Minor League Update: May 24

Monday, May 24 2004 @ 10:32 AM EDT

Contributed by: Gerry

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.