Good morning, this is the Batter's Box Minor-League Update for Monday, June 14. Gerry McDonald is on assignment today and is not available to post his report. This is Kenny Brocklestein delivering Gerry's report for him.
The three Jays farm teams that played yesterday combined for exactly four runs. New Hampshire eked out a win thanks to a strong start from Cam Reimers and some excellent relief pitching.
Syracuse 1 at Rochester 3
Josue Matos pitched well and gave up 5 hits and 3 walks in 6 innings. Unfortunately, 3 hits and all 3 walks came in the third inning to give Rochester their three runs. Dave Gassner again stymied his former team. The Chiefs plated their only run off Gassner in the fifth: Marvin Benard tripled and scored on a wild pitch. The Chiefs did have runners on second and third with one out in the ninth, but could not get either runner home. Russ Adams was 1-4. Gabe Gross went 2-4.
New Hampshire 1 at Trenton 0
Trenton won 1-0 on Saturday night, so turnabout was fair play on Sunday. Cam Reimers was excellent, pitching 7 1/3 shutout innings, allowing just five hits and one walk. Reimers ran into trouble in the eighth, leaving with runners on first and third with one out. John Ogiltree got the first batter to ground to third base. The throw home cut down the go-ahead run at the plate. Ogiltree got the third out to send the game to the ninth. Aaron Hill singled and moved to third on a Trenton error. Jose Umbria hit a sac fly to score Hill. Adam Peterson pitched a perfect ninth for the save. Aaron Hill was 1-4.
Dunedin - All Star Break
Charleston 2 at Lexington 8
The Alley-Cats are struggling as they close in on finishing their first half. Luckily for them, their closest challengers are losing too. Ramon Mora was lucky to only allow two runs in the first: Lexington had three hits and two walks in the inning. Charleston tied the game in the fourth. A walk to Ryan Roberts, a double by Brian Patrick and a double-play ball scored two for the Cats. Juan Peralta made two errors in the bottom of the fourth and Lexington went ahead 4-2. Mark Sopko allowed a four-spot in the eighth.
Our Three-Star Selection
Choices were tough on this day...
The 3rd Star: Brian Patrick, 2-4 with a double, a walk and an RBI
The 2nd Star: John Ogiltree, great relief to put his team in a position to win
The 1st Star: Cam Reimers, 7 1/3 innings, five hits
Syracuse went 2-5 on the week and its record is now 28-36, 12 1/2 games behind Scranton.
New Hampshire, 4-3 for the week, is 32-30, five games back of Binghamton.
Dunedin went 4-0 before the Break and is 37-26, in first place by 2 1/2 games over Sarasota.
Charleston has sole possession of first place with a 39-23 record, following a 4-3 week.
Combined, the Jays' minor-league teams were 14-11 for the week; their record is 136-115, a .542 winning percentage.