Like all great streaks, it had to end sometime. After retiring the first 42 straight batters of his AA career, Jamie Vermilyea’s perfect streak was ended last night with a leadoff single in the second inning. No need to worry though, he’s still working on a consecutive scoreless innings streak (18), consecutive innings without a walk (18), consecutive saves streak (2), consecutive wins in starts streak… how many more can Da Box think of?
Oh yeah, the Jays minor league affiliates won a few more games last night.
Indianapolis 4 Syracuse 5 – Game 1
Indianapolis 4 Syracuse 3 – Game 2
Syracuse won a game!! And they lost a game… but umm…they won a game! Mike Smith threw 5 decent innings followed by 3 shutout innings from Mark Lukasiewicz in the opener. An RBI single from Shawn Fagan in the 8th was enough to pull out the extra innings win in the contest scheduled for 7 innings. Fagan also homered in that game and finished the day 5-7 with a walk. Former Blue Jay Chris Michalak took the loss.
The Skychiefs weren’t so fortunate in the second game, however. Middle relievers Mike Nakamura and Talley Haines were asked to shoulder more innings than they’re used to and each gave up a pair of runs in their 3+ inning outings. Trailing 4-1 going into the 7th the Skychiefs started a late surge highlighted by a 2 run homer from Gabe Gross but wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit. Gross with 2-7 over the doubleheader while Simon Pond went 0-7.
New Hampshire 6 Altoona 3
Nobody’s perfect, but 5 shutout innings is still pretty good. 6 hits and a hit batsman were the only blemishes on Jamie Vermilyea’s record. Jamie also sports a 2-0 record with 2 saves, 0.00 ERA, 0.33 WHIP, 11/0 K/BB in his 4 appearances. Home runs from Maikel Jova, Mike Snyder and Paul Chiafreddo sparked the offense for 6 runs. Ty Godwin, Dominic Rich, Aaron Hill and Chiafreddo all reached base 3 times in 5 plate appearances.
John Ogiltree gave up a run and loaded the bases in the 9th before giving way to Brandon League who got the final out and the save. Todd Ozias and recently demoted Chris Baker are scheduled to pitch in this today’s doubleheader.
Brevard County 2 Dunedin 4
Vito Chiaravolloti’s 3 run bomb in the 5th put the Jays in the lead for good in this one. Justin James pitched 6 strong innings yielding only 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks with 5 K’s. Dunedin’s version of Chulk/Frasor closed the door as Andy Torres and Bubbie Buzachero finished up the final 3 innings.
Prospects Rodney Medina, Raul Tablado, Miguel Negron and Ryan Roberts all went 1 for 4.
Charleston 4 Lakewood 6
Danny Core threw 6 innings of 2 run ball with 4 K’s. Jermy Acey had another pair of hits, Morrin Davis drove in 2 runs and Clint Johnston reached base 3 times as the Alley Cats scored three in runs in the top of the 8th to take a 4-2 lead. It was all for nought though as Felix Romero gave up 4 runs on 5 hits over the final 2 innings
Brooklyn 6 Auburn 7
Juan Perez had 3 K’s with no walks or home runs but Brooklyn was finding some holes as they pounded out 9 hits in 4.2 innings, which was good for 4 runs off of the stunned Perez. Eric Rico was able to shut Brooklyn down for 2.1 innings (3K, 1 BB). That was long enough for Auburn to bust out with 5 runs in the 6th to take the lead.
Matt Dalton ran into trouble in the 8th leaving with 1 run already in and the bases juiced with only 1 out. Kristian Bell came on to relieve Dalton and allowed only one of those inherited runners to score on a sac fly. Bell also finished the 9th for the save.
SS Ryan Klosterman had three singles and a double while Aaron Mathews, Brian Hall and Adam Lind all reached base three times. Joey Metropoulos doubled and walked in 4 plate appearances.
Pulaski 8 Danville 11
One level down, Edwards Rodriguez suffered the same fate as his countryman Juan Perez. Rodriguez struck a couple out, didn’t walk anybody or give up any home runs, but the balls were finding holes as Danville pounded 8 hits and 5 runs in 2.2 innings. Canadian James Pidutti continued the trend, striking out 2 and walking none but did give up a run on 4 hits in 2.1 innings. Michael Rider and Eddie Cannon didn't have much more luck, though Cannon did get 5 of his 6 outs via strikeout.
The heart of the order came through for Pulaski as Brian Bormaster had 2 doubles and a single, as did Nick Thomas. Yuber Rodriguez topped that with 2 triples and a single. It just wasn't enough to catch Danville.
The 3rd Star Shawn Fagan: 5-7 with a HR and a BB
The 2nd Star Big Vito: Game winning 3 run shot.
The 1st Star Jamie Vermilyea: 5 more shutout innings.
HM: Ryan Klosterman and Yuber Rodriguez