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A doubleheader sweep, a few late-inning losses, and another start from a 2004 first-round-draft-pick left-hander highlight last night's action down on the farm.

Pawtucket 4 Syracuse 2

A couple of former big-leaguers sank the Skychiefs Thursday night. Reliever Jesus Sanchez was touched for a 2-run, 8th-inning homer by Brian Daubach that scored the winning runs, while former Blue Jay Frank Castillo handcuffed Syracuse over 8 innings of solid pitching. Daubach’s homer ruined a second consecutive solid start by Mike Smith, who fired 7 innings of 2-hit ball, allowing just 1 earned run, walking 4 and striking out 4. Russ Adams doubled, singled and drove in a run, while Anton French singled, scored a run and stole his 11th base while jacking his average to .371. Guillermo Quiroz went hitless and committed a passed ball that led to an unearned run.

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Bonus article: An update on one of my favourite ex-prospects, Dave Gassner, the could’ve-been-Skychief.

New Hampshire 6 Portland 2

Brandon League struggled with his control, but still managed to dodge a lot of bullets and earn the win for New Hampshire, which dropped its magic number for clinching the division title to 1. League walked 5 batters in 5 innings and allowed 4 hits to boot, but kept the Sea Dogs to just 2 runs, with the help of 4 strikeouts. Ryan Houston followed with 3 masterful innings of 1-hit relief, striking out 6, while Jordan DeJong wrapped up the evening with a 1-k ninth. Tyrell Godwin paced the offence with a double, 2 singles and 2 runs scored, while Justin Singleton, John Hattig and Mike Snyder each pounded out 3 hits. Aaron Hill doubled and drove in 2 runs in 5 plate trips, while John-Ford Griffin went 0-for-5.

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Bonus article: The Fisher Cats prepare for the playoffs, a story that includes the news that current Skychief Gustavo Chacin will return to New Hampshire in time for the post-season.

Dunedin 4-4 Clearwater 3-3

A same-score doubleheader sweep for the D-Jays over local rivals Clearwater. Vince Perkins started the opener and pitched decently for 3 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, but with no walks and 1 strikeout. Chad Pleiness followed with 2 shutout innings to gain the win, with reinforcements from Felix Romero and Bubbie Buzachero. In the nightcap, Justin James was knocked around for 6 hits in 4 innings, leading to 3 runs (2 earned), but at least he walked no one and struck out 3. The win went to Andy Torres for his 1 1/3 no-hit innings, while Brian Reed walked 2 in the final frame but still managed to nail down the save. Offensively, Carlo Cota homered, doubled and singled, Ron Davenport had 2 singles and 2 walks, and Raul Tablado singled, doubled and drove in 2 runs in the twinbill. Catcher Jose Yepez homered and drove in 3 runs in the night game.

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Kannapolis 2 Charleston 1

A 5th-inning error by second baseman Jermy Acey led to an unearned run that eventually downed the Alley-Cats. Kurt Isenberg battled for 6 innings, scattering 8 hits and a walk while striking out 2, allowing both Kannapolis runs. Jeremy Harper, back from the DL and coming on strong, notched 3 brilliant one-hit innings in relief, striking out 5. Rodney Medina tripled, singled and scored the Cats’ lone run, while Juan Peralta and Brian Patrick also recorded 2-hit nights.

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Vermont 6 Auburn 4

Here comes the future. 2004 supplementary first-round pick Zach Jackson made his 3rd start for Auburn and went an encouraging 5 innings, issuing 6 hits and a walk and surrendering 3 runs with 2 strikeouts. Jackson won’t get too much more work this year, but every little bit helps his development. Danny Hill gave up a run in 2 innings, but the loss went to Jayson Rodriguez, who allowed 2 runs in the 8th inning for the loss. In one of those freak-stat kind of developments, every Doubledays starter had exactly 1 hit. Eric Nielsen homered and Aaron Mathews doubled; the rest were singles.

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Pulaski 4 Elizabethton 3 (10 innings)

An unearned run in the bottom of the 10th inning (on the third of 3B Anthony Garibaldi’s 3 singles) made a winner of the P-Jays and reliever Daryl Harang, who pitched 2 2/3 innings of 1-hit shutout ball, striking out 3. Brian Grant started and continued his slow but steady development, allowing 8 hits over 6 1/3 innings and 3 runs (2 earned) with 1 walk and 3 K’s. Benjamin Harrison, whose name demands a presidential run at some point, and Bryan Gale also threw effectively in relief. Late-blooming first baseman David Hicks doubled, singled, scored a run and is now hitting .317. LF Luke Hetherington cranked a solo homer but also struck out 3 times.

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The Three-Star Selection: Time to give a little attention to the lesser lights:

The Third Star: Carlo Cota, Dunedin: homer-double-single in a doubleheader sweep.

The Second Star: Jeremy Harper, Charleston: five strikeouts in 3 shutouts innings for an unsung middle reliever.

The First Star: Ryan Houston, New Hampshire: six strikeouts in 3 innings for another unsung middle reliever.

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Mike D - Friday, August 27 2004 @ 11:01 AM EDT (#39209) #
How many games are left in Pulaski's season? With three playoff berths clinched and another on the way any day now, Pulaski could bring the number of Toronto affiliates in the playoffs to an amazing five.
_Ducey - Friday, August 27 2004 @ 11:24 AM EDT (#39210) #
I was encouraged to read in BB radio last night that Houston was hitting 95 on the gun. It that what he normally throws or is that gun a little too enthusiastic?
_Ryan01 - Friday, August 27 2004 @ 11:30 AM EDT (#39211) #
That sounds about right. Houston has always been a thrower not a pitcher but he seems to have found some control and success as a reliever. He may still have a career as major leaguer someday. I believe he's a six-year minor league free agent following this season so the Jays would have to add him to the crowded 40 man roster if they want to find out.
_MatO - Friday, August 27 2004 @ 11:33 AM EDT (#39212) #
I've heard that Houston normally throws in that range so I think the gun is OK. He has flashes of brilliance like last night but his problem continues to be his control.
_Jordan - Friday, August 27 2004 @ 11:45 AM EDT (#39213) #
Houston's totals so far this year: 6-2, 4.27, 29 G, 8 GS, 90 IP, 87 H, 47 BB, 91 K, 12 HR. He looks to be following in Kevin Frederick's career path, but command is still a substantial issue for him. At 25 next month, I don't see him on the 40-man this off-season if he's a 6-year FA.
_Finn McCool - Friday, August 27 2004 @ 11:50 AM EDT (#39214) #
I see Steven Drew is getting ready to enroll for another year at Florida State. Personally I think he needs to give his head a shake, becuase the chances of him getting that 5 to 10 million dollar a year contract next year are the same as this years. NIL!
_Finn McCool - Friday, August 27 2004 @ 11:52 AM EDT (#39215) #
Ohps, let try this again COMM
_George - Friday, August 27 2004 @ 12:05 PM EDT (#39216) #
Pulaski has 4 games left in their season. They are done on the 30th.
_Dan - Friday, August 27 2004 @ 12:25 PM EDT (#39217) #
Does anybody have a list of the unsigned draft picks? And the people who signed how much did they sign for.
_MatO - Friday, August 27 2004 @ 12:28 PM EDT (#39218) #
Dan. COMN. Baseball America has most of the info.
_Dan - Friday, August 27 2004 @ 12:32 PM EDT (#39219) #
_MatO - Friday, August 27 2004 @ 12:41 PM EDT (#39220) #
Arnold and Purcey listed as starters tonight.
_Brian W - Friday, August 27 2004 @ 12:52 PM EDT (#39221) #
Does anybody know what the playoff format for the Appalachian league is? It looks like Pulaski will be first or second in their division, but I'm not sure if it is a one or two round playoff. Does second get a playoff spot?
_Rob - Friday, August 27 2004 @ 12:56 PM EDT (#39222) #
Brian W:

Playoff Format: Division winners meet in best-of-3 series for league championship

So Pulaski has to get ahead of Danville, then they make the playoffs and face Greeneville (I assume) in the final.
_Jim - Friday, August 27 2004 @ 01:23 PM EDT (#39223) #
New Hampshire doesn't have a magic number of 2 to win the division do they? I guess I could do the right thing and check, but 2 is the magic number to clinch a playoff spot - not the divison.
_Kevin Pataky - Friday, August 27 2004 @ 02:46 PM EDT (#39224) #
Ryan Houston's actual numbers are: 6-2, 4.13, 30 G, 8 GS, 93.2 IP, 87 H, 48 BB, 97 K, 12 HR.

New Hampshire's magic number to clinch a playoff spot is 1. To clinch the division, the number is 9.
_Lucky - Friday, August 27 2004 @ 10:42 PM EDT (#39225) #
Anybody know the players that are going to instructional?
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