Kings Sit on Early Lead, Slider Comeback Fails

July 31, 2009 by  
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KALAMAZOO, MI, July 31, 2009

After falling early 7-1, the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti fought back only to lose 7-6 to the Kalamazoo Kings Friday night at Homer Stryker Stadium.

The Kings struck first, scoring at least one run in each inning from the second through the fifth. Kyle Wink let up all the Kalamazoo scoring in five innings of work, allowing seven runs on nine hits.

Joash Brodin started the Slider comeback in the fifth when he hit a solo homer. The sixth inning Midwest really rallied to score five runs, while sending ever batter to the plate.

The scoring was anchored by a Sam DeLuca two-run homer, and a two-run single provided by Jonnie Knoble.

Sliders bullpen came on and did their job not allowing a single hit after the sixth inning. Earl Oakes struck out four batters in two innings, and Arshwin Asjes threw a scoreless eighth.

Four Slider base-runners were left on base between the seventh and eighth innings Midwest couldn’t tie up the game.

Midwest comes back to Ypsilanti for a six game home stand that will start with the Washington Wild Things. Saturday’s game will begin at 6:05 p.m. as Mike Penn will take the mound at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium.

Fischer Dealing, Help Sliders Shut Out Kings

July 31, 2009 by  
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Fischer Dealing, Help Sliders Shut Out Kings

KALAMAZOO, MI, July 30, 2009

The Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti put together a 8-0 victory with great pitching, and power hitting. The Sliders beat the Kalamazoo Kings at Homer Stryker Field behind Jeff Fischer who didn’t allow a run in 7 2/3 innings.

Fischer only allowed one hit in the first four innings of work and five hits overall. He earned his fourth win for the Sliders in only five starts.

The Midwest bats were also alive tonight as they powered two bombs and eight runs on way to evening up the series.

Robbie Knapp hit a two-run homer in the fourth, and Jimmy Baker hit a solo shot in the third to put more then enough runs on the board for Fischer.

Both Baker and Knapp ended up collecting three hits on the night and two RBI’s. Sam DeLuca also sprayed three hits and knocked in two RBI’s.

Eric Gilliland came on in the eighth to stop and King scoring threat, and closed the door in the ninth.

First pitch for Friday’s rubber match is at 7:05 p.m. Kyle Wink (1-1, 4.34) will be on the slab for Midwest as they will try to take the series against first place Kalamazoo.

Kings Slaughter Sliders

July 30, 2009 by  
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KALAMAZOO, MI, July 30, 2009

The Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti road trip gets worse as they fall to the Kalamazoo Kings 9-2 Wednesday night at Homer Stryker Stadium. The Sliders have now lost three of the four games so far this road trip.

Kyle Kearcher made the start for Midwest, and allowed three runs in the first five innings which kept the Sliders in the game.

Bryan Bonner scored in the fifth off a wild pitch, to cut the Kings lead to 3-1.

Then Kearcher’s start began to fall apart. He allowed the first two batters in the sixth to double, and later allowed a two-run homer in the inning. Kearcher got the loss throwing 5 2/3 innings allowing six runs.

Midwest scrapped together three hits in the bottom of the ninth to push across another run.

Thursday’s middle game of the series will feature the Sliders Jeff Fischer (3-2, 4.44) against Joe DiPietro (5-4, 4.09) at 7:05 p.m.

Kings Take Series; Manager Sets Frontier League Record

July 25, 2009 by  
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YPSILANTI, MI, July 25, 2009

The Kalamazoo Kings beat the Midwest Sliders 8-2 at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium, and Kings manager Fran Riordan captured a new Frontier League record for wins.

Riordan has coached in the Frontier League for eight seasons, the last six at Kalamazoo. Tonight’s victory put him at 413 total wins as manager, one more than any manager to ever coach in the league.

Kalamazoo scored first in the in the second inning when Destan Madonnen hit a two-run homer. The Sliders answered with a run of their own in the second when Jonnie Knoble scored on a Zack Pace double.

The Kings had three hits in the third to add another run, making the score 3-1.

Clay McCord doubled to leadoff the sixth, and scored on a Joash Brodin single.

Double plays from Midwest defense helped out Jeff Fischer on the mound, and kept the Sliders in the game early on. Three double plays, one in the third, fifth, and sixth helped shut down Kalamazoo scoring opportunities.

Shortstop Kyle Higgins singled and scored in the seventh for Kalamazoo making it 4-2.

Ben Barrone crushed one over the left field fence in the eighth, but Josh Short reached over and brought back the two-run homer. That hit would have tied it up, but the score remained 4-2.

Four runs in the eighth inning broke the game open for the Kings. Jett Ruiz three-run bomb highlighted Kalamazoo’s scoring in the eighth.

Fischer threw 4 1/3 innings allowing three earned runs and striking out four in a losing effort.

Sunday the Sliders will travel and face the Washington Wild Things. The game will start at 6:35 p.m. Kyle Wink (1-0, 2.57) will make his third start for Midwest.

Kalamazoo Edge Out Sliders in Nail-Bitter

July 24, 2009 by  
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YPSILANTI, MI, July 24, 2009

Kalamazoo Kings snuck out game two of the series 3-2 against the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti. The Sliders had the tying run in scoring position with no outs in the ninth, but couldn’t plate him to tie it up.

John Brownell was the hero for Kalamazoo as he threw a complete game win, only allowing two earned runs, while striking out seven. Kyle Kearcher threw a solid six innings allowing three runs but suffered the loss.

` Earl Oakes and P.J. Zocchi pitched three scoreless innings in relief.

Zack Pace came around to score in the top of the first to give the Sliders a 1-0 lead. He hit a single, stole second base, and scored on a Jimmy Baker sacrifice fly. Baker’s sac fly was his team leading 43 RBI of the season.

Kalamazoo scored in the sixth and seventh innings from two solo homers. Scott Billak hit one in the sixth, followed by Josh Short in the seventh. Amos Ramon also scored in the seventh when he hit a double and later scored making it 3-1 Kings.

Ben Barrone hit a leadoff double in the eighth and came around to score cutting the Kings lead to 3-2.

In the ninth, Jimmy Baker walked to start the inning, and Robbie Knapp reached first on a bunt. With runners at first and second Same DeLuca bunted but Kalamazoo made the play at third. With one out Joash Brodin belted a ball down the right field line, but Billak made a running catch. Billak threw out pinch runner Garrett Maines at second to complete the double play to end the game.

Saturday’s rubber match will begin at 6:05 p.m. at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium. Former Eastern Michigan pitcher Jeff Fischer (3-1, 4.09) will make the start for Midwest.

Shaffer Slows Down Kalamazoo Bats

July 24, 2009 by  
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BYPSILANTI, MI, July 23, 2009

Nolan Shaffer made his first start for the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti and he shut down the Kalamazoo Kings offense, as the Sliders on 2-0. Shaffer threw eight scoreless innings and only allowed three hits earning the win.

The Sliders were able to scratch out two runs with only clubbing five hits. Jonnie Knoble scored the first run for Midwest in the third inning. He walked, advanced to second on a groundout, stole thirdbase, and scored on a Clay McCord sacrifice fly.

Midwest added an insurance run in the eighth. Bryan Bonner singled and later scored on a Robbie Knapp groundout.

Closer Arshwin Asjes came on in the ninth earning his seventh save of the season.

Friday night’s game will begin at 7:05 p.m. at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium for the middle game of the series against Kalamazoo. The Sliders (26-27) will put Kyle Kearcher (1-6, 5.28) on the mound to try to reach .500.

Sliders Let Four Run Lead Slip

July 22, 2009 by  
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SAUGET, ILL, July 23, 2009

The Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti had an early lead but lost it in late innings 5-4 to the Gateway Grizzlies. The Sliders had a 4-0 advantage in the top of the sixth, but the bullpen couldn’t hold on.

Mike Penn started the game not allowing a run until the bottom of the sixth inning. He only allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings.

Zack Pace leadoff the game with a home run over the right-centerfield wall. Midwest added two more runs when Robbie Knapp hit a single driving in Roberto Mena, and Clay McCord.

Joash Brodin hit his third bomb in two games in the sixth inning, putting the Sliders ahead 4-0.

Gateway scored five straight unanswered runs to win the game 5-4. They scored one run in each the sixth, and seventh. P.J. Zocchi came on to pitch in the eight allowing three runs to give the Grizzlies the lead, and suffered the loss.

Joe Agreste had the knock out punch when he hit a triple down the left field line, scoring two runs to tie the game. Agreste then scored the game winning run on a sacrifice fly.

Thursday the Sliders head home to EMU’s Oestrike Stadium to host the Kalamazoo Kings. The Sliders are seven games behind first place Kalamazoo, and 3 ½ games behind second place. Thursday’s game will begin at 7:05 p.m.

Brodins Bombs help Sliders Blowout Grizzlies

July 21, 2009 by  
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SAUGET, ILL, July 21, 2009

The Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti pounded out 20 hits and 15 runs to give the Gateway Grizzlies a taste of their own medicine, since they put up 15 runs on the Sliders Monday night. Midwest won 15-5 behind two home runs from Joash Brodin, including a grand slam.

Kyle Wink made a strong start for the Sliders throwing seven innings only allowing four hits, and three runs. Wink struck out four batters on way to collecting his first win for the Sliders.

A five run third inning blew the game open for Midwest giving them a 6-1 lead. The inning was capped by a Gil Zayas three-run bomb over the left field fence.

Brodin crushed a homer to right-center with the bases loaded to plate Zayas, Clay McCord, and Roberto Mena to make the game13-1. Brodin went yard again to right-center his next at bat with Zayas on, giving him six RBI’s on the day, two homers, and the Sliders a 15-3 lead.

Jonnie Knoble added a homer for Midwest, his second of the season.

Wednesday’s rubber match with the Grizzlies will feature Mike Penn (5-4, 5.19) for the Sliders, against Mark Brackman (2-6, 5.45). The game will begin at 8:05 p.m. at GCS Ballpark.

Offensive Explosion Helps Grizzlies over Sliders

July 20, 2009 by  
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SAUGET, IL, July 21, 2009

The Gateway Grizzlies belted out 15 runs on 13 hits on way to beat the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti Monday night at GCS Ballpark. The game was close until a huge Grizzly fourth inning put the game out of reach, as they won 15-3.

Robbie Knapp hit a solo homer to give the Sliders their only lead of the night at 1-0 in the second inning.

Gateway answered by scoring four runs in the next two innings to go up 4-1.

Midwest cut it to a two-run game when Jimmy Baker hit a double and scored on a Gil Zayas single in the fourth.

A six run inning gave Gateway a dominate 10-2 lead. Joe Agreste led the attack in the fourth inning with a two-run double.

They tacked on five more runs while the Sliders only scored one more on a Baker solo homer.

Jeff Fischer suffered his first loss of the season pitching 3 2/3 innings allowing five earned runs.

Tuesday’s game will be the second game of the three game series with Gateway. First pitch is at 8:05 p.m. EST. Kyle Wink (0-0, 1.29) will make is second start for Midwest, and he will take on Nate Melek (4-4, 4.39).

Sliders Steal Series in Extra Innings

July 20, 2009 by  
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O’FALLON, MO, July 19, 2009

Five Midwest Slider singles in the tenth inning scored five runs, as they beat the River City Rascals 12-8. River City tied the game in the bottom of the ninth, only to lose by four in extra innings.

The Rascals scored two runs in the first two innings, highlighted by a Jorge Gutierrez home run.

Jimmy Baker doubled and scored on a Gil Zayas double in the fourth. The Sliders scored three runs in the fifth from four singles; Baker hit a two-RBI single.

Gutierrez struck again with a two run single to put the Rascals in front 5-4.

The Sliders stole two runs off Rascal miscues in the seventh inning. Two walks scored without a hit, one on a groundout, and one on a wild pitch.

Up by two runs heading into the bottom of the ninth River City had their backs against the wall. They scored on a sacrifice fly, and down to their last batter a costly Slider error allowed the tying run to score.

The Sliders sprayed singles around the diamond to start extra innings. Five singles did all the damage needed in the tenth. Zack Pace, Roberto Mena, Clay McCord, Zayas, and Jonnie Knoble did their part hitting singles to give Arshwin Asjes run support.

Asjes allowed one run in the tenth but ultimately received the win pitching the final two innings. Kyle Kearcher made the start throwing five innings, allowing four runs, and struck out five.

With the victory the Sliders are one game below .500. They also beat 1st place River City five times in the six game season series.

Monday they will face the Gateway Grizzlies at 8:05 p.m. Gateway enters the game 20-29, and on a two game skid. The Sliders head back to town Thursday at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium.

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