After watching the Jays bats struggle all night at Skydome, I got home to find out that the bats were very much alive down in the minors. 4 wins as all 6 affiliates were in action for the first time this year.
Curtis Thigpen's Longhorns take on Georgia in the College World Series semifinals today at 1:00pm.
Columbus 8 Syracuse 3
The Skychiefs are nearly as depleted as their parent club and itís showing as they sit tied for last place in their division. Sean Douglass gave up 5 runs, 3 of which were earned, in 6 innings while Chris Baker gave up 2 more runs in relief. Kevin Frederick loaded the bases in the 9th but escaped unscathed in his 1 inning.
Gabe Gross went 3 for 4 and drove in a run while Glenn Williams hit his 16th homerun of the season in the bottom of the first.
New Hampshire 8 Bowie 2
The Fisher Cats blasted four solo homeruns in their victory to remain 5 games back in their division. The long balls came from Anton French, John-Ford Griffin, Dominic Rich, and Mike Snyder. Rich and French both fell a triple short of the cycle while Griffin added a pair of singles.
Gustavo Chacin went 5.1 innings and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits, 3 walks and struck out 6. Newcomer Jamie Vermilyea finished things off with 3.2 innings perfect innings with 3 K's for his first AA save.
Dunedin 3 Palm Beach 5
Dunedinís newest members had the best showings for the baby Jays. Shawn Marcum fired six strong innings with 1 earned run, 4 strikeouts and a big Ďole goose egg in the walks column while Ryan Roberts went 1 for 3 with a walk.
Ron Davenport had his 9th homerun of the season and drove in all three D-Jays runs while Tracy Thorpe came on in the seventh and promptly gave up 3 runs and was charged with the loss.
Charleston 3 Hickory 2
Jermy Acey also had a good debut for his new team as he had 4 singles in 5 at-bats. However it was Joey Reiman who provided the heroics with a three run shot in the ninth to steal the lead and the game from Hickory. Tom Mastny didnít get the callup with his teammates but may have pushed himself to the front of the queue for the next promotion with his performance: 7 innings, 0 runs, 7 strikeouts, 4 hits and no walks.
Mahoning Valley 0 Auburn 11
Mike McDonald (5 innings, 3 Kís, 0 hits), Danny Hill (1 inning), Joey McLaughlin (1 inning, 2 Kís), and Chris Neylan (2 innings) combined to shut out the Scrappers and take the home and home series 3-2.
10th rounder Brian Hall debuted with a single, double and 2 walks. Erik Kratz had 3 hits and Chip Cannon hit what will hopefully be the first of many homeruns in his professional career.
Pulaski 19 Princeton 2
The Jays had some help from Princeton in this 19-2 routing. 7 of Pulaski's runs were unearned on 5 errors. 13 of the 15 Jays to appear in the lineup reached base in this one. Leading the way was Luke Hetherington who reached base 4 times, scored 4 times and drove in 2. Josh Lex had the only long ball of the night.
There was a lot of interest in Pulaski pitchers Briant Grant and Edwards Rodriguez entering this season and they did not dissappoint in their debuts. 5 shutout innings, 6 K's for Grant and 2 shutout innings with 4 K's for Rodriguez.
Whew, this is getting hard with so many teams in action.
The 3rd Star Brian Grant: 5 shutout innings with 6 K's in his first start of the year.
The 2nd Star Tom Mastny: 7 shutout innings
The 1st Star Joey Reiman: 2 walks and a 'clutch' 9th inning 3 run homer.