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One Gabriel was very good last night, while another -- not so much, as the organization lurched to a 2-4 record on the evening. There were three ninth-inning rallies to report as well, only one of which ended well for the Blue Jays side of the ledger.

Syracuse 4 Charlotte 3

The Skychiefs posted another comeback win, scoring once in the 8th to the tie the game and once in the 9th to win it. With 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, Justin Singleton singled, stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Gabe Gross then cashed him in with a game-winning single. Bryant Nelson’s RBI single had tied the game in the previous inning. Gross also smacked a solo home run for Syracuse, while Kevin Barker refuses to cool down, cracking a double and 2 singles to run his Triple-A line to .331/.410/.623 in 175 at-bats. Corey Koskie went hitless in 4 trips. Chris Baker pitched well for 7 innings, allowing just 2 earned runs (on 2 Joe Borchard homers) on 5 hits and a walk, striking out 4. The win went to Adrian Burnside in relief.

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Portland 4 New Hampshire 0

The Fisher Cats ran into a buzzsaw named Anibal Sanchez, a pitcher who (despite his Laura Ashley moniker) is ripping through the Red Sox system. Sanchez struck out 11 F-Cats in 7 innings of 3-hit shutout ball. Maikel Jova and Ron Davenport had 4 of New Hampshire’s 5 hits on the night; Jova’s double was the only extra-base hit. Chip Cannon whiffed 3 times and saw his average drift down to .238. Ismael Ramirez took the loss, though he pitched 6 2/3 decent frames of 2-run ball, scattering 8 hits and walking nobody while striking out 7 of his own.

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Clearwater 5 Dunedin 2

A middling performance by starter Kyle Yates, who allowed 2 runs on 6 hits in 5 2/3 innings, walking 2 and striking out 2. Mark Sopko allowed 2 of the 3 runs charged to the pen after Yates’ exit. Two-hit nights from Jayce Tingler, Mike Snyder and Carlo Cota; Vito Chiaravalotti’s and Rodney Medina’s respective two-baggers were the only D-Jay extra-base hits on the night.

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Lansing 7 Peoria 2

An up-and-down season for young Mississauga lefty Aaron Wideman recorded another up last night, as Wideman scattered 6 hits and a walk over 5 innings (striking out 5) to collect the win. The bullpen hero was Jordy Templet, who fired 3 innings of shutout relief (3 hits and a K) to keep Peoria off the board. The big blow belonged to third baseman Jason Armstrong, whose bases-clearing double capped a 4-run 5th. Centerfielder Aaron Mathews had the only 2-hit Lugnut night. Armstrong and shortstop Ryan Klosterman each made their 17th errors of the season.

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Tri-City 5 Auburn 3

How do you lose a game when you’re leading 3-0 with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th? Easy – watch the Auburn Doubledays do it. Gabriel Alfaro came into the game with 2 runners on base that inning and recorded 2 quick outs. This is what happened next: wild pitch, single, wild pitch, single, stolen base, walk-off home run, game over. Alfaro’s 9th-inning misadventures (and those of the pitcher who preceded him, Sean Stidfole) ruined an otherwise historic night for the organization, as Ricky Romero made his professional debut with 2 shutout innings of 2-hit, 1-walk ball, striking out 2. He was followed by a magnificent performance from Eric Fowler, who blanked Tri-City on just 3 hits for 5 2/3 innings, striking out 6 batters. Sean Shoffit’s 2-run single highlighted the offence for the Doubeldays.

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Bluefield 5 Pulaski 4

Another 9th-inning comeback fell short for the P-Jays, who scored 1 run in the bottom of the 9th and had the bases loaded with 1 out, but Graig Badger and Jacob Butler grounded into force-outs. Pulaski actually enjoyed a 2-1 lead going into the top of the 8th, thanks in large part to a strong outing from the palindromically named Reidier Gonzalez, who scatted 4 hits and a 1 walk over 5 1-run innings, striking out 5. First baseman Christopher Looze homered and singled for Pulaski, while DH Paul Franko drove in the other run with a sacrifice fly. Leance Soto went 0-for-2 and now sits with a .159/.217/.349 line and an amazing 5/36 BB/K rate in just 63 at-bats.

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Your Three-Star Selection: Hard to choose any hitting performances from last night’s action, so here are 3 pitchers who did well:

3. Aaron Wideman, Lansing: 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 5 K.

2. Eric Fowler, Auburn: 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 6 K.

1. Chris Baker, Syracuse: 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 4 K.

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Lugnut Fan - Saturday, July 23 2005 @ 07:45 AM EDT (#123605) #
Another thing to report about the Lansing game last night is that Daryl Harang came in and pitched a flawless 1-2-3 ninth inning last night coming off of the disabled list. Some additional good news on that front is that when I talked to him after the game, he said that his arm felt good and there was no soreness or stiffness in his arm (I'll try and catch him after the game tonight to see if that is still the case). But that is good news.

I believe last night was the best that I had seen Templet throw all season. 3 hits over 3 innings while walking no one and strking out one is a great line.

It was impressive to watch both the pitching and hitting show up last night because that hasn't always been the case. Peoria is a very, very strong offensive team that for whatever reason has been struggling. I must say that it is really weird to watch that team from Peoria as six or seven of those guys put on a Lugnut uniform last year. They have Eric Patterson on their team who is the younger brother of Corey Patterson and he is probably faster than his brother, but he is also skinner. Corey has a little more a build on him. They also have Ryan Patterson who is a big time power hitter and the Cubs first round draft pick in 2003. Alan Rick plays on that team as well and he caught here in Lansing the previous two seasons. To put their return to Lansing into words, he said that they feel really weird.
Brian B. - Saturday, July 23 2005 @ 12:11 PM EDT (#123617) #
Has anyone heard anything about Matt Foster?

From what I can remember he finished his military obligation and at the beginning of the season he reported to Pulaski.

He doesn't appear to have thrown in any games so far.
kpataky - Saturday, July 23 2005 @ 02:56 PM EDT (#123630) #
Casey Janssen is slotted to come off the DL and start next Wednesday in Norwich. So it looks like the Fisher Cats are going with a 6 man rotation for now.

7/22 vs. Portland: Ramirez
7/23 vs. Portland: Perkins
7/24 vs. Portland: Banks
7/25 vs. Norwich: Jackson
7/26 vs. Norwich: McGowan
7/27 vs. Norwich: Janssen
7/28 vs. Norwich: Ramirez
CaramonLS - Saturday, July 23 2005 @ 05:21 PM EDT (#123639) #
RE: Kevin Baker. Can we call him up and see what this guy can do so we can determine if hes worth a 40 man/25 man spot on this team for next season?

Maybe this is his breakout season?
kpataky - Saturday, July 23 2005 @ 06:21 PM EDT (#123644) #
Kevin Barker you mean...
Finn McCool - Saturday, July 23 2005 @ 06:38 PM EDT (#123645) #
I don't see how going with a six man rotation would help anyone. I think it's more likely Perkins will go back to the bullpen, or they could promote someone like McGowan or Banks
Gerry - Saturday, July 23 2005 @ 10:54 PM EDT (#123650) #
The Chiefs have some help for their depleted bullpen, Kevin Tolar pitched tonight. Tolar has pitched in 20 games in the big leagues over 20 seasons and is now 34 years old. Tolar was playing in the Diamondbacks organization.
Craig B - Saturday, July 23 2005 @ 11:01 PM EDT (#123653) #
<i>Tolar has pitched in 20 games in the big leagues over 20 seasons</i><p>

You speak truer than you know...
kpataky - Sunday, July 24 2005 @ 10:13 AM EDT (#123660) #
Banks is no where near a promotion ...
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