Minor-League Update: May 20

Thursday, May 20 2004 @ 10:14 AM EDT

Contributed by: Jordan

Slugfests and pitching duels in the minor leagues last night, leading to a split for the organization's four farm teams.

Syracuse 9 Richmond 8

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Syracuse Post-Standard game report

An ugly win for the Skychiefs, who got bad pitching from Josue Matos and bad defence from their infielders, but whose bats finally woke up. Hits and runs throughout the lineup; nobody really had an outstanding performance.

New Hampshire 2 Reading 0

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New Hampshire Union-Leader report

Some near-history last night, as top Phillies prospect Gavin Floyd held the Fisher Cats hitless through 8 innings. But after 102 pitches, Floyd’s night was done, and New Hampshire scored the winning runs off a reliever. Good for the Phillies to put development ahead of no-hitters. Francisco Rosario stretched his AA scoreless innings streak to 10. Ryan Houston had a fabulous relief outing.

Sarasota 12 Dunedin 11

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This slugfest did not work out as well as the one in Syracuse. Jamie Vermilyea was hammered in a starting role, and only Andy Torres pitched well in relief. Top hitting prospects Jayce Tingler and Vito Chiaravalotti were about the only D-Jay batters to have off-nights.

Lake County 8 Charleston 2

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Charleston Gazette game story

Shaun Marcum welcomed my designating him as Charleston’s best pitching prospect by getting whipped for 7 hits and 5 ER in 4 2/3 IP. Thanks, Shaun. David Smith had 3 hits for the Alley-Cats.

Your Three-Star Selection:

The Third Star: Ryan Houston, RP, New Hampshire: a fabulous relief effort, striking out 7 of the 9 batters he faced (2 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 7 K)

The Second Star: Carlo Cota, 2B, Dunedin: single, double, homer and 5 RBIs to lead the slugging D-Jays.

The First Star: Francisco Rosario, SP, New Hampshire: another excellent outing at Double-A (5 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 K)