Lansing Undefeated, Thanks to Hicks

Sunday, April 10 2005 @ 11:51 PM EDT

Contributed by: Gerry

Dunedin had the most hits, but lost. The other three teams had more timely hitting, and better pitching, and won.

Syracuse 9 Rochester 6

An exciting game for the Chiefs yesterday started well when Anton French hit a home run to lead off the game. The Chiefs added three more in the first inning of JD Durbin, the Twins #4 prospect. #2JBrumfield provided play by play from the second inning on to the end of the game. Ryan Glynn started for the Chiefs and gave up a solo home run in the third and then three more in the fourth to allow Rochester to tie the game.

Bryant Nelson doubled, leading off the fifth, and scored on a groundout to reclaim the lead for the Chiefs. With two out, and nobody on, in the sixth French doubled and two walks loaded the bases for John Ford Griffin who promptly unloaded them with a grand slam. Justin Miller worked 3.1 innings in relief, allowing only one run. Jesse Carlson pitched the last two innings allowing the last Rochester run.

Jason Alfaro had three hits, French and Nelson had two each. The win brought the Chiefs record to 2-2 on the young season.

New Britain 2 New Hampshire 4

Cameron Reimers started 15 games at AA last year with a 2.78 ERA, earning a mid-season promotion to AAA. Reimers was not as dominant at AAA and then this spring was the last cut of the Chiefs back to AA. Yesterday Reimers showed his continued mastery of AA hitters pitching 8 shutout innings, allowing five hits and two walks. The eight innings was the longest appearance by a Blue Jay starter this year. Ryan Houston allowed two runs in the ninth before Lee Gronkiewicz came on to earn his first save.

Offensively Kevin Barker hit a solo homerun in the first and Eric Kratz added a two run shot in the second. b>Barker scored the fourth run in the sixth, driven in by Ron Davenport. Barker and Davenport had two hits each. The Fisher Cats evened their record at 2-2 after an 0-2 start.

Dunedin 10 Clearwater 13

Dunedin pounded out thirteen hits, but the pitchers allowed seventeen hits and the fielders made three errors in an ugly game for the Blue Jays. This was a see-saw affair but none of the baby jay pitchers could hold the Phillies at bay. Kurt Isenberg, Justin James, Jeremy Harper, and Tracy Thorpe were all victimized by the Phillies, but the Jays still led 10-9 in the middle of the eighth. In the bottom of the eighth, rule 5 signee Milton Tavarez allowed four runs on five hits and a walk to take the loss.

The offense for the Jays was led by two players, Eric Arnold and Adam Lind. Arnold continued his hot hitting with three more hits, including his first home run, and five RBI's. Arnold is now hitting .611. Lind drove in four runs with a triple and two sac fly's. Clint Johnston, Ryan Roberts and Scott Dragicevich had two hits each, while Jayce Tingler had a hit and three walks. The loss was the first of the season for the Jays.

The Phillies starter was Scott Mathieson, from beautiful BC, the Phillies #6 prospect.

Lansing 6 Fort Wayne 4

Lansing ran their record to 4-0 with another come from behind victory. Chi-Hung Cheng started and conceded three runs in the first two innings, but he did not allow another run through five. Cheng allowed six hits, no walks, and had eight K's in his five innings. Juan Perez allowed an unearned run in two innings to get the win. Danny Hill earned his third save.

Down 3-0, Lansing scored a run on Ryan Klosterman's first home run in the third. David Hicks added his first home run in the fourth to make it a 3-2 game. Trailing 4-2 in the seventh Joey Wolfe and Juan Peralta scored to tie the game. In the top of the eighth Hicks and Nielsen hit back to back home runs to give Lansing the lead.

Your Three Star Selection

Third star - John Ford Griffin, grand slam

Second Star - Cameron Reimers, eight shutout innings

First Star - David Hicks, 2 home runs, including the game winner