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Tough night on the farm as only Auburn could scrape up a win while Ricky Romero was roughed up in his home debut in Dunedin.

Syracuse 0, Pawtucket 7

Zach Jackson got another shot at AAA hitters but things didn't get any easier. He only lasted 4.1 innings and gave up 6 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks. 5 of the runs against Jackson came in the fifth inning where a Roberto Petagine 3 run shot and a Dave Berg single drove him from the game. Berg eventually came around to score with Spike Lundberg on the mound. Lee Gronkiewicz struck out 2 in a perfect ninth and seems to be settling down nicely in AAA. The Chiefs managed only 3 hits all night.

Box Score

Trenton 5, New Hampshire 3

Ismael Ramirez had a fine start, lasting 6.2 innings and striking out nine. His only real mistakes were the two solo shots he gave up. Bubbie Buzachero took the loss as he was charged with 2 runs in the eighth. Ron Davenport had a good night, falling a triple short of the cycle. Ryan Roberts and Brad Hassey had two hits apiece as well.

Box Score

St. Lucie 4, Dunedin 3

Ricky Romero got his third start as a professional and lasted 3 innings. The first two were uneventful for the most part but the third inning saw Romero yield 3 runs on a pair of long balls. The D'Jays tied it up in the 8th on a solo home run from Mike Snyder, his 2nd of the year. Brad Mumma threw 2 innings striking out 4 but took the loss after giving up a solo home run in the ninth.

Box Score

Burlington 5, Lansing 4

Anthony Sanders opened up the scoring with a 2 run double in the first to give the Lugnuts an early lead followed by 2 more runs in the fourth. Meanwhile, Po-Hsuan Keng held the fort and pitched 5 innings allowing only 2 runs and left with a 4-2 lead. Jordan Timm then took over and lasted 3 shutout innings, striking out 5. However, Joey McLaughlin was charged with the blown save after giving up a 2 run homer. The Nut's lost it in the first extra innings on a passed ball by David Corrente.

Box Score

Auburn 3, Staten Island 1

The Doubledays only managed 3 hits but made them count. They took an early lead thanks to a 2 run shot from Cory Patton and never looked back. Kristian Bell pitched 7 shutout innings for the win and Paul Philips allowed one run in his 2 innings for the save.

Three Stars!

Third star: Cory Patton
Second star: Ron Davenport
First star: Kristian Bell

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kpataky - Wednesday, August 03 2005 @ 11:23 AM EDT (#124547) #
One thing for sure is Julius Matos is not a very good defensive shortstop. He blew several plays in the SkyChiefs' game that led to runs charged to Jackson. Most notably the 2nd run. On a sure double play grounder to him, instead of taking a step in and fielding it easily he took a step back and the ball ate him up - it sailed right past his glove into center field. A hit was credited because the ball never touched his glove, but sitting inside the SkyChiefs dugout, I heard a collective groan from the players as the play unfolded. The guys on the Chiefs were "mock booing" DiPastino for breaking up the perfect game.

Here is a picture of Zach Jackson that I shot:

Maldoff - Wednesday, August 03 2005 @ 11:28 AM EDT (#124549) #
As was mentioned yesterday, Jackson's start would have been much better if he had any semblence of an infield defense behind him. Many of the "hits" he gave up were weak groundballs that either ate up the infielder, or they just plain did not get to.

On another note, Jackson might have one of the weirdest pitching motions in the Jays system. It all is very funky until his actual delivery, which seems to be quite smooth.
kpataky - Wednesday, August 03 2005 @ 11:32 AM EDT (#124551) #
Danny Solano was solid at second base - he made a nice diving snare to rob a single away - and when he got to his knees he flipped to Matos covering 2nd for a nice double play. But the left side of Nelson and Matos were brutal...
kpataky - Wednesday, August 03 2005 @ 12:00 PM EDT (#124553) #
Here is the Jackson wind up.

Mike Green - Wednesday, August 03 2005 @ 12:05 PM EDT (#124554) #
Jackson's delivery is most peculiar! My mama said that it's good to be natural...

Adam Lind received an honourable mention on the BA Hot Sheet. Another outing like last one from Davis Romero, and he'll make it.
Nigel - Wednesday, August 03 2005 @ 12:48 PM EDT (#124562) #
I wonder if he has the ability to change the grip on his pitches when he puts the ball back in his glove over his head. If not, you would think that big league batters would be able to tell if a pitch with a distintic grip (like a change) was coming. I can't wait to see him live.
twh - Wednesday, August 03 2005 @ 12:55 PM EDT (#124563) #
Maikel Jova injured his right ankle last night when his cleats got caught on the bag sliding into second. He looked like he was in a LOT of pain. He had to be carried off the field by Basso and Cathcart. I'll be stunned if he's not going on the DL.

Is it time to call up Lind or what?
JayWay - Wednesday, August 03 2005 @ 07:22 PM EDT (#124603) #
2nd frame: "I feel like chicken tonight, like chicken tonight!"

I'll get my coat.
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