Pushin' through, pushin' through September

Saturday, August 19 2006 @ 08:00 AM EDT

Contributed by: Rob

Syracuse and Pulaski won right at the end, Lansing tried their best, Auburn piled on, New Hampshire didn't look back and Dunedin went to extras. All this and more, come rain, rain or shine.

Rochester 8 @ Syracuse 9

You know, I bet this was a pretty fun game, when it was all said and done. Syracuse led 7-5 after seven, the Red Wings got two in the top of the eighth to tie it, then the teams alternated single-run half innings until Russ Adams singled home Kevin Barker from second base to win it in the bottom of the ninth. Welcome to Triple-A, Curtis Thigpen, now take your two-run double in your first Syracuse AB and feel proud. Also, Rob Cosby and Chad Mottola went back-to-sort-of-back in the third (Adams, alas, bats between the two).

Pitching? There was pitching? Ty Taubenheim started but gave up nine hits over five innings. Jamie Vermilyea came in and got seven outs -- a K and six grounders. Unfortunately, he also gave up three runs.

Binghamton 2 @ New Hampshire 5

After two runs in the first, the F-Cats never lost the lead again. Ryan Patterson helped things along with his third AA homer leading off the fourth. Another run scored on this play in the fifth with Chip Cannon on second and David Smith on third: "Ryan Patterson reaches on a fielder's choice out, shortstop Corey Ragsdale to third baseman Chase Lambin to second baseman Wilson Batista. David Smith scores. Chip Cannon out at 3rd. Ryan Patterson to 2nd on the throw." If you can decipher that, good on you.

Ismael Ramirez, who really needs to get less familiar with the only state that does not require seatbelts, struck out nine and allowed seven hits while walking nobody over seven innings. The two runs came on two doubles (in the second) and a homer (in the fifth). Kyle Yates has apparently moved to the bullpen now, as he pitched a 1-2-3 eighth with two strikeouts.

Dunedin 4 @ Tampa 5 (11)

A rain delay was likely here. One, it's Florida. Two, both starters went just three innings. Josh Kreuzer and Cory Patton combined for six hits to pace the offense. It all came down to the bottom of the 11th, though, when Eric Arnold made an error to put one runner on, then Daryl Harang walked one. Then another. And another.

Lansing 4 @ West Michigan 5

It wasn't that close. The Lugnuts got two runs in the top of the ninth. Ten hits -- all of them singles -- were all the 'Nuts could get, and Luke Hetherington had three of them, driving in the aforementioned ninth-inning runs with one of them.

Brooklyn 1 @ Auburn 9

It was sort of a game until the seventh. The Doubledays, not happy with a two-run lead, went walk-walk-wild pitch-walk-sac fly-triple-single-walk-single-passed ball, sending 10 men to the plate in total. Matthew Liuzza was the man behind the two-run triple, and since he's a catcher who was batting fourth, I must assume it was at least marginally Molina-like. Chase Lirette pitched five pretty good innings, surrendering nary an earned run with more strikeouts than baserunners allowed.

Travis Snider 0-for-3 (BB, RBI)

A sac fly was all Snider contributed last night, though it's hardly his fault -- he was intentionally walked in the top of the ninth when Pulaski put together three straight singles to take the lead and eventually win the game. Pulaski beat Greenville 4-3, if you're wondering. Jonathan Jaspe had a couple of hits to raise his average to .291; he was at .288/.349/.487 before the game, so make your minor adjustments as necessary.

Three Star Selection
Ryan Patterson
2. Cory Patton
1. Ismael Ramirez