Banks, Lind are Bright Spots

Monday, April 25 2005 @ 09:35 AM EDT

Contributed by: Gerry

Josh Banks continues to mow down AA hitters while Adam Lind gets out, once. A 2-2 day on the farm.

Syracuse 3 Scranton WB 5

Chad Gaudin took to the mound, facing Amaury Telemaco, the second time each pitcher has faced the other team in the last week. That familiarity might have helped the teams score five runs in the first inning. Syracuse scored two in the top of the first on a two run home run by Chad Mottola. The Barons scored three in the bottom of the first on three hits and a walk. The score remained at 3-2 until the top of the eighth, Gabe Gross singled and went to second on an error, then Mottola singled Gross home to tie the game. Chris Baker came on in the ninth and allowed a two run walk-off home run to Shane Victorino to take the loss.

Chad Gaudin pitched seven strong innings, allowing the three first inning runs, on six hits and a walk. Three of the hits and the walk were in the first inning, so Gaudin conceded three hits in his last six innings. Spike Lundberg pitched a scoreless eighth.

The Chiefs had nine hits, Gross, Mottola and Julius Matos, playing his first game of the year, had two hits each. Aaron Hill had the day off.

Game Story

Game 1 - Binghamton 1 New Hampshire 2

Game 2 - Binghamton 2 New Hampshire 0

The Fisher Cats faced Mets pitcher Yusmeiro Petit, the Mets #2 prospect and they got to him early. Ron Acuna was hit by a pitch to lead off the game. Carlo Cota singled to right, and Acuna scored on an error by the Mets. A single by Mikael Jova and a sac fly from Ron Davenport plated the second run. Josh Banks continued his mastery of the hitters, pitching a complete 7 inning game, allowing just two hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. With Eric Kratz throwing out a base stealer, Banks faced one hitter over the minimum, and the Mets left no-one on base. Banks had nine ground ball outs and three fly ball outs. Bank's ERA is down to 1.40 while his WHIP is 0.62. Opponents are hitting .154 off him.

In Game 2, The Fisher Cats outhit Binghamton 5-3 but lost. Vince Perkins went five innings, allowing just three hits, but two of the hits were doubles in the third inning, following a walk, and Binghamton had their two runs. Perkins line was 5 IP, 3 H, 3 W, 1 K and 2 runs. Vito Chiaravalloti and Brad Hassey had two hits each, unfortunately never in the same inning.

Binghamton had five hits over two games and split the pair. New Hampshire had five hits in each game.

Game Story

Dunedin 16 Lakeland 2

The Dunedin bats were in full swing yesterday, registering 19 hits, led by Adam Lind who went 5-6 with a double, 2 runs and 3 RBI's. Lind is now hitting .379. David Smith and Manny Mayorson each had three hits, two of Smith's were doubles.

David Purcey pitched five good innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks. The two walks allowed was an improvement over his last start and a positive for Purcey, although on the other hand Purcey threw two wild pitches. Purcey still needs to refine his control before he will be promoted to AA.

Lansing - snowed out

Your Three Star Selection

Third star - Chad Gaudin

Second Star - Adam Lind 5 hits

First Star - Josh Banks a 2 hitter

Standings Update

Syracuse record is 8-9, and they have lost their last four games. The Chiefs are in fourth place, two and a half games back of Scranton.

The Fisher Cats are 9-9, in third place, four and a half games behind Portland.

Dunedin's record is 11-5 which puts them in second place, one game behind Lakeland.

The Lugnuts are 10-5, the only Jays team in first place, by one and a half games.