Minor League Update: August 16

Monday, August 16 2004 @ 10:02 AM EDT

Contributed by: Gerry

New Hampshire stay hot. Curtis Thigpen digs the long ball. Pulaski win ugly. Zach Jackson makes his debut tonight. The minor league teams had a strong week, going 26-10. Dunedin, Charleston and Auburn were a combined 15-2.

Syracuse 2 Pawtucket 5

Jesus Sanchez gave up three home runs to account for all five runs. A two run shot by Justin Sherrod in the second gave Pawtucket the lead. After the Chiefs tied it in the top of the sixth Sanchez gave up back to back shots to Adam Hyzdu and Brian Daubach to put Syracuse down 5-2.

The Chiefs scored their two runs on a Sequea single, a French double, a sac fly by Matos, and a single by Crozier. Sequea, French and Anthony Sanders had two hits each. Adam Peterson pitched 1.2 innings without allowing a run.

Game Story

Binghamton 5 New Hampshire 6

After two last at-bat wins the Fisher Cats won it from the front yesterday. John Hattig hit a three run home run in the first inning. Chris Baker started for the Cats and gave back two runs in the third. A Justin Singleton triple and a Chiaffredo sac fly restored the two run lead in the fourth. Binghamton scored another in the fifth but in the sixth Victor Valencia hit a two run home run.

Jamie Vermilyea relieved Baker in the eighth and had a three up, three down inning, but in the ninth the first two hitters reached. The next hitter hit into what could have been a 3-6-3 double play but Aaron Hill threw the ball away on the back half of the play, allowing a run to score, putting the hitter on second, and bringing the tying run to the plate. Vermilyea conceded a double to make it 6-5. Jordan DeJong was summoned from the pen and recorded the last two outs for the save and the Fisher Cat sweep.

Chiaffredo was 3-3. Singleton and Valencia had two hits each.

Game Story

Dunedin - scheduled off day

Rome 4 Charleston 13

The Rome starter left after one hitter, due to injury, and Charleston cruised to an easy win. They scored three in the first, four more in the second and two in the fourth. Charleston had fifteen hits and six walks, scored 13 runs and still left eight men on base.

Kurt Isenberg gave up three runs in the second but otherwise had a great outing. He went seven innings and only allowed five hits and one walk.

David Smith went 4-4 with 2 doubles, a walk, four runs scored and two ribbies. Rodney Medina was 3-5 with four RBI's. Joey Wolfe had two hits. Every starter had a hit.

Game Story

Auburn 4 Jamestown 2

Curtis Thigpen started hot for Auburn, cooled off a little in July, and has been hitting well again recently. Yesterday he homered in the second inning, walked, stole a base a scored in the seventh, and hit a second home run in the ninth. The two runs in the seventh scored on doubles by Eric Nielsen and Chip Cannon.

Casey Janssen had another excellent start for the Doubledays, five innings with three hits allowed. Joey McLaughlin got the win with three innings of scoreless relief.

Pulaski 2 Burlington 1 - in 11 innings

Pulaski won in extras despite being outhit 11 to 6. Jordan Timm had an excellent start, eight innings, one run, eight hits and no walks. Jon Chappell hit a home run in the third to give Pulaski a brief lead. In the eleventh Pulaski won it in an ugly fashion. Eugenio Velez singled, moved to second on a passed ball and was sacrificed to third. Mike Macaluso then struck out on a wild pitch allowing Velez to score from third.

Our Three-Star Selection

The 3rd Star: Jordan Timm, eight innings, one run
The 2nd Star: Curtis Thigpen, two home runs
The 1st Star: David Smith, 4-4, 2 doubles, a walk, four runs scored and two ribbies


Syracuse were 3-3 on the week and their record now is 53-69. Syracuse are 17 and a half games behind Buffalo
New Hampshire, 4-2 for the week and are 69-52, one game back of Binghamton
Dunedin, were 4-1 for the week and are 27-19 in the second half. Dunedin are in first place, one game ahead of Tampa
Charleston were 6-0 for the week and are 27-22 for the second half. Charleston are in third place, seven games behind Hickory
Auburn were 5-1 for the week and have started 41-12 to lead their division by fourteen games
Pulaski were 4-3 for the week and have started 32-21 to lead their division by one game

Combined the Jays minor league teams were 26-10 for the week and their record is 331-253, a .567 winning percentage.