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It was a travel day in the International League, so the Syracuse Skychiefs will have to wait another game to extend their winning streak to two. Elsewhere in the minors, it was a successful day for all of the Jaysí farm teams except, perhaps predictably, the powerful squad in Charleston.

New Hampshire 4-3 Trenton 1-1

In a rare feat, the suddenly hot Fisher Cats swept their second consecutive doubleheader on the road. In the opener, Derek Lee fired a complete (seven-inning)-game victory, scattering 6 hits and just 1 run while striking out 2 and walking nobody. John-Ford Griffin continued his recent revival with 2 singles and an RBI, while Tyrell Godwin walked, singled and stole 2 bases, his 11th and 12 of the campaign. Dominic Rich and Matt Logan also had 2 hits each.

In the nightcap, reliever Brandon League had a successful stint as a spot starter, throwing 4 innings of 2-hit ball, walking 2 and whiffing 5 while allowing just 1 run. The win actually went to reliever Dan Jackson, who was even more effective, firing 2 1-hit innings, walking 1 and striking out 4. Adam Peterson collected his 8th save with a perfect one-K 7th inning. Matt Logan had 2 more hits and an RBI, while Justin Singleton cracked his 4th home run of the season. Aaron Hill doubled and walked in three plate visits, scoring the third New Hampshire run.

Dunedin 7 Clearwater 6

A wild game in neighbouring Clearwater, as the D-Jays rallied from a 6-1 deficit in the final 3 innings. Dunedin fell behind early when Neomar Flores allowed a leadoff home run to Threshers catcher Chris Roberson. Altogether, Flores was lit up for 7 hits and 5 runs in just 2 innings, with 1 walk and 1 strikeout each. Chad Pleiness allowed another run to cross the plate in his first relief inning and allowed 6 hits and a walk in his 3 frames, but kept the opposition off the board otherwise. The bullpen continued the shutdown the rest of the way as Santo Valdez, Tommi Ozuna and Robert (Derrek) Nunley combined to throw 4 perfect innings with 5 strikeouts.

Dunedin had scored once in the first on a Vito Chiaravalotti double, but it wasnít until the 7th inning that the director said "Cue the comeback." Two singles and a groundout with the bases loaded in the 7th accounted for 3 runs, but the biggest blow came courtesy of outfielder Ron Davenport, who launched a 3-run homer off reliever Beau Richardson. Davenport drove in 4 runs on the day with his round-tripper and his RBI groundout, and added a double for good measure. Jason Waugh, Carlo Cota and Vito each contributed 2 hits, while Jayce Tingler singled, walked twice, scored a run and drove in another.

Augusta 9 Charleston 5

A scoreless pitchers' duel after 4 tuned into a slugfest. Alley-Cat Starter Justin James was dynamite to begin the game, inducing 4 Ks and 5 groundouts among his first 12 outs. But Augusta scored a small-ball run in the 5th (walk, steal, fly-ball advance, infield single), and James allowed consecutive doubles to lead off the 6th; the latter runner scored when an attempted steal of 3rd resulted in a errant throw from catcher Robby Diaz. James finished with more than respectable numbers: 6 innings of 6-hit ball, allowing 3 runs (only 2 earned), walking 2 and striking out 7. It was all downhill from there, however, as relievers Marcos Sandoval, Mark Sopko and Brad Esaray all pitched in to allow 5 hits, 3 walks and 6 runs (only 4 earned, thanks to sloppy defence) in the last 2 frames.

Offensively, the Alley-Cats scored often and late, but not often enough and too late. Veteran Clint Johnston continued to raise his average, now sitting at .265 after doubling and singling twice with an RBI. Brian Patrick doubled, singled and scored twice, while Eric Arnold doubled, singled and scored and drove in one run each. Ryan Roberts chipped in with 2 singles of his own.

Your Three-Star Selection:

The Third Star: Justin James, Charleston SP with 6 solid innings (featuring 7 strikeouts) that went unrewarded with a win.

The Second Star: Matt Logan, New Hampshire 1B, with 4 hits in a doubleheader sweep for the Fisher Cats.

The First Star: Ron Davenport, Dunedin OF, with 4 RBIs, a double and a game-winning ninth-inning three-run homer.

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_JohnnyS99 - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 11:10 AM EDT (#65897) #
Some guy on the fanhome blue jays chat board, said Rosario was recently promoted to Double A New Hampshire and Jesser Harper took his spot on Dunedin? Anybody know if their is any truth to this?
_Ryan01 - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 11:25 AM EDT (#65898) #
Hmm... sending Harper back to Dunedin to start wouldn't surprise me. The real question would be whether Rosario will enter the rotation or if they feel they can move him a little faster by putting him in the pen. When Rosario first got injured I was against putting him straight into the pen without even giving him a shot at starting. But in view of his recent injuries it may be for the best to put him there now. Of course, that's assuming it's true.
_Jordan - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 11:31 AM EDT (#65899) #
Johnny, I haven't seen any notice of that move, and the club rosters don't appear to have changed. Considering Rosario has been limited to very short stints in most of his Dunedin appearances (and has not often been effective), and that Harper is good enough to go directly to New Hampshire once he's healthy, I'd be surprised if this roster move had taken place.
Gerry - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 11:46 AM EDT (#65900) #
The Rosario promotion would not surprise me. I suspect Rosario might not have felt that A ball was a challenge, given all the hype around him, and the Jays might move him to AA to give him that challenge.

I also would not be surprised to see the same with McGowan. He has shown he can handle AA hitters. His problem is lack of focus and control, which are mainly hitter independent. The move to AAA should sharpen his focus and that leaves the control.

You have to know your players. The Jays pushed Adams and Hill this season to high levels and are letting them adapt to the level. Maybe they are abaout to do this to some of the pitchers too.

The only surprise here would be if Rosario goes up and Banks does not.
_Simon - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 11:54 AM EDT (#65901) #
I don't understand, I thought Rosario was injured and thus being held back by the management. He wasn't nearly as dominant as Dustin was early on either.
_JohnnyS99 - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 11:55 AM EDT (#65902) #
Well its Banks first full year in the system, and he was a reliever until his junior year in college. I have a feeling Banks will be in the Duendin rotation at least until the end of june, if he continues to perform.
_Ryan01 - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 11:58 AM EDT (#65903) #
The only surprise here would be if Rosario goes up and Banks does not.

That's why I'm wondering if they're trying to do the same thing with Rosario that they've done with League. Put him in the pen so they can move him a little faster. A couple times already this year JP has said Rosario projects as having closer stuff. He's also running short on options, you really don't want him spending too much time in A ball.
_Sneeps - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 12:10 PM EDT (#65904) #
I hope Rosario is moved to the pen, and fast. He's a ticking time bomb if you ask me. Limit his innings now before he blows something out.
_Jacko - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 12:19 PM EDT (#65905) #
The spot start by Brandon League was very encouraging.

- it means the Jays haven't given up on him as a starter
- his performance was pretty good (4 IP, 5K 1ER)
_Jacko - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 12:21 PM EDT (#65906) #

I hope Rosario is moved to the pen, and fast. He's a ticking time bomb if you ask me. Limit his innings now before he blows something out.

I disagree.

What makes you think he's a timebomb? Lots of guys get TJ surgery and come back strong. From the reports I've read, his velocity has returned, but his control has not. He needs innings to work that out, not coddling.
_JohnnyS99 - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 12:29 PM EDT (#65907) #
Hmm..whatever happened to Jayson Durocher? Doesnt this guy throw 95mph?
Gerry - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 12:33 PM EDT (#65908) #
The Rosario/Harper transactions are on the Dunedin BJ's web site
_JohnnyS99 - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 12:37 PM EDT (#65909) #
Interesting, Leonard, Maureau, Hanson, all have not made apperances and all could be starting in Dunedin at some point this year (knock on wood). Chad Plieness seems to be not adjusting to the pen, after moderate sucess last year , this move seems to surprise me.
_Sneeps - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 12:49 PM EDT (#65910) #
The fact that Rosario keeps getting tightness in his bicept, in the warm weather is concerning me. Maybe he compensating for pain in his elbow, by shifting some torque to other areas. I don't know forsure, as I'm not medical expert. I'm basing my thoughts pretty much purely on a gut feeling.
_Steve Z - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 01:37 PM EDT (#65911) #
Here's the link to the Rosario/Harper transactions.

Blue Jays organizational RBI leader (32): Ron Davenport!
_Jordan - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 01:46 PM EDT (#65912) #
Meh. Whaddaya know. Just another reason I don't follow the ponies.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 02:00 PM EDT (#65913) #
All the minor league games are on at 7 today: Josh Towers goes for Syracuse, Cam Reimers for NH, Josh Banks for Dunedin and Shaun Marcum for Charleston. I'll pick up one of the games at 8:30. Anybody else want to pitch in?
_jim854 - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 02:48 PM EDT (#65914) #
The report out of New Hamshire is that Dustin McGowan will miss the rest of the season and has been placed on the DL. Rosario will replace him the FC lineup. Let's hope that this is not a serious injury to our prize prospect.
_Thorn - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 03:04 PM EDT (#65915) #
McGowan is gone for the year and I don't think the news is good. Rosario was brought up to AA and Harper ws sent to Dunedin to log some starts before heading up to AA.The word on Harper is they want him to get a few starts with Rick Langford the pitching coach. Rick was his coach last year and they want him to check him out good before turning him loose. Makes sense to me. I am a little concerned about Rosario though. He was not having real good luck in Florida and I can not see how the weather up north is going to make the situation better.
_Sneeps - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 03:13 PM EDT (#65916) #

_Ryan01 - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 03:19 PM EDT (#65917) #
Oh why have you forsaken us Baseball Gods?

If it's TJ then he could be out most or all of next season too. And that's not half as scary as a shoulder injury. Really hammers home the TINSTAAP saying.
_Sneeps - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 03:24 PM EDT (#65918) #
So long Dustin, we hardly knew ye.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 09:00 PM EDT (#65919) #
Joined the Syracuse game (at Norfolk), 1 out, top of 6, 4-2 good guys.

Heilman on the mound. Royce Ring warming in the bullpen. Jeff Guiel at bat. Noah Hall on 2nd base after hitting a 2 run single. Guiel grounded out to third, Hall advancing to third. Paul Chiaffreddo (1 for 2 previously)walked on 4 pitches.

Ring in for Heilman (who struck out 8 in the first 5 innings). Russ Adams up (0-2 on 2 well hit fly balls) flew out again.

4-2 going to bottom of six.

On the out-of-town scoreboard, New Hampshire leads 1-0 in the 4th, Dunedin trails 2-1 after 5, and Charleston trails 3-1 after 6.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 09:03 PM EDT (#65920) #
Josh Towers still on.

Bottom of 6:

Gerald Williams grounds out to Simon Pond at third. Craig Brazell hits a shot to right, which Guiel makes a fine catch on. Next hitter pops out to Adams in shallow left.

4-2 going to 7.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 09:12 PM EDT (#65921) #
Top of 7 in Norfolk:

Shawn Fagan (1-3 on the day) walked. Alex Rios (0-3 on 2 ground outs and a fly to deep left previously) hit into a 6-4-3 DP, seven pitches into the count. Simon Pond struck out swinging.

4-2 at the seventh-inning stretch.
_Sneeps - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 09:19 PM EDT (#65922) #
Rios needs to go back to AA.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 09:31 PM EDT (#65923) #
Connection failed for bottom of 7, still 4-2 Syracuse.

In top of 8, first man is out for Syracuse. Gabe Gross (previously 2 doubles in 3 ABs) grounded a single (off a lefthander) into centrefield. Noah Hall (1-2 with a walk) flew out to centerfield. Jeff Guiel lined a single to left-centerfield, bounced off Williams' chest, Gross alertly to third (pat on the back from Marty Pevey).

Heath Bell in to pitch for Ring to face Chiaffredo. Chiaffredo struck out.

4-2 Sky Chiefs going to bottom of 8
Mike Green - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 09:38 PM EDT (#65924) #
Bottom of 8:

Chulk warming. Towers still pitching.

Veysak grounds out to Adams at short. Jeff Duncan sliced one to left-center for a single. Wilson Delgado grounded a ball off Fagan's glove to second baseman Williams who threw out Delgado, Duncan to second. Gerald Williams popped out to Glenn Williams.

4-2 going to the 9th.

Sneeps, Rios does not need to go to AA. He's been there, done that, and is just in a slump, like Vernon Wells and Carlos Delgado.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 09:45 PM EDT (#65925) #
Top of 9:

Adams made an out (I missed it). Shawn Fagan grounded out to 1st. Alex Rios struck out swinging (described by the announcer as a bad swing-finished one-handed).

To bottom of 9: 4-2 Sky Chiefs. Will it be Towers or Chulk?

On the out-of town, Dunedin lost 6-0. Josh Banks gave up 2 runs, 1 earned in 7 innings.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 09:51 PM EDT (#65926) #
Bottom of 9:

It was neither. Bob File in for the save, and he gets it.

Brazell walks on 5 pitches. Victor Diaz grounds into a 1-6-3 DP after the count was 2-0. The next hitter (I missed the name) lines out to first, and the game is done.

4-2 Sky Chiefs.
_Sneeps - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 10:17 PM EDT (#65927) #
Rios needs to start hitting.
_Ryan01 - Thursday, May 13 2004 @ 11:05 PM EDT (#65928) #
So is anyone else kind of relieved that the Mets backed out on the Hudson/Heilman deal right about now?

Rios needs to start hitting.

At least Gross is coming along just fine right now. K/BB and AVG are returning to normal. But he reportedly has some platoon issues so it would be nice to get another righthanded bat up here eventually.
_Tim - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 01:40 AM EDT (#65929) #
Yes, Rios is not hitting well (.246), but it's not really that unexpected. Most players hit walls along the way. Gross did so when he first came to AAA. Wells did so not so long ago. Rios will come around.

Nice starts tonight by Towers and Banks. Decent starts by Reimers and Marcum. Hitting continues to be a struggle for all of the teams except Charleston. It's going to be interesting to see where we get our hitting from in a few years.

It's good to see though that Hill is now up to .280 with a lot of walks, but the slg percentage isn't very impressive (.364). Hopefully the power comes around next.
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