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A couple of the minor league teams also played late inning heroics last night. Charleston were on the right side, while Dunedin were the victims. Check the Auburn section for a great Chip Cannon story.

Toledo at Syracuse - postponed

The rain in New York falls mainly on Syracuse. Syracuse will play a double header today. Jorge Sequea has gone on the DL, our own Stubby Clapp will replace him.

Non Game Story

New Hampshire 4 Altoona 1

Gustavo Chacin produced his longest, and best, outing of the season. Chacin pitched into the eighth and allowed one unearned run. Chacin left in the eighth with a 4-1 lead, but there were two runners on. Brandon League picked him up with the aid of a double play ball. League finished off the ninth for his second save of the week, and the season.

New Hampshire got on the board in the first. Anton French singled, stole second and scored on a single by Mikael Jova. John Ford Griffin singled and scored in the fourth on a sac fly from Jose Umbria Anton French hit a home run in the fifth. In the eighth Dominic Rich singled, stole second, and scored on a single by Umbria.

Jova, French, Godwin and Umbria each had two hits.

Game Story
Fisher Cat Notes

Brevard County 5 Dunedin 4

Andy Torres was the Dunedin Eddie Guardado last night. Torres entered in relief of Neomar Flores with Dunedin leading 3-1. Flores had dodged trouble all night with nine baserunners in 6.2 innings but had escaped major trouble. Torres surrendered a three run home run to the first hitter he faced to put Dunedin down 4-3.

Dunedin had scored two runs in the bottom of the third on a two run home run by Raul Tablado. They added another run in the fifth when Vito doubled and came in to score on a single by Miguel Negron.

After Brevard County went ahead, Dunedin tied it in the eighth on back to back doubles by Carlo Cota and Ron Davenport. But Torres allowed another run in the ninth to take the loss.

Rodney Medina went 3-5. Cota was 2-5 with two doubles. Ron Davenport went 1-2 with three walks.

Lakewood 6 Charleston 7

Charleston scored seven runs in the last three innings to win the game. Tom Mastny started and was strong through five innings, keeping Lakewood off the board. In the sixth, he ran into trouble and allowed three runs, although only one was earned after a dropped fly ball in the outfield. Mastny's line was 6 innings, 7 hits, 1 walk, three runs, one earned.

Charleston fought back in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game. Joey Reiman hit a two-run home run. David Smith followed with a run-scoring double.

The jubilation did not last long, as Joaquin Canizal allowed three more runs in the top of the eighth.

Charleston got one back in the bottom of the eighth on . Charleston came into the bottom of the ninth trailing 6-4. Willie Rivera doubled to knock in Eric Arnold, who had walked. With one out, Robinson Diaz swung and missed strike three, but reached base on a wild pitch. Jermy Acey hit a ground ball that forced Rivera at the plate. That brought Clint Johnston up with two out. Johnston doubled into the gap to score both baserunners and give the win to Charleston. Newly promoted Matt Dalton got the win.

Robinson Diaz was 3-5 with a double. Clint Johnston and Joey Reiman had two hits each.

Game Story

Auburn- scheduled day off

Bud Poliquin has a great Chip Cannon story and injury update. Here is a sample "If you can't see a 6-foot-5, left-handed-hitting kid from South Carolina in your mind's eye right now - if you can't picture a fellow who earlier this week ran into a Falcon Park fence in pursuit of a pop fly, split his left knee open on a post to thus bloody his uniform, stay in the game long enough to hit a home run and limp around the bases, and then head off to the hospital for stitches and a few feet of bandages - well, then, you're just not trying". My mind does not see Chip Cannon, it sees Kirk Gibson.

Pulaski 0 Bluefield 4

Pulaski were held to three hits in the night, two by Yuber Rodriguez. All three pitchers who pitched for Bluefield have ERAs in the "ones," so it was a tough night to be a hitter.

Yesson Berroa started and conceded two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth. Berroa went five innings with nine baserunners, conceding three runs, two earned. Jayson Sanchez also allowed an unearned run in 1.1 innings.

Our Three-Star Selection

The 3rd Star: Anton French, two hits with a home run
The 2nd Star: Gustavo Chacin, longest and best start of the year
The 1st Star: Clint Johnston, two run double with two outs in the ninth

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_Brent - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 09:41 AM EDT (#52806) #
I must say: I'm very happy with the selection of Chip Cannon.
_Brent - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 09:47 AM EDT (#52807) #
This is my favourite part of the story:

"I knocked over the mascot on that play," Cannon said of his Monday-night collision during Auburn's 5-4 conquest of Brooklyn. "I didn't see it, but from what I've been told, he did a full somersault and his feet went flying up in the air over his head. Supposedly, it was pretty funny, but I wasn't laughing."

He must have been really going hard on that play. The scary thing about the Doubledays: insert Thigpen into that lineup. It gives me the willys.
_Jordan - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 09:56 AM EDT (#52808) #
Yuber Rodriquez has an 11/18 BB/K rate in 64 AB. Last year, in his pro debut at Pulaski, that BB/K rate was 4/39 in 128 AB. I call that a distinct improvement. And, in limited action, so is his OPS (1041 this year, 742 last year).
_Jordan - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 11:27 AM EDT (#52809) #
There was a very good discussion yesterday in the minor-league thread about ML_EqAs (minor-league equivalent averages) and how Jays prospects measure up using that metric. The inventor of ML_EqA, Baseball Prospectus's Clay Davenport, has just released an article detailing upgrades and improvements to the ML_EqA system -- COMN (no registration required for this one). Really interesting stuff, and a must-read for anyone who follows the minors.

Team-by-team leaders for the Jays' farm clubs:

Syracuse: Glenn Williams (.269/.234) -- go figure
New Hampshire: Dominic Rich (.265/.211)
Dunedin: Raul Tablado (.349/.261) -- Vito's at .304/.220
Charleston: Clint Johnston (.298/.200) -- Ryan Roberts was .327/.205
Auburn: Brian Hall (.325/.211)
Pulaski: Nick Thomas (.374/.202) -- Yuber Rodriquez is at .362/.206
Coach - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 11:53 AM EDT (#52810) #
Sadly, he's not a Jays prospect, but B.C. lefty Jeff Francis worked seven shutout innings in Tulsa on Wednesday, allowing one hit, no walks and striking out 14. They announced his promotion to Triple-A after the game, prompting a standing ovation. Francis was 13-1, 1.98 in the Texas League, with a mere 73 hits and 22 walks, and 147 strikeouts in 113.2 IP. Congratulations to a young man who will be the ace of the Canadian Olympic team, if the Rockies let him go.
Mike Green - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 11:55 AM EDT (#52811) #
Clay has still got work to do on the pitchers. He shows Gassner as a better prospect than Bush, with a projected K rate of 3.6/9 IP, and a projected hit rate under 9/9IP. Those numbers don't add up. If Gassner isn't able to pull his K rate up to at over 4, his hit rate will be over 9 and any success he has will be totally flukey. He has a couple of other pitchers listed among his top 20 with projected K rates under 4.
_Jordan - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 01:00 PM EDT (#52812) #
What a shame that such an extraordinary young talent is going to be ripped to shreds at Coors Field. Free agency won't come soon enough for Jeff Francis.
_Daryn - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 02:17 PM EDT (#52813) #
Wow, there is a lot more Canadians playing in US colleges than I would have expected... about 40 SENIORS in Div I schools alone, nearly the same in every year... that's cool...
_R Billie - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 03:45 PM EDT (#52814) #
I remember Adam Loewen getting much more fanfare than Francis that year but it is sure going to be difficult for Loewen to match that kind of performance. When he was taken 9th overall by the Rockies I was a bit surprised because I thought there might be a chance he could slip to around where the Jays were picking. I don't think anyone in Colorado knew he'd do this well though.
_Brian B. - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 04:28 PM EDT (#52815) #
Anybody know why Danny Hill has only pitched 1 inning of 1 game for the Doubledays and that was a while ago?
_Board Op - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 07:01 PM EDT (#52816) #
how is the New Hampshire internet connection...anyone check for me?
Mike Green - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 09:49 PM EDT (#52817) #
Yes, the Fisher Cats broadcast is coming through using the Windows Media Player. I'm glad that it's working, and I'll do a little BBRadio to celebrate.
_JohnnyS99 - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 09:54 PM EDT (#52818) #
4k's in 2 innings for Kevin Fredrick tonight, his era is now 1.13. This guy has to get some consideration for a spot on the 40 man roster or an invite to spring training.
Mike Green - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 09:59 PM EDT (#52819) #
New Hampshire defeated Harrisburg 7-3. Travis Thompson got the win, and Jordan DeJong the save. Back-to-back homers by Aaron Hill and JF Griffin in the sixth inning brought the F-Cats back from a 3-2 deficit, and a 2 run dinger by Justin Singleton in the eighth put the icing on the cake.
_Big Poppa - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 10:32 PM EDT (#52820) #
Brian Grant is off to a good start. 3-0 for Pulaski. The only 3 game winner in the league. ERA 1.71.
_Ryan Lind - Friday, July 09 2004 @ 11:06 PM EDT (#52821) #
I need your guys' opinion on something:

What is the possibility that David Bush is the #2 starter in 2006?
_Jeff Geauvreau - Saturday, July 10 2004 @ 04:15 AM EDT (#52822) #
A story from the Syracuse paper on Quiroz return from his injury.
Gerry - Saturday, July 10 2004 @ 08:47 AM EDT (#52823) #
COMN for a story on Eric Rico's conversion to pitcher.

Also Curtis Thigpen started started last night and went 1-5
Mike Green - Saturday, July 10 2004 @ 10:23 AM EDT (#52824) #
David Bush has a fine chance to be a good pitcher in 2006, say with an ERA of 3.75 and ratios to match. Whether that would make him a "#2 starter" is very hard to tell. At this point, Halladay, Batista, McGowan, Banks and who knows who else might be in the rotation. If all goes well, David Bush could be pitch very well and still be the #4 or #5 starter. We won't even think about the flip side of that.
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