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Three wins and two losses cap a rare losing week for the Jays farm teams. Brian Patrick failed to get a star despite having two hits and pitching a scoreless inning.

Syracuse 2 Louisville 5

Jung Bong, who has started for Cincinatti this year, shut the Jays down on four hits in seven innings. Two other ex-major leaguers, Brian Reith and Aaron Myette each pitched a hitless inning in relief for Louisville. Cam Reimers started for Syracuse and was better than his last start, but not good enough.

Louisville got on the board in the bottom of the first, scoring one on two hits and a walk. Anthony Sanders homered in the second to tie the game. Louisville came back with two in the third on two doubles and a couple of ground outs. Glenn Williams got one back for Syracuse in the fourth after a lead off double. Louisville padded their lead with a run in the fourth and another in the sixth, and with the Chiefs bats silent that was the game.

Reimers went six innings, giving up all five runs on nine hits. Russ Adams had two of the Chiefs four hits.

Game Story. Marty Pevey says he could have hit better than his team did and he is 43 years old.

New Hampshire 10 Harrisburg 1

After allowing Harrisburg to beat them up for three straight games New Hampshire finally exploded with eight runs in the last two innings to salvage a win in the series. Todd Ozias pitched five excellent innings, conceding one run on three hits and three walks. After Harrisburg scored in the bottom of the third, the Cats scored two in the top of the fifth. Aaron Hill walked and Dominic Rich connected on a two run home run. That is how the score remained until Mikael Jova also went deep in the eighth. In the ninth, with two out, New Hampshire had an episode of "bats gone wild". Eight batters in a row reached base, six hits and two walks, and seven of them scored. Rich added two more RBI's with a double to give him four on the day.

Brandon League pitched the sixth and seventh, conceding just one walk. John Ogiltree and Dan Jackson each pitched a scoreless inning. The Fisher Cat pitchers held Harrisburg to three hits for the game.

New Hampshire recorded fifteen hits. Danny Solano had three of them. Rich, Tyrell Godwin, Justin Singleton and Jova each had two hits. Hill went 1-4 with a walk, John-Ford Griffin went 1-5.

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Daytona at Dunedin - postponed

Vince Perkins has gone on the DL for an undisclosed reason.

Hickory 12 Charleston 2

The teams combined for thirty one hits. Charleston had thirteen hits but only scored two runs, both in the ninth inning. Danny Core had one of his forgettable games that appear from time to time. Core pitched five innings and allowed nine hits, seven runs, four of them earned. Matt Dalton and Brad Esaray both contributed to the hit parade. Brian Patrick, the Alley-Cats jack-of-all-trades, came in from right field to pitch a scoreless ninth.

Robinson Diaz, Joey Reiman and Eric Arnold had three hits each. One of Arnold's hits was a consolation home run in the ninth. Brian Patrick went 2-4 in addition to his inning pitched.

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Tri-City 3 Auburn 4

This was a tight game and the bottom of the order came through for the Doubledays. Juan Perez started and gave up a run in the top of the second. Auburn got that back in the bottom of the inning. David Corrente singled to drive in Chip Cannon who had walked and move up on a single by Eric Nielsen. Auburn got three in the fourth. Cannon walked, Nielsen singled, and Corrente singled to score one. Nielsen and Corrente both scored when the Tri-City ss made an error trying to complete the 3-6-3 double play. Tri-City got one back in the sixth. Perez pitched six innings with five hits and one walked allowed. Erik Rico pitched two and a third innings allowing only two hits. Scott Roy came on to induce a double play ball to end the game and register his first save, having moved up from Pulaski earlier in the day.

Auburn had eight hits, Nielsen and Corrente had two each. Curtis Thigpen was 1-4 and his batting average drops to .395.

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Bristol 5 Pulaski 6 - 10 innings

Jordan Timm started and Bristol tagged him for three runs in the third on a couple of doubles and a home run. After the home run Timm settled down, retiring the last ten in a row. Timm pitched six innings with the three runs allowed on four hits and one walk.

A home run by Yuber Rodriguez put Pulaski on the board in the fifth. Bristol got that run back in the top of the eighth but Pulaski answered right away. John Chappell hit a solo home run. A HBP and two singles loaded the bases for Tim Land who cleared tham with a double to give Pulaski a 5-4 lead.

Daryl Harang came on for the save but allowed a HBP and a walk with one out. Aaron Tressler allowed a single that tied the game but then induced a double play to send the game to extras.

In the bottom of the tenth Anthony Garibaldi reached on a bunt single. Rodriguez doubled to bring Garibaldi home with the winning run.

Rodriguez was 3-6 with the double and home run. He also threw a runner out at home. Mike Macaluso also had three hits.

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Our Three-Star Selection

The 3rd Star: Mikael Jova, 2-4, with a walk, a triple and a home run, two runs and an RBI
The 2nd Star: Yuber Rodriguez, 3-6 a double, a home run, and the game winning hit, plus he threw out a runner at home
The 1st Star: Dominic Rich, 2-3, with a walk, a double, a home run, two runs, four RBI's
Honourable Mention: Brian Patrick, two hits and a shutout inning pitched


Syracuse were 1-3 on the week and their record now is 41-55. Syracuse are 13 and a half games behind Scranton
New Hampshire, 2-3 for the week and are 52-42, three games back of Binghamton
Dunedin, Dunedin were 3-3 for the week and are 14-11 in the second half. Dunedin are in second place, one game behind Tampa
Charleston were 2-4 for the week and are 13-10 for the second half. Charleston are in third place, two games behind Hickory
Auburn were 6-2 for the week and have started 23-6 to lead their division by nine games
Pulaski were 2-4 for the week and have started 17-10 to lead their division by two games

Combined the Jays minor league teams were 16-19 for the week and their record is 242-192, a .558 winning percentage.
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_Marc - Monday, July 19 2004 @ 10:45 AM EDT (#51159) #
Wow, every time I hear a quote about Pevey he's saying something really negative. Doesn't sound like he's having a lot of fun in Syracuse.
_Ducey - Monday, July 19 2004 @ 11:13 AM EDT (#51160) #
Cathcart hopes Rodriguez's big day at the plate is a sign of things to come.

"He's had problems relaxing at the plate so far," Cathcart said. "But he's getting better at it."

Man, Yuber is hitting .345/.438/.644 for Pulaski, not sure what he is going to do when he relaxes. Where did this guy come from anyway? I note he played last year in Pulaski hitting .281 (with 4BB/39SO) but don't see him as drafted.
Coach - Monday, July 19 2004 @ 11:15 AM EDT (#51161) #
While I'm surprised that he would say that for publication, I understand Pevey's frustration. If things had gone better for the organization this year, he would have had Chulk setting up Frasor, McGowan and Bush in his rotation, Zaun behind the plate, and Rios in the heart of the order, to name a few significant improvements that would certainly have moved the SkyChiefs up in the standings, not to mention improving morale. But it's been a snakebit season with depleted, patchwork lineups at the two highest levels, and as the bad news continues to roll in, it becomes more and more difficult just to stay competitive. At least the other four clubs have either clinched a playoff spot, or are well-positioned in pennant races.
_Marc - Monday, July 19 2004 @ 11:28 AM EDT (#51162) #
Yuber Rodriguez was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of Venezuela and also played at Pulaski last season.
_Mike in CT - Monday, July 19 2004 @ 11:54 AM EDT (#51163) #
Whatever happened to Jason Arnold? Is there any news on him? Does anyone know when, or if, he is expected to return.
Gerry - Monday, July 19 2004 @ 11:56 AM EDT (#51164) #
Arnold is in Florida working on his shoulder. He might return before the end of the season.
Gerry - Monday, July 19 2004 @ 12:52 PM EDT (#51165) #
Fordin's notes today talks about Jason Arnold throwing off a mound for the first time since he was injured. Looks like he is getting close to pitching in some rehab games.
_R Billie - Monday, July 19 2004 @ 01:35 PM EDT (#51166) #
Does anyone know where the Jays got Yuber Rodriguez from? He's not on Baseball Cube so I'm assuming this is his first year of pro ball, at least in North America. He wasn't drafted in the last couple of years either so I'm also assuming he is an international free agent signing.
_R Billie - Monday, July 19 2004 @ 01:37 PM EDT (#51167) #
Please disregard that post. I somehow missed Marc's answer above. Any idea how old YR is?
_MatO - Monday, July 19 2004 @ 01:52 PM EDT (#51168) #
Yuber is listed as being born 17 NOV 83 making him 20.

I've always looked at Jarad Mangioni with a lot of interest since he had a decent season as an 18 year old out of Australia in MH 2 years ago. It's nice to see him off to a good start in Auburn in limited at-bats .300 .407 .480. I hope he gets more opportunities to play since he's probably the youngest player there at 20.
_Finn McCool - Monday, July 19 2004 @ 05:03 PM EDT (#51169) #
Baseball America has a article on hitters with power and how they develope it, and it encludes a piece on Dunedin's Ron Davenport.
_Jordan - Monday, July 19 2004 @ 05:19 PM EDT (#51170) #
Yuber's last name, near as I can tell, is Rodriquez, which may have caused some confusion.

After a week away (thanks to Mike Green for picking me up on Saturday), I've been scanning through the organizational stats and I've concluded that Marty Pevey should be up for IL Manager of the Year. How he's won 41 games with that team is beyond me. The hitting and the pitching are currently terrible, with the few bright spots (e.g., Adams and Gross) not exactly ripping it up themselves. Had JP not rescued the Skychiefs' season with acquisitions like Marvin Benard, Ryan Drese and Julius Matos (not to mention Zaun and Estalella), I don't know where they'd be.

I'll also say this for Pevey: he has plenty of excuses to fall back on to explain his team's poor performance (numerous injuries and promotions), but he clearly doesn't want to use them. By his tough attitude and harsh criticism, he's showing his players that he still expects them to grind it out and do everything possible to win, night after night after night. That's the kind of resiliency and character I'd like to see throughout the organization, at all levels.

It's been a tough year in the upper minors as well as in the majors, no question, but I'm still optimistic. New Hampshire's new ballpark should expiate a lot of the frustration felt by Fisher Cat hitters, and many of the players doing well in Dunedin and even Charleston right now should start 2005 at Double-A (hello, Vito). Syracuse's 2005 rotation could easily feature a healthy Jason Arnold, a healthy Francisco Rosario, Jamie Vermilyea, and conceivably Josh Banks at some point; Brandon League could anchor a bullpen that includes Kevin Frederick. There's still much to be positive about.
_JohnnyS99 - Monday, July 19 2004 @ 05:23 PM EDT (#51171) #
Ryan Drese ? Ryan Glynn.
_Jordan - Monday, July 19 2004 @ 06:28 PM EDT (#51172) #
Sorry, Glynn. Jetlag...
_Finn McCool - Monday, July 19 2004 @ 07:31 PM EDT (#51173) #
Curtis Thigpen update

Curtis Thigpen hits a 2 run double in the first inning with another run scoring on a error, Auburn is now leading Tri-City 3-2 after one inning
_mendocino - Monday, July 19 2004 @ 08:00 PM EDT (#51174) #
jays sign joey charron COMN he going to pulaski
"During his career, Charron kept opponents off balance with tremendous command of a changeup that help limit the men he faced to a .255 batting average. In 226.0 innings of work, Charron walked just 91 batters for a 2.66 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a 9.63 strikeout-per-nine-inning average."
Mike Green - Monday, July 19 2004 @ 09:58 PM EDT (#51175) #
New Hampshire leads 1st place Bingampton 6-1 in the 7th. JF Griffin's 3 run tater was the big blow in the 4 run seventh for the F-Cats.
Mike Green - Monday, July 19 2004 @ 10:10 PM EDT (#51176) #
Chris Baker had given up 1 hit, a Justin Huber homer, through 6 innings, but in the bottom of the seventh, a single, a walk and a double scored 2 Binghamton runs. It's 6-3 now and Dan Jackson is in to pitch.
_#2JBrumfield - Monday, July 19 2004 @ 10:56 PM EDT (#51177) #
I had a chance to see Delgado, Rios, and Guzman in the nation's capital yesterday. Not Carlos, Alex or Juan, but Wilson Delgado, Armando Rios, and Edwards Guzman. However, there were a number of former Blue Jays on the rosters of the Ottawa Lynx and Norfolk Tides rosters in a game Norfolk won 7-5 at Lynx Stadium.

For Norfolk, there was catcher Tom Wilson (who did not play) while there were a number of ex-Bluebirds on Ottawa. Outfielders Chad Mottola and Pedro Swann along with relievers Matt DeWitt and Darwin Cubillan (remember them?) and if you count Bruce Chen's spring training appearance, there were 5 former Jays on the roster. Before the game, the Lynx set up an autograph booth and the player signing happened to be Matt DeWitt. He signed my program and also allowed me to take a picture of him.

Click here to go to Matt DeWitt picture

According to the Lynx program, DeWitt was out for all of 2003. So DeWitt's trying to get back on his feet in '04 but unforunately, yesterday's game did not turn out the way he or the Lynx would've liked.

Norfolk got to former Oriole Rick Bauer for single runs in the 1st and 2nd. David Wright, showing why he's close to being called up by the Mets, poked in the first run with a double. He finished up 2-for-4 with a walk. The Lynx tied the game in the 2nd, but Norfolk got to Rick Bauer for 2 more runs in the 3rd, putting an end to his afternoon. The Lynx made it 4-3 in the 3rd and they looked to Matt DeWitt to stem the Tide (sorry!). Unfortunately, he couldn't, he was touched up for 3 runs in 2 2/3 innings, including a Victor Diaz solo homer that cleared the fence in left-center and came close to landing on Coventry Road, behind Lynx Stadium. Meantime, Aaron Heilman, the Tides starter, found his groove, retiring the last 14 batters he faced in a row and went 7 strong innings. The Tides pen tried to give it away as the Lynx had something cooking in the 8th and 9th innings. The Lynx made it 7-4 in the 8th and had runners on 1st and 2nd with nobody out. However, Vic Darensbourg and Tyler Yates ended the uprising by striking out the 3,4,and 5 hitters swinging (Jack Cust, Geronimo Gil, and Chad Mottola, in a pinch-hitting appearance). The Lynx then got something going in the 9th, adding another run to make it 7-5 and had the tying runs on base before the rally fizzled. Those 8th and 9th innings reminded me of the Jays offence this season.

The funniest part of the game was Tides lead-off hitter Esix Snead, who thought he had a stolen base, sliding into 2nd head first. However, the hitter fouled off the pitch, prompting Snead to yell "F***"! I'm sure everyone in the park heard it. Then he was caught stealing moments later.

Apparently, 4400 people showed up to take this one in. I'm sure that figure was inflated but why can't they get that turn-out more often? Lynx Stadium is a great place to spend an afternoon. If you haven't been there and if you have the means, make the trip - it's well worth it, especially if the Lynx relocate next season.
_#2JBrumfield - Monday, July 19 2004 @ 11:22 PM EDT (#51178) #
I don't know if anyone caught this article on but anyone who has perused the Skychiefs forum on that website has found that Skychiefs fans have had it with the ownership.

Click here to go to article

From reading the chat forum, it's not the first time I've read that fans have made similar complaints. I can see both sides of the story but those security guards went too far!! In any event, this doesn't make the Skychiefs organization look good at all.

It seems that the folks in Syracuse want the Simones gone yesterday and they're fed up with the Jays because the Skychiefs never seem to contend. When was the last time they made the IL play-offs, 1998? I don't know how closely the Jays monitor the situation in Syracuse but their fans are not happy campers, much like us Blue Jays fans in the season from hell.
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