Jamie Vermilyea, Brandon League and Jason Frasor combined for a 5-0 win for the Syracuse SkyChiefs over the Durham Bulls Monday in the International League.
Chad Mottola provided all the offense Syracuse (11-13) needed, belting a two-run home run in the fourth off Durham starter Jason Hammel (2-2). Mottola added his third RBI of the game, scoring Luis Figueroa in the sixth on a fielder's choice.
Wayne Lydon singled home John Hattig in the seventh and Kevin Barker closed out the SkyChiefs' scoring with a towering home run to right off Durham reliever Jason Childers in the eighth.
League (1-1) earned the win in three innings of relief after Vermilyea left in the fourth due to a pitch count. Vermilyea allowed three hits and struck out two while League allowed three hits, walked two and struck out three.
Frasor had a rocky start in the eighth walking two of the first three batters he faced but after Darnell McDonald hit into a doubleplay for the Bulls (14-11), Frasor struck out Shawn Riggans and the side in the ninth to preserve the shutout. Written by: Ed Gonser
Vermilyea has not walked a batter in 20 1/3 combined innings this season between Double-A and Triple-A. The right-handed faced nine right-handed batters on Monday and didn't allow a single hit. All three of hit hits allotted came against left-handed batters. League has now tossed 7 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings, dating back to April 24. Right-handed batters are hitting .231 off League this season.
Romero Tosses Complete Game One-Hitter
Left hander Davis Romero tossed a complete-game one-hitter as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats beat the Bowie Bay Sox 9-0 Monday night.
Romero, a 23-year old Panamanian, making just his fifth start at Double-A, allowed only a one out single to Bay Sox right fielder Tony Alvarez in the seventh inning. He walked one and struck out four in becoming the second Fisher Cat starter in four days to throw a nine-inning complete game. Mike MacDonald threw the first ever complete-game shutout last week.
In 31 innings this season, the southpaw has issued just 4 walks, while recording 26 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .207 on the year off Romero, with left-handers having just four hits in twenty-eight at bats. Romero is succeeding in every situation. He had retired twenty-five of thirty leadoff hitters, and with runners in scoring position, opponents are batting .185 (5-27) off him.
New Hampshire broke a scoreless tie in the sixth on a solo homer down the left field line by shortstop Manny Mayorson off Bowie starter Richard Stahl. Mayorson finished the game 1-for-3 and extended his hitting streak to five games. The shortstop had a five-game hitting streak to begin the season.
The Fisher Cats then exploded for season-high eight runs on five hits in the 7th inning. Centerfielder David Smith drilled a three-run homer and leftfielder Adam Lind drove in two with a bases loaded double in the frame.
Dunedin Drops Another to Fort Myers
After winning game one of the series, Dunedin has turned around to drop two consecutive games, losing Monday 4-3.
Brian Wolfe allowed four early runs, three of them earned, as he fell to 1-4 on the season. Wolfe allowed six hits while working just three innings. Opponents have had an easy time hitting the 25-year-old this season, posting a .310 batting average against mark off him.
Danny Core followed in relief with three strong innings, in which he allowed just a walk, and a hit. Connor Falkenbach continued the stellar relief pitching with a pair of scoreless innings. The 25-year-old Core has tossed 9 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings and has struck out seven batters over his last seven innings. Despite having allowed 5 runs this season, Core has not issued a hit yet with runners in scoring position.
Robinzon Diaz, playing third base for the fourth time in five games, went 3-for-4 with a run batted in. Ron Davenport went 2-for-5 with a run batted in, and Chris Snavely also drove in a run, and reached base three times, once with a double.
Diaz is hitting .500 (8-16) when playing third base, and 3-for-8 as a designated hitter. When the 22-year-old has to catch, he is batting just .213 (10-47)
Carnline Marvelous in Game 2; Lugnuts Drop Game 1
The Lansing Lugnuts split a pair of games with the Swing of the Quad Cities on Monday after being washed out the previous two days at John O'Donnell Stadium. Lansing dropped the first game 6-5, but took the second game 1-0.
Once again Billy Carnline was spectacular for the Lugnuts in game two. Carnline tossed six innings, allowing just two hits while striking out six batters in the victory. Carnline retired the first seven batters of the game, extending his personal streak to 25 before Chad Gabriel smacked a single to center field in the third inning.
Carnline has had two consecutive starts in which he went six innings, without allowing a run. In 28 innings this season, the right-hander has issued just ten hits, one walk, and has fanned thirty-one batters. In three starts this season Carnline has yet to issue a run, and has struck out 15 batters in 16 innings, without issuing a walk.
"Billy has done a great job stepping into the rotation and giving his team two quality starts," said Dick Scott, the Blue Jays Director of Player Development. "The key for him has been his ablility to throw strikes with all his pitches. He works both sides of the plate with his fastball. His slider has been sharp and he has shown a nice feel for the change-up."
Cory Patton added the only run of game two in the sixth inning, belting a home run over the center field wall. Patton extended his hitting streak to seven games and is batting 12-for-24 during that span. Patton has also driven in a run in five of his last six games.
Paul Phillips nailed down the save for Lansing, his fourth of the year and extended his scoreless streak to five innings.
Russell Savickas started game one and allowed four runs, in four innings. Po-Hsuan Keng suffered his first loss of the season, as he issued two walks, and allowed a run on one hit. Sean Shoffit led the way going 3-for-4 with a triple and two-runs batted in. Shoffit is now hitting .330 in 21 games this season.
Tuesday, May 2, 2006 – All Times E.T.
AAA: Durham at Syracuse (Francisco Rosario), 7:00 p.m.
AA: Bowie at New Hampshire (Kyle Yates), 6:35 p.m.
A: Dunedin (Orlando Trias) at Fort Myers, 10:35 a.m.
A: Lansing (Aaron Wideman) at Quad Cities, 10:30 a.m.
A: Lansing (Chi-Hung Cheng) at Quad Cities, Game 2
Syracuse- 11-13 (fifth place), 5.0 games out of first in International League North Division. Have won three in a row
New Hampshire- 9-14 (4th place), 4.5 games out of first in Eastern League Northern Division
Dunedin- 12-12 (3rd place), 3.0 games out of first in Florida State League West Division
Lansing- 18-6 (1st place), 2.0 games ahead in the Midwest League Eastern Division. Have won 8 of last 10