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Two wins and four losses. Pulaski's Jesse Litsch was outstanding, retiring 22 in a row while conceding only two hits over eight innings, Lansing held on for the win despite being outhit 15-7. Guillermo Quiroz is back in AAA and had a couple of hits, including a home run.

Charlotte 6 Syracuse 5

Syracuse were down 6-1 after four and couldn't get out of the hole. Josue Matos continued a string of poor appearances giving up all six runs on 10 hits in 3.2 innings. Jason Arnold pitched well in relief, 3.1 innings of two hit, shutout pitching. Meanwhile the Chiefs chipped away, back to back doubles by Bryant Nelson and Julius Matos scored the first run. In the fifth Anton French tripled and scored on a passed ball. In the sixth Guillermo Quiroz homered to make it 6-3. Gabe Gross doubled to lead off the seventh and scored on a sac fly. Quiroz singled to score Kevin Barker, also in the seventh, to make it a 6-5 game, but that was it for the scoring. Anton French led all hitters with three hits, Matos, Danny Solano and Quiroz had 2 hits each.

Box Score

Portland 5 New Hampshire 3 - 10 innings

Portland completed their sweep of New Hampshire yesterday with an extra inning win. Tracey Thorpe had been pitching very well since his call-up but he was tagged for back to back jacks in the tenth inning as New Hampshire dropped one and a half games behind Portland. Portland outhit the Fisher Cats 11-4. New Hampshire took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a two run home run from Ryan Roberts. Portland scored single runs in the fourth and sixth to tie the game until Chip Cannon homered in the bottom of the sixth. Josh Banks pitched well for the Fisher Cats, 7.1 innings, 7 hits, no walks and 8 K's. Banks allowed a one out single in the eighth and was pulled for Jesse Carlson who got the second out but then hit Hanley Ramirez to put runners on first and second. David Murphy then singled to tie the game, and that was it until the tenth. Roberts was the only Cat with 2 hits.

Box Score

Dunedin 0 Daytona 6

Not much to report here, Daytona scored 2 in the first and Dunedin were limited to six hits. Kurt Isenberg went seven, 5 runs, 4 earned, nine hits, one walk, two K's. Dunedin's six hits were all singles.

Box Score

Peoria 6 Lansing 7

Lansing jumped out to a 6-0 lead thanks to a couple of big hits. In the first inning David Hicks came to the plate with the bases loaded and doubled all three runners home. In the second Christian Snavely came to bat with two runners on and hit an inside the park home run. Russell Savickas pitched well, 5IP, 5H, 2BB, 6K and one run. Juan Perez pitched three shutout innings, he did allow 5 hits but the defense was able to turn three DP's behind him. Leading 6-1 in the sixth Lansing tacked on another run, the eventual winning run. Eugenio Velez doubled to lead off the inning and scored on a ground out. Lansing led 7-1 heading to the ninth, with Joey McLaughlin on the mound. Joey gave up three hits and a walk, and Daryl Harang came on to allow a walk and a homerun to make it 7-6, but he did eventually get the final out. Peoria outhit Lansing 15-7, Eric Nielsen was the only Lugnut to have two hits.

Box Score

Auburn 5 Tri-City 6

Randy Dicken started but did not have his best stuff, he struggled through 5.2 innings allowing six hits and four walks; he gave up five runs, three earned, with only one K. Auburn were unable to get on the scoreboard until the eighth when Brian Pettway hit a two run home run, his second. In the ninth the Tri-City pitcher, Felipe Paulino Del Guidice, perhaps tired out from writing his name, walked two hitters before Ryan Patterson cashed them in with a two out, three run home run, his eighth. Patterson was the only Auburn batter with more than one hit, he was 2-5. Auburn could not get the tying run on base.

Box Score

Pulaski 3 Danville 1

Pulaski jumped out to a fast start with 2 quick runs, Zach Kalter tripled, Graig Badger doubled and Jacob Butler also doubled, but the next three hitters struck out. Pulaski added a third run in the fourth when Chris Gutierrez doubled and scored on an error. But the day belonged to Jesse Litsch. The first hitter for Danville singled on a ground ball to third, then Litsch retired 22 in a row, lowering his ERA to 2.45. Litsch pitched 8 innings, with 2 hits, no walks, and 7 strikeouts with 11 ground ball outs and seven flyball outs. Litsch turned 20 during spring training and was a 24th round pick last year out of a Florida JuCo. This is Litsch's first pro season. Gutierrez led the Jays hitters going 2-4.

Box Score - game 1

Your Three Star Selection

Third star - Ryan Roberts 2 hits, with a home run

Second Star - Guillermo Quiroz, 2-4, home run

First Star - Jesse Litsch, 8 shutout innings, only 2 hits

Standings Update

Syracuse record is 51-51. The Chiefs are in third place, seven games back of Buffalo.

The Fisher Cats are 51-49, and are in third place, one and a half games back of Portland.

Dunedin are 16-14, good for second place, three and a half games behind Lakeland.

The Lugnuts are 15-15, and are fourth, two games back of three teams.

Auburn are 16-16, in second place, one and a half games behind Mahoning Valley.

Pulaski are 14-18, in third place, eight games behind Danville.

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Lugnut Fan - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 08:57 AM EDT (#123740) #
Quick correction on the Lansing record. They are now 15-15 on the second half.
Gerry - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 09:25 AM EDT (#123741) #
Fixed. Thanks.
Pistol - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 09:38 AM EDT (#123743) #
And if that's the case the sum of the team's records are 163-162.

I guess they're trying to emulate the big club.
kpataky - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 10:53 AM EDT (#123747) #
Fisher Cats Rotation Update:

Zach Jackson is experiencing back spasms and has been pulled from tonight's starting assignment in Norwich. Dustin McGowan will go (on his normal 5 days rest) tonight in his place. Casey Janssen will come off the DL and make his 3rd Fisher Cats' start tomorrow night, and Wed. and Thursday are now listed as TBA.
Gerry - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 11:49 AM EDT (#123756) #
Here is another Fisher Cats rotation update:

David Purcey has been promoted to New Hampshire. NH now have seven starters, including four who have been promoted mid-season, Jackson, McGowan, Janssen and now Purcey. They join Banks, Ramirez and Perkins.
kpataky - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 11:53 AM EDT (#123757) #
They actually have 8 then because Reimers is on the DL.
Mike Green - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 11:59 AM EDT (#123759) #
I would have much preferred if the organization was more cautious with Purcey. He's been able to throw 3 good innings at a time, and that is about it. He obviously has fine stuff, but he has been unable to maintain his control longer than 3 innings, as a result of which he very rarely has gone beyond 5 innings.

Perhaps the team will move him to the bullpen, but even if that is the case, I do not understand why one would make this change concomitant with a promotion.
Maldoff - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 12:01 PM EDT (#123760) #
Can't say I'm a fan of this promotion. Purcey has been pitching OK in Dunedin, but still needs to work on his control. For some reason, I see a bad first couple of outings in NH for Purcey.

Second, there is definately a glut of starting pitchers in NH, so I'm hoping they do something to rid themselves of at leat 1 or 2 of them (hopefully by promotion).
kpataky - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 12:06 PM EDT (#123761) #
Josue Matos (5-3, 6.63)
Chris Baker (5-5, 5.05)

are presently in the Syracuse rotation, along with Rosario, Marcum and Vermilya. They could use another 1 or 2 starters - sure. But none of the NH guys are ready yet for that.
kpataky - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 12:25 PM EDT (#123762) #
John Zahr, who is in charge of Media Relations for the Fisher Cats has emailed me and informed me that he has heard Purcey may be promoted but nothing is official on that yet and that no roster moves have been made.
Pistol - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 12:25 PM EDT (#123763) #
I don't have a problem with Purcey moving up to NH. He can improve on his durability and/or control just as easily in NH as in Dunedin, but in NH he'll get a chance to face better hitters.

It's also possible they want Purcey to work with the AA coaches.

I suspect that his success in NH will be similar to what he had in Dunedin for the rest of the year.
Jim - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 01:20 PM EDT (#123765) #
If Purcey is headed to NH, any chance he starts Wednesday - I'll head to Norwich if he is the starter that day. I think Thursday is a 10:30 AM start or something, can't get to that.
Lugnut Fan - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 01:44 PM EDT (#123768) #
Some more roster moves from Lansing to report (what else is new?) :) Daryl Harang has been promoted to Dunedin and Yesson Berroa will take his spot on the roster. Also, 31 year old catcher Anthony Sanders will be taking the spot vacated by Thigpen / Reiman on the roster. I don't recall ever seeing anyone over the age of 25 in the MWL, so this is kind of weird.
Marc Hulet - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 02:01 PM EDT (#123769) #
Anthony Sanders is an outfielder.
Lugnut Fan - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 02:14 PM EDT (#123772) #

Are you sure about that? It sounds like he is coming to Lansing to catch.
kpataky - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 02:17 PM EDT (#123773) #
Sanders has been out (from Triple-A Syracuse) since the early part of the year with a back injury. This is a rehab assignment - and since Ken Joyce (Lansing's MGR) was once Anthony's hitting instructor in New Haven, it seems like a nice fit for him.
kpataky - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 02:19 PM EDT (#123774) #
Hey Lugnut Fan - I'm laughing over here because Anthony has never caught a game ever as far as I know ... he's a very thin frail guy - if you get a picture of him in catcher's gear even as a joke, I'd love to see it. By the way, say 'hi' to him from his extended family here in New Haven for us. Thanks.
Lugnut Fan - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 02:20 PM EDT (#123775) #
Ahhhhh, that makes a little more sense. Re-looking back at the press release, that is the case.
kpataky - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 02:22 PM EDT (#123776) #
Whoever wrote that article doesn't have a clue - not including this year, Sanders has played 1,110 games in the Minor Leagues in his career - all of them in the outfield.
Lugnut Fan - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 02:29 PM EDT (#123777) #
Hmmmmm, sounds like the press release is wrong. I stand corrected. When I first read it, it kind of made sense because there is a vacated spot at catcher right now in Lansing. I'm assuming that after Sanders moves on, there will be a corresponding to get another catcher here.

I'll shut up now.....:)
kpataky - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 02:33 PM EDT (#123778) #
Say 'hi' to Anthony from the Patakys, Sacklers and Mandells from New Haven if you see him. He lived with the Sacklers when he was in New Haven. Haven't seen him since Spring Training, but knew he had back surgery and have been looking for him to return. He's a great guy!

And, we will never forget his 505+ ft. homer of Eric Milton which was the margin of victory in the 2003 playoffs at Yale Field. It will forever go down as "The Bomb" and its still marked on the field today.
Marc Hulet - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 02:35 PM EDT (#123779) #
Brian Bormaster, who is in Auburn and drafted in 2004, would be a good replacement for Thigpen/Reiman. Good field, no hit but his bat has been improving a lot and he has a good idea of the strike zone.

Also, I was looking at the Fisher Cats' stats today and Josh Banks has an unbelievable ratio of 101 K and only 8 walks in 113 innings!
Lugnut Fan - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 02:48 PM EDT (#123780) #
Will do if he makes it to Lansing Kevin. The Luggies are on an 8 game road trip starting today, so with this being a rehab assignment, I tend to think he will be gone before he is ever physically in Lansing.
kpataky - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 02:54 PM EDT (#123781) #
Banks has also surrendered 55 ER in 113 IP and given up a whopping 16 HRs. Only Paul Stewart (18) from Altoona and Jeremy Johnson (17) from Erie have given up more in the league.
Maldoff - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 03:13 PM EDT (#123783) #
Do those numbers remind anyone of Josh Towers? No walks, but the ball is on the plate, all the time.
Mike Green - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 03:22 PM EDT (#123786) #
Josh Towers didn't have the K rate in double A that Banks has. That's a big deal. Banks' numbers are actually closer to Bush's.
kpataky - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 08:16 PM EDT (#123806) #
By the way, Purcey last pitched on Saturday, the 23rd, so Thursday the 28th would be his next day to throw - Norwich hosts New Hampshire that day at 10:35 am.
fishercatsradio - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 08:30 PM EDT (#123807) #
Hi all. Hope you are having a great summer. Just checked Purcey's lines. He started Saturday for Dunedin, so if he does join us, he wouldn't start till Thursday at the earliest.

Fisher Cats trail 3-0 in Norwich, fifth inning. Dustin McGowan on the hill has allowed six hits and three runs, no walks and eight strikeouts.

kpataky - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 09:20 PM EDT (#123811) #
fishercatsradio says there is a big blonde guy wearing #29 in the Fisher Cats dugout ... looks like Purcey is up
kpataky - Monday, July 25 2005 @ 10:54 PM EDT (#123813) #
Anthony Sanders is 2-3 tonight so far for Lansing with a pair of singles.

Here is the box score.

VGeras - Tuesday, July 26 2005 @ 12:48 AM EDT (#123820) #
ITD is reporting Romero got promoted as well...Looks like he might replace Purcey
David Paul - Tuesday, July 26 2005 @ 02:31 AM EDT (#123822) #
Thanks for the update, fishercatsradio.

Speaking of Fisher Cats Radio, Mike Murphy had a very informative and funny article last week with personal stories about current Fisher Cats (not sure if this has been linked elsewhere).

It inspired me to write an open letter requesting a raise from my (now former) employer. Thanks, Mike! ;-)

kpataky - Tuesday, July 26 2005 @ 06:59 AM EDT (#123823) #
In some rather amazing news, Zach Jackson was promoted to AAA today during last night's game. He left in the 5th inning to head up to Syracuse with his father.
kpataky - Tuesday, July 26 2005 @ 07:01 AM EDT (#123824) #
sorry for the paradox - Zach was promoted in the middle of last night's FCs game in Norwich last night

Ramirez was working the gun behind home plate, so I assume he will start Wednesday and Purcey will be activated to start on his normal 5th day on Thursday
kpataky - Tuesday, July 26 2005 @ 07:16 AM EDT (#123825) #
David Bush's promotion has created a vacated slot in the Skychiefs rotation which will come up Thursday night so I assume that's where Jackson will be inserted to start against the Indianapolis Indians in Syracuse. He would then start the day game in Pawtucket on 8/2.
Pistol - Tuesday, July 26 2005 @ 08:16 AM EDT (#123826) #
ITD is reporting Romero got promoted as well...Looks like he might replace Purcey

Which would make it Ricky Romero getting promoted (and not Davis).

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