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Two blowout wins and two extra-inning losses. Compared to two blowout losses and two extra-inning wins, this is good for Pythagoras but bad for the soul.

Scranton 6 at Syracuse 3 (12 innings)

A heartbreaker for baseball fans in the Syracuse area and a few diehards with high-speed internet connections scattered across the globe. Scranton scratched a run off Josh Towers in the first on two singles sandwiched around a wild pitch. A second run scored in the third inning when Russ Adams dropped the throw on a steal attempt, Josh Towers threw a wild pitch, and Paul Chiaffredo threw the ball into left field trying to nail the runner advancing to third. Ed Yarnall took a perfect game into the fifth inning for the Red Barons but loaded the bases on a Simon Pond double and a pair of free passes to Jorge Sequea and Gabe Gross. Noah Hall's ground ball, which should have ended the inning, was bobbled by Lou Collier at first, allowing Pond to score. Russ Adams flew out to centre to strand the bases loaded. Towers was pulled after five innings (6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) in favor of Bob File, who pitched well but got even less defensive support than Towers. File whiffed his first man and got the second to hit an easy fly ball to centre which was muffed by Noah Hall. The next batter grounded to third, and Sequea threw the ball into the dugout on the attempted 5-4-3 double play. The fourth hitter hit a liner to left that was misplayed by Pond into a double; amazingly, File escaped with only one run allowed. Shawn Fagan knotted the score at three with a two-run homer (scoring Russ Adams, who had singled) in the eighth, and Vinnie Chulk and Aquilino Lopez pitched shutout ball from the seventh inning until the eleventh. However, Syracuse's bats fell silent after Fagan's blast, and Talley Haines coughed up three runs in the twelfth, which turned out to be the difference.

The SkyChiefs managed only three singles, two doubles (Pond and Gabe Gross), a home run (Fagan), and two walks on the night. Gross, with a double and a walk, was the only batter to reach base twice.

New Hampshire 6 at Reading 1

The Fisher Cats spotted Cam Reimers a rare 3-0 lead before he even took the hill in this one. Tyrell Godwin led off the game with a first-pitch single to left field, and Stubby Clapp followed with a double off the centre field fence. After Dominic Rich lined out to Danny Gonzalez at short, John-Ford Griffin walked to load the bases. Matt Logan followed with a two-run single to left, putting Griffin on third, and Aaron Hill's grounder was booted by Gonzalez, scoring Griffin and moving Logan to third. A Little League style play followed, as Maikel Jova struck out while Hill broke for second, with Griffin attempting the delayed steal of home. Anyway, the predictable happened: Hill was safe at second, but Logan got cut down at the plate on the return throw. (Needless to say, I didn't actually see the play, so don't take my reaction too seriously.) The next six innings were quite uneventful; Reimers left at the end of the sixth (4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K). Jordan DeJong came on to pitch the seventh and promptly fanned his first two batters before giving up a single, a walk, and an RBI single. Kevin Frederick ended the inning on a foulout and made it through the eighth before giving way to John Ogiltree, who retired the side in order in the ninth. New Hampshire added two more runs in the eighth on solo homers by Griffin and Hill, and a sixth run came in the ninth when Clapp's single to centre was misplayed by Ryan Fleming, allowing Godwin to score from first la Enos Slaughter.

Totals on the day for the Fisher Cats were ten hits (including Clapp's double and Griffin and Hill's home runs) and five walks. Justin Singleton was the only batter not to reach bases, and everyone else except Hill and Jova reached base at least twice. Hill's home run was his first of the season; congratulations, Aaron.

Dunedin 6 at Daytona 7 (10 innings)

Another extra-inning loss for the good guys. Dunedin took the lead in the first as Jayce Tingler led off the game with a double to right and came home on Carlo Cota's single. Neomar Flores was sharp early, setting the Cubs down in order in the first. Dunedin struck four more times in the second thanks to some weak Daytona defense. With two out and Brad Hassey on second base, Rodney Medina reached on an error by Felix Pie on a fly that should have ended the inning; Hassey scored on the play. Manny Mayorson followed with a double, driving in Medina. After Tingler was plunked, Cota reached on an error by second baseman Ryan Theriot, loading the sacks for Ron Davenport, who delivered a two-run single to centre. Vito Chiaravalloti fanned to end the inning. Daytona got a run back on a two-out triple on the bottom of the inning, but Jason Waugh's home run restored the D-Jays' five-run cushion in the third. Flores lost it in the bottom of the inning, with the first five batters going walk-single-triple-groundout-homer. With the lead down to 6-5, Flores was yanked for Jamie Vermilyea, and at this point both offenses went into hibernation. Vermilyea faced eight batters and didn't allow any of them to either reach base or hit the ball out of the infield (five groundouts, two popups, one strikeout). Andy Torres set the Cubs down in order in the sixth and seventh innings but blew the lead in the eighth. After Pie led off with a single to centre, Torres' error on Buck Coats' sacrifice bunt allowed Pie to score all the way from first. Robert Nunley pitched a scoreless ninth but gave up a walkoff solo homer to Casey McGehee to end it in the tenth. Apparently there is sometimes joy in Mudville after all.

The D-Jays piled up eleven hits on the night, including doubles by Tingler, Davenport, Hassey, Medina, and Mayorson, and the home run by Waugh. Davenport had two hits on the night and was the only Jay to draw a walk. Medina had three hits. Chiaravalloti was the only Dunedin batsman without a hit, dropping his average to .297.

Hagerstown 2 at Charleston 9

There are lots of subtle ways to win a ballgame; amassing seventeen hits isn't one of them, but it's undeniably effective. After a false start in the first (Juan Peralta singled and Ryan Roberts walked, but both were stranded), Charleston struck for a single run in the second on Morrin Davis' RBI double to right centre. Hagerstown starter Jesse Floyd appeared to be in command after setting down Roberts and Robinson Diaz to start the third, but here's what the following seven batters did:

Clint Johnston: single
David Smith: double
Mike Galloway: home run, 3 RBI
Joey Reiman: single
Morrin Davis: single
Eric Arnold: double, 2 RBI
Juan Peralta: single, RBI

Ryan Roberts grounded out to end the inning. Anyway, with Justin James cruising (6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K) and Davis Romero pitching solid relief (2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K), Charleston never looked back.

Every AlleyCat starter reached base at least once. Johnston, Smith, Davis, and Arnold each hit a double, and Galloway delivered the big blow with his three-run homer. Johnston and Reiman each had three hits.

Batter's Box Radio Reporters: Mike Green and Rob. You'll recognize bits of your postings in my game summaries. Thanks, guys!

Today's Games

Syracuse (Jason Arnold) at Richmond (ATL), 4:00 PM
New Hampshire (Dustin McGowan) at Reading (PHI), 7:05 PM
Dunedin (Josh Banks) at Vero Beach (LA), 7:00 PM
Lakewood (PHI) at Charleston (Shaun Marcum), 6:05 PM

Vero Beach is sending Mike Megrew to the hill against Banks; this would be a good game to catch.

Three-Star Selection!

With only one of the organization's top pitching prospects on the mound and most of the better hitting prospects having quiet days, the stars were there for the taking tonight.

Our Third Star: Joey Reiman, Charleston. 3 for 4 with two runs and an RBI. I'll take nine of them, thank you very much.
Our Second Star: Cam Reimers, New Hampshire. Six shutout innings, with as many strikeouts (five) as hits plus walks, improving his record to a perfect 4-0.
Our First Star: Mike Galloway, Charleston. 2 for 4 with a three-run homer, plus he's from St. Thomas.
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_Simon - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 03:36 AM EDT (#64607) #
Batter's Box Radio Reporters? I can just see it now! "And now to our correspondent in the field, Mike! Can you tell us what it's like down there?"

This site continues to amaze. To see how it's grown and is expanding into uncharted territory is phenomenal.

Am I mistaken or is Davis Romero now starting? Or is that Felix? IIRC, they both have startling stats.
_Simon - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 03:38 AM EDT (#64608) #
Just to clarify, I'm in Africa, hence the time difference. Wouldn't want you all thinking I'm so addicted to this site that I check it at 4 in the AM. *Nervous laugh*:P
Mike Green - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 09:34 AM EDT (#64609) #
http://www.theminorsfirst.com/liveb/livebroadcasts.htm
Africa, wow. Small world indeed.

Davis Romero won't be starting tonight, as he went 2.1 innings in relief last night (unless milb.com mixed up the Romeros). I believe that it's either Shaun Marcum's or Ramon Mora's turn to start.

The Syracuse, New Hampshire and Charleston (via the Lakewood broadcast crew) are available on internet radio. COMN for the links to all the games. I will be able to do the Syracuse game from 5:30 on. Other volunteers out there?
_goatboy - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 10:43 AM EDT (#64610) #
Accually it is Dustin McGowan starting today for the Fishercats
_Cristian - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 11:26 AM EDT (#64611) #
Just to clarify, I'm in Africa

Don't tell me Batter's Box is now into scouting as well? Simon, make sure you tell the Jays if you find some untapped talent.
_Jordan - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 12:24 PM EDT (#64612) #
We've had readers posting from the UK, Israel and now Africa -- unbelievably cool! Any other offshore Bauxites want to raise their hands and tell us where they are?
_goatboy - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 01:15 PM EDT (#64613) #
Ireland, and you are all invited to come over and stay, but not with me of course :)
_Evair Montenegr - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 01:56 PM EDT (#64614) #
I`m in Panama.
_Donkit R.K. - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 03:07 PM EDT (#64615) #
I live in Cape Breton but once posted from a boat in Bari, Italy (before heading to Greece...a dock in Padras maybe?) which inspired Keith Law to e-mail me (and if he's reading again, congratulations on getting your face into Sports Illustrated :-) )
_John Neary - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 04:51 PM EDT (#64616) #
Bug fixes: Mike Galloway was listed as the third star rather than the first, and the starters for the New Hampshire and Charleston games were incorrectly identified. Everything has been corrected. Thanks to Steve, Mike, and goatboy for pointing out the errors.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 05:29 PM EDT (#64617) #
4-1 Skychiefs in the 5th.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 05:39 PM EDT (#64618) #
Bottom of 5 in Richmond: Jason Arnold still on the mound.

Leadoff hitter (lingenhouse?) lines out to second. Service cuts out, but somehow a second out is made. The third batter reaches on an infield hit to Fagan at first. Arnold spears a ground ball up the middle and the 1-3 putout ends the inning. I've moved from the

Top 6- Fagan, Gross and Guiel due up. New pitcher on for Richmond- Ryan Glynn. Fagan has doubled and singled earlier, among the Skychiefs 6 hits today
Mike Green - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 05:45 PM EDT (#64619) #
Oops, I've moved from the Syracuse to the Richmond broadcast.

Top 6- Fagan strikes out. Gross, who doubled earlier, lines a ball down the left field line, the left-fielder Thomas cuts it off and throws a strike to the second base bag to cut down Gross. Guiel lines a single to left. Chiaffredo, who reached on an error (2 of the Skychiefs runs were unearned) and grounded to third earlier, hits a ball up the middle off the mound and off the pitcher's hand. It stops there, the shortstop picks it up and throws wild to first and into the dugout. Runners on second and third. Hall, who doubled and singled earlier, grounds out to second. 4-1 going to the bottom of the sixth.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 05:53 PM EDT (#64620) #
Bottom of six in Richmond- Green flies out to Guiel in right. Lee Evans (who had flied out and struck out before) flies out to Rios in center. Velandey singles down the left-field line on the ground past Pond at third. Jason Tyner (hey there's a blast from the past)grounded out to Glenn Williams at second. 4-1 Syracuse after 6 innings.
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 05:53 PM EDT (#64621) #
Count me in for New Hampshire again.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 06:06 PM EDT (#64622) #
Top 7- Russ Adams, Glenn Williams and Alex Rios up. Adams, who was 0-2 with a walk, singles on the ground to right. Williams flies out to right. Rios, who was 0-3 (3 ground balls) but reached on an error before, hits a high towering fly ball to deep left center. It's caught, but Adams alertly tags up and takes second. Pond, who was 0-2 with a walk before, walks again. Fagan (2 hits prior to his 6th inning strikeout) walks. Bases are loaded. Gabe Gross, DHing for the 4th straight game, grounds out to second to end the threat.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 06:07 PM EDT (#64623) #
Great, Rob.
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 06:09 PM EDT (#64624) #
What better way to spend a Saturday night than listening via Internet radio to a guy named Dustin pitch for a New Hampshire Double-A team?
Mike Green - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 06:26 PM EDT (#64625) #
Bottom of 7 in Richmond- Sidearming lefthander Mark Lukawiesciz on in relief of Jason Arnold. Pete Orr leads off for Richmond and strikes out. Ryan Langerhans (lingenhouse, I called him last time), walks. Mike Smith warming up. DiCastino grounds a ball right through Williams' wickets into right center-field, missed DP and runners are at first and third on the error. Ouch. Neilson walks. Bases loaded. Brad Arnsberg, the pitching coach, makes a trip to the mound. The fans are pounding the promotional whiffle bats on their seats and making a helluva racket. Thomas hits a ground ball up the middle and it short-hops off Adams' glove, all hands safe. It's scored a hit. One run in, and bases still loaded.

Mike Smith in to pitch. The whiffle bat drumming continues. High fly ball to deep left two hops to the wall by Green (no relation) clears the bases. Evans lines out to right and Green advances to third. The plastic bats and aluminum seats are taking a beating (fans in Richmond are lobbying for a new ballpark). Velandey grounds to short to end the rally.

5-4 Richmond after 7.

Line on Arnold: 6IP, 8 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 1 strikeout.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 06:34 PM EDT (#64626) #
Top of 8 in Richmond: I miss Guiel's at-bat, but he makes an out. Chiaffredo strikes out. Noah Hall is hit by a pitch. Adams up but I've got to go. Hope that the Chiefs have a rally in them.
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 07:17 PM EDT (#64627) #
NH Lineup: Godwin 8, Solano 5, Rich 4, Griffin 7, Logan 3, Hill 6, Clapp DH, Kratz 2, Jova 9. (Singleton and Umbria get the day off.)

AA - Top 1st:

First pitch from Candelario at 7:09, ball one. 61 F in Reading tonight.
Godwin flies out to centre on a diving catch by Fleming.
Solano swings at the first pitch and pops out to shallow left.
Rich flares it to left for a single. Candelario is working pretty fast.
JFG works the count full and walks. Two on for Matt Logan.
Logan strikes out swinging, two left on base.

Syracuse update: 5-4 Richmond through 9. (from the milb.com scoreboard)
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 07:18 PM EDT (#64628) #
This just in - Syracuse did not score in the top of the 9th. Looks like a 5-4 win for the Wings, but don't quote me on that.
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 07:30 PM EDT (#64629) #
http://milb.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=minorbaseball&page=milb-intl/scores/final/boxscore.aspx?GAMEID=14620
AA - Bottom 1st:

McGowan starts Fleming with 94 and 95 mph fastballs.
Fleming strikes out looking on the 3-2 pitch. The crowd didn't seem to like the call.
Youngbauer walks on the 3-2 pitch. Will D-Mac go 3-2 on Keene as well?
Youngbauer steals second, apparently due to the catcher's hesitation. Kratz catching tonight.
Keene strikes out swinging, but the count was "only" 2-2.
Howard, ground ball to Rich at second, but he bobbles it. Howard is safe on the E-4, and Youngbauer goes to third. Two outs, two on.
Barker grounds it to Hill, who gets the force at second.
McGowan hit 96 twice on the gun this inning.

No score here through one, and COMN for the final boxscore in the SkyChiefs game.

(I meant to say 5-4 Richmond through 8 two posts ago.)
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 07:32 PM EDT (#64630) #
Italics off!
Mike Green - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 07:43 PM EDT (#64631) #
It's 3-3 in Charleston. Marcum went 5 innings, 8 hits, 3 earned runs, 0 walks and 4Ks. Canizal in to pitch.

Thanks, Rob, for finishing the Syracuse game off for me.
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 07:43 PM EDT (#64632) #
AA - Top 2nd:
I always feel like a newbie when I screw up the italics tags. :)

Hill flies out to right...wait - there's been some scoring change. This is confusing. First they say it was a flyball out. Then an E-9, a dropped fly ball. Now they change Hill's AB to "catcher interference." He's on first anyway.
Clapp flies out to right.
Kratz singles, Hill to 3rd.
Jova grounds to first base, Hill scores on the late throw.
Godwin singles, Jova goes to second and Kratz scores. 2-0 New Hampshire.
Solano pops it up to the right side, two outs.
Rich flies out to centre.
2-0 for NH, going to bottom of 2nd.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 07:48 PM EDT (#64633) #
Top 6 for Lakewood: Fly to deep center caught by Smith. Tough play for Peralta at short, and he throws it into the dugout. I missed the second out and then a fly into short center that Peralta goes back on and catches. 0 runs, 0 hits. 3-3 going to bottom of third.

Johnston, Smith and Galloway up.
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 07:51 PM EDT (#64634) #
No problem, Mike. All I did was check the online scoreboard now and then, which must have been 30 minutes behind the game. :)

AA - Bottom 2nd:

Castellanno smokes it through the infield and is on first with the single.
Quintana grounds it to Rich, he goes to Hill at short, but Quintana then legs out the throw to first. 4-6 putout, man on first.
Phelps flies out to the track, about 3 feet short of a homer, but his ball was carried by the strong winds blowing out to right.
Quintana is thrown out trying to steal on the first pitch of the next at bat.
Still 2-0 for the F-Cats.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 07:57 PM EDT (#64635) #
Bottom of 6 in Charleston:

Johnston doubles on the ground down the right-field line. Smith flies to deep center, Johnston advancing to third. Galloway hits into a fielder's choice to third; Johnston caught in a rundown. Snavely who previously walked and homered, singles infield. Arnold grounds out. 3-3 going to the 7th.
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 08:02 PM EDT (#64636) #
AA - Top 3rd:

JFG gets out somehow. I missed it.
Logan walks.
Hill singles to right, and Logan goes to second. Third inning in a row the Cats have two runners on.
Clapp takes the first two wild balls, then the catcher visits the mound. Then, his grounder is booted by the second baseman, but Youngbauer throws him out anyway. Runners to 2nd and 3rd.
Kratz up with two outs and Howard makes a nice play on a hard-hit grounder. Inning over.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 08:11 PM EDT (#64637) #
Top of 7 in Charleston:

Leadoff walk for Lakewood. Sac bunt by Michael Bourne. Runner at 2nd, one out. Morin legs out an infield hit to Peralta, who makes a fine effort (cross-body throw not in time). Runners at 1st and 2nd, one out. Blalock strikes out. Randy Ruiz at plate. Robinson Diaz snaps a throw to second (he does model himself after I-Rod), but the runner gets back. Ruiz grounds to Arnold at third who bobbles the ball a couple of times and throw late to second. Bases loaded.

Pitching change: Brad Esarey for Joaquin Canizal. Hansen pops one high into the Bermuda Triangle in left-center. Peralta makes a leaping catch. 3 out.

Interesting Chipper Jones story. He was sent down to Rome (Georgia), the Braves' Sally League affiliate, on a rehab assignment. Crowds of 5,100 came to see him. He went 0-4, but put on a big spread for his temporary teammates. Nice gesture, I thought.

3-3 going to bottom of 7.
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 08:12 PM EDT (#64638) #
AA - Bottom 3rd:

Gonzalez grounds out to Rich at second.
2-2 count, Fleming flinches, and a 96 mph fastball whizzes by for strike three
Youngbauer gaps one, rounds second, and he's there with a triple. Two outs and a man on third.
Keene takes the 2-2 pitch, and it's called strike three.
3 in the books, 2-0 F-Cats over R-Phils.

McGowan so far: 3 IP, 2 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 94-96 mph on the gun.

Tonight's Radio Trivia Question: "Which two major league teams did former Phillie Bob Boone manage?"
Mike Green - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 08:18 PM EDT (#64639) #
Bottom of 7 in Charleston:

Rivera grounds out to first. Peralta, who previously singled and was hit by a pitch, singles to center. Ryan Roberts took a called third strike. Robinson Diaz, who previously grounded out twice and flew out once, lines out to short.

3-3 after 7.
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 08:22 PM EDT (#64640) #
AA - Top 4th:

Jova rips it up the middle for a single.
Godwin walks on four pitches. Once again, two men on base for New Hampshire. Fourth time in as many innings.
Matt Squire up in the bullpen for Reading.
Another walk by Candelario. Solano to first, bases loaded.
Candelario only lasted 3.2 innings in his last start, and 3.2 innings in the one before that. Guess what? Pitching change, after 3.2 innings.
Two outs, bases loaded, in comes Squire...
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 08:23 PM EDT (#64641) #
Check that. Nobody out.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 08:24 PM EDT (#64642) #
Top 8 in Charleston:

Tugwell grounds out to Eric Arnold at third. Italiano does the same. Carlos Rodriguez makes it the trifecta for Eric Arnold.

On the El Producto out-of-town scoreboard, Dunedin trails Vero Beach 2-1 after 4. Josh Banks has uncharacteristically given up 6 hits.

3-3 going to bottom 8.
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 08:29 PM EDT (#64643) #
AA - Top 4th continued...

Rich slams one off the base of the wall. Three runs score on the double, 5-0 for New Hampshire. (Welcome to the game, Matt.) Still nobody out.
JFG grounds it to second, Rich to third, Griffin out at first.
Logan flares it to left and Rich scores easily. 6-0 NH.
Hill pops up, foul territory, caught by the first baseman.
Clapp also pops up, inning over.
6-0 NH after 3 1/2 innings.

Candelario's final line: 3+ IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1 K
Mike Green - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 08:32 PM EDT (#64644) #
Bottom 8:

Maximo Reyes (how'd you like that name) in to pitch for Lakewood. Clint Johnson grounded out to third. David Smith strikes out swinging. Mike Galloway flies to the track in right.

3-3 after 8. Sandoval is warming for Charleston in the bullpen.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 08:43 PM EDT (#64645) #
Top of 9:

Sandoval in pitching for Charleston. Gradevil strikes out swinging. Bourne takes a called third strike. Morin triples to deep centre. Blalock walks intentionally. Wild pitch, Morin scores, Blalock to 2nd. Now that's what I call bad timing. Sandoval hits Randy Ruiz in the back with a curve ball. Hansen hits a 3 run dinger onto the railroad tracks. "When it starts to fall apart, it really falls apart". Tugwell flies out to right, but the damage is done.

7-3 Lakewood going to the bottom of the 9th.

In Vero Beach, it's now 4-4 after 5. Vero Beach has 10 hits. Ouch.
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 08:44 PM EDT (#64646) #
AA - Bottom 4th:

Howard, full count pitch, grounded to Logan. "3" on the putout.
Barker also works the count full, and he walks.
Castellanno up now, and a wild pitch puts Barker on second.
Apparently there is a parking lot right behind home plate, outside the stadium. I say this because Castellanno just fouled one up and back, right onto someone's car.
Castellanno drives the ball to deep centre and chugs into third with a triple. Barker scored, needless to say. 6-1 Cats.
Now Quintana doubles down the right-field line. Walk-triple-double makes it 6-2.
Phelps takes a 97 mph (!) pitch for strike one, but McGowan's next pitch is rifled to left, and it's a 6-3 ballgame after the single.
Four straight balls to Gonzalez. Five straight baserunners for Reading, and Dan Jackson starts to warm up, with the tying run at the plate.
McGowan owes Godwin a steak dinner or something. A nice catch on the hard-hit Fleming fly ball, now two outs.
Youngbauer does what Howard did. Unassisted play by Logan to end the inning.
6-3 NH after 4.

The answer to the trivia question? Royals and Reds.
_Board Op - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 08:49 PM EDT (#64647) #
Rob, We apollogize for the "jazz" music on the air during th double A games, but when the phoneline at the ballpark fades out we are told to play a music fill-in and wait for the line to reconnect.

Thanks
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 08:52 PM EDT (#64648) #
AA - Top 5th:

Squire continues to pitch for Reading.
Fly ball by Kratz, caught by Fleming. One out.
Jova grounds out to second. Three pitches, two outs.
Ty "Oh My" Godwin singles to left field, another multi-hit game for him.
Solano stands in, and Squire throws over to first three times. Look for Godwin to steal next pitch.
Okay, he didn't, and it's 3-0 now to Solano. On the next pitch, Godwin steals second. Full count pitch to Solano: called strike three and the inning is over.
Still 6-3 for NH.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 08:53 PM EDT (#64649) #
Bottom of 9 in Charleston:

Snavely strikes out. Eric Arnold lines out to second. Joey Wolfe, pinch-hitting for Rivera, strikes out swinging.

7-3 Lakewood final score.

Over to you, Rob.
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 08:53 PM EDT (#64650) #
Haha, no problem. I kind of liked the music last night.
_Board Op - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 08:54 PM EDT (#64651) #
well that is not what is posted here. just reading the message boards and it sounded like the was an annoyance and we apologize.
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 08:57 PM EDT (#64652) #
If that was someone from the radio team, thanks for stopping by and don't worry about any problems with the radio feed. We enjoy listening to the games no matter what.
_Board Op - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 08:59 PM EDT (#64653) #
ok good...and please keep listening...if there are any problems be sure to let us know..we are just trying to make the feed as good as possible for you to enjoy. Thank You though.
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 09:03 PM EDT (#64654) #
AA - Bottom 5th:

Keene flies out to right. One out.
Howard walked.
Barker now up. Fly ball to centre, back, going, what do you think about that? ;) Two run homer for Reading, lead cut to one run as it is now 6-5.
Castellanno is almost hit, then doubles to centre, and that's got to be it for McGowan.
It is. Dan Jackson will be the pitcher when we return to Fisher Cats baseball on the Batter's Box Radio Network...
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 09:09 PM EDT (#64655) #
Unofficial line for McGowan: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 K.

Jackson now pitching to Quintana with one out and a man on second.
Castellanno picked off second, a rare play in the minors.
Quintana now works the count full and grounds it back to the mound. 1-3 on the putout, and the inning is over.
One batter faced and two outs for Jackson. Pretty good.
Through 5, it's NH 6, Reading 5.
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 09:22 PM EDT (#64656) #
AA - Top 6th:

A long game tonight: 2 hours to play 5 innings so far.
I was away from the computer for the first at-bat. Rich is on first somehow, I think he singled.
JFG flies out. Logan up at the plate.
They try to pick Rich off first, and they had him in no-man's land. The first baseman missed the throw, however, and Rich goes all the way to third on the E-3.
Logan now watches the third strike go by, in the form of a curveball. Two outs, man on third, and here comes a new pitcher: Martire Franco.
Hill, 1-3 so far today, grounds it to Gonzalez and a wild throw! Rich scores, and it's 7-5 after the E-6. Hill's been in some weird situations today (see Top 2nd).
Clapp grounds out to end the inning.
7-5 F-Cats.
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 09:28 PM EDT (#64657) #
AA - Bottom 6th:

Jackson still pitching for New Hampshire.
Phelps flies out to centre. One away.
Gonzalez strikes out.
Fleming grounds out to Hill. The first 3 up/3 down inning tonight for either team.
To the seventh we go, 7-5 for New Hampshire.
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 09:39 PM EDT (#64658) #
Top 7th:

Franco still pitching for Reading.
Kratz grounds out.
Jova singles up the middle, his second hit tonight. One on, one out.
Godwin grounds it to third, Jova out at second, but the speedy Godwin safe at first. Two outs. Will Ty steal second?
Solano (who is listed as 150 lbs) now up. He pulls a Josh Phelps and hits a foul homerun. He does not pull another Phelps: he walks instead of homering. First and second now, two outs.
Rich flies out to deep centre field. Almost 10-5, but it was caught for the third out.
Still 7-5.
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 09:48 PM EDT (#64659) #
Bottom 7th:

Jackson still pitching.
Youngbauer grounds to the pitcher, who dives and throws out the runner. One out.
Keene's "striding-to-the-plate" music sounds familiar, but I can't place it. Three nights in a row and I can't remember the name of the song.
Anyway, he grounds it through Hill's legs and stands on first after the error.
The potential tying run is at the plate: cleanup hitter Ryan Howard. He hits a fly ball to left field, JFG brings it in at the track, two outs.
Frederick is warming up in the bullpen after pitching last night. He might pitch the 8th, with League coming in for the 9th.

Barker batting, a wild pitch goes by and Keene goes to second. Then Barker grounds out to Rich at second.
Cats still ahead after 7, seven to five.
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 09:50 PM EDT (#64660) #
Just out of curiosity: Is anyone actually out there following along?
_Board Op - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 09:55 PM EDT (#64661) #
of course
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 09:58 PM EDT (#64662) #
Top 8th:

Franco still pitching for the R-Phils.
JFG walks on four pitches, his second walk tonight.
Ground ball to the pitcher, Griffin out 1-6 at second. Logan safe at first, one out.
Hill has played in all 26 games so far this year and he grounds through Gonzalez's legs. Another error for Reading. Hill has reached base 3 times on errors now: two E-6's and a catcher's interference. He's also made an error. Logan goes to second in the meantime.
Clapp grounds into a double play, third to first.
It's still 7-5.

I should have clarified: I meant are there any people reading along with my summary. I'm sure you have quite a few listeners, you guys do a good job on the air.
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 10:02 PM EDT (#64663) #
Bottom 8th:

Kevin Frederick is now pitching for the Cats and he induces Castellanno to fly out to shallow centre.
Quintana grounds out to Rich. Three pitches, two outs.
Phelps squibbs it right back to Frederick. Inning over on 7 pitches.
_Board Op - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 10:02 PM EDT (#64664) #
thank you.
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 10:09 PM EDT (#64665) #
Top 9th:

Franco still pitching for Reading.
Kratz leads off again -- Clapp must be 0-for-whatever tonight -- and he grounds out.
Looks like Peterson is warming up for the ninth.
Jova grounds out to Gonzalez at short.
Godwin is now up for the sixth time, and he drives one to the gap. Speedy Ty races around to third: his third hit tonight.
Two outs now for Solano, and he strikes out.
7-5 Fisher Cats, and here comes Adam Peterson.

Due up for Reading in the bottom of the ninth: Gonzalez, Fleming, and Youngbauer: 9, 1, and 2.
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 10:11 PM EDT (#64666) #
Last Call for the Reading Phillies: Peterson pitching, Singleton replacing Griffin in left field in a defensive upgrade. Jackson stands to win this one if Peterson can save it.
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 10:15 PM EDT (#64667) #
Gonzalez fouls it back, now a 2-2 count. Another foul, then a called strike three. One down, two to go.
Reading does not have a hit off the bullpen tonight: the last hit was off McGowan in the fifth.
Two balls to Fleming, then a 93 mph fastball for a strike. Another strike, now 2-2. Swing and a miss, another strikeout for Reading. Last chance for R-Phils.
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 10:17 PM EDT (#64668) #
Youngbauer takes a strike and a ball inside, 1-1. The pitch goes to the backstop. 2-1. Same pitch, same location, 3-1. A ground ball to first base is foul...full count and two outs. What will happen?
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 10:18 PM EDT (#64669) #
Fly ball to left field, Singleton settles under it, and that's three.
A 7-5 win for New Hampshire: details to follow.
_Rob - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 10:28 PM EDT (#64670) #
http://milb.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=minorbaseball&page=milb-east/scores/final/boxscore.aspx?GAMEID=10447
Reading: 5 runs, 7 hits, 4 errors.
New Hampshire: 7 runs, 10 hits, 2 errors.
3:18, time of game.

Jackson gets the win, Eddie Candelario gets the loss. Adam Peterson's 1-2-3 ninth earns him a save.

The bullpen combined for 4.2 hitless and scoreless innings.

I'm not sure about McGowan's stats, but COMN for the final boxscore. As of now it's empty, but later on it should be filled in.

As for me, I typed my first complete game of the season with a word count of 1,994. :)
_Duane - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 10:34 PM EDT (#64671) #
Rob,
Thanks for the updates..
_Sneeps - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 10:47 PM EDT (#64672) #
Good job Rob.
Coach - Saturday, May 08 2004 @ 11:54 PM EDT (#64673) #
Tremendous play-by-play, Rob and Mike. You guys really are sick; you should be very proud. Even when there isn't immediate feedback, I know people are following, and the detail is great for those of us catching up after a long day.

That's some bullpen the Fisher Cats have. Pitching coach Rick Adair told us that Kevin Frederick was doing extremely well; a 27-year-old Double-A setup man tends to get overlooked among the high-ceiling prospects, but he could certainly help in AAA and maybe even in Toronto, if the need arises.

I'm actually glad McGowan is going through a rough stretch. If his road to the Show didn't have a few bumps in it along the way, he might not be as ready when he arrives. Learning in the majors isn't easy; ask Rich Harden or Jeremy Bonderman. There simply is no need to rush him, and this will be a good thing in the long run.
_Tim - Sunday, May 09 2004 @ 02:16 AM EDT (#64674) #
Yeah, thanks Rob, Mike and others who are doing these updates. I usually am not around to follow along, but I enjoy reading them afterwards.

It's kind of frustrating seeing McGowan struggle, but I think that's more because of the struggles that the team had been having at the major league level. It's tempting to look at pitchers like Bush or McGowan and see them as potential saviours, but it really is unfair and unrealistic to expect our minor league pitchers to be a panacea for what ails the Jays. (Notice that I didn't include Arnold in that list. He had a decent effort tonight in giving up only one ER, but he still allowed 8 hits and 2 BB, while only recording 1 K. He still doesn't seem to be fooling many people).

That said, one does have to wonder whether there is some hope of help with a quick promotion for Rios or Gross. It really does hurt to see Berg playing in the outfield and hitting second. He had a good night at the plate tonight, but that's unlikely to last long, and he simply shouldn't be even a semi-regular starting outfielder.
_aNaBeL - Thursday, May 20 2004 @ 09:09 PM EDT (#64675) #
Just wanted to let you all know that Maximo Reyes is a really good pitcher... he should play more often... or transfer to a team in Texas.......
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