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Another doubleheader was rained out for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, so the damp kitties will now be playing consecutive twinbills in mid-May; welcome to the Eastern League! Happily for Jays fans, the other three full-season minor-league clubs did take the field yesterday, including two doubleheaders. Here's what went down:

Syracuse 7-3 Ottawa 2-4

The Skychiefs split a doubleheader here in Ottawa; I wasn't at either of the games, but I'm sure there must have been at least 40 or 50 people who were. In the opener, David Bush fired a complete (7-inning) game that erased any memories of his tough first start. He allowed just 6 hits, walked 2 and struck out 5 while allowing 1 earned run. 2B Jorge Sequea had another solid game in the leadoff spot, singling twice, walking and coming around to score 3 times. RF Alex Rios' 2-run double was his lone hit in 5 trips, while SS Russ Adams also doubled in a run and C Guillermo Quiroz singled twice.

The Chiefs were cruising along in the nightcap too, until the 7th inning. Josue Matos had made a terrific Syracuse debut, firing 3 2/3 innings of 2-hit ball, walking just 1 and whiffing 6 batters. He left after allowing a double with 2 outs in the 4th, presumably for pitch-count reasons. Vinny Chulk allowed an RBI single to the first batter he faced, but then shut down the Lynx for 2 1/3 hitless innings, striking out 3 and walking no one. Alas, it was all for naught, as closer Mike Smith allowed 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th to blow the game, thanks in part to an error by Sequea (his second of the day), but mostly to a 2-run triple to Darnell McDonald. The Chiefs had an ordinary day at the plate: nobody had more than one hit or scored more than one run, though Rios doubled in 2 runs in the 3rd inning.

So the doubleheader was a sweep for Syracuse in spirit, if not in reality, though the Chiefs came away dissatisfied with the result. But hey, it could have been worse: the Chiefs could have had 6 errors committed by their shortstops, as the Lynx did (4 for Eddie Garabito in Game 1, 2 by Clay Bellinger (!!) in Game 2).

Tampa 10 Dunedin 6

This one was a joint effort by the pitching staff, although Francisco Rosario deserved a better fate. He started the game with 3 scoreless innings, striking out 3, though he walked 2 and allowed 3 hits in there. By the 4th inning, though, he was tiring, and gave up a walk and a home run. Following a fielding error and another walk, Rosario was relieved by Vince Perkins, who did his teammate no favours by promptly surrendering a 2-run double. Rosario's final line -- 3 1/3 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 3 K -- looked uglier than it actually was. Perkins' final numbers, however, were just about right: 2 2/3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB and 1 K. On the plus side, Vince's control was at least good. Santo Valdez then entered to finish off the job and allowed 3 runs in 2 innings, principally on 2 round-trippers.

The offence was a fairly piecemeal effort for the D-Jays. RF Ron Davenport drove in 2 runs with a pair of singles, while 2B Carlo Cota doubled, walked and scored twice. 1B Vito Chiaravalotti finally cooled off, going 1 for 5 and whiffing three times, as did 3B Raul Tablado, who doubled, scored a run and drove one in. Jayce Tingler continued to be a leadoff presence, though, with a single, walk and 2 runs scored.

Charleston 7-2 Lakewood 0-6

Another doubleheader split. In the first game, Danny Core spun a masterful 2-hitter over 5 2/3 shutout innings, walking 2 and striking out 4; Mark Sopko finished off the blanking with 1 1/3 IP of 1-strikeout hitless ball. The balanced offence was led by centrefielder David Smith, whose 3 hits included his second home run of the young season. Several players had 2-hit games, included C Robby Diaz and 2B Ryan Roberts.

Things went less well in the nightcap. The offence was held to a solitary double by Mike Galloway, though Lakewood pitchers issued 5 walks, 2 with the bases loaded in the 5th inning. On the mound, Justin James was hammered for 5 ER in 3 1/3 innings on 4 hits (including a 3-run homer) and 1 walk, striking out 3. On the plus side, Marcos Sandoval relieved James and retired all 5 batters he faced, striking out 4 of them.

Our Three-Star Selection:

The 3rd Star: Danny Core, Charleston SP, who threw a solid 5 2/3 innings for the win in the first game of a Sally League doubleheader.

The 2nd Star: David Smith, Charleston CF, who homered, singled twice and scored 2 runs in the Alley-Cats' 7-0 win in Game 1.

The 1st Star: David Bush, Syracuse SP, who fired a complete-game six-hitter to take the first of two against Ottawa.

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Gerry - Thursday, April 15 2004 @ 10:04 AM EDT (#72099) #
How long will Mike Smith be the closer? He has struggled for three straight games. I know the Jays wanted to try him there but at what point does winning games take precedence over player development?

Justin James had an interesting start. He had 9 up and 9 down over the first three innings with 3 K's. Then the bottom fell out. The fourth inning went DB, DB, Out, DB, Walk, Homerun. I am not sure if he was tired or if he started being predictable.

Many of the Jays pitchers had had one good and one not so good outing so far.

Bush - NSG, G
Banks - NSG, G
James - G, NSG
Rosario - G, NSG
Core - NSG, G

Lets hope Dustin McGowan does not hold this pattern when he pitches for New Hampshire today.
_graymatter - Thursday, April 15 2004 @ 11:16 AM EDT (#72100) #
FYI folks, John-Ford Griffin will be joining the Fisher Cats today, which puts the roster at 24. Matt Logan may also join the team. We'll see how the roster moves play out this afternoon. -- KG in NH.
Coach - Thursday, April 15 2004 @ 11:27 AM EDT (#72101) #
Thanks for another fine report, Jordan -- you guys are doing an amazing job. Also thanks to "graymatter" (no relation to our blog engine) for the update. Word is that Jason Waugh has been sent to Dunedin to make room for JFG to be activated.
_Ryan01 - Thursday, April 15 2004 @ 11:57 AM EDT (#72102) #
KG in NH wouldn't be Kevin Gray would it? If so, I've really enjoyed the great coverage of the Fisher Cats all spring. Several others around here have mentioned the same thing. Hope everyone in New Haven enjoys the Fisher Cats home opener. Wang vs. McGowan,should be a good one.
_Jordan - Thursday, April 15 2004 @ 12:01 PM EDT (#72103) #
COMN for a report on tonight's franchise-first home opener in Manchester, another good read by the afore-mentioned Mr. Gray.
_MatO - Thursday, April 15 2004 @ 12:04 PM EDT (#72104) #
The Jayce Tingler strikeout watch continues.
_Ryan01 - Thursday, April 15 2004 @ 12:18 PM EDT (#72105) #
I'm an idiot.. I meant hope everyone in New Hampshire enjoys tonights home opener.
Coach - Thursday, April 15 2004 @ 02:45 PM EDT (#72106) #
Not a Jays farmhand, but a Canadian worth following -- B.C. lefty Jeff Francis (Rockies AA) allowed just one hit in 6.2 IP and punched out 11 yesterday to win his second consecutive start. Ace of the Olympic team?
Mike Green - Thursday, April 15 2004 @ 02:46 PM EDT (#72107) #
Shaun Marcum hurls tonight for the Alley-Cats.
_Sneeps - Thursday, April 15 2004 @ 03:31 PM EDT (#72108) #
About Francis, that really makes me wish that he'd lasted until when the Jays picked. They were going to take him but ended up having to pick Russ Adams.
Gerry - Thursday, April 15 2004 @ 03:50 PM EDT (#72109) #
So the waterfall goes like this:

Griffin off the DL
Waugh to Dunedin
Kratz on the DL (Whittaker just arrived to catch when Syracuse signed Zaun)
_Jacko - Thursday, April 15 2004 @ 05:13 PM EDT (#72110) #

How long until the Royals demote Ken Harvey and replace him with Calvin Pickering? COMN.

For those who didn't click the link, Pickering has 7 HR in 17 AB for AAA Omaha.

Talk about being in the znoe. Maybe he finally has his weight under control...
_Steve Z - Thursday, April 15 2004 @ 06:48 PM EDT (#72111) #
In their home opener, the Cats are up 1-0 on a two-out single by... Rob Cosby (who else?!) in the first. McGowan shut Trenton down 1-2-3 in the top half (GO, GO, FO).

You can listen on the Fisher Cats network.
_Steve Z - Thursday, April 15 2004 @ 07:29 PM EDT (#72112) #
McGowan allows a leadoff hit in the third, and procedes to stike out the side! Still 1-0 F-Cats!
_Steve Z - Thursday, April 15 2004 @ 08:03 PM EDT (#72113) #
Dustin's dustin' Trenton aside thru five... (6 SO,1 BB, and a couple hits, I believe).
_Steve Z - Thursday, April 15 2004 @ 08:04 PM EDT (#72114) #
And 1-0 still.
_Steve Z - Thursday, April 15 2004 @ 08:28 PM EDT (#72115) #
Alex hit his first jack of the year in Syracuse, capping a Chiefs rally in the 8th. It's 3-1 Chiefs, in the ninth. In Manchester, McGowan's done for the day... The Apprentice after five (presumably on a tight pitch count again), having shut out Navarro and Co (striking out 6). League came on in the 6th, and retired the side in order, recording his first K (that's a good development, eh?)
_Nigel - Thursday, April 15 2004 @ 09:05 PM EDT (#72116) #
Even better news in Syracuse was a tidy five innings, no runs and 9 K's from Justin Miller. He did have 3 walks but so soon after returning from major injury that's to be expected.
_johnnnyS99 - Thursday, April 15 2004 @ 10:17 PM EDT (#72117) #
Dundedin Shut out Lakeland 1-0. Another solid outing by Ramirez.
_Steve Z - Thursday, April 15 2004 @ 10:35 PM EDT (#72118) #
And it's a clean organizational sweep (4-for-4)! All minor league boxscores/logs (with inaccurate stats) are available at
_Jordan - Thursday, April 15 2004 @ 10:43 PM EDT (#72119) #
Wow ... Steve, choosing the Three Stars tomorrow is going to be tough! What a great night for the pitchers.
_Dean - Thursday, April 15 2004 @ 11:10 PM EDT (#72120) #
Mcgowan for five innings followed by League for two couldn't have been a lot of fun for the Trenton batters, especially on a cool night. Then they face Peterson in the ninth, there had to have been some big time fastballs tonight. It will be interesting to read Kevin Gray's take on the pitchers tomorrow.
_Steve Z - Thursday, April 15 2004 @ 11:17 PM EDT (#72121) #
Wow ... Steve, choosing the Three Stars tomorrow is going to be tough!

Thankfully, that's Neary's job tomorrow!
_Steve Z - Thursday, April 15 2004 @ 11:22 PM EDT (#72122) #
My bad... that'll be you picking the three stars, Jordan! And there will be no ties for the First-Star (cop-out)!
_Steve Z - Thursday, April 15 2004 @ 11:27 PM EDT (#72123) #
Err...Gerry! When will I ever get this minor league rotation figured out?!
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