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Just 1 win out of 4 games in the Minors? On the night of an inspiring win for the Major League team, I'll take it!

Syracuse 6, Louisville 13

It was rat-a-tat-tat in Syracuse as Josue Matos made a rare start and was taken to the woodshed by the Bats. Cincinatti's top-level minor leaguers scored 5 runs on Matos in 4-1/3, and had even more fun with Dave Maurer, knocking him around for 6 runs in just 1-1/3. Talley Haines picked a good night for a less-than-dominating outing, looking good by comparison as he gave up 2 runs in his 3 innings.

RF Alex Rios, 2B Howie Clark, and DH Gabe Gross collected two hits each for the SkyChiefs. Rios added a walk, and one of Gross' hits was good for two bases as he hit out of the 9th spot in the lineup. LF Noah Hall had the only other extra-base hit in the Syracuse lineup, ringing up a triple. SS Russ Adams led off and tried a little of everything; his four plate appearances went single, hit-by-pitch, strikeout, walk.

Boxscore - Recap - Post-Standard (AP)

New Hampshire 3, Norwich 7

After pitching 10 scoreless innings to begin his Eastern League career, Francisco Rosario got a nasty awakening in his third AA start. On the rare occassions when he was able to locate the strike zone (2/4 K/BB), the junior Giants navigated his pitches for base hits, totalling 4 in 2 innings, good for 6 runs. Ryan Houston turned in an effective 5 (five!) innings of relief, allowing a solitary run on 5 hits and 2 walks, striking out 3. The 24-year-old Houston now has an ERA of 2.60 in 27-2/3 innings, with a 33/15 K/BB and 2 homers allowed.

The Fisher Cat attack was anemic to say the least, with just three hits. A little better was the three walks against four strikeouts. SS Aaron Hill hit a two-run double in the seventh. LF John-Ford Griffin struck out twice in 3 trips to the plate.

The game ended after 7 innings with rain coming down in Manchester.

Boxscore -

Dunedin 5, Brevard County 7

Down in Brevard County, the Dunedin Jays didn't get it together until the 8th inning, and their 2 runs there and 3 more in the 9th weren't enough as they lost 7-5 to the High-A version of the Expos. It was a power-and-patience attack for the the Jays, as they totalled 9 walks against 7 strikeouts, and 4 of their 5 hits were doubles. LF Jayce Tingler led off with one of each (walk and double), and 1B Vito Chiaravalloti did likewise from the cleanup spot. 2B Carlo Cota and 3B Scott Dragicevich one-upped them, each recording 2 walks and a double.

The Manatee attack of 13 hits (4 2B) and 5 walks against 2 striekouts proved more effective. Starter Neomar Flores lasted just one innings, allowing 4 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. Santo Valdez and Jamie Vermilyea followed him with nearly identical 3 inning lines of 1 run on 4 hits and 1 K, with Vermilyea walking one batter. Chad Pleiness was fortunate to allow just a singleton in his inning of work as he gave up 2 hits and 2 walks.

Irrelevant Banter: If you think a Fisher Cat is an odd choice of mascot, check out a few Manatees.

Boxscore -

Charleston 2, Kannapolis 1

1B Clint Johnston wasn't Intimidated by Single-A White Sox affiliate, delivering a perfect night at the plate (single, homer, two walks) against Kannapolis. 3B William Rivera drove home the other Cat run in the low-scoring affair. DH Joey Reiman had a double and took one for the team in three trips, 2B Ryan Roberts was 1-for-4 with a K.

Davis Romero started for Charleston and went an excellent 5 innings, allowing just 3 hits and a walk while striking out 5. Brian Reed extended his streak of no earned runs in Single-A 15-2/3 innings, picking up a save in pitching an imperfect 9th - one hit, one walk, two strikeouts.

Boxscore - Recap - Charleston Gazette

Three-Star Selection!

The Third Star: Alex Rios, Syracuse. 2 singles and a walk.

The Second Star: Davis Romero, Charleston. 5 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 5 K.

The First Star: Clint Johnson, Charleston. Single, Homer, Walk, Walk.
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_goatboy - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 08:04 AM EDT (#62779) #
Jason Arnold injured!

I was listening to the Syarcuse game last night when the play by play guy said the Arnold was missing his second start tonight becuase of a sholder injury, he didn't say what was wrong with the sholder but it doesn't sound good.
_Sneeps - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:34 AM EDT (#62780) #
I heard that as well goat, and I'm also worried about Marcum. He missed his turn in the rotation last night. Adams got pulled from his game as well, a few innings after getting plunked.
_goatboy - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:44 AM EDT (#62781) #
I don't thing Adams was injured to badly. I believe he got hit in the back of the leg and it is probably just a case of the muscle tightening up, still it will be interesting to see if Adams is in the lineup tonight. Don't know a Marcum though hopefully someone else will have some news
Mike Green - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:56 AM EDT (#62782) #
Tonight's tilts: Syracuse (Chris Baker) travels to Charlotte for a 7:15 game. New Hampshire (Gustavo Chacin) hosts Norwich at 6:05. Dunedin (Jesse Harper) visits Brevard County at 7:05. Charleston (TBA) is home to Kannapolis at 6:05. The Syracuse, New Hampshire and Dunedin games are all on internet radio, and with the Jays being off tonight, it would be great if we could have several games going. I'll be on at 8:45 for the second half of the Syracuse game.
Gerry - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 10:02 AM EDT (#62783) #
There was some speculation yesterday about when the Jays might shuffle rosters. If you look closely the Jays shuffled last year exactly half way through the season. The mid point of this season will be approx. the middle of June. That date makes sense also because the draft is June 7 and the short season temas start playing about a week later. At that time the rosters for the short season temas have to be put together.

So look to June 15. After the draft we will start a "who do you think should move" thread. Look for Jesse Harper to stay in Dunedin until then.
_johnnnyS99 - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 10:14 AM EDT (#62784) #
Alot of the guys in extended spring training may not report to short season ball, and may be waiting for spots to open ie; Amos Day, Chad Muholland. Last year Adam Peterson and John Wesley reported late after spending time in extended spring training.
_King - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 10:18 AM EDT (#62785) #
Where is the link to the Dunedin game tonight? I was under the impression that Brevard County does not carry the games on the internet due to contractional problems.
Mike Green - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 10:29 AM EDT (#62786) #
King, you're right. The Dunedin game is not on internet radio due to the contractual problems of the Brevard County radio broadcaster.

Last year, the Jays did promote Vince Perkins from Charleston to Dunedin after 8 starts, but, as Gerry says, most of the promotions were in June.
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 03:25 PM EDT (#62787) #
I'll be here for the 6:05 NH game.
Mike Green - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 03:44 PM EDT (#62788) #
Great, Rob. Now, if someone could do the first hour and a half of the Syracuse game from 7:15, we'd have it all covered. Any volunteers?

By the way, the NH broadcast crew is very entertaining and knowledgeable about the game. Listening to one of their games is an enjoyable introduction to minor league ball.
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 03:55 PM EDT (#62789) #
By the way, the NH broadcast crew is very entertaining and knowledgeable about the game. Listening to one of their games is an enjoyable introduction to minor league ball.

That is the main reason I volunteer to listen to the AA games. That and the Cahoots Sports Bar and Grill Trivia Questions.
_Sneeps - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 04:11 PM EDT (#62790) #
Yeah the Fishercats guys are a hoot. I haven't been able to connect to the broadcasts for a couple days now. Anyone else having the same issues?
_goatboy - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 04:59 PM EDT (#62791) #
Re: the Fishercats guys are a hoot. I haven't been able to connect to the broadcasts for a couple days now. Anyone else having the same issues?

Sneeps I was listening to yesterday Fisher Cats game with no problem, but be greatfull you missed it because it was bad. They couldn't pitch 6-0 by the third inning and they were no hit intill the 6th or 7th

I agree with the consensus, the Fisher Cats broadcaster are great, I really enjoy listening the their broadcasts. It too bad the Syracuse play by play guy doesn't have a colour commentator, it would make the skychief games more interesting to listen to.
_goatboy - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 05:39 PM EDT (#62792) #
Sneeps I am having problems myself tonight with the Fisher Cats broadcast, but just with the real player link, the windows media link is working.
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 05:46 PM EDT (#62793) #
Today's pitchers, game starts at 6:05:

Brad Hennessey Gustavo Chacin
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 05:49 PM EDT (#62794) #
Oh, and I must praise for simply being so amazing. Anyone here who has used it as often as I have knows exactly why it is a great site. Kudos to the designers.
Mike Green - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 06:11 PM EDT (#62795) #
Rob, you've certainly raised the bar here. Cool. I am off to fulfil the "passable chef" part of my c.v., but I'll be back at 8:45 or earlier if I can.
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 06:15 PM EDT (#62796) #
Top 1st - AA:

First pitch at 6:11 pm. 52 F, sunny.
Groundout to third (Solano wearing a balaclava), fly ball to right, groundout to second. Easy inning for Chacin.
No score.
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 06:21 PM EDT (#62797) #
Lineup for the Fisher Cats:
Godwin 7
Solano 5
Rich 4
Hill 6
Logan 3
Jova 9
Umbria 2
Singleton 8

Bottom 1st - AA:

Hennessey pitching for Norwich.
Godwin falls behind 1-2, then a ball, then a swing and a miss, Ty K's.
Solano, shallow fly ball on the 1-2 pitch, two outs.
Rich takes two strikes and two balls, then bloops it into Clark's glove in left field. 3 up, 3 down.
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 06:29 PM EDT (#62798) #
Top 2nd - AA:

Michael Cervenak, near the top of the Eastern League in most categories (although he is 27), hits one on the ground to Solano, one out on the 5-3. Santos grounds out as well. Chacin gets to 2-2 on Von Schell, then a swing and a miss.
4 ground balls, 1 K, and a fly ball after two innings for Gustavo.

(In case you're wondering, the Norwich Navigators' parent club is San Francisco.)
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 06:42 PM EDT (#62799) #
Bottom 2nd - AA:

JFG (#23 overall in the 2001 draft) now steps in against Hennessey (#21). Three pitches and three strikes later, Aaron Hill steps in.
Hill watches 3 balls go by and it's low. One out walk.
Logan walks on a full count, prompting a visit from the pitching coach.
Jova falls behind 0-2. He strikes out, the third for Hennessey.
Umbria (or Umby as the aforementioned crew of Lipman and Murphy on WKXL call him) sign of Eddie Murphy.
Singleton up now with the bases loaded. 1-2 pitch is grounded to second, and NH leaves 3 men on.
No score after two.
_Tim - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 06:47 PM EDT (#62800) #
Good updates, Rob. Your style is emerging nicely - detailed and informative, yet concise enough to make it easy to read. Keep up the good work.
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 06:53 PM EDT (#62801) #
Top 3rd - AA

Knoedler starts things off with a ground rule double. Carter grounds out to Solano, Knoedler stays at second. Another ground ball, Hill throws it high but Logan makes the tag...or not. Basso out to argue the safe call. Regardless, it goes as an E-6. First and third, one out.
The next ground ball to Hill is flipped to Rich for one, and an error on the throw to first. A runner scores, the runner gets to second.
Clark batting, and it is quickly nothing and 2, then 0-3. Also known as a strikeout.

2 NH errors, 1 hit, 1 unearned run, 1-0 Norwich.

Today's Cahoots Sports Bar and Grill Trivia Question: What is Gustavo Chacin's previous career high for wins in a season? No cheating on the link I provided above. Here's a hint: he had 33 career wins in 5 years prior to 2004, and the number is more than 9.

And thanks, Tim.
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 06:59 PM EDT (#62802) #
Bottom 3rd - AA:

Godwin walks. Hennessey having control problems tonight, I hear. Ten bucks says Ty steals second.
Solano grounds into a 1-6-3 double play. So much for my 10 dollars.
Rich up with two outs and nobody on. Groundout 4-3.
No runs + no hits + GIDP = no runs for the F-Cats.
1-0 Norwich through 3.
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 07:09 PM EDT (#62803) #
Top 4th - AA:

Heart of the order due up against Chacin.
Ortmeier walks on four pitches.
Cervenak flares a single to right. Two on, nobody out.
Santos, a ball up the middle and it bounces off the bag. A single and a run scores from second. 2-0 Norwich. First and second, with nobody out.
Von Schell grounds it to third. Solano steps on third, throws to second, and they are so close to a 5-4-3 triple play. One step too late at first. Two outs, anyway.
Knoedler hits one off the base of the wall, and the runner is out trying to score from first. 7-6-2 on the putout, and the F-Cats get out of it with some kind of defense.
2-0 Navigators.
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 07:18 PM EDT (#62804) #
Bottom 4th - AA:

JFG up. Another strikeout for John-Ford.
Hill singles to centre field. The first NH hit tonight, at least it came earlier than last night's first hit, also by Hill.
Logan, off the wall in left. Hill holds at third on the double, and there is one out for Makeil Jova.
Jova singles, both runners score! RBI's 20 and 21 for Jova and the game is 2-2.
One out, Umbria batting, 6-4 groundout. Fielder's choice thanks to the Jova slide at second, Umbria on first.
Singleton grounds out to second to end the inning.
Tied at 2 after 4.

The answer to the CSPG Trivia Question? 11 wins, in 2001.
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 07:30 PM EDT (#62805) #
Top 5th - AA:

Chacin still pitching.
Carter bangs one off the wall, Jova boots it, turning a double into a triple. No error there, runner on third to start the inning. Infield pulled in.
Angel Chavez flies out to shallow left.
McMains grounds out to second, runner holds. Two outs now.
Umbria saves a wild pitch after Clark steps in. Clark then doubles Carter in. 3-2 Norwich.
Ortmeier strikes out, inning over. 1 run, 2 hits, 1 left. 3-2 Norwich after 4.5
_goatboy - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 07:36 PM EDT (#62806) #
Re: So look to June 15. After the draft we will start a "who do you think should move" thread. Look for Jesse Harper to stay in Dunedin until then.

You could be right but there is thing you have to remember, Harper was already a member of the Fisher Cats, he was sent down to Dunedin to rehab.
_#2JBrumfield - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 07:45 PM EDT (#62807) #
Top 2nd inning

* Glenn Williams has just homered for Syracuse to centerfield off Charlotte's Jason Grilli.
* Gross struck out.
* Fagan called out on strikes.
* Clark doubles to right-center field, had thoughts of a triple before holding up.
* Hall walks on 5 pitches
* Adams singles to centre to score Clark but Hall is thrown out 8-3-5 as he tried to advance to third

Skychiefs 2 Charlotte 0
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 07:49 PM EDT (#62808) #
Bottom 5th - AA:

Godwin leading off for the third time, and his third straight true outcome. His second K against one walk and there is one out.
Solano walks on four pitches. Hennessey looks good, if you overlook the walks. The bullpen is now stirring for Norwich, but they're just cold. Feels like 47 American degress in Manchester, tells me.
Rich strikes out after a checked swing made the count 2-1 instead of 1-2.
JFG is 0-for-9 lately, and his last 4 at bats? Strikeouts. He walks.
Two on, two out. Pitching coach to the mound again after this K-BB-K-BB inning.
Hill gets a full count (another true outcome?) and a single to right. Solano races around third and scores. 3-3.
Hennessey is done. 6 walks in 4.2 IP.
Matt Palmer jogs in from the bullpen, and time for the out of town scoreboard:

Syracuse at Charlotte: no score, top 2nd.
Dunedin at Brevard County: 2-0 Jays, top 3rd.
Charleston at home vs. Kannapolis, 8-2 for the good guys through 6.

Two on, two outs.
Logan strikes out.
1 run, 1 hit, 2 left. 3-3 after 5.
NOR 001 11
NH 000 12
so far, I believe.
_#2JBrumfield - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 08:00 PM EDT (#62809) #
Bottom 2nd: Charlotte Batting

Baker pitching for Syracuse

* Joe Borchard singles to centre
* Bobby Smith singles, Borchard advances to 3rd and Smith went to 2nd on throw
* Jamie Burke walks to load up the bases
* Mario Valenzuela doubles to left past a diving Glenn Williams to score Borchard and Smith, Burke advances to 3rd


* Kelly Dransfeldt sac fly to left, Burke tags up and scores, 1 out


* Valenzuela advances to 3rd on a Baker wild pitch
* Jeremy Reed sac fly to right scores Valenzuela, 2 out


* Next batter hits into a 1-6-3 ground-out, 3 out

After 2 innings - Charlotte 4 Syracuse 2
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 08:05 PM EDT (#62810) #
Top 6th - AA:

Chacin working towards his longest outing so far this season as he continues to pitch, but League is warming up in the pen, wearing long sleeves! It's so cold, even the short-sleeved man is covering up.
Ground ball to Solano, off his glove into left field. A double for Cervenak. Fourth inning in a row that the leadoff man is on, and said runner has scored the last three innings.
Santos grounds out, moving Cervenak to third. One out, man on third.
Von Schell, infield in, full count and he walks. First and third, and Basso...will stay with Chacin.
Knoedler has two doubles in two AB tonight. 3-0 count faster than you can say Kelvim Escobar. A strike and a foul and it's full. Fly ball to left, off the wall. Cervenak scores, Von Schell to third, another double for Knoedler. 4-3 Norwich.
Chacin still in there against Carter and another 3-0 count. This has to be his last batter. He walks him. Bases loaded.
Here comes Basso. Dan Jackson in to pitch instead of League, who is still throwing in the 'pen.

Bases loaded, one out. We'll be right back on the Batter's Box Radio Network.

And change my NH boxscore from 000 12 to 000 21.
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 08:09 PM EDT (#62811) #
Top 6th continued:

Jackson now pitching for New Hampshire.
Chavez strikes out on a curveball.
McMains, 0-2 count, swing and a miss. 2 K's for Jackson.
1 run, 2 hits, 3 left. 4-3 Norwich.
_#2JBrumfield - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 08:09 PM EDT (#62812) #
Top 3rd inning - Syracuse batting, Jason Grilli pitching for Charlotte

* Bernard singles
* Rios grounds out to 3rd, Benard is out 5-3-5 trying to advance to 3rd, he overslid the bag - 2 out, I believe Bernard was on the move during the 3-2 pitch and made it to 2nd and then tried to advance to 3rd when Rios was retired
* Estalella homers to left just inside the fair pole, his 2nd as a Skychief


* Williams flies out to Jeremy Reed, 3 out

After 2 1/2 - CHARLOTTE 4 SYRACUSE 3
_#2JBrumfield - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 08:13 PM EDT (#62813) #
Bottom 3rd - Charlotte batting, Baker pitching for Syracuse

* Leadoff Batter flies out to Benard in right, 1 out
* Mike Bell flies out to Benard in right, 2 out
* Joe Borchard grounds out to 2nd, 3 out

Mike Green - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 08:29 PM EDT (#62814) #
#2JB, I'm here, but you can keep going as long as you want. Please let me know.
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 08:29 PM EDT (#62815) #
Bottom 6th - AA:

3-0 count on Jova to start. The next pitch is a ball. Leadoff walk.
Umbria up and Jova gets to second on a wild pitch. Umbria then watches the full count pitch go by for another walk.
Two on for Justin Singleton, and he bunts over the runners...wait, small ball did not work in this case. The catcher throws out Jova at third. A wasted out, Umbria at second, Singleton at first on the 2-5.
One out, Godwin takes 3 balls. Make it 4, and make it 3 walks in the inning. Bases juiced after the ninth Navigator walk.
Palmer pitching just dandy here.
2 balls to Solano and Palmer is pulled in the middle of the at bat.

With all these bases on balls, of course the next pitcher is named Mitch Walk.
2-0 count on Solano as Walk starts to pitch. A strike! Wow, that's rare. Two more balls and Walk walks in a run, but the walk and run are charged to Palmer. Four walks this inning, 4-4 game.
The only out so far this inning? A sac bunt.
Rich dribbles one 3 inches in front of the plate, and a whole bunch of stuff happens. A force out at home (two outs), then Rich safe at first (FC), and Godwin tries to score and does on an E-3. Solano goes to third on the error. First and third, two outs.
To borrow a phrase from an earlier game thread, this at bat has been brought to you by the letters JFG and K and the number 3. Yes, another strikeout.
2 runs, 0 hits (!), 4 walks, 5-4 F-Cats. Long inning, eh?
_#2JBrumfield - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 08:29 PM EDT (#62816) #
Top 4th - Syracuse batting, Jason Grilli on the hill for Charlotte

* DH Gabe Gross triples to the wall in left-center, kicking by centerfielder Jeremy Reed to allow Gross to take 3rd
* Shawn Fagan hits chopper over the mound to short to score Gross, Fagan retired 6-3, 1 out


* Howie Clark doubles to wall in right-centre field, just missing a home run - Clark's 2nd double of the night
* Noah Hall doubles to wall in left-centre to score Clark


* Charlotte bullpen now stirring, lefty Vic Darensburg now warming up
* Adams bloops a double down the left field line to score Noah Hall


* Benard called out on strikes, 2 out
* Rios called out on strikes, 3 out

Syracuse play-by-play man during the Rios at-bat brings up a conversation with Bob File, File says the toughest jump for a player is the one from Double A to Triple A, simply because you do face major leaguers at the Triple A level.

3 runs on 4 hits, no errors

After 3 1/2 innings - SYRACUSE 6 CHARLOTTE 4
_#2JBrumfield - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 08:32 PM EDT (#62817) #
Hi Mike, up to you. If you want to come in from the 'pen, it's cool.
Mike Green - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 08:35 PM EDT (#62818) #
You're doing a great job #2JB, so why don't you continue until you've got to go. I'll be ready if needed.
_#2JBrumfield - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 08:36 PM EDT (#62819) #
Okay Mike, sounds good.
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 08:42 PM EDT (#62820) #
Top 7th - AA:

Dan Jackson gives way to Brandon League for this inning. Jackson and Palmer now the pitchers of record.
League gets to 3-2 on Clark and on a slow roller, League tries to throw him out but the ball hits Clark. However, they call him out for running out of the basepath. Apparently, the Rich grounder in the 6th was the same play -- Rich blocking the basepath, but no call there. Clark and Turner (manager) argue, and Clark finally sits down. 1-3 on the putout and now the first base coach is ejected!
Ortmeier is then hit by a pitch. One on, one out.
Cervenak singles to right (his third hit) and first and second with one out for Norwich. "League's troubles continue."
Santos up. He strikes out, two outs.
The next batter flies out to right.
5-4 NH, stretch time.
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 08:44 PM EDT (#62821) #
Mike, if you want to do the NH game, I'll hand you the mike after the bottom of the 7th. Oui/non?
_#2JBrumfield - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 08:47 PM EDT (#62822) #
Bottom 4th - Charlotte batting, Chris Baker pitching for Syracuse

Defensive note - Benard is playing CF not RF, and Rios is playing RF, not CF, whoops!

* Bobby Smith strikes out swinging, 1 out
* Jamie Burke grounds out to short, 2 out
* Mario Valenzuela singles to right on a 3-2 pitch
* Kelly Dransfeldt singles to right, Valenzuela advances to 3rd
* Jeremy Reed, after fouling off a number of pitches, draws a walk, bases loaded!

** Pitching coach Brad Arnsberg pays a visit to Baker on the mound, bullpen stirring, Mike Smith getting up

* Ryan Hankins flies out to Benard in centre, 3 out

0 runs, 2 hits, 3 left on

_Rob -- "Ev - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 08:54 PM EDT (#62823) #
Bottom 7th - AA:

Hill walks...another walk.
Logan walks...ANOTHER walk.
So Walk walks two, then a 6-4 groundout by Jova. Hill gets to third, Jova on first. (Logan was the forceout at 2nd).
Umbria, who has two walks tonight, sees a wild pitch go past and Hill scores. 6-4. Ugly game for Norwich. Man on second now.
4 runs on 1 hit for NH recently. A groundout 1-3, two outs.
Singleton has not walked tonight. You figure with a dozen walks, everyone would get one eventually. He strikes out, inning over.
6-4 after 7.
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 08:58 PM EDT (#62824) #
Top 8th - AA:

League still pitching.
A slow grounder to Solano, and the masked man throws out the runner.
Logan gets the next groundout.
(^ The fastest two outs all night, on two pitches)
Fly ball to right. Well, that was a nice little inning. 4 pitches for League.
_#2JBrumfield - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 08:59 PM EDT (#62825) #
Top 5th - Syracuse batting, Jason Grilli on the bump for Charlotte

* Bobby Estalella flies out to left, 1 out
* Glenn Williams draws a walk on a 3-2 pitch
* PITCHING CHANGE - Lefty Vic Darensbourg now on the mound

Grilli's line 4 1/3 IP, 10H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 4K

* Gabe Gross called out on strikes, 2 out
* Shawn Fagan struck out swinging on a high fastball, 3 out

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on

After 4 1/2 innings - SYRACUSE 6 CHARLOTTE 4
_Sneeps - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:01 PM EDT (#62826) #
I mentioned last night that Shaun Marcum missed his turn in the rotation for the Cats. Well, either he was pushed back a day, or i was just plain wrong. Going by my history it's probably the latter.

Anyways, to the game. Charleston wins it easily 8-2.
Marcum's line: 6.1 ip, 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 er, 2 walks, 7 k's
Roberts had another good night, hitting 2 homeruns and driving in 3. Correct me if i'm wrong but Roberts hit 2 his last game as well.

Dunedin is up 6-1 after 5. Harper is mowin' down the A ball hitters again.
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:08 PM EDT (#62827) #
Bottom 8th - AA:

Peterson warming in the Cats bullpen.
Alberto Montes now pitching for Norwich. Will the great Manchester Walkfest (c) continue?
Godwin beats out a groundout for an infield single. Okay, double or nothing. 20 bucks says Godwin steals second.
Solano gets to movement by Ty Oh My yet. There he goes, but there is a groundout, 2-3. I don't lose that Godwin bet -- he did take off from first, regardless of the outcome.
Rich flies out to left. Out number two, Godwin remains at second.
JFG (3 K's and...wait for it, a walk) is up and he...yes, he walks! 13 now!
Hill is up and he walks. Sorry...force of habit. Hill actually one-hops it back to the pitcher and the inning is over.

Due up for the Navigators in the ninth against Peterson:
McMains, Clark, Ortmeier (1-2-3) with the dangerous Cervenak if anyone reaches.
Let's hope Peterson doesn't do what he did against the Mets on the 22nd.
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:11 PM EDT (#62828) #
FYI, the MLB record for most walks in a game is 16, last accomplished in 1915. NH broke the minor league record about two hours ago.
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:13 PM EDT (#62829) #
Last Call for Norwich:

Peterson in to pitch, and this inning will be transcribed in my "build-the-tension" format.
McMains: strike, ball, strike, ground ball to Logan. Unassisted play. One out.
_#2JBrumfield - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:14 PM EDT (#62830) #
Bottom 5th - Charlotte batting, Baker on the hill for the 'Cuse

* Bryant Nelson grounds out to first, Fagan with the unassisted put-out, 1 out
* Mike Bell strikes out on a breaking ball, 2 out
* Joe Borchard homers to left, an opposite field shot


* Bobby Smith is hit by a pitch
* Smith steals 2nd base
* Jamie Burke singles, Smith scores, Burke thrown out at 2nd, 9-6, 3 out


2 runs, 2 hits, 0 left on

Of note, tomorrow's game in Charlotte is a 10:35 am start. David Bush will pitch for Syracuse, Jon Rauch goes for Charlotte.
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:15 PM EDT (#62831) #
One out, Clark batting: strike swinging, low ball, time called. High and away, 2-1. Low again, 3-1. Ball four.
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:17 PM EDT (#62832) #
One on first, one out, Ortmeier batting: ball, ball, visit from Umbria. Runner takes second on ball 3 and defensive indifference. Strike one. Strike two on a changeup. Full count, and a swing and a miss! Two outs, and the league leader (or close to leading) in most categories, Cervenak, is now up.
Gerry - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:18 PM EDT (#62833) #
Sneeps you were right about Marcum. He last pitched May 19th and did not have a good outing, going 4.2 innings, with seven hits and three walks. Looks like the Jays decided an extra days rest would benefit the pitchers.

Roberts jacked two on Sunday, I remember doing the report.

Excellent in game commentary guys.
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:18 PM EDT (#62834) #
Cervenak doubles to left. Clark scores and it is 6-5. Tying run at second, two outs.
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:19 PM EDT (#62835) #
Strike one to Santos, followed by a line drive up the middle...
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:19 PM EDT (#62836) #
And Rich knocks it down and throws to first for the final out. Game over, New Hampshire "walks" away with a 6-5 win.
Gerry - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:21 PM EDT (#62837) #
Goatboy, Harper was a member of the Fisher Cats in name only. Over the winter he was placed on the roster for admin reasons. He would have been due to start there in 2004. Harper has never started in AA, he made 24 starts for Dunedin in 2003.
_#2JBrumfield - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:21 PM EDT (#62838) #
Top 6th - Syracuse batting, Darensbourg pitching for Charlotte

* Howie Clark grounds out to 3rd, 1 out
* Noah Hall called out on strikes, 2 out
* Russ Adams strikes out swining, 3 out

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 left on

After 5 1/2 - SYRACUSE 6 CHARLOTTE 6
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:23 PM EDT (#62839) #
The full boxscore will be up later at the site.

NH: 6 runs, 5 hits, 2 errors, 11 left on base.
Norwich: 5 runs, 10 hits, 1 error, 9 left.

Win: Jackson
Loss: Palmer
Save: Peterson

Hill being interviewed as Player of the Game.
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:26 PM EDT (#62840) #
I can't find a link to the boxscore. COMN for the scoreboard today.
_#2JBrumfield - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:27 PM EDT (#62841) #
Bottom 6th - Charlotte batting, Mike Smith on in relief for Syracuse

* Mario Valenzuela bounces out to 3rd, 1 out
* Kelly Dransfeldt flies out to left, 2 out
* Jeremy Reed grounds out to 2nd, 3 out

0 runs, 0 no hits, 0 errors, 0 left

Mike Green - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:31 PM EDT (#62842) #
Rob, I missed your post offering me to do the end of the game. It's just as well I did because you really had the flow of the game. The Syracuse game is also very interesting, both because of the game situation and the presence of Jeremy Reed and Alex Rios.
_goatboy - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:32 PM EDT (#62843) #
Gerry your right in the fact that Harper had not pitched for the Fisher Cats, but, and this is the point I am trying to make is that if he had been healthy he would have been starting. That Along with the fact that Todd Ozias is a career minor league reliever and could easily step aside and make room in the starting rotation.
_#2 JBrumfield - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:34 PM EDT (#62844) #
The ugly pitching line for Chris Baker

5IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 2K, 1WP, 1HBP

Top 7th - Syracuse batting, Darensbourg still pitching for Charlotte

* Marvin Benard grounds out to the pitcher, 1 out
* Alex Rios grounds out to short, 2 out
* Bobby Estalella singles to right

** Jon Rauch, tomorrow's scheduled starter, is apparently warming up for Charlotte, looks like there'll be a change in the pitching match-up for tomorrow, which is a 10:15 am start, not 10:35am as earlier reported

* Glenn Williams grounds out, 6-3, 3 out

0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 left on

Stretch time in Charlotte - SYRACUSE 6 CHARLOTTE 6
_Rob - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:40 PM EDT (#62845) #
No problem, Mike. Actually, as soon as I posted, I was hoping you would say no -- I was having too much fun to stop that close to the end of the game. :)

The boxscore is now up, COMN for the final.
_goatboy - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:41 PM EDT (#62846) #
Boy Ryan Roberts is on fire, that's 4 home runs in 3 games, I think he's definitely in line for promotion to Dunedin come mid june
_#2JBrumfield - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:53 PM EDT (#62847) #
Bottom 7th - Charlotte batting, Mike Smith still on the hill for Syracuse

* Ryan Hankins singles to right-centre
* Bryant Nelson singles to right, Hankins to 2nd

** Mark Lukasiewicz warming up for the Skychiefs

* Mike Bell called out on strikes, Bell felt it was ball 4, 1 out
* Joe Borchard singles to left, Hankins scores, Nelson advances to 2nd


** PITCHING CHANGE - Lukasiewicz on in relief with a 7.94 ERA and an OBA of .284, however did pick up a save vs. Louisville in his last appearance

* Bobby Smith pops up to 2nd, 2 out
* Jamie Burke struck out swinging, 3 out

1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on base

Mike Green - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:57 PM EDT (#62848) #
Dunedin defeated Brevard County 7-1 behind Jesse Harper. COMN for the boxscore. Jesse Harper was solid, Vito hit a homer, and everybody, except for the #9 hitter Manny Mayorson, reached base twice. Dickie Scott and Mike Barnett will be smiling when they read that boxscore.
_#2JBrumfield - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:58 PM EDT (#62849) #
Top 8th - Syracuse batting, Jon Rauch now pitching for Charlotte

Both pens are active, Vinnie Chulk warming for Syracuse, Jose Santiago warming for Charlotte

* Gabe Gross strikes out, chasing one up in the zone, 1 out
* Shawn Fagan taps out to the pitcher, 2 out
* Howie Clark hits a chopper to the mound, 3 out

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 left on base

_Sneeps - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 09:58 PM EDT (#62850) #
Dunedin won easily 7-1 tonight over Brevard County.
Big V hit another big fly tonight, and Harper allowed a run in his 5 innings while striking out 5.

Now all we need is for big brother to mount a mini-comeback in the top of the 9th to make it another 4 for 4 night in the minors.
_#2JBrumfield - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 10:03 PM EDT (#62851) #
Bottom 8th - Charlotte batting, Chulk pitching for Syracuse

* Mario Valenzuela flies out to right, 1 out
* Kelly Dransfeldt called out on strikes, 2 out
* Jeremy Reed flies out to centre, 3 out

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 left on base

_#2JBrumfield - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 10:11 PM EDT (#62852) #
Top 9th - Syracuse batting, Jose Santiago pitching for Charlotte

Speculation about Jon Rauch being called up by the White Sox for a start Saturday vs. Anaheim. He helped his cause tonight with a scoreless 8th inning.

* Noah Hall fouls out to 1st, 1 out
* Russ Adams singles to centre, his 4th hit of the night - a solid poke according to the play-by-play man
* Marvin Benard homers to left centre, a 2 run shot, Adams scores, Bernard scores!!!


* Alex Rios grounds out to the pitcher, 2 outs
* Bobby Estalella strikes out swinging

2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 left on base

After 8 1/2 - SYRACUSE 8 CHARLOTTE 7
_Sneeps - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 10:12 PM EDT (#62853) #
What do you guys think of the play-by-play guy for the Chiefs homerun call?

At first I thought it was a bit cheesy but it's grown on me now.
_johnnnyS99 - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 10:12 PM EDT (#62854) #
If Ryan Roberts, gets promoted, Jeremy Acey, should get the nod for the promotion. I had trouble seeing with this kid did not get the promotion.
_goatboy - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 10:17 PM EDT (#62855) #
Don't know much about Jeremy Acey, where is he, extended spring training?
_Sneeps - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 10:17 PM EDT (#62856) #
Either there is a 10 minute break between innings, or the Chiefs broadcast cut out on me... again.
_#2JBrumfield - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 10:18 PM EDT (#62857) #
Bottom 9th - Charlotte batting, Chulk pitching for Syracuse

* Ryan Hankins grounds out to short, 1 out
* Bryant Nelson grounds out to 1st, unassisted, 2 out
* Mike Bell flies out to left, 3 out

Skychiefs win! Skychiefs win!

Make the final - SYRACUSE 8 CHARLOTTE 7

WP - Chulk
LP - Santiago
_#2JBrumfield - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 10:21 PM EDT (#62858) #
So I wasn't the only one who was getting blacked out. I had to follow the Charlotte website for the bottom of the 9th. Nice inning by Chulk and a nice comeback for the Chiefs, who had every reason to throw in the towel because it wasn't looking or sounding good. Great game by Russ Adams, he kicked started the rally with a solid poke to centre and Benard's been a nice addition too. That game sure bailed out Chris Baker who threw nearly 110 pitches tonight. Charlotte really made him work.
_Sneeps - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 10:23 PM EDT (#62859) #
Well, another great night for our minor league hero's.

That's it for me... ABC ya later!
_#2JBrumfield - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 10:23 PM EDT (#62860) #
As for that home run call, I put it on par with Faulds' one. Not that great. I prefer Bob Uecker's "GET UP! GET UP! GET OUTTA HERE! GONE!"
_Tim - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 10:31 PM EDT (#62861) #
What a great night for the minors. 4 for 4 again. Thanks Rob and Brumfield for a good set of calls. It's fun to read them quickly when I don't have time to listen to the games.

The additions of Benard and Estalella seem to have made a big difference to the offence for Syracuse. It's nice to see them competitive. That will take the pressure off Rios, Gross and Adams, letting them develop without feeling the weight of carrying the offense.
_R Billie - Tuesday, May 25 2004 @ 11:24 PM EDT (#62862) #
Four hits for Mr. Adams tonight including two doubles. That brings his AAA average up to .272. His only out was a strikeout.

At this rate he'll be well on pace for a late season call up once they're sure he has his defensive game down. His stats are up across the board and his K/BB is still solid at 17/21 in 169 ab. In the AFL he only managed 3 doubles and a triple in 81 ab. So far in AAA he has 17 doubles, a triple, and a homer in about twice as many at bats.

It's his error rate where he's made the most dramatic improvement though. 10 in the AFL and just 11 in AAA in twice as much playing time. And that's taking into account several errors made in the first few games of the year. There still isn't anything about him that stands out tremendously but he can do a little of everything except power. He hardly ever runs anymore though he's a capable basestealer.
Gerry - Wednesday, May 26 2004 @ 09:10 AM EDT (#62863) #,1651,TCP_16060_2914493,00.html
The Jays signed their 19th round pick from last years draft, Adrian Martin, a RHP. By signing him the Jays prevented him from going back into this years draft. Martin received seventh round bonus money so it looks like he has improved over the last year.
Mike Green - Wednesday, May 26 2004 @ 09:19 AM EDT (#62864) #
Thanks, #2JB and Rob, for your fine calls. David Bush starts for Syracuse against Charlotte at 10:15 a.m. (1 hour from now). I wonder how the players feel about the early game. I imagine Syracuse might be pumped after the exhilirating comeback and Charlotte a little drained. I can't do radio from work, but maybe someone out there can pitch in.

R. Billie, although I was not a big Adams booster, I'm coming around. He has made strides on the two areas he needed to work on, adding a little pop, and improving his throwing accuracy. I have heard signs of his reported baseball intelligence- tagging up from first on appropriate fly balls, for instance.
Craig B - Wednesday, May 26 2004 @ 10:19 AM EDT (#62865) #
Nice pickup, Gerry.

Martin was a high school draft-and-follow pick, he went 5-2 with a 1.80 ERA this year at Indian River Community College in Florida, one of the nation's premier jucos. He's been dominant recently, he had five innings of no-hit ball earlier this month against Palm Beach CC.

How good was Martin? In his first 35 innings this year, he had 46 strikeouts and 3 walks.
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