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We had yer fine pitching performances, yer awesome displays of power, and yer collisions at the plate.  More fun than a monster truck rally, as the farm affiliates went 4-3.

Charlotte 3 @ Syracuse 6

Francisco Rosario's resurrection as a starter is going well. This time, it was 4 shutout innings with 1 walk, 1 hit and 4 strikeouts.  Davis Romero, Jason Frasor and Lee Gronkiewicz followed with Frasor's 2 shutout innings, including 3 strikeouts, being the highlight.  Eric Kratz was the unlikely hitting hero, scoring and driving in 3 runs with a double, a sacrifice fly and 2 walks.  Adam Lind doubled and walked twice in 4 trips, while Luis Figueroa had 2 sacrifice flies. 

New Britain 4 @ New Hampshire 2, 1st game
New Britain 4 @ New Hampshire 5, 2nd game

In the opener, the struggles of Ricky Romero continued.  9 baserunners, 3 earned runs and 1 strikeout in 4.1 innings worth.  Tim Olson homered, and Chip Cannon doubled in a run for the Fisher Cat scoring.  Curtis Thigpen went 2-3.  In the nightcap, Dustin Majewski's 3 run homer broke a 1-1 tie in the 3rd inning, and Jesse Litsch  and two relievers made it stand up for the victory.  Litsch went 5 innings, allowing 3 earned runs and 7 baserunners while punching out 4.  Rodney Ormond and Tracy Thorpe threw an inning each with Thorpe allowing a run and making it a nervous ninth.  Chip Cannon went 2-3, including his 19th big fly of the season.

Brevard County 3 @ Dunedin 1

Eric Fowler was the hard-luck loser for the D'Jays, throwing 6.2 innings of 1 run ball while the offence was not producing.  Fowler gave up 5 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 3.  Paul Phillips struck out 3 of the 5 batters he faced before Connor Falkenbach gave up 2 runs in the ninth.  The D'Jays did rally in the bottom of the frame to score one and put the tying runs on base with one out, but that was as far as they went.  Robinson Diaz tried to score from first on a Cory Patton double in the 3rd inning, but was thrown out at the plate.  David Corrente replaced him when the D'Jays took the field.

Burlington 6 @ Lansing 11

The Bees took an early 6-2 lead, but the Lugnuts stung 'em back with 4 runs in the bottom of the 3rd and 3 in the bottom of the 4th.  Fine pitching from Adrian Martin and Ted Serro in relief of A.J. Wideman made the lead stand up.  Joey Metropoulos, David Hicks and Josh Bell wielded the big sticks for the 'Nuts.  Big City went 4-5 and drove in 2, Hicks homered and doubled and drove in 3, while Bell went 3-5 including 2 homers.  Adrian Martin struck out 5 in his 4.1 innings of work, while Serro threw 2 hitless innings with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts.  Serro has made stops so far in Pulaski, Auburn and Dunedin this summer.  Suitcase Serro has a bit of a ring, don't you think?

Auburn 5 @ State College 2

Homie Jonathan Baksh had his 2nd consecutive 3 hit game and Adam Calderone hit his 2nd homer of the short-season to lead the Doubledays to a win.  Hector Delgadillo threw 5 solid innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 5 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 6.  Brent Bull and Dennis Bigley finished up without incident.  Luke Hopkins went 2-5.

Pulaski 4 @ Burlington 8

Baron Frost's 2 solo homers were not enough to keep the P'Jays warm at night.  Raul Barron had 3 hits, and Yohermyn Chavez reached base twice in four plate trips.  Starter Francisco Mateo and reliever Jeffrey Gilmore both had rough outings.

3 stars

3rd stars- FREE JASON FRASOR, Ted Serro
2nd stars- Josh Bell, Baron Frost
1st star- Francisco Rosario
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rtcaino - Sunday, July 30 2006 @ 12:12 AM EDT (#151789) #

1 bb and 4k is 4 innings is certainly an encouraging sign for Rosario. Of his 57 pitches, 37 found the zone.

Whether Rosario ends up in the pen or the rotation, he seems like he will benefit form the Brandon League program: an extended period of time starting to gain some consistency, and to work on his secondary pitches.

Gerry: on your website you mentioned he needs to work on his breaking pitches. How do you think he is doing in this regard?

Gerry - Sunday, July 30 2006 @ 10:56 AM EDT (#151798) #
Rosario has made a lot of progress this season and his slider is a lot better.  I still see Rosario as a reliever though, the fastball, slider, change combo plays better there.  Don't look at his starting in AAA as a sign of anything other than his getting regular work.
Mike Green - Sunday, July 30 2006 @ 11:32 AM EDT (#151806) #
Here's Kevin Gray's Union-Leader game story on the Fisher Cat doubleheader, while there's a fine profile of Matt Liuzza in the Auburn Citizen.
Gerry - Sunday, July 30 2006 @ 07:59 PM EDT (#151884) #
Gustavo Chacin started for the Chiefs tonight and did not get out of the first inning, he allowed four runs on four hits.  For those of you looking for good news Adam Lind is 2-2 to move his average up to .385 and Charlotte intentionally walked him last time up.
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