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Ho-hum. Another sweep for the Jays' minor-league affiliates. Two shutouts, a 7-1 blowout, and a five-run comeback in the bottom of the ninth capped by a one-out, bases-loaded, game-winning double by one of the Jays' best prospects. Oh, and Vito Chiaravalloti's up to .452/.561/.903 in 41 PA. Yawn.

Syracuse 8, Pawtucket 7

Trailing 7-3 in the bottom of the ninth, the SkyChiefs stormed back with five runs to win for the fourth time in five games. Howie Clark led off the ninth with a walk. After Glenn Williams struck out swinging, Gabe Gross singled through the right side and Guillermo Quiroz walked to load the bases. Russ Adams hit another single through the right side to score Clark and Gross, cutting the lead to 7-5 and moving Quiroz to second base. At this point, Marty Pevey put Shawn Fagan in to pinch-run for Quiroz, which seems like an unusual strategy; I'm not sure whether Quiroz was hurt. Anyway, the next batter was Jorge Sequea; his groundball to short was thrown away by former SkyChief Jimmy Alvarez, scoring Fagan and putting runners on second and third. Pawtucker manager Buddy Bailey intentionally walked Noah Hall to set up a double-play and a force at the plate, bringing Alex Rios up to bat. On a 1-0 count, Rios drove a fastball from Anastacio Martinez over the head of Jeremy Owens in centre field to bring in the tying and winning runs.

Andy Dominique drove in all seven runs for the PawSox on a pair of homers and a pair of doubles. Rios went 3 for 5 with the double. Gross had a single and a double in four trips and scored twice. Howie Clark had a double, a walk, and two runs scored, and Glenn Williams hit a two-run homer in the seventh. Jason Arnold pitched an ugly four-plus innings for the SkyChiefs, surrendering four runs on four singles, a double, two home runs, three walks, and a hit batsman. Talley Haines fanned two men in two-plus innings without allowing a baserunner. Dave Maurer pitched an uneventful eighth but loaded the bases with two out in the ninth and had the misfortune of being pulled for Mike Smith, who promptly surrendered a three-run double to Dominique, all of the runs being charged to Maurer. Perversely, Smith got the win.

New Hampshire 2, Trenton 0

Justin Singleton provided all of the offense in this game with a two-out, two-run homer to right field in the bottom of the fifth inning. It was Singleton's first home run of the year and the Fisher Cats' first home run at Gill Stadium.

Singleton had a good Three True Outcomes game, walking and striking out in his two other plate appearances. Danny Solano singled and doubled in three trips to the plate and scored on Singleton's shot. Dominic Rich hit a double in the sixth but fanned with the bases loaded and two out in the seventh. The Fisher Cats struck out thirteen times against Trenton starter Matt Smith and three relievers. New Hampshire's own pitchers were less flashy but more effective, allowing only four baserunners all game, none of whom made it as far as third. Gustavo Chacin got the win on five innings of three-hit ball, striking out two. Jordan DeJong, Kevin Frederick, and Adam Peterson faced the minimum number of batters in four innings of relief. (DeJong walked a man in the sixth but quickly erased him on a double play.) Fisher Cat relievers have put up the following line thus far: 23 IP, 11 H, 5 BB, 23 K, 1 HR, 2 R.

Dunedin 7, Clearwater 1

Kurt Isenberg bounced back from a rough first outing, blanking the Clearwater Phillies for five innings to pick up his first victory of the season. Dunedin took a two-run lead in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back. Jayce Tingler led off the frame with a walk, stole second as Carlo Cota struck out, and came home on Jason Waugh's single. Waugh would later score on Vito Chiaravalloti's double. The Phillies loaded the bases with one out in the second but could not score, and Isenberg retired nine in a row over the following three frames. Dunedin scored again in the fifth, seventh, and eighth innings. Clearwater's lone run came in the ninth when Tommi Ozuna walked Jack Santora with the bases loaded.

Isenberg fanned six in five innings while walking two and allowing two singles and a double. Santo Valdez pitched effectively in the sixth and seventh. Ozuna pitched an uneventful eighth and managed to get through the ninth unscathed. Raul Tablado, Tim Whittaker, and Carlo Cota each had two hits for the D-Jays; Waugh and Chiaravalloti had three apiece. Cota hit a double and Big Vito hit two en route to driving in three runs. Waugh scored four times, serving notice that he doesn't plan to stay in Dunedin for very long. Perhaps Vito can stow away in his suitcase when he gets the call to return to New Hampshire.

Charleston (WV) 4, Hagerstown 0

Masterful Tom Mastny threw six innings for the AlleyCats, fanning five against a solitary double and zero walks. Brad Esarey and Mark Sopko threw three scoreless frames to complete the shutout. Charleston scored three of their four runs in the third inning. Juan Peralta hit a leadoff triple and scored on Willie Rivera's single. Ryan Roberts and Robinson Diaz both made outs, but Clint Johnston drew a walk, setting up David Smith's two-out, two-run double. Ryan Roberts doubled in Morrin Davis in the ninth to extend the lead to four runs. Roberts, Peralta, and Mike Galloway each had two hits; Roberts, Smith, and Galloway each hit a double.

Links Of The Day

1. Syracuse: boxscore, game log, wrap-up
2. New Hampshire: boxscore, game log, wrap-up
3. Dunedin: boxscore, game log
4. Charleston: boxscore, game log
5. Game recap from
6. Matt Michael of the Syracuse Post-Standard with a more detailed recap.
7. Kevin Gray of the Union-Leader on New Hampshire's home park: Gill a pitcher's paradise
8. Kevin Gray on the Fisher Cats' victory
9. A brief summary of the Charleston game in the Charleston Gazette

Today's Games

Pawtucket at Syracuse, 2:00 pm
Trenton at New Hampshire, 1:05 pm
Clearwater at Dunedin, 7:00 pm
Charleston at Hagerstown, 1:05 pm

Three-Star Selection!

Our Third Star: Kurt Isenberg, Dunedin. Five strong shutout innings (3 H, 2 BB, 6 K) for his first victory of the season.
Our Second Star: Tom Mastny, Charleston. Six stronger shutout innings (1 H, 0 BB, 5 K) for his first victory of the season.
Our First Star: Alex Rios, Syracuse. Three hits in five trips, including a game-winning bases-loaded double in the bottom of the ninth.
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_John Neary - Saturday, April 17 2004 @ 12:12 PM EDT (#71792) #
Factoid of the day: Jayce Tingler has nine walks so far and zero strikeouts.

On the flip side, Alex Rios has seven strikeouts and zero walks.
_Jordan - Saturday, April 17 2004 @ 12:44 PM EDT (#71793) #
It'll be very interesting to see if the Eastern League eventually bows to pressure from other teams and changes the hitting background in Manchester. You can't do much about park dimensions, but you can ask not to be distracted by ads directly in your batters' field of vision. Comments by Fisher Cat hitters saying they'll get used to it, and from the manager saying the background will produce a home-field advantage, might be enough to tip the scales. We shall see.

In the meantime, we should be a little more skeptical of stellar outings by Fisher Cat pitchers at Good Ol' Gill, and a little more impressed with Fisher Cat hitters who do well there.

I'd want to see a couple of more starts from him, but so far Jason Arnold has not been able to capitalize on the adjustments he made in spring training. If he's still struggling by May or June, after a full year in Triple-A, the Jays will have to start thinking seriously about converting him to relief.

Three guys off to very promising starts are Raul Tablado, Ismael Ramirez and Gustavo Chacin. If even one of them breaks through this year, that's excellent nerws for the system.
_Steve Z - Saturday, April 17 2004 @ 12:49 PM EDT (#71794) #
Factoid of the day: Jayce Tingler has nine walks so far and zero strikeouts.

On the flip side, Alex Rios has seven strikeouts and zero walks.

The organizational strategy of drafting/developing hitters with above-average pitch-recognition (and hence, walk-taking) skills is becoming more and more evident with every daily boxscore. The following are team walk rates, after the first week (plus) of games:

Jays Affiliate AB BB AB/BB
Charleston 265 44 6.0 (1st in SA League)
Dunedin 304 47 6.5 (1St in FSL)
New Hampshire 190 21 9.0
Syracuse 290 24 12.1
_Steve Z - Saturday, April 17 2004 @ 04:12 PM EDT (#71795) #
As mentioned in the Jays game thread, there's a lot to be excited about, with respect to the minor league Jays so far. It's 0-0 in the 7th in Syracuse. Baker was masterful again, allowing only 1 hit and 1 walk (6 K) on his six-inning outing. With a man on second in the 6th, Daubach broke up the no-no with a single, but Gross promptly threw out the runner at home in a bang-bang play, preserving the tie. New Hampshire was romped 8-2 by Trenton, but once again, the other Cats are in extra innings; Charleston bounced back from a 8-2 deficit and tied up their ballgame with a run in the 9th to take the game into extra frames. It's now 8-8 in the bottom of the 11th.
_Steve Z - Saturday, April 17 2004 @ 04:26 PM EDT (#71796) #
After a patient AB, Clutch Rios homers DEEP off Edwin Almonte in the bottom of the 8th. 2-0, Chiefs. The Alex Rios Buzzmeter is officially active (ETA: not soon enough!)

Going back-to-back with AR, Pond hits a solo homer. 3-0!
_Steve Z - Saturday, April 17 2004 @ 04:36 PM EDT (#71797) #
Ryan Roberts hits his second (long) homer of the game, in the top of the 13th inning. 9-8, A-Cats. Roberts might have seen enough of Sally pitching by now, seemingly ready for the jump to Dunedin!
_Steve Z - Saturday, April 17 2004 @ 04:44 PM EDT (#71798) #
In the bottom of the 13th, with two outs and a runner on second, Brian Patrick (LF) nails the Hagerstown runner at the plate, trying to score on a single, to end the game!
_Sneeps - Saturday, April 17 2004 @ 04:54 PM EDT (#71799) #
According to Dunedin's official website, one Jamie Vermilyea will be getting the start tonight.

_Steve Z - Saturday, April 17 2004 @ 04:57 PM EDT (#71800) #
It was 4-0 Chiefs going to the 9th; PawSox got 3 in the 9th, but Syracuse held on to even their record at 5-5.
_Steve Z - Saturday, April 17 2004 @ 05:00 PM EDT (#71801) #
one Jamie Vermilyea will be getting the start

_Dean - Saturday, April 17 2004 @ 07:59 PM EDT (#71802) #
I'd rather see Perkins getting the start over Vermilyea, just my preference of 95mph fastballs vs 89.
_Sneeps - Saturday, April 17 2004 @ 08:04 PM EDT (#71803) #
I'd like to see Perkins AND Vermilyea starting.
_BK - Saturday, April 17 2004 @ 08:07 PM EDT (#71804) #
Have you ever seen the movement Vermilyea has! I love to watch him pitch.
_Cristian - Saturday, April 17 2004 @ 08:39 PM EDT (#71805) #
After a patient AB, Clutch Rios homers DEEP off Edwin Almonte in the bottom of the 8th. 2-0, Chiefs. The Alex Rios Buzzmeter is officially active (ETA: not soon enough!)

More importantly, it appears Rios got his first walk today.
_John Neary - Saturday, April 17 2004 @ 09:31 PM EDT (#71806) #
It's still scoreless in the eleventh inning, and both teams have mustered a bare four hits, so one may reasonably assume that Vermilyea pitched fairly well.
_Sneeps - Saturday, April 17 2004 @ 09:54 PM EDT (#71807) #
Dunedin/Clearwater is now scoreless in the 13th inning. Talk about a pitchers dual.
_Steve Z - Saturday, April 17 2004 @ 10:31 PM EDT (#71808) #
Dunedin won in the 14th!
_John Neary - Saturday, April 17 2004 @ 10:36 PM EDT (#71809) #
Dunedin finished with six hits and had five going into the fourteenth, so I'm going to guess that Vito hit a walkoff home run.

BK, when have you seen Vermilyea pitch? What were your impressions?
_Steve Z - Saturday, April 17 2004 @ 10:40 PM EDT (#71810) #
No, Tingler hit an inside-the-parker with Dunedin fog at his back... At least that'd be my guess! We'll just have to wait for the boxscore....
_Sneeps - Saturday, April 17 2004 @ 11:30 PM EDT (#71811) #
Tim Whitaker got the game winning hit. :)
_johnnnyS99 - Sunday, April 18 2004 @ 12:34 AM EDT (#71812) #
Wowsers, whats with the bullpens in Charleston, Dunedin and Newhampshire!! I thought Andres Torres, would of been in AA after a solid season last year. Any News on Chad Plieness going back to the rotation? Or is their simply not enough room now?
_BK - Sunday, April 18 2004 @ 06:25 AM EDT (#71813) #
I saw Vermilyea pitch last year in the NY-Penn League in Brooklyn and in Staten Island. From what I saw his fastball was around 90 but very heavy with alot of movement. What impressed me most about him is that he attacks the hitters with his fastball. His fastball rides in on the hands of right handed batters and has a nasty slider to compliment his fastball. I was most impressed with Vermliyea last year. My feelings when I saw him with Auburn last year, Bright future!

By the way check the Dundin roster half the players on that roster are the same age or older than Vito. To old for the league, it is no matter I have watched Vito play ball since he was 13 years old, he has exceled at every level (Works his but off). Great eye at the plate, command of the strike zone, the ability to use the entire field with power, short compact swing. Biggest concern with Vito is his speed, humm how many first basemen in the majors have great speed, *cough* Ortiz. The one thing I do know is Vito will not go down without a fight.
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