Miners Bury Sliders

August 14, 2009 by  
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Miners Bury Sliders

YPSILANTI, MI, August 14, 2009

Ryan Kussmaul threw seven strong shutout innings only allowing one hit on way to the Southern Illinois Miners 10-0 victory over Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti.

Joash Brodin collected the Sliders only hit in the bottom of the first on a single. No Slider player even reached second base on Miner pitching Friday night.

The Miners scored their first seven runs of the game all on homers. Joey Metropoulos started the Southern Illinois slugging with a two-run bomb in the top of the first inning. The next two bombs built the Minor lead to 7-0, a two run shot from Tony Roth, and a three run bomb from Chris Crescenzi.

Kyle Kearcher got the loss after allowing eight earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. Kyle Wink served very valuable for Midwest tonight, throwing 5 2/3 innings in relief to help save the Slider bullpen. Wink only allowed one run finishing the game.

Saturday at 6:05 p.m. the Sliders and Miners will play the middle game of their series at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium.

Strong Pitching ends Sliders Losing Streak

August 13, 2009 by  
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Strong Pitching ends Sliders Losing Streak

YPSILANTI, MI, August 13, 2009

Behind a great start from Jeff Fischer the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti took the final game 5-3 in the series against the Evansville Otters.

Fischer threw 7 1/3 strong innings only allowing one earned run while striking out seven.

Ryan Kennedy scored the first run of the night. He walked, stole second base, advanced to third on a passed ball, and scored on a fielders choice.

Andre Liscinsky hit his first major league bomb in the fifth inning giving Evansville a 2-1 lead.

Midwest jumped backed on top when Robbie Knapp belted a two-run shot over the left field fence. It was Knapp’s 11 home run of the season and put the Sliders out front 3-2.

After the Otters tied the game at three, Midwest put together a rally of their own in the eighth. Three singles by Joash Brodin, Bryan Bonner, and Lee Rubin put the Sliders ahead 5-3 heading into the ninth.

Earl Oakes and Arshwin Asjes teamed up to throw a scoreless 1 2/3 innings in relief. Oakes received the win while Asjes earned his 11th save of the season.

Friday Southern Illinois will head into Ypsilanti for a weekend set. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium.

Sliders Skid Continues

August 13, 2009 by  
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YPSILANTI, MI, August 12, 2009

The Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti let another game slip through their fingers. They fell 3-1 to the Evansville Otters for the second straight night.

Midwest had plenty of opportunities, they left five runners on base between the seventh and eighth innings. In the eighth the Sliders lead off with two singles to put runners on the corners with no outs. A fly out and two strikeouts later they left the bases loaded.

Lee Rubin hit a sacrifice bunt in the seventh to advance runners to second and third with one out. The next two batters couldn’t get the game tying base knock.

Kennedy’s first game with the team he scored the lone run for Midwest. He walked in the fifth and later scored on a Lee Rubin groundout.

Sliders signed two new players before the game Justin Wilson, and middle infielder Ryan Kennedy. Kennedy reached on his every bat collecting two singles, and two walks.

Thursday the Sliders will try to avoid the sweep. They’ll send Jeff Fischer to the mound to stop the current four game losing streak. The first pitch is at 7:05 p.m. at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium.

9th Inning Cost Sliders the Game

August 11, 2009 by  
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9th Inning Cost Sliders the Game

YPSILANTI, MI, August 11, 2009

The Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti lost a heartbreaker to the Evansville Otters Tuesday night at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium. Sliders had the lead going into the ninth but the Otters put together three runs in their last at bats to steal a 5-3 victory.

Mike Penn had a phenomenal start for Midwest throwing seven innings allowing one earned run on only four hits while striking out six batters.

The Sliders led early after stringing together three consecutive singles to earn a 2-1 advantage. They tacked on another run in the third when Zack Pace walked, stole second, advance to third on the throw and scored on a Joash Brodin groundout.

Between the first inning through the fifth Penn set down 15 Otters in order. Midwest clinched to their 3-1 to the ninth.

Four hits and a walk allowed by Arshwin Asjes allowed three Evansville runs to but the Sliders down 5-3.

Midwest had a great opportunity to tie the game in their at bats in the ninth. They loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batter, but couldn’t get the clutch hit to extend the game.

Nolan Shaffer will look to end the Sliders current skid Wednesday night. The game begins at 7:05 p.m. at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium.

Sliders Drop another Against Erie

August 9, 2009 by  
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AVON, OH, August 9, 2009

The Midwest Sliders dropped three out of four games this weekend at All Pro Freight Stadium after Sunday’s 6-2 loss.

Kyle Wink lost his third game of the season but didn’t have any run support.

The Sliders went down three runs in the bottom of the second inning. They cut the lead to one run after putting up a two spot in the fifth.

Midwest scoring was highlighted by a Jimmy Baker solo homer. The Crushers answered in their next at bats by scoring three runs.

That was the end of the scoring as Lake Erie held their 6-2 lead.

Monday Midwest has a day off before hosting the Evansville Otters on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium.

Sliders Slip against Crushers

August 8, 2009 by  
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Sliders Slip against Crushers

AVON, OH, August 8, 2009

Lake Erie goes up another game in the wild card standings as they beat the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti after a 10-3 victory at All Pro Stadium.

The Sliders scored early on to take a nice lead until Lake Erie came storming back. Zack Pace leadoff the game with a double and later scored on a Roberto Mena single.

Lee Rubin gave the Sliders a 3-1 lead when he hit a two-run bomb in the second inning.

The Crushers went on to score nine unanswered runs to finish the game. Jeff Fischer got the loss throwing five innings allowing five runs off ten hits.

Sunday the Sliders will look to even the four game series at two a piece. The game begins at 5:05 p.m. following the game Midwest will come home for a day off before starting up a series Tuesday with the Evansville Otters at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium.

Sliders Split with Lake Erie

August 7, 2009 by  
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Sliders Split with Lake Erie

AVON, OHIO, August 8, 2009

The Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti couldn’t catch up in the standings closer the Lake Erie Crushers Friday night, but they also didn’t fall behind. They split the doubleheader losing the first game 2-5, and winning the second game with the same score.

Game one was a resumed game from an earlier rain out. The Sliders jumped on Crusher pitching early scoring two runs. Pace scored on a Lake Erie error, and Joash Brodin came around when Bryan Bonner singled.

Andrew Davis tied up the game in the sixth on a solo shot, which was the only run Nolan Shaffer allowed in six innings of work.

P.J. Zocchi relieved Shaffer and threw a scoreless 8th, 9th, and 10th inning. In the 11th inning Zocchi couldn’t hold off the Crushers anymore as they put up they finally put up three runs to take game one.

Dan Horvath made his first start of the season count as he earned his first win for the Sliders. Horvath threw into the fifth inning and only allowed one run on three hits.

Midwest bats only could scrap four hits but they made converted five runs to show. Robbie Knapp led the Sliders going 2-3 with a homer and RBI single.

Saturday Jeff Fischer will start for the Sliders at 7:05 p.m. as the Sliders look to pick up a game on the Crushers in the wild card race.

Beach Bums 9th Inning Comeback Snap Sliders Streak

August 6, 2009 by  
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YPSILANTI, MI, August 6, 2009

The Traverse City Beach Bums scored six runs in the 8th and 9th inning to steal a victory from the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti 7-6. Midwest was up 6-1 heading into the 8th, but the bullpen couldn’t hold on.

Midwest built the lead mostly thanks to Robbie Knapp and Joash Brodin who drove in three runs a piece. Brodin had a single, double, and triple in his first three at bats.

Mike Penn threw a tremendous seven innings of work only allowing one run through the first seven. The eighth inning Penn couldn’t record an out before loading the bases. Earl Oakes came on to strike out the side not before giving up a grand slam to cut the Sliders lead to 7-6.

Arshwin Asjes entered the game in the ninth for his tenth save of the season. Two walks, and two doubles gave the Bums the lead, and Asjes his first loss of the season.

The newest Slider Jonathan Castro from the Dominican Republic had a strong first game going 2-3, scored, had a sac bunt, and walked.

Friday the Sliders travel to Avon Ohio to face the Lake Erie Crushers at 5:35 p.m. The Sliders are currently third in the East Division 5.5 games back of Lake Erie coming into the night.

Sliders Reach .500, Win Fifth Straight

August 5, 2009 by  
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YPSILANTI, August 5, 2009

The Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti are now 33-33 and have won five straight games after beating the Traverse City Beach Bums 12-7. Joash Brodin lead the Sliders sticks belting four hits and scoring three runs. The Sliders bullpen for the second straight night held off the Bums comeback efforts.

Midwest jumped on Traverse City starter David Dinelli early on in the first inning. The first five Sliders reached either on walks and singles. All five runners scored also, two due to a Robbie Knapp base knock, two walked in, and Joash Brodin scored on a Jonnie Knoble sacrifice fly.

Bryan Bonner drove two more Slider runs in during the second inning, building the advantage to 7-0. The Beach Bums came storming back between the third and fourth innings putting five runs on the scoreboard making the game 7-5. Mike Victor highlighted the Bums scoring with a two-run bomb over Knoble in left field.

John Haldis came on for starter Kyle Wink in the fourth and ended the scoring threat leaving two runners on. Haldis threw a scoreless fifth and sixth to hold the Sliders two-run lead. Haldis earned his second win of the season.

The Sliders had three singles in the bottom of the eighth followed up by a Jonnie Knoble triple to clear the bases. Midwest pushed across two more insurance runs to give them a 12-5 cushion.

Eric Gilliland relieved Haldis in the seventh inning. Gilliland set down the first seven batters he faced and collected the save striking out four batters in the final three innings.

Thursday night will conclude the Sliders incredible sixth game home stand. The Sliders will send Mike Penn on the mound for their second straight sweep at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium beginning at 7:05 p.m. Penn started the winning streak Saturday throwing 7 1/3 and only allowing two runs while striking out eight.

Bullpen Leads Sliders Over Bums

August 4, 2009 by  
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YPSILANTI, MI, August 4, 2009

The bullpen anchored a 2-1 victory for the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti over the Traverse City Beach Bums. The Sliders relievers threw 5 1/3 innings only allowing two runs and struck out five batters in a game that came down to the last pitch. The Sliders extended their win streak to four and snapped the Bums five game streak.

The Sliders struck first in the third inning putting up the first run of the game. Zack Pace walked, then manager Eric Coleman called a beautiful hit and run. Roberto Mena executed perfectly hitting a base hit through the right side of the infield which advanced Pace to third.

Jimmy Baker then grounded into a fielder’s choice and recorded his team-leading 48th RBI of the season.

Jeff Fischer started for Midwest but couldn’t get through the third inning even though he didn’t allow a hit or run. Fischer’s control problems got him out of the game, after walking six and hitting a batter.

The Sliders bullpen took over from that point in the second inning. Dan Horvath came on and threw 3 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball and only allowed one hit.

Earl Oakes came on in the seventh retire the side in order. Mike Epping scored an unearned run on Oakes in the eighth to tie up the game. Oakes struck out three batters in his two innings of work. Oakes earned his second win of the season.

The Sliders struck again in the bottom of the eighth in dramatic fashion. With two outs, the bases loaded, Joash Brodin ripped a base hit threw the infield to give Midwest the lead again.

Zack Pace scored easily from first, but Sean Hoorelbeke’s throw home beat Jimmy Baker as he had a violent collision with Robby Alcombrack. Alcombrack held on to the ball for the out, but was in a tremendous amount of pain that caused a scary moment at Oestrike.

After a couple of minutes Alcombrack was helped off the field. After the game he left in an ambulance.

Arshwin Asjes came on for the save in the ninth. He rolled three to shortstop Roberto Mena but there was a runner at third with two outs. Arshwin reared back and blew one by Andrew Stafford to earn his tenth save of the season.

Wednesday Kyle Wink (1-2, 6.08) will toe the slab for Midwest at 7:05 p.m. at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium.

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