Better late than never. Two wins, two losses, and a whole lot of runs scored for Toronto's farm teams last night.
Syracuse 15 Norfolk 3
Everybody hits! Every Skychiefs starter except Brad Hassey reached base at least twice, and they all scored a run. Triple, double and 3 runs scored for temporary leadoff man Stubby Clapp (Russ Adams is out with a mild injury); Double, single and 4 RBIs for Jeff Guiel; 2 singles and 2 walks for Jorge Sequea; double, single, 2 runs and 2 RBIs for Gabe Gross; and homer-double-single and 2 RBIs for Paul Chiafreddo.
David Bush was the beneficiary of the offensive explosion as he posted what is rapidly becoming his signature line: 7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. Perhaps of mild concern was that 4 of the hits were doubles and the other 2 were homers, accounting for all the runs. When opposing batters got ahold of a Bush offering, it was evidently with authority. His season line now stands at 6-5, 4.36, 14 GS, 84 IP, 96 H, 16 BB, 77 K, 6 HR. Still too many hits, but for his first exposure to the International League, Bush is doing pretty fine.
Norwich 7 New Hampshire 6 (10 innings)
Heartbreaking loss for the Fisher Cats last night, who rallied from a 6-0 deficit to send the game into extra innings, only to lose it in the 10th on an error by 2B Dominic Rich. The opposition six-spot came courtesy of starter Gustavo Chacin, who gave up 6 hits and 2 walks (with 3 Ks) in 4 1/3 frames; in fairness, only 3 of the runs were earned. Jordan DeJong and Dan Jackson rode to the rescue with 4 2/3 innings of one-hit shutout relief, striking out 4 and walking 3; John Ogiltree took the tough-luck loss.
On offence, Rich had 3 singles before his evening was spoiled by the error, while Aaron Hill doubled, singled, scored a run and drove one in. Doubles by Danny Solano and John-Ford Griffin constituted the only other extra-base hits on the night for the F-Cats.
Dunedin 8 Sarasota 3
The D-Jays are in full flight. Jamie Vermilyea pitched a stellar 6 1/3 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, no walks and 6 Ks; maybe the starting rotation agrees with him. Rodney Medina and Ron Davenport both cracked home runs, while recently acquired 3B Gregg Raymundo had 3 more hits to drive his average up to .347. Big Vito and Raul Tablado both wore sombreros after 3-K nights. The easy victory over second-place Sarasota inched the D-Jays closer to clinching their division.
Kannapolis 6 Charleston 2
Shaun Marcum struck out the first 4 batters of the game and was sailing along with a no-hitter through 5 innings. But it all fell apart in a 4-run sixth on 2 singles, 2 doubles and a walk. Juan Peralta and Joey Reiman each singled twice for the Alley-Cats, and Clint Johnston’s double was the only other safety for Charleston batters.
The Three-Star Selection: Difficult to choose among so many worthy performances, so this is one man’s opinion:
The Third Star: Jeff Guiel, Syracuse, with a double, single and 4 RBIs in the Skychiefs’ big win.
The Second Star: David Bush, Syracuse, who struck out 6 and walked nobody in the Skychiefs’ victory.
The First Star: Jamie Vermilyea, Dunedin, who fired 6 1/3 innings of 4-hit ball to lead the D-Jays.
Honourable mention: Jorge Sequea, Rodney Medina, and 5/6 of Shaun Marcum.