Thigpen Hits

Friday, May 18 2007 @ 08:54 AM EDT

Contributed by: Gerry

The sweeps are over as Syracuse and New Hampshire win.  Another pitcher gets injured, Ismael Ramirez pulled a groin muscle.  Curtis Thigpen had four hits, David Smith had three.  Mike Green is away today so the regular prospect watch will wait until next week.

Indianapolis 2  Syracuse 4

The Chiefs bullpen came to the rescue after Ismael Ramirez left with a groin strain after pitching 2.1 innings.  Andrew Good gave up two runs in the fourth but the next four relievers shut down Indianapolis.  The Chiefs scored a single run in each of the first four innings.  In the first Rey Olmedo led off with a triple and scored on a single by Howie Clark.  In the second Eric Kratz was hit by a pitch with two out.  Wayne Lydon struck out but reached on a wild pitch.  Olmedo and Thigpen followed with infield singles to make it 2-0.  In the third John-Ford Griffin singled and Chad Mottola doubled him home, 3-0.  Indy scored two in the top of the fourth but the Chiefs got one back, Thigpen singled, Clark and Barker walked and Griffin hit a sac fly.  That completed the scoring as the Chiefs bullpen went to work.  Thigpen went 4-5 to push his average to .297, Olmedo had two hits and is hitting .305.

New Hampshire 3  Reading 2

Russell Savickas started for New Hampshire and ran into trouble in the second inning.  He walked the first two hitters of the inning, followed by a ground out and a sac fly as Reading went up 1-0.  New Hampshire tied the game in the third on Robinzon Diaz's first home run of the year.  In the fourth David Smith doubled and Juan Peralta singled him home.  In the fifth Dustin Majewski led off with a double, moved to third on a deep fly ball and scored on an infield ground ball where he beat the throw to the plate, 3-1 Fisher Cats.  Savickas gave up a solo home run in the sixth to make it a one run game and followed that by giving up a single and a walk.  The bullpen took over retiring the last ten hitters in a row.  Savickas pitched 5.2 innings and dodged trouble as he allowed 8 hits and 4 walks but just two runs.  The Fishers had seven hits, David Smith went 3-4 with 3 doubles.

Dunedin 4 Lakeland 7

AJ Wideman started for Dunedin and was staked to a 1-0 lead in the second on singles by Kreuzer and Philips.  But Wideman gave up a single and a home run to the first two hitters in the bottom of the second to put Dunedin down 2-1.  Dunedin regained the lead in the fifth, Philips singled, Jacob Butler singled and Brian Jeroloman walked to load the bases.  With one out a wild pitch scored one run and a groundout scored another to make it 3-2.  But in the bottom of the fifth Wideman loaded the bases then gave up a bases clearing double and another double, 6-3 Lakeland.  Lakeland added a run off Adam Rogers in the seventh and the Jays left the bases loaded in the eighth.

Butler was 3-4, Philips and Kreuzer had two hits each, and Jeroloman was 1-2 with 2 walks.

Lansing 3  Wisconsin 4

Chase Lirette started and gave up a run in the first on a single and double, and a run in the third on a walk, a single and a ground ball.  Scott Campbell started the fifth with a double, followed by walks to the Jonathan's, Jaspe and Diaz.  Sean Shoffit singled to drive in a run, Chris Emanuele hit into a double play which scored the tying run and Travis Snider doubled to put Lansing ahead.  In the bottom of the sixth Wisconsin tied the game on three singles and went ahead on a wild pitch from Lirette.  Lansing didn't have a hit in the last four innings but they did have some chances to score thanks to six walks.  Lansing had only four hits in the game, plus ten walks.  Lirette gave up seven hits, one walk and four runs in his six innings.

3 star selection

3rd star - Rey Olmedo
2nd star - David Smith
1st star - Curtis Thigpen