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Carlos Delgado looks to be ready. Charleston pitchers delivered a one hitter. Two other Jays teams had last at bat wins and two of the Jays pitching prospects pitched well enough to win, but did not.

Buffalo 8 Syracuse 9

Buffalo went ahead early and with their strong hitting lineup it looked like another loss for Syracuse. Buffalo led 5-0 in the middle of the fourth, 7-4 in the middle of the seventh, and 8-6 going to the bottom of the ninth. As they had on Friday night Buffalo brought Dr. Longball along with them. Sandy Martinez hit a two run home run in the third (and another in the seventh) and Alex Escobar hit a three run shot in the fourth. Syracuse's starter Josue Matos lasted six innings allowing six runs on eight hits. Dave Maurer allowed the Martinez home run in the seventh, and Aquilino Lopez gave up a run in the eighth.

Syracuse got on the board in the fourth when Carlos Delgado homered and Guillermo Quiroz doubled in Glenn Williams. Delgado doubled in two in the fifth and Julius Matos doubled in two more in the seventh.

That brings us to the ninth with Syracuse trailing by two. With one out Matos doubled. Scott Stewart was summoned from the pen. Delgado greeted him with a double to bring the Chiefs within one and Glenn Williams followed with another double to tie the game. With two out Chad Hermanson singled to drive in the winning run.

Delgado was 3-5 with two doubles and a home run. Glenn Williams also had three hits. Quiroz went 2-3 with a double and two walks, and Gabe Gross was 0-5

Chad Hermanson is back from the DL. It is possible that Marvin Benard has gone back on the DL. He was hit in the hand in his first game back from the DL. Cam Reimers has been promoted to AAA to take the place of David Bush. Reimers had a 2.78 ERA at AA.

Game Story

New Hampshire 0 Norwich 1

Josh Banks made his seventh start at AA, and this one was arguably his best. Banks pitched into the eighth and left the scoreless game with one out and two runners on. Unfortunately John Ogiltree surrendered a double to plate the only run of the game. Banks line was 7.1 IP, 4 hits, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts. Banks' results have been mixed since his promotion, there is a lot to learn at AA. Maybe this start will be the one to show he belongs.

This was a pitchers duel all the way with only one runner reaching third base until the bottom of the eighth. New Hampshire had runners at first and third with one out in the sixth, but John Ford Griffin lined a hard shot to the shortstop and Aaron Hill was doubled off first on the play. New Hampshire had only seven hits in the game, no hitter had more than one.

Game Story

Clearwater 5 Dunedin 2

Vince Perkins last start was good and this one made it two in a row. Perkins pitched six innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits and three walks. Perkins also had five K's. The score was tied at two until the eighth. After Chad Pleiness pitched a scoreless seventh, Justin Maureau came on and struggled. Clearwater scored three runs off Maureau in one third of an inning. That was it for the scoring.

Dunedin had eight hits, Jason Waugh had three of them.

Raul Tablado went 0-3 with a walk and Vito 1-4

Charleston 3 Delmarva 2

The decision to move Davis Romero into the rotation looks better and better. Yesterday Romero pitched a one hitter through five innings. Romero walked two, one of whom scored on a passed ball. He also recorded seven strikeouts. Marcos Sandoval walked the bases loaded with no one out in the sixth. Brad Esaray came in from the bullpen to walk another to make it 3-2 and put the tying run on third. But a popup and a double play let him escape and give the win to Romero.

Charleston scored twice in the first. Juan Peralta doubled and Robinson Diaz singled him home. A Joey Reiman double scored Diaz. Christian Snavely tripled home the eventual winning run in the sixth.

Game Story

Auburn at Batavia - suspended in the fourth with Auburn leading 7-0

Casey Janssen made his first start and had pitched three shutout innings of two hit ball when the game was suspended. The usual suspects were hitting to generate the seven runs. Lind, Metropoulos, Mathews, Klosterman, Cannon and Kratz all had hits.

The game will resume Monday July 12th when the D'Days are back in Batavia.

Game Story

Danville 8 Pulaski 9 - 11 innings

Pulaski score two in the bottom of the ninth to tie and one in the eleventh to win. In the ninth two singles and two walks
put Pulaski down by one with the bases still loaded. Nick Thomas "took one for the team" and the game was tied on the hit batsman. In the eleventh Mike Macaluso led things off with a single. A bunt, a walk, another single left the bases loaded and John Ashford took advantage of the drawn in infield to deliver a single to win the game.

Pulaski had seventeen hits in the game, Nick Thomas and Greg Powers each had three. One of Thomas's hits was a home run.

Brian Grant started and allowed five runs, two earned, on six hits in four innings. Aaron Tressler pitched three scoreless innings and Eddie Cannon got the win with one inning of relief.

Our Three-Star Selection

Pitchers day .....
The 3rd Star: Vince Perkins, six strong innings
The 2nd Star: Davis Romero, a one hitter through five innings
The 1st Star: Josh Banks, seven and one third innings with four hits allowed
Honourable Mention: Carlos Delgado


Syracuse were 2-5 on the week and their record now is 34-50. Syracuse are 17 games behind Scranton
New Hampshire, 5-4 for the week and are 46-37, two games back of Binghamton
Dunedin, Dunedin were 4-3 for the week and are 7-6 in the second half. Dunedin are in second place, a half game behind Tampa
Charleston were 4-0 for the week and are 8-2 for the second half. Charleston are in first place by two games
Auburn were 6-0 for the week and have started 13-3 to lead their division
Pulaski are 3-4 for the week and have started 10-4 to lead their division

Combined the Jays minor league teams were 24-16 for the week and their record is 200-160, a .556 winning percentage.
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Mike Green - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 09:57 AM EDT (#53404) #
The comebacks of yesterday make up for the heartbreaks of Saturday. It looks like I may have been unduly pessimistic in suggesting that Auburn probably wouldn't be able to match last season's record.
_MatO - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 10:01 AM EDT (#53405) #
I love Faulds and Cerutti yesterday saying that Delgado was sent to Syracuse as a precaution. What? They don't swing as hard in AAA? I think the Jays could have used Delgado yesterday. Even at 80% he's better than Gomez and he seems to be much more than 80%.
_MatO - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 10:02 AM EDT (#53406) #
PS. New Hampshire lost 1-0.
Gerry - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 10:05 AM EDT (#53407) #
Thanks Mat, you found the deliberate error, now corrected
_Jeff Geauvreau - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 10:18 AM EDT (#53408) #
Aubrn Doubledays were and are leading 7-0 going into the bottom of the 4th. Rain caused the game to be suspended.

"The game will resume Monday, July 12, the next time the Doubledays visit Batavia."

COMN for Auburn D-days story.
_Jeff Geauvreau - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 10:21 AM EDT (#53409) #
Ummmmmmmmm Ahhhhh sorry Gerry , I have not had my morning coffee yet.

Disregard my last post since Gerry already had the info in here.

( Sheepish Grin )
_R Billie - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 11:14 AM EDT (#53410) #
Can you imagine having to resume a game days later where you're already down 7-0?

It's nice to see Banks start to turn it around and I'm wondering whether the Romero pair in Charleston should be promoted already. Perkins is starting to come alive too but is still walking people. Will he ever be able to develop command?

Davis Romero's track record coming into the year was tremendous and he's added tighter control this season. In four prior pro years including two years of Dominican Summer League, a year of Rookie ball, and a year at Auburn he was 12-6, 3.27, 176 innings, 130 hits, 10 hr, 48 bb, 259 k. That's over 13 k/9 in a significant sample of innings. He looks pretty special despite his slight stature and he's a lefty which automatically makes him more special in an organization that doesn't have a lot of them.

Felix hasn't had near as good a track record and he's three years older but it's about time he moved up from low A ball as well having already spent '02 and '03 there. The increased competition isn't going to make it any easier for him to move quickly though.
_Jeff Geauvreau - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 12:20 PM EDT (#53411) #
Redemption from my earlier mistake: Here is the Pulaski Blue Jays Game story from Sunday.

_Jeff Geauvreau - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 01:14 PM EDT (#53412) #
A great article on Blue Jay 2nd round pick Curtis Thigpen.

_MatO - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 01:15 PM EDT (#53413) #
Add 44th round pick Eddie Cannon out of FSU to the signed list. He's pitched twice for Pulaski. He's not listed as signed by BA.
_Jeff Geauvreau - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 01:25 PM EDT (#53414) #
Funny you should mention that Mat0 , I emailed Jim Callis at Baseball America early this morning about Eddie Cannon.

Baseball America will update the change sometime today Mato.
_R Billie - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 01:36 PM EDT (#53415) #
Thigpen's thoughts on catching:
"If you're producing offensively, they can find a spot for you that you can play defensively," Curtis Thigpen said. "I don't want to be some big, slow catcher that has a lot of power but hits .240 with a couple of home runs and bad knees."

The stereotype of catchers aside, Curtis sounds very much onboard with the organization's hitting philosophy. Hopefully he can do something similar to what Jeremy Reed ended up doing out of the second round.
_MatO - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 01:50 PM EDT (#53416) #
It's been 4 weeks since the draft and the lack of recent signings from the 1st round is getting bizarre. Basically nothing has happened for a least 10 days. I don't know what everyone is waiting for since those who have signed have signed at a price that you would expect for their slot so I don't see it as an attempt by the owners to cut back on bonuses. Are the draftees waiting to see what Weaver and Drew get?
_Jeff Geauvreau - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 02:05 PM EDT (#53417) #
Mat0 there was an interview with J.P last week and I beleive it was Jordan who said that J.P. told him that that Purcey would be signed within 2 weeks and Jackson within 1 week.
_Jeff Geauvreau - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 02:06 PM EDT (#53418) #
Note to self: Use spellcheck Jeff.
_MatO - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 02:41 PM EDT (#53419) #
Well that was at least a week ago. I wasn't picking on the Jays. Just a general observation that nobody was doing anything.
_coliver - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 02:46 PM EDT (#53420) #
What do you guys think about Glenn Williams? A career minor leaguer and a former phenom, he never really developed. However, he is having a good year.

You think J.P. will purchase his contract in September?
_JohnnyS99 - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 02:48 PM EDT (#53421) #
Phenom? He never hit in the minors, and has a 310 OBP. He might make a good Utility player one day.
_coliver - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 02:52 PM EDT (#53422) #
The Braves considered him a phenom when he signed as a 16 year old.
_Jeff Geauvreau - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 03:12 PM EDT (#53423) #
You are right coliver and they just beat out the Jays for him !
_Jacko - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 03:35 PM EDT (#53424) #

The Braves considered him a phenom when he signed as a 16 year old.

Speaking of failed Braves prospects, check out what A.J. Zapp is doing at Seattle's AAA affiliate this year.
_Moffatt - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 03:43 PM EDT (#53425) #
How the heck do you hit over .300 when you strike out 100 times out of 295?
_S.K. in N.J. - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 03:49 PM EDT (#53426) #
100 strike outs in 295 at bats while hitting .302/.375/.546? Wow. That's a rarity.
robertdudek - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 03:53 PM EDT (#53427) #
How the heck do you hit over .300 when you strike out 100 times out of 295?

You get lucky.
Mike Green - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 04:09 PM EDT (#53428) #
Zapp's BABIP is .415. That's very high. So, the way you do it is you hit a bunch of homers, a bunch of line drives and you get lucky. Don't count on being able to sustain it for a whole season though.
_Ryan Lind - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 04:34 PM EDT (#53429) #
Speaking of former prospects, do you guys think Calvin Pickering will see the big leagues again this year?

The guy's hitting .332/.460/.755 with 26 homeruns in 208 at-bats for Kansas City's AAA club. He's still 27.
_Tassle - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 04:45 PM EDT (#53430) #
It's not like KC's lineup is filled with guys hitting better than him, either. Although Sweeney's feelings might be hurt.
_greenfrog - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 04:59 PM EDT (#53431) #
A side note: excellent to see Quiroz back & hitting well. Let the rehab assignments continue!
_Rob Vandenberg - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 05:05 PM EDT (#53432) #
I have an abnormally large head.
_superdevin - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 05:07 PM EDT (#53433) #
that makes two of us.
Mike Green - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 05:23 PM EDT (#53434) #
Calvin Pickering is Cecil Fielder. He's got 1-3 really good years left, and it's a real shame that he's spending this time in Triple A. Somebody should give him a job, pay him his $300,000 and reap $6-$8 million worth of value. It sure seems to me that he has less value to KC sitting in Omaha rather than playing 1B or DH for some major league team that needs him now.
_Ryan Lind - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 05:38 PM EDT (#53435) #
Hell, I'd have taken him over Scott Gomez at first while Carlos was out.
_Ryan Lind - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 05:39 PM EDT (#53436) #
Errr, that would be Chris Gomez.

Got hockey on the brain.
_Jacko - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 05:40 PM EDT (#53437) #

Calvin Pickering is Cecil Fielder. He's got 1-3 really good years left, and it's a real shame that he's spending this time in Triple A. Somebody should give him a job, pay him his $300,000 and reap $6-$8 million worth of value. It sure seems to me that he has less value to KC sitting in Omaha rather than playing 1B or DH for some major league team that needs him now.

I suspect that any interested team could buy Pickering for $$$.

BTW, where was JP when Ruben Mateo was sold to the Royals late last week???

_ainge_fan - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 08:46 PM EDT (#53438) #
Shoddy defense in Pulaski last night by the looks of things - reminiscent of last year when you could count on 4-5 errors per game. It suggested that the field was brutally tricky last year.

Has this changed - the error numbers seem lower this year. Can anyone speak to this - is the field improved? Defense better? Too early to tell? Rookie ball, so who cares?

I'd love to see Perkins string together another handful of starts like his last two, and spend the last third of the year in AA. Even with the high walk numbers, he's always been pretty tough to hit. The organization needs more good news from the pitching side - it hasn't been all good - Rosario, McGowan, Hanson, etc.
Mike Green - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 08:51 PM EDT (#53439) #
It's 4-1 Syracuse after 7 innings. Cam Reimers has just been taken out. He gave up 5 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 3. Typical Cam Reimers. Jason Kershner is on to pitch and surrendered a double leading off. Carlos Delgado has 2 singles in 4 PAs.
Mike Green - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 09:10 PM EDT (#53440) #
Kershner got out of it, and in the bottom of the eighth, Glenn Williams homered, Gabe Gross struck out and Guillermo Quiroz tripled to right off Corey Hart's glove (Quiroz' second hit of the game), and Simon Pond hit a sac fly to the track in right. It's 6-1 Syracuse after 8 innings.
_jim854 - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 10:30 PM EDT (#53441) #
An interesting article in the Syracuse paper - Baseball has lost its savor in the salt city - by Bud Poliquin (mon. 05). The writer is concerned re the turnout of fans for the baseball game on July 4 - only 1/3 full.

He also gets after the Jays for supplying poor players for the last 28 years - only 8 times in the playoffs.

This years team:
worst record in the IL 26-44
worst batting avg. .235
3rd worst ERA 4.68

And I don't think he is the least bit interested in the Jays injury problems - this is the 8th straight year that the skychiefs will end up in last place and/or out of the playoffs. I really feel for these fans because I talked a neighbor of mine in Florida (who lives in Syracuse in the summer) to buy season's tickets because 'the losing is over'.

Oh well, there's always next year.
_R Billie - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 11:07 PM EDT (#53442) #
I think a lot of people expected a better year in Syracuse but that team was hit hard with injuries and many players were promoted to supplement Toronto's injuries. Rios didn't do too well in his time there either.

Next year they should have Vermilyea, Hill, and a hopefully a few other guys but might lose Adams, Quiroz, and Gross.
_R Billie - Monday, July 05 2004 @ 11:56 PM EDT (#53443) #
Chi Hung Cheng had a rough night. Sure he went 5.2 innings and gave up just 1 run on 3 hits and struck out 6. But one of those hits was a homerun and he walked 3 whole people. Scott Roy pitched 3 scoreless innings with no walks and 6 K.

Ismael Ramirez had a big day in Dunedin. 7 2 0 0 1 8 0
Tablado at DH was 3 for 4 (.351) with a double and his 11th homerun.
Negron 3 for 4 with a triple.
Roberts 1 for 2 with a walk.
_Jeff Geauvreau - Tuesday, July 06 2004 @ 01:01 AM EDT (#53444) #
I am very happy with Chi-Hung Cheng progress so far at Pulaski. As a 19 yr old lefty , I like him.
_Jacko - Tuesday, July 06 2004 @ 11:04 AM EDT (#53445) #

Calvin Pickering is Cecil Fielder. He's got 1-3 really good years left, and it's a real shame that he's spending this time in Triple A. Somebody should give him a job, pay him his $300,000 and reap $6-$8 million worth of value. It sure seems to me that he has less value to KC sitting in Omaha rather than playing 1B or DH for some major league team that needs him now.

If Calvin Pickering is Cecil Fielder, I'm dying to know who Joe Dillon is. He's a 29 year old utility man for Florida who's a year removed from back surgery. He's too old to be the second coming of Miguel Cabrera, but man he can hit...
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 06 2004 @ 11:23 AM EDT (#53446) #
Alberquerque is a well-known hitter's paradise, but those are impressive numbers even when you let the air out of them. Plus, Joe Dillon is a great name.

Speaking of great names, my favorite minor league right now is shortstop Gookie Dawkins. We've had Mookie, Cookie and Pookie, and I'm glad that after maybe 15-20 years, we get to add a new member to the Furball club.
robertdudek - Tuesday, July 06 2004 @ 12:21 PM EDT (#53447) #
Who is/was Pookie (perhaps you are thinking of Pokey Reese)
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 06 2004 @ 01:04 PM EDT (#53448) #
Robert, I'll have to dig up my old Abstracts for the answer. I'll let you know tomorrow. I remember a comment about nicknaming Kevin McReynolds "Fookie" to get him admitted to the club.
Mike Green - Wednesday, July 07 2004 @ 09:43 AM EDT (#53449) #
Got it. Pookie Bernstein was a minor leaguer in the Indians system in the mid-80s (see 86 Abstract, p. 284). There was also Tookie Gilbert, who I had completely forgotten.

There's another colourful name floating in the minors: Ambiorix Concepcion of Brooklyn in the NYPL. I wonder if he's the son of Onix.
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