Nothing soto voce about him

Friday, July 01 2005 @ 08:00 AM EDT

Contributed by: Mike Green

Say it loud. Say it proud. Leance has pop in his bat. Two homers (and two strikeouts) led Pulaski to victory, as the farm affiliates went 4-2.

Syracuse 2 Durham 1

It looked for all the world as though the Sky Chiefs were going to blow a fine outing from Chad Gaudin for their third loss in a row. But, this is 2005, and things are different now. Trailing 1-0 in the seventh, the Chiefs used singles by Chad Mottola and John-Ford Griffin and a double play ball from Julius Matos to tie the score. A Danny Solano single and a Justin Singleton double followed for the gamebreaker. Gaudin went 8 innings and allowed 1 earned run on 4 hits and 1 walk with 6 strikeouts. Matt Whiteside came on in the ninth for the save.

New Hampshire 0 Trenton 4

The Fisher Cats were stymied by fine pitching for the Thunder's Charlie Isaacson, and didn't really generate a serious threat all game despite 7 baserunners. Ryan Roberts had 2 hits. Josh Banks started and had a typical performance, surrendering a homer to the leadoff hitter and then a 2 run double to Eric Crozier in the sixth on a blast off the centerfield wall. In the intervening period, he shut down the Thunder with only an unearned run in the third. Banks' final line was a respectable 3 earned runs in 6 innings on 7 hits and 1 walk with 7 strikeouts. Bubbie Buzachero pitched well in the last 2 innings, striking out 3 and allowing a solitary hit. Banks and Roberts were named to the Eastern League Northern Division All-Star Team.

Sarasota 5 Dunedin 9

The D-Jays banged out 17 hits including 2 solo homers by Chip Cannon and one each from Eric Arnold and David Smith to coast to victory. Kyle Yates started and continued his fine pitching by allowing 2 runs, 1 earned on 4 hits and 1 walk with 4 strikeouts. The bullpen faltered in the eighth inning, but Brian Reed came on to shut the door by retiring all 4 batters he faced, including 2 punchouts. Cannon, Smith, Arnold and Joey Reiman all reached base 3 times on the evening. The boxscore for the game confuses Chip Cannon with Edward Cannon.

Lansing 6 Cedar Rapids 7

That was a tough loss. The Lugnuts trailed 5-1 after 3 innings, but stormed back with a run in the fourth and then 4 in the 6th inning, highlighted by Christian Snavely's 3 run homer, to take the lead. It fell apart for Jordy Templet in the eighth as the Kernels popped in a couple with the winning run scoring on a bases loaded walk. Ouch. Curtis Thigpen was back behind the plate, and poked 3 hits including a double in 5 trips. David Hicks doubled and singled and scored 3 runs, while Ryan Klosterman reached base 3 times in 4 tries.

Auburn 6 Mahoning Valley 2

The Doubledays are getting on a roll. With an outfield of Cory Patton, Ryan Patterson and Brian Pettway, scoring runs should not be a problem, and it wasn't last night. Patterson drove in 2 with a double and a sacrifice fly, while taking a pitch for the team. Big City Metropoulos went yard for the 2nd time this season, and drew a walk. Josh Sowers started and went 3 innings, allowing an unearned run and 6 baserunners. Billy Carnline pitched brilliantly in relief, striking out 6 in 3 innings while allowing another unearned run. Adrian Martin and Edward Rodriguez finished up in grand style.

Pulaski 11 Johnson City 7

Leance Soto's 2nd inning grand slam erased an early 2-0 deficit, and the P-Jays were never headed. It was a team effort on the mound with Dennis Bigley's 3 innings of 1 run, 3 hits and 3 strikeouts and Benjamin Harrison's 2 innings of no hits and 4 strikeouts standing out.

3-star selection!

3rd star-Chad Gaudin-8 fine innings for Syracuse
2nd star-Leance Soto- 2 homers for Pulaski
1st star-Chip Cannon- 2 homers and a single for Dunedin

Happy Canada Day, everyone.