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All 5 remaining teams were in action and they scored scored 5 wins and 2 losses with a doubleheader and the continuation of a suspended game.

Syracuse 2, Buffalo 3

Mike Smith shut down the best offense (by quite a large margin) in the International League for 7 and 2/3 innings and left the game with a 2-0 lead and a pair of runners on. Mike Nakamura came on to try to shut the door on the prospect laden Indians affiliate but instead allowed one inherited runner to score on a balk and another came around on an RBI double by Brandon Phillips. Former Skychief Brent Abernathy finished the game with a 2-out RBI single off of Nakamura in the bottom of the ninth.

Eric Crozier was the offensive standout as he went 3 for 3 with 2 walks against his former teammates but his new teammates were unable to drive him in. Glenn Williams scored both runs after reaching base on an error and a walk.

Box score
Ed Gonser tells the full story in the Post-Standard

Norwich 0, New Hampshire 2 - Game 1
Norwich 1, New Hampshire 2 - Game 2

New Hampshire saw some good signs for the playoffs as they got some very solid performances from some of it's top pitchers. Josh Banks shutout the Navigators for 5.1 innings striking out four and walking none in the opener. More importantly, he kept the ball in the park as all 6 hits against him were singles. Jamie Vermilyea pitched the final 1.2 for the save. John Hattig and Paul Chiaffredo provided all the offense necessary with solo home runs.

The bottom half featured another pitcher's duel between top prospects Brandon League and Merkin Valdez. League allowed one run through seven innings but left with the game still tied at one apiece. Ryan Houston struck out the side in the first extra frame setting the stage for a dramatic win. Valdez stayed on to retire two batters in the eigth but Ty Godwin singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch in the process. Aaron Hill came to the plate, already 2 for 3 with a homerun accounting for the only Fisher Cats run. Thus the Navigators pulled Valdez in favour of reliever Billy Sadler. The move backfired when Hill lined a hit into the outfield scoring Godwin for the walk-off win.

Box score 1, Box score 2
Kevin Gray has some interesting tidbits in today's game story

Dunedin 4, Tampa 2

Vince Perkins continued his slow comeback pitching 4 solid innings allowing only 1 run on 2 hits and a walk. Ron Davenport drove in 2 runs with a single and a double as the D-Jays pulled away early. Andy Torres and Brian Reed teamed up to throw 4 innings in relief allowing only 1 run with 4 K's. The final inning was rained out.

Box score

Lexington 3, Charleston 4

Starter Kurt Iseberg went six strong innings allowing 1 run on 2 hits, 1 walk and 1 strikeout. Jermy Acey, David Smith and William Rivera had three hits apiece while catcher Robinzon Diaz scored twice on a walk and a single. Brad Mumma earned his 7th save with a perfect ninth.

Box score

Auburn 7, Oneonta 6 - Game 1
Auburn 5, Oneonta 6 - Game 2

The first game took more than 24 hours to complete as it had been rained out in the 8th the previous night. The Doubledays trailed 5-6 but picked up two more runs to take the win on run scoring hits from Chip Cannon and David Corrente. Danny Hill pitched the final two scoreless innings for the unconventional save.

In the bottom half of the doubleheader, fortunes were reversed as the Doubledays took an early lead but Oneonta battled back for the win. Zach Jackson started out well but ran into trouble in the third allowing 3 walks, 3 singles, and as a result 3 runs. He did strike out 5 in his four innings though. Adam Lind ended up 0 for 8 on the day.

Box score 1, Box score 2

Three-Star Selection!

The 3rd Star Brandon League and Josh Banks: Solid pitching performances to sweep the doubleheader.
The 2nd Star Aaron Hill: 3 hits including a home run and a game winning hit.
The 1st Star Mike Smith: He didn't get the win but he deserves something for his outstanding effort.

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_Nigel - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 11:28 AM EDT (#37709) #
Just a small note to avoid some confusion, I think the first Auburn game was actually a continuation of the previous night's game that was shown in the minor league update yesterday as a loss but was actually suspended.

I know that JP sees League's future in the pen but I'm sliding more and more into the camp that says he should continue to start until he proves he can't.
_Ryan01 - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 11:38 AM EDT (#37710) #
Thanks for pointing that out Nigel.
Gerry - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 11:38 AM EDT (#37711) #
I was at the Syracuse game in Buffalo last night, a game the Chiefs should have won. Syracuse had lots of baserunners, but three double plays, two caught stealings, and the lack of timely hits cost them the win. The two Chief runs scored on a double play with the bases loaded, and a bases loaded walk. After the run scored on the walk, Guillermo Quiroz hit a ball hard but straight into the glove of the SS who threw to second for the DP. It was a frustrating night for the team.

Meanwhile Mike Smith pitched really well for Syracuse. The 7.2 innings was his longest of the season. Things looked good until With two out, in the eighth, he walked Jason Tyner. Dusty Wathan then reached out to hit an opposite field double, the pitch was good, just up a bit. Mike Nakamura came on to get one out. A balk scored a run and a double scored another. The double could have been scored an error as it was to Glenn Williams backhand and he just missed it.

Nakamura hit Ernie Young to lead off the ninth, and after Ernie stole second, Brent Abernathy was sitting on a curve looking to drive it the other way. Nakamura delivered the curve and Abernathy the hit.

Although Syracuse had ten hits none were for extra bases. Crozier hit one ball really hard but the other two hits found the gaps. Adams was OK, had one hit and hit a couple of other balls well. He also made a couple of nice plays but missed one ball to his right that was scored a hit.

I also talked with Marty Pevey, Eric Crozier, Russ Adams, and Guillermo Quiroz. The latter three are interesting to talk to. They have heard, through the media, they might be called up and you can see their excitement as they talk to you. But officially they have to say that they have heard nothing, they are playing hard through the end of the season, they want to finish strong, etc., etc. I am sure it is a nerve racking time for them. Adams seemed the coolest about it, Crozier the most nervous/excited.
Gerry - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 11:50 AM EDT (#37712) #
One more thing - Gustavo Chacin was sent back to New Hamsphire after the game. He will make one start for the Cats before the playoffs.

The starting staff for New Hampshire in the playoffs should be interesting. The choices are Chacin, Baker, Banks, League, Arnold and Rosario. I assume four will be selected. I guess League will go back to the pen and Rosario will be the odd man out.
Pistol - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 11:56 AM EDT (#37713) #
Thanks Gerry.

Not that I expect that he is an option, but Vermilyea could start as well if needed.
_Finn McCool - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 12:16 PM EDT (#37714) #
I gotta disagree with you Gerry about Rosario being the odd man left out. Rosario is a big time prospect and needs to be tested under play off like conditions. Baker on the other hand is a fringe prospect at best and I would put him in the bullpen and drop Travis Thompson who has not been very effective since coming over to New Hampshire.
Coach - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 12:20 PM EDT (#37715) #
Nice update, Ryan, and thanks to Gerry for the eyewitness report.

That deep, talented pitching staff, and the ever-increasing man-strength among the hitters, gives the Fisher Cats a great chance in the playoffs. I know some of us expected a good season in Triple-A as well, but who could have imagined that so many SkyChiefs would be needed in Toronto? Wait 'til next year, Syracuse fans.
_Kevin Pataky - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 12:31 PM EDT (#37716) #
Did anyone attend the
_Matthew - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 12:49 PM EDT (#37717) #
Brian Grant and Chi Cheng were sent from Pulaski to Auburn to finish out the year.
_Kevin Pataky - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 01:00 PM EDT (#37718) #
There is no travel day in the EL North Playoff - 2 games in New Hampshire (Wed, Thurs); 2 games in Binghamton (Friday, Sat) and back for game 5 on Sunday in New Hampshire on Sunday. These 5 guys will most likely start. Chacin, Baker, Banks, Arnold and Rosario - with League the best choice for going to the bullpen. Monday is an off day and then Tuesday, Wed, Thurs, Friday & Sat are the 5 games for the Championship.
_Kevin Pataky - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 01:15 PM EDT (#37719) #
Thinking about this a little more, the way the rotation is now, Arnold pitches tonight, and Rosario tomorrow. Baker goes on Friday followed by Banks Saturday night. They might stick Chacin in on Saturday and then go with Banks Sunday and League Monday. Arnold would then be held for gm1 followed by Rosario in 2 and Baker in 3. Baker is a big game (at this level) pitcher and proved it last year out dueling Major Leaguer Eric Milton in gm 5 of last year's playoff between the Ravens and Rock Cats. The third game is a very important one - holding your best pitcher for #3 means preventing or committing a sweep or taking a 2-1 lead with a win. So Chacin would be in the 4 hole, and Banks/League #5. It's possible that Chacin will go Friday night so he could have the gm3 start and push Baker to Saturday and #4.
Pistol - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 01:29 PM EDT (#37720) #
Rosario is a big time prospect and needs to be tested under play off like conditions. Baker on the other hand is a fringe prospect at best.

I don't think prospect status should play any part in who plays and who doesn't in the playoffs.
Gerry - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 01:31 PM EDT (#37721) #
I think I heard that Chacin starts on the 3rd, that would be Friday, leaving him on schedule for game three and make Baker the game four starter.
Craig B - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 01:33 PM EDT (#37722) #
I don't think prospect status should play any part in who plays and who doesn't in the playoffs.

Pistol, I have to disagree. I wouldn't want to make a decision based solely on prospect status, but I want my top prospects getting the maximum amount of exposure to these pressure situations. I wouldn't want to put a player in a position that was too difficult for him, but all things being equal, I'd rather have a Rosario going for me than a Chris Baker.

That being said, I think Kevin's got it right. With no travel day, we'll see five starters and they'll probably go in their regular order if possible.
_Kevin Pataky - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 01:33 PM EDT (#37723) #
Making Chacin the #3 is the way to go. That way if they win in 3 or 4 he can start gm 1 of the EL Championship or they can opt to stay in line.
_Kevin Pataky - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 01:37 PM EDT (#37724) #
I would rather see Baker in a pressure spot in the playoffs than Rosario. Don't get me wrong, I'd like to see how he fares in the playoffs, but not in gm 3 or gm 5. Baker has proven his abilities at this level and in pressure spots before - so if the idea is to win, I'd rather see Baker.
_Dean - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 02:00 PM EDT (#37725) #
I agree with Craig in that your prospects should pitch in the playoffs ahead of the organizational guys. It is player development and JP has said he wants his minor league teams to be successful so that the guys who make The Show know how to win. Sitting Banks, League or Rosario to watch Baker pitch does nothing is wasting an opportunity for these guys to pitch in meaningful games with added pressure, and the added pressure is a good thing.
_Marc - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 02:14 PM EDT (#37726) #
BA is reporting that Adams and Quiorz have been called up by the Jays
_Rob - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 02:31 PM EDT (#37727) #
Adams and Quiroz, eh?

Wilner is usually on the FAN at 2:45, so we might have confirmation within 15 minutes.
_Rory - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 02:33 PM EDT (#37728) #
Vito Chiaravalloti
John Hattig
Aaron Hill are all playing in the 2004 Arizona Fall League
_Kevin Pataky - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 02:40 PM EDT (#37729) #
But Dean, the idea is to win - so Baker will pitch.
_whizland2000 - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 02:54 PM EDT (#37730) #
The idea is not to win at all costs and in the minor leagues prospect development is more important. Thus, Rosario will pitch.
_Kevin Pataky - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 03:14 PM EDT (#37731) #
I never said Rosario wouldn't pitch. But what Dean and some of these other guys are saying is letting Baker pitch is "wasting an opportunity" for prospects to pitch. Just watch and see - Rosario will not be pitching in game 3 or game 5 with the series on the line.
_Jay - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 04:23 PM EDT (#37732) #
Didn't Rosario pitch a no-no through 7 in his last start? Given the large sample size (of 1) he might not only be the better prospect but the also the better pitcher right now. I think if I'm the manager, he's starting one of the games and I have no qualms of him starting 3 or 5.
_Kevin Pataky - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 07:13 PM EDT (#37733) #
Jay - the game you speak of was Rosario's only start of the year where he pitched respectfully and is his only win of the season. Let's see if he can actually pitch two quality starts in a row before we start him in a big game or nominate him for pitcher of the year.
_Sneeps - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 07:52 PM EDT (#37734) #
Kevin, that's not true. Rosario struck out 10 through 6 innings and allowed no runs and 4 hits just a couple starts ago.
_Anthony - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 08:49 PM EDT (#37735) #
Chacin was added to the New Hampshire roster today.
_Anthony - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 08:57 PM EDT (#37736) #
I have been watching the MLB transactions today on Nothing for Toronto yet. What are the expected transactions? Adams and Quiroz have been mentioned.
_My Names not Ry - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 09:02 PM EDT (#37737) #
I suspect that for some reason they left them to finish the year in Syracuse, not like they need them for a playoff run or anything. Was hoping maybe Glenn Williams get a call up to, but doubt much will happen.
_Kevin Pataky - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 10:13 PM EDT (#37738) #
Sneeps so you found another good start for Rosario. OK, that's 2 on the year. Still your game 3 starter? Not mine.
_Sneeps - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 10:45 PM EDT (#37739) #
In the minors? Of course.
_Kevin Pataky - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 10:59 PM EDT (#37740) #
I've seen Rosario start at least 5 times this year. I just don't feel he is ready to pitch in the big game - in fact I don't want him to. I want the prospects to succeed - I do. But I also invested alot of time into this Double-A season, so I want the Fisher Cats to have the best opportunity to win the Championship. Most of you guys here are only concerned about feeding the parent club with talent, so I can understand your point of view. Now you can understand mine - so let's leave it at that.
_greenfrog - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 11:03 PM EDT (#37741) #
Excellent starts for Purcey and Arnold tonight.

Purcey's line (Auburn): 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K.
Arnold (New Hampshire): 6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K.
_R Billie - Wednesday, September 01 2004 @ 11:17 PM EDT (#37742) #
JP confirmed callups for Adams, Crozier, and Quiroz. They are trying to get Rosario into the Arizona Fall League. Ironically, that was where Rosario hurt his elbow in the first place.
_Holy Hand Grena - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 02:03 AM EDT (#37743) #
Arnold has dropped a level for his rehab work, but his AA numbers are really encouraging after a rough stretch at AAA.

3 games, 17 IP, 12 H, 3 BB, 11 SO, 3 ER, 1.59 ERA, 0.88 WHIP

Strikeouts are kinda low, but he's not getting hit and his control is excellent. Sure, he's dominated at AA in the past and still needs to prove himself at the higher levels, but I'm beginning to look forward to his starts again - couldn't say that very often this year.
Craig B - Thursday, September 02 2004 @ 12:01 PM EDT (#37744) #
Kevin, I'm sorry, your comment was full of incompatible HTML which was slowing down the loading pf the page to a crawl. I had to delete it.

What Kevin was trying to announce, was that Francisco Rosario was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week!
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