayton at Cedar Rapids (Darren Bowen)
6:35  Wichita (TBD) at Springfield

Happy Birthday–April 8

John Peters (1850)
Kirby Higbe (1915)
Stan Wasiak (1920)
Charlie Maxwell (1927)
Turk Farrell (1934)
Takao Kajimoto (1935)
John Hiller (1943)
Catfish Hunter (1946)
Randy Marsh (1949)
Mac Scarce (1949)
Gary Carter (1954)
Alex Gonzalez (1973)
Timo Perez (1975)
Jeremy Guthrie (1979)
Matt Ford (1981)
Chris Iannetta (1983)
Bobby Wilson (1983)
Felix Hernandez (1986)
Carlos Santana (1986)
Yonder Alonso (1987)
Jeremy Hellickson (1987)
Jo Adell (1999)

Stan Wasiak holds the record for most wins as a minor league manager, 2,530.  He managed from 1950-1986, managing at levels from Class D to AAA.

Pitcher Takao Kajimoto won 254 games in Japan and was a twelve-time all-star.

Randy Marsh was a major league umpire from 1981-2009 and is currently a director of umpiring.

Yonder Alonso was drafted by Minnesota in the sixteenth round in 2005, but did not sign.

We would like to wish a happy birthday to the brother of Daneeka's Ghost.

Dad A passed away on this date five years ago.  I'm not asking for sympathy--he lived a long, full life, he was ready to go, and I'm confident about where he is.  Still, I felt that I should at least acknowledge the anniversary somehow.

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Minor Details: Games of April 6

ST, PAUL SAINTS 3, NASHVILLE SOUNDS 0 IN NASHVILLE

Yoyner Fajardo and DaShawn Keirsey, Jr. each homered in the third to give the Saints the lead.

Multi-hit games:  None.

Home runs:  Fajardo (2), Keirsey, Jr. (1).

Multi-RBI games:  None.

Stolen bases:  None.

Pitching prowess:  Brent Headrick struck out seven in five shutout innings, giving up two hits and three walks.  Ronny Henriquez struck out two in two shutout innings, giving up two hits.  Diego Castillo pitched a perfect inning, striking out one.  Hobie Harris pitched a scoreless inning, walking two and striking out one.

Opposition standout:  Kevin Herget pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two and walking one.

Record:  The Saints are 5-2, in first place, a half game ahead of Gwinnett and Indianapolis.

WICHITA WIND SURGE 13, FRISCO ROUGHRIDERS 3 IN WICHITA

Wichita scored four in the third and five in the fourth to build a 9-2 lead.

Multi-hit games:  Tanner Schobel was 3-for-5 with a double and two runs.  Kala'i Rosario was 3-for-5 with two runs.  Emmanuel Rodriguez was 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, and three runs.  Andrew Cossetti was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two runs.  The first four men in the order were 10-for-17 with a home run, three doubles, three walks, and nine runs, and ten RBIs.

Home runs:  Rosario (1).

Multi-RBI games:  Rosario, 4; Schobel, 3; Cossetti, 2; Jeferson Morales, 2.

Stolen bases:  Rodriguez, 2 (3); Alerick Soularie (1); Ben Ross (2).

Pitching prowess:  Travis Adams pitched five innings, giving up two unearned runs on a hit and a walk and striking out four.  Sheldon Reed struck out two in two shutout innings, giving up two hits.

Opposition standout:  Liam Hicks was 2-for-3.

Record:  The Wind Surge is 1-1, in third place, one game behind Springfield and Tulsa.

BELOIT SKY CARP 2, CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS 1 IN BELOIT

Beloit scored both of their runs on a two-run walkoff double by Cameron Barstad in the bottom of the ninth.

Multi-hit games:  None.

Home runs:  None.

Multi-RBI games:  None.

Stolen bases:  Misael Urbina (1), Jose Salas (1).

Pitching prowess:  John Klein struck out six in five shutout innings, giving up three hits and a walk.  Miguelangel Boadas pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit and striking out one.  John Stankiewicz struck out three in two perfect innings.

Opposition standout:  Ike Buxton struck out eight in 5.1 innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits and two walks.

Record:  The Kernels are 0-2, in sixth (last) place, two games behind Beloit.

FORT MYERS MIRACLE 6, TAMPA TARPONS 4 IN FORT MYERS

Isaac Pena's two-run single broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth and the Miracle led the rest of the way.

Multi-hit games:  Poncho Ruiz was 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs.  Rayne Doncon was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.  Byron Chourio was 2-for-5 with a triple and two runs.

Home runs:  None.

Multi-RBI games:  Doncon, 2.

Stolen bases:  Rafael Cruz (1), Brandon Winokur (1), Carlos Aguiar (1).

Pitching prowess:  Jeremy Lee struck out six in four innings of relief, giving up one run on two hits and three walks.  Nolan Santos struck out the side in a perfect inning.  Xander Hamilton struck out two in a perfect inning.

Record:  The Mighty Mussels are 1-1, tied for second, one game behind Clearwater.

TODAY'S TILTS

11:05  Tampa at Fort Myers (Tanner Hall)
1:05  Cedar Rapids (Christian MacLeod) at Beloit
1:05  Frisco at Wichita (Pierson Ohl)
2:05  St. Paul (Simeon Woods Richardson, 0-0, 0.00) at Nashville

Remodeled basement. Same half-baked taste.