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4 wins. 2 losses. Dunedin split a doubleheader while Auburn had the night off.

A couple updates thanks to Gerry in yesterday's thread. Gustavo Chacin has been called up to AAA Syracuse to fill in for Jesus Sanchez. I suspect there's a good chance that he'll be sent back down come playoff time. Also Shawn Fagan has been suspended for 15 days for unspecified reasons.

Scranton-WB 8, Syracuse 7

The Skychiefs took a 6-3 lead into the eighth inning but the bullpen coughed up the lead. Ryan Glynn battled through 5.2 innings followed by a solid 1.1 from Talley Haines. Veterans Anton French, Anthony Sanders and Chad Hermansen all hit home runs for Syracuse while Russ Adams hit three singles and Eric Crozier walked thrice.

Jason Kershner came on in the eighth but allowed a home run followed by a walk before he was yanked in favour of Bob File. Unfortunately File was not much more successful allowing 3 more runs to cross the plate in the 8th followed but another solo home run in the ninth.

Box score
Game story

New Hampshire 6, Binghamton 2

The Binghamton Mets arrived in Manchester with a 4 game lead over their nearest competitors, the Fisher Cats, with a chance to all but lock up first place. Instead, 5 days later, they find themselves trailing those same Fisher Cats by a game with one game left in the home-and-home series. Josh Banks and newest F-Cat Kip Bouknight, recently acquired from the Rockies, teamed up to down the Mets for the fifth straight night. Banks was impressive punching out 9 in his 5 innings allowing only a single run on 4 hits and 2 walks. Bouknight allowed only an unearned run on 2 hits in his 4 innings while striking out 3 and got the save.

A two run homer from John-Ford Griffin gave the Fisher Cats a 3-1 lead in the sixth. Two innings later, Maikel Jova rubbed salt in the Mets wounds with a 3 run shot.

Box score
Game story

Sarasota 4, Dunedin 7 - Game 1

Sarasota 3, Dunedin 2 - Game 2

Shaun Marcum started the first game of the doubleheader for the D-Jays and got off to a rough start, giving up a two run shot to Dustin Pedroia in the top of the first and three singles leading to a run in the second. Marcum would settle down after that and finished 5 innings with 7 Kís and no walks. Brian Reed pitched the final two allowing only an inherited runner to score.

In the second half of the doubleheader Ismael Ramirez pitched another gem going six innings striking out 6 and walking none. But the offense wasnít there to help as Andy Torres gave up a run in the top of the seventh and took the loss. Raul Tablado provided the bulk of the offense with 4 hits including a long ball in each half of the doubleheader. Catcher Erik Kratz also had a home run as well as a double in the top half.

Box score 1, Box score 2

Rome 1, Charleston 8

Rome may not have been built in a day but they sure crumbled quickly under the force of Charleston's offense. Leadoff hitter Robinson Diaz was 3 for 3 with a walk as only 1 Charleston starter did not reach base.

After struggling in his first few appearances in Charleston, lefthanderErik Rico was given his first professional start and responded with five innings of 1 hit, shutout ball. Jeremy Harper followed up with three shutout inning of his own while Brad Esarey gave up the lone run in the ninth.

Box score
Game story

Pulaski 3, Burlington 2

Chi-hung Cheng was scheduled to start this one and shows up in the box score but didn't face a batter. No official reason given yet but a rain delay at the beginning of the game seems to be the most likely cause for Cheng's non appearance. Adrian Martin threw the first four innings allowing one run. Edwards Rodriguez had similar results over the next three innings.

Luke Hetherington doubled home the tying run in the 8th and went on to score the go ahead run.

Box score

Three-Star Selection!

The 3rd Star Erik Rico: 5 innings, 1 hit, no runs in his first pro start.

The 2nd Star Robinzon Diaz: 3 for 3 with a walk and 2 RBI

The 1st Star Raul Tablado: single, double, 2 HRís in the doubleheader.

HM: Josh Banks, Kip Bouknight and Ismael Ramirez for some fine pitching performances
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Pistol - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 10:18 AM EDT (#41313) #
If you had to rank the Jays prospects today, where would you put Tablado? Is he cracking the top 10? Top 5?
_Spartan - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 10:23 AM EDT (#41314) #
Well a shortstop who was born in 1982 and can hit 21 homers in less than 300 at bats, should be in top 5 for sure I would think.
_Ryan01 - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 10:25 AM EDT (#41315) #
Personally, I think he's top 10. Not quite top 5 yet but with a repeat performance in AA next year he'll be pushing for number 1.
Gerry - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 10:28 AM EDT (#41316) #
There is some inconsistency in the reports on Jason Arnold's next start. Spencer Fordin says Arnold will start for New Hampshire this weekend. Mike Rutsey says Arnold will have a couple of more Dunedin starts before moving to New Hampshire. With Chacin's promotion to Syracuse, Arnold might be moving up to take Chacin's turn in the rotation.
_R Billie - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 10:40 AM EDT (#41317) #
Tablado doesn't walk a lot but he is sure hitting the ball this year for power and average in the FSL. Combine that with the ability to play the left side of the infield and a reasonable age for his level and you could also make the argument that he's the best position player the Jays currently have in the minors pending the return to form of Quiroz. That probably places him Top 5 or definately between 5 and 10 depending on how many pitchers make your Top 5.

Aaron Hill might rank higher depending on how much you think of his power potential and defence in comparison. Hill is a different kind of hitter and if his power comes on his ability to put the bat on the ball and walk a bit more should make him as valuable or more so in the long run. Tablado's one weakness is that he strikes out a lot so he might not be able to maintain a .300+ average. His isolated power is .314 in the Florida State League though which is ridiculously good. He could be useful even if down the road you have to move him to a corner position.
_Jordan - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 10:40 AM EDT (#41318) #
How could Shawn Fagan be using a banned substance? He's got a .355 slugging percentage. What's he taking, Rogaine?

Right now, Tablado would crack my post-season Top Ten prospects (available as part of a new Top Forty, hopefully in mid-September), but I want to see him do this again before getting too excited. With McGowan out, Gross and Rios in the majors, and Quiroz and Adams not far behind, a lot of new players will be moving up that list.

Great to see a dominant outing from Josh Banks. He could use a couple more of those in order to head into the off-season feeling good about his chances at Double-A.

Tyrell Godwin (37) and Anton French (31) are 1-2 in stolen bases in the Blue Jays system. Tied for third, with Jorge Sequea (9), is Robinson Diaz.
Mike Green - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 10:40 AM EDT (#41319) #
You can double Tablado's stats to get full season equivalents: 52 doubles, 42 homers, 42 walks, 150Ks. It's the last 2 numbers that are the source of concern.

He's clearly behind Hill, Quiroz and Banks to my mind. After that, with McGowan, Rosario, Adams, even Chacin, you're into a gray area. He's somewhere in the 5-7 range on my list probably.
_Nigel - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 10:54 AM EDT (#41320) #
The thing to remember about Tablado's plate discipline is that he's got a pretty long portfolio of work, notwithstanding his age, to look at. Coming into this season he had walked in almost exactly 10% of this AB's. I'm actually quite optimistic about his ability to draw walks at an acceptable rate. I agree though that we need to see another year of good performance before he moves to the head of the class.
_Ken - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 11:00 AM EDT (#41321) #
Do people think that Tablado might get a promotion in the next month? he seems to be having a lot of fun lately with A+ pitchers.
_Jonny German - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 11:04 AM EDT (#41322) #
Any word on Tablado as a defender? This season he's split time fairly evenly between SS, 3B, and DH. Is the DH portion a testament to his bat or an indictment of his glove?
_Ryan01 - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 11:09 AM EDT (#41323) #
Before this season Tablado was figured to be an all-glove no-bat type of guy with very good defense at shortstop. He bulked up quite a bit in the offseason so he may have lost the step but I think he can still probably handle the position if he gets regular time there. For that reason I don't think he'll be promoted. He needs to get back to playing short regularly if he's going to end up there and he wont get that chance with Aaron Hill around at AA.
_R Billie - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 11:10 AM EDT (#41324) #
Yeah, Tab's walk rates have always been adequate given his other abilities but striking out in more than a quarter of your at bats in the low minors when you aren't young for your level raises concerns. But if 40 homers and 50 doubles is even close to his actual power range then you could certainly live with a poor man's Soriano.

If Banks finishes the year strong I would consider moving him up to Syracuse to start next year anyway. You want him ready to pitch in the majors in 2006, if not the second half of 2005. Banks, Rosario, Vermilyea, League, Peterson, and Arnold still gives the Jays decent AAA depth for next season.
_R Billie - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 11:15 AM EDT (#41325) #
I think the Jays would also be hesitant to deprive Dunedin of their power bat while in a playoff race. What do people think of this philosophy? Holding certain players back to keep a team strong? It was done last year to a degree with Alex Rios and Guillermo Quiroz.
_Noah - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 11:15 AM EDT (#41326) #
Most likely we'll see Adams in toronto at the start of next season, with Hill at SS in AAA, followed by Tablado at SS in AA. This way everybody gets their time to get as many starts at short as possible.
_R Billie - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 11:16 AM EDT (#41327) #
Also if Tab can have similar success at AA next year and play shortstop well then he has to be considered the best position player the Jays have, strikeouts or no.
_Nigel - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 11:22 AM EDT (#41328) #
I went to a Vancouver Canadians game last night. It wasn't a great game as the Canadians beat up on Eugene 12-1. Eugene had 3 official errors but made at least 3 more that should have been errors. Anyway the point of all of this is that I thought I'd pass on a small scouting report on Kurt Suzuki who drew a good amount of interest around here on draft day. His season line is a very respectable .304/.394/.438 in just over 100 AB's. He played DH last night so I didn't get to see his defence. He went 0/1 with 3BB's (interestingly, he has only 9 BB's all season). The first thing I noticed was how small he is. The program listed him as 6'0 and 200 lbs. I would say that both of those are substantially inflated (unless every other player he stood next to was listed incorrectly on the low side). I'd say he's more like 5'9 or 5'10 and 185 lbs. Notwithstanding that prior to last night he'd only walked a handful of times, it was pretty clear that he has good strikezone control. He was very selective at the plate and had to work hard for 2 of the 3 walks. The only problem that I could see was that for his size he has a pretty long swing and he had real trouble getting around on any decent fastballs. He wasn't facing any real hard throwers last night and he still looked behind everything. The comparisons to a Jason Kendall are obvious but I'd say that was the best case/upside for him. Admittedly based on a small sample size, I think he's going to have trouble generating power at the higher levels against good fastballs unless he gets a little bigger and/or shortens his stroke. His plate discipline gives him a good chance to keep moving up but I wasn't totally sold on him. I'd like to see him a few more times.

On the other hand I was as impressed as I could be by Javier Herrera of the Canadians. Herrara's from Venezuela and has only just turned 19. His season line is .340/.397/.555 in just over 200 AB's. He went 4/5 last night including a rocket HR to dead center (those of you who have been to Nat Bailey can attest to how difficult it is get one out there). In contrast to Suzuki, Herrara has a quick quick bat and everything he hit he scorched - even the foul balls. Even more impressive, he got a hit on about every type of pitch imaginable last night (fastball, slider, change). All of this from someone who just turned 19. He's definitely someone to keep an eye on.
_Finn McCool - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 11:23 AM EDT (#41329) #
Anybody know who the player to be named later is going to be in the Kip Bouknight deal with Colorado?
_Mark J - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 11:41 AM EDT (#41330) #
Any Ottawa Bauxites up for seeing the Syracuse-Ottawa game Friday night, 7:05? I can't make it Saturday (6:05) or Sunday (1:05) unfortunately. COMN to email (can't read it until this evening, though) or post...
_Marc - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 11:53 AM EDT (#41331) #
I dout that anyone significant will be sent to Colorado for Bouknight, much like when the Jays acquited Valencia, Raymundo or Sanders for depth purposes. It'll probably just be cash.

I have Tablado listed at 11 in the Jays top 30 list, although if Gabe uses up his rookie eligibility Tablado will land in at number 10. Great numbers but let's see if his plate discipline becomes a problem at the higher levels. I don't he will be promoted with only a couple weeks left in the minor league season.

Banks is in a crazy rut where he has one good game and one bad game. I'm curious to see how he does in his next start.
Mike Green - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 11:55 AM EDT (#41332) #
Gustavo Chacin pitched on Monday, so he'll probably get the Saturday start in Ottawa. According to BA, he's added a cutter to his repertoire, and this is the reason for his increased effectiveness against right-handed hitters.

It'd be great if an Ottawa Bauxite had a chance to give a first hand report on Chacin.
_Peter - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 01:07 PM EDT (#41333) #
I have tickets for the Ottawa-Syracuse game on Saturday. Hope that turns out to be Chacin's start. If so, I will report my impressions on him along with thoughts on Adams, Sequea, Quiroz, Crozier.
Mike Green - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 03:08 PM EDT (#41334) #
Crozier has been pressing since he arrived in Syracuse. He's struck out 14 times in 31 at-bats.
Craig B - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 03:15 PM EDT (#41335) #
Maybe, but nine walks vs. 31 at-bats doesn't say "pressing" to me. He may be taking too many pitches, but that's another matter. He's hitting .258/.425/.452 overall, which is fine.
_Marc - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 04:02 PM EDT (#41336) #
My new favourite inexpensive Delgado-replacement is Colorado AA first baseman Ryan Shealy, 24, who is hitting .324 with a .417 OBA and .602 SLG(27 homeruns). He wasn't even among the top 30 Colorado prospects coming into the season although his minor league numbers, as well as his college numbers, have been solid. With Helton entrenched at first base the Jays could perhaps get him for a pitcher or two (Chacin?)
_Smack - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 04:22 PM EDT (#41337) #
I know Colorado Springs has similiar park factors to the Rockies home field, but does their AA affilliate also have a hitter-friendly stadium?
_Stan - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 05:36 PM EDT (#41338) #
Who are the best pitchers in Pulaski? You cant tell much from just pure stats. They are in a playoff race being tied with 12 games to go. Lately their pitching has been great. Who is likely to get promoted next year?
_Jordan - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 05:44 PM EDT (#41339) #
You can't tell much from just pure stats.

You sure can't, not at that level: there are way too many variables, and the defences behind them are usually porous. Considering their ages and their BB/K numbers (which are defence-independent), I'd say Cheng, Martin and Grant are the three best pitchers at the moment, though I'd welcome first-hand impressions from those who've seen the P-Jays. All three of those guys have a good shot at Auburn next year, and possibly Charleston.
Craig B - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 05:51 PM EDT (#41340) #
does their AA affilliate also have a hitter-friendly stadium?

No, Tulsa is pretty neutral, a touch to the pitcher's side.
Craig B - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 06:02 PM EDT (#41341) #
Incidentally, the Rockies brass absolutely love Shealy. Getting him would be very tough, and might take one of the Jays' good pitching prospects.
_#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 08:02 PM EDT (#41342) #
Update from Binghamton....New Hampshire was up 2-0 but the Mets have rallied to tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the 4th. Brandon League is on the hill for the F-Cats.
_#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 08:14 PM EDT (#41343) #
Top of 5th inning - New Hampshire batting. Ken Chenard pitching.

* Chiaffredo homers to left. 3-2 New Hampshire
* Snyder reaches on infield hit.
* Pop up to short - 1 out
* Rich singles to left, Snyder advances to 2nd
* Fly-out to left, Snyder advances to 3rd, Rich holds at 1st
* Griffin singles, Snyder scores, Rich advances to 2nd. 4-2 New Hampshire
* Hattig strikes out - 3 out.

4-2 New Hampshire after 4 1/2.
_Kevin Pataky - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 08:24 PM EDT (#41344) #
I am going to the game in Rochester vs. Syracuse tomorrow night. I'll have to check in with Gus and Q then.

As for Arnold, I have tickets in New Britain for Friday (Rosario), Saturday (Baker) and Sunday (supposed to be Chacin - now hopefully Arnold).

As far as "Anybody know who the player to be named later is going to be in the Kip Bouknight deal with Colorado?" I hope they send them Travis Thompson, the guy they got for Matt Logan - him and his 7+ ERA.
_#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 08:29 PM EDT (#41345) #
Bottom of 5th - Binghamton batting. Brandon League pitching

* Velazquez strikes out - 1 out
* Lydon reaches 1st on an error to short-stop Aaron Hill
* Duncan reaches on a fielder's choice 6-4, throw from 2nd pulls 1st baseman off the bag - Lydon out at 2nd - 2 out
* Single to center - Duncan advances to 3rd
* Harper grounds out to Hill - who flips the ball to 2nd for the force out at 2nd - 3 out

The B-Mets announcers says Hill made a diving stop to prevent a single to center to end the inning, so Hill redeems himself after his error.

The game's official now

New Hampshire 4 Binghamton 2 - end of 5.

Also on the out of town scoreboard...
Top 5 - Mahoning Valley 4 Auburn 3
Top 5 - Charleston 3 Rome 0
Top 4- Rochester 2 Syracuse 2
_Kevin Pataky - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 08:36 PM EDT (#41346) #
if you look at the Fisher Cats web site, you will see that Chacin is missing from their player page and Arnold has been added
_#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 08:39 PM EDT (#41347) #
Had to step away - no scoring for New Hampshire in the top of 6th inning. Still New Hampshire 4 Binghamton 2 after 5 1/2 innings.

Bottom 6th - Binghamton batting. League pitching for NH.

* Pressley strikes out swinging - 1 out
* Baldiris grounds to short - 2 out
* Hietpas becomes the 3rd out, not sure how

No runs - no hits - no errors - no one left on.

After 6 - New Hampshire 4 Binghamton 2

Scoreboard update

Top 6 - Mahoning Valley 6 Auburn 3
Top 6 - Charleston 3 Rome 1
Top 5 - Rochester 4 Syracuse 2
_#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 08:45 PM EDT (#41348) #
Top 7th - New Hampshire batting. Chenard pitching for Binghamton.

* Snyder strikes out swinging - 1 out.
* Godwin strikes out swinging on 3 pitches - 2 out
* Rich flies out to shallow center - 3 out

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 left on base

Stretch time - New Hampshire 4 Binghamton 2

Scoreboard update -

Top 7th - Sarasota 3 Dunedin 1
_#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 09:02 PM EDT (#41349) #
Bottom 7th - Binghamton batting. Houston now pitching for NH

* Leadoff man strikes out - 1 out
* Velazquez gets on base, I believe it was a walk
* Lydon grounds out into a fielder's choice, Velazquez advances to 2nd - 2 out
* Duncan singles to center - Velazquez scores - New Hampshire 4 Binghamton 3
* Acuna singles to left - Duncan advances all the way to 3rd

Pitching change - Dan Jackson relieves Ryan Houston

* Harper strikes out swinging - 3 out

After 7 - New Hampshire 4 Binghamton 3

Scoreboard update

Top 7 - Rome 3 Charleston 3
Top 7 - Rochester 5 Syracuse 2
Top 9 - Sarasota 3 Dunedin 1
_Anthony - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 09:02 PM EDT (#41350) #
Arnold is still showing up on the Dunedin site, but I don't think that they update as quickly.
_#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 09:10 PM EDT (#41351) #
Top 8th - New Hampshire batting. Lavigne now pitching for Binghamton.

Note - Aaron Hill hit a 2 run homer earlier in the game to give the F-Cats their first 2 runs of the ball game.

* Hill draws lead-off walk
* Griffin called out on strikes - 1 out
* Hattig lines out - Hill almost doubled off 2 out
* Snyder grounds out into a fielder's choice, forcing Hill at 2nd 3 out

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 left

After 7 1/2 - New Hampshire 4 Binghamton 3
_#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 09:18 PM EDT (#41352) #
Bottom of the 8th - Binghamton batting. Jackson still pitching for New Hampshire.

* Pressley grounds out to 1st - 1out
* Baldiris draws a walk on 5 pitches
* Hietpas hits into fielder's choice, play started by the pitcher Jackson - Baldiris out at 2nd - 2 out
* Next batter grounds to 2nd 3 out

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on base

After 8 innings - New Hampshire 4 Binghamton 3

Scoreboard update

Top 8th - Charleston 4 Rome 3
_#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 09:23 PM EDT (#41353) #
Top 9th - New Hampshire batting. Lavigne pitching for Binghamton.

Correction - Jova was the last out of the 8th inning.

* Singleton grounds out to 2nd 1 out
* Chiaffredo strikes out swinging 2out
* Snyder becomes the 3rd out 3 out

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 left on base

To the bottom of the 9th - New Hampshire 4 Binghamton 3
Mike Green - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 09:24 PM EDT (#41354) #
Wow, #2JBrumfield, you've raised the bar for BBRadio reporting.

Dunedin lost 3-1 to Sarasota. I'm going to check on the Charleston game.
_Nicholas - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 09:26 PM EDT (#41355) #
How did Toronto get Bouknight and, if in a trade, for whom??
_#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 09:34 PM EDT (#41356) #
Bottom of the 9th - Binghamton batting. DeJong pitching for New Hampshire, relieving Dan Jackson.

* Velazquez grounds out to 2nd 1 out
* Lydon grounds out to 1st 2 out
* Duncan strikes out swinging 3 out


3 stars of tonight's game

1. Aaron Hill - 2 run homer got the F-Cats off and running
2. Paul Chiaffredo - solo homer helped the F-Cats regain the lead for good, just after Binghamton rallied to tie the game the previous half inning.
3. Dan Jackson - 1 1/3 innings of shut-out relief, stranded potential tying and go-ahead runs in relief of Ryan Houston in the 7th
_Kevin Pataky - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 09:36 PM EDT (#41357) #
Bouknight obtained from Rockies for PTBN or cash - just the other day...
_Chris H - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 09:36 PM EDT (#41358) #
BA Daily Dish with a segment on Josh Banks (and him leaving his fastball up in the zone). COMN.
Mike Green - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 09:36 PM EDT (#41359) #
I arrived in time for the post-game show.

Charleston defeated Rome 4-3 for the series sweep. Tom Mastny started and went 5 innings, and gave up 1 run but punched out 5. Mike McDonald got the win, despite giving up 2 runs in 2 innings of work. Matt Dalton and Brad Mumma finished up. Joey Reiman drove in the winning run with a sac fly, after a walk and a balk set it up.
_#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 09:40 PM EDT (#41360) #
Scoreboard Update

Charleston 4 Rome 3 FINAL
Sarasota 3 Dunedin 1 FINAL
Top 6th - Mahoning Valley 6 Auburn 3
Top 8th - Rochester 7 Syracuse 2

Still, the good news is from Double A

New Hampshire 4 Binghamton 3 FINAL
_Kevin Pataky - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 09:42 PM EDT (#41361) #
Mike Murphy of the Fisher Cats Media dept. has confirmed Arnold has replaced Chacin and he will be starting Sunday in New Britain!!!
_#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 09:46 PM EDT (#41362) #
The season from hell Triple A style..........

Kevin West homers off Adam Peterson, a 3 run jack to give Rochester an 11-3 lead over Syracuse in the bottom of the 8th at beautiful Frontier Field.

Over an ugly 1 2/3 innings - Peterson gives up 6 runs (all earned), 5 hits, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, 2 homers.

Aquilino Lopez on in relief
_#JBrumfield - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 09:48 PM EDT (#41363) #
Back to back jacks in Rochester

Terry Tiffee welcomes A-Lo to the game with a no doubter over the wall.

Rochester 12 Syracuse 3 at gorgeous Frontier Field
_#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 09:57 PM EDT (#41364) #
Top 8th

* Matt Guerrier, back from Minnesota, is on in relief for Rochester

* Adams reaches on error to left field, Syracuse play-by-play announcer disputes call - sounds very agitated and I don't blame him, having to witness a senseless slaughter

* 2 away
* Adams goes to 2nd on defensive indifference
* Clark grounds out to short, 3 out

GAME OVER - ROCHESTER 12 SYRACUSE 3 at wonderful Frontier Field (yeah, I guess I like the ballpark :) )
_#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 09:57 PM EDT (#41365) #
Top 9th

* Matt Guerrier, back from Minnesota, is on in relief for Rochester

* Adams reaches on error to left field, Syracuse play-by-play announcer disputes call - sounds very agitated and I don't blame him, having to witness a senseless slaughter

* 2 away
* Adams goes to 2nd on defensive indifference
* Clark grounds out to short, 3 out

GAME OVER - ROCHESTER 12 SYRACUSE 3 at wonderful Frontier Field (yeah, I guess I like the ballpark :) )
_#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 09:59 PM EDT (#41366) #
Sorry for the double post! I blame it on my infatuation of Frontier Field!
_#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 10:02 PM EDT (#41367) #
Syracuse Brief Recap

Russ Adams hit a 2 run homer - the Skychiefs actually led this game
2-1 at one point. Guillermo Quiroz drove in the other run with an RBI single? (my dial-up connection crapped out on me).
_#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 10:08 PM EDT (#41368) #
More bad news on the minor league front.......

Mahoning Valley 14 Auburn 5
_Kevin Pataky - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 10:53 PM EDT (#41369) #
What's up with Adam Peterson and the 12.23 ERA? How much more pummeling can a guy's psych take before its shot? Isn't it about time they sent him back to New Hampshire to regain some form???
_Kevin Pataky - Wednesday, August 18 2004 @ 11:00 PM EDT (#41370) #
Cameron Reimers and Chris Baker are now a combined 1-16 at Triple-A this year at Syracuse after going 30-16 the last two years in Double-A.
_Frank - Thursday, August 19 2004 @ 12:56 AM EDT (#41371) #
Nice work by completely screwing up Peterson, JP!!! I would LOVE to hear his logic on having him skip AAA when he promoted him straight to the ML in the middle of the season???? Does this EVER work with pitchers??? Now the rest of this season is lost and Peterson may have all kind of mental/confidence issues.
_Ryan Lind - Thursday, August 19 2004 @ 01:30 AM EDT (#41372) #
Dontrelle Willis.
_Frank - Thursday, August 19 2004 @ 01:36 AM EDT (#41373) #
I forgot, I can't rip JP on here b/c then he might not give interviews. It was a dumb move and he is no Dontrelle. We all know it rarely works.
_IainS - Thursday, August 19 2004 @ 01:54 AM EDT (#41374) #
Frank.. One name comes to mind on a pitcher who skipped straight from AA to the majors. Escobar
_Tim - Thursday, August 19 2004 @ 01:57 AM EDT (#41375) #
Peterson is obviously struggling. It's probably more a mental issue than a physical one, although we don't know that for sure. If it's a mental issue I'm sure he will get through it, though it make take a while. In the long run working through these issues will make him a better person and a better player.

Should promotion from AA be a regular thing? No. When your major league bullpen sucks and your AAA team won't be of any help it can be worth taking a chance on a pitcher who is excelling at AA.
_Frank - Thursday, August 19 2004 @ 02:01 AM EDT (#41376) #
That is the problem - mental issues and pitchers = NOT GOOD. Now this kid has mental issues he should have never had. JP mad a stupid mistake.
_Tim - Thursday, August 19 2004 @ 02:05 AM EDT (#41377) #
Very nice starts tonight for Mastny (low A) and League (AA).

Thomas Mastny 5.0 5 1 1 0 6 0 2.27
Brandon League 6.0 5 2 2 1 8 0 3.46

I'll conviently ignore some of the nasty pitching lines at other levels.
_Tim - Thursday, August 19 2004 @ 02:06 AM EDT (#41378) #
conveniently that is
_Finn McCool - Thursday, August 19 2004 @ 07:11 AM EDT (#41379) #
Alot of people are blaming JP for what's going on with Adam Peterson. Well here's a novel idea, how about blaming Peterson. What he's doing isn't rocket science, it time Peterson sucked it up and performed.
_Loveshack - Thursday, August 19 2004 @ 08:53 AM EDT (#41380) #
I kind of have to agree with Finn. I mean looking back it was obviously a mistake to bring Peterson up to the big leagues, he's just not ready. That is a mistake by JP. However if it causes any sort of long term mental damage then that's only Adam Peterson's fault. You have to be strong mentally if you want to eventually pitch at that level.
_Loveshack - Thursday, August 19 2004 @ 08:57 AM EDT (#41381) #
Plus, do we even know that it's mental issues that are the problem at this point? Im not saying 100% that it isn't, but I dont think we can just assume that because he was rushed and now he's not doing so well that automatically that means he has mental issues. it could be something much simpler.
_Sneeps - Thursday, August 19 2004 @ 09:10 AM EDT (#41382) #
Whatever the problem is, Peterson is completely destroyed right now... I mean my god what is it?
_Finn McCool - Thursday, August 19 2004 @ 09:28 AM EDT (#41383) #
The number criteria for a closer is mental toughness, putting a bad outing behind you and moving on. If Peterson was distroyed by what happen he never had much of a future as a closer anyway.
_Marc - Thursday, August 19 2004 @ 10:03 AM EDT (#41384) #
The problem with Peterson is that, right now, he's really just a one pitch pitcher and his fastball doesn't always have a lot of movement.
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