Great starts from newly promoted starters and a few key hits lead to a 3-1 evening for the farm affiliates.
Louisville 0 at Syracuse 3
Shaun Marcum pitched 7 shutout innings in his 2nd triple A start. Marcum surrendered 5 hits and no walks, while striking out 8. Jason Arnold, Jesse Carlson and Matt Whiteside completed the shutout in fine style. Chad Mottola went 3-3 with a solo homer, a double and a walk. John Hattig also had 3 hits, while Gabe Gross went 1-3 with a sacrifice fly.
Syracuse Post-Standard game story/Shaun Marcum profile
Norwich 2 at New Hampshire 3
The Fisher Cats scored 3 runs in the 3rd inning to take the lead, and Ismael Ramirez and the pen made it stand up. Ramirez gave up 2 earned runs in 7 innings on 6 hits, including a solo homer, and no walks with 4 punch-outs. Bubbie Buzachero, Brian Reed and Lee Gronkiewicz befuddled the Navigators in the eighth and ninth. "Game Over" Gronkiewicz would be a natural for the GO Train bullpen, as he recorded his 17th save of the season. Ryan Roberts and Justin Singleton, who went 4-4, had the big hits for the Cats in the 3rd. Catcher Jose Umbria went 3-3. Vito Chiaravalloti did not play, after being taken out of Friday's game. Further details are not yet available.
New Hampshire Union-Leader game story
Clearwater 2 at Dunedin 6
Casey Janssen continued his mah-vellous pitching with 6.2 innings of 1-hit ball. Janssen walked 2 and struck out 7. Joey Reiman's 3 run double in the first inning was all the support Casey needed on this day. David Smith's 2 run homer in the 3rd inning put the icing on the cake. Adam Lind went 1-4, while Chip Cannon went 0-3 with a walk. Brad Mumma, Danny Hill and Milton Tavarez finished up the game uneventfully after Janssen's gem.
Lansing 1 at Peoria 9
The Lugnuts clearly missed the home cooking enjoyed by the other farm affiliates, and took a good licking. Chi-Hung Cheng went 4.1 innings and allowed 6 runs, 4 earned on 6 hits and 3 walks with 5 strikeouts. Juan Perez and Jeremy Harper finished up the game without incident. The Lugnuts finished with 3 hits, 7 walks and 10 strikeouts, but lacked the essential homers to be true three outcome heroes. Ryan Klosterman and Christian Snavely walked twice.
Lansing State Journal game story
Mark Feather's AJ Wideman profile and Lugnut notes
3rd star-Justin Singleton, 4-4 and the GWRBI
2nd star-Shaun Marcum, 7 shutout innings with 8 Ks
1st star-Casey Janssen, again brilliant.