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The affiliates located in New York State ruined what would've been a perfect night on the farm.  At least Auburn had an excuse, they had the night off.  Syracuse could only wish they had one after getting swept in a doubleheader by Buffalo but at least a rehabbing Venezuelan lefty got some work in.   Lansing wound up playing more than a doubleheader's worth of baseball but not by design and New Hampshire picked up an important win in a 4-and-2 night for the affiliates.

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Hitting was in short supply for the affiliates yesterday, in five games only two hitters had more than one hit.  Sal Fasano had two for the Chiefs and Manny Rodriguez had three for the Doubledays.  The affiliates managed to squeeze out two wins, Auburn won 2-1 on a solo home run by Rodriguez and the Cheifs won game two of a twin-bill with Fasano hitting a solo shot in that game.  Josh Banks and Ricky Romero had good starts.
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A couple of Gonzalez's produced star-worthy performances on Saturday as the affiliates went 4-1.  Reidier Gonzalez pitched a complete game shutout for Lansing.  Jesus Gonzalez went 4-5 as Dunedin won easily.  Joel Collins hit two home runs to power the GCL Jays's offense.  Brett Cecil got back on track as Auburn won in extras.  New Hampshire took the lone loss as Syracuse were flood victims.
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The GCL Blue Jays had their game suspended by rain while New Hampshire made up for a rainout by splitting a doubleheader. Auburn lost convincingly and Syracuse was dominated by Sowers. However, the bright and noteworthy occurred in full-season A-ball, where Lansing pitchers put on a dazzling display and Dunedin staged a late-inning comeback.

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It is a hitter's summary week. The farm affiliates went 3-2.
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Five affiliates left 26 runners on (total) and scored 28 runs and went 4-1. The sixth, New Hampshire, did leave 12 runners on, but scored 9 runs.
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The Jays didn't get a win in the minors yesterday until going all the way down to the GCL.
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A big night by Kevin Barker helps Syracuse beat their closest rivals, Auburn gets a split in Red Sox Country and a high '07 draft pick swings a big stick in the Sunshine State but the affiliates only manage to win 2 out of 6.

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A 3-1 day on the farm, New Hampshire took eleven innings to win and David Smith delivered the win.  Dunedin got a rare five inning win and Lansing won the regular way to run their win streak to five.
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Boston has Manny, the Yankees have Rodriguez and the Jays have Manny Rodriguez who went 6-6 for Auburn, but it took a 2 run single from Leance Soto in the eleventh for Auburn to win.  Scott Campbell hit a two run home run in the eighth to power Lansing to the win.  Kevin Ahrens did well too as the bottom four teams each won.
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As Mike Green stated in yesterday’s minor league thread, “It was a good night on the farm.  Brandon League did his thing (4 batters, 1K, 3 ground outs) again. The Fisher Cats had a cool late rally with Robinson Diaz playing hero, and the A ball squads scored runs in bunches.” It’s as good a summary and introduction as I can give on a 5-1 night for the farm.

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Before we get to the pitcher summary, a recap of Thursday night's games is in order. The farm affiliates went 3-3. Nate Starner continued his pace of striking out over a batter an inning, while walking one every four innings. If he keeps that up, we will be seeing his name more prominently featured.
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On All-Star game night in double A and triple A, Josh Kreuzer set Dunedin afire with a late blast.  The farm affiliates went 1-2, and the double A All-Star game, with heavy Fisher Cat representation, was cancelled due to fog.
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There was only GCL action on the slate yesterday. Apparently MLB doesn't want any competition for the All Star Game.

John Tolisano had the only notable performance on the day.
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The New Hampshire Fisher Cats were one pitch away from being no-hit for the first time in franchise history, Dunedin continues to own Tampa during a certain reporter's minor league updates, and Lansing was a big winner on the road as the affiliates went 2-and-3.

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