Syracuse had a big finish and David Bush had his second straight strong start.
Charlotte 3 Syracuse 4
David Bush had an excellent start last time out and he started strong against Charlotte retiring the first seven hitters. The Chiefs spotted him a run in the first. Russ Adams scored after leading off with a double. Bush ran into trouble in the third. A double, a HBP and a single tied the game. With two out Stubby Clapp made an error that allowed Charlotte to take the lead. Stubby Clapp made amends by walking to lead off the fifth and scoring on a double by Tim Whittaker.
After Bush completed his six innings the bullpens held both teams off the board until the eleventh. In the ninth Noah Hall was thrown out at home trying to win the game. Mike Smith came on to start the eleventh, but Russ Adams made an error and Smith allowed two hits to give Charlotte the lead. Charlotte closer Gary Majewski got the first two outs of the eleventh but then he hit Stubby Clapp with a pitch. Whittaker singled, and Adams walked to load the bases. Shawn Fagan singled on an 0-2 pitch to plate two and win the game.
David Bush allowed five hits and no walks in his six innings. Bush made two starts this week and allowed one earned run in twelve innings. Mike Nakamura pitched one inning in relief and Kevin Frederick pitched three scoreless innings to give Syracuse a chance to win.
Russ Adams was 1-4 with two walks. Gabe Gross went 1-5. The offensive leader was Tim Whittaker who was 4-5.
New Hampshire 2 Portland 7
Portland struck quickly against Todd Ozias with three in the first. With two on and two out Dominic Rich made an error to score one and Jeff Bailey followed with a double to make it 3-0. Aaron Hill hit a home run in the sixth, but Portland got that run back in the bottom of the sixth. Justin Singleton tripled home Matt Logan in the seventh but John Ogiltree gave back two in the seventh.
Danny Solano was 3-4 and Aaron Hill was 2-4 with the homerun.
Dunedin - Day Off
Charleston 7 Kannapolis 2
Shaun Marcum started and Charleston had the hot bats yesterday. Five Alley Cats had multi hit games, Clint Johnston was the leader with three. The game was close until the sixth. Charleston scored three in the sixth and three more in the seventh to put it away.
Marcum's line was 6 5H 1 1 1BB 8K.
Our Three-Star Selection
The 3rd Star: Kevin Frederick, recently promoted to AAA, Frederick's three shutout innings held Syracuse in the game long enough for them to win
The 2nd Star: Clint Johnston, 3-4 with a double, a walk, two runs and an RBI
The 1st Star: Tim Whittaker, 4-5 with q double and an RBI
Syracuse were 5-1 on the week and their record now is 26-31. Syracuse are eight games behind Scranton
New Hampshire, 2-5 for the week and are 28-27, six games back of Binghamton
Dunedin, 33-26, have tied Tampa for first place. Dunedin were 4-2 for the week.
Charleston have sole possession of first place with a 35-20 record. They were 4-2 for the week.
Combined the Jays minor league teams were 15-10 for the week and their record is 122-104, a .540 winning percentage.