Minor League Update: August 5

Thursday, August 05 2004 @ 09:41 AM EDT

Contributed by: Craig B

Two wins at the top of the system, and Pulaski piled it on in the Appy League. The Jays affiliates were 3-3 on the night.

Syracuse 9 Buffalo 5

Last-place Syracuse handled first-place Buffalo on the road.

The Key Inning: The top of the fourth; the SkyChiefs piled on our runs to take a 7-1 lead with a Gabe Gross double doing two runs of damage.
The Key Hits: Back-to-back homers by Guillermo Quiroz and Jorge Sequea, also in the fourth.
On The Mound: Jesus Sanchez started and went six innings, allowing four runs (two earned).

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Game story from the Syracuse Post-Standard concentrates on a "highlight-reel" catch by minor league vet Anton French, who is blossoming in the Jays' system.

New Hampshire 3 Bowie 2

The Key Inning: The bottom of the ninth; a HBP (John Hattig), a wild pitch, a pinch-runner, a groundball, an intentional walk, and a game-winning two-out single by Paul Chiaffredo
The Key Hit: Justin Singleton's second-inning double. That hit scored John Hattig for the Fisher Cats' first run, and Maikel Jova also scored on a throwing error by Bowie RF Keith Reed.
On The Mound: Two very impressive performances. Chris Baker went six innings, allowing just three hits and striking out eight; Ryan Houston pitched three innings of shutout ball and got the win.

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Game story from the Manchester Union-Leader calls the Fisher Cats "late inning drama boys". Heh.

Clearwater 5 Dunedin 3

The Key Inning: The top of the second, when the Phillies put all five runs across off Justin James.
The Key Hits: Two doubles (and a walk) by Raul Tablado, who scored all three D-Jays runs.
On The Mound: A forgettable start by Justin James, but some good relief work by Tracy Thorpe, striking out three and retiring five of the six batters he faced.

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Evil Charleston 7 Good Charleston 6

The Key Inning: The bottom of the seventh, when Evil Charleston broke a 2-1 game open with five runs, all off Joaquin Canizal. Evil Charleston scored seven runs in the game despite having no extra-base hits and only seven singles.
The Key Hit: A furious comeback by the Alley Cats in the top of the eighth fell just short, as they put five runs across. Eric Arnold's three-run double was the key blow in the fightback.
On The Mound: A pretty good start by Kurt Isenberg was wasted. Isenberg gave up two singles and three walks in 5.2 innings, striking out five.

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Game story from the Charleston Gazette.

Hudson Valley 4 Auburn 3

The Key Inning: The top of the ninth. Down 4-2 going in against HV closer Aaron Walker, the Doubledays quickly found themselves down to their final out when Chip Cannon struck out and David Corrente grounded out. But Aaron Mathews managed to work a walk; and when Ryan Bitter relieved Walker, Ryan Klosterman ripped a double to center to close the gap to 4-3 and put the tying run in scoring position. Klosterman then went one better and stole third base. Curtis Thigpen drew a walk, but Eric Nielsen struck out to end the game.
The Key Hit: Jason Armstrong's RBI double in the top of the second; he eventually scored as well.
On The Mound: Casey Janssen gave up 10 hits and four runs in five innings, but Chris Neylan followed up with three innings of no-hit ball. Nice work!

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The World's Tiniest Game story from the ever-reliable Syracuse Post-Standard. OurSportsCentral has a slightly more detailed summary.

Pulaski 15 Bluefield 0

The Key Inning: The top of the second. The P-Jays knocked Bluefield starter Ryan Schwabe out of the game, and from there feasted on a tired and outclassed Bluefield bullpen on their way to 15 runs.
The Key Hit: There were 13 of them, plus 11 walks, and four Bluefueld errors and none more important than any other. Good offensive performances from Charles Anderson (double, 4 walks) Eugenio Velez (4 singles, walk) and especially Anthony Garibaldi, with two home runs.
On The Mound: A terrific start by Jordan Timm, who went seven strong shutout innings, walking two, striking out nine, and giving up just three hits. The P-Jays also got two hitless innings from Edward Rodriguez.

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Game story from OurSportsCentral.
Bonus Story - from Monday... Derek Tate was Appy League Player Of The Week.

Three-Star Selection

3rd Star: Ryan Houston (three innings of shutout relief in a tie ballgame)
2nd Star: Jordan Timm (three hits and nine Ks in seven strong innings)
1st Star: Anthony Garibaldi (2-for-4 with two home runs and 3 RBI)