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Two games went to extra innings, one game did not even go nine. A new player hit a home run for Dunedin, Carlos something or other. And yours truly is off to Buffalo to see the Chiefs.

Syracuse 4 Columbus 2

With David Bush moving up to the Jays, Syracuse are looking for a new #1 starter. Last night Ryan Glynn staked his claim to the job. Glynn pitched six innings and allowed just one first inning run.

The Chiefs tied the game in the fifth on a home run from Jeff Guiel. Josue Matos led off the sixth with a double and Gabe Gross singled him in. Later in the inning Guillermo Quiroz doubled home Gross and Glenn Williams to make it 4-1.

After Jason Kershner pitched a routine seventh inning Aquilino Lopez came on to start the eighth. Sal Fasano greeted him with a home run. An out and a walk later Kevin Frederick was summoned from the bullpen for the five out save. Frederick lowered his AAA ERA to 0.87.

Russ Adams was 0-4. Gabe Gross was 1-3 with a walk.

Game Story

New Britain 11 New Hampshire 10 - 14 innings

A marathon game in New Hampshire, an offensive tilt with the teams combining for 37 hits. New Hampshire used five pitchers in the game and four of them conceded runs. Ryan Houston started and allowed seven runs in five innings. Jordan DeJong gave up two runs in two innings, Andy Torres one run in 1.1 innings. John Ogiltree pitched 3.2 innings with only one hit allowed. Dan Jackson pitched the final two innings and took the loss.

New Hampshire were down 7-1 after five and 10-6 going to the bottom of the ninth. Aaron Hill walked to start the ninth and John Ford Griffin followed with a two run home run to make it a 10-8 game. Justin Singleton and Paul Chiaffredo doubled to make it a one run game, then Mike Snyder singled home Chiaffredo to tie the game. It was five more innings before Jackson conceded the run that ended the game.

The Fisher Cats had 19 hits and all starters had at least one. Aaron Hill was 3-6 with two doubles and a walk. Mike Snyder also had three hits.

Game Story

Lakeland 9 Dunedin 2

It is very unusual to see a game with eleven runs scored where all the runs are scored in the same inning. The sixth inning was the big inning last night.

Justin James started and looked pretty good through five innings. The sixth started with a double, bunt single, single, walk and James was done for the night. He left with the score 1-0 but with the bases loaded and none out. Derrick Nunley came in a conceded a hit, two walks and a hit batter. The score was 5-0 and Justin Maureau came on to surrender a grand slam to put the game out of reach.

In the bottom of the sixth a recent arrival, some guy called Delgado, hit a two run home run. And that was it for the scoring.

Delgado was 2-3 with the home run. Dunedin had only five hits, two from Delgado, on the night.

Charleston 5 Delmarva 4 - 11 innings

Christian Snavely was the hero last night hitting a three run home run in the ninth to give Charleston a brief lead, and ultimately kept them in the game to get the win. However Jordy Templett was unable to nail down the save in the ninth, allowing two walks and a single and the game was headed to extra innings.

Danny Core started for the Alley Cats and allowed two home runs in six innings. The Cats scored in the first when David Smith singled to drive in Robinson Diaz. The Cats were unable to get anything else going and came into the ninth down 3-1. Snavely's home run put Charleston ahead, until Delmarva rallied to tie it.

In the eleventh Joey Reiman walked and Eric Arnold drove him home with a double. Brad Esaray nailed down a nervous save, he walked two and hit a batter to load the bases but he got the third out.

Jermy Acey was 0-4.

Game Story

Auburn 5 Mahoning Valley 2

Eric Neilsen was 2-4 with a double and a home run to power Auburn to the win. Adam Lind and Brian Hall also had two hits each. Neilsen got Auburn on the board with the home run and put Auburn ahead to stay with the double in the seventh to score Lind. Juan Perez got the win with six innings of four hit ball.

Pulaski 3 Elizabethton 6 - 7 plus innings

Pulaski are in a slump, two losses in a row. Jordan Timm gave up two run home runs in the second and fourth innings. Pulaski scored two in the third. Mike Macaluso walked and Graig Badger was hit by a pitch. Nick Thomas and Yuber Rodriguez each singled to drive in a run. Macaluso singled in the fifth and scored on a single from Luke Heterington. Aaron Tressler also gave up a two run home run, this one in the seventh. The game ended in the eighth presumably due to rain. Pulaski had only five hits on the night.

Our Three-Star Selection

Carlos Delgado was just not good enough.

The 3rd Star: tie Kevin Frederick, a five out save and also for excellent pitching recently, and John Ogiltree, for 3.2 innings of one hit relief in a hitters game
The 2nd Star: Eric Neilsen, two for four with a home run
The 1st Star: Christian Snavely, a three run home run in the ninth to help Charleston get the win

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_MatO - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 09:59 AM EDT (#54182) #
This kid Delgado has now totalled 33 HR in High A ball. It may be time to move him up.
_Leviathan - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 10:43 AM EDT (#54183) #
That's unbelieveable.

Aaron Hill actually had not one, but TWO extra base hits. In the same game! Is that some sort of record for him?

Gabe Gross is getting mighty near a promotion, I think. If only he wasn't hurting....
_Rob - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 10:43 AM EDT (#54184) #
Stealing this from the Roundup thread:
The always amphoteric Mike Moffatt has found an article re: 13th rounder Yates signing. "Kerrville’s Yates inks deal with Blue Jays".
Mike Green - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 10:55 AM EDT (#54185) #
Gerry, it was Julius, not Josue, Matos, whohad the double for Syracuse. Enjoy the games in Buffalo!
_Daryn - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 11:05 AM EDT (#54186) #
Carlos has 33 RBI in A Ball??
How long has he been playing?? I thought it was just since Wednesday....

it must feel like "batting pratice" to him.. I hope his bat doesn't get slow!
Mike Green - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 11:06 AM EDT (#54187) #
Courtesy of Mendocino late last night, here is word that Chad Mulholland is undergoing surgery for a torn labrum in his shoulder.
_stephen sc - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 12:42 PM EDT (#54188) #
No no! 33 'career' 'homeruns' in High A. That was many years ago..when he was an offensive minded catcher coming up for the blue birds.
_Jordan - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 01:30 PM EDT (#54189) #
Just an update: the June Farm Report will be posted a little later than usual, and will be up sometime this weekend (Canada Day Revelry and all that).
_R Billie - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 03:33 PM EDT (#54190) #
Cheng now has 15 strikeouts and 1 walk in 10 innings for Pulaski. He's allowed just 1 run on 8 hits. No problems adjusting to North America yet.

Adrian Martin has struck out 11 and walked no-one in 7.1 scoreless innings. He's given up 4 hits.

Edward Rodriguez was beat up a bit in his first start following two strong relief appearances but he's not doing too badly for his first time in the US.

Brian Grant has started quick in his second go around with Pulaski. He's won both his starts while pitching 11 innings and giving up 2 runs on 8 hits. 9K and 2BB.

So there are some younger arms who the Jays will have to make room for next year at higher levels. Mostly Auburn and Charleston I would think. That's not bad considering they've had so much focus on older college arms in the drafts.
_Finn McCool - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 04:25 PM EDT (#54191) #
Re: Brian Grant has started quick in his second go around with Pulaski

This is Grants third year in Pulaski not his second, he was drafted in the 7th round in 2002. The good news, if you can find good news in starting three straight years in low A rookie ball is Grant is still young despite this being his third year of pro ball, he's not yet 20 years old. For the record Grants birth day is august 8, 1984. COMM to see the jays 2002 draft picks
_Ducey - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 04:29 PM EDT (#54192) #
Any word on Cheng's velocity? There was a concern about that when they signed him right? The 1.5K/IP is swell (a very small sample size) but I would have more confidence if he was blowing guys away rather than getting by on some funky far east delivery.
_MatO - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 04:30 PM EDT (#54193) #
To be picky his first year was in Med Hat. I guess to be completely accurate this is his 3rd year of rookie ball.
_MatO - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 04:30 PM EDT (#54194) #
Previous post was about Grant.
_MatO - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 04:33 PM EDT (#54195) #
Any word on Cheng's velocity?

JP mentioned in an interview that he was in the upper 80's. He's still young enough to improve on that. His main out pitch was a curve.
_Finn McCool - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 04:48 PM EDT (#54196) #
What's the story with Chris Leonard pitching out of the bull pen. Are the jays just being cautious with a guy coming off tommy john surgery, or is this where the jays fee Leonard is best suited to pitch?
_Ryan01 - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 05:48 PM EDT (#54197) #
Leonard out of the bullpen is most likely just a precaution. With the surgery, and some rumours about shoulder soreness it's probably a good idea to start him off slow. Of course he is 23 almost 24 now and still in short season ball. The bullpen may be his quickest path to the majors.
_Jordan - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 06:15 PM EDT (#54198) #
Something else to keep in mind is that Leonard only threw about 60-odd innings in each of his seasons with University of Miami-Ohio, so he hasn't had a huge history of workload. The Jays are going to start healthy top picks like Purcey and Jackson in the pen, even though their future is in the rotation; I'm sure that goes double with Leonard.

Cheng's fastball probably hasn't gotten a whole lot faster; more likely it's his curve which is just killing the batters in Rookie League. Once he gets to Auburn next year, and eventually Dunedin, we'll start to see a clearer picture. Still, not bad for someone with a "deformed arm," according to BA.
_Finn McCool - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 06:39 PM EDT (#54199) #
That deformed arm story is funny, I heard it started in Taiwan, some former coach or something like that. I don't how well Taiwanese translates in to english but you gotta believe something was lost or drop during that translation.
Craig B - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 09:43 PM EDT (#54200) #
That deformed arm story is funny, I heard it started in Taiwan, some former coach or something like that.

As far as I know, the "deformed arm" story is a total fabrication (what a surprise... a scout running down someone else's guy!) but there are some open questions about how much Cheng has worked as a young pitcher. Given that he's pitching fine now, it's mostly a moot point; if he's treated well from here on in, he should be fine.
_NIck - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 10:54 PM EDT (#54201) #
Long-time reader, first-time poster. I just got home from the SkyChiefs game in Buffalo. (I live in Buffalo.) The SkyChiefs were getting pounded 16-2. They had given up something like 7 or 8 HR's and committed 4 errors. Terrible. My main reason for posting, though, was to see if anyone would know why Russ Adams left the game after 1 inning. He grounded out to lead off the game but I did not see him get hurt. Anyone have any info? Thanks.
_Sneeps - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 10:58 PM EDT (#54202) #
Adams got hurt by default. If you play for the Blue Jays, or any affiliate (especially the Chiefs) then you must instantly get injured on a weekly basis. At this point, no explanation is needed, due to unnecessary paper work.
_Fawaz K - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 11:03 PM EDT (#54203) #
There was a warning a couple of days ago that players may get bitten by snakes. Are there a lot of snakes in Buffalo?
_Sneeps - Friday, July 02 2004 @ 11:07 PM EDT (#54204) #
I also heard that a pack of rabid bees from Antarctica were headed straight for Adams a few days ago. At first I dismissed this as a silly rumour, but now I'm starting to wonder if they hit their target.
_Jordan - Saturday, July 03 2004 @ 09:34 AM EDT (#54205) #
Nick, I haven't seen any injury reports in today's Skychiefs news coverage, so if Adams did come out for injury reasons, it doesn't appear to be serious. Thanks for the tip, and we'll keep an eye peeled for any news. An injury to Russ would be just about the last thing Syracuse needs.
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