Lansing won near the end and a Batter's Box favourite had the right stuff in Syracuse but, unfortunately, the offense didn't. Six games on the farm last night out of a scheduled seven. Can you guess who had the rain delay?
Buffalo 3 @ Syracuse 1
Jamie Vermilyea held a tough offensive team at bay in his seven innings of work, allowing just five hits (with no walks) and only one run. So where did the other two come from? Well, Vinnie Chulk came in for the eighth, allowed a single, then a stolen base...then a wild pitch and another single by former Chief Jason Alfaro. Brandon League gave up another in the ninth, and that was the final.
It was a night for former Blue Jay farmhands, as Tom "Nasty" Mastny, a one-time member of the lights-out Charleston Alley Cats rotation from a few years back, picked up the win in relief of Jeremy Guthrie with a scoreless seventh inning. Another member of that Alley Cats' team made an appearance as Davis Romero pitched to the last Buffalo batter in the ninth. (Who else was in that rotation? Shaun Marcum, who you know quite well, and Justin James, who you're about to hear from.)
Ryan Roberts scored the only run of the game for Syracuse when he singled, stole second, then came home on a double. Those two hits were all the Chiefs had last night.
Trenton 7 @ New Hampshire 5
Five runs early against Kurt Isenberg was pretty much all she wrote last night. Great work by Justin James, though, who not only stranded the bases loaded with two outs in the third -- which saved Isenberg's ERA from jumping over 5 and a half -- but threw three more perfect innings. 10 up, 10 down.
The F-Cats got four runs in the sixth, highlighted by Adam Lind's and Chip Cannon's 19th and 13th doubles of the year.
Dunedin 8 @ Sarasota 3
Four homeruns for Dunedin was all they needed yesterday afternoon. David Corrente had two of them -- one in the second and one in the third -- to tally five RBI for the game. By the middle of the third inning, Dunedin was up 7-0. Billy Carnline picked up his second win in as many starts with the D-Jays; he's now thrown 14 innings with only 9 hits and two walks allowed in the FSL.
Lansing 6 @ Fort Wayne 5
A blown save for Joey McLaughlin. However, he got the win and ends up not surrendering a run at all after he got the first batter he faced with runners on second and third to hit an RBI groundout.
Anthony Hatch scored the winning run after walking, stealing second, and racing around third on a single. He scored another run, in fact, and also drove in a pair -- you think he wants to move up to High A or what? Entering last night's game, he was at .355/.430/.638 in 138 AB. Sean Shoffit went deep in the seventh to put the 'Nuts on top 5-4.
The last out of the game was Matt Bush. I only mention this because in yesterday's Baseball America Prospect Report, there was the following line regarding Bush's Tuesday performance:
SD LoA Bush, Matt SS .............. 4 2 3 2 .333 - 2B; seriouslyI'm not entirely sure what it means, but there it is nonetheless.