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It was an All-Brian afternoon for Auburn, as the farm affiliates split their 6 games, with the higher level clubs on the losing end and the junior teams winning.

Syracuse 2 Pawtucket 5

Francisco Rosario and Kevin Tolar surrendered all five Pawsox runs in the sixth inning, and the Chiefs could not recover. Gabe Gross, who went 2-3 with a walk and played centerfield on this night, drove in the first Chief run with a hit. Rosario had shut 'em down through 5 on 2 hits and 1 walk, before giving up a solo homer to lead off the sixth. A walk, a single, a groundout, an intentional walk and a strikeout left the bases loaded with 2 outs and Tolar came on. A key error by John-Ford Griffin allowed 2 runs to score, and then a single scored another 2. The Chiefs could manage only a solo homer from Jason Alfaro in the seventh. Guillermo Quiroz went 0-3 with a walk and grounded into two double plays.


New Hampshire 3 Portland 8

Vince Perkins started for the Fisher Cats and did not have his good control, as the Cats fell behind the Sea Dogs early and could not mount much of a comeback. Perkins went 4.2 innings and allowed 6 runs, 5 earned on 5 hits and 4 walks with 4 strikeouts. Tracy Thorpe and Brad Mumma allowed a run each with Mumma striking out 4 in 2 innings of work. Maikel Jova had 2 hits for the Fishers.


Jupiter 5 Dunedin 2

Justin James pitched very well in a spot start, surrendering only an unearned run on 4 hits and 1 walk with 3 strikeouts in 4 innings of work, but a D-Jays error and passed ball was their downfall. Daryl Harang followed and allowed 2 runs, 1 earned on 1 hit, 1 walk and 1 strikeout in 1.1 innings. Brian Reed and Milton Tavarez finished up passably. Adam Lind singled and walked twice in 4 trips, while Scott Dragicevich singled and doubled in 4 appearances.


Lansing 5 South Bend 0

Christian Snavely homered and drove in 4, while Chi-Hung Cheng, Aaron Tressler and Scott Roy combined for the Lansing shutout. Cheng went 5.2 innings, allowing 4 hits and 5 walks while striking out 5. The lefty Cheng picked off runners at first and second to aid in his cause. Tressler threw 2.1 innings of no-hit, 1 walk ball, without striking out anyone. Roy struck out all 3 batters he faced in the ninth. David Corrente and Charlie Anderson each reached base twice in 4 trips.

Auburn 2 Mahoning Valley 1

Brian Bormaster's 10th inning homer broke a 1-1 tie as the Doubledays edged the Scrappers. Brian Pettway homered for the other D-Day run, but made a key error leading to the lone Scrapper score in the eighth. Randy Dicken started and went 5.2 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits and no walks, while striking out 7. Adrian Martin, Dewon Day, Sean Stidfole and Paul Phillips all pitched well in relief, with Stidfole earning his win by pitching a perfect ninth with 2 strikeouts. Pettway ended up 2-3 with a walk.


Burlington 9 Pulaski 11

Paul Franko went homered, singled twice and walked in 5 trips and drove in 5 runs to lead the P-Jays to victory. Graig Badger also reached base 4 times in 5 tries, by singling twice, walking once and once by getting in the way of a pitched ball. Jorge Sandes homered in 4 trips, while Heliezer Aguilar doubled and singled. The game was tied at 8 at the stretch, but the P-Jays pushed across 3 in the bottom of the seventh for the victory with Aguilar's 2 run double the key hit. Joe Wice started and was tagged for 4 homers in 4 innings. Rafael Perez and Benjamin Harrison fared better in the late innings to receipt for the win and save respectively.


3-star selection
3rd star-Paul Franko, Pulaski slugger
2nd star-Brian Bormaster, Auburn game-breaker
1st star-Christian Snavely, Lansing slugger and game-breaker

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David Paul - Sunday, July 31 2005 @ 05:01 PM EDT (#124307) #
Romero (Davis) had another great outing - 8 shutout innings, 1 hit.
Maldoff - Sunday, July 31 2005 @ 05:47 PM EDT (#124312) #
Anyone have any insight into why the Jays seem content with having Justin James in the a relief role? Last year, until his promotion to Dunedin, he basically was matching Shaun Marcum pitch for pitch. He has also pitched extraordinarily well this season, especially when given a chance to start.
Jdog - Sunday, July 31 2005 @ 07:05 PM EDT (#124320) #
So was Big Vito on the juice, or what is wrong with him? His numbers in the FSL are about equal to the numbers Huckaby is putting up with the big club this year. Yup they are that bad.
Mike Green - Sunday, July 31 2005 @ 08:19 PM EDT (#124327) #
JDog, we don't engage in that kind of idle and ill-founded speculation.

Chiaravallotti has battled injuries since his collegiate years. That is why he was available in the 15th round in the first place.
Gerry - Sunday, July 31 2005 @ 08:36 PM EDT (#124328) #

Justin James was ranked as prospect #24 by BA last year. At the start of the year in Dunedin the starters were Purcey and Jackson, both better prospects; Kurt Isenberg, ranked ahead of James by BA; Michael MacDonald who had a great 2004 and jumped to Dunedin by the end of 2004; and Davis Romero who has pitched well in the Jays system. You could try and argue that James should have been starting instead of MacDonald, Isenberg or Romero but thats not an obvious argument.

Since then Janssen and McGowan have been in the Dunedin rotation, again better prospects than James. Now Kyle Yates is starting.

It is possible that James is a better starter than Yates or MacDonald but it could also be that James is better suited to the bullpen. I think if he is good enough he will get his shot, but a #24 prospect is always a long shot.
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