Beloit Snappers at Lansing Lugnuts

April 20th, 2004

Guilder Rodriguez 2B 4 1 2 1
Terry Trofholz CF 4 0 1 1
Drew Anderson LF 5 0 1 0
Tim Marks C 5 1 2 1
Vinny Rottino RF 4 0 1 0
Adam Heether 3B 4 0 2 1
Manuel Ramirez DH 4 0 0 0
Carlos Corporan 1B 3 1 1 0
Gilberto Acosta SS 4 1 1 0
Chris Walker CF 4 0 0 0
Robinson Chirinos 2B 3 3 2 1
Brian Dopirak DH 3 2 2 2
Kevin Collins 1B 3 2 2 2
Ryan Fitzgerald LF 4 1 2 1
Jake Fox C 4 0 2 2
Kyle Boyer RF 2 0 0 0
Tony McQuade RF 1 0 0 0
Drew Larsen 3B 4 0 0 0
Carlos Rojas SS 4 0 0 0

Beloit 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 4 11 1
Lansing 2 0 2 0 1 0 3 0 X 8 10 1

E-Marks, Bay, LOB BEL-9, LAN-4, 2B-Heether, Corporan, Fitzgerald, HR-Chirinos (Montalbo/3rd inn/solo), Dopirak (Montalbo/1st inn/solo), Collins (Montalbo/3rd/solo), SACB-Rodriguez, SB-Chirinos 2, Dopirak, CS-Fox

Name IP H R ER BB SO Decison
Brian Montalbo 4.1 7 5 5 2 3 L (0-1)
Dan Grybash 2.2 3 3 3 1 1 ND
Simon Beresford 1 0 0 0 0 2 ND

Name IP H R ER BB SO Decison
Bear Bay 6 6 2 2 0 3 W (2-0)
Ed Campusano 0.1 3 2 2 1 0 ND
Wes O'Brien 1.2 1 0 0 0 2 ND
Reid Willett 1 1 0 0 0 0 ND

HBP-Boyer (Grybash), Corporan (O'Brien)
T-2:18, A-1,468

Beloit Daily News

The heart of the Lansing Lugnuts' batting order belted three home runs as they defeated the Beloit Snappers, 8-4, Tuesday night at Oldsmobile Park.

The defending Midwest League champions got a first inning homer from Brian Doirak, and third inning shots from Robinson Chirinos and Kevin Collins.

Lansing's No. 2 through 5 hitters accounted for all 10 of the team's hits (10 for 17), runs and RBIs.

The Lugnuts offense made things quite easy for starting pitcher Ronald Bay (2-0). He went six innings, allowing two earned runs, scattering six hits and striking out three.

Brian Montalbo (0-1) took the loss for Beloit. He allowed five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.

The Snappers had 11 hits, but they also stranded nine baserunners. Lansing stranded just four.

Adam Heether, Tim Marks and Guilder Rodriguez each had two hits and an RBI for Beloit. Terry Trofholz also drove in a run.

Lansing had as much as a 5-1 lead through five innings. Snappers tried to inch back with a run in the sixth and two in the seventh to cut the lead to 5-4.

But the Lugnuts responded with three runs in the bottom of the seventh to create some breathing room.

The Lugnuts tested Snappers backup catcher Marks. Lansing was successful on 3 of 4 stolen base attempts.

Lansing State Journal
by Mark Feather

The middle of the Lansing Lugnuts batting order provided, literally, all the offense in an 8-4 victory over the Beloit Snappers on Tuesday at Oldsmobile Park.

The Nos 2 through 6 hitters combined for Lansing's runs, hits (10) and RBI (8).

"The middle of the lineup really hit the ball well tonight." said Lansing manager Julio Garcia. "That's something, if it works out, that could provide a lot of offense for us this year. It's kind of something I was banking on.

"That group, starting with and consisting of Robinson Chirinos, Brian Dopirak, Kevin Collins, Ryan Fitzgerald and Jake Fox combined to finish 10 for 17 with three home runs, three stolen bases, three walks and no strikeouts.

"When you've got so many good hitters in there and a couple of guys with power, you're going to get some really good looks." said Collins, who's solo home run connected with the middle of the scoreboard in centerfield during the third inning.

Collins' third homer of the season was the last of three solo shots from the Lugnuts, who broke a three game losing streak.

Dopirak hit one during his first at bat off Beloit starter Brian Montalbo (0-1).

"I was looking for something off speed," Dopirak said. "I held back on it, made some good contact and got luck I guess."

Chirinos connected on his first of the season to lead off the third inning. He finished 2 for 3 with three runs scored, two stolen bases, a walk and an RBI.

"I feel that everybody was hitting the ball well today," Chirinos said, "But for me this was my best game of the year."

Right handed starter Ronald Bay (2-0), given a 5-1 lead, allowed six hits, two runs, no walks and two strikeout over six innings.

Right handed relief pitcher Jermaine VanBuren was promoted to West Tennessee of the Double A Southern League.

VanBuren, a 23 year old from Hattiesburg, Miss, appeared in three games and complied a 1.80 ERA and 0-1 record in five innings with the Lugnuts.

This is VanBuren's first year in the Cubs orginization, as he was signed as a free agent last December. He was originally drafted in the second round by the Coloroado Rockies in 1998.