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Minor League Update - 08/14/05

Sunday Standings Check-in
team lst wk W-L place GB
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Pawtucket 4-2 61-60 3rd 5.0
Portland 5-3 64-55 1st ---
Wilmington 3-3 20-26 4th 6.0
Greenville 4-2 22-25 7th 5.5
Lowell 3-3 29-22 2nd 2.5

The Results
Pawtucket at Rochester - L, 10-6
Portland vs Norwich - L, 12-1
Wilmington vs Potomoc - L, 7-3
Greenville at Rome - L, 8-0
Lowell vs Oneonta - L, 12-7

The Prospects
Jacoby Ellsbury - 1-3, r, 2bb, k, sb
Craig Hansen - 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Jed Lowrie - 2-3, 2r, 2bb
Alejandro Machado - 1-2, 2b, 2bb
Cla Meredith - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 HR
Brandon Moss - 1-3, bb
Jon Papelbon - DNP
Dustin Pedroia - 0-5, 2k
Hanley Ramirez - 0-2, k
Kelly Shoppach - 1-4, r, hr, rbi, 2k
Luis Soto - 2-4, 2r, 2hr, 5rbi, bb, k

The Starters
name IP H R ER BB SO HR Dec
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Abe Alvarez 5 7 5 5 3 0 1 ND
Dave Pauley 4 7 6 6 0 1 2 L
Tom Hottovy 2.2 2 0 0 3 2 0 ND
Roger Lincoln 2.1 10 7 7 1 4 3 L
Mario Pena 5 10 6 6 0 1 1 L

Other Notables
Shawn Wooten - 2-2, r, 2bb
Mike Lockwood - 1-4, r, hr, 3rbi, k, E
John Devries - 2-3, 2b, rbi, bb
Chad Spann - 1-4, r, hr, rbi, k
Andrew Pinckney - 2-4
Jason Tromley - 2-4, r, hr, rbi, bb, k

Mike James - 2.2 IP, 2 K
Brian Marshall - 2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K

The Bad Guys
org W-L place GB runs(rank) RA(rank)
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ROC BAL(AAA) 64-57 2nd 2.0 576(10 of 14) 529(3 or 14)
ONE DET(shA) 31-19 1st ---

News and Notes
It's days like yesterday that make us all glad that we're all Boston fans and mostly not fans of the individual minor league teams. Because if we were rooting for the minor leaguers to win every day, we would've been sorely disappointed yesterday. Thanks to some bad pitching, bad offense, and just all around bad play, all five of the minor league teams lost and all of them by at least 4 runs. None of the starters pitched a quality start and three of the teams were held to just 3 runs or less on the offensive side of the ball.

Abe Alvarez pitched poorly enough to earn a loss, but the offense kept the team in the game while he was on the mound. It wasn't until Juan Perez took the mound that things got really out of hand. Perez allowed 4 runs in and only managed to get 2 outs. Cla Meredith came on to get the final out, but the damage was already done and Perez got the loss. Meredith's only mistake came on a solo home run. Other than that he was perfect in his 1.1 IP.

At least there was some good news coming from Portland's 12-1 loss. Sure, the offense couldn't get anything going, Dave Pauley got hammered in his start, and Charlie Zink continued to suck up the joint allowing 5 runs in 2 innings of work. But, on the bright side, Craig Hansen pitched a scoreless inning and struck out 2.

The Wilmington/Potomoc game was a close one until the 5th inning. Matt Van Der Bosch committed an error with two outs and the flood gates just opened up. All five of the runs scored by Potomoc in the fifth were unearned and Pete Fisher just exploded, unable to get the final out that Van Der Bosch should've had. By the time the inning was done, Wilmington had already lost the game.

Jacob Ellsbury did a great job from the leadoff position for Lowell yesterday getting on base 3 times and stealing a base. It was his first time stealing a base since sitting out with the hamstring injury and he is now a perfect 10 for 10 in stolen base opportunities this year.Luis Soto, however, stole the show for the Spinners hitting 2 home runs and knocking in 5 of the 7 runs that the Spinners scored. Soto has a .314/.387/.463 line in 188 AB's after his demotion from Greenville earlier in the year.