Cruz To Arnold: Recall That Grand Slam!

Thursday, June 16 2005 @ 08:19 AM EDT

Contributed by: Rob

A bizarre headline even for me; going here might explain it. Or not. A 2-1 night on the farm. If this was the NHL, it would be a 2-0-0-1 night, or a 2-1-0-1 night, I forget how they handle the overtime loss.

Syracuse had the day off
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Here's more about the awful, awful person that is Esix Snead: Bush considers filing charge. And explain this to me: "It's possible Bush, Burnside and Jurries will also receive suspensions." Now, the latter two got into it, hockey-style, but Dave Bush might get suspended? What the hell for, turning his back on a supbar human being?

New Hampshire 9, Binghamton 5
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You remember the Fisher Cats, right? The team that can't score a run to save their Manchesterite lives? Yeah...they got nine in the first two innings last night. (Matthew Lindstrom might find himself going down to St. Lucie soon.)

Baseball's a funny sport. The wind was blowing in from left (20 mph), but Eric Kratz and Rob Cosby still managed to hit homers to the left side. Kratz added a double and a single and Miguel Negron, Clint Johnston and Ron Acuna all had a couple of hits as well.

Ismael Ramirez started and went five strong, striking out six. Lee Gronkiewicz picked up his 19th save and his ERA is now a cool 0.96, with his WHIP close to that at 0.93. He is 26 years old, so it's probably time to see what this minor league Rule 5 pick with more than 1 K/IP for the last two years can do in Syracuse.

Bonus story: Eric Kratz [is] making it.

Lakeland 9, Dunedin 8 (13)
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A tough loss for the Dunedin Blue Jays. Down 8-5 in the bottom of the 7th after an Eric Arnold grand slam in the third (off Eulogio De La Cruz), they came back to tie in on a Jason Waugh double in the bottom of the eighth. Alas, the winning run scored in the top of the 13th on a two base throwing error by catcher Robinson Diaz.

A strange play in the top of the 12th when Another Juan Gonzalez tripled to lead off the inning. After a 6-3 putout, Lakeland attempted a bunt, presumably. The batter struck out and Gonzalez was caught stealing third 2-6-2. The rotation play must have been on there.

Well, they can't all be good for Casey Janssen. Six runs (four earned) and three walks in 3.2 innings, including five runs in the fourth. No strikeouts.

Lansing 10, West Michigan 7
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It was 62 F with wind and drizzle. Isn't that nice? Chi-Hung Cheng didn't think so. None of his first three innings were anything to write home about, especially the second. He gave up five runs, all in that frame, and gave way to Juan Perez, who kept West Michigan scoreless until the ninth.

Christian Snavely, who's not doing so well with the Lugnuts, had a walk and four hits last night -- three singles and a double. That two-bagger was the only extra-base hit for Lansing, despite scoring 10 runs.

Having both "Southwest Michigan" and "West Michigan" in the same division is very, very, confusing. Not to mention South Bend. Also, it looks like Fort Wayne won, meaning the probability of Lansing grabbing a first-half wildcard spot is approaching zero. Scoreboard-watching in June. I love it.

Three-Star Selection:
3. Juan Perez
2. Eric Kratz
1. Cristian Snavely

Today's Games:
Syracuse (Francisco Rosario) @ Charlotte (Jon "Ray Durham" Adkins), 7:15.
New Hampshire (Perkins) @ Binghamton, 7:00.
Dunedin vs Lakeland, 7:00 (the last game of the FSL first half).
Lansing @ Fort Wayne, 7:00.