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Hey, no offense, minor league affiliates, but you had no offense last night. Syracuse won one, but nobody else did. I worked top-down on this Minor League Update and it started off well, but by the time I got to Lansing...well, see for yourself:

Pawtucket 2 @ Syracuse 1 (Game 1, continued from last night)
Pawtucket 1 @ Syracuse 4 (Game 2, 7 innings)

I assume the first game was played today, but there's nothing in the boxscore to tell me that. Anyway, Brandon League pitched a scoreless 4th, 5th and 6th after relieving Ty Taubenheim (who also kept the PawSox off the board). Unfortunately, new SkyChief Jason Frasor gave up both runs in the seventh and might have been charged with more had Brian Tallet not stranded two runners.

Predictably, not much to discuss about the offense. I can tell you Ryan Roberts drove in the only run in the eighth, but nobody even got two hits, and when Ken Huckaby goes 2-for-4 in a game...well, that's just bad news.

In the second game, David Purcey pitched very well, striking out seven and walking just one over six innings -- the one walk is the best part there. He allowed just one run in the first inning -- Real Canadian Hero Adam Stern scored after bunting his way on, stealing second, moving to third on another bunt hit and scoring on a groundout. They used to call that an Ichiro Home Run. Purcey lowered his ERA to 1.88 with this fine outing. Lee Gronkiewicz got the easy save in the seventh and final inning.

It was a balanced attack for Syracuse; once again, nobody had more than one hit. Also, nobody scored more than one run, and Ryan Roberts was the only hitter with 2 RBI. Also, more than 11,000 fans were in the stands in what must have been a rare high attendance for the Chiefs.

New Hampshire 0 at Binghamton 1 (10)

The F-Cats are up to their old tricks: not scoring. Not hard to believe when the highest average in the lineup was Adam Lind's .272, and that was after his two-hit night. Ismael Ramirez pitched six innings, allowing four walks and five hits but striking out six. Give it up for Willie Colazo of the B-Mets, though: no runs, no walks, six K's in eight innings. That's about it from Binghamton.

Dunedin 1 @ Sarasota 6

I'm not just saying this because it's a 6-1 loss. But the only interesting thing about this game is the fact that Jesse Litsch picked off two baserunners, both of which were on second base. One million Batter's Box Points to anyone who can come up with 150 interesting words about the results of this game.

Lansing 1 @ Peoria 12


Updated Three Star Selection:
. Brandon League - three shutout relief innings.
2. Ismael Ramirez - twice as many scoreless frames as the Flyin' Hawaiian.
1. David Purcey - initially overlooked, but as Casual Viewer pointed out, he had "a game score of 66."
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Flex - Saturday, May 06 2006 @ 10:42 AM EDT (#146441) #
So where do League's stats stand now? He seems to be doing consistently well, and I find it interesting that they've brought up Rosario to replace Chuik and not League. That suggests either they think League needs more time to hone in on his over-the-top delivery, or it's time to fish or cut bait with Rosario. Or maybe they're thinking of plugging Rosario into the starting rotation if he proves himself after a couple of bullpen outings.

Yeah, that's probably it.

Casual Viewer - Saturday, May 06 2006 @ 11:07 AM EDT (#146442) #
No star for Purcey?  He had a game score of 66.  I would like to see them keep him in AAA until he shows his control has actually improved and he wont go back to a 1:1 BB/K ratio.  I recall when we drafted Purcey and Jackson, it was said Jackson would be up faster than Purcey and I expected atleast a couple years for Purcey to get enough control to be make the majors, if ever.  Not to say Jackson won't be called up this year, but if we can replace Lilly with Purcey next year, I would be very impressed.
Maldoff - Saturday, May 06 2006 @ 11:28 AM EDT (#146444) #
Flex, League's line looks as such thus far:

23.2IP, 20H, 3ER, 7BB, 18K, 1.164WHIP, 2.72BB/9, 19.57% KBF

So it's pretty good, but nowhere near dominant. Rosario has been striking out more hitters with less walks, so maybe that's the reason they picked him.

I would also air on the side of caution with League. He seems to be progressing, but as was shown last year, he could bomb out if rushed to the majors too early. He's still only 23, whereas Rosario is 25. I think they are hoping for more performances like this from League, and then consider him for a July call-up.

On a side note, if all these pitchers we have in the minors end up as releivers (League, McGowan, Marcum, Rosario, Banks, Taubenheim), we might not need starters, cause you could just plug each to pitch two innings every other night!
Rob - Saturday, May 06 2006 @ 11:33 AM EDT (#146445) #
Good call on Purcey. That's what happens when the boxscores take 15 minutes to load and it's past midnight...
Mike Green - Saturday, May 06 2006 @ 11:58 AM EDT (#146448) #
The Lansing game was not quite the laugher that the score makes it appear.  Peoria scored 7 runs off Adrian Martin in the eighth.  It was Martin's first game since April 14.  He had been out with a back injury.
Gerry - Saturday, May 06 2006 @ 03:04 PM EDT (#146451) #

Kyle Yates was sent down to Dunedin yesterday.  Brian Wolfe was called up to replace Yates.  With Ricky Romero expected back today the D-Jays have six starting pitchers, one of whom will get bounced.

Shaun Marcum starts today for Syracuse in place of Rosario.  Jamie Vermilyea has been recalled to start in Janssen's spot.

Mike Green - Saturday, May 06 2006 @ 03:44 PM EDT (#146452) #
I am pleased that Marcum has been moved back into a starting role.  We'll see how it turns out.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 06 2006 @ 06:54 PM EDT (#146454) #
Ricky Romero is listed as the starter for tonight's Dunedin game. 
mendocino - Saturday, May 06 2006 @ 08:06 PM EDT (#146455) #

Game is on the internet

2-1 Dunedin, Pat Borders catching for Vero Beach.

mendocino - Saturday, May 06 2006 @ 08:15 PM EDT (#146456) #
Romero : 3ip 4h 1er 1bb 6so
Mike Green - Saturday, May 06 2006 @ 08:22 PM EDT (#146457) #
Marcum went 5 shutout innings- 4 hits, 1 walk, 3 Ks, 62 pitches.  The Chiefs lead 1-0 after 5 and 1/2.
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