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Two wins last night that could easily have been 4, if not for some terrible defence by the Fisher Cats and a set of silent bats in Dunedin.

Syracuse 8 Louisville 5

Box score

Syracuse Post-Standard game report page

David Bush was hit hard in the first inning, giving up 4 runs, but settled down after that and gutted out a 6-inning performance that was better than his final line indicated (6 IP, 9 H, 5 ER); his 2 walks and 7 strikeouts over those 6 frames brought his season totals to a very encouraging 14/51 in 54 IP. Nonetheless, the fact remains that Bush has also allowed 61 hits, and his 4.83 ERA indicates heís not fooling Triple-A hitters very much. But BB/K and K/IP are still the best two indicators of a young pitcherís future success, and I think that ERA should certainly be down into the 3s by June or July.

After a lengthy offensive drought, the Skychiefsí bats are coming around, with 26 runs in their last 4 games. Noah Hall was the hero yesterday with 3 hits, including the go-ahead 2-run triple in the 8th inning, to go along with two sensational defensive plays. Paul Chiaffredo and Shawn Fagan had 2 hits, as did Alex Rios, who continues to work his way out of a hole and has his average up to .254. Russ Adams doubled in four trips and is down to .242. Gabe Gross didnít play and is evidently nursing an injury. Vinny Chulk threw 2 scoreless innings for the win.

Binghampton 7 New Hampshire 5

Box score

New Hampshire Union-Leader game story

A massive team meltdown for the Fisher-Cats cost them a game they should have won. Donít blame the pen for all of it: the Mets scored 5 runs in the 7th inning on just 2 hits, thanks to 3 walks, 3 errors, a wild pitch and a passed ball. Ugly stuff; read the game report for the details.

Todd Ozias pitched decently for the Fisher Cats, but Brandon League (2 hits, 2 walks in 2/3 of an inning), Dan Jackson (the eventual loser) and the defence brought the house down. After a promising start at Double-A, League is really struggling -- in 26 innings, heís struck out 20 and allowed 21 hits, but has issued a whopping 17 walks. Are Eastern League hitters learning to lay off his biting fastball, knowing he doesnít yet command a solid second pitch? Brandon will almost certainly spend the year in AA trying to find his once-dominant form.

Offensively, Danny Solano and Matt Logan had 2 hits each, while Ty Godwin continued his excellent May with a single and 2 walks. John-Ford Griffin, who flied out with 2 runners on to end the game, is down to .228.

Fort Myers 1 Dunedin 0

Box score

Not much to say about this one. In a game that took less time than your average summer blockbuster (2:18), the D-Jays were shut out on just 2 hits and 3 walks, striking out 8 times against 3 Miracle pitchers. The only bright spot was an excellent performance from Ismael Ramirez, who threw 7 innings of 4-hit ball, allowing 1 run on 2 walks and 7 strikeouts. Move along, nothing to see here.

Charleston 7 Lake County 1

Box score

A solid win for the Alley-Cats, led by Ramon Moraís excellent start (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) and solid relief from Felix Romero, who whiffed 3 of the 4 batters he retired in a 1-hit performance. Centerfielder David Smith smashed a first-inning 3-run homer, 1B Clint Johnston cranked his 5th round-tripper of the season, and left fielder Brian Patrick singled and doubled.

Your Three-Star Selection:

The Third Star: Ramon Mora, Charleston: 6 innings of 3-hit ball with 6 strikeouts to lead the Alley-Cats to victory.

The Second Star: Ismael Ramirez, Dunedin, who deserved a better fate after his 7-inning, 4-hit performance, walking 2 and striking out 7.

The First Star:Noah Hall, Syracuse: 3 hits, 2 runs scored, 2 RBIs, 2 great defensive plays and the game-winning triple.

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Mike Green - Saturday, May 22 2004 @ 12:08 PM EDT (#63818) #
On a rainy Saturday, here's the lineup. Sean Douglass gets the start for Syracuse against Louisville at 2 p.m. Derek Lee goes for NH against Binghampton at 6 p.m. Kurt Isenberg hurls for Dunedin against Fort Myers and Danny Core for 1st place Charleston against 2nd place Lexington at 7 p.m. Again all four games are on internet radio with the Dunedin and Charleston games accessible via their opponents' broadcast.

My Charleston strikeout theory took a beating yesterday, as both Charleston and Lake County pitchers had a banner K days despite the later start.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 22 2004 @ 05:46 PM EDT (#63819) #
Syracuse has got a winning streak building. They won ugly today 5-3, despite getting out-hit and out-homered. OK, we'll try to put that more positively, "they had a very efficient offence this afternoon". Bob File was very effective for the final 2 innings and the save. Sean Douglass had his best game as a Sky Chief, striking out 8 in 6 innings of work.
_Rob - Saturday, May 22 2004 @ 05:49 PM EDT (#63820) #
I won't be calling a game tonight, but here's what happened in Syracuse:
Syracuse 5, Louisville 3. Douglass: 6 IP, 3 R, 2 BB, 8 K. File pitched two scoreless innings for the save. Williams homered and doubled and Bernard went 1-3 with two walks. FLop homered for the Bats. Game Log Play of the Day: Top 1st, Holbert...out at second p to 1b to ss to 1b to p to c, caught stealing.
A scorer's nightmare.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 22 2004 @ 07:32 PM EDT (#63821) #
Top of 5 in Binghampton AA

David Wright removed from the game between innings (injury?)

JFG hits a home run to center (the Fisher Cats' 3rd of the game)to make it 6-2. Aaron Hill (previously hit a homer) grounds out to short. Matt Logan (hit the 3rd F-Cat homer of the day) flies out to center. Jose Umbria flies out to center.

6-2 F-Cats going to bottom of 5.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 22 2004 @ 07:41 PM EDT (#63822) #
Bottom of 5 AA:

Derek Lee still pitching (retired last 6 in a row).

Dave Detienne strikes out looking on a nice hook from Lee (his 5th of the day). Velasquez lines a single to right. Wayne Lydon flies out to right. Angel Pagan grounds out to Stubby Clapp at third.

6-2 F-Cats after 5.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 22 2004 @ 07:52 PM EDT (#63823) #
Top of 6 AA:

Lance Caraccioli on to pitch for Binghamton. Mikael Jova (0-2 previously) grounds out to short. Justin Singleton strikes out looking. Tyrell Godwin (2-2 with a HBP)walks on 4 pitches. Stubby Clapp (0-2 with a walk)flies out to short right.

Binghamton's manager is Ken Oberkfell. There's another blast from the past.

On the out-of-town scoreboard, Charleston leads Lexington 1-0 after 2.

6-2 going to the bottom of 6.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 22 2004 @ 07:58 PM EDT (#63824) #
Bottom of 6 AA:

Dave Bakani (filling in for David Wright who left with nausea) strikes out looking. Prentice Redman flies out to deep right. Justin Huber grounds into the hole, and Aaron Hill displays his fine arm to gun him out.

6-2 F-Cats after 6.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 22 2004 @ 08:08 PM EDT (#63825) #
Top of 7 AA:

Dominic Rich (0-2 with a HBP previously) walks. JFG singles on the ground to right, Rich to third. Hill strikes out. JFG is picked off 1st. Matt Logan strikes out swinging. The rally goes a-glimmer.

6-2 good guys going to the 7th inning stretch.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 22 2004 @ 08:22 PM EDT (#63826) #
Bottom of 7 AA:

Jordan DeJong on to pitch for NH.

Acuna grounds out to third. Lambin is hit by a pitch. Detienne doubles to left-center, Lambin to third. Velasquez (hitting .190) runs the count to 3-0, DeJong fights back to 3-2, Velasquez fouls off a bunch and walks. Bases loaded. Wayne Lydon grounds a single to left, one runs scores, bases still loaded.

DeJong (who was throwing 88-91) out. Kevin Frederick in. 6-3 now F-Cats.

On the out-of-town. It's now 5-0 Charleston after 4, and 1-0 Fort Myers over Dunedin at 4.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 22 2004 @ 08:30 PM EDT (#63827) #
Bottom of 7 AA:

Bases loaded, 1 out, Frederick in to pitch. Angel Pagan lines out to center, Detienne scores. Bakani strikes out.

6-4 F-Cats after 7.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 22 2004 @ 08:38 PM EDT (#63828) #
Top of 8:

Umbria lines a single to center. Jova lines a single to right-center, Umbria to second. Justin Singleton sacrifices. Infield in, Godwin grounds out to second, runners hold. Stubby Clapp hits a weak grounder down the 1st base line, slides into the bag, but the umpire says that the pitcher beat him. Clapp and manager Basso argue vociferously, but Basso doesn't kick any dirt and remains in the game.

6-4 F-Cats going to bottom of 8.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 22 2004 @ 08:46 PM EDT (#63829) #
Bottom of 8:

Prentice Redman strikes out looking on a nasty curve from Frederick. Justin Huber bloops a single to center. Acuna hits a soft grounder to second, Rich to Hill on the fielder's choice. Lambin strikes out swinging.

6-4 F-Cats after 8. Adam Peterson is warming.

On the out-of-town, Charleston leads 5-0 after 5 and Dunedin and Fort Myers are tied at 1 after 5.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 22 2004 @ 09:01 PM EDT (#63830) #
Top of 9 AA:

Strayhorn on to pitch for Binghamton.

Dominic Rich doubles on a fly to the wall in left-center that centerfielder Lydon can't handle. JFG walks. Aaron Hill flies out to center, no advancements. Logan flies out to left. Umbria lines out to second.

6-4 F-Cats going to bottom of 9. Adam Peterson in for the save.
_Sneeps - Saturday, May 22 2004 @ 09:08 PM EDT (#63831) #
Hey Mike, you think Peterson is gonna be able to nail er down?
Mike Green - Saturday, May 22 2004 @ 09:15 PM EDT (#63832) #
Bottom of 9 AA:

Peterson on.

Detienne walks. Velasquez doubles to left, Detienne to third. It's the nervous ninth, Blue Jay fans. I wonder if those missed opportunities in the 7th, 8th and 9th will come back to haunt. Wayne Lydon lined to left, Godwin came in but Detienne tried to score and succeeded (Godwin's throw was up the line), Velasquez held second. A wild pitch allows Velasquez to move to third with one out. Angel Pagan runs the count to 2-2; the pitch was very close, called a ball and Mike Basso comes out to argue, is tossed and does kick dirt. Pagan walks; runners on 1st and 3rd, one out. David Bakani runs the count to 3-1 and hits the ball off the center field wall, both runner score, and the Mets beat the F-Cats 7-6.

Hmm, sounds vaguely familiar.

On the out-of-town, it's now 6-0 Charleston after 7 and 1-1 in the Dunedin game after 6. Both Core and Isenberg appear to have thrown good games.
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