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One win, three fairly ugly losses and an injury to one of the organizationís best prospects; could we have a night where the big club and the little clubs all do well?

Scranton 6 Syracuse 5

You know the expression, ďThis was a costly win,Ē when a team comes away victorious but with a player lost to injury? Well, the only thing worse than a costly win is a costly loss, and thatís what the Skychiefs got last night against Scranton-Wilkes-Barre. Itís all bad enough that a late-game 5-3 lead was squandered by the bullpen, but the Skychiefs really got hurt when catcher Guillermo Quiroz was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the 5th inning by David Coggin, breaking his hand. The most optimistic projection for his return, from the Chiefs, is 3-4 weeks; Toronto GM Ricciardi forecast a slightly longer spell, 4 to 6 weeks. Quiroz himself said that the break wasnít too bad and that he didnít expect to be out very long; indeed, Q stayed in the game after the HBP and scored a run, only coming out after the inning was over. Quiroz, who played several games down the stretch last season with a collapsed lung, is a tough customer, and with any luck the break will heal quickly and properly.

As for the game itself, David Bush started and was not by any means sharp, as the play-by-play in yesterdayís minor-league thread attests (and thanks again to Jeff, Mike, Robert and everyone else who contributed to that thread), he went deep in a lot of counts. His final line (6 IP, 5 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 3 K) indicates that Bush wasnít as sharp as he would have liked. Still, the Skychiefs had more than their share of bad luck on the field, Qís injury aside. Bush missed on a couple of close pitches to the last better he faced, Jorge Padilla, putting 2 runners on; Vinny Chulk entered the game in relief. Following a sacrifice bunt and a groundout to make the score 5-4 Syracuse, Chase Utleyís broken-bat flare into centerfield scored the tying run. In the 9th, erstwhile Toronto closer Aquilino Lopez also had some bad luck: he thought he had struck out the leadoff batter, but the umpire called the pitch a ball; an infield single and a double later, Syracuse was done, and they now occupy last place in their division.

On offence, the best news was supplied by shortstop Russ Adams, who led off the game with a home run and later drove in a key run with an single. Alex Rios also had 2 hits in 5 trips, while first baseman Shawn Fagan walked, doubled and scored once. Gabe Gross went hitless, but did walk twice. Tim Whittaker will likely be the Skychiefsí catcher for the next few weeks, with Paul Chiafreddo possibly coming up to backup or platoon with Whittaker. Quiroz was ticketed to spend 2004 in Syracuse anyway, so as long as the injury doesnít sideline him for too long, itís not disastrous.

New Hampshire 5 Akron 2

Ty Godwin is on fire. The outfielder, who struggled through an awful April, has begun May with a bang: his second consecutive three-hit game featured his first home run of the year, along with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. The Fisher Catsí leadoff hitter boosted his line to .222/.286/.333 which, considering he was at .143/.200/.211 just a few days ago, is pretty good. Justin Singleton also went yard, while Dominic Rich singled and walked, driving in a run. And all hail Stubby: Mr. Clapp doubled, walked and scored twice in his organizational debut.

On the mound, Todd Ozias pitched an excellent game for New Hampshire, allowing 2 runs over 7 full innings on just 4 hits; he issued no walks and struck out 4. Jordan DeJong struck out 1 in a scoreless 8th, while Adam Peterson whiffed 2 and walked 1 to gain his 5th save of the campaign. And finally, Fisher Catcher Erik Kratz was sent down to extended spring training, leaving New Hampshireís roster at 23; Kevin Gray explains that Eastern League rosters are limited to 23 at around this point in the season, so donít think that there are promotions imminent. Indeed, Dustin McGowan will be sticking around for a few more starts to gain the consistency he needs for Triple-A.

And finally, spare a thought for the Akron Aeros. The Fisher Cats had to ensure an 11-hour bus ride from Ohio back to New Hampshire after their visit their last week, but the Aeros have to do that every time they go on a road trip. Without looking, Iím guessing Akron has a great home record and a terrible road mark.

Daytona 2 Dunedin 0

The pitching-rich D-Jays got some of their own medicine force-fed to them last night, as massive (6í9Ē, 250-lb) Daytona starter Andy Sisco almost fired a no-hitter against them. Sisco held Dunedin to a single walk through six innings, but allowed a single to Brad Hassey in the seventh and there went the no-no. But that base hit, plus a walk each from Jayce Tingler and Ron Davenport, was all the D-Jays could muster against Sisco, who entered the game 0-3 with an ERA over 5.00 but who is considered a solid if raw prospect. The Cubbies have to be happy with his 9-K performance last night.

On the D-Jaysí side of the mound, Ismael Ramirez had a pretty good game, allowing 2 runs in 5 2/3 innings on 6 singles and a double; he walked no one and struck out 2. In a very encouraging outing, Tracy Thorpe entered the game in relief and pitched 2 1/3 shutout innings, striking out one.

Hagerstown 8 Charleston 6

The high-flying Alley-Cats were humbled at home last night, in a game in which few players shone. Starter Ramon Mora, who entered the game with an ERA over 6, was lit up early and often by Hagerstown batters who had been struggling badly up to that point. Mora was ineffective right from the get-go, finishing with an abbreviated line of 3 2/3 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB and 3 Ks, but his manager kept him out there for awhile to gain experience and pitches; two errors behind Mora didnít help. Reliever Marcos Sandoval overcame an inauspicious moment (walking the bases loaded in the 6th) and combined with Brad Esaray and Brian Reed to allow just one unearned run the rest of the way. The offence was mainly supplied by (surprise, surprise) 2B Ryan Roberts, who reached base 4 times (2 singles, 2 walks) and drove in 2 runs, while part-time catcher Joey Reiman (DHíing tonight) raised his average 50 points with a four-single performance. Shortstop Juan Peralta, who had shown signs of breaking out of his early-season slump, had a miserable 0-for-5 night in the leadoff spot, striking out twice.

Bonus: The Blue Jays, says Dayn Perry of Fox Sports, have the best farm system in all of baseball. This is welcome recognition for an organization that doesnít get the credit it deserves for excellent scouting, drafting and training programs. That said, Iím not sure Iíd place the Jays right at the pinnacle yet, though theyíre most certainly in the top five. And Perry has some interesting choices for the Jaysí ten best prospects, including Jamie Vermilyea at #7 and Vito Chiaravalotti at #8, players I wouldnít have ranked quite so high. But itís good to get a third-party perspective on the Jaysí system, and itís nice to see them start getting the recognition thatís often denied them by other assessment bureaus. Thanks to Steve Z for providing these and other links.
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Mike Green - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 09:35 AM EDT (#67068) #
Starters for today: Sean Douglass for Syracuse, Derek Lee for New Hampshire, Kurt Isenberg for Dunedin and Danny Core for Charleston.

To put Josh Banks in perspective, he has performed better to this point in his pro career than Dustin McGowan had. His stuff, while excellent, is apparently not as good as McGowan's. Banks' head is apparently right there; he has tremendous composure. It'll be fun to see where both of them are in 2008 or 2009; my money would be on Banks ending up as the better pitcher, but it's a long way off.
_goatboy - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 09:47 AM EDT (#67069) #
Anybody know which hand Quiroz had broken, it not going to help
matters if it was his throwing hand
Mike Green - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 10:11 AM EDT (#67070) #
The radio report said "left hand", but also indicated that the injury was a bruise.
_Jonny German - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 10:36 AM EDT (#67071) #
No three star selection today?
Craig B - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 10:59 AM EDT (#67072) #
Goody! That means *I* get to pick the Three Stars:

Third Star : Ryan Roberts, 2B, Charleston. He just keeps on keeping on! Edges his teammate Joey Reiman (4-for-5 with a double) by going 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs, and two RBI. Roberts raised his average to .356.

Second Star : Tyrell Godwin, RF, New Hampshire. A great leadoff performance for Godwin as he puts up a boxscore line of 4 2 3 2, with two singles and a home run.

First Star : Todd Ozias, P, New Hampshire. He tired in the seventh and gave up a single and a two-run homer, but before that he was nearly unhittable, scattering just a single and a double over the previous six innings. A boxscore line of 7 4 2 2 0 4 earns Ozias the first star and his second win.
_Jordan - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 11:03 AM EDT (#67073) #
Damn ... Craig just beat me to it. I was in too much of a hurry to post the report this morning, and then I was in a meeting for the last 90 minutes. Anyway, that would have been my three-star lineup too.
_Jordan - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 11:06 AM EDT (#67074) #
And yes, it's Q's left hand, broken bone. Although it wasn't his throwing hand, which is good, it's still his receiving hand, which I'm sure isn't a whole lot better when the pitcher's throwing 94.
Coach - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 11:36 AM EDT (#67075) #
Fisher Catcher Erik Kratz was sent down to extended spring training

Not for long; Kratz has been recalled to New Hampshire, and as Jordan expected, Paul Chiaffredo was called up to Syracuse to replace Quiroz.
_Jordan - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 02:08 PM EDT (#67076) #
Undeterred by major-league baseball's swift reprisals against Justin Miller, Charleston phenom Ryan Roberts is following Miller's path to the tattoo parlour. Thanks to Gerry for the link.
Gerry - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 02:31 PM EDT (#67077) #
Charleston's slump continues losing a school special today.
_Steve Z - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 02:42 PM EDT (#67078) #
From Spencer Fordin's Notebook:

Honor Roll: Toronto named two players to top organizational honors for the month of April. Ryan Roberts was named the Organizational Player of the Month after batting .358 for the Single-A Charleston Alley Cats. Josh Banks, a second-round draft pick last season, was named the pitcher of the month after going 3-0 with an 0.41 ERA during April. Banks struck out 27 batters and walked only four in 22 innings of work.

[Aside: as an honoured American writer covering the Toronto beat, it seems Fordin hasn't made the full switch just yet...]
_goatboy - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 03:39 PM EDT (#67079) #
There's an article about Dustin McGowan in the lastest edition of Baseball America, it touches on things we pretty much know, 95mph fastball and a hard curve ball. The article then goes on to mention the organization wants McGowan to be more consistent with his pitches before he goes to Syarcuse, something we've all be speculating on since his non promotion. By the way I can't link the article to this post I don't have a subcription to Baseball America, I went to Chapters instead and bought a copy $5.50 Canadian sorry.
_goatboy - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 05:06 PM EDT (#67080) #
Re: Banks ending up as the better pitcher, but it's a long way off.

I don't think Banks is going to have McGowans fastball but on every other level their just about equal though I think Banks is going to be more consistant from start to start, but I tell one thing it is sure going to be fun seeing them both in a Bluejays uninform
Mike Green - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 05:28 PM EDT (#67081) #
In the "keeping tabs on the opposition dept.", John Maine is making rapid progress up the Baltimore ladder. After 28 innings in Bowie (7 walks, 34 Ks, 1HR, and ahem, 4 wins in 5 starts), he was promoted to Triple A Ottawa. Ponson, DuBose, Rodrigo Lopez, Maine, Matt Riley. Baltimore could very well have an average rotation, at least, by July.
robertdudek - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 05:40 PM EDT (#67082) #
Charleston lost to Hagerstown 6-2. Here is the boxscore.

The schedule tonight is:

Scranton-Wilkes-Barre vs Syracuse 6:00 PM
New Hampshire vs Reading 6:35 PM
Dunedin vs Daytona 7:00 PM

All three are on internet radio (Dunedin-Dayton through the opponents' broadcast).

Do we have any volunteers for radio updates?
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 05:52 PM EDT (#67083) #
I'll take the SkyChiefs for the first few innings.
robertdudek - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 06:01 PM EDT (#67084) #
Sean Douglass versus Clay Codrey (Scranton)

Batting order: Adams, Fagan, Rios, Pond, Williams, Gross, Sequea, Hall, Whittaker
Mike Green - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 06:06 PM EDT (#67085) #
Everyone seems to want to listen to Syracuse. I'll tune into Dunedin a little later. It's interesting that Gabe Gross is DHing again tonight. Does he have some kind of injury?
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 06:13 PM EDT (#67086) #
Top 1st (AAA):

Douglass, first pitch, 6:05 ET.
Budzinski grounds out to Adams.
Ozuna squibbs the 1-2 pitch to second, no chance for Sequea. One on, one out.
Passed ball by Whittaker, Ozuna to second.
Utley singles to left, Ozuna scores. 1-0 Red Barons.
Collier strikes out, Utley is caught stealing at second. Double play to end the inning.
1-0 Bad Guys.
robertdudek - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 06:14 PM EDT (#67087) #

Will you be able to switch to the Fisher Cats game at 6:35?
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 06:16 PM EDT (#67088) #
Sure. I'll just finish whatever half-inning I'm on at the time.
_Jeff Geauvreau - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 06:18 PM EDT (#67089) #
Good question Mike , I don't think he was hurt last night when he stole a base and used his football skills to score.
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 06:20 PM EDT (#67090) #
Bottom 1st:

Clay Condrey pitching.
Adams grounds out..I think. I missed the last pitch of the at-bat.
Fagan walks: one on, one out.
Rios chopps it to the shortstop, they get Fagan at second but Lexi legs it out at first.
Pond strikes out looking.
Through one, still 1-0 SWB.
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 06:35 PM EDT (#67091) #
Top 2nd (AAA):

Rushford pops the 1-2 pitch up into foul territory. Williams (3B) catches it, a nice play from what I heard.
Smith takes ball four on the full count. One on, one out.
Roberge takes strike three, two outs, still a man on first.
Wild pitch on ball four to A.J. Hinch. First and second, two outs.
Douglass walks another batter. Padilla on first, Hinch on second, Smith on third.
Three walks in the inning and Arnsberg goes out to talk to Douglass.
Budzinski doubles everybody in. 4-0 Red Barons. Budzinski to third on Pond's error.
Another gapper, this one by Ozuna. RBI double, 5-0!
Matos up in the bullpen.
Utley grounds it back to the pitcher. 3 outs, finally. :)

Switching to Hew Hampshire's game figures that the long inning came right when I was supposed to listen to the AA game.
robertdudek - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 06:36 PM EDT (#67092) #
Top 2nd:

Douglass walked the bases loaded and lead-off hitter Mark Budzinski cleared the bases with a double and E7 (Pond) tacked on. Ozuna doubled and Scranton leads 5-0.
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 06:44 PM EDT (#67093) #
Top 1st (AA):

Keith Bucktrot pitching for Reading.
Somebody (Godwin?) got the first out for the F-Cats. I missed the at-bat.
Solano walks.
Rich is hit, but the ump calls it foul. Basso out there arguing for a while.
Rich steps back into the box and strokes one to left. First and second, one out.
JFG grounds into a double play.
No score.
robertdudek - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 06:47 PM EDT (#67094) #
Douglass's night is done.

2 IP, 4 hits, 2 doubles, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts, a caught stealing.

12 Batters Faced, 48 pitches, 24 for strikes. Scranton swung 14 times and made contact (including fouls) 11 times.

Josue Matos is in and was greeted with a first-pitch homerun over the centrefield wall by Lou Collier.
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 06:51 PM EDT (#67095) #
Bottom 1st (AA):

Derek Lee pitching for New Hampshire.
Fleming flies out to Singleton in centre.
Rich makes a nice play on Gonzalez's ground ball. Two outs.
Keene skies it, Umbria flips off the mask and retires the side.
No score.
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 06:58 PM EDT (#67096) #
F-Cats' lineup: Godwin* 7, Solano 5, Rich 4, Griffin DH, Logan 3, Hill 6, Umbria 2, Jova 9, Singleton 8

Top 2nd (AA):

Logan rips one to centre, but Fleming takes extra bases away with a nice catch. One out.
Hill pops one up to first. Two outs.
Umbria singles to left on the first pitch.
Jova doubles, Umbria rounds third and is thrown out at the plate. Inning over.
Still no score.

* I'm assuming Godwin is batting leadoff based on previous box scores
_Jordan - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:01 PM EDT (#67097) #
Most interesting thing from that Charleston boxscore:

Robinson Diaz 3B
robertdudek - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:03 PM EDT (#67098) #
Matos gives up two more hits, including a homer to make it 8-0 Red Barons.

Syracuse has been unable to muster anything more than a single walk through 3 innings - that by Shawn Fagan.

Matos works an 1-2-3 4th with three groundball outs.
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:04 PM EDT (#67099) #
Bottom 2nd (AA):

Deschaine singles to left.
Barker flies to left, one out.
Castellano, infield single. First and second with one out.
Phelps grounds into a 5-3 double play.
No score through two.
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:05 PM EDT (#67100) #
Looking for feedback on my play-by-play...what do you guys think?
Too much info? Should I be updating less frequently?

Either way, onto the top of the third.
_lurker - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:08 PM EDT (#67101) #
Looking for feedback on my play-by-play...what do you guys think?

Perfect. Every half-inning is dandy.
robertdudek - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:09 PM EDT (#67102) #
Bottom 4th:

Fagan grounds a 0-1 pitch to short. Rios crunches the first pitch on the ground to shortstop for the out. Pond squibs one past the second baseman for a hit (could have been ruled an error). Glenn Williams follows that with a first-pitch homerun. Gross grounds to short. 8-2 Red Barons.
_goatboy - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:11 PM EDT (#67103) #
Re: Gabe Gross is DHing again tonight. Does he have some kind of

Gross has been DHing for the last week, I'm not sure what is wrong but I did hear one of the broadcasters mention that Gross has a bad elbow
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:11 PM EDT (#67104) #
Top 3rd (AA):

Singleton singles to right.
Godwin grounds to second, they get the lead runner. Godwin on first, one out.
Bucktrot keeps checking the speedy Godwin at first. Three throws over in a row.
And then Ty steals second. Naturally.
Solano grounds to third, they get him at first. Then Godwin tries for third and is thrown out. A rare 5-3-2 double play.

Thanks, lurker. :)
robertdudek - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:15 PM EDT (#67105) #
AAA (I'm using this to help the readers distinguish between games)

Matos retires the side on 6 pitches in the 5th. He's retired 9 straight since Smith's homerun. This game is flying along now. Bottom 5th coming up.
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:16 PM EDT (#67106) #
Bottom 3rd (AA):

Quintana flies out.
Jacobsen grounds out.
Back to Fleming, flies out to left.
Easy inning for Lee (and for me to type).
Zip for the away team, nil for the home team.
_Jordan - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:17 PM EDT (#67107) #
Rob, I'm available to take the Fisher Cats game, if you like.
robertdudek - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:17 PM EDT (#67108) #
Skychiefs are hacking, as Condrey is putting almost everything in the zone with the comfort of a 6-run lead. Side retired in order on 5 pitches.
robertdudek - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:22 PM EDT (#67109) #
Any word on the Dunedin game?
_Jordan - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:23 PM EDT (#67110) #
Or I can take Dunedin. No sweat.
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:23 PM EDT (#67111) #
Sure. Take over in the bottom of the fourth?
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:24 PM EDT (#67112) #
Or I can stay on this game, or I can go to Dunedin. :)
_Jordan - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:25 PM EDT (#67113) #
You got here first; which would you prefer? :-)
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:26 PM EDT (#67114) #
I'll stay with the F-Cats.

Mid-inning update: Back to back doubles makes it 1-0 for NH.
robertdudek - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:27 PM EDT (#67115) #

Top 6th: Roberge singles after an 8-pitch battle; Hinch grounds to pitcher on first pithc, the runner advancing to 2nd, Padilla grounds to shortstop Adams, who gets Roberge trying for third for the fielder's choice. Budzinski walks on 4 pitches.

I suspect Matos is tired. 2 on, 2 out ...
_Jordan - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:27 PM EDT (#67116) #

Kurt Isenberg's pitching for Dunedin. We're in the bottom of the 2nd. More info shortly.
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:28 PM EDT (#67117) #
Top 4th (AA):

Rich hits one to the track and the left fielder crashes into the wall, but catches it! One out.
Griffin doubles to right.
Logan doubles off the wall in left, 1-0 Fisher Cats.
Wild pitch, Logan to third.
Bucktrot throws a few more in the dirt and Hill draws the walk.
Umbria grounds into a DP, the Cats' third in four innings.
1-0 New Hampshire.
robertdudek - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:29 PM EDT (#67118) #

Ozuna grounds to second on a 2-2 pitch. Top of the 6th is concluded. 8-2 Red Barons.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:31 PM EDT (#67119) #
I'm here and listening to the Dunedin game. It's 1-0 Daytona after a catcher's throwing error on a double steal. I'll take this game for a few innings or switch wherever I'm needed.
_Jordan - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:33 PM EDT (#67120) #
1-0 for Daytona; on a double-steal attempt by the Cubs, the catcher -- Yepez? Schneider? -- threw the ball into left field. Isenberg struck out the next batter for the first out of the inning (his first K); there's still a runner on second. Next batter popped up into right on the first pitch. On an 0-1 pitch, the final batter lines out to centerfield. We're going to top of three.
_Jordan - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:34 PM EDT (#67121) #
Oh man ... I'm redundant.
robertdudek - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:34 PM EDT (#67122) #
AAA - bottom 6th

Adams and Fagan ground to second. Rios smacks a single past the pitcher into centre - that's two hardhit balls for him tonight. Pond takes a called third strike for the second time tonight to end the inning.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:35 PM EDT (#67123) #
Two hits and the error led to the run. Isenberg got out of it on fly balls to Negron in centre and Waugh in right.
_Jordan - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:40 PM EDT (#67124) #
Schneider's catching, and he's leading off the inning. Schneider's hitting .161 in limited action. He strikes out looking.

The Daytona announcers don't pay a whole lot of attention to who's batting for Dunedin. Infield single on a hard liner to short for Brad Hassey.

Jayce Tingler! He's 0-for-1 so far. Tingler singles to left on a 2-1 count.

The announcers are talking with Front Row Joe, who's attending his 599th consecutive Daytone game. I have no idea who Front Row Joe is, but the name is a Hall of Famer.

Carlo Cota comes to the plate. He singled his first time up. Cota grounds hard into a 6-4-3 double play.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:41 PM EDT (#67125) #
Top 3 in Daytona: Hassey and Tingler singled, but Cota grounded into the DP to end the threat. Tingler went 5 pitches into the count. He had flown out in his first at-bat. Cota had singled in the first.
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:41 PM EDT (#67126) #
Bottom 4th (AA):

Gonzalez grounds out pitcher to first base.
Keene does the same thing. Will it be a 1-2-3 1-3 inning?
Deschaine says no. He walks. Two outs, man on first.
Barker singles to right, Deschaine to third. I feel like CBS Sportsline. :)
Rick Adair visits Lee out on the mound.
Castellanno pops it up to right. Inning over.
Reading doesn't score, still 1-0 NH.

Not enough minor league teams to go around, eh guys? ;) Gotta love a Jays' off-day.
_Jordan - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:42 PM EDT (#67127) #
Mike, I'll turn the D-Jays over to you. If anyone needs me to fill in on a game, just let me know.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:43 PM EDT (#67128) #
Rob, would you like me to take over in NH? Jordan is great at this.
robertdudek - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:43 PM EDT (#67129) #
AAA - top 7th

Matos is out, having pitched 4 innings, allowed 4 hits, 2 homers, a walk, a strikeout.

Lukasiewicz comes in, gets Utley. He then allows Collier's second homerun of the game, this one also to dead centre. Rushford singles. Smith hits a sharp grounder to third, 3B Williams double clutches and gets the out at first (could easily have been a DP). Roberge doubles in Rushford. Hinch flies out.
_Jordan - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:43 PM EDT (#67130) #
Man, we need Instant Messenger. :-)
Mike Green - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:44 PM EDT (#67131) #
OK, Jordan, I'm good here til about 8:45
_Jordan - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:45 PM EDT (#67132) #
Cool. I'll drop by again circa 8:30. Give my best to Front-Row Joe.
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:45 PM EDT (#67133) #
Sure, you can take over after this half-inning (Top 5). I'll still be here if anyone else needs me to fill in.
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:46 PM EDT (#67134) #
Oh..Am I still doing the AA game?
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:48 PM EDT (#67135) #
Top 5th (AA):

Jova grounds out to third
Singleton grounds out to the pitcher.
Godwin grounds out to short.
Quick inning, still 1-0 Cats.
_Jordan - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:49 PM EDT (#67136) #'s the rotation. :-)

Robert: AAA
Rob: AA
Mike: A

Jordan: Back at 8:30 to take over anywhere.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:52 PM EDT (#67137) #
Thanks Jordan, Front Row Joe's done for the night. Bottom of 3: A one-out walk on a 3-2 pitch after a couple of fouls, followed by a chop in front of the plate 2-3, and then a long 2 run dinger by Brandon Singh. 3-0 Daytona after 3.
robertdudek - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:54 PM EDT (#67138) #
AAA - bottom 7th - 10-2 Red Barons

Glenn Williams lines out to the first baseman. Gross grounds a single through the 1b-2b hole. Sequea reaches a 1-2 count and then the feed cut out on me. I lost the rest of the half-inning.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 07:59 PM EDT (#67139) #
Top 4 in Daytona: Davenport pops up and Vito and Negron strike out. Both Vito and Negron are 0-2. Still 3-0 Daytona.

Vito worked the count pretty well.
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:00 PM EDT (#67140) #
Bottom 5th (AA):

Phelps works the count full, then walks.
Quintana singles to right. First and second, nobody out.
Jacobsen flies out to centre, Phelps to third, Quintana at first.
Fleming doubles to right, Quintana races around third to join Phelps at home plate. 2-1 for Reading.
One out, man on second. Bullpen silent for now.
Gonzalez strikes out.
Keene flies out to right: Jova "caught the ball on his rear end." Nice catch, I assume.

2-1 Reading through 5.
robertdudek - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:01 PM EDT (#67141) #
AAA - top 8th

Mike Smith comes in and strikes out the side around a double. Announcer said he threw fastballs at 93 MPH (difficult to verify, I would imagine).
robertdudek - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:05 PM EDT (#67142) #
AAA - bottom 8th

Whittaker starts the inning, so there was no double play in the previous inning. Likely Sequea made Hall made outs.

Whittaker flied out to right. Adams strikes out looking for Condrey's 4th strikeout - which means that either Hall or Sequea struck out in the 7th. Fagan grounds to short. Still 10-2 Red Barons.
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:06 PM EDT (#67143) #
Top 6th (AA):

Solano strikes out.
Hill got out somehow, the phone rang and I missed it.
Griffin strikes out.
2-1 Phils still.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:10 PM EDT (#67144) #
Bottom 4 in Daytona: the leadoff hitter Johnson reaches 2nd on a bad error by Cota, who drops a fly ball down the right field line after calling off Waugh and Davenport. Next, Hood runs the count to 3-2, fouls off a pitch and then hits a towering homer to left (it's 317 ft.) Two ground balls to short and a fly to Tingler and Isenberg gets out of it. 5-0 after 4.
_Nigel - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:12 PM EDT (#67145) #
The problem with these updates is that the play in the minors tonight looks like the play of the big club - no hitting and some shaky D. Good work on the updates though :)
_Jeff Geauvreau - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:13 PM EDT (#67146) #
I am available to help out , just give a shout.

Robert: AAA
Rob: AA
Mike: A

Jordan: Back at 8:30 to take over anywhere
Jeff: In the Bullpen
robertdudek - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:13 PM EDT (#67147) #
AAA - Top 9th

Dave Mauer in to pitch for Syracuse.

Adams snares a liner off Collier's bat ticketed for centre - a silver star for that one. Rushford strikes out on three pitches on a ball in the dirt. Smith walks. Roberge strikes out - three out.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:13 PM EDT (#67148) #
Top 5: Waugh grounds out to third on a slow roller. Dragicevich lines out to right field. Two nice defensive plays by the D-Cubs. Then Schneider strikes out.
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:15 PM EDT (#67149) #
Bottom 6th (AA):

Deschaine singles to left.
Barker grounds it to second, Rich makes the out at first.
Man on second for Castellanno and he also grounds out. Moves Deschaine to third, however.
Lee is done for tonight. League's coming in, his first work since Sunday.
"Mr. Phelps, meet Mr. League. He will now strike you out."
And he did.
2-1 Reading after six.
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:16 PM EDT (#67150) #
Jeff, would you like to take over the AA game in the seventh-inning stretch?
robertdudek - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:17 PM EDT (#67151) #
AAA - last call

Rios up. He gets behind 0-2 but hangs tough and lines a single to left. Pond bloops a single to right. Rally time?
robertdudek - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:21 PM EDT (#67152) #

Williams pops to short. Gross lines a single; Rios hold up at third and the bases are loaded. Sequea (announcer says he's 0 for 3, two groundouts and a K swinging) takes the first two picthes and is behind 0-2 in the count. He strikes out. Hall up ...
robertdudek - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:23 PM EDT (#67153) #

Hall grounds into a 6-4 fielder's choice.

Final Score 10-2. Condrey threw lots of strikes, was ahead of nearly all the hitters. No extra-base hits apart from the Williams homerun for the Skychiefs.
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:23 PM EDT (#67154) #
Top 7th (AA):

It's Friends night at the ballpark.
Logan slams one to center, but it's caught by Fleming for the first out.
Hill grounds back through the box, on first with the single.
Umbria hits one off the glove of Barker at first, Hill races around to third as the ball goes into right.
The radio guy missed the fact that Bucktrot is no longer pitching. I don't know who Reading has out there now.
Jova's sac fly ties it at 2!
Singleton strikes out.
2-2 now, time to stretch.

I'll continue with AA until someone else wants to take over.
_Jeff Geauvreau - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:27 PM EDT (#67155) #
I will take over AA if you want Rob.
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:28 PM EDT (#67156) #
Okay, I'm out after the 7th.
_Jeff G aka Toro - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:29 PM EDT (#67157) #
I have AA now !
Mike Green - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:32 PM EDT (#67158) #
There are still no outs in the bottom of the 5th, and the wheels have fallen off. Two singles and Isenberg was out, Pleiness was in. Three singles, a walk and an error by Pleiness. Then Pleiness out, Ozuna in. A sac fly now and it's 9-0 Daytona.
_Jordan - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:33 PM EDT (#67159) #
I'm back ... ugh, it's not pretty in Daytona ... Mike, I can take over whenever you prefer.
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:34 PM EDT (#67160) #
Bottom 7th (AA):

League pitching.
Quintana singles to right.
Jacobsen bunts him over to second.
Fleming walks, first and second with one out.
Gonzalez pops it up to Solano in foul territory. Two outs.
League goes 0-2 on Keene, then swings and misses. Inning over.
Still 2-2 through 7.

That was lots of fun.

"To the eighth, with Jeff to call it for you. You're reading a transcript of Fisher Cats baseball on the Batter's Box Radio Network."
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:35 PM EDT (#67161) #
I'm done for today. Good luck to Jeff: may you type out a win for us.
_Jeff Geauvreau - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:35 PM EDT (#67162) #
Tied 2 - 2 now in the 7th. AA

2 on with 1 out , League Pitching.

Pop up to SS Solano ,

0-1 , foul 0-2 , swing and miss. 3 out

League came into Pitch in the 6th.

To the 8th.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:35 PM EDT (#67163) #
It's Thirsty Thursday at the "Jack" (Jackie Robinson ballpark in Daytona), and the D-Cubs are taking the D-Jays to the woodshed. 10-0 after 5. One more sac fly and a ground ball to first ended the inning. Jordan, are you here? If so, you can take over.
_Jordan - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:36 PM EDT (#67164) #
I'll take it, Mike -- thanks!
Mike Green - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:40 PM EDT (#67165) #
All right, Jordan, but in a 10-0 game, you really need a broadcast partner to share stories with. As Montanez makes the catch on the lazy fly ball, it reminds me of the lazy fly ball Moseby dropped in the ninth as the 85 season wore down...
_Jeff Geauvreau - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:42 PM EDT (#67166) #

0-1 , Ground out .

Danny Solano , 0-1,1-1,2-1,ground ball foul 2-2 , called srike 3 on Solano.

2 out .

Rich gets a single and his 2nd hit of the night.

Here comes J F Griffin up to Bat.

0-1 A nasty curve , 2 THROWS TO 1ST TO chase back Rich.

outside 1-1 , outside Ball 2 , Outside Ball 3, 3-1 , fly out to Center to the Bottom of the 8th.
_Jeff Geauvreau - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:49 PM EDT (#67167) #

Dan Jackson into Pitch , League is gone he went 1 1/3 innings with 2 so.

1-0 , 1-1 , outside ball 2 to Deschaine , 2-2 , outside corner strike 3.

1 OUT.

1-0 , 2-0 , FOUL 2-1 , ground ball out. 2 out.

1-0 , ground out , 1 2 3 Inning for Jackson.
_Jordan - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:51 PM EDT (#67168) #
10-0 Daytona ... yeesh. Kurt Isenberg did not have it tonight; two two-run homers helped Daytona to a 5-0 lead, and then a whole lot of singles and an throwing error by Chad Pleiness led to a 5-spot in the last inning.

Thirsty Thursday indeed ... it was a rowdy crowd before the game got out of hand ... it sounds like Woodstock there right now.

Top of the 6th... Hassey's already on base, I missed how. Jayce Tingler flies out for the first out.

Pleiness was terrible in relief ... didn't retire anyone, and that throwing error was just ridiculous. Bases loaded, nobody out, down by 5 runs, and he throws to second base to try to nail the runner. Only Carlo Cota wasn't anywhere near the bag. Whoever's fault that was, why would you try a trick play like that? Concentrate on getting the guy at the plate out.

Speaking of Cota, he punches a single into left field. Two on, one out.

The Cubs' pitcher is named Rocky Cherry. Seriously. What's that about? He should be in a cone, not on a mound.

I don't know who these people are who come into the booth. Now it's someone who apparently dropped by to talk about how well the chicken wings are selling. I suppose they are, it being Thirsty Thursday and all.

Davenport lifted a long fly to the track; the outfielder couldn't corral it. The runners had to hold, so now it's sacks loaded, one away.

I think this new guy's been drinking. He sounds kind of slurry and tipsy, and talks about how tired he is. I love the minor leagues.

Here comes Vito! He lifts a sacrifice fly to the outfield. The comeback is on! No, not really.

Okay, I don't think he's been drinking; that appears to be his normal voice, with an accent so thick you could slice it and sell it on eBay. In fact, I think he's Daytona's stats guy.

Miguel Negron walks to load the bases. Negron's batting eye is really looking promising.

They're talking about Jonathan Broxton of Vero Beach. And well they might: in 28 innings, Broxton has 21 hits, 5 walks and 41 strikeouts. Also, Mike Schmidt's Clearwater squad is 8-20. That makes me feel slightly better about tonight's massacre.

Strikeout ends the inning. I didn't get to hear who was batting, as they were talking about the Phillies' top prospects. I guess even minor-league announcers get bored with 10-1 games. Interesting note: the play-by-play guy calls third strikes just like Jerry Howarth: "Swiiing and a miss, strike three!" Must be a universal announcer's call. You know, like whale song.
_j - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:52 PM EDT (#67169) #
Oh yeah, I could use a broadcast partner at this point....
_Jeff Geauvreau - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 08:59 PM EDT (#67170) #
To the Top of the 9th .

Logan up to bat , 1-0 , 1-1 , ground out to Pitcher , 1 out.

Hill up to bat , 1 for 2 tonight , 1-0 , 1-1 , Adam Peterson future Jays Closer warming up in the Bullpen.

1-2 grounded foul , 2-2 good eye Hill has , groundball base hit for Hill.

Umbria up to bat , 1-0 , shot through the middle 2 on . 3 hits for Umbria tonight.

Runners 1st and 2nd.

Jova 1-0 , 1-1 , 2-1 , Jova tied for rbi lead for the F-CATS.

FLY BALL FOUL 2-2 , fly ball to rf. 2 out .

Singleton up to bat.

Can somebody cover the bottom of the 9th , PITCHING CHANGE RIGHT NOW.
_Jordan - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 09:03 PM EDT (#67171) #
Tommi Ozuna has his mop out and working. He helped end the nightmarish 5th inning, and starts the 6th with a groundball out. The bullpen is evidently quiet -- similar to deer freezing in the forest when a hunter's hearby, I suppose. Movement attracts attention. Flare single to centerfield puts a runner on first.

Ozuna goes to 3-1 on the next batter. "Down 10-1, the last thing you want to do is put runners on base," says the announcer. Straight from Deep Thoughts by Joe Morgan, no doubt. Ball four.

Tell you what, even if it is 10-1 for Daytona, I'm still glad I'm not watching the last episode of Friends. Strikeout, two away.

Another RBI single. Draw three straight lines on the scoresheet, 'cause it's 11-1. Flyball ends the inning.
_Jeff Geauvreau - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 09:04 PM EDT (#67172) #
Singleton waiting for the pitch , 0-1 , 0-2 , low in the dirt 1-2.

High 2-2 , Score tied 2 - 2 .

Godwin on deck , foul 2-2 still , called strike 3 .

3 out. To the bottom of the 9th.
_Jeff Geauvreau - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 09:06 PM EDT (#67173) #

Whenever somebody can spell me that would be great , have to put the kiddies to sleep , central time here.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 09:08 PM EDT (#67174) #
OK, Jeff, I'll pick it up.
_Jordan - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 09:08 PM EDT (#67175) #
Top of the 7th, the D-Jays looking to make nine outs with as little fuss as possible. Scott Dragicevich is up, against a new pitcher, Jordan Gerk. I like half his name.

Rocky Cherry -- I still can't believe I'm writing that -- Rocky Cherry struck out a whole lot of guys in 6 very strong innings. Entering the game, this was his line: 1-3, 7.43, 23 IP, 34 H, 7 BB, 17 K, 4 HR. Nice.

Dragicevich and Mike Snyder grounded out in the time it took me to write that. And now a popout from Brad Hassey. Very little fuss.
_Jeff Geauvreau - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 09:08 PM EDT (#67176) #
Jackson still pitching , 0-1 , Solano makes a great throw out to get the runner. 1 out.

1-0 , basehit to center .
_Jeff Geauvreau - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 09:11 PM EDT (#67177) #
another hit , runners at 1st and 2nd and 1 out .

I turn it over to fellow minor league nut MIKE GREEN.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 09:11 PM EDT (#67178) #
Well, I would pick it up if I could get connected. Ugh. Anybody having better luck with the NH broadcast.
robertdudek - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 09:15 PM EDT (#67179) #
Bottom of the ninth, bases loaded, two out. Cats looking to take it to extras.
_Jordan - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 09:15 PM EDT (#67180) #
Ladies Night at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Daytona is brought to you by many, many local businesses.

New pitcher for Dunedin, Santo Valdez. He must have gotten up to go to the bathroom and was spotted by the pitching coach. Flyball, one out.

You may remember Santo from that 22-5 thrashing Dunedin underwent a few days ago. I guess he's out of intensive care. Popout to shallow centrefield.

The next batter smashed the ball to dead centerfield; Negron raced back and almost had it, but it popped out or deflected off his glove, and the batter has a triple. His name is Adam Greenberg. Good, solid baseball moniker. Strike three on a checked swing.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 09:19 PM EDT (#67181) #
Hey Jordan, you gotta mention that "Thirsty Thursday" is brought to you by "Crazy Coyote's", the place to drink in Daytona..."letting loose".

Man, I feel like I really am in Florida.
_Jeff Geauvreau - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 09:21 PM EDT (#67182) #
F-CATS lose a tight one 3-2. Jackson takes the loss.
robertdudek - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 09:22 PM EDT (#67183) #
A single plated the winning run for Reading. Looks like an 0 and 4 day for the farmhands.
_Jeff Geauvreau - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 09:23 PM EDT (#67184) #
Jordan you are Fantastic at this , spilled my drink re: your comment about guy that has been drinking . LMAO
_Jordan - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 09:25 PM EDT (#67185) #
Michael from the Crazy Coyote has joined the broadcast booth. Crazy Coyote is co-sponsoring Thirsty Thursdays. Here's what Michael says about the Crazy Coyote, in the space of about 30 seconds: "We're the best-kept secret in Daytona, come on down, you won't beat it, beautiful women, drink specials all week long, dance music, good times, best-kept secret in town, can't beat it, women are absolutely gorgeous, you'll be back there every night, a great time, you can't beat it."

Michael is the manager at the Crazy Coyote; he's been on the job for a month. So we can't really blame him for the fact his bar is the best-kept secret in town. Michael gets really excited and constantly talks over the announcer on the play-by-play. I'm mildly surprised the announcer hasn't clocked him yet. Michael is high as a kite on on either (a) narcotics, (b) life or (c) America. Flyball ends the inning. Thanks for stopping by, Michael from Crazy Coyote.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 09:28 PM EDT (#67186) #
Bubie Buzachero is now on for D-Jays.

Isenberg wasn't really off tonight, but he seemed to be thrown by the defensive miscues.

Ahead 11-1 and the D-Cubs ground into a DP, and the fans boo. It's the beer talking.
_Jordan - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 09:29 PM EDT (#67187) #
The stats guy is back in the booth; he and the announcer are laughing over Michael from Crazy Coyote.

Thirsty Thursday apparently brings out fans who boo their team when they hit into a double play when leading 11-1 in the 8th. Stats guy Kyle says admiringly, "Most obnoxious fans in the Florida State League." Popout ends the inning. They're still chuckling over Michael from Crazy Coyote as they go to commercial.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 09:31 PM EDT (#67188) #
Just for the record, Jordan, Michael from Crazy Coyote's is definitely not a relation of mine. I'll take responsibility for Moffatt and Denyszyn, but not him.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 09:35 PM EDT (#67189) #
It's definitely a 11-1 game. The announcers are sharing bar stories. I've got to go. Thanks, Jordan, you were great.
_Jordan - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 09:40 PM EDT (#67190) #
Top of the ninth inning, Chris Mowday from Australia is the new pitcher. There's a lot of Australian pitchers on the go. I'm a little surprised that more Aussie hitters didn't follow in Dave Nilsson's footsteps. Popout, one down. Scott Dragicevich singles.

"If I'm not mistaken, you had some good times at the Crazy Coyote."
"Let's not get into that."
"Howl-at-the-moon good times..."

Schneider's at the plate. Mowday is apparently quite a shark at Texas Hold 'Em. Schneider walks.

Interesting stat: Dunedin has hit into 32 double plays already this season; by contrast, the Cubs have just 18.

Apparently, the Aussie term for a heavy rainstorm is something you can't say on the air. The announcer's been here since January and has not yet been to the beach. Popout, two away.

He keeps saying that Daytona has the world's most famous beach, but I mean, if he's never been there, how would he know? I'll bet he'd feel differently if he was ever in Wasaga....

Loud flyout to left, and this one is done.
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 09:40 PM EDT (#67191) #
Is there a Dunedin link I can use for future games? I only have the AAA and AA radio links.
_Jordan - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 09:46 PM EDT (#67192) #
Rob, I was using the Daytona feed; I'm not sure there is a Dunedin Net broadcast. Man, that was fun. I feel like hitting the Crazy Coyote right now.
_Rob - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 10:03 PM EDT (#67193) #
Well, I remember there was a page listing all the radio feeds, but I can't find it. Does anyone have that link? :)
robertdudek - Thursday, May 06 2004 @ 10:12 PM EDT (#67194) #
No Dunedin internet radio. There's only three teams in the FSL with internet radio. Here's the links page.
Craig B - Friday, May 07 2004 @ 08:28 AM EDT (#67195) #
That was freakin' hilarious. It got very weird with everyone talking all at once. Thanks guys.
_steve - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 10:14 AM EDT (#67196) #
Where did Rob Cosby come from? Any projections on his future?
Gerry - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 10:25 AM EDT (#67197) #
Where did Rob Cosby come from? Any projections on his future?

Cosby tore up his knee early in the year and is done for the season.
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