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A quiet night in the minors as Syracuse and NH had the day off. The remaining 4 affiliates split their 4 games.
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I logged on this morning to check out the Minor League Update.  When it wasn't there I realized it was because Sunday's my day to report.  Whoops.

 In any event, one of two things happened to each affiliate yesterday:  They either didn't play or they scored five runs and won.  If the anticipation of knowing who did what is killing you, just click 'more'.

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A rainout in the Gulf Coast League meant that five affiliates were in action and four of those games were decided in the last inning. If I tell you that Auburn was the team not involved in one of those aforementioned games and that the affiliates went 3-1 in those games, could you guess which team took the loss? I hope youíd at least be able to narrow it down to two pretty quickly. Lansing won in extras behind a couple of 4-hit performances, Travis Snider went 2-4 in Triple-A and David Cooper hit his first homer in High-A. Rehabbing big leaguers did not do so well, as Shannon Stewart and V-Dub both were hitless and Jeremy Accardo gave up a pair of runs.
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A big night on the farm as the affiliates went 4-2.  More importantly, some impressive prospects put up some impressive performances.
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First round selection David Cooper continued his assault on minor league pitchers with a 2-for-5 night with two RBI in his first game in Dunedin on Thursday night. Dunedin represents Cooper's third minor league stop already this year despite having just signed his first pro contract in June. Travis Snider, playing left field, also had a successful AAA debut, going 2-for-3 with two RBI. The Baby Jays managed to go 3-3 despite being outscored, in total, 38-19. The MLU is a joint effort today.
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There was good pitching in the lower levels of the minors yesterday. Auburn played a doubleheader where the teams combined to score four runs. Lansing won an extra inning game 3-1, while the Gulf Coast Blue Jays lost an extra inning game 2-1. For those of you keeping track at home, thatís 36 innings of baseball with 11 runs scored. Brett Cecil got his first victory for Syracuse while Dunedin won a nail-biter by continuously chipping away at the Sarasota Reds. Meanwhile, New Hampshire lost as four add-on runs came back to haunt them. Oh yes, and Travis Snider continued his meteoric rise through the Jays system with JP announcing on WWJP that he'd been promoted to Triple-A, with Brian Dopirak getting a much-deserved promotion to New Hampshire and David Cooper making the jump to High-A.
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The affiliates split things right down the middle last night.  Syracuse got an encouraging performance from a recently demoted starter and came away with a walk-off win, New Hampshire battled back from an early deficit only to suffer a walk-off loss, Dunedin held on in a nail-biter, Lansing's offence didn't show up against the first place team in their division and the Gulf Coast Jays split a doubleheader against the team they're chasing for first.   Auburn had the night off.

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Here are the links - tell us what you find notable from last night or in general in the minors.  You can even toss in the three stars of the night if you'd like.
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Four of the five affiliates in action won yesterday, with Syracuse losing a 2-1 affair in Buffalo. It was a day of great pitching and good hitting with two of the victories coming behind shutouts and Ricky Romero and Randy Boone also throwing quality starts. While Syracuse struggled at the plate the same didnít hold true for New Hampshire or Lansing, which combined for 19 runs. Dunedin only scored six, but they had 21 baserunners. Picking between all those batters was difficult, so the third star (the first two were obvious) went to a pitcher.
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Excellent starting pitching by Brad Mills, Marc Rzepczynski and Joel Carreno picked up three wins for their teams.  Brian Wolfe started for Syracuse but it was Davis Romero who was the better pitcher on this night., five perfect innings with eleven K's.  Both Lansing and Dunedin scored five runs in their first innings.  Lansing went on to win by eleven but Dunedin lost by seven.  Your first star is eighteen year old Tyler Pastornicky.
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Brett Cecil had a tough debut in AAA although he did not have much support from the fielders.  Jean Machi, adrian Martin and Luis Perez each pitched well and led their teams to victory.  Auburn lost.
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There is no way around it... It was a bad night for the affiliates. Perhaps the players were all too busy checking their cell phones to see if they were traded?
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Revenge was sweet for the Fisher Cats after an extra-innings loss last night, Travis Snider and JP Arencibia had three hits each.  The most hits by a junior Jay was four by Raul Barron helping Lansing to the win.  On the other hand Syracuse were held to one hit by Chase Wright and two relievers.
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Syracuse falls below .500 as their once-promising season heads down in the toilet, Lansing and the Gulf Coast Jays saw their losing streaks extended and New Hampshire lost a heart-breaker in extra innings.  On the positive side, Dunedin was in the winner's circle and Auburn drew closer to first place in their division with a key road victory in a 2-4 night for the affiliates.  Strange days indeed, most peculiar mama!

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The Chiefs banged out 21 hits in a 14-1 rout of Indianapolis as the affiliates went 2-4 yesterday.
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