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While J.P's first two first-rounders were in the lineup at Wrigley Field yesterday afternoon, his first two second-rounders were in Syracuse and Akron. And one of them did well, while the other...did not. Those were the only two games last night in a 1-1 evening for the affiliates.

Syracuse 3, Buffalo 1
Box score

Dave Bush made his second start in Syracuse this year, and it was a good one. Eight-plus innings, just eight baserunners, four strikeouts and only that lone run. Do you think he'd like to get back to the Show soon? Matt Whiteside pitched a scoreless inning. He can actually do that in AAA, you know.

The Guam Bomb and local man-strength copyright holder John Hattig stroked a long one off Kaz Tadano in the fourth inning. It was a solo shot and his first in Triple-A. Gabe Gross stole what appeared to be his 10th base, which is by far a career high (8 in 2002, AA) and we're only in June.

Oh, and Tadano faced Bush last night. Must have been a change of pace for him.

Akron A Whole Bunch Of Runs, New Hampshire Not As Many
Box score

In this game, where the 30-run barrier was smashed, Josh Banks gave up ten runs. At least he got two strikeouts, even if they were balanced -- unbalanced, really -- against three walks and ten hits. Although I'm sure his night in Akron wasn't nearly as painful as this guy's. Brian Reed, given the context of the game, inexplicably did not allow one runner to touch the plate. He lasted longer than any New Hampshire pitcher, too. I have to wonder how he went scoreless with two hits, two walks and two wild pitches?

I know I complained about the lack of power shown by this team, but I didn't want it to turn out this way. Eh, whatever. Rob Cosby went 4-for-6 with two doubles and 4 RBI, tripling the entire Fisher Cat total base count from April 9 to May 22.

Dunedin was rained out -- would have been a good pitching matchup, though

Lansing had the day off

Three-Star Selection:
3. Brian Reed
2. Rob Cosby
1. Dave Bush

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Mike Green - Thursday, June 09 2005 @ 10:12 AM EDT (#119208) #
Today's games:

Syracuse (Marcum) at Buffalo 1:05
New Hampshire (Reimers) at Akron 7:05
Dunedin (MacDonald/Janssen) at Sarasota DH 5:00
Daytona at Lansing (Savickas) 7:00.
MatO - Thursday, June 09 2005 @ 01:24 PM EDT (#119222) #
Semi BB Radio here. Turned it on just in time to have JFG strand Hattig at 2nd. Marcum pitching. Throws strike one to all 3 batters he faces and eventually K's two of them. Announcer is effusive in his praise of Marcum. Buffalo will be quite the test he says. 0-0 through one.

Anyone want to do this full-time then let me know.
MatO - Thursday, June 09 2005 @ 01:28 PM EDT (#119223) #
Gross is robbed of a hit by a diving catch. Kevin Barker homers off Kyle Denny. 1-0 Chiefs after 1.5.
Mike Green - Thursday, June 09 2005 @ 01:37 PM EDT (#119225) #
Thanks, MatO. I'll take semi- gladly.
MatO - Thursday, June 09 2005 @ 01:50 PM EDT (#119227) #
Long 1/2 inning for Marcum. Lead-off hitter doubles off the top of the wall on an 0-2 pitch. That's followed by two GB singles, a K, a line single and then 2 flyouts to Gross. 2-1 Buffalo. Marcum was consistently ahead of the hitters but really had trouble finishing them off. Hot and humid in Buffalo, wonder how long he'll last.
JC - Thursday, June 09 2005 @ 01:56 PM EDT (#119228) #
I was just looking over the stats for Syracuse and New Hampshire. Please allow me to use this as the launching pad for my "Switch Nannini/Carlson for Andrade/Gronkiewicz" campaign that I will take across the nation if I have to.

We've got two 24-year olds semi-struggling in AAA, while a 26 & 27 year old dominate AA.

Is anybody with me on this? Donations can be sent to.....
MatO - Thursday, June 09 2005 @ 01:56 PM EDT (#119229) #
Top of the 3rd. Denny sandwiches 2 K's around a double to Nelson . Hattig, who doubled first time up, grounds out. 2-1 Buffalo after 2.5.
MatO - Thursday, June 09 2005 @ 02:06 PM EDT (#119231) #
Bottom 3rd. Gautreau flies out. Kinkade doubles off the CF wall. Lieber and Ludwig both K. Marcum 5 K's through 3. 2-1 Buffalo.
MatO - Thursday, June 09 2005 @ 02:15 PM EDT (#119233) #
JFG homers to lead-off. Barker eventually walks but that's all. 2-2 through 3.5.
MatO - Thursday, June 09 2005 @ 02:21 PM EDT (#119235) #
Marcum gives up a homer to Ryan Darko on the first pitch of the inning, then goes groundout, K and flyout. 3-2 Buffalo after 4.
MatO - Thursday, June 09 2005 @ 02:27 PM EDT (#119237) #
Top of 5th. French, who is struggling, drags a bunt single to first. Nelson one-hops one to the 2nd baseman for a double play. Announcer criticizes French for upending Philips at 2nd and then giving him a pat on the back going back to the dugout. 3rd out I don't remember.
3-2 Buffalo after 4.5.
MatO - Thursday, June 09 2005 @ 02:33 PM EDT (#119239) #
Bottom 5th. Announcer still talking about French. Apparently Philips had charged the Skychief mound some time in the past. Marcum allows a line single, works quickly and allows nothing else. 3-2 Buffalo after 5.
MatO - Thursday, June 09 2005 @ 02:47 PM EDT (#119242) #
Top 6th. Hattig grounds out. JFG walks and Mottolla follows with a single. Denny replaced by Andrew Brown. Gross K's but Barker hits a 3R HR his 2nd of the day. 5-3 Skychiefs after 5.5.
MatO - Thursday, June 09 2005 @ 03:01 PM EDT (#119243) #
Bottom 6th. Ludwig lead off with a double which Gross and French turn into a triple. A ground-out produces a run. After another out Pevey comes to take Marcum out. Ludberg coming in. Marcum's line:

5.2 IP
8 H
4 ER
0 BB
6 K

And my computer hangs on me. I'll try to re-establish a connection.
MatO - Thursday, June 09 2005 @ 03:04 PM EDT (#119244) #
Looks like the Chiefs go 1-2-3 in the 7th. 5-4 Syracuse after 6.5.
Mike Green - Thursday, June 09 2005 @ 03:05 PM EDT (#119245) #
Thanks, MatO. That's a poor game for Marcum, but still there's plenty to like.
MatO - Thursday, June 09 2005 @ 03:27 PM EDT (#119248) #
Bottom 7th. First batter singles. Gross cuts it off trying to hold it to a single and slips. Runner starts to go to 2nd but Gross throws a strike to 2nd from his butt and the runner is thrown out trying to return to 1st. Philips then singles and Ludberg is replaced by Burnside. Goutreau singles to centre but French boots the ball and both runners move up. Next batter is intentionally walked to face lefty hitter Lieber who doubles in 2 runs. Duff brought to face runners on 2nd and 3rd. Pop-up and ground-out later it's only 6-5 Buffalo.
MatO - Thursday, June 09 2005 @ 03:28 PM EDT (#119249) #
Heart of the order goes 1-2-3. 6-5 Buffalo after 7.5.
MatO - Thursday, June 09 2005 @ 03:36 PM EDT (#119250) #
Bottom 8th. Duff pitching. Abad grounds a single up the middle. Buffalo tries to bunt but Duff fields it and gets the runner at 2nd. Rudely interrupted by a phone call so I miss an out with the runner advancing to 2nd. Duff K's the next batter. Syracuse down 6-5 heading to the 9th. Gross I think to lead off.
MatO - Thursday, June 09 2005 @ 03:56 PM EDT (#119252) #
Top 9th. Fernando Cabrera pitching in his 2nd inning of relief. Gross falls behind 0-2, battles back to 3-2, fouls off some more pitches and finally singles through the left side. Barker flies out to left field. Dominique in to pinch hit. He's hitting .200, which is actually better than Schneider who's looked overmatched. Surprise surprise but Dominique K's. French up. French K's. Buffalo wins 6-5.

Marcum is always around the plate, going to 3 balls only 2 times in the game that I noticed, which both times ended in outs ironically. He didn't seem to be intimidated by batters who had hit him hard in a previous at bat, going after them like always. This was a good test for him as Buffalo has a lot of recognizable names on that team.
uglyone - Thursday, June 09 2005 @ 08:12 PM EDT (#119274) #
Like some noted when Gross was re-called over Griffin a couple of weeks ago, it was probably with the idea in mind that showing Gabe that he was still the 1st OF prospect on the list might give him a nice confidence boost.

Well, it's certainly seemed to work out that way. He's been mashing the ball since going back down.
JackFoley - Thursday, June 09 2005 @ 08:50 PM EDT (#119275) #
Oh, and Tadano faced Bush last night. Must have been a change of pace for him.


That was a rimSHOT, sickos.
Maldoff - Thursday, June 09 2005 @ 08:57 PM EDT (#119276) #
Where's Vito????
Mike Green - Thursday, June 09 2005 @ 09:43 PM EDT (#119278) #
Chip Cannon homered and drove in 5, as the D-Jays and David Purcey (4 walks and 8 Ks in 5 innings) shut out Sarasota 8-0 in the opener. Casey Janssen (0 walks and 5 Ks in 5 innings) has a 1-0 lead in the nightcap. Everyone is following the script.
Gerry - Thursday, June 09 2005 @ 09:51 PM EDT (#119279) #
Vito's injured, probably day to day.
Rob - Thursday, June 09 2005 @ 10:07 PM EDT (#119282) #
Vito Chiaravalloti left the game last Friday after striking out in the bottom of the fourth. This John Habib story of Monday, June 6 says he "continues to be listed day-to-day with an injury to his side" -- pretty vague, if you ask me. That sounds like an injury report from the NHL. I'd imagine the side injury came after swinging at strike three in that Friday game since Vito homered earlier in the night, but I'm obviously not sure. There wasn't much mentioned at the time.
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