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Gustavo Chacin was outstanding again, a Jason Arnold sighting, and two home runs for Brian Hall

Ottawa 8 Syracuse 13

Syracuse scored five runs in the first inning but Ottawa battled back and the Chiefs had to pull it out in the bottom of the eighth. Anton French got things going with a single and a stolen base. Russ Adams walked and Gabe Gross drove them both in with a double. Glenn Williams singled then Julius Matos doubled home two more runs. A groundout by Shawn Fagan scored the fifth run.

Syracuse built their lead to 7-2 but a run in the fifth and four more in the sixth allowed Ottawa to tie the score. Mike Smith started for the Chiefs and conceded seven runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings.

In the bottom of the seventh French doubled, Adams bunted him to third, and a sac fly from Williams put the Chiefs ahead. Guzman doubled off Aquilino Lopez to start the eighth and with one out Bob File came on. A wild pitch by File moved the runner to third and a ground out scored him to tie the game. In the bottom of the eighth a single by Fagan got it going for the Chiefs. A walk and an error loaded the bases and French singled to put the Chiefs ahead. They added four more to put it away.

French and Gross had three hits and three runs scored each, Gross had four RBI's. Quiroz hit a home run.

Game Story

Bowie 0 New Hampshire 4

Gustavo Chacin continued his great run with another no-hitter through seven innings. Two weeks ago Chacin was in the same situation when he faced off with Scott Kazmir. Chacin had only conceded two walks through seven innings but was pulled due to his pitch count. In a replay of the game from two weeks ago Travis Thompson came in from the pen and allowed the opposition to break up the no-hitter. Thompson loaded the bases and Jordan DeJong had to come on to get a double play ball to keep Bowie off the scoreboard.

Meanwhile Tyrell Godwin was wreaking his own havoc on Bowie. Godwin singled in the third, stole second, and later scored on a sac fly by Aaron Hill. In the fifth consecutive singles by Godwin, Rich and Hill contributed to two runs. In the seventh Godwin was at it again. He walked, stole second, stole third and again scored on a sac fly by Hill.

Godwin was 2-4 with a walk and three runs scored. Chacin's line was 7 IP, 0 H, 2 BB, 7 K's.

Game Story

Tampa 2 Dunedin 9

Jason Arnold pitched two innings in his first rehab start. Arnold retired the first four hitters, conceded a home run, then two walks, then retired the last two hitters.

Carlo Cota went deep for a two run home run in the first inning. Ryan Roberts added a solo shot in the fourth and Raul Tablado hit a two run bomb in the sixth.

Andy Torres replaced Arnold and pitched four scoreless innings allowing three hits. Brian Reed gave up five hits in two innings and Bubbie Buzachero pitched the ninth.

Jose Yepez and Miguel Negron had two hits each.

Charleston (the good) 1 Charleston (the bad) 2

A pitchers duel on guaranteed Charleston win night. The good guys scored their run in the fourth on consecutive hits by Robinson Diaz, Joey Reiman and David Smith.

Davis Romero started and allowed one run, in the sixth, on a walk, an error and a balk. Romero pitched six innings, allowed the one unearned run, on three hits and five walks. Matt Dalton came on for the seventh and gave up hits to the first three hitters he faced and the bad guys had the lead. Charleston the good went quietly after that. Charleston the good had eight hits, all singles.

Auburn 7 Hudson Valley 2

The Doubledays scored a single run in seven of the nine innings. Brian Hall hit two home runs to give him a team leading eight on the season. Chip Cannon also went deep. Every starter had a hit except Jared Mangioni. Hall and Adam Lind had three hits each and both now sport .300 batting averages.

Juan Perez started and pitched five innings, allowing two runs on six hits.

Bluefield 3 Pulaski 1

Russell Savickas started and allowed all three runs in the second without allowing a hit. Two walks and an error by the pitcher scored one, and two groundouts added two more. Pulaski could not get the bats going on this night with only six hits in the game. Yuber Rodriguez had two of them. Rodriguez scored Pulaski's only run in the fourth when Joshua Lex singled him home.

Our Three-Star Selection

The 3rd Star: Tyrell Godwin, 2-4, a walk and three runs scored
The 2nd Star: Anton French, 3-5, three runs scored
The 1st Star: Gustavo Chacin, a no hitter through seven innings

Honourable Mention: Brian Hall two home runs.
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_Marc - Friday, August 06 2004 @ 09:32 AM EDT (#44995) #
Wow, you know the farm teams had a good night when two home runs only net you an honourable mention.

Thinks really don't look promising for Mr. Savickas, who hasn't shown any improvement in his third go around in rookie ball.
_Mike in CT - Friday, August 06 2004 @ 09:39 AM EDT (#44996) #
Any word on when Purcey and/or Jackson will take the mound for Auburn?
Craig B - Friday, August 06 2004 @ 09:43 AM EDT (#44997) #
Let me update the "Top 10" lists for the short-season leagues.


Average - Ryan Klosterman 8th.
Runs - Ryan Klosterman 1st; Aaron Mathews 3rd; Brian Hall 5th.
Doubles - Vinny Esposito 3rd; Adam Lind and Chip Cannon T-4th.
Triples - Ryan Klosterman T-5th.
Home Runs - Brian Hall 2nd; Chip Cannon T-3rd.
RBI - Brian Hall 7th; Adam Lind and Vinny Esposito T-10th.
Walks - Brian Hall T-6th; Aaron Mathews T-9th.
OBP - Ryan Klosterman 7th.
Slugging - Chip Cannon 2nd; Brian Hall 4th; Ryan Klosterman 7th.
OPS - Brian Hall 3rd; Chip Cannon 5th; Ryan Klosterman 8th.

ERA - Mike MacDonald 2nd.
Wins - Juan Perez and Erik Rico T-2nd; Casey Mackenzie T-6th.
WHIP - Mike MacDonald 1st.
Saves - Dewon Day 4th.


If you look carefully, you will notice that in every batting category, Yuber Rodriguez is in the Top 10 in the Appy League.

Average - Yuber Rodriguez 4th; Charlie Anderson 5th.
Runs - Yuber Rodriguez T-4th; Charlie Anderson T-8th.
Doubles - Charlie Anderson T-6th; Yuber Rodriguez T-10th.
Triples - Yuber Rodriguez 1st; Emmanuel Sena T-4th.
Home Runs - Charlie Anderson T-7th; Luke Hetherington, Nick Thomas and Yuber Rodriguez T-10th.
RBI - Yuber Rodriguez 2nd.
Walks - Nick Thomas 4th; Charlie Anderson 5th; Emmanuel Sena and Yuber Rodriguez T-6th; Graig Badger T-10th.
OBP - Charlie Anderson 2nd; Yuber Rodriguez 4th; Nick Thomas T-7th.
Slugging - Charlie Anderson 3rd; Yuber Rodriguez 5th.
OPS - Charlie Anderson 2nd; Yuber Rodriguez 4th; Nick Thomas 9th.

ERA - Chi-Hung Cheng 4th; Jordan Timm 5th.
Wins - Brian Grant and Jordan Timm T-8th.
WHIP - Jordan Timm 4th.
Strikeouts - Chi-Hung Cheng 4th; Derek Tate T-8th.
Saves - Aaron Tressler T-9th.
Mike Green - Friday, August 06 2004 @ 10:02 AM EDT (#44998) #
A couple of other notes on last night's games. Davis Romero struck out 6 in his 6 innings, although his control was not as sharp as usual. In 90 innings this year, he's walked 28, struck out 95 and allowed 5 home runs. He'll probably throw 120 innings this year, which is just about perfect for a 21 year old. I am impressed with the way the organization has carefully monitored the workload of its young pitchers.

Chip Cannon walked and doubled, in addition to his homer. He did not strike out. His W/K ratio is now 9/33, not great but improving.

Raul Tablado now has 272 plate appearances this year. Doubling his totals to give his full season rate would result in:

504 ABs, .306, 42 doubles, 36 homers, 40 walks, 6 HBP, 132 strikeouts, 18 DPs.

He's apparently 6'2", 170 and he plays short, but he's hitting like Jim Rice or Josh Phelps in the FSL.
Gerry - Friday, August 06 2004 @ 10:45 AM EDT (#44999) #
I forgot to mention that NH have a doubleheader today, Banks and Vermilyea start. Remember the last time Vermilyea pitched in a doubleheader?
Mike D - Friday, August 06 2004 @ 10:47 AM EDT (#45000) #
Not to put too much stock into our three-star selection, but Godwin over Gross after Gabe's game last night?

Great work as always, Gerry.
Gerry - Friday, August 06 2004 @ 11:19 AM EDT (#45001) #
Not to put too much stock into our three-star selection, but Godwin over Gross after Gabe's game last night?

Do you like the guy who sets the table or the guy who clears it? I chose the catalyst over the ignitor. I chose the guy who primed the pump over the, em, other guy with the pump. I chose the pesky pest over the RBI machine. I get the picture (enough bad cliches/puns for one day)
_Sister - Friday, August 06 2004 @ 11:23 AM EDT (#45002) #
I agree with the Gerry's selection of Goodwin.

Goodwin was the spark plug for that win, scoring 3 of the 4 NH runs, stealing three bases and scoring two runs on Sac Flys. That is a solid night.
_Mylegacy - Friday, August 06 2004 @ 11:35 AM EDT (#45003) #
Mike Green, Raul Tablado WAS 170 last year and the year before. Apparently he is now pushing 200. Thus the significant increase in hitting power.
Mike Green - Friday, August 06 2004 @ 12:26 PM EDT (#45004) #
Mylegacy, that might explain the power development. Do you have a cite for his bulking up?

Gerry, your preference for leadoff guys over the "big lumber" is consistent with the organization's philosophy, if not the home radio station's. Speaking of radio and leadoff guys...Godwin French-that sounds like the name of a bassist on a Peter Tosh album. Never mind.
_R Billie - Friday, August 06 2004 @ 12:26 PM EDT (#45005) #
I don't know how Raul's defence is but he probably wouldn't stay at short as long as Adams, Hill, and Hudson are ahead of him in the system. I guess you could keep the better of him and Hill at short and move the other to third.
_JohnnyS99 - Friday, August 06 2004 @ 12:31 PM EDT (#45006) #
Unless he stinks big time next year and gets released?
_A - Friday, August 06 2004 @ 12:33 PM EDT (#45007) #
in every batting category, Yuber Rodriguez is in the Top 10
Cut him. He hasn't put up any numbers in the pitching categories.
_Mylegacy - Friday, August 06 2004 @ 12:42 PM EDT (#45008) #
Mike G. I know the Dunedin site still lists Raul at 170 BUT I'm 100% sure I read an article about Raul, it was a link form Da Box earlier in the season. I'm not sure where it went to but believe it was to a newspaper article on him and they pointed to his weight gain to explain his increased power.

I know that up to this year I thought he was a bust.
Mike Green - Friday, August 06 2004 @ 12:43 PM EDT (#45009) #
Gustavo Chacin was named the Eastern League's Player of the Month for July.
_Ducey - Friday, August 06 2004 @ 12:48 PM EDT (#45010) #
... and my, he looks happy about it.
Craig B - Friday, August 06 2004 @ 12:52 PM EDT (#45011) #
_mendocino - Friday, August 06 2004 @ 01:12 PM EDT (#45012) #
blue jays guide lists tablado's weight as 196.

a peek back at baseball america's 2000 draft preview, tablado was rated #19 in florida, scouts raved at his defense..especially his arm, was a better pure shortstop than first rounders david espinoza(#23) and luis montanez(#3). they said his bat was weak and had to bulk up.
Mike Green - Friday, August 06 2004 @ 01:41 PM EDT (#45013) #
Thanks, Mendocino. It looks like the advice was taken.
_Anthony - Friday, August 06 2004 @ 01:44 PM EDT (#45014) #
There was a exchange of players between Dunedin and Charleston today.

Felix Romaro up to Dunedin and Robert Nunley down to Charleston.

What will be the next movement after Arnold ends his rehab?
_Jordan - Friday, August 06 2004 @ 02:27 PM EDT (#45015) #
Felix Romaro up to Dunedin and Robert Nunley down to Charleston.

Expected and, in the case of Felix, long overdue. I'd wondered if Romero's success was tainted by his opposition, that maybe his stuff isn't all that great and that's why the Jays have kept him in Charleston. We'll start to find out now.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Joey Reiman kicked upstairs to Dunedin. Charleston has Diaz to catch (and Wolfe to back him up), and Reiman is a little too old for the Sally.
_Marc - Friday, August 06 2004 @ 03:42 PM EDT (#45016) #
I'd wondered if Romero's success was tainted by his opposition, that maybe his stuff isn't all that great and that's why the Jays have kept him in Charleston

You still have to have some talent to strike out more than 100 batters pitching in relief in less than a full season. Maybe they don't want teams considering him for the Rule 5 draft so it is better to keep him as low in the minors as possible since they won't have room to protect him.
_Ducey - Friday, August 06 2004 @ 06:46 PM EDT (#45017) #
The BA chat transcript had this to say:

Q: Scott from Washington, D.C. asks:
Hi Kevin, I love your work. Every day I look forward to your latest prospect report like a 10-year old looks forward to Christmas morning. Thanks for your efforts. As for my question, what's the deal with Raul Tablado with Toronto's High-A Dunedin team? Where did he come from? Was he on your radar screen before this season? Can he play defense? Is he now a big-time prospect?

A: Kevin Goldstein: You're a sick, sick man Scott. Tablado was a fourth-round pick four years ago, so he was on our radar, albeit a faint blip in one of the corners -- this year has certainly been a breakout one for him, as he's played just 64 games yet already has established career-highs for HRs and RBIs. He's just 22, so he's a legitimate prospect.
_Peter - Friday, August 06 2004 @ 10:50 PM EDT (#45018) #
Mike MacDonald and Derek Tate made successful debuts tonite. MacDonald pitched 7 shutout innings for Charleston in his first Sally League start while Tate allowed one run in 5 innings for Auburn, recording 8 strikeouts. Could we have mid and late round steals here- MacDonald 15th, Tate 34th.
Gerry - Friday, August 06 2004 @ 11:31 PM EDT (#45019) #
Josh Banks had a quality start tonight, five hits and three runs in six innings. NH lost the game on an unearned run in the seventh.

In the nightcap NH are up 4-1. Vermilyea was scheduled to start and it looks like he has allowed two hits, and an unearned run, through six innings.
_Marc - Friday, August 06 2004 @ 11:42 PM EDT (#45020) #
Don't get too excited over MacDonald or Tate, from what I've read neither of them pitch much faster than the high 80s, which is especially poor for a righty (MacDonald). Think Towers-type ceiling. A lot of high 80s guys have success in the low minors if they have good control and then they get creamed in the upper minors (i.e. John Stephens (a righty), Craig Anderson (a lefty), etc.)
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