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A losing night overall down on the farm. Adam Peterson blew up good, again.

Pawtucket 9 Syracuse 4

New Skychief Jesus Sanchez started for the Chiefs, was strong through two innings but ran into trouble in the third. Jimmy Alvarez homered and Adam Hydzu doubled in another. The Chiefs got one back in the bottom of the third when Chad Hermansen homered. Sanchez conceded another run in the fifth and left with two runners on and two out. Adam Peterson provided no relief, three walks and a single produced three more runs and it was 6-1, Sox. Peterson went back out for the sixth and gave up three more runs on a couple of singles and an Earl Snyder bomb.

The Chiefs scored three consolation runs in the eighth, Anthony Sanders doubled home three runners, all of whom had been walked by Scott Williamson.

The Chiefs did have twelve hits, Hermansen and Howie Clark had three each, Julius Matos had two.

Game Story

New Hampshire 3 New Britain 4

New Hampshire scored all of their runs in the first inning. Thereafter they were held to four more hits over the next eight innings. Tyrell Godwin lead off with a hit off the wall but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. In retrospect that out, and the non run scored, were huge in the final outcome of the game. Following the out, Dominic Rich singled and Aaron Hill reached on an error. Two walks brought in the first run and a Mikael Jova double scored two more. And that was it for Fisher Cat scoring on the day. New Hampshire did have a runner on third, with less than two outs, in the third and the fifth, but could not score the run either time.

Francisco Rosario made his second straight start but was done after two innings having allowed three hits. Travis Thompson came on and allowed a home run to the first hitter he faced. He also allowed an unearned run after he made a two base throwing error, and it was 3-2 for the Cats. Thompson allowed a two run home run in the sixth inning to give New Britain the lead, and the win. Thompson's ERA is now 8.35.

Game Story

Vero Beach 1 Dunedin 7

It was a rainy night in Florida and the game was delayed by over an hour in the second inning. As a result Justin James left after pitching one inning. Andy Torres replaced him and pitched four good innings allowing one unearned run on four hits. Tracey Thorpe and Bubbie Buzachero pitched two scoreless innings each.

Carlo Cota was back at second base last night and he scored the first Dunedin run on a double by Vito. Jose Yepez led off the fifth with a home run and the Blue Jays added two more unearned runs in the same inning. Dunedin added three more in the eighth with a Cota two run double being the big hit.

Every starter reached base but Cota and Vito led the way with two hits each.

Hagerstown 3 Charleston 2

Charleston's offensive struggles continued as they could only register four hits, one of their runs came on a bases loaded hit by pitch and the second scored on an error.

Brad Mumma started and allowed three runs, only one of them earned. He did allow six hits and two walks in four innings so you could not say he was sharp.

Joey Reiman had two of the Cats four hits but the struck out his other three at-bats.

Auburn 5 Aberdeen 2

The Doubledays head into Ripken Stadium and come away with the win. Casey McKenzie spotted Aberdeen two runs in the first inning when the first four hitters reached base. McKenzie settled down well after that, pitching five and two thirds, and allowing only one hit and one walk after those first four hitters.

Jayson Rodriguez and Eric Rico allowed only one baserunner through the last 3 1/3 innings.

Meanwhile Ryan Klosterman and Eric Nielsen went to work to get Auburn back in the game after the first inning. Klosterman walked in the third, stole second and went to third on a throwing error, and scored on a Nielsen groundout. Klosterman walked again to lead off the fifth and Nielsen doubled him home. Vinnie Esposito also doubled to give Auburn the lead and later a sac fly from Curtis Thigpen made it 4-2 Auburn. Jarad Mangioni homered in the sixth to make it 5-2.

Klosterman was 0-1 with four walks.

Pulaski at Kingsport - Postponed

Our Three-Star Selection

The 3rd Star: Carlo Cota, two hits, two RBI's, a run, a double
The 2nd Star: Casey McKenzie, 5.2 innings, excellent once the butterflies were gone
The 1st Star: Chad Hermansen, 3-4 with a double and a home run
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_Jordan - Friday, July 30 2004 @ 09:39 AM EDT (#47375) #
I wouldn't be surprised to see some offensive reinforcements from Auburn arrive soon in Charleston.
_Marc - Friday, July 30 2004 @ 09:41 AM EDT (#47376) #
Hard to say with Auburn in first place... They may not want to break up the success. JP doesn't sound too interested in rushing the development of the players.
robertdudek - Friday, July 30 2004 @ 09:45 AM EDT (#47377) #
I think you might see one or two pitchers promoted to Charleston at the very end of the season. Purcey and Jackson will be ready to go for Auburn by then and Charleston, having already qualified for the post season, doesn't really need reinforcements right now.
Craig B - Friday, July 30 2004 @ 09:46 AM EDT (#47378) #
Is it just me, or is Carlo Cota on fire recently?
_Sister - Friday, July 30 2004 @ 09:51 AM EDT (#47379) #
I wonder when Mr's Purcey and Jackson will make their debute?

I would assume this may create a small domino effect in the organization, allowing some of the more polished players to move up a notch. Or perhaps not if we believe JP's most recent sentiments on winning versus progression. Though, I have a feeling that he was speaking more to New Hampshire and Dunedin rather than Auburn or Pulaski.
_Jordan - Friday, July 30 2004 @ 10:08 AM EDT (#47380) #
My sense is that Auburn and Pulaski are so loaded that they could lose a few bodies and still do well. Remember that Charleston was hit hard by promotions, losing Roberts, Marcum, James and Reed to Dunedin. I don't see the point of another 56-18 team in Auburn if Charleston's running out of gas.
_Marc - Friday, July 30 2004 @ 10:22 AM EDT (#47381) #
I agree. There are a few players I could see doing well in Charleston: Thigpen, Mathews, Lind, Klosterman, Hall, MacDonald, Day, Rico, McKenzie, etc...
Mike Green - Friday, July 30 2004 @ 10:28 AM EDT (#47382) #
Jordan, to go 56-18, the D-Days would have to go 26-11 the rest of the season. Bearing in mind that Purcey and Jackson will be getting a little bit of work at the the end of the season, I think that they could lose a player or two and still make last year's mark!

Pulaski and Auburn have an embarrassment of riches at 1B: Nick Thomas/Charlie Anderson/Chip Cannon/Joey Metropoulos. One of these guys could help out in Charleston without much pain.
_David R - Friday, July 30 2004 @ 10:29 AM EDT (#47383) #
At their current pace Auburn would finish 60-14. I hadn't realized how dominating they are.
Mike Green - Friday, July 30 2004 @ 10:35 AM EDT (#47384) #
Craig, Carlo Cota was hitting .287 on July 1, and he's at .290 now. I don't seem to recall more than 1 dinger this month, so I wouldn't say he's on fire. He did have a good week though.
Mike Green - Friday, July 30 2004 @ 10:42 AM EDT (#47385) #
Casey McKenzie struck out 7 in his 5.2 innings. He now has acceptable ratios, 9 W/36K in 40 innings. It's the NYPL, so these numbers don't make one jump up and down with joy, but he'll probably be in the Charleston or Dunedin rotation next year.
_Leviathan - Friday, July 30 2004 @ 10:52 AM EDT (#47386) #
Why was Rosario taken out after 2 innings? Pitch count?
_Kevin Pataky - Friday, July 30 2004 @ 11:00 AM EDT (#47387) #
Rosario came in from his pregame warmups and told Mike Basso there was a problem. They were examining his throwing hand - looked like he had a blister or something - I wondered whether he'd even make the start. They got someone warmed up quickly, and given a 3 run lead he went out and threw 2 innings before they took him out.
_Leviathan - Friday, July 30 2004 @ 11:03 AM EDT (#47388) #
Thanks Kevin.

It sucks that Rosario keeps having setbacks.

Anyone else think jumping Peterson from AA to the majors has hurt him a bit? I hope they don't do the same for Brandon League, like someone mentioned.
_Sneeps - Friday, July 30 2004 @ 11:07 AM EDT (#47389) #
Definately... Peterson is a total mess right now.
_Ryan01 - Friday, July 30 2004 @ 11:16 AM EDT (#47390) #
The jump to the majors may have thrown Peterson off a bit temporarily but I think he'll be fine in the long term. When Peterson is on, he dominates. Last year when he was first assigned to Charleston he couldn't get anyone out for the first few weeks. Twice as many walks as strikeouts, plenty of hits, terrible ERA. Then something clicked and he was flat out unstoppable until he got to AA. Hopefully working with Brad Arnsberg for a while will settle him down.
_Chris H - Friday, July 30 2004 @ 12:23 PM EDT (#47391) #
Anybody check out Jason Perry's stats lately? He is hitting up a storm with Modesto of the California League (High A):

.352/.452/.777 (in 179 at-bats)

179AB 20DB 18HR 53RBI 22BB 50SO 3/3SB/CS

_Sneeps - Friday, July 30 2004 @ 12:30 PM EDT (#47392) #
Check out his AA stats. =)
_Chris H - Friday, July 30 2004 @ 12:38 PM EDT (#47393) #
Yup, not too great but only 81 at-bats and he is no longer on that roster (currently in high A) interesting to see how he would do now...

_greenfrog - Friday, July 30 2004 @ 09:27 PM EDT (#47394) #
From Baseball America's July 30 Daily Dish:

"Blue Jays righthander Francisco Rosario had another encouraging step in his return from Tommy John surgery. Rosario, whose season has gone in fits and starts as he battles lingering soreness in his arm, threw two scoreless innings last night and has thrown six scoreless frames in the last week for Double-A New Hampshire."

Do you think the writer simply looked at the boxscore, or is this something of an inside scoop? If the latter, this is good news.
Coach - Friday, July 30 2004 @ 10:03 PM EDT (#47395) #
greenfrog, no disrespect intended to the BA report, but I'm inclined to take Kevin Pataky's word in this case -- he was there, and he knows the New Hampshire players quite well.

Justin Singleton hit a walkoff 2-run shot to give the first-place F-Cats another dramatic win tonight.
_Sneeps - Friday, July 30 2004 @ 10:22 PM EDT (#47396) #
Baseball America knows nothing. They are going down the tubes. This site is much more reliable for information than BA.
_R Billie - Saturday, July 31 2004 @ 09:43 AM EDT (#47397) #
Adam Lind had somewhat of a breakout night after being short of power for the first few weeks of his pro career. 2 for 5 with a couple of homeruns and six runs driven in. If he can add that kind of power to his solid ratios then the Jays might have something.
_R Billie - Saturday, July 31 2004 @ 09:55 AM EDT (#47398) #
Throw in Russ Adams' homerun last night in a 3 for 5 performance. That doubles his homerun output for the year and pushes his averages to .284/.355/.402.

Aaron Hill continues to be hot going 2 for 3 with a walk and pushing his averages to .281/.365/.383. I expect by the end of '05, Hill's power will manifest a bit more and the Jays will be trying to figure out where to make room for him on the big team.
Craig B - Saturday, July 31 2004 @ 10:26 AM EDT (#47399) #
What I don't understand is why BA don't bother cultivating a good relationship with someone in every minor league park - the Kevin Patakys of the world, who if you listen to them can be your eyes and ears where you have none (thanks, Kevin!). However, it's not my problem.
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