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Happy holidays to our American friends.

Two heartbreaking losses, and solid pitching in Dunedin, Charleston and Auburn were the highlights of a 3-4 record on Saturday for the farm affiliates.

Syracuse 8 Buffalo 9

The Sky Chiefs' bullpen could not hold a 8-2 lead left to them. Ouch. Sean Douglass started and struggled through 5 innings, but allowed only those 2 runs. Mike Nakamura, Jason Kershner and Kevin Frederick were the victims in the Bisons' comeback. Guillermo Quiroz and Shawn Fagan hit 2 run homers early to help stake Syracuse to the lead. The Bisons drew over 17,000 to the game. The boxscore is not available at writing.

In other news, Carlos Delgado joins the team today, and Russ Adams missed the game due to rib soreness sustained in Friday's game.

Syracuse Post-Standard game story

Syracuse Post-Standard story on Russ Adams

New Hampshire 2 Norwich 5

Effective relief from Andy Torres and Jordan DeJong was the only bright spot in a Fisher Cat loss. Todd Ozias went 4.1 innings, allowing 5 runs, 2 of which were unearned after an Aaron Hill error. Ozias gave up 9 hits and 2 walks, hit a batter and struck out 6. Torres allowed 2 baserunners in 2.2 innings and Jordan DeJong threw a perfect inning with 1 strikeout. Aaron Hill, Mike Snyder and Paul Chiaffreddo each reached base twice as the bright spots in a lackluster offence.

Box Score

New Hampshire Union Leader game story

Dunedin 6 Clearwater 1

The Baby Jays scored a run in the 7th inning and three in the 8th to break open a close game. Ron Davenport tripled and homered, and Raul Tablado reached base four times to pace the offence. Ryan Roberts chipped in with 2 singles and a walk. Neomar Flores started and went 7 innings, allowing a run on 4 hits and 4 walks with 5 strikeouts. Tommi Ozuna and Brian Reed each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Box Score

Dunedin website game story

Charleston 5 Delmarva 1

There was one fine pitching matchup in Delmarva last night: Thomas Mastny against Canadian Adam Loewen. The starters did not disappoint. Mastny went 6 innings allowing 1 earned run on 5 hits and 1 walk with 6 strikeouts. Loewen was fine: 5 innings, 1 run on 2 hits and 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts. The Alley-Cats broke up the game with 2 runs in the eighth. The bases loaded on a walk to Christian Snavely, and singles by Juan Peralta and Jermy Acey with one out. Joey Reiman hit a ground ball to second who made the play on Acey unassisted and threw to 1st, but first baseman Dustin Yount made an error and 2 runs scored. Eric Arnold drove in 3 runs with 2 singles for Charleston. Felix Romero pitched 2 perfect innings with 3 strikeouts for the win. Jordy Templet finished up and gave up 2 hits in an inning of work.

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Batavia 1 Auburn 5

Doubleday pitchers threw a combined 5 hitter as Auburn cruised to victory. Starter Randy Dicken gave up no runs in 2 innings on 3 hits and 1 walk, with 4 strikeouts. Chris Neylan threw 2 solid innings with 3 strikeouts, Jayson Rodriguez allowed no baserunners in 3 innings for the win, and Chris Leonard threw the last 2 innings, allowing 3 baserunners but no runs. Chip Cannon hit his 2nd homer and singled, Joey Metropolous went 2-2 and was hit by a pitch, and Aaron Matthews also had 2 hits.

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Pulaski 1 Elizabethton 3- 1st game

Yesson Berroa gave up 3 early runs, and the P-Jays could manage only 3 hits in their second straight loss. Berroa allowed 7 hits and 1 walk in 4 innings, while striking out 2. Four wild pitches contributed as well to his poor outing. James Pidutti and Scott Roy pitched one scoreless inning of relief each, while allowing two baserunners each. Charles Anderson drove in the Pulaski run with a single.

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Pulaski 2 Elizabethton 3- 2nd game

The P-Jays lost a heartbreaker in extras. After scoring a run in the top of the eighth on a Yuber Rodriguez double, the P-Jays surrendered 2 with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to take the loss. Michael Rider allowed 3 hits and 1 walk without retiring anyone to take the loss. Adrian Martin started and went 4.1 innings and struck out 6. He allowed one earned run on 6 hits and no walks. Derek Tate went 3.1 shutout innings, allowing two baserunners and striking out one. Rodriguez drove in the other Pulaski run with a sacrifice fly. The P-Jays struck out 13 times, with catcher Gooby Gerlits leading the way with three whiffs. What are the odds of Gooby and Yuber playing on the same ball club?

Box Score

Your 3 star selection
3rd star-Guillermo Quiroz whose homer hopefully means the hand is healed
2nd star-Ron Davenport homers and triples to lead the D-Jays to a win
1st star-Tom Mastny delivers a fine start in a marquee matchup.
Minor League Update-July 4 | 31 comments | Create New Account
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_JaysFan - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 11:25 AM EDT (#53885) #
Torres has been sent back down to Dunedin COMN
_Peter - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 11:36 AM EDT (#53886) #
Why? He was doing well in NH. If anyone should be going to Dunedin, it should be Tom Mastny from Charleston.
Gerry - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 11:52 AM EDT (#53887) #
Both Francisco Rosario and Derek Lee were on the NH DL. One of them is likely back.
_Sneeps - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 12:11 PM EDT (#53888) #
I feel for Torres. That's just unfair to him.
_Sneeps - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 12:11 PM EDT (#53889) #
Way too many minor leagues are being mishandled this year.
_DJ - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 12:14 PM EDT (#53890) #
Way too many minor leagues are being mishandled this year.

That's a bold statement, given that you've probably never seen any of these guys play, and you don't know anything about them.
_fisher cats rad - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 12:22 PM EDT (#53891) #
Update from Norwich, where New Hampshire plays at 1:15 today. Cam Reimers has been promoted to Triple-A Syracuse. You know about the Andy Torres move, he did a nice job for the Fishers. Fisher Cats have 10 active pitchers for today. Jamie Vermilyea will move into the rotation and start tomorrow night here in Norwich. Also Brad Hassey joins New Hampshire, he's dressed for today's game.
_Finn McCool - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 12:27 PM EDT (#53892) #
Andy Torres is having a nice year especially considering he's a 35 round draft choice (2002), but this is a team sport not an individual sport and changes are made for the greater good of the team. If a more advanced player is ready to come of the DL, well Andy Torres is just going to have to bite the bullet.
Mike Green - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 12:29 PM EDT (#53893) #
Thanks for the update, FCR.
_Sneeps - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 12:31 PM EDT (#53894) #
I disagree, the minors are for development, not for the teams win/loss record.
_Peter - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 12:49 PM EDT (#53895) #
Although it may seem unjust for Torres, I'm sure it is only temporary until things get sorted out. We know he can pitch at AA and he may become useful as an extra part of future deal. If it is Rosario coming off the DL, then it is good news indeed. With only 10 active pitchers, we would have to assume that at least one if not two coming off DL.

I still thing Mastny belongs at Dunedin. With Cheng easily overmatching opposition at Pulaski, it would not be a stretch to move him into Charleston.
_Sneeps - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 12:57 PM EDT (#53896) #
Jesse Foppert is back from Tommy John surgery after just 10 months. Hopefully Dustin can do the same.
_Finn McCool - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 12:59 PM EDT (#53897) #
Sneeps one reason for the move for demoting Andy Torres is that if any of the infielders on the Fisher Cats were injured is there was no replacement on the team. In fact if an infielder was injured in a game then what would happen is that Justin Singleton would come in from the out field and play third base, and the other infielders would move to accommodate him at third
_Finn McCool - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 01:04 PM EDT (#53898) #
So esentially it is a Andy Torres for Brad Hassey switch. Hassey can play all three infield positions
_Sneeps - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 01:14 PM EDT (#53899) #
I understand, I just feel bad for Torres. His promotion was LONG overdue, and when he finally gets it he pitches well... and then he gets demoted.
_Finn McCool - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 03:32 PM EDT (#53900) #
Josh Banks pitched his best game since getting the call to AA. He lost 1-0. Banks pitch 7.1 of 4 hit 6 strikeout 1 walk baseball before coming out with a runners on first and second. John Ogiltree came on and struck out the first batter he faced and then gave up a one run double for the lone run of the game. All in all Banks deserved a better fate.
_Sneeps - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 03:52 PM EDT (#53901) #
Ahhh well... loses don't really matter in the minors. It's the way he pitches is the real issue. It looks like he's getting used to pitching to AA hitters now. If he dominates from here, maybe he can start in AAA next year.
_JohnnyS99 - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 05:57 PM EDT (#53902) #
DJ, are you saying Andy Torres pitched worse then his numbers indicate? Numbers are usually right on the money when it comes to promotions. We have all witnessed good and bad promotions, over the years. Alot of us in the battersbox havent seen , cause its about the numbers, ie; just in general guys who hit 210 and pitchers with high era's and low k counts, should not promoted. :P
_John S - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 06:25 PM EDT (#53903) #
I have a couple questions. What are the maximum roster sizes for the six minor league affiliates? Also, how do disabled lists work for minor league teams?
Gerry - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 07:14 PM EDT (#53904) #
AAA roster size 1s 24
AA is 23
Not sure below that.

There is a 7 day DL in the minor leagues.
_johnnnyS99 - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 07:19 PM EDT (#53905) #
John S? Who is this imposter?
_David Paul - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 08:35 PM EDT (#53906) #
In Dunedin, building on a good last start, Vince Perkins posted an encouraging 6.0 3 2 1 3 5 line. Has he finally got his control problems under control? The game was tied 2-2 into the eigth but the infant Jays eventually lost as Maureau and Thorpe combined to give up 3 runs.
_mendocino - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 08:45 PM EDT (#53907) #
FSL - Dunedin
Roster Limit: 25
Player Eligibility Rule: No age limit. No more than two players and one player-coach on active list may have six or more years of prior minor league service.

SAL - Charleston
Roster Limit: 25 active
Player Eligibility Rule: No age limit. No more than two players and one player-coach on active list may have more than five years of experience.

NY-P - Auburn
Roster Limit: 30 active, but only 25 may be in uniform and eligible to play in any given game.
Player Eligibility Rule: No more than four players who are 23 or older. No more than three players on active list may have four or more years of prior service.

APP - Pulaski
Roster Limit: 35 active
Player Eligibility Rule: No more than two years of prior Minor League service. No more than 15 players who are 21 or older; no more than two of the 15 may be 23 or older; No more than 12 of those 21 years of age or older may be listed on line-up card for any one game.
_Jeff Geauvreau - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 09:06 PM EDT (#53908) #
A interesting story about Auburn 3b , Vinnie Esposito.

COMN - ( click on my name for story ).
_Jeff Geauvreau - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 09:10 PM EDT (#53909) #
Who needs sleep? D-days win again ! A interesting story about playing with hardly any sleep and the game story.

_Jeff Geauvreau - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 09:17 PM EDT (#53910) #
I found an interesting story on the Pulaski Blue Jays from last week.

"Stellar pitching and defense offset an uncommon night of low scoring for Pulaski."

_Jeff Geauvreau - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 09:33 PM EDT (#53911) #
I could not resist ! Here is a geat story about the Pulaski Team.

_MatO - Sunday, July 04 2004 @ 11:26 PM EDT (#53912) #
That's strange because Pulaski has a number of players with more than 2 years experience (eg. Grant and Hetherington)
_Jeff Geauvreau - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 12:03 AM EDT (#53913) #
I do not think they had 2 full years of minor league service. If they signed and missed the 1st game or 2, then they don't have 2 full years of minor league service.
_mendocino - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 03:42 AM EDT (#53914) #
roster limits and players eligibility rules from (minor league baseball) and the same is printed in my ba 2004 directory.
_John S - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 04:43 AM EDT (#53915) #
Thanks for the info, I was having some trouble finding everything on the net (currently shaking my head at my lack of searching powers). Does anyone have any idea why AA and AAA don't use 25 man rosters? It seems a little strange to me.
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