Drive of Brian

Sunday, July 31 2005 @ 07:30 AM EDT

Contributed by: Mike Green

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