Four Homers Carry Rascals Over Sliders

July 18, 2009 by  
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O’FALLON, MO, July 18, 2009

Four home runs helped the River City Rascals beat the Midwest Sliders 10-4 Saturday night at T.R. Hughes Ballpark. The Sliders couldn’t capitalize with scoring opportunities as River City took advantages of their chances.

“When you have runners on second and third with no outs, they have to score,” said Sliders manager Eric Coleman. “We didn’t execute tonight.”

Zack Pace started the game by hitting a double down the right field line. He stole third base, and then scored on a RBI single by Jimmy Baker.

The Rascals came back and scored three runs in the first inning, highlighted by a Chris Colton two-run homer.

The Sliders started the second inning the same way as they began the first, Gil Zayas hit a leadoff double. Zayas later scored on a groundout by Jonnie Knoble. Jimmy Baker tied the game in the third on a solo shot, making the score 3-3.

Baker walked, and Robbie Knapped single to start the sixth. A throwing error advanced both runner to scoring position. Rascals’ starter Jake Laber then struck out the next three batters in order, wasting a key Sliders’ scoring opportunity with a tie game.

Chad Maddox hit a three-run bomb in the sixth, followed by Scott Robinson solo home run making the score 7-3 Rascals.

Baker hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh scoring Ben Barrone and cutting the River City lead to three.

Two more runs came home for the Rascals off one hit, and an error in the seventh. Colton hit another homer in the eight making the score 10-4.

James Albury suffered only his second loss of the season, allowing six runs, in five plus innings of work.

Sunday night’s rubber match will feature Kyle Kearcher (1-6, 5.11) for Midwest against Daniel Howard (3-3, 4.86). First pitch will be at 7:01 p.m. EST. Directly following the game the Sliders will travel to Gateway to play the Grizzlies next week.

Sliders Come Back from Break Swinging

July 17, 2009 by  
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O’FALLON, MO., July 17, 2009

The Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti returned from the All-Star break by beating first place River City Rascals 6-3. Early scoring helped lead the Sliders past the Rascals at T.R. Hughes Ballpark, in MO.

Midwest jumped all over Rascal pitching scoring five runs in the first four innings. Sliders offensive onslaught with, 17 hits helped propel the Sliders past River City.

Three straight singles started the game by Zack Pace, Roberto Mena, and Clay McCord which scored the games first run. Joash Brodin made it 3-0 in the second, after belting a two-run homer over the left-center wall.

Mena hit a solo homer to leadoff the third, his second bomb of the year. Gil Zayas leadoff the second straight inning with a home run in the fourth, expanding the Slider lead to 4-0.

“It was nice to see the bats going after a four day break,” Midwest manager Eric Coleman said.

Dexter native Mike Penn started the game for the Sliders. Penn only allowed one run in his first six innings of work, it came when Ryan Groth hit a solo shot in the fourth.

River City finally knocked Penn out of the game in the seventh when they scored two runs off four singles making it 5-3.

Pace singled in an insurance run for in the eighth making it 6-3. Pace finished the game 4-5 with a RBI, and two stolen bases.

“Zack hit the ball to opposite field well tonight,” said Coleman. “He is a veteran that plays the game the right way. He was swinging the bat tonight, and stealing bags.”

Penn received the win for throwing 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs, and struck out two. Nate Kafka, Eric Gililland, and Arshwin Asjes came in relief combine throwing 2 2/3 innings not allowing a single hit.

Saturday’s game begins at 7:05 p.m. as the Midwest Sliders will throw out All-Star righty James Albury (6-1, 1.69) in seek of winning their second straight series against River City.

Sliders Comeback Runs Short

July 12, 2009 by  
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YPSILANTI, MI, July 12, 2009

The Midwest Sliders almost pulled off their second straight ninth inning comeback but lost 11-9 to the Gateway Grizzlies. Sliders scored three in the ninth, left the bases loaded, and tying run on second base to end the game.

The Sliders struck first in the bottom of the first inning scoring two runs. Robbie Knapp hit a RBI single, and Gilberto Zayas drove in a run on a fielders’ choice.

Gateway came right back scoring six runs, off six hits in the second inning making the score 6-2. Two home runs by Stephen Holdren and Jareck West highlighted the Grizzlies scoring.

The Sliders scored twice, cutting the lead to 6-4 in the fourth on three hits. Knapp and Jimmy Baker hit back-to-back doubles that plated both runs.

Ten batters hit for Gateway in the fifth as they broke the game open, scoring five runs making it 11-4. Stephen Holdren hit his second homer of the game, followed by another homer by Charlie Lisk.

Sliders got the rally going in the ninth off three walks, a single, double, and hit by pitch. With two outs the Sliders had the winning run on first base, and tying run on second base, but flew out to end the game.

Kyle Kearcher suffered the loss for Midwest throwing 1.2 innings allowing six runs. Paige Dumont got he win, and Eric Ridener received the save for Gateway.

Midwest actually outhit the Grizzlies 16-13, but timely hitting and four homers proved to be the key for Gateway’s victory.

Baker, Roberto Mena, and James Albury will now head to Rockford, Ill. for the Frontier League All Star game. The rest of the Sliders will take a four day break before facing River City Rascals in Missouri on Friday, July 17th.

Knapp Hits Walk-Off Grand Slam

July 11, 2009 by  
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YPSILANTI MI, July 11, 2009

The Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti won in the most dramatic fashion Saturday night at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium. Robbie Knapp hit a walk-off grand slam to beat the Gateway Grizzlies 10-8.

Gateway took the lead early in the top of the first. After Brandon Peters singled, Charlie Lisk hit a two-run homer putting the Sliders in an early 2-0 hole.

The Sliders’ answered right back putting up four runs of their own, in their first at bats. Four hits and a walk helped put Midwest on the board, none bigger than Gil Zayas two-run double.

Chad Rothford cut the lead to 4-3 in the fourth for the Grizzles when he hit a no doubter over the right field wall.

Midwest added a run in the eight when Roberto Mena tripled, and scored off of a Sam DeLuca single.

Then the Grizzlies hit in the ninth, they batted around and scored five runs to take the lead 8-5. Gateway hit for the cycle in the inning and walked twice.

Midwest wasted no time in their last chance getting their first four hitters to reach base. Bryan Bonner doubled, and then Gateway walked the next three batters consecutively to make it 8-6. After a double play and intention walk, Robbie Knapp stepped up with two outs and bases loaded. In a 1-1 count he sent a pitch deep into the Ypsilanti sky, and over the left-center wall to bring the crowd to their feet.

The victory puts the Sliders one game behind .500 at 22-23. The Sliders look to win the series Sunday at 2:05 p.m. at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium. Kyle Kearcher (1-5, 4.28) will take the mound for the Sliders against Paige Dumont (1-1, 4.61) as the Sliders play their last game before the All Star break.

Extra Inning Loss Snaps Win Streak

July 10, 2009 by  
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YPSILANTI, MI, July 10, 2009

The Gateway Grizzles ended the six game winning streak for the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti 6-5, in an extra inning thriller at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium. Midwest had late inning heroics by Robbie Knapp that kept them in the game, but lost in the 10th.

Gateway came out and put up four runs in the first frame of the game. Thanks to two Slider errors, four unearned runs came around to score.

Brandon Johnson hit a solo homer in the fourth to extend the Grizzles lead five-nothing.

Kyle Wink made his first start with the Sliders and threw well in five innings, only allowing one earned run off the homerun. Manager Eric Coleman called on Douglas Brooks to pitch in the sixth.

Ben Barrone cut the lead to 2-5 in the fourth when he pulled a two-run homer over the left field wall. They tacked on another run in the seventh when Zack Pace singled, and later scored on a Jimmy Baker sacrifice fly to center field.

Although there were many Slider opportunities, they didn’t push across any more runs until the bottom of the ninth. Knapp came on to pinch hit with one out, and the bases loaded. Knapp hit a clutch frozen rope that scored two runs, and tied the game 5-5.

Brooks walked the leadoff batter in the 10th inning and was pulled. Arshwin Asjes came in and let up the game-winning triple that brought in a run to make it 6-5.

Brooks suffered the loss, although he pitched four innings only allowing one hit and one run. Kevin Hammon got the win in relief for the Grizzles.

Saturdays game at Oestrike begins at 6:05 p.m. Dexter native Michael Penn (4-4, 5.47) will start for the Sliders as they look to start another win streak. Saturday and Sunday are the Sliders last two home games before the four day All Star break next week.

Sliders Earn Second Straight Sweep

July 9, 2009 by  
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YPSILANTI, MI, July 9, 2009

The Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti hold on to sweep the River City Rascals after a 4-3 win Thursday night at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium. Two big hits by Joash Brodin, and Ben Barrone provided all the offense the Sliders pitching needed.

River City scored first in the second inning, Chris Colton came around on a base hit line drive that went under Brodin’s glove.

Midwest answered in their next at bat on Brodin’s two-out, two-run homer. The Rascals tacked on another run to tie the game at two from three hits in the third.

The next Slider clutch hit was when Barrone came to the plate with Bryan Bonner on second, and Brodin on first. Barrone hit a lazer down the left field line which plated both runs, and gave the Sliders a lead they didn’t relinquish.

Jeff Fischer won his third game in as many appearances. He threw six innings allowing two earned runs. Earl Oakes came on and pitched the seventh and eighth only allowing one hit.

Arshwin Asjes saved his fifth game of the season retiring the side in order to end the game.

The Sliders look to expand their six game winning streak when the Gateway Grizzles come in for a three-game weekend series. Friday night’s game at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium begins at 7:05 p.m. as Kyle Wink will make his first start for Midwest.

Albury and McCord Propel Sliders to Fifth Straight Win

July 9, 2009 by  
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YPSILANTI, MI, July 8, 2009

Clay McCord and James Albury teamed up Wednesday night and extended the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti’s winning streak to five games. The Sliders beat the River City Rascals 5-0 at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium.

Albury had another strong outing that showed why he was voted a Frontier League All Star. He threw seven innings not allowing a run, and only two hits. The win improved Albury’s record to 6-1 and tied him with most wins in the Frontier League.

The Sliders jumped on Rascal pitching in their first at bats scoring three runs. Clay McCord hit a single that plated Jimmy Baker and Gil Zayas to make it 3-0.

Zayas and Robbie Knapp both singled to leadoff the fourth, then scored on another McCord single. McCord finished the night 3-3 with a double, and four RBI’s.

Thursday the Sliders will go for their second straight sweep at 7:05 p.m. in Oestrike Stadium. Jeff Fischer (2-0, 2.89) will toe the rubber for Midwest against Tyler Musselwhite (3-2, 5.21) of River City.

Three Sliders Heading to All Star Game

July 8, 2009 by  
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YPSILANTI, MI, July 7, 2009

Jimmy Baker, Roberto Mena, and James Albury are representing the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti in the 17th Annual Frontier League All Star Game. The game will be played at Road Ranger Stadium in Loves Park, Illinois (Rockford Riverhawks) on Wednesday, July 15th, at 7:05 p.m.

First baseman Jimmy Baker will start for the East Division in the game. Baker is fourth in the league with a .348 average. He’s also belted nine homers, drove in 32 runs, and owns an impressive on base percentage .444.

Roberto Mena tied with Florence Freedom’s Brad Hough for votes at Shortstop in the East Division. Mena has hit a steady .301 for the Sliders hitting mostly in the two spot. He is third in the league for triples, hitting four so far this season. Roberto has played in all but one game this season, he plays the most grueling position, shortstop, and has only made seven errors.

Starting pitcher James Albury will pitch for the East All Stars after posting a phenomenal first half showing for Midwest. Albury is third for league’s best ERA with an astonishing 1.92 runs per nine innings. In the 51.2 innings James has pitched he has only allowed two home runs while striking out 42 batters. He has won five games in his eight starts for Midwest.

22 players have been selected for each squad. The team’s in first place in both leagues after games on July 8th will be able to manager their respected divisions. Each manager will select three more players on July 9th to complete the 25 man roster for the game.

-All Stats are as of July 7th 2009

9th Inning Magic Lifts Sliders over Rascals

July 7, 2009 by  
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YPSILANTI, MI, July 7, 2009

The Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti win in their last at bat against the River City Rascals 4-3. Bryan Bonner hit a walk-off single in the ninth that brought in Clay McCord to break the 3-3 tie, and end the game.

Midwest scored first, in the bottom of the fourth, when Roberto Mena doubled and later scored from a Gilberto Zayas double down the right field line.

All of the Rascals scoring came from the top of the fifth inning. Three unearned runs scored off two errors, two singles, and a hit batsman.

Sliders answered in the sixth scoring two runs to tie up the game at 3-3. Ben Barrone singled and scored from a Jimmy Baker single. Zack Pace also scored in the sixth, after getting hit by a pitch, Sam DeLuca singled up the middle to drive in Pace.

It looked bad for Midwest between the seventh and eighth innings, Rascal pitching record five strikeouts shutting down the Sliders bats.

Leading off the bottom of the ninth Clay McCord came up with a huge double in the right-center gap. After Robbie Knapp bunted for a single, Bryan Bonners rope to right field scored McCord to bring out the whole Midwest bench in celebration.

Kyle Kearcher started the game throwing six innings not allowing an earned run. P.J. Zocchi earned the win throwing three innings of relief allowing two hits and striking out three. The Rascals wasted a good outing from Jake Laber who struck out ten batters, in eight innings of work.

Wednesday is the middle game of the series at 7:05 p.m. at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium. Sliders All-Star James Albury (5-1, 1.92) will make the start.

Penn Helps Sliders Earn Sweep

July 5, 2009 by  
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TRAVERSE CITY, MI, July 5, 2009

Behind a brilliant Mike Penn pitching performance, the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti completed the sweep, beating the Traverse City Beach Bums 7-3.

The Sliders scored first in the top of the second when Bryan Bonner tripled, and then scored on a throwing error. Traverse City quickly answered scoring in the bottom of the second when the leadoff batter had a triple of his own, and scored tying the game 1-1.

Mike Penn settled into his own retiring the next nine Bums in a row, which also allowed the offense to build a lead. After the leadoff triple in the second inning, Penn didn’t allow a hit until the seventh inning, by that time Midwest already put up seven runs.

Roberto Mena, and Robbie Knapp both hit sacrifice flies in the third to put Midwest up 3-1. Clay McCord added another run when he singled, stole second and third, and scored on a Ben Barrone single in the fourth.

In Barrone’s next at bat pulled a solo homer which put the Sliders up 5-1. McCord and Knapp both scored on an error in the seventh to add to more insurance runs.

Penn threw eight innings allowing three runs and struck out seven while receiving his fourth win. Earl Oakes came on in the ninth retiring the Bums in order.

Monday the Sliders have an off day before hosting the River City Rascals Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. in Oestrike Stadium.

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