Bell Bruises Burlington Bees

Saturday, July 29 2006 @ 11:12 PM EDT

Contributed by: Mike Green

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