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...but not so much in Syracuse & New Hampshire.

Buffalo 1 @ Syracuse 0

A second-inning Bison run stood up to win the match as pitching ruled the day in Syracuse. Ty Taubenheim made another strong start for the Chiefs, going 6 innings allowing 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4. He saw his ERA rise to 1.08. Brandon League and Adrian Burnside turned in 3 shutout innings of relief. For the bad guys, Steve Karsay earned a hold for his 3 scoreless frames.

The Syracuse offense amounted to 3 singles and 3 walks. No need to name names.

New Hampshire 0 @ Harrisburg 2

The hitting woes continued in double-A, as the Fisher Cats were shut out on just 1 hit and 1 walk. Ismael Ramirez was the hard luck loser, allowing just 1 run on 2 hits over 5, striking out 4 and walking 2. Jamie Vermilyea allowed the other run, unearned due to a Manny Mayorson error. Vermilyea gave up four hits and struck out 1 in pitching 3 innings.

Fort Myers 4 @ Dunedin 5

For eight and two-thirds innings, the Dunedin Blue Jays were falling in line with their higher-up minor league cousins, scoring just 1 run on 3 hits and falling behind 4 – 1. But then Eric Nielsen drew a walk, and Robinzon Diaz snuck a ground ball into right field for a single. Dustin Majewski hit a grounder that should have ended it, but the shortstop booted it and suddenly the sacks were full and there was hope for the home town. Catcher John Schneider wasted no time making good on that hope, smacking a home run to left for the grand slam walkoff.

Daryl Harang receipted for the W, having pitched the 8th and 9th giving up a run on 2 hits but punching out 4. Preceding him was Danny Core, who tossed 2 frames featuring 2 hits and 3 Ks. In the beginning there was Jesse Litsch for 5, 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and a walk, 4 whiffs. Diaz and Schneider both had two hit nights and were both involved in Dunedin’s first run, when Schneider’s single drove in Diaz’s double.

Beloit 2 @ Lansing 3

As if to balance the 2 shutouts at the top of the system, the Lugnuts made it 2 bottom-of-the-ninth wins from the lower teams. They came into the final frame down 2 – 1, and like the Dunedins they surrendered two precious outs before getting down to business. Cory Patton started the comeback with a double. Yuber Rodriguez pinch ran for him, and Joey Metropoulos drew a walk. Jacob Butler did the finishing honours with a double to right.

Like Schneider in High-A, Butler was responsible for all of Lansing’s runs-batted-in, the other coming on a groundout in the 7th. Before the ninth inning, the Lugnuts had managed just a single from Jesús Gonzalez and a triple and another walk for Big City. Pitching-wise, Russ Savickas was brilliant for 6, striking out 10 and walking not a one in surrendering the 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits. Sean Stidfole made his 2006 debut memorable in scoring the W for his 3 shutout innings of relief. He totaled 2 each of hits, walks, and strikeouts.

Three Star Selection!

The Third Star: Russell Savickas, Lansing. 6 dominant innings.

The Second Star: Jacob Butler, Lansing. The walk-off double and all 3 Lugnut RBI.

The First Star: John Schneider, Dunedin. The walk-off salami and all 5 Blue Jay RBI.
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Mike Green - Tuesday, April 25 2006 @ 10:42 AM EDT (#145772) #
Adam Lind was #4 on Baseball America's Prospect Hot Sheet this week.  I'm so old that this sheet makes me think of a CHUM chart.
Rob - Tuesday, April 25 2006 @ 10:49 AM EDT (#145773) #
Isn't chum a type of fish?

Two notes from the Syracuse Post-Standard game story: Rob Cosby stopped running on a bunt popup and Karsay let it drop and turned the double play (apparently, there were a bunch of baserunning miscues for the Chiefs) and Jason Phillips left the game after a ball was fouled off his throwing hand. He "told Basso he could play today" but we'll see.
Mike D - Tuesday, April 25 2006 @ 11:16 AM EDT (#145776) #
My parents used to take us to a Mother's Pizza that would post the up-to-date CHUM chart on the wall, by the door.  You're not that old, Mike G.
Pistol - Tuesday, April 25 2006 @ 11:55 AM EDT (#145784) #

Wikipedia is awesome:

The CHUM Chart was discontinued on June 14, 1986, when CHUM changed its format from Top 40 to adult contemporary and later to oldies. In the early 2000s, sister station CHUM-FM revived the brand. The modern CHUM Chart program is hosted by Cory Kimm, and also airs on CITY as a weekend television series.

MatO - Tuesday, April 25 2006 @ 01:40 PM EDT (#145805) #
Purcey was back to his typical ways today against Buffalo.  He gave up a lead-off double which scored on a sac-fly and no other hits through 4 with 3 BB's and 5 K's.  Unfortunately he'd thrown 89 pitches and was pulled I assume for pitch count reasons.  As for the Syracuse offence, it would have to improve just to be anemic as they have yet to score again through 5.
Jdog - Tuesday, April 25 2006 @ 03:47 PM EDT (#145818) #
Well looks like Syracuse gets a win today. From the numbers Purcey seems to be filthy, he doesn't give up a lot of hits, if he could only get a little better control going, being a lefty with erratic control and good stuff in the Blue jays system should draw some comparisons to Ted the Tease. Also i just wanted to link to an older article I stumbled upon, some of you may have read it, but it was the first i'd heard that Thigpen and Purcey grew up together in Texas and are buddies, its a good read.
Craig B - Tuesday, April 25 2006 @ 04:31 PM EDT (#145820) #

Baseball America, geez.  In the Hot Sheet, they said of Kurt Suzuki, one of the three best hitters in the NCAA his junior year, that he was "known as primarily a catch-and-throw guy at Cal State Fullerton".  Suzuki hit .413 with 17 doubles, 16 homers and 87 RBI in 69 games as a junior at Fullerton, and hit .390 over a three-year career there.  I'd hate to see what an offensive catcher would do there.

What they mean, of course, is that a bunch of the scouts thought he wouldn't hit with wood.  But they were wrong wrong wrong, like they so often are, and so history gets revised once again.  (Suzuki had a .381 OBP over his first two seasons in the minors and is hitting .364/.478/.509 so far in AA).  Typical BA stuff.

Nigel - Tuesday, April 25 2006 @ 04:58 PM EDT (#145821) #

I'm certainly no scout, but let me add that I am somewhat surprised by Suzuki's success at higher levels.   Having seen him first hand quite a bit in Vancouver in 2004 he was fairly unimpressive.  Although he put up good numbers (particularly OBP), he had a slow swing and couldn't catch up to good fastballs (or had the bat knocked out of his hands by good fastballs).  He killed pitchers with little or no control and average stuff (of which there is quite a bit in short season ball).  I assumed that he would struggle at higher levels, but I may just have witnessed his adjustment to wooden bats.  Time will tell.

What was even more striking was being able to compare Susuki at the plate to Javier Herrera who may have one of the quickest and most powerful swings I've ever seen.  Everything he hit had a sound that was different than every other player in the league that season.

Gerry - Tuesday, April 25 2006 @ 08:02 PM EDT (#145828) #

New Hampshire hitters are still cold, one hit tonight through six innings.

Billy Carnline had another great start, 3 hits and no walks over six innings.

Mike Green - Tuesday, April 25 2006 @ 10:25 PM EDT (#145833) #
Craig, I laughed when I read the Suzuki entry in BA, remembering the thorough discussion in da Box about the catchers in that year's crop- Suzuki,Powell,Thigpen, and Iannetta. 
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