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Only 2 farm teams went the regulation 9 innings in an unusual Wednesday night of action.

Syracuse 4 Norfolk 3 (6 innings)

In a rain-shortened contest in Syracuse, Simon Pondís 2-run double in the 5th inning brought home the game-winning runs. Glenn Williams singled twice and walked, scoring once, while Shawn Fagan homered, singled and scored 2 runs. Ryan Glynn, who has pitched very well since his acquisition last month, went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk, striking out 4. Dave Maurer got an unexpected rain-aided save.

Box score

Game story

Bonus article: An update on Guillermo Quiroz, back from the DL.


Altoona 3 New Hampshire 2

Recently demoted Chris Baker threw well for the F-Cats, pitching 5 innings and allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and 1 walk, striking out 5. But the offence again had trouble scoring runs, and reliever Ryan Houston eventually paid the price when he allowed an unearned run in the 8th inning to lose it (2 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K). John-Ford Griffin, who continues to pull himself slowly out of his terrible season-long slump, had 2 singles and an RBI, lifting his average to .237. Dominic Rich and Tyrell Godwin each singled in 4 trips, while Justin Singleton wore the golden sombrero with his 4 Ks.

Box score

Game story


Dunedin 7 Brevard County 6 (10 innings)

They let a 6-2 lead get away and had to rely on a 10th-inning wild pitch to score the winning run, but the D-Jays eventually did secure a victory. Shaun Marcum continued to pitch very well in the FSL, throwing 5 innings of 2-run ball, surrendering 4 hits and 2 walks, and whiffing 6 batters. But Tracy Thorpe and Chad Pleiness combined to let the lead slip away, giving up a total of 3 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks in their 2 1/3 innings, and Brian Reed allowed a game-tying home run leading off the 9th. But Reed was otherwise masterful, with 2 2/3 innings of relief, allowing just the 1 home run on no walks and 5 Ks.

Ryan Roberts led the offence with 3 singles and an RBI, while Raul Tablado crunched his 12th home run (Dunedinís only extra-base hit) and walked besides. Carlo Cota singled twice and scored, while Big Vito, Manny Mayorson and Miguel Negron each singled and scored.u

Box score


Charleston 4 Lakewood 3

Brad Mumma pitched the game of the night for Blue Jaysí farm teams, spinning 6 innings of 1-run ball, scattering 6 hits, walking no one and striking out 7. Mark Sopko got an ugly save by allowing 2 runs in the 9th. William Rivera had 2 hits and 2 RBIs for the Alley-Cats, while Brian Patrick (2 runs scored) and Jermy Acey chipped in with 2 hits of their own.

Box score

Game story


Auburn was rained out.


Pulaski 7 Bluefield 3 (11 innings)

A 2-run double by Greg Powers and a 2-run single by Mike Malacuso gave Pulaski the extra-inning victory. Jordan Timm had helped stake the P-Jays to an early lead with 5 innings of 6-hit ball, allowing 2 runs, with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts. Adrian Martin followed with 2 shutout innings of relief (1 H, 0 BB, 2 K), but Derek Tate allowed a one-out homer in the 9th to tie the score (sound familiar?). Tate redeemed himself, though, with 3 more shutout innings, allowing just 1 other hit 1 walk and 4 whiffs. In addition to the extra-inning heroes, DH Jon Chappell cracked a 2-run homer, while CF Yuber Rodriguez doubled and walked twice. Nick Thomas doubled, walked and scored a run.

Box score


The Three-Star Selection: Not many standout individual performances, soÖ.

The Third Star: Chris Baker, New Hamphsire

The Second Star: Shaun Marcum, Dunedin

The First Star: Brad Mumma, Pulaski
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_Jordan - Thursday, July 08 2004 @ 01:22 PM EDT (#52959) #
And sorry, I forget to mention some of the best news of the night: Gabe Gross played left field for Syracuse.
_R Billie - Thursday, July 08 2004 @ 01:26 PM EDT (#52960) #
Adrian Martin has really been toying with the Rookie league in his first handful of innings. Dewon Day was another Jays draft-and-follow from 2002 currently in Auburn. But Martin looks like he'll move a fair bit faster based on early results. He and Cheng look so far like they could handle a promotion.
_Marc - Thursday, July 08 2004 @ 01:29 PM EDT (#52961) #
http://www.auburnpub.com/articles/2004/07/08/sports/sports01.txt
COMN for a good story on the Auburn Jays and second round pick Curtis Thigpen.
_MatO - Thursday, July 08 2004 @ 01:32 PM EDT (#52962) #
Agree on Martin and he doesn't turn 20 until September.

There's a player with a great name playing for Brevard County in the FSL. Chad Chop.
_MatO - Thursday, July 08 2004 @ 01:40 PM EDT (#52963) #
I'll cross-post this here. Aaron Hill's home/road stats that I've compiled (possibly some minor errors)

Home Ave.239 OBP .330 SLG .297
Road Ave .306 OBP .383 SLG .389
_Marc - Thursday, July 08 2004 @ 02:02 PM EDT (#52964) #
There is one big difference between Day and Martin, however.
Day was signed as a senior college player (which is why he's older), whereas Martin was signed in the traditional draft and follow fashion, out of a junior college. Martin's ceiling would therefore be MUCH higher.
Gerry - Thursday, July 08 2004 @ 03:12 PM EDT (#52965) #
Aaron Hill has been added to the Futures game. That makes Adams, Hill and Diaz going.

Brandon League has been added to the Eastern League all-star game to replace Cam Reimers.

NH won today. Chacin pitched seven strong innings, League two innings for the save.
Mike Green - Thursday, July 08 2004 @ 03:19 PM EDT (#52966) #
Thanks, Marc, for the Thigpen article. Among other things, it confirms that he has been signed. It's not yet recorded on BA's list, but that'll take a few days.

Auburn has a devastating and unrelenting offence this year, to go with fine pitching. They could lose 5 or 6 players to Dunedin and Charleston and still be very good.
_mendocino - Thursday, July 08 2004 @ 05:06 PM EDT (#52967) #
http://www.dailymail.com/news/Sports/2004070821/?pt=15
COMN on story about pitch counts at charleston also some moves.

"The Alley Cats also altered their pitching staff as a six-game homestand opened. Left-hander Kurt Isenberg was placed on the South Atlantic League disabled list with shoulder tightness, and reliever Marcos Sandoval was released.

Joining Charleston are a pair of right-handers -- John Wesley, who was with the club last year, and Matt Dalton, a Pittsburgh native and former Virginia Tech star."
_JohnnyS99 - Thursday, July 08 2004 @ 05:32 PM EDT (#52968) #
Wesley put up decent numbers as a starter in Charleston, hopefully he starts.
_Jordan - Thursday, July 08 2004 @ 05:44 PM EDT (#52969) #
Left-hander Kurt Isenberg was placed on the South Atlantic League disabled list with shoulder tightness

Not good at all, but not entirely unexpected ... his pitching went downhill so rapidly and so severely that I wondered if there might be a physical reason. Hopefully, it's nothing serious.
_nychoosier54 - Thursday, July 08 2004 @ 06:13 PM EDT (#52970) #
It was good to see Brad Mumma have a quality performance at Charleston last night. I think he is a sleeper in the Jays' system, and just needs more repititions to get stronger. He's been all over the lower half of the organization this spring, but I think he'll establish himself in the A-Cat rotation. Nice to see him get a star!
_ainge_fan - Thursday, July 08 2004 @ 08:48 PM EDT (#52971) #
Martin - 19ks in 13.2ip, 0 bb! Nothing to dislike there so far.
Cheng - 21ks in 15.2ip, just 4bb's. Not too bad either.

The Jays pitching depth gets dinged again - lets hope its nothing serious for Isenburg. Still, the LHP is getting a little exciting. With Isenburgs sore shoulder - never good news - one bright spot might be that Davis Romero sticks in the rotation in Charleston. Isenburg and Maureau are early enough into their careers that there still may be time for them. Maybe Mumma's solid. Erik Rico - whose C and K should be exchanged - who knew?Chris Leonard, while treated with kid gloves understandably, has been better than anticipated IMO. Cheng, Tate and Timm are interesting. And there's still Purcey and Jackson en route.
_Peter - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 02:11 PM EDT (#52972) #
Don't forget Matt Foster who should be available soon, his obligatory military service ending in mid July.
Mike Green - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 02:46 PM EDT (#52973) #
Is Foster's military commitment over in a week? I seem to recall that he still has an obligation next year. In any event, he is definitely on the list of interesting leftiesin the system.
_MatO - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 02:52 PM EDT (#52974) #
Peter. I'm interested where you got this info since the latest impression I got (newpaper articles from a Washington paper) was that he couldn't get out of his military service and his career was in limbo.
_Ryan01 - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 03:14 PM EDT (#52975) #
hmm...I don't have any links either but I seem to remember reading that Foster's service time would be up mid-way through this season too. The Jays/Foster had the option of buying out the final year of his service time for ~$750,000 but opted to finish off his military career first.
Mike Green - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 03:27 PM EDT (#52976) #
http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/Stats/stats_Afsl_dun.shtml
Here's your minor league game for Friday. Who are the top 3 prospects, in order, on the Dunedin roster? COMN for their current year stats.

No one said this would be easy. My vote:
Negron, Marcum, and (shuffles his feet) (nods his head back and forth 3 times) Tablado. My rationale for Tablado: you just can't ignore the power, the age and the defensive position. It's easy to imagine him as a fine third baseman in 2 years.
_MatO - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 04:25 PM EDT (#52977) #
http://www.washtimes.com/sports/20030807-112802-8486r.htm
Here is the article from the Washington Times from last year. COMN
_Nigel - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 04:39 PM EDT (#52978) #
Mike that's a challenge. It's tough because Vito, Roberts and Cota are still a little old for the league, but how do you know that they couldn't be doing that at AA? (Rhetorical question alert!)

I'm afraid that I'm a little biased against A ball pitchers so, while I can understand the excitement for Marcum I wouldn't pick him. (All of this is just stalling so I can figure out my picks!)

I would go with Tablado (for exactly the reasons Mike mentions), Negron and Davenport (I can't completely justify this but I like his age and power/speed potential).
Mike Green - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 04:40 PM EDT (#52979) #
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/baseball/2003-03-06-navy-foster_x.htm
COMN for an article on Foster's military service from USA Today. The article does speak of 2 years of service after graduation in 2003.
_Nigel - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 04:40 PM EDT (#52980) #
I know this is cheating (what do you call it? hedging your bets) but I like Medina as a definite dark horse for that vote.
_Jeff Geauvreau - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 05:33 PM EDT (#52981) #
http://sports.tamu.edu/agExtras.php?ID=8272&PHPSESSID=7025f543d9e2703002413ea125c7aa59
COMN for an Q & A with 8th round pick OF-LHP Cory Patton from Texas A&M U. He pitched a fair amount in Junior College and started 1 game as the Starting Pitcher for Texas this year.

He was named the Texas A&M U. MVP for this season.

I cannot wait for Cory and his Teammate Zach Jackson to sign.
_Jeff Geauvreau - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 05:34 PM EDT (#52982) #
Yikes ! My mistake ! Make that 6th round pick Cory Patton !
_Jeff Geauvreau - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 05:40 PM EDT (#52983) #
http://sports.tamu.edu/agExtras.php?ID=7897&PHPSESSID=7025f543d9e2703002413ea125c7aa59
COMN for an Q & A with 1st round supplementary pick lhp Zach Jackson !
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