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Yesterday was a day for firsts: The Chiefs won for the first time in 10 days; Bob File recorded his first professional win since April 14, 2001; And the AA Fisher Cats moved into first place after sweeping a doubleheader.

Thanks to Rob, Mike, and Brumfield, for their extensive real-time radio reports in yesterday's thread:

Syracuse 6 at Richmond 4
Game Summary

New Hampshire 10 at Trenton 3 (Game 1)
New Hampshire 2 at Trenton 1 (Game 2)
Games Summary

Dunedin 3 at Vero Beach 1
Game Summary

Charleston 1 at Augusta 2
Gazette Game Summary

Three-Star Selection!

Our Third Star: John-Ford Griffin, DH, New Hampshire (his 3-run double in the 7th inning of Game 1 was the key hit)
Our Second Star: Danny Core, P, Charleston (left with a no-decision, but it was an impressive outing nonetheless: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO)
Our First Star: Tim Whittaker, C, Syracuse (1-4, 2 RBI; two-out single in the 9th brought some much-needed Chief relief)

Please feel free, as always, to add your own $0.02 on the minor league goings-on....
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_MatO - Wednesday, May 12 2004 @ 08:35 AM EDT (#66427) #
That would be Hill's 2nd HR of the season.
Gerry - Wednesday, May 12 2004 @ 09:02 AM EDT (#66428) #
Brandon League fans get their wish tonight. The Fisher Cats play another doubleheader and League starts game one.
Mike Green - Wednesday, May 12 2004 @ 09:21 AM EDT (#66429) #
According to the F-cat website, the games are at 6:05 and 9:05. The starters are listed as Reimers and Houston (although Houston pitched 5 innings the day before yesterday), so it is more likely that other sources which indicate that League is the starter are correct.

The Sky-Chiefs are off, and the Dunedin and Charleston games are not on internet radio. I can't do either of the games tonight. Anybody ready to take a turn? Props to our contributors so far- Rob, Jeff, #2JBrumfield, Robert Dudek and Jordan.
_Jordan - Wednesday, May 12 2004 @ 10:19 AM EDT (#66430) #
Danny Core is off to a Jekyll-and-Hyde start: one great outing, one terrible outing. He was great again yesterday. A level higher, Kurt Isenberg rebounded from a terrible last start with a solid showing, 1 run over 6 innings with just 6 baserunners (4 H, 2 BB), though with just 1 strikeout. Jamie Vermilyea continued his recent run of effectiveness with 2 hitless innings (0 BB, 1 K) for the win.

Syracuse's struggles have been somewhat puzzling. They have a good mix of veterans and young prospects, a solid manager, and organizational support. But Adams, Rios and Quiroz have had the predictable difficulty adjusting to the highest levels of minor-league play, while Bush and Gross have been inconsistent and Arnold has continued to struggle. Add to that the veteran bats that haven't come around, plus injuries to GQ and to Chad Hermansen, and that's how you get a last-place team. This club will start turning around when the youngsters do, so when Adams and Rios in particular get untracked, they'll be in good shape.

Right now, though, Alex is mired in a .256/.293/.406 rut, along with a 7/21 BB/K ratio in 133 AB; he's not even close to a promotion.
robertdudek - Wednesday, May 12 2004 @ 10:37 AM EDT (#66431) #
Interviewof Dustin McGowan on Baseball America today.
_Tim - Wednesday, May 12 2004 @ 10:41 AM EDT (#66432) #
What injury does Hermansen have? I haven't heard anything about him since he was sent down. I was wondering if another team picked him up or something. If he is sitting on the DL because of numbers, that seems silly given Berg's troubles in Left.

Also, does anyone know anything about the injury status of Negron?

Jordan, I think your analysis of Syracuse's problems is spot on. We need to remember that the core players on that team are very young. Although they had success at AA, it's quite a jump for players like Rios and Adams to play at AAA.
_Steve Z - Wednesday, May 12 2004 @ 10:57 AM EDT (#66433) #
Thanks, MatO. It was in fact Hill's second HR of the year (it's now corrected)
Mike Green - Wednesday, May 12 2004 @ 11:01 AM EDT (#66434) #
David Bush has been quite good, despite the none-too-thrilling ERA. In 41 innings, he's allowed 10 walks and 2 home runs, while striking out 37. He's basically kept on pace from his A and AA work last year.
_Steve Z - Wednesday, May 12 2004 @ 11:18 AM EDT (#66435) #
Here are three other minor league reports from the local dailies:
- Syracuse
- New Hampshire
- Charleston
Gerry - Wednesday, May 12 2004 @ 12:35 PM EDT (#66436) #
Negron has gone on the DL.

For those who missed it Victor Valencia C was added to New Hampshire yesterday. Valencia was hitting .229 in 15 games at Akron.

The Jays have acquired a player from texas, Gregg Raymundo, 3B, who has joined Dunedin. Raymundo is old for A ball and looks like organizational filler, like Valencia. Raymundo had been at AA, hitting .288 with one HR in 16 games.

The Valencia deal filled holes due to injuries to Myers and Quiroz. The Raymundo deal looks like a deal to bolster offense at 3B with the injuries to Cosby and Tablado.

I do not know what considerations went the other way for either of these deals.
_Nigel - Wednesday, May 12 2004 @ 01:18 PM EDT (#66437) #
Gerry, I agree about these additions are not real prospects but these are classic "youneverknows". Picking up Simon Pond a few years ago would have been regarded in the same light. He was a failed AA prospect with another organization that the Jays picked up to fill in a hole at Dunedin. They are extreme longshots for sure but they are kind of interesting to follow.
Gerry - Wednesday, May 12 2004 @ 09:09 PM EDT (#66438) #
Lee pitched a complete game in game 1 for NH. Rich Griffin and Logan had two hits each to pace NH to a 4-1 win. League pitches the nightcap.

Flores was bombed for Dunedin who are losing big.
Mike Green - Wednesday, May 12 2004 @ 10:11 PM EDT (#66439) #
Dunedin rallied for 3 in the 7th and 3 in the 9th to take a 1 run lead to the bottom of the ninth. Go Bubbie.

Justin James was bombed as Charleston lost to cellar-dwelling Augusta.
_Sneeps - Wednesday, May 12 2004 @ 10:44 PM EDT (#66440) #
Actually, Justin James pitched a pretty good game. It was his relievers who let him down.

Here's his line:

6.0 innings, 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 er, 2 walks, 7 k's

That be a quality start.
_Sneeps - Wednesday, May 12 2004 @ 10:54 PM EDT (#66441) #
The FisherCats have swept back to back doubleheaders!!!
_Smithville - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 01:14 AM EDT (#66442) #
For Dunedin tonight, Tingler had a run and two walks. He now leads the league in Runs(24), Walks(23) and HBP's(7) and is 5th in OBP(.427).
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