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47 games in a row, Wittels hitting streak continues for FIU

Info Courtesy of Florida International University

FIU’s Garrett Wittels has matched the second-longest hitting streak in Division I history, getting a hit in his 47th straight game Friday night against Florida Atlantic.

Garrett Wittels (FIU)

Wittels tied Wichita State’s Phil Stephenson, who hit in 47 straight games in 1981. Oklahoma State’s Robin Ventura holds the NCAA record with a 58-game streak in 1987.

Wittels hit a third-inning single to left field off FAU’s Mike Gipson, after getting a hit by a pitch in the first inning.

Wittels has hit in every FIU game played in 2010, his average on Friday was .408.

Rookie’s pinch hit grand slam sinks Reds; Royals sweep Indians

compiled from staff and wire reports

Rookie Brooks Conrad hit his 3rd major league homer and first career grand slam as the Braves scored seven times to rally past the Reds 10-9 to sweep the two game series at Turner Field.

Conrad, entering the game hitting .222, was 2-for-12 as a pinch hitter for the Braves and delivered the game’s biggest hit as the Braves won their third straight game-all in their last at bat.

Brooks Conrad (mlb)

Conrad homered off Reds closer Francisco Cordero as the Braves wiped out an earlier 8-0 deficit in defeating Cincinnati. Joey Votto stroked a grand slam in an 8 run second inning and leftfielder Laynce Nix delivered two RBI’s in that frame. The Reds scored all 8 runs off righthander Tommie Hanson of Atlanta.

Mike Leake (4-0) had his sixth quality start out of seven outings in 2010.

Leake pitched six innings, struck out six and walked only 1 and allowed five hits. He left with a 9-3 lead.

Poor defense by the Reds (4 errors) in the game helped Atlanta rally for the win.

Francisco Cordero relieved Nick Masset in the 9th inning with a 9-6 lead before giving up the grand slam to Brooks Conrad. Conrad, a left-handed hitter drove the ball over the left field wall and the hit off the glove of a leaping Laynce Nix at the wall.

The two game sweep by the Braves was the first time the Reds had been swept since the Pirates won a three game sweep in Pittsburgh in mid-April.

GAME NOTES

* The Atlanta Braves have won three straight games in their last at-bat, one against the Mets and two against the Reds.

Luke Hocevar pitched his third career complete game, Alberto Callaspo hit a  three-run homer and the Royals won for the sixth time in eight games, beating the short-handed and sliding Indians 9-3 on Thursday to move out of last place in the AL Central Division.

New Manager Ned Yost is 5-2 since taking over for the fired Trey Hillman.

Luke Hochevar (mlb)

The Royals completed a two-game sweep of the Indians due to a solid performance from Hocevar (4-2), who gave up four hits and ended a three-game losing streak against Cleveland.

Hocevar gave up two first-inning singles and then retired 15 of 16 before Shin-Soo Choo’s double in the sixth.

Rays sweep Yankees behind bat of Pena and pitching of Shields, 8-6

compiled from staff and wire reports

Baseball’s best team, the Tampa Bay Rays, now know that they can compete and win in the new Yankee Stadium. In 2009, that had some nightmarish games in the new ballpark. Carlos Pena and James Shields led the way last night.

Pena homered twice and Ben Zobrist and B.J. Upton also blasted homers as Tampa Bay tattoed another Yankees pitcher and posted its sixth straight win.

James Shields (mlb)

A day after battering A.J.  Burnett, Tampa Bay came out swinging a hot bat against Andy Pettitte (5-1). Jason Bartlett led off with a double, Carl Crawford followed with an RBI single and then Zobrist homered.

Shields, who is 5-1, overcame some early problems and mishaps and settled down as the game moved along and pitched into the eighth inning.

The Rays improved to 17-4 on the road and 30-11 overall.

Canadiens finally solve goaltender Leighton, beat Flyers 5-1

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Montreal Canadiens have been scratching their heads in trying to figure out how to score on Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton.

Michael Cammalleri (nhl)

Michael Cammalleri was the first to solve the puzzle. Cammalleri scored in the first period to end Montreal’s two-game drought against Leighton, leading the Canadiens to a 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday night in Montreal.

The Flyers had won six straight, dating back to the second-round series win over Boston in which they overcame a 3-0 series deficit. It was Leighton’s first loss in five starts since taking the goaltending duties away from Brian Boucher who hurt his knee.

Cammalleri started the scoring with his team-leading 13th goal, 7:05 into the game.

Minor League Baseball: Clippers win; Dragons lose

Info Courtesy of Dayton Dragons, Gwinnett Braves and Columbus Clippers

The Columbus Clippers defeated the Gwinnett Braves 3-2 on Thursday night at Coolray Field. Reigning International League Pitcher of the Week Chris Resop had another strong outing, striking out 6 in 6.0 innings pitched, but his four-game winning streak was snapped. Gwinnett (18-22) remains in second place in the International League South, 4 games behind Durham. Columbus (26-16) remains in first place in the IL West, 2 games ahead of Toledo.

Jose Constanza (MiLB)

The key point of the game was in the top of the 8th inning with the scored tied 2-2, Clippers infielder Jose Constanza scored from third base after a wild pitch was thrown by Gwinnett reliever Mariano Gomez.

GAME NOTES

* Gwinnett pitching coach Derek Botelho pitched for the Kansas City Royals in 1982 and the Cubs in 1985. His won loss record was 3-4.

Ryan Tepera tossed eight and one-third innings and Brad McElroy hit a tie-breaking home run as the Lansing Lugnuts edged the Dayton Dragons 3-2 before a crowd of 8,614 on Thursday night at Fifth Third Field. The Lugnuts earned their eighth straight victory and completed a sweep of the three-game series.

Ryan Tepera (MiLB)

Tepera retired 15 straight batters from the fourth inning into the ninth.

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