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While the bats on the big club boomed, they fell silent for the farm affiliates on a 1-4 night.

Syracuse 2 Ottawa 3-14 innings

The Lynx scored the winning run after loading the bases with two out when Russ Adams' flip to second was too late. It had been a pitcher's duel, with the Sky Chiefs hitless after the 5th inning. Adams homered earlier, and Guillermo Quiroz doubled twice in six PAs and made some fine blocks with runners on third. Jorge Sequea walked three times. Mike Smith started and went six strong innings, allowing 1 earned run on 4 hits and 2 walks with 6 strikeouts. Mike Nakamura and Bob File pitched effectively for 3 and 2 innings, respectively. Jason Kershner allowed 7 baserunners in 2.2 innings and took the loss.


Syracuse Post-Standard game story

New Hampshire-New Britain doubleheader, rained out

Clearwater 4 Dunedin 6

The D-Jays rallied for 5 runs in the eighth inning for the victory. The D-Jays had 4 singles and a walk in the inning, and two Clearwater errors played a key part. Vito Chiaravallotti, Raul Tablado and Jose Yepez each reached base 3 times in 4 PAs to lead the offence. Tommi Ozuna received the spot start and went 5 innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 3 hits and 2 walks, with 1 strikeout. Andy Torres and Bubbie Buzachero went 3 and 1 innings respectively, while each surrendering a run.


Charleston 1 Hagerstown 6

The Alley Cats could manage only 2 hits, while trying to overcome an early 5-0 deficit. Kurt Isenberg started and went 5 innings, and gave up 5 runs, 4 earned, on 7 hits and 2 walks with 4 strikeouts. Jeremy Harper pitched effectively for 2 innings, and Mark Sopko gave up a run on 2 hits in the eighth. Juan Peralta reached base 3 times in 4 plate appearances.


Auburn 2 Batavia 3

The Mud-Dogs scored a run in the 7th off Jayson Rodriguez to break a 2-2 tie. Zach Jackson started for the Doubledays and went 3.1 innings, surrendering 2 earned runs on 5 hits and 1 walk with 2 strikeouts. Joey McLaughlin Jr. went 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing 3 baserunners and punching 3 tickets. Kyle Yates threw a scoreless eighth inning, aided by a double play. Brian Hall reached base 3 times to lead the Doubleday offence. Aaron Matthews singled and doubled in 5 trips.


Auburn Citizen game report

Burlington 10 Pulaski 4

The P-Jays could not mount an offence until the game was out of hand. Brian Grant started and went 6 fair innings, allowing 4 runs, 3 earned on 7 hits and no walks with 4 punchouts. James Pidutti, Edward Rodriguez and Joseph Charron struggled in relief. Yuber Rodriguez and Eugenio Velez each reached base 3 times.


Three star selection
3rd star-Guillermo Quiroz, two doubles and some good D
2nd star-Brian Hall and Yuber Rodriguez, on base 3 times, great years
1st star-Raul Tablado, on base 3 times in a win, great year

Minor League Update- August 22, 2004 | 27 comments | Create New Account
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_Ducey - Sunday, August 22 2004 @ 12:25 PM EDT (#40499) #
As discussed before, he may not be going anywhere because of his lack of pop, but Tingler has 24 K vs. 71 BB!
_Brian B. - Sunday, August 22 2004 @ 12:57 PM EDT (#40500) #
There's also a story on David Purcey in the Auburn Citizen:

Great Expectations
Mike Green - Sunday, August 22 2004 @ 12:58 PM EDT (#40501) #
Mike Smith's performance probably deserved a star. After all his struggles, he might end up as a good pitcher someday. He was effective for a number of years in the minors.

If he does succeed, it'll probably be with another organization.
Mike Green - Sunday, August 22 2004 @ 01:02 PM EDT (#40502) #
A short quote from Dennis Holmberg from the Citizen article:

Holmberg only sees advantages in having Jackson and Purcey join the team this late in the season.

"They're both high draft picks and they're both lefties - that's definitely an advantage," he said. "These are two high-level pitchers who will hopefully be counted on within the bowels of the organization for the next year or two."

_Rob - Sunday, August 22 2004 @ 01:05 PM EDT (#40503) #
Can you determine if these bowels have any man-strength?
_R Billie - Sunday, August 22 2004 @ 03:35 PM EDT (#40504) #
Jackson and Purcey are like the fibre in the bowels of our organization.
_Sneeps - Sunday, August 22 2004 @ 04:09 PM EDT (#40505) #
Let's hope they move quickly.
_Anthony - Sunday, August 22 2004 @ 04:32 PM EDT (#40506) #
The numbers on Tingler were even more remarkable earlier in the year. I am sure that they are working with him to increase his power and that is affecting his BB/K ratio. He still has a great OBP, despite a low BA. Look also at his HBP numbers. Last I looked he was leading the league.
_CaramonLS - Sunday, August 22 2004 @ 05:49 PM EDT (#40507) #
Someone tell me about Anton French, guy is putting up great numbers in AAA, but I haven't heard a word on him.

I know hes older, but does he have a chance to make the lineup?
_Marc - Sunday, August 22 2004 @ 06:02 PM EDT (#40508) #
French is at best a fourth or fifth outfielder on a MLB team. He will likely never be a regular major leaguer. His skills are a little short, he's too old to be considered a prospect...
_Peter - Sunday, August 22 2004 @ 06:27 PM EDT (#40509) #
Would anyone care to post a list of BJ farmhands who will be out of options after this season?
_Finn McCool - Sunday, August 22 2004 @ 08:26 PM EDT (#40510) #
I just don't get it, what is it about Jayce Tingler that intrigues people, there's got to be more to it than the guy walks alot. What am I missing?
_Sneeps - Sunday, August 22 2004 @ 09:03 PM EDT (#40511) #
It's his insane BB/K ratio. That and he's apparently a terrific fielder.

Just kidding, it's his 500 ft homerun potential. *drools*
_Finn McCool - Sunday, August 22 2004 @ 09:09 PM EDT (#40512) #
Yeah, Tingler and Bonds two mean walking machines!
_DW - Sunday, August 22 2004 @ 09:23 PM EDT (#40513) #
If Tingler could hit the ball harder, he could easily stick in the bigs as a fourth outfielder - it's not just his lack of extra base hits, he's not driving the ball often enough for singles either.
_Lucky - Sunday, August 22 2004 @ 10:28 PM EDT (#40514) #
Is Tingler's .387 OBP really that good for a .244 BA and and .286 SLGP??? Cota has scored more runs, and Tingler bats first. I can't see the fascination with him.
_Anthony - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 12:41 AM EDT (#40515) #
The run scoring between Cota and Tingler is a matter of timing. Tingler played much better in the beginning of the year when the cleanup hitters were not playing as well. Cota started playing better at about the same time as Vito and Tablado.

I think that Cota is in the right lineup spot batting second. You don't want to put Tingler at the bottom of the lineup and he doesn't have the power to bat second or third. You usually want one of your highest OBP players up to bat first. Cota has a .449 SLG% which allows him to drive in or put the leadoff hitter into scoring position. I would rather have Cota batting with a player on base than leading off.
_Toronto Fan - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 08:16 AM EDT (#40516) #
I saw Jason Arnold pitch in New Britain yesterday, and I must say, he looked a little heavy in the mid section, he's bald and he's throwing more three quarters than I remembered. I didn't see his velocity break 88 mph throughout the game, but he pitched fairly well. 5 innings, 5 hits, 1 ER, 1 K, No Decision in a 7-5 win. Prior to throwing his first pitch, he knelt down behind the mound, removed his cap, drew something in the dirt, and then said a short prayer.

I spoke to Jason after the game, and he said the plan was to keep him in Double-A for the rest of the year and that he was looking forward to helping the Fisher Cats win the Eastern League title.

Does anyone know what injury Mr. Arnold is working back from?? The Blue Jays have kept this one a secret.
_Peter - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 08:41 AM EDT (#40517) #
Arnold's injury was a torn labrum. It was rehabbed without surgery in order to strengthen the muscles around it. It is not uncommon. Pedro Martinez and Sidney Ponson have been pitching under similar circumstances for years. Hopefully, Mr. Arnold can find a program to lose weight during the off-season. If he pitches well the rest of the way in AA and follows that up with a good stint in the AFL, he may have a shot at the TO bullpen sometime next season.
_Finn McCool - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 09:06 AM EDT (#40518) #
This isn't the first time I've heard about Arnold's lack of conditioning, and to be honest I think it is something that needs to be addressed.
_Toronto Fan - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 09:14 AM EDT (#40519) #
Arnold looked as big as Boof Bonser - like he had a tire around his midsection...
_Kevin Pataky - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 09:20 AM EDT (#40520) #
Does anyone know what happened to Gus Chacin? I met him Thursday in Rochester - we both arrived at the special entrance at the same time. He had just got out of his ride and was pushing his own bags in - having just made his way up from Binghamton. The SkyChiefs handed him a clip board and sent him out behind home plate to chart the game. He was by himself, so my step daughter and I went down and sat with him. We talked for several innings and he said he was supposed to start on Saturday in Ottawa. But he hasn't pitched since. He also said the plan was to send him back to New Hampshire for the playoffs, but that seems to contradict what Jason Arnold was saying about himself staying in New Hampshire.
_Finn McCool - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 09:46 AM EDT (#40521) #
I think Arnold needs to realize he is far from a sure thing when it comes to pitching in the majors, and that spare tire sure isn't helping his cause.
_Finn McCool - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 09:49 AM EDT (#40522) #
Didn't Chacin have some problems getting across the border into Canada and that is why he did not pitch.
Mike Green - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 10:15 AM EDT (#40523) #
I hadn't heard about Chacin's border troubles, but he is the scheduled starter in Syracuse tonight. COMN.
_Ryan01 - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 10:19 AM EDT (#40524) #
This is a comment from Patterson about Arnold last winter (COMN):

"I'm glad he did my offseason program. I told him to eat a pizza for lunch and two for dinner," he said, laughing. "He did, and it's awesome. He's put some weight on, and he threw the ball very well."

Presumably Patterson thought the weight loss the previous fall contributed to the drop in velocity that we later found out was a mechanical problem that went unnoticed all year.
_Kevin Pataky - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 10:27 AM EDT (#40525) #
according to the Rochester Media Dept., tonight it will be JD Durbin vs Gustavo Chacin
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