Minor League Update: August 4

Wednesday, August 04 2004 @ 10:21 AM EDT

Contributed by: Ryan01

4 wins, a doubleheader and 3 grand slams are featured in today’s update.

Syracuse 3, Buffalo 2 - Game 1

The Buffalo Bisons got to Cam Reimers early in the opener with a two run homer after a 2 out error by Russ Adams making both runs unearned. Reimers would cruise through the next four and two thirds innings striking out 4 and walking none. It was also the in-game debut of Reimer’s new curve.

Gabe Gross tied it up in the 6th on a double that drove in Adams and Guillermo Quiroz. Jason Kershner held the Bisons down long enough for Adams to redeem himself by hitting an RBI double in the first extra frame. Bob File pitched a perfect eighth inning for the save.

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Syracuse 3, Buffalo 6 - Game 2

The Bisons got the better of the Skychiefs in the bottom half of the doubleheader as Aquilino Lopez was rocked for 4 runs in only one third of an inning. Meanwhile, Dave Maurer continued turning heads going 4 solid innings of 1 run ball in his first spot start. A slow start to the season has caused the former major leaguer to go widely unnoticed after missing all of last season due to an elbow injury that required the infamous Tommy John surgery. Maurer now boasts a 3.63 ERA with a 54/22 K/BB ratio and more than a strikeout per inning.

Adam Peterson was touched for a run over the final 1.2 innings but struck out 3. Howie Clark was the only Skychiefs to reach base more than once with a single and a double.

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Doubleheader story

Bowie 8, New Hampshire 6

Francisco Rosario has shown flashes of his pre-Tommy John form but he’s not all the way back yet. The Fisher Cats pitcher’s night started double, single, single, sac fly, home run. He then went on to strike out the next two Baysox batters. Rosario completed the next two innings yielding only an unearned run.

Dominic Rich had 3 hits for the good guys and John Hattig belted his 3rd homer as a Fisher Cat and his 15th of the year. Dan Jackson gave up two runs in his inning of work to allow Bowie to pull away. Jordan De Jong pitched two shutout innings with 4 strikeouts.

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Game story

Dunedin 5, Clearwater 4

Rack up another home run for Raul Tablado. It wasn’t just a regular shot either. Tablado hit his 17th of the year with the bases loaded in the bottom of the first. Vito Chiaravallotti hit his 12th long ball of the year to notch what would be the winning run in the fifth.

Ismael Ramirez pitched another solid game going 6.1 innings and giving up 4 runs, only 2 earned and 2 scored after he left the game. Bubbie Buzachero finished up the last 1.2 innings for his 20th save.

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Charleston-WV 9, Charleston-SC 10

It was a slugfest in Charleston and for the first time in a while Tom Mastny was the victim. 5 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks in 5 innings for the usually nasty Mastny. Erik Rico made his Charleston debut (as a pitcher that is) and was banged around for 3 runs without retiring a batter.

For the offense it was Joey, Joey and Jermy who swung the big bats as Reiman, Wolfe and Acey all homered. Acey’s shot was a grand slam in the 7th.

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Game Story

Mahoning Valley 3, Auburn 10

Ho hum, another win for the Doubledays. Chip Cannon fell a triple short of the cycle while 5 of his team mates reached base at least twice. Casey McKenzie started the game for Auburn and pitched 5 solid innings with only 1 run coming on a solo home run. Joey McLaughlin pitched one solid inning in relief but came on and struggled in his second allowing two to score and leaving one on with only one out. Justin Maureau came on and induced a pair of ground balls to strand McLaughlin’s final runner. Kristian Bell finished up the final 1.2 innings with a pair of strikeouts.

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Bluefield 6, Pulaski 18

Jon Ashford hit the third grand slam of the night for the Blue Jays affiliates in another rookie ball romp that capped an 8 run inning. Yuber Rodriguez and Tim Land also homered and second baseman Greg Badger showed some patience, walking 4 times.

Pitchers Yesson Berroa and Brian Grant both struggled early but Canadian lefty James Pidutti was able to stop the bleeding and get the team past the 5th inning to earn the win. Joseph Charron pitched two strong innings striking out 2 to put the Orioles out of their misery.

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Three-Star Selection!

It was all about the salamis last night.

The 3rd Star Raul Tablado: Grand slam, hit-by-pitch, 4 RBI
The 2nd Star Jermy Acey: Grand slam, single, 4 RBI
The 1st Star Jon Ashford: Grand slam, single, 5 RBI