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An almost perfect day in the minor leagues. The starting pitching was excellent, the hitting even better. After three innings the Jays four teams had outscored their opponents 25-4.

Louisville 2 Syracuse 7

With Josh Towers on the mound the Chiefs knew that a few runs would give them an excellent chance for the win. They scored their runs early. In the first inning Russ Adams led off with a double and scored on a single by Bobby Estelella. In the third Adams doubled again, Marvin Benard followed with a bunt single, and Alexis Rios singled to make it 2-0. Glenn Williams doubled to score two more. Rios drove in two more in the fourth, and Williams hit a home run in the seventh. Josh Towers cruised with all the run support. Unusually, he allowed four walks along with four hits in 7.2 innings. Towers believes his days in Toronto are done, he is now pitching for "everyone else". Details are in the game story.

Alexis Rios was 2-4 with three RBI's. Russ Adams was 3-5 with two doubles. Gabe Gross went 1-3. The offensive star, Glenn Williams, was 4-4 with two doubles, a HR and three doubles.

Game Story

New Hampshire 14 Binghamton 4

Again the Cats scored early and often. Stubby Clapp led off the game with a home run. NH added two more in the first, two in the second and five in the third. In addition to Clapp, Dominic Rich and John Ford Griffin homered. Meanwhile Cam Reimers delivered another quality start, pitching seven innings with eight hits, no walks, and three runs allowed.

Clapp was the offensive star of stars going 2-4 with a double, home run, two walks, four runs and an RBI. Danny Solano and Rich each scored three runs with two hits. Hill, Jova and Singleton also had two hits each.

Game Story

Fort Myers 4 Dunedin 8

Josh Banks got off to a rocky start allowing a two run home run in the top of the first inning. But when Dunedin scored four in the bottom of the first, thanks to a three run home run by Vito Chiaravalloti, it was game over. Banks did not allow another run through six, although he did not have his best stuff. Banks allowed six hits and a walk in his six innings. Dunedin added two more runs in the second and four in the third.

Carlo Cota went 3-4 and Vito was 2-4 with four RBI's.

Charleston 10 Lexington 3

This game had the same script as the others. Clint Johnston homered in the second, Ryan Roberts homered in the third and it was 3-0. Justin James had all the runs he needed. James had a no-hitter through five and finally left after seven innings having allowed his only run in the seventh. Lexington had three hits and three walks off James. James had nine strikeouts and has been the best of the Charleston starters in May. In 30.1 May innings, James has given up 22 hits, 8 walks, 28 K's. James' May ERA is 1.78.

Ryan Roberts hit two home runs, a double, with a walk and four RBI's. Johnston and David Smith each had a home run as part of their two hits.

Our Three-Star Selection

Another tough judging job.....

The 3rd Star: Stubby Clapp, 2-4 with a lead-off homerun, a double, two walks, four runs and an RBI
The 2nd Star: Glenn Williams 4-4 with two doubles and a home run
The 1st Star: Ryan Roberts, 3-4 with two home runs, a double, a walk, three runs and four RBI's.
Honorable Mention: Russ Adams, 3-5; Dominic Rich 2-3; Vito 2-4; Carlo Cota 3-4; Justin James seven strong innings.


Syracuse were 5-3 on the week and their record now is 18-26. Syracuse are six and a half games behind Scranton
New Hampshire 3-4 for the week and are 24-18, two agmes back of Binghamton.
Dunedin 25-21, two games behind Tampa. Dunedin were 5-3 for the week.
Charleston have sole possession of first place with a 28-15 record. They were 5-1 for the week.

Combined the Jays minor league teams were 18-10 for the week and their record is 95-80, a .543 winning percentage.
Minor League Update: May 24 | 39 comments | Create New Account
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Mike Green - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 12:35 PM EDT (#19810) #
You're not kidding, Gerry. That was a tough judging job, as reflected in the five well-earned honourable mentions. On some days, three stars seems like one and a half too many.

The Charleston starting pitchers pose a pleasant problem. Tom Mastny is 23, and really earned a spot in Dunedin last year with his performance in Auburn, but he was squeezed out due to lack of space. Striking out 10.5-11 per 9IP in Charleston, he should be promoted as soon as possible, so that he has the opportunity to get some AA time this year if he does well in Dunedin.

Justin James and Shaun Marcum are 22, and probably both have higher ceilings than Mastny, but neither was in the rotation at Auburn last year. Their promotions can certainly wait a month, and it would certainly be fine if they ended the year in Dunedin.
_Sneeps - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 01:12 PM EDT (#19811) #
I've noticed Jason Arnold hasn't pitched in quite a while now. He's missed at least one start, and hasn't pitched out of the bullpen. Does anybody have any info on Jason?
_David Paul - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 02:56 PM EDT (#19812) #
I'd love to get an opinion on the Phillies' promotion of Elizardo Ramirez from High A Clearwater (COMN). He's got great numbers, but why are they willing to start his clock at age 21 - is he that much of a can't-miss prospect? What differentiates him from Banks, who appears to have slightly better numbers in the FSL, or is it just organizational philosophy? He's 6', 140lbs and according to the Prospect Report rarely exceeds 90mph.
_goatboy - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 04:13 PM EDT (#19813) #
Listened to the Dunedin game yesterday and I agree with Gerry, Banks did not have his best stuff. Still of the 6 hits he gave up yesterday 5 were just little jam jobs that were flared over the infields heads, all in all not a bad job.

Reguarding Banks promotion to New Hampshire, I went into the archives of the batters box to see when David Bush and Dustin McGowan were promoted to AA and it was after 14 starts for both of them. Banks start yesterday was his 10th.
_goatboy - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 04:38 PM EDT (#19814) #
I see there is some discussion on who should be promoted to Dunedin from Charleston. Hey, it a tough choice becuase all 4 merrit a promotion, but I think the choice should be made on performance.
Shaun Marcum and Justin James in my estemation are those two pitchers.
Marcum had a great April, and James has been Charleston best pitcher in May.
_goatboy - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 04:45 PM EDT (#19815) #
Sneep Arnolds been such a disappointment I'd almost forgotten all about him, I don't know if he is hurt, though it could explain why he's not pitching very well.
_Thorn - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 05:32 PM EDT (#19816) #
Usually when you do not see a pitcher this long something is not right with him. We might have another injury that we don't know about yet. Harper throws again tomorrow for Dunedin. If he does like he has been doing, then he is probably gone very soon. That would open up one spot in Dunedin and maybe two if Banks follows him soon.
_goatboy - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 05:41 PM EDT (#19817) #
Harper went 5 innings last time, you gotta believe if he goes 5 or 6 innings tomorrow his next start will be in New Hampshire.
_johnnnyS99 - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 05:56 PM EDT (#19818) #
For sure, Jessep Harper should be up very soon, and is probably only Dunedin for rehab.
Mike Green - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 06:05 PM EDT (#19819) #
Good question, David Paul. I don't know Ramirez' history well, but he's struck out only 33 in 59 innings in the FSL. I think that it's crazy to call up any pitcher from single A with those kind of numbers for the simple reason that the pitcher is likely to fail in the big leagues.

As for the service time issue, the Phils are in a different position than the Jays. They have a good chance to win this year and next. If they had a young pitcher who was likely to contribute, like F-Rod 2 years ago, it would make perfect sense to burn a year of service time in an effort to win. The Jays' chance of winning this year is slight, so they should not burn service time under any circumstances.
_Sneeps - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 06:59 PM EDT (#19820) #
Rosario couldn't throw a ball in the ocean right now.

Top of the 3rd, and he's walked 4 already. 2-0 Navigators, but there are 2 on and none out.
_Sneeps - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 07:03 PM EDT (#19821) #
4-0 nothing now, still none out.
Rosario is getting yanked. Terrible outing for Fransisco.
_Sneeps - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 07:03 PM EDT (#19822) #
Guess it's time to listen to the Chiefs... :D
_goatboy - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 07:09 PM EDT (#19823) #
Houston isn't doing any better now 6-0
_fisher cats bob - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 07:42 PM EDT (#19824) #
14 up and 14 down for New Hampshire, trailing Norwich 7-0 in the 5th.
_Sneeps - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 07:51 PM EDT (#19825) #
Well, I'm glad I went to the Chiefs broadcast. They are picking up right where they left off yesterday.
4-0 after 2 1/2, and right now there's 1 on and none out in the bottom of the 3 for the Chiefs.

*Gross RBI double
*Rios RBI sac fly
_fisher cats bob - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 08:01 PM EDT (#19826) #
Justin Singleton breaks up Navigator no-hitter with two out in sixth. Julio Pavon pulled after 5 perfect innings for Norwich. 7-0 Navigators going to 7th.
_goatboy - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 08:12 PM EDT (#19827) #
Somebody should have told the fishercats to save some of those hits they got yesterday, they sure could use them now!
_Sneeps - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 08:20 PM EDT (#19828) #
The play-by-play guy for the Chiefs just said that the reasons Arnold has missed his last two starts is due to shoulder problems.
_Sneeps - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 08:24 PM EDT (#19829) #
4-3 now in the top of the fifth.
1 out, and a runner on 2nd. Matos, who started out pretty dominant, is now serving up the beach-balls.
_goatboy - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 08:24 PM EDT (#19830) #
Sneeps there's your answer the play by play guy ( can't remember his name) just anounced Jason Arnold is out with a sholder injury. Though he is not saying what is wrong with the should, but it doesn't sound good
_Sneeps - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 08:25 PM EDT (#19831) #
Wild pitch, runner to 3rd.
_fisher cats boa - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 08:26 PM EDT (#19832) #
New Hampshire Fishercats baseball...

after 7 complete in NH:
Norwich 7 New Hampshire 3

NH scored 3 runs in the seventh inning
_fisher cats boa - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 08:28 PM EDT (#19833) #
New Hampshire Fishercats baseball:

_goatboy - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 08:35 PM EDT (#19834) #
They get rained on just after they wake up and start playing, that figgers
_Sneeps - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 08:39 PM EDT (#19835) #
The Bats have batted around.
7-4 now.
_Sneeps - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 08:41 PM EDT (#19836) #
Ground ball easy play to Williams at 3rd, but a wild throw pulls Fagan off the bag, and another run scores.
8-4 now, 2 out, men on 1st and 3rd.
_goatboy - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 08:46 PM EDT (#19837) #
Looks like it's going to be a tough night for minor league baseball fans

There is one good piece of news however. Charleston has won 2-1, everbody though is getting killed.
_goatboy - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 08:48 PM EDT (#19838) #
sorry, every body else though is getting killed
_Sneeps - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 08:53 PM EDT (#19839) #
Bottom of the 5th:
Noah Hall triples in Fagan, 8-5 now going into the 6th.
_Sneeps - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 09:23 PM EDT (#19840) #
12-5 now.
_Sneeps - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 09:27 PM EDT (#19841) #
Well, the good news out of Charleston might not be so good goatboy. Tonight was Marcum's turn in the order, but Romero got the start. More arm problems for our youngers?
_goatboy - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 09:55 PM EDT (#19842) #
I hope Marcum's ok but you know what they say bad things happen in three's McGowan, Arnold and Marcum, that would be a pretty go hit to take. There's only a couple of things other than a injury that can cause you to miss a start. A promotion, which I think you'll agree Sneeps could be the case or he's sick. Ether way we probably would find out intill the morning.

As I was writing this I thought occured to me, another reason could be a trade, Sneeps I don't if you were reading the posts for the bluejays game but there was a stupid rumor going around that Delgardo had been trade just becuase he came out of the game. I believe the real reason Delgardo came out of the game was he injured his knee, but what if, what if the Delgardo trade rumor is true, Marcum could be part of the trade.
_goatboy - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 09:57 PM EDT (#19843) #
Damn, pretty good hit to take.
_goatboy - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 10:17 PM EDT (#19844) #
Forget what I said about the trade it's not true
_Sneeps - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 10:18 PM EDT (#19845) #
Russ Adams got hit by a pitch tonight, he stayed in the game after being hit, but in the 8th Brad Hassey came into the game and hit for him.
_Sneeps - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 10:18 PM EDT (#19846) #
Russ Adams got hit by a pitch tonight, he stayed in the game after being hit, but in the 8th Brad Hassey came into the game and hit for him. Not sure what's up there...
_greenfrog - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 10:55 PM EDT (#19847) #
Anyone notice that Rios, Gross and Adams are slowly getting it together at Syracuse? Rios was 2-3 today (two runs, one RBI) and is now hitting .267. Gross was 2-4 and is up to .282. Adams, 1-2 with a walk and run scored, is up to .256.

Remember, these guys were in the low .200's a few weeks ago...
_greenfrog - Monday, May 24 2004 @ 11:06 PM EDT (#19848) #
Davis Romero continues to shine for Charleston. His pitching line from today: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K.

Given his relative youth (21), I'm curious whether his has big-league calibre stuff. His minor-league numbers are very good. His pre-2004 stats: 12-6, 3.27, 176 IP, 130 H, 48 BB, 259 K.

His numbers at Charleston this year: 1-1, 2.18, 33 IP, 18 H, 7 BB, 36 K.
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