Minor League Update: June 29

Tuesday, June 29 2004 @ 12:17 PM EDT

Contributed by: Jonny German

Jamie Vermilyea. That’s the executive summary of this update. Jamie Perfect Game Vermilyea!

Syracuse 4 @ Columbus 11

The only loss in the Toronto farm system came at the top, as the SkyChiefs were shot down decisively by the Columbus Clippers. DH Gabe Gross had a big night, collecting 4 hits including a home run, and SS Russ Adams and C Paul Chiaffredo each contributed 2 singles. On the pitching side of the ledger, Sean Douglass (3 earned in 2 innings), Chris Baker (6 in 2) and Aquilino Lopez (2 in 1) were all knocked around.

Boxscore - MinorLeagueBaseball.com.

New Britain 4 @ New Hampshire 5
New Britain 0 @ New Hampshire 2

7 innings. No hits. No walks. No errors. 5 strikeouts. 2 balls hit out of the infield. Your expectations weren’t quite that high for a spot starter? The Fisher Cats swept a double header on Jamie Vermilyea’s most excellent outing. Capital P, Capital G, Perfect Game. I’ll leave it to the more learned minor league aficionados to tell us if this is a first in Blue Jay minor league history.

Vermilyea’s gem was the nightcap of the twin bill, supported by 3B Danny Solano’s 2-run single in the second inning. In the opener, it was DH Maikel Jova swinging the big lumber, cashing in two runs on a single in the 3rd, then hitting a walk-off solo homer in the 7th. Aaron Hill showed signs of breaking out of his recent funk with a 3 for 4 performance, while 1B John-Ford Griffin continued his improved play of late with 3 walks to show for his 4 plate appearances. RF Ty Godwin swiped 2 bags for 20 on the season. He’s stealing at an 80% clip.

Pitching-wise, the first game featured 6 innings from Todd Ozias, 4 runs on 5 hits and a walk, with 4 punchouts. Brandon League pitched a perfect 7th with one K, and vultured the W thanks to Jova’s bomb.

Boxscores: Game 1, Game 2 - MinorLeagueBaseball.com.

Dunedin 8 @ St. Lucie 5

In a game that featured 12 runs in the final 4 innings after just 1 in the first 5, the Dunedin Blue Jays beat the St. Lucie Mets. The first 5 hitters in Dunedin’s lineup all had two hits: LF Medina, 3B Cota, 1B Davenport, DH Chiaravalloti, and CF Negron. Davenport and Big Vito each had two doubles, while Negron had one two-bagger.

Neomar Flores started and went a very strong 6-2/3, surrendering 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk while striking out 7. Bubbie Buzachero got the save but was uncharacteristically shaky, walking in an inherited runner in the 8th and surrendering a run of his own on three hits in the 9th. He did strike out 3 batters.

Boxscore - MinorLeagueBaseball.com.

Charleston – Off Day

Auburn 7 @ New Jersey 1

The Auburn express rolled on, this time at the expense of the New Jersey Cardinals. Jeremy “Jesse Who?” Harper turned in 6 brilliant innings of 2-hitter, 6/1 K/BB. Joey McLaughlin kept the shutout going for 2 more innings, but Chris Leonard was touched for a singleton in the 9th, allowing 2 hits while striking out 2.

No lack of offence for the good guys; SS Ryan Klosterman (single, triple), 3B Vince Esposito (single, double, 2 walks, 3 RBI), LF Adam Lind (3-run homer, walk), and 1B Chip Cannon (2 singles, double) led the way.

Boxscore - MinorLeagueBaseball.com.

Burlington Indians 2 @ Pulaski 6

Just another day at the office for the still-undefeated P-Jays, as they tripled the Burlington Indians at the home field. SS Eugenio Valez singled and doubled; C Brian Bormaster doubled and singled twice; Ninth hitter (?) and first baseman Charles Anderson walked, doubled, and homered. LF Luke Hetherington also swatted a big fly.

The pitching was supplied by Brian Grant (6 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs, 3/2 K/BB), lefty James Pidutti (2 perfect innings, 3 Ks), and Aaron Tressler (1 perfect inning, 2 Ks).

Boxscore - MinorLeagueBaseball.com.

Three-Star Selection!

The Third Star: Neomar Flores, Dunedin. 6-2/3 innings, 5 baserunners, 7 strikeouts.

The Second Star: Gabe Gross, Syracuse. 3 singles and a Jack.

The First Star: Jamie Vermilyea, New Hampshire. El Perfecto.