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With the way the bullpens on the full-season teams were pitching, Dunedin was lucky they were rained out. Only the short-season teams picked up wins last night.

Syracuse 3, Durham 4

Syracuse took the lead after a 2 run homerun in the fifth from John Schneider. They added another after an RBI hit from Andy Dominique, who went 3 for 3. Meanwhile, David Bush had cruised through 6 scoreless innings before allowing a Josh Phelps single and a Darnell McDonald homer in the 7th. Nonetheless, a fine effort for Bush, who struck out 3 on the night. Brandon League followed for the always popular Bush-League combo and pitched a shutout inning. However, Matt Whiteside couldn't nail down the save as he gave up a walk-off 2 run shot in the ninth, again off the bat of McDonald.

Box score

New Hampshire 1, Trenton 6

Zach Jackson had another mediocre outing, lasting 5.2 and yielding 4 runs on 8 hits and a walk. He did, however, strike out 7. Two of those runs scored in the 6th after Jackson let the first two runners on, struck out the next two and was pulled in favour of Jordan De Jong. De Jong was smacked around again. In total, he allowed both inherited runner and 2 of his own runners to score on 3 hits, 4 walks and a hit batsman in 1.2 innings. Clint Johnson was 2 for 4 with a double and had the only run scored.

Box score

Dunedin vs. Fort Myers - rained out

Southwest Michigan 4, Lansing 3

Once again, blame it on the bullpen. Chi-Hung Cheng was outstanding, pitching 6 innings of 3 hit shutout ball while striking out 7. With a 1-0 lead in the eighth and a pair on, Jeremy Harper had basically the same disastrous night as De Jong. Both inherited runners scored as well as a pair of his own runners in the following inning on 3 hits, 3 walks. Christian Snavely homered in the ninth, but the Lugnuts came up 1 run short.

Jamestown 3, Auburn 5

Both teams played some sloppy defense with 3 errors apiece including a catcher interference call on each side. Auburn did have some of it's top arms on display. Two 7th round picks, a 5th round pick and a top international signing, to be precise. Randy Dicken pitched 4.2 innings allowing 1 run with 8 K's. Eric Fowler and Robert Ray followed with scoreless outings. Edward Rodriguez allowed 2 runs in his 2 innings but was not helped much by the defense. Emmanuel Sena went 3 for 3 with a homerun while Ryan Patterson had another 2 hits and 2 RBI.

Pulaski 4, Burlington 3

Joe Wice started and threw a solid 5 innings allowing just one run on a solo shot. Zach Kalter opened the game with a lead off single and would eventually score. The Jays then scored another 3 in the 7th after a triple from Jacob Butler and doubles from Jonathan Jaspe and Leance Soto (who only struck out once in his four at-bats. An improvement at least). After 2 shutout innings from Shane Benson, the bullpen was a little shaky but was able to hold the fort.

The Three Stars!

Third star: David Bush
Second star: Emmanuel Sena
First star: Chi-Hung Cheng

Also, best of luck to former Skychief Glenn Williams who dislocated his shoulder just hours after being given the job as the Twins starting 3rd baseman. I'm sure we all hope that the Aussie recovers quickly as he's waited an awful long time for his opportunity.

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Lugnut Fan - Wednesday, June 29 2005 @ 10:39 AM EDT (#121010) #
Chi Hung Cheng has totally dominated the D-Rays this year in the MWL. Southwest Michigan hitters are now 6/57 against him on the season. I have to admit that he is starting to grow on me as he gains more command. When I first saw him, I must admit that I wasn't very impressed with him because I saw a kid who had a fastball in the high 80's that he had a hard time controlling and kept it high in the zone. Recently, he has started focusing on keeping the ball down and it makes his curveball even more effective.

There was a one hour rain delay last night with two outs in the top of the 8th. The Lugnuts had really been rolling up to that point and if they wouldn't have had the rain out, I believe they would have won that game. They just looked kind of flat coming back out after the delay.
Mike Green - Wednesday, June 29 2005 @ 11:36 AM EDT (#121016) #
Excellent news, Lugnut Fan. A well-controlled fastball in the high 80s and a killer curve for a 20 year old lefty is a really nice start.
Ducey - Wednesday, June 29 2005 @ 11:56 AM EDT (#121018) #
Ryan Roberts has really slumped the last week or so.
Mike Green - Wednesday, June 29 2005 @ 12:02 PM EDT (#121020) #

Francisco Rosario was placed on Syracuse's DL, and Cameron Reimers was called up from New Hampshire. He gets the start for the Sky Chiefs today.

For those not so enthralled with the Towers-Hendrickson matchup tonight, there's always Dustin McGowan's first double A start since his surgery on Fisher Cat radio.

MatO - Wednesday, June 29 2005 @ 12:25 PM EDT (#121027) #
In two appearances totalling 4.1 IP for Pulaski, Aussie Shane Benson has thrown 5 WP. He must be on pace for some sort of record.
Mike Green - Wednesday, June 29 2005 @ 02:22 PM EDT (#121032) #
there's always Dustin McGowan's first double A start since his surgery on Fisher Cat radio.

Missing commas, yikes. "Dr. Jones swings the scalpel, it's a hit, he's got an on-cuff percentage of .450 this season, and with power too."
Brian B. - Wednesday, June 29 2005 @ 07:51 PM EDT (#121066) #
I don't know if I missed this, but I guess Brian Pettway signed because he's DHing for Auburn tonight.

Also I was listening to the pregame of the fisher cats radio broadcast and manager Mike Basso said that Dustin MacGowan was throwing all of his pitches (at full velocity as far as I could tell), and that he just needed to get over the psychological problems associated with Tommy John surgery (concern about hurting his arm).

He also said that Zach Jackson needed to learn to get hitters out in more than one way - that was what he was working on.
Pistol - Wednesday, June 29 2005 @ 08:58 PM EDT (#121069) #
Nice catch Brian. I had been looking out for Pettway's signing for about a week and hadn't seen anything.

Perhaps Pettway took longer to sign because he saw how high he was on the Bauxite's top ten hitting prospect list.
Some call me Tim - Wednesday, June 29 2005 @ 09:18 PM EDT (#121070) #
McGowan had a nice line today.
5.2 IP,5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
That's a good beginning.

The Fisher Cats have 7 hits and 1 run; Raul Tablado has three of those hits, including a double and a homerun. Hopefully, this is a sign of him turning things around. If any prospect has disappointed this year, it's Raul and his .183/.232/.281. His performance tonight actually raises his average all the way to .194
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