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9/4 ml Gameday: (Regular) Seasons End


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#1 Cuzittt


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Posted 04 September 2006 - 08:22 AM

Today's Games:

IL: Pawtucket (http://www.sonsofsam...ok/external.png) center right no-repeat; padding-right: 13px; border-bottom: 1px dotted #3366BB; color: #3366BB; cursor:pointer; text-decoration:none;" class="wiki">Rob Henkel) @ Syracuse (Ismael Ramirez) [2:05pm]
EL: Portland (http://www.sonsofsam...ok/external.png) center right no-repeat; padding-right: 13px; border-bottom: 1px dotted #3366BB; color: #3366BB; cursor:pointer; text-decoration:none;" class="wiki">Frank Brooks/TBD) vs. New Hampshire (David Purcey/TBD) [1:05pm]
CL: Wilmington (http://www.sonsofsam...ok/external.png) center right no-repeat; padding-right: 13px; border-bottom: 1px dotted #3366BB; color: #3366BB; cursor:pointer; text-decoration:none;" class="wiki">John Barnes) vs. Frederick (Matt Bruback) [1:05pm]
SAL: Greenville (TBD) vs. Greenville (Jason Rice) [2:05pm]
NYPL: Lowell (http://www.sonsofsam...ok/external.png) center right no-repeat; padding-right: 13px; border-bottom: 1px dotted #3366BB; color: #3366BB; cursor:pointer; text-decoration:none;" class="wiki">Travis Beazley/http://www.sonsofsam...ok/external.png) center right no-repeat; padding-right: 13px; border-bottom: 1px dotted #3366BB; color: #3366BB; cursor:pointer; text-decoration:none;" class="wiki">J.T. Zink) @ Brooklyn (TBD/TBD) [1:05pm/6:05pm]

Notes: Final Regular Season game for everyone EXCEPT Lowell.

If Portland is able to get a win today or a Binghamton loss today (both playing Doubleheaders), they will win the Wild Card and play at Trenton on Wednesday. If this does not happen, Portland and Binghamton will play tomorrow @ Hadlock @ 6pm. For those in the area, the game will be FREE.

Blue Rocks and Frederick take a day off tomorrow, and start up their Playoff Series on Wednesday @ Frederick.

http://www.sonsofsam...ok/external.png) center right no-repeat; padding-right: 13px; border-bottom: 1px dotted #3366BB; color: #3366BB; cursor:pointer; text-decoration:none;" class="wiki">Jeff Corsaletti set a Blue Rock team record by recording his 97th walk of the season yesterday. The mark leads the Carolina league. http://www.sonsofsam...ok/external.png) center right no-repeat; padding-right: 13px; border-bottom: 1px dotted #3366BB; color: #3366BB; cursor:pointer; text-decoration:none;" class="wiki">Mike James recorded his 25th save yesterday, tieing a Blue Rock team record.

[On Wednesday, http://www.sonsofsam...ok/external.png) center right no-repeat; padding-right: 13px; border-bottom: 1px dotted #3366BB; color: #3366BB; cursor:pointer; text-decoration:none;" class="wiki">Jeff Natale became the second player in the minor leagues to walk 100 times this season.]

Lowell's DH is a split doubleheader, but both games will be 7 innings long.

In the race for the wildcard, Lowell is 3 1/2 games back of Aberdeen with 5 games to play. Lowell finishes the season with a set of 3 against Aberdeen. Which means, Lowell needs to avoid any losses if they want to get into the playoffs.

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Posted 04 September 2006 - 12:54 PM

Portland backs into the playoffs as a result of a Binghamton loss.

#3 Cuzittt


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Posted 04 September 2006 - 02:44 PM

Portland makes certain they won't get tagged with the backed in label (despite the above statement), defeating New Hampshire 3-2... by scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th to walk off with the win and walk into the playoffs.

Frank Brooks went the first 5 innings, giving up 4 hits and 2 runs (1 earned), striking out 3. Brett Evert got the first 2 outs in the 6th, striking out one. Barry Hertzler got the final out in the 6th, Hitting a batter. Edgar Martinez pitched a perfect 7th.

Jacoby Ellsbury went 2/3 with a walk and a 7th inning, game tieing HR. Brandon Moss went 1/2 with a walk and a 7th inning sacrifice (reaching on the play). Luis Jimenez went 1/2 with a HR, HBP and 7th inning intentional walk (loading the bases). Chris Durbin went 1/4 with a 7th inning double (directly after the Ellsbury HR). Jeremy West went 0/3 with a walk; he hit into a 7th inning ground out to the pitcher which scored Durbin from 3rd (as the pitcher threw past the catcher).

Dusty Brown went 1/3 with a double. David Bacani went 1/2 with a HBP. Alberto Concepcion went 0/2 with a walk. Zach Borowiak went 0/3.

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#4 ibrewbeer

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Posted 04 September 2006 - 02:50 PM

suffered thru the first 6 innings of the BLue Rocks game before the kids got restless

who John Barnes is painful to watch....plus wth Wagner catching it was like little league. Wagner had easily 4 passed balls.

Barnes was all over the place, lots of walks, and then strikeouts...

Rocks were winning 6-2 when we split....

Lots of bench players in today, as it was the end of the season and Rocks start playoffs on Wednesday

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Posted 04 September 2006 - 02:50 PM

Lowell kills their playoff chances, losing 3-2 to Brooklyn.

Travis Beazley went the first 6 innings, giving up 5 hits, a walk and a HBP, allowing an unearned run while striking out 6. Josh Papelbon blows the save and gets the loss, getting 2 outs in the 7th... but giving up 2 hits, 2 walks (one intentional), 2 runs and a Balk. Both outs were by strikeout.

Luis Exposito went 1/2 with a HBP. Reid Engel and Michael Jones went 1/3; Engel with a triple. Kris Negron went 1/4. Manny Arambarris went 0/2 with a walk. Paul Smyth went 0/2 with a sacrifice. Chih-Hsien Chiang, Jon Still and Ryan Kalish each go 0/3.

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Posted 04 September 2006 - 02:56 PM

Wilmington defeats Frederick, 6-3.

John Barnes went the first 5 innings, giving up 2 hits and 6 walks, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) while striking out 6. Scott Shoemaker went the next 2 innings, giving up a walk and striking out 3. Justin Sturge went the final 2 innings, giving up a hit and a walk, striking out 2.

Jeff Corsaletti and Jed Lowrie each went 2/3; Lowrie with a double. John Otness and Iggy Suarez each went 2/4. Scott White went 1/3 with a double and a SF. Ian Bladergroen went 1/1. Jay Johnson went 0/3 with a sacrifice. Mark Wagner went 0/3 with a walk. Bubba Bell went 0/1 with a SB. Bryan Pritz went 0/3. Jeff Natale went 0/4.

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Posted 04 September 2006 - 03:02 PM

Pawtucket loses to Syracuse, 5-3.

Rob Henkel went the first 6 innings, giving up 10 hits (2 HRs) and 5 runs, striking out 5. Phil Seibel pitched a perfect final 2 innings, striking out one.

Ron Calloway went 2/4 with a CS. Alejandro Machado went 1/3 with a sacrifice. Ken Huckaby, Tyler Minges and Chuck Jeroloman each went 1/3; Huckaby with a double, Jeroloman with his first AAA HR. Willie Harris went 0/3 with a walk and a SB. Corky Miller, Trent Durrington and Matt Kent each went 0/3.

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Posted 04 September 2006 - 05:03 PM

suffered thru the first 6 innings of the BLue Rocks game before the kids got restless

who John Barnes is painful to watch....plus wth Wagner catching it was like little league.  Wagner had easily 4 passed balls.

Barnes was all over the place, lots of walks, and then strikeouts...

Rocks were winning 6-2 when we split....

Lots of bench players in today, as it was the end of the season and Rocks start playoffs on Wednesday

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What's the feeling in Wilmington about the team? It's a pretty gritty, dirt-dog type team with no real star. Sometimes that goes over really well with fans, sometimes it doesn't. Do they like the ensemble and have they connected with the players?

#9 ibrewbeer

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Posted 04 September 2006 - 07:36 PM

Coming into this season there was a lot of resentment of the Red Sox organization, because bluntly, last years Blue Rocks sucked. They had a bunch of lifer minor leaguers, and some talent that wasnt panning out. ie, Bladergroen, White, Spann, Mickey Hall. although, Van Der Bosch made an appearance and Annibal Sanchez was lights out.

The fans are spoiled by the Royals always making the playoffs, then watching the same kids make the show. That isnt going to happen with the Sox. The good players will be traded, or take forever to break the 25 man Sox roster.

I've been going round and round with a local reporter about this.....

Hopefully with the Rox making the playoffs the fans will embrace them.

To be honest, the knowledge level of these fans arent real deep. They want to see a winner. then they want to see a player in the bigs....its a pretty simple formula, and the Royals exceeded.

Couple reasons I can think of...1) Royals always drafted high, and always had a bunch of sandwhich picks since they would lose so many free agents. Thus they had some pretty good talent. 2) its a lot easier to make the Royals roster then the Sox.

as for the team...its been a pretty good team this year. Ellsbury was here for half the year, Corsaletti, Natale, I am an Idiot and Rozier just came up.

Mike James, who won player of the year for the Rox is 25/25 in save situations...

There are the usuall suspects on the team, like White, Suarez, Bladergroen, etc...but they pitching staff should be sick next year (unless the kids from G'ville all skip Delaware)....

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Posted 04 September 2006 - 09:32 PM

Greenville loses their finale, 8-1.

Ismael Casillas goes the first 3 innings, giving up 3 hits and 2 walks, allowing a run while striking out 2. Hunter Jones went the next 3 innings, giving up a hit and striking out 4. Jason Blackey went 1 inning, giving up 2 unearned runs on 4 consecutive errors. David Timm went 1/3rd of an inning, giving up 5 hits (1 HR) and 5 runs. Blake Maxwell went the final 1 2/3 innings, giving up a hit and striking out 2.

Pedro Vasquez went 1/2 with a walk. Tony Granadillo went 1/3 with a SF. Ryan Khoury, Mickey Hall, and Yahmed Yema each went 1/4; Yema with a triple, Hall with a SB. Aaron Bates and Matt Mercurio each went 0/3 with a walk. Luis Soto went 0/4. Mike Leonard went 0/3. Mitch Stachowsky and Dustin Kelly each went 0/1.

Boxscore

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Posted 04 September 2006 - 09:38 PM

This is always a very sad day. Thanks for all the work you do to make it easy to follow our youngins, Cuzitt.

On a serious note:

How do we make room for Phil Seibel on the 40 man roster? He's got to come up and get some innings for the Red Sox this month.

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Posted 04 September 2006 - 09:40 PM

Lowell loses both to Brooklyn, going down 3-2 in 9 innings in the nightcap.

JT Zink went the first 6 innings, giving up 4 hits and a walk, allowing 2 unearned runs while striking out one. Jordan Craft went the next 2 innings, giving up a hit and striking out 3. Felix Ventura went the final 2/3rds of an inning, giving up 2 hits and a run, striking out one.

Jon Still went 2/3 with a HBP. Zak Farkes went 2/4. Paul Smyth went 1/2 with a double, a walk and a SF. Michael Jones and Luis Segovia each went 1/4. Reid Engel and Mike Chambers each went 1/5; Chambers with a double. Junior Moreno and Jeff Vincent each went 0/4. Ryan Kalish went 0/1.

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Posted 04 September 2006 - 09:42 PM

Portland and New Hampshire cancelled the second game of the doubleheader, as the game no longer had playoff implications.

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Posted 05 September 2006 - 10:27 AM

FYI: Chuck Jeroloman's 1st AAA HR was an inside-the-parker.

Pawsox Stories:

Game Story

Even though the Pawtucket Red Sox finished with their first losing record (69-75) in four years, manager Ron Johnson wasn't inclined to punch out a wall -- even though his team suited up 70 players, which tied the franchise record set in 1995.

"Our job is to evaluate, develop and then run the game," Johnson said after the PawSox lost their season finale yesterday, 5-3, to the Syracuse SkyChiefs. "And it's probably, develop, evaluate and run the game in that order. Whatever we need to do in these first two areas to get guys to a higher level is what we're here to do. What you remain with is what you deal with on a normal, daily basis.

"Your job is to create chemistry and keep teams playing. I was proud of our guys. They were out there yelling and screaming 'Tie it up' and having fun. That tells me we have a good chemistry."


Sea Dogs Stories:

Game Story

The Portland Sea Dogs lost the lead in Monday's game against New Hampshire, ran into the dugout and soon were exchanging high-fives.

In the middle of the third inning, a final score from another Eastern League game went up on the Hadlock Field message board: Connecticut 2, Binghamton 0.

Suddenly, the game in Portland did not matter. With Binghamton losing, the Sea Dogs clinched the league's final playoff spot.

Adding to the celebration, Portland scored two runs in the last inning to beat the Fisher Cats, 3-2.


Drive Stories:

Game Story

The Blue Rocks rallied for five runs in the fourth inning to defeat Frederick 6-3 Monday in the regular-season finale at Frawley Stadium and give them a boost entering this week's playoffs.

The Rocks finished the regular season with a three-game sweep of Frederick and four straight wins overall, their longest streak since closing the first half with eight straight victories.

That streak lifted the Blue Rocks to the first-half title in the Carolina League's Northern Division. Frederick won the second half, so the teams will meet in the playoffs starting Wednesday. Game 1 of the best-of-three series will be at Frederick. The series then moves to Frawley.

"As a manager, you have to really be pleased with the last four ballgames and the way we've played," Blue Rocks manager Chad Epperson said. "It's good momentum going into the playoffs."


Drive Stories

Game Story

It was almost as if the fans didn't want the season to end.

After the Greenville Drive's 8-1 loss to the Kannapolis Intimidators to end their South Atlantic League season, several hundred of the 4,130 in attendance at West End Field hung around to talk to each other, staff members and players.

Many who were begging players for anything from sweatbands to gloves were rewarded. Relief pitcher Jason Blackey gave away two pairs of cleats to two excited young boys, while outfielder Chris Turner rewarded a fan with his baseball cap.

Despite the lopsided loss and a 32-38 second-half record, most appeared upbeat about the Drive's first season in their new ballpark in downtown Greenville.

The team finished with a recordbreaking 330,126 fans in 69 home dates for an average of 4,784 fans per game. That broke the previous attendance record for a minor league baseball team in Greenville by more than 60,000 people.


-Brandon