Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons at Ottawa Lynx

April 10th, 2004

Pablo Ozuna CF 5 0 2 1
Buzz Hannahan SS 4 0 1 0
Chase Utley 2B 5 1 1 0
Lou Collier 3B 5 0 2 0
Mark Smith LF 3 1 1 0
Mark Budzinski LF 0 0 0 0
J.P. Roberge DH 5 1 1 2
Jim Rushford 1B 5 2 2 0
Michel Hernandez C 4 0 1 0
Jorge Padilla RF 1 0 0 0
Tim Raines Jr. CF 5 0 0 0
Mike Fontenot 2B 5 2 3 0
Chad Mottola RF 5 1 2 0
Carlos Mendez 1B 5 1 2 2
Robert Machado C 4 0 1 1
Pedro Swann LF 3 0 1 0
Jose Leon 3B 3 0 0 1
Geronimo Gil DH 3 0 0 0
Clay Bellinger SS 4 0 0 0

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 5 11 0
Ottawa 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 4 11 2

E-Machado, Fontenot, LOB SWB-11, OTT-6, 2B-Utley, Collier, Smith, Rushford, Machado, Swann, HR-Roberge (Spencer/5th/2 run)

Name IP H R ER BB SO Decison
Brian Powell 5.2 7 4 4 0 2 ND
Dan Giese 2.1 0 0 0 2 0 ND
Jim Crowell 2 2 0 0 1 1 W (1-0)

Name IP H R ER BB SO Decison
Brian Forystek 3.2 5 2 2 5 2 ND
Sean Spencer 1.1 2 2 2 1 1 ND
Aaron Rakers 3 1 0 0 1 3 ND
Darwin Cubillan 1 1 0 0 0 1 ND
Rodney Ormond 1 2 1 1 1 0 L (0-1)

HB-Smith (Rakers), BB-Hernandez, Padilla, Smith, Swann, Leon, Gil
U-Darren Hyman, Bob Bainter, Trey Nelson
T-3:10, A-1,264

Scranton Times Tribune

How They Scored

Barons 2nd
With two outs, Jim Rushford singled. Michael Hernandez and Jorge Padilla walked, loading the bases. Pablo Ozuna singled, Rushford scored

Barons 3rd
Utley doubled, Collier ground out, Utley to third. Utley scored on throwing error by Robert Machado

Lynx 4th
With one out, Mike Fontenot singled. Chad Mottola grounded out. Fontenot to second. Carlos Mendez singled. Fontenot scored.

Barons 5th
Collier doubled. Mike Smith walked, Collier to second. Collier picked off second. J.P. Roberge home run.

Lynx 6th
With two outs, Fontenot singled. Mottola singled, Fontenot to third. Mendez singled, Fontenot scored and Mottola to second. Machado doubled, Mottola scored, Mendez to third. Dan Giese pitching. Pedro Swann walked. Jose Leon walked, Mendez scored.

Barons 10th
With one out, Rushford doubled. Hernandez singled, Rushford scored.

by Donnie Collins

Win ugly, Win pretty. Win quickly. Win slowly.

How it gets done never matters to a ballplayer. As long as the first word is win, everything is good in the end.

On Saturday afternoon, the Red Barons invented a new avenue to victory in picking up their first win of the young season Satuday, winning weird.

Michael Hernandez's RBI single in the top of the 10th inning followed a wacky bottom of the ninth and helped the Red Barons secure a 5-4 win over the Ottawa Lynx on a 35 degree afternoon at Lynx Stadium.

"It was sure better than an "L", Red Barons skipper Marc Bombard said, almost in disbelief afterward.

While Bombard found time to cast out a fair share of praise, to starting pitcher Brian Powell for working 5 2/3 shutout innings before running out of steam in the sixth, to relievers Dan Giese and Jim Crowell for holding the Lynx at bay and to center fielder Pablo Ozuna for his hustle on the basepaths and for robbing Ottawa's Jose Leon of a double with a leaping catch against the wall in dead center, he also found reason to shrug.

Every Red Barons run, it seemed, came unconventionally. some almost accidentally.

Never mind the fact that the first run scored on Pablo Ozuna's infield single, or that Chase Utley scored the second run after a pitckoff throw to third nailed him in the back a careened toward the dugout. The really strange stuff began in the fifth.

Lou Collier led off with a double. Mark Smith walked, so, with a chance to extend the lead in the offing. Bombard game J.P. Roberge the bunt sign.

Reliever Sean Spencer's fastball evaded Roberge's bat, and Machado fired down to second picking off Collier and forcing the Red Barons into what seemed like a critical baserunning mistake.

Naturally, Bombard called off the bunt. And Roberge answered by hitting a 1-2 pitch over the left field wall for a two run homer and a 4-1 lead.

"When Lou got picked off, now you don't bunt J.P." Bombard said. "It probably worked out. I guess you can say, better for us that Lou got picked off."

Ottawa chased Powell with four straight hits in the sixth and that resulted in three runs and a tied game. Actually, the Lynx came up with the next best chance to score in that scewy bottom of the ninth against Crowell.

Pedro Swann smoked a double down the left field line to lead off, and a grounder advanced him to third with one out. Pitching coach Rich Dubee came out to the mound, advised Crowell to intentionally walk catcher Geronimo Gil in favor of the No. 9 hitter, former Yankee Clay Bellinger, and waved the outfielders in.

Ottawa Citizen
by Darren DeSaulniers

If the first three games of the International League season have shown anything, it's that the Ottawa Lynx are an exciting club to watch, and that they should be successful far more often than not.

In yesterday's 10 inning, 5-4 loss to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, they showed why.

Trailing 4-1 in the sixth inning, they rallied off Red Barons starter Brian Powell, scoring three times to tie the game. Then they had a golden opportunity to win in the bottom of the ninth, but couldn't score Pedro Swann from thir dbase after he doubled to open the inning.

Swann advanced to third on a groundout, then Geronimo Gil was walked intentionally to put runners on the corners. Clay Bellinger hit a hard grounder to short stop Buzz Hannahan, who fired to second to force Gil, but the throw to first was low and Bellinger was safe. Swann stayed at third on the play.

"We went over every situation in the world except if they turned the double play," said Lynx manager Tim Leiper.

"I thought they might just check (Swann) at third and throw the ball to first base. They only thing you can do in that play is once the second baseman gets it and starts to turn, you go. But at the same time Pedro was going back to the base. It's more my fault not covering all our bases before the play happend."

Had Swann broke for home and scored, it would have been Ottawa's third straight win to start the season. Instead, it ended up being a loss after Jim Rushford doubled and scored in the top of the 10th with the eventual winning run.

That was the bad news. But there was good news.

"We haven't played a lot of games, and the thing I take away from the game is the way we battled back, down 4-1 and not panicking and still feeling like the pressure was on the other team." said Leiper. "Our at bats to get back in the game were temendous, and it just shows how professional our guys are and what a good team we can be."

The Red Barons scored single runs in the second and third innings off Lynx starter Brian Forystek. The big hit cam in the fifth when J.P. Roberge smacked a two run home run off Sean Spencer, who had come on in relief of Forystek.

Lynx first baseman Carlos Mendez drove in two runs, including one in the fourth to get Ottawa on the board, and another in the three run sixth. He also scored the tying run.

"I think it was a good ball game. We came back from a three run deficit against Powell, who was throwing the ball pretty well. We just couldn't capitalize at the end when we had a chance to score." said Mendez.

"Our pitching's been awesome, and we're playing good defence the first couple of games, and if that carries on throughout the season we'll have lots of success."

Highly touted prospect Mike Fontenot, who had three hits and scored two runs, is hitting a blistering .561.