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Only a road loss from the Skychiefs (and a rainstorm in Pulaski) kept this from being a perfect night for the Blue Jays' farm system.

Indianapolis 7 Syracuse 3

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Game story

Make it seven straight losses for the struggling Skychiefs. Spot starter Mike Smith was roughed up badly, giving up 7 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks in 4 innings, striking out 3. Closing the barn door after the horses had fled were Dave Maurer, newly-bullpenned Chris Baker, and Kevin Frederick, who allowed 1 hit in the 9th and now sports a 1-1, 1.13, 15 IP, 13 H, 3 BB, 11 K line in a Syracuse uniform. Glenn Williams singled twice and drilled a 2-run homer (his organization-leading 17th), while Gabe Gross cranked a solo homer, his 5th. Russ Adams singled in four trips, striking out twice.

Bonus article: Glenn Williams, All-Star.

New Hampshire 3 Portland 1

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Game story

A good night for the Fisher Cats’ hurlers against local rival Portland. Staff ace Cam Reimers came through again, scattering 5 hits over 5 innings and yielding 1 run, with 2 walks and a strikeout. He was followed by -- and this is interesting -- Brandon League, with 3 terrific shutout innings (1 H, 0 BB, 2 K) and Jamie Vermilyea, who generated two groundouts and a strikeout. This was Vermilyea’s 2nd appearance for New Hampshire and his 2nd 1-inning save; take from that what you will. And don’t look now, but League is slowly pulling it together: so far in June, his line is 18 IP, 13 H, 5 BB, 13 K.

The offence was sparked by John-Ford Griffin, who homered to lead off the second and scored an unearned run in the 7th on a Maikel Jova double. Justin Singleton doubled to drive in the third New Hamphsire run in the 8th. Aaron Hill is in a funk, going 0-for-4 with 2 Ks; he’s now stuck in an 0-for-27 string that has dropped his average to .260. Mind you, Hill’s struggles in hitter-hostile New Hampshire are well-documented, so even a normal slump can be prolonged into a deeper rut. He’ll come out of it.

Dunedin 8 Palm Beach 4

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They’ve got their game on in Dunedin. Vito Chiaravalotti’s 3-run homer capped a 5-run 3rd inning that put this game away early. The blast scored Ryan Roberts and Ron Davenport, who had each produced RBI singles earlier in the frame. Another 3-spot in the 5th came on another Davenport run-scoring single, a Vito double-play ball, and Raul Tablado’s 10th homer of the season. Every D-Jay starter had at least one hit; Davenport had 3 and Roberts 2. Rodney Medina and Miguel Negron each doubled and walked (Medina’s was intentional). This is a very talented lineup, and if the Blue Jays don’t promote anyone else to New Hampshire, Dunedin could be dominant in the second half.

On the mound, Ismael Ramirez didn’t have a great night, giving up 4 runs in 6 innings on 9 hits, walking just 1 and whiffing 4. Justin Maureau also danced with danger, surrendering 2 hits and a walk in 1 2/3 IP but allowing no runs, striking out 1. Robert (Derek?) Nunley finished up the last 1 2/3 for an unconventional save.

Charleston 5 Lexington 0

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Game story

The Alley-Cats keep on rolling too. Last night, they blanked Lexington 5-0 behind Danny Core’s best start of the season by far. Core fired 7 shutout innings, allowing only 3 hits and 2 walks, striking out 4. Joaquin Canizal finished up with 3 Ks in 2 perfect innings. The Alley-Cats will be counting on Core to step up in the second half and help carry a rotation that has been weakened by the promotions. And keep half an eye on Canizal: the 31st-rounder from the 2003 draft is 23 and is a little old for the Sally, but his line in 26 relief appearances (5-1, 2.70, 46 IP, 40 H, 15 BB, 39 K) is not bad at all.

Some odd stat lines for the offence last night: Clint Johnston was a homer shy of the cycle, scoring a run and driving in 2 with a single-double-triple evening. Eric Arnold delivered 4 singles and an RBI, but didn’t score. Catcher Joey Reiman singled, walked and scored twice.

Bonus article: here’s a nice feature on the three-southpaw rotation now in place in Charleston (Kurt Isenberg, Davis Romero and Brad Mumma), as well as some high praise for new Alley-Cats second sacker Jermy Acey.

Auburn 3 Williamsport 0

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A solid pitching performance from four Doubledays pitchers last night. Casey MacKenzie, a 27th-round pick earlier this month from the University of Tampa, started and allowed just 1 hit and 1 walk in 4 innings, striking out 3. He was followed by 11th-round ’04 draftee Kristian Bell, who entered the game with an unsightly 67.50 ERA, thanks to a rough pro debut earlier this week. Bell redeemed himself, though, and how: he retired 6 batters, all by strikeout, sandwiching a walk and an infield single in there. Jayson Rodriguez, a 2003 draft pick (12th), followed with 3-hit shutout ball for 2 innings, and Dewon Day finished up with a one-hit, 3-strikeout ninth. Vincent Esposito’s 2-run double in the 3rd gave the Doubledays all the runs they’d need, and Jarad Mangioni’s 7th-inning groundout brought home an insurance run. Catcher Erik Kratz’s double was the only other extra-base hit for Auburn.

Pulaski was rained out.

Your Three-Star Selection:

The Third Star: Clint Johnston, 1B, Charleston, who singled, doubled, tripled and drove in 2 runs in the Alley-Cats win.

The Second Star: Glenn Williams, 3B, Syracuse, whose three hits included a 2-run homer in a losing cause.

The First Star: Charleston SP Danny Core, who delivered 7 shutout innings for his best start of the season.
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_Finn McCool - Saturday, June 26 2004 @ 09:24 AM EDT (#55038) #
Re: This was Vermilyea’s 2nd appearance for New Hampshire and his 2nd 1-inning save; take from that what you will

Accually Vermilyea's first save was a 3.2 innings saving not a one inning save
_Jordan - Saturday, June 26 2004 @ 11:56 AM EDT (#55039) #
Yeah, I knew that ... I was just testing you... yeah, that's it...
Gerry - Saturday, June 26 2004 @ 12:53 PM EDT (#55040) #
Danny Core has been lights out a lot this season but he has also had stinkers. Here is a split of his starts:

0-1 runs allowed - 8 starts
3-4 runs allowed - 4 starts
6-7 runs allowed - 3 starts

Scouting reports credit Core with a plus curve and an average fastball. If the curve is working it looks like Core is lights out. When it is not working the hitters can sit on his fastball.

COMN for start by start details.
_Sneeps - Saturday, June 26 2004 @ 01:38 PM EDT (#55041) #
It's hard to imagine Core ever being anything but a useful AAA player. Hope I'm wrong, but that's the feeling I get.
Mike Green - Saturday, June 26 2004 @ 06:04 PM EDT (#55042) #
Auburn leads 5-0 in the third, courtesy of 2 walks with the bases loaded and 3 HBPs.
Mike Green - Saturday, June 26 2004 @ 06:14 PM EDT (#55043) #
It's 5-1 Auburn over New Jersey after 3. Jordan Timm struck out 2 and induced a pop-up to center.

If you've never heard an Auburn broadcast, it's well worth a listen.
Mike Green - Saturday, June 26 2004 @ 06:25 PM EDT (#55044) #
In the top of the fourth, with one out, Brian Hall walked, Adam Lind doubled him to third and Hall scored on a David Corrente groundball. Chip Cannon (1-3 with a ribbie) popped up. 6-1 Auburn after 3 and 1/2.
_Sneeps - Saturday, June 26 2004 @ 06:34 PM EDT (#55045) #
I'm listening in Mike. These guys are ok, but they don't hold a candle to the New Hampshire guys.

My personal favorite...
"Not just parts... Parts Plus Bob."
Mike Green - Saturday, June 26 2004 @ 06:35 PM EDT (#55046) #
In the bottom of the fourth, Timm gives up a double and strikes out his 4th of the game, and is then removed due to pitch count (it's his second start). Matt Dalton (a 6'4" right-handed submariner) comes on, and notches a strikeout and a groundout to third (Esposito makes a nice play coming in).

6-1 Auburn after 4, and I have to go. COMN if you'd like to listen to the Doubledays game.
Mike Green - Saturday, June 26 2004 @ 07:54 PM EDT (#55047) #
You're right, Sneeps. They weren't in top form today, though.

New Hampshire rallied late from a 4-0 deficit to defeat Portland 5-4.
_Sneeps - Saturday, June 26 2004 @ 10:15 PM EDT (#55048) #
Anyone know what happened to Sandy Nin? I know he was a PTBNL, but he must have defected or something because I can't find his stats on BA.
_JohnnyS99 - Sunday, June 27 2004 @ 12:52 AM EDT (#55049) #
Another Stron peformance by a Pulaski Starter, Juan Perez 6 innings , 1 run, zero walks, 1k. Edward Rodriguez and Adrian Martin Continue to impress and should be starting at some point.
_David Paul - Sunday, June 27 2004 @ 04:18 AM EDT (#55050) #
The last reference I can find on Sandy Nin is when the Rockies assigned him to Visalia Oaks of the California A league in February. He seems to have gone the way of Jimmy Hoffa.

Although according to Gerry Mcdonald's Blue Jays Farm Report "Nin was a third level pitching prospect so his loss was not a major one," he was one of those long shots I rooted for, especially after a strong 7 inning performance for New Haven late last year where he struck out 9 batters and walked none. I wish him luck wherever he is.
_Kevin Pataky - Monday, June 28 2004 @ 03:39 PM EDT (#55051) #
Sandy is listed on the roster of the Rockies Rookie Ball club, the Casper Rockies. Maybe he is working his way back through and injury?
_Kevin Pataky - Monday, June 28 2004 @ 03:41 PM EDT (#55052) #
And here:
_Jordan - Monday, June 28 2004 @ 03:48 PM EDT (#55053) #
Very odd. Nin is better than that; he ought to be at least in High-A ball, and I wouldn't have blamed the Rox for trying him at Double-A. I can only assume an injury. Thanks for the link, Kevin!
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