Minor League Update: August 17

Tuesday, August 17 2004 @ 07:42 AM EDT

Contributed by: Jonny German

4 wins and 3 losses for the Blue Jay farm as a former top prospect makes an encouraging start, a previously unheralded prospect continues to command attention, and a brand new prospect makes his debut.

Scranton-WB 6 @ Syracuse 3 (7 innings)
Scranton-WB 2 @ Syracuse 8 (7 innings)

Inspired by the Batter’s Box discussion of whether or not he’s been a disappointment thus far, Russ Adams cranked out a homer and 3 singles as the SkyChiefs split a twinbill with the Red Barons. Uninspired pitching from Mike Smith and Jason Kershner, coupled with little offence resulted in a SkyChiefs loss in the opener.

The Syracuse bats heated up for game 2, as Anton French, Julius Matos, and Eric Crozier joined Adams in the 2-hit-game column. French’s nightcap included his second triple of the day; Crozier doubled and walked. Guillermo Quiroz went 1 for 2 in the opener, then took the rest of the night off.

The second game was pitched by committee, with Dave Maurer handling the first 3 frames (2 runs, 3 hits, 4/0 K/BB), and Micheal Nakamura and Aquilino Lopez coming on for 2 each (each with 2 strikeouts, no walks).

Boxscores: Game 1, Game 2 - MinorLeagueBaseball.com. Recap - Post-Standard

New Hampshire 4 @ Binghampton 0

New Hampshire moved into a tie for first in the Eastern League’s Northern Division as Gustavo Chacin notched his 15th win in shutout style. Chacin tossed 7 masterful innings, allowing just 2 hits and 3 walks while striking out 8. His effort sunk his ERA for the AA season below 3. Dan Jackson and Jamie Vermilyea kept things tidy in the 8th and 9th. Fisher Cats Radio has the rundown on how untouchable Chacin has been of late.

LF Ty Godwin, 2B Dominc Rich, and 1B John-Ford Griffin paced the offence with 2 hits apiece. SS Aaron Hill went hitless, but collected 2 walks; 3B John Hattig flexed his man-strength with a 2-run double.

Boxscore - MinorLeagueBaseball.com. Recap - Union-Leader

Tampa 3 @ Dunedin 6

An encouraging start for the re-habbing Jason Arnold as the Dunedin Jays doubled the Tampa Yankees. Arnie went 5-1/3 innings, allowing a run on 5 hits and striking out 5 with no free passes. Tracy Thorpe and Felix Romero each surrendered a run in relief, and Bubbie Buzachero nailed down the final 4 outs for his 22nd save.

Carlo Cota and Ryan Roberts each homered to lead the offence to 6 runs on just 5 hits total. Both reached base twice, Cota with a single and Roberts with a walk. LF Jayce Tingler scored twice on a 1 for 4 night in the leadoff spot, 1B Vito C went hitless with a walk, DH Raul Tablado drove in 2 with a single.

Boxscore - MinorLeagueBaseball.com. Recap - DunedinBlueJays.com

Rome 5 @ Charleston 9

Just another day at the office for Davis Romero. Staked to an early 5-1 lead, the littlest lefty scattered 8 hits for just 2 runs over 5-2/3, striking out 6 while walking 1. Joaquin Canizal had a shaky outing, and Derrek Nunley shut the door without incident.

C Robinzon Diaz delivered 3 hits and a walk from his customary leadoff spot. DH Joe Reiman and RF Rodney Medina added 2 knocks each. The offence totaled 12 hits, but just 2 doubles; 5 walks, but 12 strikeouts.

Boxscore - MinorLeagueBaseball.com. Recap - Charleston Gazette

Auburn 3 @ Jamestown 4

A 2-1 Auburn lead stood up from the 2nd thru the 6th, but the Jammers notched a run in the bottom of the 7th. The Doubledays doubled back with a run of their own in the top of the 8th, but Jamestown would not be denied, scoring 2 in the bottom of the frame and hanging on for the win.

LF Adam Lind and 1B Chip Cannon led the offence with 2 hits each, including a double for Lind. SS Ryan Klosterman went hitless with 3 strikeouts; 2B Brian Hall was 1-4; C Curt Thigpen was 1 for 3 with a walk; RF Jarad Mangioni smacked a double. Joey Metropoulos started the game at first base, but mysteriously was replaced by Cannon before he came to bat.

Unfortunately, the boxscore currently available is missing the pitching lines, so I can’t tell you how Zach Jackson did in his pro debut. What I do know, thanks to Mike Green and BBRadio in yesterday’s minor league update, is that Derek Tate pitched well for 3 innings but then was dinged for 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th. Kyle Yates came on with the bases loaded and prevented further damage by inducing a double-play ball.

Boxscore - MinorLeagueBaseball.com.

Pulaski 1 @ Burlington 2

An off night for the Pulaski hitters, as they managed just 5 singles and a solitary walk against Burlington pitching, while striking out 12 times. CF Yuber Rodrguez was the only notable Blue Jay swinger, with 2 singles and 2 stolen bases.

Lefty Russ Savickas was effective in a 6-1/3 inning start, surrendering 2 runs on 3 hits, 3 walks and 4 whiffs. Raymon Sanchez presided over the final 5 uneventful outs.

Boxscore - MinorLeagueBaseball.com.

Three-Star Selection!

The Third Star: Russ Adams, Syracuse. A homer and 3 singles in a twinbill.

The Second Star: Robinzon Diaz, Charleston. 3 hits (4 bases) and a walk.

The First Star: Gustavo Chacin, New Hampshire. 7 dominant innings as the F-Cats move into first place.

Honourable Mention: Jason Arnold, Dunedin. A very solid 5-1/3 innings on the comeback trail.