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.

Game Ending Collision, Sliders Sweep Wild Things

August 3, 2009 by  
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YPSILANTI, MI, August 3, 2009

In Lee Rubin’s first game as a Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti he came up with one of the biggest plays off the season defensively. He held on to the ball during collision at the plate to save the Sliders 8-7 victory and sweep of the Washington Wild Things.

The Sliders scored in each of the first four innings of the game to establish an early 8-0 lead. The scoring was highlighted by a Jimmy Baker solo homer and Jonnie Knoble two-run bomb. Midwest took advantage of three walks, and two players hit by pitches to get runners on in those innings.

Kaleb Graham of Lutz, FL. made his first start in professional baseball and earned his first victory pitching five innings only allowing one run. He fanned eight batters and only walked one, and only allowed three hits.

P.J. Zocchi came on to throw the 6th, 7th, and 8th allowing two runs and struck out two.

The bullpen made the game interesting as Eric Gilliland loaded the bases to start the ninth. Arshwin Asjes came on with the bases loaded in an 8-3 game. He struck out the first batter he face, then allowed a single and walk to bring the Wild Things winning run to the plate.

Matt Sutton then stepped into the plate against Asjes. He belted a shot into the right-centerfield gap that easily scored the runners on third and second. Grand Psomas was trying to score from first base, Zack Pace threw a bullet to Roberto Mena, who threw a strike home to Rubin.

Psomas put his head down and threw his body through Rubin, but after the dust cleared he still had the ball and the Sliders won. Asjes earned his ninth save of the season after the dramatic play.

Tuesday the Traverse City Beach Bums come to EMU’s Oestrike Stadium. Jeff Fischer throw the first pitch at 7:05 p.m. for the Sliders as they look for their fourth straight win.

Sliders Survive ‘Slugfest’

August 2, 2009 by  
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YPSILANTI, MI, August 2, 2009

Sunday’s game saw 27 runs scored, 27 hits, five errors, five homers, in three hours and twenty minutes of baseball. The Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti held on to win 16-11 over the Washington Wild Things at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium.

The victory set a new club record for most wins in a single season at 30, that record will continue to grow as the Sliders have 32 games left on their schedule.

Midwest took advantage of Washington miscues in the first at bats to go up 6-0. They had a hit batter, three walks, two singles, and a clutch bases clearing two-out double by Gil Zayas.

Nolan Shaffer didn’t allow a hit through the first three innings of the game, allowing the Sliders to build the lead to 8-0. He ended up allowing nine runs in 7 1/3 innings, and banking his second victory of the season.

Washington belted five homers in the afternoon game trying to make the comeback, but the Sliders kept tacking on enough runs to hold them off.

Jacob Dempsey and Matt Sutton both hit two home runs a piece for Washington and tallied nine RBI’s between the two of them.

The Sliders scored eight more runs between the 4th and 7th inning to help hold off Washington. New Jersey native Zayas lead the Sliders offensive onslaught going 4-5 with five RBI’s.

Every Slider in the lineup collected both at least one hit, and one run as the bats were flying.

Monday Midwest will try to earn the sweep against Washington and will send Kaleb Graham out on the mound, it was be his first start since just joining the team out of the University of Central Florida. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium.

Penn Delivers Sliders Franchise Record Tying Victory

August 1, 2009 by  
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YPSILANTI, MI, August 1, 2009

The Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti tied their club record for wins in a season at 29. They defeated the Washington Wild Things 5-2 Saturday night behind a great pitching performance.

Mike Penn made an outstanding start for the Midwest Sliders only allowing two runs on seven hits. He struck out eight batters on way to earning his seventh victory of the season.

The Sliders had to earn their runs tonight against Wild Thing starter Brian McCullough. Jimmy Baker and Zack Pace both hit solo shots.

Midwest got some insurance runs in the eighth when Washington walked four straight batters, and Joash Brodin hit a base hit to give the Slider a 5-2 lead.

Arshwin Asjes came on in the ninth to collect his eighth save of the season, retiring the Wild Things in order.

Sunday’s day game will begin at 2:05 p.m. Nolan Shaffer will make the start for Midwest as the look to break the franchise win record. The Sliders will continue the home stand through Thursday at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium.

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.

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