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Must have been a snow day or something. All the teams had the day off except for those poor suckers in Dunedin and Auburn. Neither of those offensive powerhouses were really able to get things going as they only scored 4 runs apiece, but each still managed to win behind some solid pitching.

Fort Myers 3 Dunedin 4

The Miracle opened the scoring with an unearned run in the 1st inning off of starter Shaun Marcum after a two base error by catcher Jose Yepez. The Jays responded with a two run shot off the bat of Ron Davenport in the bottom of the frame. After a see-saw battle and a Raul Tablado solo shot in the fifth, the game was tied 3-3 heading into the ninth. Brian Reed, who came on in the 8th and induced a big inning-ending double play to bail out Tracy Thorpe, retired Fort Myers quite handily in the ninth despite the leadoff man reaching on a Manny Mayorson error. Davenport led off the ninth with a walk and was promptly advanced to second base by a Vito Chiaravalloti single and driven home on a single by Rodney Medina to win the game.

Marcum finished with 7 strikeouts, no walks, 3 runs, 2 earned on 8 hits through 6.1 innings. Reed earned the win going the final 1.2 innings without a hit or walk. Thorpe pitched a scoreless inning

Box score

Batavia 0 Auburn 4

Auburn’s latest winning streak was extended to 3 games thanks in large part to 6 shutout innings from their starter Juan Perez. College World Series finalist Kyle Yates made a fine professional debut pitching two shutout innings with 4 strikeouts. Dewon Day finished off the Muckdogs with a perfect 9th inning.

The offense was led by Yates’ college teammate Curtis Thigpen who singled, doubled and was hit by a pitch. Brian Hall opened the scoring with a two run homer in the first and the Doubledays wouldn’t look back. Adam Lind and Ryan Klosterman would also reach base 2 times in 4 trips by the time the evening was through.

Box score

Game Story

Reading for a rainy day:

Cat's Diaz 'catching' on fast -Charleston Daily Mail

Patience pays off for Timm -The Roanoke Times

Three-Star Selection!

The 3rd Star Shaun Marcum: 6.1 innings, 2 ER, 7/0 K/BB

The 2nd Star Ron Davenport: HR, single, 2 walks and the game winning run.

The 1st Star Juan Perez: 6 scoreless with only 3 hits, 1 walk and 3 K's.

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_R Billie - Wednesday, July 14 2004 @ 12:21 PM EDT (#51897) #
It's a just a handful of games but let's see what the '04 draftees have done so far. Purcey, Jackson, and Patton have yet to appear. These are all Auburn players except where noted.

C Thigpen (2nd) is just settling in having played 4 games. No walks but almost no Ks as well.
17 ab, .353/.389/.588, 1 2b, 1 hr, 0/1 bb/k

OF Lind (3rd sup) is performing as advertised similar to Catalanatto though his power advantage over Cat has yet to show.
82 ab, .305/.387/.402, 5 2b, 1 hr, 11/9 bb/k

RHP Hill (3rd) has only pitched one scoreless inning allowing one hit and that was a while ago. He may have been shut down for health concerns.

RHP Janssen (4th) hardly broke a sweat in his only start.
7 3 0 0 1 8 0

SS Klosterman (5th) has a .900+ ops in the early going which compares to what Russ Adams did though with a BB/K ratio which doesn't come close to Russ' impressive 24/11 in 113 ab.
76 ab, .355/.424/.477, 3 2b, 2 3b, 6/13 bb/k, 4 for 4 stealing

RHP Dicken (7th) has only been scored upon in 8 innings including two starts but has been wild.
8 8 1 1 6 7 0

1B Cannon (8th) has live up to his name with isolated power of .219 though that's offset by an unattractive B/KK.
73 ab, .288/.308/.507, 5 2b, 1 3b, 3 hr, 2/17 bb/k

1B Metropoulos (9th) is walking a lot but not hitting much for average or power while striking out at a very high rate. The Jays were probably expecting the opposite; a pure power guy who wouldn't walk much.
46 ab, .261/.404/.391, 6 2b, 8/18 bb/k

2B Hall (10th) has been the biggest surprise in the early going. This guy can hit, at least in Auburn, has some pop, and can apparently play 2B (2 errors in 19 games). His BB/K ratio is a lot better than Klosterman's though still not close to what Adams' was. Looks like a good value in the 10th round.
74 ab, .311/.407/.541, 3 2b, 1 3b, 4 hr, 12/12 bb/k, 1 for 3 stealing

Other notable early performances:

LHP Timm (14th) made two starts in Auburn and did well (6.1 6 1 1 1 8 1) and has since moved down to Pulaski where he's doing alright (16 14 6 5 3 11 2). Seems like a guy who will give up the long ball as it isn't easy to give up 3 homers in 22 innings of short season ball. Very small sample though.

RHP MacDonald (15th) has started hot in his first four starts (21 12 2 2 4 17 0).

OF Matthews (19th) looks like a steal as he has been playing CF and been productive out of the leadoff spot, flashing a little of everything except power.
102 ab, .314/.391/.402, 7 2b, 1 3b, 11/14 bb/k, 5 of 8 stealing

RHP McKenzie (27th) has been hit a bit but is giving good value as a late round starter. 23 24 9 9 5 22 3

RHP Tressler (32nd) is a reliever out of college in Pulaski. Nice numbers nonetheless. 13.1 6 3 3 2 17 1

LHP Tate (34th) see Tressler except from the left side. 17 9 3 2 2 17 1
_MatO - Wednesday, July 14 2004 @ 12:48 PM EDT (#51898) #
Just remembered that there's a Dunedin game on. Flores pitching and losing 2-0 in the 3rd.
_MatO - Wednesday, July 14 2004 @ 12:57 PM EDT (#51899) #
An error, a flyout, a 2B on a misplayed fly ball by Davenport and it's 3-0 after 3. Apparently it's so hot that they are hosing down the fans (kids?).
_MatO - Wednesday, July 14 2004 @ 01:30 PM EDT (#51900) #
Dunedin strands a Davenport single in the 4th and a lead-off 2B by Negron in the 5th. Flores has a 4 pitch 4th but goes HR,2B,SO,W and is replaced. The Miracle leads 4-0 with 1 out in the 5th. Pleiness now pitching.
_MatO - Wednesday, July 14 2004 @ 01:35 PM EDT (#51901) #
Pleiness gets an out on a nice catch by Negron but a single and a throwing error by Davenport makes it 6-0 before the last out is recorded. I have to admit that I'm impressed with the announcers. Virtually no homerism. You can even hear their between innings banter though I'm not sure they know that.
_MatO - Wednesday, July 14 2004 @ 01:44 PM EDT (#51902) #
Davenport draws a one out walk but Vito lines out and Tablado grounds out. Still down 6-0. Announcers have indicated that Davenport is not exactly swift of foot.
_Marc - Wednesday, July 14 2004 @ 02:02 PM EDT (#51903) #
That's weird, Davenport use to be fleet of foot and excellent at defence. I guess he's bulked up.
_MatO - Wednesday, July 14 2004 @ 02:07 PM EDT (#51904) #
I've missed some action but it's still 6-0 after 7. The announcers between innings called the scorers idiots I think. Also they said they should fire Mitch Kupchak. New pitcher for Fort Myers. Lefty Francisco Liriano pitched 7 scoreless innings.
_MatO - Wednesday, July 14 2004 @ 02:15 PM EDT (#51905) #
Jays go quickly and quietly in the 8th.
_MatO - Wednesday, July 14 2004 @ 02:16 PM EDT (#51906) #
Nunley now pitching.
_MatO - Wednesday, July 14 2004 @ 02:19 PM EDT (#51907) #
Nunley sets them down in order.
_MatO - Wednesday, July 14 2004 @ 02:27 PM EDT (#51908) #
Top of the 9th. New pitcher. Vito flies to centre. Tablado flies to right. Negron grounds to first. 6-0 final.
_MatO - Wednesday, July 14 2004 @ 04:44 PM EDT (#51909) #
The boxscore for Charleston's Monday game is finally up.
Mike Green - Wednesday, July 14 2004 @ 10:31 PM EDT (#51910) #
Auburn and Batavia are tied 3-3 in extras. Curtis Thigpen has a solo homer among his 3 hits and 3 RBIs. Joey McLaughlin Jr. is pitching in relief. Runner on first on a Brian Hall error, one out.
_Sneeps - Wednesday, July 14 2004 @ 10:50 PM EDT (#51911) #
Pigpen is my favorite guy from this draft.
_Sneeps - Wednesday, July 14 2004 @ 11:13 PM EDT (#51912) #
I'm so frustrated with the minor league games cutting out. Did anyone else lose the Auburn game?
_Simon - Thursday, July 15 2004 @ 06:34 AM EDT (#51913) #
Can anyone tell me why Purcey/Jackson aren't playing? Are they not signed yet?
Craig B - Thursday, July 15 2004 @ 08:22 AM EDT (#51914) #
That's right, Simon. Neither has signed, though both will before the end of August. Both guys were worked hard this year in college and neither is expected to pitch very much this summer in any case - just a few innings to get their feet wet.
_Jeff Geauvreau - Thursday, July 15 2004 @ 11:02 AM EDT (#51915) #
Auburn D-days game story from last night.
Mike Green - Thursday, July 15 2004 @ 02:47 PM EDT (#51916) #
There's no Jay game tonight and six internet games available (Charleston plays a double dip with Lake County after last night's rainout). Josh Banks is due for the New Hampshire start; Ryan Glynn goes for Syracuse, and Vince Perkins is on the comeback trail for Dunedin.
_MatO - Thursday, July 15 2004 @ 03:05 PM EDT (#51917) #
The Dunedin game was listed as a 12:05 start but there's no game report. I noticed that another FSL game was an early start but it was called in the bottom of the 5th and is shown as a final. Probably called due to rain. Perhaps there is a rain problem with the Dunedin game.
Mike Green - Thursday, July 15 2004 @ 03:15 PM EDT (#51918) #
MatO, the D-Jay website lists the game start as 7:05.
_MatO - Thursday, July 15 2004 @ 03:22 PM EDT (#51919) #
OK. had it as 12:05.
_Rob - Thursday, July 15 2004 @ 07:35 PM EDT (#51920) #
Hey, where are all you guys? I'm talking to myself in the new minor league thread. :)
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