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Runs were few and far between in the minors last night, and the Fisher Cats suffered an ignominous doubleheader sweep at home that further delayed their chance to clinch a playoff berth. But those resurgent Skychiefs won yet again.

Syracuse 3 Buffalo 2 (11 innings)

This non-Olympic marathon ended in the bottom of the 11th inning, when leadoff man Anton French cracked a walk-off solo homer to give Syracuse the win. French, who had singled earlier in the game, is batting a cool .375. Eric Crozier doubled in a run and Russ Adams went hitless in four trips. Ryan Glynn gave up 6 hits in 6 2/3 innings, two of them solo homers by former Blue Jay catcher Sandy Martinez, while walking 1 and striking out 3. Mike Nakamura earned the win with an excellent 3 innings of hitless relief, walking 1 and striking out 4.

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Game story

Bonus article: Slugging Skychiefs third baseman Glenn Williams returns to Syracuse an Olympic hero after helping Australia win the silver medal in baseball.

New Hampshire 3-0 Erie 4-1

The Fisher Cats? clinching of a playoff spot was put off at least one more day, as they were swept at home in a pair of tough one-run losses. In the doubleheader opener, spot starter Kip Bouknight was fortunate to surrender just 3 runs in 4 1/3 innings of work, having allowed 7 hits (including a home run) and 3 walks against just 1 strikeout. Reliever Dan Jackson took over, but allowed a leadoff homer in the ?bottom? of the 7th (although the games were played in Manchester, they were making up a doubleheader rained out in Erie earlier this year, so the Cats were the "road team"). In the nightcap, Jason Arnold continued his recovery from the disabled list, tossing 5 1/3 fine innings of 4-hit ball, allowing 1 run (a decisive 4th-inning round-tripper) and 2 walks; again, though, he recorded only 3 strikeouts, indicating that he?s still not overpowering opposing batters. Freshly returned from Athens, reliever John Ogiltree walked 2 in 1 2/3 hitless innings. Justin Singleton homered in the first game, while John Hattig doubled and just missed an opposite-field homer. In the nightcap, the Fisher Cats recorded only 3 singles. Aaron Hill went a combined 0 for 5, struck out twice, grounded into a double play and was hit by a pitch. Not a great night at the ballpark.

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Game story

Bonus article: An update on Francisco Rosario, whose comeback season from surgery has gone very poorly so far.

Fort Myers 2 Dunedin 1

The D-Jays are in a serious batting slump. They recorded only 5 singles and 3 walks in their latest loss. Ryan Roberts? average is down to .250 and Big Vito has slipped down to .269. August in Florida is not much fun for anyone wielding a bat. Neomar Flores allowed 2 runs in the first inning, and although he settled down after that (7 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts in 6 innings), it was all Fort Myers would need. Tracy Thorpe struck out 1 in 2 perfect relief innings.

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Charleston 7 Kannapolis 3

Finally, some runs on the board. Rodney Medina had 3 singles, drove in 2 runs and scored another to lead the Alley-Cats, who also received 2-hit efforts from Christian Snavely, David Smith, and Brian Patrick, whose double was Charleston?s only extra-base hit. Mike MacDonald was once again superb, firing 5 innings of 6-hit ball, allowing only 2 runs (neither of them earned), while striking out 6 and walking nobody. His Charleston totals this far: 2-0, 1.50, 24 IP, 21 H, 6 BB, 21 K. Be warned, though: he?s allowed 6 unearned runs against 4 earned runs. Derrek Nunley picked up the win with 3 innings of 1-run relief (1 hit, 2 walks).

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Game story

Auburn 6 Batavia 3

One night after Zach Jackson toed the rubber, here?s 2004?s other first-round left-hander. David Purcey had an excellent start for the Doubledays, throwing 3 innings of shutout ball (2 hits, 1 walk, 4 K?s) in his second start. Recent Pulaski grad Derek Tate earned the win with 2 innings of shutout ball, giving up just 3 hits and striking out 4. Randy Dicken and Kristian Bell gave up some meaningless late runs. Joey Metropoulos, batting ninth, led the way with an RBI single, a 2-run single, and a solo home run. Vincent Esposito and Curtis Thigpen chipped in with a single and double apiece. Aaron Mathews also had 2 hits from the leadoff spot.

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Pulaski 4 Elizabethton 3

Same score as last night, only this one took just the regulation 9 innings. The boxscore is screwy, since it shows Jordan Timm both starting and getting the save. In fact, Timm started and allowed 3 runs in 3 innings, although none were earned and he did strike out 6 against just 1 walk. The pitching hero was Edward Rodriguez, the struggling youngster from the DSL who fired 4 innings of 1-hit ball, walking 1 and striking out 5 in maybe his best performance since hitting the mainland. Raymon Sanchez vultured the win with one relief inning, and the save went to Aaron Tressler. Jon Ashford cranked a solo homer and Yuber Rodriquez had an RBI triple, but no P-Jay starter had more than 1 hit.

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The Three-Star Selection:

The Third Star: Anton French, who won the game for Syracuse with a walk-off extra-inning home run.

The Second Star: Jason Arnold, who fired 5 1/3 effective innings in a 1-0 New Hampshire loss.

The First Star: Joey Metropoulos, who drove in 4 runs with a home run and 2 singles in the Doubledays victory.

Honourable Mention: Rodney Medina, Mike MacDonald and Edward Rodriguez.

Minor-League Update: August 28 | 11 comments | Create New Account
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_greenfrog - Saturday, August 28 2004 @ 11:55 AM EDT (#39122) #
Mike MacDonald is off to a solid start at Charleston:

2-0, 1.50, 24 IP, 21 H, 6 BB, 21 K
_Neal - Saturday, August 28 2004 @ 12:26 PM EDT (#39123) #
You're better off reading the recap of the doubleheader for the Fishercats on their own website--the Mike Murphy/Bob Lipman recap. We sometimes wonder what the Union Leader newspaper guys are watching. They did battle back in the first game, like they have done all season. Nothing mentioned about that, just the second game and some missed opportunities. It happens. They have been playing great of late. Something positive would be nice from the UL.
_loco - Saturday, August 28 2004 @ 03:04 PM EDT (#39124) #
DSL Bluejays won the 1st game of 2 of 3 playoff series vs the SF Giants DSL team 4-2. Led by team DSL San Pedro division MVP 3rd basemen Jesus Gonzalez who knocked in the go ahead and winning runs.Keep an eye on this young phenom will be the 3rd basemen of the future for the Toronto Blue Jays. Just starting to come into his own. Has outstanding all around abilities.
_Sneeps - Saturday, August 28 2004 @ 03:34 PM EDT (#39125) #
Where do I find the Blue Jays DSL stats?
_R Billie - Saturday, August 28 2004 @ 05:34 PM EDT (#39126) #
Singleton just made a great catch and tumbled over the outfield wall to save a homerun for Manchester. The Fishercats still lead 4-0 in the second with Rosario on the mound and JFG had a 3 run double.
_Thomas M - Saturday, August 28 2004 @ 07:48 PM EDT (#39127) #
D-Backs offer Drew the same money Weeks got. Maybe they should have saved that for their Nr 1 pick. COMN.
_medocino - Saturday, August 28 2004 @ 09:12 PM EDT (#39128) #
COMN for dsl stats
_loco - Saturday, August 28 2004 @ 09:24 PM EDT (#39129) #
DSL stats go to standings then click on Toronto. Good Luck
_Mike Forbes - Sunday, August 29 2004 @ 12:18 AM EDT (#39130) #
Francisco Mateo has some nice numbers.
_Neal - Sunday, August 29 2004 @ 12:52 AM EDT (#39131) #
What has happened to Big Vito? He batted in the 6th spot tonight. His average has continued to fall. Please don't say an injury.
_Tim - Sunday, August 29 2004 @ 03:06 AM EDT (#39132) #
Looks like it was Latin pitchers tonight for the minor league Jays. 2 good pitching lines, and one fantastic one.

Francisco Rosario went 7 innings, gave up 2 walks, no hits and struck out 8. Very encouraging.

Gustavo Chacin gave up 9 hits and 2 BB over 6.2, but conceded only 1 BB, probably helped out greatly by his 8 K's. Good result. GC is showing that he's ready for AAA.

Ismael Ramirez pitched 6 innings, giving up 4 hits, 1 ER, 1 BB while striking out 6. IR continues to establish himself as a legitimate pitching prospect, at least in my eyes. I think he'll do well in New Hampshire next year.
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