Oh, what a Saturday. We welcomed Tom Cheek back to the radio booth, and enjoyed meeting Rob Bradford at Alice Fazooli's to chat about his fine new book Chasing Steinbrenner. While the big boys couldn't contribute a win to help us with our celebrations, the farm affiliates went 4-2 to inspire us to keep the faith.
Toledo 11 Syracuse 6
The Mud Hens scored 7 runs in the first 4 innings and that was the ballgame. The Sky Chiefs scored 6 runs in the last 3 innings, but the game was never close. Cam Reimers took most of the punishment- 2.1 innings, 5 earned runs on 8 hits and no walks with 1 strikeout. The bright spot in the pen was Talley Haines who went 2 perfect innings with 3 strikeouts. Gabe Gross doubled and hit his 8th homer of the season, and Julius Matos had 3 hits. Guillermo Quiroz went 0-3 with a walk. Jorge Sequea and Russ Adams are both on the Syracuse disabled list.
Syracuse Post Standard game story, complete with swipes at Moneyball.
Harrisburg 7 New Hampshire 12
The score flatters the Senators. The Fisher Cats scored 4 runs in each of the first 2 innings and were never headed. The Senators scored 6 runs in the top of the ninth to make the final score respectable. Justin Singleton had 4 hits, including ones in each of the first two innings, and drove in 4 runs. Paul Chiaffredo had the line of the day- 5 4 4 3, and hit 2 solo homers after the game was out of reach.Anton French, Tyrell Godwin and John-Ford Griffin each had 2 hits. Josh Banks pitched 7 fine innings, allowing 1 run on 5 hits, including a solo homer. He walked 1 and struck out 3. Dan Jackson gave up all 6 runs in the ninth without retiring a batter, before Jordan DeJong restored order and closed out the game.
The Union-Leader game story
Dunedin 4 Tampa 2
The D-Jays rode the pitching of Ismael Ramirez, Brian Reed and Bubbie Buzachero and the hot bat of Ron Davenport to victory. Davenport had 4 hits including a solo homer. Raul Tablado reached base 3 times and Manny Mayorson stroked a 2 run single in the 6th inning to break the game open. Ramirez went 6.1 innings and gave up both Tampa runs on 7 hits with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. Reed allowed 1 baserunner in 1.1 innings and struck out 2, and then Buzachero came on to pitch a perfect 1.1 innings for his 16th save. Justin Maureau has been placed on Dunedin's disabled list, and Robert Nunley has been added to the active roster.
Delmarva 8 Charleston 3
Delmarva continued its revenge for last weekend's defeats with an 8-3 thrashing of the Alley-Cats. John Wesley, pitching in relief in his Sally League return, was the main victim. Jeremy Harper started and pitched a very fine 5 innings, 2 earned runs on 4 hits, including a homer, and 1 walk, while striking out 7. He left with the game tied. Wesley was tagged for 5 runs on 7 hits in 2 innings. Felix Romero and Mark Sopko finished up, with Romero pitching very effectively, 1 perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. Joey Reiman, Clint Johnson and Eric Arnold each had 2 hits to lead the offence.
Auburn 10 Jamestown 7
The Doubledays scored 3 runs in the 10th inning as they won their 13th in a row. Aaron Matthews drew a bases loaded walk to drive in the winning run. Curtis Thigpen was the hitting hero with 2 singles and his first pro home run. Auburn pitchers, Randy Dicken, Chris Neylan and Jayson Rodriguez were in trouble early and often, but converted outfielder Erik Rico shut the door in the late innings with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief, allowing 2 hits and 1 walk with 1 strikeout, to get his 4th win of the young season. Dewon Day came on for the bottom of the tenth and allowed a hit and a walk but nothing more, while striking out 2, for his fifth save. Matthews and Brian Hall each reached base 3 times, and Box favourite Chip Cannon returned to the lineup, going 1-4 while starting the game-winning rally.
Syracuse Post-Standard game report
Princeton 4 Pulaski 8
The P-Jays rode the fine pitching of Chi Cheng (man, the Cheer Club's going to have fun with chants when Chi makes it to the Show) and the hot bat of Charles Anderson to an easy victory. Cheng went 5 innings and allowed 1 run on 3 hits and 3 walks with 6 strikeouts. Michael Rider, Edward Rodriguez and Edward Cannon finished up with Rodriguez' 1.1 perfect innings and 2 strikeouts as the highlight. Anderson went 3-3, including 2 homers, and drew a walk. He drove in 4. Jon Ashford also homered, and Junior Chourio had 2 hits.
Your 3 star selection.
So many choices, so little time.
3rd star-the 4-hit men: Paul Chiaffredo and Justin Singleton, New Hampshire and Ron Davenport, Dunedin plus Curtis Thigpen, Auburn for 3 hits, including his first homer
2nd star-Chi Hung Cheng, Pulaski
1st star-Charles Anderson, Pulaski
Honourable Mention- Josh Banks, New Hampshire