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The 13th of May was unlucky for Dustin McGowan and Blue Jay fans. In case you have not heard McGowan is out for the season with a torn ulnar collateral ligament. The Union Leader has the sorry details.

On the field Syracuse and New Hampshire extended their winning streaks while Dunedin and Charleston are still struggling.

Syracuse 4 Norfolk 2

Syracuse entered this game after a rest day and on a one game winning streak. Part time Blue Jay Josh Towers was on the mound. Towers showed that he can handle AAA hitters with a nice eight inning, two run appearance.

Syracuse scored first when the newest Blue Jay Simon Pond doubled and later scored on a Gabe Gross double play ball. Those were Gross's only outs on the night. Tomers allowed his two runs in the fourth to give Norfolk the lead. In the sixth Pond reached on an error and scored on a Glenn Williams single to tie the game. Gross's second double of the night put runners at second and third. A bloop from Noah Hall scored them both to give the Chiefs the lead.

Bob File pitched the ninth to record the save. Gabe Gross 3-4 with two doubles. Russ Adams was 0-5. Rios continued his tough streak with another 0-5. He is totally out of whack right now.

Game Story


New Hampshire 8 Trenton 3

Who needs Dustin McGowan? The Cats extended their winning streak to eight last night. Cameron Reimers continued his spell of fine pitching to get the win and move to 5-0 on the season. Reimers had a shaky start loading the bases with noone out in the first inning. He escaped that inning with just one run allowed. After loading the bases Reimers retired 18 out of the next 19 hitters before tiring in the seventh.

New Hampshire scored two in the top of the first. Aaron Hill and Mikael Jova each singled to drive in Dominic Rich and Danny Solano. Rich and Solano were on base again in the fifth and scored on a single by John Ford Griffin and a sac fly by Hill to give NH a 4-1 lead. In the seventh Hill singled and scored an a Jova home run. The Cats added two more runs and a tiring Reimers allowed two in the seventh. Reimers line for the night 6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 3 R.

Hill, Jova and Justin Singleton each had three hits on the night, Rich had two. Hill's average is up to .280 now from .210 at the end of april.

Game Story


Clearwater 6 Dunedin 0

After four appearances with no runs allowed, Josh Banks has given up 3 and four runs in his last two starts. Banks pitched seven innings allowing eight hits, one walk and two runs, one of them unearned. Three of the hits allowed were to lead off the eighth before Banks was pulled. A strong outing for Banks was the only positive on the night. Dunedin could only get three hits on the night. Tracy Thorpe was roughed up in his inning after a number of good performances.


Charleston 1 Augusta 5

A similar story for Charleston who could only count seven hits last night. Robinson Diaz was the only hitter with two hits. Shaun Marcum pitched 5 innings allowing three runs on six hits and one walk. Davis Romero pitched 2.1 innings and gave up two runs.


Our Three-Star Selection

The 3rd Star: Cameron Reimers, a solid start
The 2nd Star: Mikael Jova, 3-5, one run and three RBI's
The 1st Star: Aaron Hill, 3-4, one run and two RBI's

Honourable mention goes to Dr. James Andrews. I hope he had his most successful TJ surgery ever yesterday. Also to Gabe Gross for his 3-4 day

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Mike Green - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 10:19 AM EDT (#65648) #
Jason Arnold takes the mound for Syracuse tonight. Francisco Rosario gets his first double A start for New Hampshire, Jamie Vermilyea comes out of the bullpen for a start in Dunedin and our old pal TBA gets another tough start for Charleston against Capital City's hot Petit.

Aaron Hill's .278/.400/.362 line with 23 walks and 14 strikeouts is very impressive. New Hampshire's temporary park is reportedly favorable for pitchers, and hence the good pitching lines for Chacin, Ozias and Reimers.
_Jordan - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 10:22 AM EDT (#65649) #
Just a note: tomorrow's minor-league update won't be posted till sometime in the afternoon. We'll have a few roster moves of our own to announce at that time.

It wouldn't have been a happy day for the farm system even had there been an organizational sweep, but if there's some bright news, it's the continued surgence of Aaron Hill. After entering May with a .210/.359/.226 line, Hill already sits at .278/.400/.361, with a 23/14 BB/K rate in 108 AB. The power is slowly emerging too, with 2 doubles and 2 HRs this month. As expected, he's coming around.
_Jordan - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 10:23 AM EDT (#65650) #
Great minds think alike, Mike.
_R Billie - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 11:13 AM EDT (#65651) #
I knew Hill would be just fine. I admit that towards the end of April I was wondering whether they stuck him in AA too soon but he appears to have made the adjustment and it's nice to see the power coming on. I would not at all be surprised to see him challenging Rios and Gross as a hitting prospect by the end of the year and he seems to be making the adjustment to AA faster than Gross did.

Concerning Rios, I did not want to put too much stock in his late season and winter league power surge, the latter especially because of unknown park and competition factors. I think he'll be fine eventually as well but I he might not be the unstoppable force he appeared to be last year. Like Vernon he might be a big streak type hitter.
Gerry - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 12:26 PM EDT (#65652) #
http://www.baseballprospectus.com/chat/chat.php?chatId=48
Just noticed the attached on the BP website. COMN for the full chat.

jschmeagol (carlisle,pa): what has changed in the Tommy John rehab/surgery that has made recovery so much quicker?

Dr. Glenn Fleisig: Iím not sure that the Tommy John rehab/surgery is necessarily quicker, but I do know that the success rate has improved. Our data shows that pitchers need about 9 to 12 months to completely return to their full level. The advancements have come from improved rehabilitation protocols. Unfortunately we are now seeing large numbers of pitchers receiving this surgery from Dr. Jim Andrews at our center and from other surgeons as well. The silver lining on this increased number of patients is that Kevin Wilk, PT, and others have conducted clinical research on the rehabilitation so that the rehab methods have improved from the experience.


Lets see, 9 months from May 13th is Feb 13th, reporting day (approx.) for pitchers for spring training 2005.
_JohnnyS99 - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 12:57 PM EDT (#65653) #
What's this 2005 Arizona Fall leauge talk then? Does he mean for Dustin to be fully recovered, as most of 2005 he will be rehabbing and pitching limited innings in Dunedin and New Hampshire?
_JohnnyS99 - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 12:57 PM EDT (#65654) #
What's this 2005 Arizona Fall leauge talk then? Does he mean for Dustin to be fully recovered, as most of 2005 he will be rehabbing and pitching limited innings in Dunedin and New Hampshire?
_MatO - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 03:03 PM EDT (#65655) #
Out of curiosity I checked on how Scott Kazmir was doing. His numbers in the FSL were not good and considering he's had only 4 starts and about 14IP he must be hurt. Does anyone have news on him?
Mike Green - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 03:25 PM EDT (#65656) #
http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/nym/news/nym_news.jsp?ymd=20040408&content_id=698001&vkey=news_nym&fext=.jsp
COMN for details of Kazmir's injury, which sounds painful. It also sounds like he'll be fine.
Gerry - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 03:27 PM EDT (#65657) #
Brad Hassey has been called up from Dunedin to Syracuse. Jorge Sequea has not played since last Friday. So he would not have been available to be called up for Woody. The Jays choice for a backup SS was Russ Adams or Frankie Menechino.
_JackFoley - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 03:44 PM EDT (#65658) #
Like Vernon he might be a big streak type hitter.

Do you mean in terms of power display? Vernon didn't go two games in a row without a hit last year, iirc.
_JackFoley - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 03:45 PM EDT (#65659) #
That should read more than two games in a row.
Mike Green - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 06:08 PM EDT (#65660) #
I'll do a few innings of the NH game vs. Binghampton today. Rosario is on a 70 pitch limit according to Mike Basso. Basso is taking off a couple of days, and Ernie Whitt's filling in.
Mike Green - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 06:21 PM EDT (#65661) #
Musser vs. Rosario:

Top 1:

Lyden(8), Pagan (7) and David Wright (5) due up. First pitch 6:11. Weather is beautiful-80 and sunny.

Lyden grounded out to Dominic Rich at 2nd on a 2-1 pitch. Pagan lined a single to centerfield on a 2-2 pitch. Wright is hitting .353 and lined out to centerfield (nice play by Justin Singleton) on a 2-2 pitch. Pagan stole second. Prentice Redman (.331, 9 Hrs, 29 RBIs)popped out to Solano at third on a 1-1 pitch.

0-0 going to the bottom of 1. Rosario pitch count: 17.
Mike Green - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 06:28 PM EDT (#65662) #
Bottom of 1: Musser, a lefty pitching for Binghampton.
Godwin (7), Solano (5) and Dominic Rich (4) due up.

Godwin grounded out to first. Solano took the count to 3-2, fouled off a pitch and then lined out to Redman in right. Dominic Rich struck out on 3 pitches (looking on the 3rd one).

0-0 after 1.
Mike Green - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 06:36 PM EDT (#65663) #
Top of 2 in NH:

Huber,(2), lines a single to left on the first pitch. Josh Presley,(3) up. Huber caught stealing. Presley grounds a single to right, despite a diving attempt by Rich, on a 3-2 pitch. Acuna (DH)grounds into a 3-6-3 DP on a 2-1 pitch.

0-0 going to bottom of 2. Rosario pitch count: 28.
Mike Green - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 06:42 PM EDT (#65664) #
Bottom of 2:

JFG, against a lefty, grounds out 3-1 on a 2-2 pitch. Aaron Hill flies out to the warning track in center. Mikael Jova pops up foul along the right-field side, but Josh Presley overruns it and Jova has a second chance. Jova lines out to Wright at third.

0-0 after 2.
_canadian champ - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 06:47 PM EDT (#65665) #
NH
Does it make sense to have your RBI leader and close second in batting average batting 8th in the lineup???
Mike Green - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 06:57 PM EDT (#65666) #
Top of 3:

Chase Lambden leading off lines a single to right on a 1-2 pitch. Velasquez (the shortstop) on a 2-0 pitch grounded into a double play 6-3. Announcer: Ozias has the gun tonight..Other announcer: What?..long pause..Oh, the radar gun. Rosario's throwing 96.
Lyden flared a ball to left that Godwin caught on a 3-2 pitch.

0-0 to bottom of 3. Rosario pitch count: 41
Mike Green - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 07:02 PM EDT (#65667) #
Bottom of 3:

Valencia singles. Logan walked. Singleton sacrifices them over. Godwin singles in Valencia, Logan to third. Godwin steals second. Danny Solano walks. Bases loaded for Dominic Rich. Rich grounds into a 4-6-3 DP.

1-0 F-Cats after 3.

I wonder if Rosario can make it through 5, seems unlikely. I've got to go. Anybody able to take over?
Mike Green - Friday, May 14 2004 @ 07:09 PM EDT (#65668) #
OK, one very last. In the top of 4, Rosario retired the heart of the Mets order 3 up, 3 down on 8 pitches. Prentice Redman hit the ball to the wall in lef. 50 pitches through 4 for Rosario and still 1-0 F-Cats.
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