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Four teams, three losses, one rainout, and some truly ugly pitching lines for your Junior Jays yesterday.


Buffalo 7, Syracuse 4

Hitting: Third baseman Tony Zuniga was at it again, with two hits including his second homer in two days. Zuniga, a six-year minor-league free agent, came to the Jays by way of San Francisco, in whose minor-league system heíd toiled unremarkably for the past several years.

Pitching: Corey Thurman couldnít find the plate against Buffalo, walking 5 batters and yielding 4 hits to produce 3 runs in 5 innings; at least he struck out 4. Dan Reichert continued to impress with two scoreless innings in relief, while Scott Wiggins is no closer to Toronto after getting knocked around for two insurance runs out of the pen.


Norwich 5 New Haven 4

Hitting: Recently promoted from Dunedin, little-known shortstop Kurt Keene had two hits and a run scored. Outfielder Rich Thompson singled twice and stole two bases, while Guillermo Quiroz just canít stop the music, going 2-for-4 with a double, run and RBI.

Pitching: A great performance by Jason Arnold (5 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 K, though with 4 BB) was wasted, as reliever Hugo Castellanos gave up four runs in 2/3 of a ninth inning. No truth to the rumour Hugoís teammates now call him Kelvim.


Vero Beach 14, Dunedin 3

Hitting: Rehabbing Jayson Werth showed off a healthy wrist with 2 hits, including his third home run. Thatís pretty much it.

Pitching: The roof fell in on Justin Maureau, buried under 5 runs (though only 3 earned, thanks to two infield errors) on 7 hits and 2 walks in just 1 2/3 innings. Then the floor gave way underneath Neomar Flores, overburdened by 5 earned runs in 2 2/3 IP relief. Letís just forget this ever happened.


No game in Charleston last night, so the day wasnít a total loss for the farm system.
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Gitz - Thursday, April 17 2003 @ 04:12 PM EDT (#90263) #
Dan Reichert = closer, circa ... well, some day. Great pick up by the Jays, inexplicably moronic waive by the D-Rays.
_R Billie - Thursday, April 17 2003 @ 04:13 PM EDT (#90264) #
Not a good day, particularly for Maureau.

Arnold's walk issues may hold him back. As good as his opponent's average has been, his walk totals weren't terribly good considering his level of competition last year.
_R Billie - Thursday, April 17 2003 @ 04:14 PM EDT (#90265) #
Reichart could solve the Jays' middle man woes along with Lopez. Now if they could just bring up Kershner and hope he continues to be effective from the left side.
_DS - Thursday, April 17 2003 @ 04:53 PM EDT (#90266) #
inexplicably moronic waive by the D-Rays

I think it was perfectly in line with the D-Rays way of thinking. Anything else would have been inexplicable.
Coach - Friday, April 18 2003 @ 10:50 AM EDT (#90267) #
Syracuse didn't play yesterday, but some IL notes involving other organizations may interest one or two of you: Pasqual Coco (1-2, 4.50) took the loss for Indianapolis vs. rehabbing Dan Wright of Charlotte, who fanned 5 in three scoreless innings, allowing just a walk. Willie Harris was 4-for-4 with his 3rd HR and is hitting .386. Another almost-ready leadoff man, Coco Crisp (.389) went 4-for-5 with a double, triple and SB to spark Buffalo's win over Rochester. Dave Burba struck out five and lowered his ERA to 1.64, but Aaron Myette wasn't very effective in relief.

Chris Reitsma (1-2, 4.00) took the loss for Louisville against a Durham Bulls team that features a lot of familiar names -- Rob Bell got the W, and the top of the order was Tyner, Truby, Lombard and Sandberg, with Fabregas catching. I know the parent club isn't much better, but the D-Rays have some AAA depth. Good old Stubby Clapp, who would be Canada's 2B in a World Cup format, is hitting .304 for the Richmond Braves. Victor Martinez (.204) and Jack Cust (.176) are not tearing up the league -- yet.

Not to step on Jordan's toes, but I know he's busy this weekend, so here are some quick hits from other levels on the Toronto farm:

Jayson Werth is hitting .380 for Dunedin, and was 2-for-4 with a double, 3 RBI and a SB yesterday. Russ Adams (.293) was 3-for-5, Jesse Harper (1-0, 1.29) went five strong innings and Jordan DeJong -- still unscored upon -- notched his fourth SV. John-Ford Griffin is hitting just .194 for New Haven, but has more walks than strikeouts and belted his second HR in support of lefty Diego Markwell (1-0, 1.64). 3B Simon Pond also homered; his SLG is now .588 and his OBP .523, batting cleanup for the Ravens. D.J. Hanson struck out nine in six IP, and Rodney Medina continued his hot hitting for Charleston in a 10-1 Low-A romp.

Like me, the BB server is kinda slow this morning. Rogers hosting has been very reliable, though. I'd even be willing to let them sponsor this site, which offers plenty of free -- and mostly favourable -- publicity for one of their other "products".
robertdudek - Saturday, April 19 2003 @ 11:22 PM EDT (#90268) #
Through 3 starts in A ball Charleston, Vince Perkins has stuck out 40% of batters faced.
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