Will be leaving for the weekend Friday morning, thus, will do a shortened version of this report a day early.
With one day remaining this week, the system was two games under .500 at 10-12. Not helping their record was Beloit, who was 0-5.
There were several player moves. Adam Everett was placed on the DL by the Twins, and replaced by Brian Buscher. Tim Lahey was added to the Ft. Myers roster last Saturday, and later promoted to Rochester. The Miracle also put Dan Berg on the disabled list. Danny Graves was also promoted from Ft. Myers to New Britain, with Danny Hernandez coming off the disabled list and joining the Miracle bullpen. Graves joined New Britain after they placed David Shinskie on the DL. Last night the Twins activated Michael Cuddyer from the DL, sending Denard Span back to Rochester.
The Red Wings are 3-2, behind two great starts by Brian Duensing. Brian pitched 5.2 innings on Saturday with 1 run in a 1-0 loss. Last night, he pitched 7.0 innings with 3 hits, 1 run, and 5K/0BB in the Wings 8-2 win...lowering his ERA to 2.40. Kevin Mulvey, also pitched another good game in Wednesday's 5-3 win, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) in 5.2 innings.
The Rock Cats were 3-3 behind two excellent starts by Yohan Pino. Pino allowed 1 run in 5.0 innings in Saturday's 5-3 loss, while allowing 2 runs in 7.0 innings in last night's 2-1 loss. Pino now has a 1.35ERA. The Rock Cat bats came alive this week, scoring 5, 5, 9 and 15 runs, respectively, on Sunday through Wednesday. The hitting star was Luke Hughes, who was 12 for 28 this week and is now hitting .373Ave. Hughes had a double, 5 home runs, 8 runs scored, 8 rbi and a walk. Many fans don't know alot about Hughes, however, he hit a respectable .283Ave/.356OBP with 9 home runs for New Britain in 2007, then was one of the hitting stars for Australia in last fall's WIBF championships.
The Miracle had a winning record (4-2), as their bats also were hot with wins of 6-2, 10-4, 10-9 and 8-1. The top pitching performance was by Alex Burnett, who pitched 5.2 innings with 2 hits, 1 run and 4K/3BB. After beginning his season with a cold bat, Wilson Ramos, has been hitting better this week at 5 for 22, raising his average to .210. Rene Tosoni, continues to lead the team with .339/.425/.403, although, Brian Dinkelman, is a close second in team hitting at .338/.437/.514. Juan Portes, also had an excellent week, 8 for 20, and is now hitting .295/.380/.410.
The Snappers are struggling. It seems that when they get a good pitching performance their bats are silent. When they score three or four runs, their pitchers give up a few more...leading to losses this week of 5-3, 4-3, 2-1, 5-3 and 5-4. Michael Tarsi, has struggled, however, dropped his ERA to 9.78 with this week's start when he pitched 8.0 innings with 6 hits, 2 unearned runs and 3K/1BB. Michael McCardell, had another good start allowing 5 hits and 1 run in 5.0 innings with 5K/3BB. McCardell now has a 2.53ERA with 24K/6BB in 21.1 innings. Brian Kirwin, is the staff leader with a 2-0 record with 2.42ERA in 22.1 innings. The top hitters on the club are Steven Singleton, at .361/.409/.492. Garrett Olson, has also been solid, going 8 for 21 this week for a team second best .300/.320/.443. Chris Parmalee, was only 1 for 18 this week with 7 strikeouts, dropping his average to .255/.373/.600. Baseball's shortest player, Chris Cates, was 5 for 13 with his average now up to .265/.306/.324.