Posted tagged ‘Chia-Chu Chen’

Weinhardt sharp in two-inning rehab appearance

June 28, 2010

Toledo Mud Hens relief pitcher Robbie Weinhardt pitched two scoreless innings for the Connecticut Tigers in Monday’s 6-3 victory over the Lowell Spinners.  Weinhardt has spent the past few days with Connecticut on a rehab assignment, as he is working his way back from a shoulder injury that had kept him sidelined since May 25.

Brandon Jacobs was the only Spinner who reached base against Weinhardt, reaching on a throwing error by shortstop Brett Anderson.  Weinhardt recorded three strikeouts in his two-inning appearance and had good command of his 89-92 mph fastball and high 70s slider.

The Tigers got on the board early against Lowell, scoring three runs in the first inning with singles from P.J. Polk, Josh Ashenbrenner, Julio Rodriguez and James Robbins.

The Tigers added two more runs in the fourth inning off of Lowell starter Roman Mendez.  Mendez’s fastball sat in the mid 90s and touched 98 mph, but it was not good enough to quiet the Tigers offense, which knocked him out of the game after three innings.

Tigers starting pitcher Clemente Mendoza kept the Spinners off balance for five innings before running into trouble in the sixth, in which he allowed three earned runs.  He finished with a final line of six innings pitched, five strikouts and three runs allowed on five hits and four walks.

Brennan Smith earned the save, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.  He flashed excellent stuff including an 90-92 mph, a nasty splitter, a curveball and a changeup.  Smith’s curveball was particularly effective Monday, as he used it to strike out Seth Schwindenhammer and Chia-Chu Chen.

Left fielder P.J. Polk looked completely recovered from his injured hamstring, showing off his speed with a stolen base and a bunt single.

The Tigers play the Spinners again on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.  Right-handed pitcher Luis Sanz (2-0, 0.90) is expected to get the start for the Tigers.  He will be opposed by Madison Younginer (1-1, 6.48) of the Spinners.

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