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4 wins, a rainout, and a second-dip drubbing for the Toronto farm system on Walk-Single-Homer night.

Syracuse 9 @ Toledo 6

This sounds familiar somehow: The SkyChiefs were cruising along through 7-1/2 innings, having built a 6 – 2 lead on the strength of a solo homer from C Guillermo Quiroz, a two-run shot from 1B Howie Clark, and a two-run single from SS Russ Adams. Mike Smith had allowed just 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk through 7, but he unraveled in the bottom of the 8th. Adam Peterson came in from the bullpen with 1 out and the bases juiced and promptly unleashed a wild pitch and a tater for 4 runs and a tie ballgame.

Tonight, however, the demons would be defeated. Peterson recorded an out and allowed two more baserunners before Kevin Frederick came on to finish the inning with strikeout. The Chiefs didn’t score in the top of the 9th, but Frederick kept it alive by shutting down the Mud Hens in the bottom of the frame. In the 10th, Syracuse scored three on a GQ double and a Julius Matos sac fly. Aquilino Lopez nailed it down 1-2-3.

Besides the double and homer, Quiroz also drew a walk. LF Gabe Gross went 0 for 4 but drew two walks. Adams had a single to show for 6 trips to the plate. Howie Clark had a single and two walks to go with his homer.

Boxscore - Recap - Post-Standard (AP)

New Hampshire 6 @ Binghampton 4

Despite collecting just 6 hits and one walk, the F-Cats defeated the Binghampton Mets 6 to 4. SS Aaron Hill had an interesting night, though not for the best reasons, as he committed two errors and was twice hit by a pitch. DH John-Ford Griffin had the biggest swing of the night, a three-run homer in 7th inning. Am I the only one surprised to see that the Notorious JFG is up to 17 bombs for the season?

Chris Baker started and allowed 4 runs (1 unearned) on 4 hits including a homer. Baker went 6-1/3, striking out 7 and walking just 1. Jordan DeJong pitched a spotless ninth for his 5th save.

Boxscore - Recap - Union-Leader

Dunedin – Rained Out

The D-Jays were scheduled to play a twinbill against the Daytona Cubs. No makeup date(s) announced at this time.

Hickory 11 @ Charleston 1

The Crawdads crushed the AlleyCats by 10 runs for the second straight night as portsider Brad Mumma was lit up for 7 runs (4 earned) over 5 innings, 7 hits and 4 walks. He did strike out 7 and kept the ball in the yard. Felix Romero and Jordy Templet kept things quiet for the next three innings, but Mark Sopko was torched for 4 runs in his inning of work, 6 hits and a walk.

Curiously for a team that scored just 1 run, every batter in the Charleston lineup collected a hit save for C Robinson Diaz, who was replaced after one at-bat by Joey Wolfe – and Wolfe then collected 2 hits. Team totals of 8 strikeouts and 1 walk didn’t help, nor did the 3 errors on defence. SS Juan Peralta, 1B Clint Johnston, and LF Chris Snavely each garnered two bases on their safeties.

Boxscore -

The Daily Mail has a write-up on good-guy Christian Snavely. Christian is married and his wife’s name is… Christen. Who knew? This could get real interesting if they have children…Christopher? Christina?

Tri-City 6 @ Auburn 8

2B Brian Hall and 1B Dave Hicks each went walk-single-homer as the Doubledays defeated the ValleyCats 8 to 6. C Curtis Thigpen had a double and a walk to show for his 4 plate appearances, while LF Adam Lind settled for just the double. Imitating Aaron Hill from 3 levels below, SS Ryan Klosterman was charged with two errors.

The pitching side of the equation saw 7 effective innings from starter Mike MacDonald, 3 runs on 4 hits (including a homer), 3/1 K/BB. Kristian Bell and Dewon Day were shaky in closing things out. Dewon now boasts 7 saves and a 1.38 ERA for the season.

Speaking of Day, who can tell me where he came from? It seems he was a Draft-and-Follow pick in the 2002 draft, but I can’t find any record of what round he was drafted in.

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Bristol 4 @ Pulaski 7

The bottom of the lineup carried the day as the Pulaskis beat the Bristol White Sox with ease. While hitters 1 through 5 went just 2 for 17 on the night, 6-7-8 banged out 6 hits in 10 at-bats. Specifically, LF Luke Hetherington had 2 singles and a walk; 3B Tony Garibaldi singled, homered, and walked; and SS Emmanuel Sena had 2 base knocks.

Russ Savickas started and went 3 hitless innings, striking out 2 and walking 1. Lefty Ramon Sanchez picked up the Win for his 3 innings of relief, allowing a solo homer and striking out 4. Michael Rider and James Pidutti were surrendered 3 runs over the final 3 frames.

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Three-Star Selection!

I normally prefer making a controversial call to splitting the Stars, but what can you do when three players turn in identical performances?

The Three Third Stars: Brian Hall & David Hicks, Auburn, Anthony Garibaldi, Pulaski. Walk-Single-Homer. Walk-Single-Homer. Walk-Single-Homer.

The Second Star: Howard Clark, Syracuse. Walk-Walk-Single-Homer.

The First Star: Guillermo Quiroz, Syarcuse. Walk-Double-Homer.

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_Max Parkinson - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 11:23 AM EDT (#50784) #
Dewon Day was drafted out of Southern U. in LA as a junior in 2003, but elected to return to school. He was signed before this year's draft, IIRC. The result is similar to a DFA, but is somewhat less common, Michael Johnson of the Padres (Clemson) being one example off the top of my head...
_JohnnyS99 - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 11:27 AM EDT (#50785) #
Dewon Day, was fifth year senoir signed in 2003 as this is his second pro season (last year he was in Pulaski and Auburn. Michael Johnson, was just a senoir who signed before the deadline.
_Nigel - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 11:37 AM EDT (#50786) #
JFG presents an interesting test case of organizational philosophy. He's been raking for the last 30-40 games and has his season numbers up to respectable levels (given the home park). He's almost the same age as Gross (24 with a late fall birthday) and the first base/left field/DH situation in Syracuse isn't overflowing with prospects after Gross. Many factors would suggest pushing him to Syracuse to find out if he's worthy of keeping on the 40-man roster. However, New Hampshire is still in the thick of a playoff race and JFG is one of the few offensive threats in their line-up. We'll get to find out if player development or minor league team performance wins the day on this one. Given its their first year in New Hampshire I would guess Griffin stays there for the year unless they fall out of the playoff hunt. Interesting choice though.
_Sneeps - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 11:40 AM EDT (#50787) #
It doesn't matter if NH is in a playoff hunt. If he's ready to move, he should move. Being challenged by the next level is more important than winning in the minor league in my humble opinion. Besides, there are plenty of candidates to replace JFG... Vito and Davenport come to mind.
_Sister - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 11:42 AM EDT (#50788) #
Ouch! Peterson is certainly not acquainting himself well with AAA.
_Sneeps - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 11:47 AM EDT (#50789) #
None of our prospects ever adjust well to triple A.
_Chris H - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 12:30 PM EDT (#50790) #
Dewan Day RHP Southern U. - drafted in the 26th round in 2002.
_JohnnyS99 - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 12:40 PM EDT (#50791) #
You got it Chris, wasnt he drafted the year before by the Blue Jays as a junior as well?
_Marc - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 01:01 PM EDT (#50792) #
Dewan Day has also gone by Amos Day, which could be why it's hard to find info on him at times.
_MatO - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 01:08 PM EDT (#50793) #
Syracuse is playing this afternoon and after 3 1/2 its Toledo leading 5-1. James Baldwin pitching for Toledo. The only Syracuse run on a groundout to drive in a Matos double.
_Rob - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 01:09 PM EDT (#50794) #
Yeah, Amos Day was drafted 26th round by the Jays in 2002.
COMN for his Baseball Cube site. 30 innings last year in Pulaski, 1.1 in Auburn.
_MatO - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 01:10 PM EDT (#50795) #
Make that 7-1 Toledo. My error. All runs charged to Glynn. Nakamura now pitching.
_MatO - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 01:14 PM EDT (#50796) #
Toledo goes 1-2-3 in the 4th.
_MatO - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 01:19 PM EDT (#50797) #
Chiefs go 1-2-3 in the 5th.
_MatO - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 01:27 PM EDT (#50798) #
Nakamura sets them down 1-2-3 with a K. 7-1 after 5.
_MatO - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 01:35 PM EDT (#50799) #
Quiroz singles, he's 2-2. Adams K's looking and Matos grounds in DP. Still 7-1. Kershner in. Nakamura set down the 8 men he faced.
_Jonny German - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 01:50 PM EDT (#50800) #
Dewan Day has also gone by Amos Day, which could be why it's hard to find info on him at times.

Yup, that's the ticket, thanks. I suspected this, but couldn't find confirmation of it. Should have gone ahead with the assumption, given that I had identical biographical information for Amos and Dewon. 6'4", 210, born 09-29-80.
_MatO - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 01:59 PM EDT (#50801) #
Chiefs go 1-2-3 in the 6th and 7th and leave a baserunner on in the 8th. Kershner gives up no runs in the 7th and 8th. Still 7-1. This is ugly.
_MatO - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 02:00 PM EDT (#50802) #
Peterson now in.
_MatO - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 02:10 PM EDT (#50803) #
Peterson goes K, flyout, flyout. Announcer says that Quiroz has been getting a workout every time Peterson pitches because Peterson has thrown a lot of pitches in the dirt that Quiroz has been blocking or trying to block. Apparently he needs much better control of his breaking stuff. In the 9th Adams grounds out, Matos K's and Gross grounds out. 7-1 final in 2 hours. What a pathetic hitting display by the Chiefs.
_Brian B. - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 02:28 PM EDT (#50804) #
Hey Jonny:

Your link to the story about Christian Snavely isn't working.
_Jonny German - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 02:36 PM EDT (#50805) #
Thanks for the heads-up, Brian. The link should work now.
_JohnnyS99 - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 02:42 PM EDT (#50806) #
Amos Day, was mentioned a few times in the BA blue jays chat , as a sleeper, he suposedly would hit 95mph on the gun, good size.
_Mike in CT - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 03:00 PM EDT (#50807) #
Jackson has finally signed and is expected to join Auburn on Wednesday! COMN
Mike D - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 03:05 PM EDT (#50808) #
The poor NY-Penn League. As if Auburn needed another dominant player.
_Mike Forbes - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 03:05 PM EDT (#50809) #
Thank God! I was starting to think that we wouldn't get either of them (Purcey And Jackson) signed. Can't wait to hear about Zach's debut in Auburn.
_R Billie - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 03:14 PM EDT (#50810) #
I would be surprised to see Jackson and Purcey (when he signs) pitch relief for Auburn at least for a bit. I assume the rotation is already established and those guys have thrown a lot of pitches this year. But yeah, that's all Auburn needed. Two hulking talented lefthanders to add to their pitching staff. Hopefully by 2007 one or both of those guys are ready to pitch in the bigs.
_R Billie - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 03:14 PM EDT (#50811) #
That should say I would not be surprised.
_JohnnyS99 - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 03:18 PM EDT (#50812) #
Not sign purcey? He will sign, the question is when, and for what price.
_MatO - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 03:25 PM EDT (#50813) #
Since everyone around Jackson had already signed that was a no brainer. Signing bonus of $1M I would think. The problem with Purcey is that almost no college players drafted in front of him have signed and he is either asking for too much or waiting to see what they sign for. However, he slots in quite nicely at $1.6M and this is comparable to what Adams and Hill signed for in similar draft spots.
_Finn McCool - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 03:44 PM EDT (#50814) #
Re: Being challenged by the next level is more important than winning in the minor league in my humble opinion.

This statement was posted in reguard to promoting JFG. I for one do not agree with it. I think winning a minor league championship can be extremely important in the developing a world series winning team. A player who wins a minor league championship can use that knowledge and experenece at the major league level.

So I'd rather see JFG stay with the Fisher Cats and have the oportunity to win a championship. I feel the same way about Curtis Thigpen as well, let them stay where they are, if they win a championship there's a very good you'll get a better player in the long run
_Finn McCool - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 03:54 PM EDT (#50815) #
Very good chance you'll get a better player in the long run
_Ducey - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 03:55 PM EDT (#50816) #
I think the discussion re: JFG is academic anyway. He has hit some homers but his average is still in the .240's. There is no point in sending him to AAA so he can hit .220
_MatO - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 03:56 PM EDT (#50817) #
Virtually anywhere Thigpen goes he'll be in the playoffs (other than Syracuse and Toronto).
_Ducey - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 04:14 PM EDT (#50818) #
Ducey - you might be right about JFG not being able to handle AAA. But don't you want to find out for sure, given he's on the 40-man roster right now? If you're right they should get rid of him now or in the offseason. I think there's still a chance for him to be a player. He started off this season in a terrible funk and hit close to .200 for the first 6 weeks or so. Since then I'd guess he's hit around .280 with good power. My vote would be to advance him a level. If he wasn't on the 40-man roster I would feel differently about it.
_Nigel - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 04:15 PM EDT (#50819) #
Sorry, that was my post in response to Ducey - I had a brain lock.
_MatO - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 04:23 PM EDT (#50820) #
I think you might see some movement when the Canadians in the system go off to the Olympics eg Pond.
Gerry - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 04:29 PM EDT (#50821) #
DJ Hanson has been placed on the temporary inactive list. I am not sure what this means, it sounds like he is not on the DL anymore, maybe he has gone home to think about his future.
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 04:37 PM EDT (#50822) #
Should JFG move up to Syracuse, presumably with Vito moving up from Dunedin to New Hampshire?

Good question. At the start of the season, JFG was having all kinds of trouble. He simply could not hit the ball against lefthanders, striking out 11 of his first 15 PAs. He has improved recently, and has been mashing against righties. New Hampshire's park is tough on hitters, so his overall line is not great.

I'd move him. I was not a big Griffin booster, and I'm still leery of him, but you can always use a guy who can hit, even if it's only in a platoon role, and that may be Griffin ultimately.
_Jordan - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 04:42 PM EDT (#50823) #
Griffin has actually been impressing me a lot the last month or so. He was in terrible shape on June 1, hitting .212/.326/.371 with just 6 doubles, 6 homers and a 25/55 BB/K rate in 151 AB. Since then, he's hit .270 and added 9 doubles, 11 HRs, and a 14/30 BB/K rate in 155 ABs; his season line stands at .242/.330/.458, a 90-point OPS jump from seven weeks ago. I don't have his home-road splits, but I'm willing to bet his numbers have been hurt by his home park as well. He was in serious danger of falling off the prospect radar a couple of months ago, but he's back on the beam today and he's really hot at the moment.

All that said, he'll be 25 in November and he has to get above Double-A soon if he wants to be more than the next Simon Pond. I think he's a lead-pipe cinch to be promoted to Syracuse when the Triple-A Olympians depart; the Fisher Cats will miss him, but Vito is available to take Griffin's place for the balance of the season.
_Jordan - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 04:42 PM EDT (#50824) #
Great minds, Mike.
_Nigel - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 04:57 PM EDT (#50825) #
Jordan - is there anywhere to find minor league splits? I was trying to find the numbers to support my guestimates above and couldn't locate them.
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 05:30 PM EDT (#50826) #
I haven't found a site that has minor league splits this year. had them last year.

Want a chance to hear a great 2nd round draft pick throw a no-hitter? No, not David Bush, I mean Josh Banks. He's on at 7:05 in a key game for the Fisher Cats against Binghamton. Anyone up for some BBRadio? I'll be around late.
_Finn McCool - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 07:00 PM EDT (#50827) #
Mike I know the web site say that Josh Banks is pitching tonight but I believe it is Gustavo Chacin tonight with Banks pitching tomorrow.

Pitching against the Fisher Cats tonight is Scott Kazmir one of the more hyped, pitchers in the minors since he was draft in 2002
_David Paul - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 08:19 PM EDT (#50828) #
Want a chance to hear a great 2nd round draft pick throw a no-hitter?

How about a undrafted free agent? Chacin has allowed only one walk through 5. Kazmir hasn't allowed a baserunner. The stars must be aligned somewhere. I'm calling my astrologer right now.
_David Paul - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 08:20 PM EDT (#50829) #
AA: Kazmir now has a perfect game through 6.
_Finn McCool - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 08:27 PM EDT (#50830) #
Gustavo Chacin also has his no hitter intact after 6 innings, the only blemish so far is one walk.
_Finn McCool - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 08:29 PM EDT (#50831) #
It's going to being interesting how far they let Kazmir pitch.
_Finn McCool - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 08:37 PM EDT (#50832) #
Kazmir walks the lead of hitter and then madea a error on the sacrifice bunt putting runners on second and third. Aaron Hill then comes on and breaks up the no hitter with a 2 run single. Fisher Cats now lead 2-0
_Finn McCool - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 08:48 PM EDT (#50833) #
Two good defensive plays in the 7th inning but Gustavo Chacin still has his no hitter
_Ryan01 - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 08:48 PM EDT (#50834) #
Looks like Shaun Marcum had a pretty good night too as Jupiter has only managed 3 hits through 6 innings. That game is tied 0-0 as well. Seriously, what's going on?
_Finn McCool - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 09:01 PM EDT (#50835) #
Well, Well Well Gustavo Chacin has come out of a no hitter, something you don't see every day. The only reason I can think of is that Chacin was oviously tiring in the 7th inning, but I still find it strange, you'd think Chacin would want to stay in no matter what.
_Finn McCool - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 09:03 PM EDT (#50836) #
Travis Thompson came on for the 8th inning and set down Binghamton in order, so the no hitter is still intact.
_Finn McCool - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 09:12 PM EDT (#50837) #
Bye Bye no hitter, lead off single for Binghamton in the 9th
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 09:28 PM EDT (#50838) #
And that's it for Binghamton. 1 hit.

In addition to the fine performances of Bush, Chacin and Marcum, whoever is pitching for Charleston has allowed only 1 hit through 7 innings, as the Alley Cats lead 5-0.
_Ryan01 - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 10:16 PM EDT (#50839) #
Say, has anyone else noticed what Dave Maurer has been doing lately? He started off the season pretty badly, which is understandable considering he had just come back from TJ surgery. But despite that ugly start his numbers are sitting at 3.67 ERA, 37 H, 19 BB, 43 K, 5 HR in 41.2 innings. I'd love to see the month by month splits for him.

He was a pretty decent pitcher before the surgery and he's only 29. If the Jays want a lefty reliever he might just be worth a look.
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 10:17 PM EDT (#50840) #
Charleston's pitcher was Nasty Mastny, and he threw another gem.
_johnnnyS99 - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 10:17 PM EDT (#50841) #
Tom Mastny looks obviously deserves a promotion? Demote Flores to the pen in Dunedin? COMN BOXSCORE Mastny 8ks, 7 hinnings , 2 hits, 1bb. YIKES
_JohnnyS99 - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 10:21 PM EDT (#50842) #
Lets not kid ourselves though. This 23 year old needs to be tested, there is no point having him in the SAL. Even Mastnys peformance in the NYP warranted a 2004 full season debut in the FSL.
_R Billie - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 11:31 PM EDT (#50843) #
At his age Mastny could probably move to AA. Blanton moved right to AA from low-A last year.
_Sneeps - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 11:53 PM EDT (#50844) #
I think Mastny would get rocked if sent to AA. High A should come first for him.
_MatO - Tuesday, July 20 2004 @ 11:59 PM EDT (#50845) #
And how about Marcum. 7IP 5H 0R 0W 8K. His K/W is now 41/3.
_DJ - Wednesday, July 21 2004 @ 01:43 AM EDT (#50846) #
At his age Mastny could probably move to AA. Blanton moved right to AA from low-A last year.

Blanton was a first-round pick. Mastny was an 11th-round pick. No comparison.
Mike Green - Wednesday, July 21 2004 @ 09:53 AM EDT (#50847) #
I'm with MatO. Marcum has basically recreated Bush's performance at Dunedin from last year in 1/2 the innings. Actually, he's done a little better- his K rate has been roughly 1.1/inning at Dunedin and in Charleston. I especially like 3 walks and 2 HBP to go with 41 Ks in 35 innings. Great control, stuff, and an absence of fear of pitching inside is a winning combination. I'd love to see him challenged in double A soon.

Mastny's defining ability this season has been keeping the ball in the park. He too merits a promotion soon. I suspect his future is in long relief.
robertdudek - Wednesday, July 21 2004 @ 11:36 AM EDT (#50848) #
Blanton was a first-round pick. Mastny was an 11th-round pick. No comparison.

This is completely irrelevant. Do you know what round Mike Piazza was drafted in?

What counts is how Mastny is throwing the ball. That's not to say that I advocate moving him to AA - I don't. But draft round has absolutely nothing to do with it.
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