Another tough day in the minor leagues. Syracuse and Charleston lost on Sunday to complete losing weeks. New Hampshire lost on Sunday and lost their weekend series with Binghamton. Stubby Clapp only needed six pitches to retire the side.
Syracuse 1 Norfolk 3
More of the same from Syracuse. David Bush started for the Chiefs and allowed a run on three hits in the first and a homerun in the third to leave the Chiefs down 2-0. Other than those innings Bush was steady through six. In the seventh Gerald Williams (remember him?) doubled in a third run. Meanwhile Randy Keisler, who at one time was a top pitching prospect, was dominating the Chiefs allowing only 4 hits through seven innings. Paul Chiaffredo hit his first AAA homerun in the eighth. Bush pitched seven innings and allowed eight hits, two walks and the three runs. Bsuh also had seven K's. Bob File put two runners on in the eighth but did not allow a run.
Alexis Rios had another 0-4 to drop his average to .240. Russ Adams was 0-3 with a walk. Gabe Gross did not play for the third straight game.
As an aside Mike Glavine, Tom's brother, was 1-2 to raise his average to .051.
Binghamton 9 New Hampshire 1
Todd Ozias has been a very steady starter for New Hampshire this season. In five previous starts Ozias had never allowed more than two runs, and Pedro Martinez had never lost at the Skydome, until yesterday. While Pedro was losing at the Dome, Ozias lost his streak in the first inning. Binghamton scored three and added two more in the second. Ozias hung around until the fourth when he left with a couple of runners on. Brandon League came on in relief and a sac fly and a hit later it was 7-0. League pitched three innings and allowed three hits and three walks, but did not concede a run. The Cats got a consolation run when Stubby Clapp singled and scored on a hit by John Ford Griffin in the eighth. New Hampshire had only five hits in the game. With the game out of reach Clapp pitched the ninth and three fly balls later he was finished his perfect inning.
Fisher Cat Notes
Dunedin - Off Day
Charleston 3 Capital City 5
Things were looking good for Charleston for most of this contest. Ryan Roberts hit a homer in the first inning to give Charleston the lead. Danny Core was on the mound and scuffled through the first inning allowing Cap City to tie the score on three hits. Then he settled down and gave Capital City no opening for the next five innings. Meanwhile David Smith scored in the fourth as the Cats regained the lead. Roberts, driven in by Joey Reiman, added an insurance run to make it 3-1 in the seventh.
Core put two runners on to start the seventh. Davis Romero was summoned from the pen, allowed a hit and a grand salami, and the lead was gone.
The Alley Cats had their chances. They loaded the bases with no-one out in the fifth. A ground ball to third got one out at home, then a double play ended the threat. The Cats put two on with no-one out in the ninth but again could not score.
Roberts was 2-4 with a home run, a walk, and two runs. Mike Galloway was 2-3, Joey Reiman was 3-4 with a double. Core's final line was 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 7 K, and 3 Runs. Two of the runs scored on the home run allowed by Romero.
Our Three-Star Selection
The 3rd Star: Danny Core, another solid start
The 2nd Star: Joey Reiman, 3-4 with a double and an RBI
The 1st Star: Ryan Roberts, 2-4 with a home run and a walk.
Syracuse were 2-4 on the week and their record now is 13-24. Syracuse are in last place, eight games behind Scranton and Pawtucket
New Hampshire had a good week going 6-2 and are 21-14, tied for the lead with Binghamton.
Dunedin 20-18, five games behind Tampa. Dunedin were 4-2 for the week.
Charleston have lost sole possession of first place with an 23-14 record. They are tied with Lexington. They were 1-6 for the week.
Combined the Jays minor league teams are 77-70, a .524 winning percentage.