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Headline in today's Sunday Star: "Palmeiro balls belong together". I'm all in favour of the separation of church and state, but that's as far as I go. The farm affiliates went 3-2 on Saturday, with one postponement and one suspended game due to rain.

Norfolk 11 Syracuse 14

The Chiefs scored 4 in the 1st inning and then 7 in the 5th inning on the way to a 13-3 lead, and then held on for the victory. Shaun Marcum didn't pitch as poorly as his 6 earned runs allowed would suggest. He had thrown 4 nice innings, and then surrendered a 2 run homer to Victor Diaz in the fifth. In the sixth, the Tides loaded the bases with 2 outs for Diaz. Manager Marty Pevey decided to remove Marcum for Jason Arnold who promptly surrendered the grand slam. Arnold left 3 baserunners on for Adrian Burnside the following inning, and Burnside returned the favour by allowing all three to score. Game Over Lee Gronkiewicz lived up to his name by throwing 1.1 perfect innings to nail down the save. Anton French, Bryant Nelson and Joe DePastino homered and had two other hits each for the Chiefs. Gabe Gross was a homer short of the cycle. The Chiefs now trail first-place Buffalo by 5.5 games; it has been many years since the Chiefs have been in a race this late in the season.


Syracuse Post-Standard Gabe Gross story

New Hampshire 3 New Britain 2-1st game
New Hampshire 8 New Britain 5-2nd game

In the opener, Miguel Negron led off the game with a homer, and then hit a game-winning 2 run double for the Cats. Casey Janssen started, but was removed in the 2nd inning when struck by a line drive on his right (throwing) arm. We've had enough of that already. Tracy Thorpe pitched 4.2 fine innings of relief, and Jesse Carlson threw the final 3 shutout innings with 4 strikeouts. Bauxite Jim attended the game and posted his observations.

In the nightcap, the Rock Cats scored 5 off Ismael Ramirez in the first inning, but he recovered to shut them down for the next 5 innings. Meanwhile, the Fishers chipped away and took the lead for good with 3 runs in the sixth. Bubbie Buzachero walked 2 in a scoreless inning, and then Steve Andrade finished up beautifully with 2 perfect innings and 3 strikeouts. Miguel Negron (now hitting .270/.318/.386 after a terrible start) singled, tripled and walked to ignite the offence, while Clint Johnston reached base 4 times on the evening. Chip Cannon went 1-5, while Curtis Thigpen went 1-4 with a walk. The Fisher Cats now trail Portland by 1/2 a game in the standings, with Trenton hot on their tails.

Boxscore-1st game

Boxscore-2nd game

New Hampshire Union Leader game stories

Dunedin 1 Vero Beach 6

An error by pitcher Kyle Yates led to 5 unearned runs in the sixth inning. Yates pitched well until that inning, throwing a shutout on 5 hits. In the sixth, he surrendered an HBP, a single and a walk and struck out two prior to his crucial throwing error. A single followed and he was out of the game. Following an unfortunate trend of the day, the two inherited runners he left for Jeremy Harper came in to score. David Smith homered for the D-Jays. Adam Lind went 1-4, while Guillermo Quiroz continued to DH and took an O fer.


Lansing at Fort Wayne-sspd., rain

Auburn 2 Brooklyn 3

Robert Ray continued his brilliant pitching, but the bullpen could not hold it for him. Ray was stretched out to 6 innings, and threw a 1 hit shutout with 1 walk and 4 punchouts. In 16 NYPL innings, he has now allowed 7 hits and 5 walks, while striking out 16. Josh Sowers struggled mightily, while Paul Phillips pitched 2 innings and gave up the deciding run. The Doubledays could manage only 5 hits for the evening. Ryan Patterson walked, sacrificed and grounded into a double play in 4 trips. Brian Pettway went 1-3, while Josh Bell went 1-4.


Pulaski-Bristol, ppd. rain

3 star selection

3rd star-Anton French ignited the Sky Chiefs
2nd star-Miguel Negron ignited the Fisher Cats
1st star-Robert Ray pitched briliantly for the Doubledays

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Mike Green - Sunday, July 17 2005 @ 11:22 AM EDT (#122959) #
Today's starters include Dave Bush for Syracuse, who finish off their series with Norfolk tonight, Josh Banks for New Hampshire (1:35 at New Britain) and David Purcey for Dunedin this afternoon against Vero Beach.
Jim - Sunday, July 17 2005 @ 11:48 AM EDT (#122960) #
Is DePastino a better option then Huckaby at this point? I know nothing of his defensive abilites.
Mike D - Sunday, July 17 2005 @ 11:50 AM EDT (#122961) #
I had the good fortune of watching last night's Auburn-Brooklyn game in the press box on behalf of Batter's Box, notwithstanding the fact that a thick fog rolled in to ruin a beautiful day. We got a chance to speak with Romero, Pettway, Patterson, Bell, Bohm, Sena and Martin. We'll publish our interviews later this week.

As for the game, Bobby Ray was in complete command, working quickly and throwing his slider and curve for strikes. Unfortunately, Josh Sowers came in and was totally ineffective, surrendering hits to all five batters he faced (although one was a sacrifice attempt that Joey Metropolous inexplicably decided not to field at the last second with he and Sowers converging on the ball). Sowers started the seventh inning with a 2-0 lead, and left with the score 2-2 and the bases loaded with nobody out. Paul Phillips astonishingly got out of the jam, but when he loaded the bases again in the eighth with one out, Brooklyn managed to push a run across with a single. Surprisingly, Cyclones manager and third base coach Mookie Wilson is conservative with respect to taking the extra base.

In danger of earning a golden sombrero, the 0-for-3 Manny Sena worked a walk to lead off the ninth. Matt Cooksey, who had entered for Patton halfway through the game, bunted a ball that the pitcher threw away to set up first and second with nobody out. Surprisingly, Patterson was also asked to bunt -- this time a successful sacrifice. Unfortunately, Josh Bell struck out and looked really anxious doing so; he chased badly in an attempt to drive in the tying run. Brian Bormaster grounded out to end the game. Pettway, who was hitting in the 8-hole, hit the ball hard a couple of times but only had a single to show for it.

It's strange -- KeySpan Park is a beautiful stadium with a Jumbotron and luxury boxes, plus views of the beach, the ocean and the Coney Island rides...yet it remains part of the low, low minors. The game had two umps -- one for the plate, one for the bases -- and each club had three coaches, with the manager handling third and the hitting coach taking first. Other than Warner Fusselle, who provided the radio play-by-play for the Cyclones, the average age of the print and radio media in the press box couldn't have been higher than 25 or 26.

By the way, radio broadcasts of Auburn games -- but only road games -- are available online, at
Mike Green - Sunday, July 17 2005 @ 12:01 PM EDT (#122962) #
Thanks, Mike D. Out of curiosity, what are ticket prices like in Brooklyn?

The Auburn radio broadcasts are fun, a little bit of college radio complete with the odd political comment.
Mike D - Sunday, July 17 2005 @ 12:06 PM EDT (#122963) #
Bleacher seats are $5, but if you want to roll with the big spenders in the good seats...that'll run you $10.

You heard it here first, Bauxites: Ricky Romero will start and pitch two innings this coming Friday at Tri-City. Ricky's already researching the Astros' draftees.
Mike Green - Sunday, July 17 2005 @ 12:15 PM EDT (#122965) #
It sounds like a bargain.

We'll watch for Ricky Romero's debut on Friday. Speaking of which, I wonder whether Jobu going to do a "too many Romeros" episode for one of our updates soon.
Pistol - Sunday, July 17 2005 @ 12:26 PM EDT (#122966) #
I think all minor league games are priced similarly - usually ranging from a minimum of $5 and maximum of $12.

I went to NH last weekend and there were just 2 umpires for that game. I had thought that AA used three umpires but perhaps that's not the case (or there were some unusual circumstances that day).
VGeras - Sunday, July 17 2005 @ 12:30 PM EDT (#122967) #
Double-A and Triple-A use three umpires unless one umpires missed a game for a reason.

Every other level uses two umpires.
VGeras - Sunday, July 17 2005 @ 12:50 PM EDT (#122968) #
Jim - Sunday, July 17 2005 @ 02:21 PM EDT (#122970) #
I didn't realize Jesse Carlson was born in New Britain. I knew he went to UConn, didn't realize he was from the area.

I was wondering why there were two very pretty girls right behind the screen so interested in him.
Mike Green - Sunday, July 17 2005 @ 03:47 PM EDT (#122971) #
David Purcey continued his pattern today. Through 3 innings, he had allowed 2 unearned runs on 3 hits (no homers), 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. He struggled in the fifth inning and was removed.

He was worked hard in college, and his difficulties in the middle innings are perhaps indicative of fatigue.
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