Cheng Phooey- The Fine Art of Dispatching Devil Ray Batters Back to the Dugout Where They Create Harmony

Friday, August 18 2006 @ 08:39 AM EDT

Contributed by: Mike Green

Chi dominates, as the farm affiliates go 4-1 with the pitchers showing the way.

Syracuse 6 @ Rochester 8

The Sky Chiefs spotted Josh 4 runs in the third inning, but the Banks couldn't stand prosperity. Kevin Barker hit a 3 run homer in the inning and Luis Figueroa, who had 3 hits in the game, singled in a run. Banks gave up 2 back in the bottom of the third, 4 in the fifth and then 2 more in the sixth, and allowed 11 hits in 5.2 innings. Three Chiefs errors did not help. Mike Mahoney had 3 hits, and Russ Adams had 2. Chad Mottola hit a 2 out homer in the 9th to make the score a little closer. Adam Lind went 1-3 with a walk and threw out a runner at the plate.

New Hampshire 2 @ Portland 0

Mike MacDonald threw 8 shutout innings, allowing 8 baserunners while striking out 6, to lead the Fisher Cats to victory. Ryan Patterson hit a 2 run shot in the 2nd inning to supply the offence. Manny Mayorson chipped in with 2 hits, and is now hitting a solid .281, albeit with no power and little plate discipline.

Vero Beach @ Dunedin, 2, ppd, rain

Southwest Michigan 1 @ Lansing 4

Chi-Hung Cheng threw 5 shutout innings of 1 hit-ball to lead the 'Nuts to victory. Cheng walked 3 and struck out 8. As usual, thieving baserunners fared badly, with 2 thrown out trying to steal. There were no pickoffs yesterday. Ted Serro and Paul Phillips each contributed 2 solid innings of relief, with Serro punching out 3 of his own. Jesus (Gonzalez) didn't walk softly, but carried the big stick, with a homer and 2 singles in 4 plate trips.

Brooklyn 1 @ Auburn 2

Chris Reddout and Seth Overbey combined to hold the Cyclones in check. Reddout went 6 innings, and allowed a run on 6 hits and 2 walks with 2 strikeouts. Overbey threw 3 shutout innings for the long and difficult save, allowing 4 hits and 1 walk with 4 strikeouts. Second baseman Scott Campbell doubled, singled and scored, while Catcher Brian Jerolman went 2-2 with a sacrifice. Brooklyn starter Tobi Stoner was mellow despite the loss.

Bluefield 3 @ Pulaski 7

Jonathan Jaspe's 3 run homer in the bottom of the third turned the game around, and the P-Jays made it a comfortable win with insurance runs in the 5th, 6th and 8th innings. Drew Taylor pitched brilliantly in relief of starter Matt Barbara. Taylor went 3.1 hitless innings, while walking 1 and striking out 4, and earned the win. Travis Snider went 1-3 with 2 walks.

3 stars

3rd star- Drew Taylor
2nd star- Chi-Hung Cheng
1st star- Mike MacDonald