Midwest League Action: Games of July 16, 2009

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@Great Lakes 9, Wisconsin 5: "We're swinging the bats and scoring a lot of runs," noted manager Juan Bustabad, whose Loons have outscored opponents 28-6 during their three-game win streak. "And the starting pitchers are doing a good job."

Kane County 3 @South Bend 0: "That's the way Kenny's pitched for us all season," said Kane County pitching coach Jimmy Escalante. "He did a good job of getting ahead of hitters with his fast ball and then kept them off balance with his change up."

@West Michigan 11, Peoria 7: The lineup has been shuffled out of necessity in the season's second half, but the West Michigan Whitecaps' offense continues to roll along.

Quad Cities 5 @Dayton 3:
It all might have worked out if home plate umpire Marcus Pattillo had called Quad Cities batter Osvaldo Morales out on strikes to end the seventh inning.

It appeared from the home team dugout at Fifth Third Field — and most other observers — that Morales struck out swinging.

It was even more clear on the video replay, but Pattillo said Morales held his bat back far enough. In other words, he didn’t completely bring his bat around his back.

Three pitches later (two were balls), Morales did fully swing, and he connected for a double that drove in two runs, breaking a 3-3 tie and giving the River Bandits a 5-3 victory over the Dragons on Thursday, July 16.
Cedar Rapids 13 @Lansing 6: Jonathan Talley went 3-for-4 with two RBI on Thursday, but the Lansing Lugnuts could not recover from Cedar Rapids' six-run sixth inning

Clinton 7 @Fort Wayne 4: Fort Wayne and Clinton combined for 12 doubles Thursday. But it was the potential double Lumberjacks center fielder Maximo Mendez prevented that helped end the TinCaps’ 15-game home winning streak. (Editor's note: Lumberjacks? Really?)

Beloit 9 @Burlington 1: "They just beat us. That's about it. Sometimes you just get beat."

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