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Three wins, two losses, one serious thumping and a rainout: just another Friday night at the ballpark for the Junior Jays.

Syracuse 8 Ottawa 2

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Game story

Eric Crozier must like the Great White North. In his first game north of the border as a member of the Blue Jay organization, Crozier banged out 4 hits (3 singles and a double), drove in 2 runs and scored another. Leadoff hitter Anton French continued to rip the ball, with 3 more singles and a walk, 2 runs scored, 2 RBIs, and another steal. Hitting out of the third spot in the order, Russ Adams had 2 more hits (an infield single and a long fly double to the centerfield wall), though he also struck out twice. DH Chad Hermansen singled twice, walked and scored 2 runs. Guillermo Quiroz did not play.

On the mound, lefty Dave Maurer made a spot start and pitched well in 4 innings, allowing just 1 run on 2 hits and 3 walks, striking out 1 batter. The win went to Talley Haines, who delivered 3 1-hit frames (a Chad Mottola bomb) and struck out 2. Aquilino Lopez managed to scatter 5 hits in just 2 scoreless innings, striking out 4 against no walks. The Lynx starter, John Maine, is one of the O’s top pitching prospects, but he struggled to hit his spots tonight and was nickeled-and-dimed to death (11 singles and 5 doubles for the Skychiefs).

New Hampshire at New Britain postponed

Rain; doubleheader Saturday.

Tampa 16 Dunedin 1

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Oof. Two Saturdays ago, Chad Pleiness started and took the loss for the D-Jays, and I remarked at the time that he “can’t realistically be considered a big-league prospect” anymore. Many more performances like last night, and he won’t even be a Blue Jay farmhand. Pleiness was hammered for 8 runs, all earned, on 9 hits (including 2 homers) and a walk in just 2 1/3 innings, with no strikeouts. From that point, things actually got worse: Jordy Templet was beaten soundly for 4 runs (3 hits, 2 walks), retiring just 1 batter, while Tracy Thorpe was launched over the wall twice for 4 more runs in his 1 1/3 innings of “relief.” Dunedin’s best pitchers? Erik Kratz, Scott Dragicevich and Jason Waugh, who fired a combined 3 shutout innings (2 hits, 2 walks, 1 K). Maybe these guys could pitch in Toronto.

Doubles by Ron Davenport and Raul Tablado were virtually the only highlights offensively; Ryan Roberts struck out 3 times.

Charleston 6 Hagerstown 3 (5 1/2 innings)

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Game story

You don’t see too many 5-inning complete games, but that’s what Danny Core produced last night. In the latest installment of his up-and-down season, Core pitched an up game by allowing 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk in the rain-and-wind-shortened contest, striking out 6. Jermy Acey and Mike Galloway paced the offence with a single and home run apiece, while shortstop William Rivera drove in a run with 2 singles. Leadoff man Robinson Diaz doubled and walked in 4 plate trips; Joey Reiman went hitless. The win was the Alley-Cats’ tenth in a row, as they continued to gear up for the playoffs.

Auburn 11 Mahoning Valley 6

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Not a good night for Casey Janssen, who was lit up in his 4 innings to the tune of 5 runs on 8 hits; at least he struck out 4 and didn’t walk anyone. A parade of relievers followed Janssen to the mound, and the most effective, Scott Roy (2 perfect innings, 1 K) got the win. Danny Hill threw another 1 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk.

Chip Cannon led the offence with a 2-run single and a 3-run blast in 5 plate trips. Two-hit nights for Ryan Klosterman (double-single), Brian Hall (double-single) and Aaron Mathews (triple-single) rounded out the batting success; Klosterman drove in 2 runs from the leadoff spot and swiped his 12th base of the season for good measure.

Burlington 6 Pulaski 5

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The P-Jays spent all night playing catch-up, but in the end the comebacks fell shot. Down 4-1 early, they tied the score in the 3rd; down 6-4 in the bottom of the ninth, Nick Thomas cracked a solo homer, but it wasn’t enough. Thomas had a walk and a single on the evening as well. Shortstop Eugenio Velez doubled and singled, while first baseman/catcher Joshua Lex walked twice and scored a run. Yuber Rodriquez went hitless in 5 at-bats and took home the golden sombrero for his 4 strikeouts.

The recent struggles of teenage lefty Chi-Hung Cheng continue. Cheng’s command deserted him and he gave up 4 hits and 4 walks in just 2 2/3 inning, leading to 4 runs (3 earned) with 3 Ks. The bullpen was up and down from there: Bryan Gale threw a powerful 2 1/3 innings, allowing just 1 hit, 1 walk, no runs and 4 strikeouts as Pulaski tied the score. But Raymon Sanchez gave up the 2 go-ahead runs on 3 walks and a hit in his 1 inning, and stellar relief thereafter from Michael Rider (3 scoreless innings, 1 hit, 2 strikeouts) went for naught.

Your Three-Star Selection:

The Third Star: Anton French, Syracuse: 3 singles, 1 walk, 2 runs, 2 RBI, and his 9th SB

The Second Star: Eric Crozier, Syracuse: a 4-hit night (3 singles and a double), 2 runs scored and an RBI

The First Star: Chip Cannon, Auburn: A two-run single and a 3-run homer to lead all Jay farmhands in RBIs.
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_G.T. - Saturday, August 21 2004 @ 10:30 AM EDT (#40673) #
A heckler at last night's Skychiefs game noticed that Crozier would come to the plate with an extra pair of batting gloves in his back pockets. (I noted that he even left them there while he fielded at first base, and it didn't look like he put the other pair on when getting on base). He took to calling Crozier "Four Gloves", asking (repeatedly, and rather loudly) why he needs four gloves... it was kind of funny, for a while.

Anyone know if there's a story behind this? Crozier isn't pulling a "Mel Hall" with the gloves, is he? (IIRC, Hall used to keep an extra pair or two in his back pockets so he could wave goodbye to the infielders on his home run trots).
Mike Green - Saturday, August 21 2004 @ 10:47 AM EDT (#40674) #
David Purcey did not start last night for Auburn. Maybe today as Auburn visits Batavia at 1 p.m. Mike Smith is the scheduled starter for Syracuse in Ottawa today; hopefully Chacin goes tomorrow.
_Maverick - Saturday, August 21 2004 @ 11:12 AM EDT (#40675) #

Someone posted this in the last ML thread

Toronto happy to wait to see what Purcey's got

Pitcher David Purcey, Toronto's No. 1 pick in the 2004 draft, waited a long time to put his name on the contract. Now that he has, he'll have to wait even longer to pitch.

Purcey, a 6-foot-5 lefty out of Oklahoma, arrived in Auburn on Sunday. As part of Toronto's conservative development program, Purcey will slowly work his way back into game form. He's not scheduled to face live action until Aug. 23.

It's the same strategy that Toronto is following with pitcher Zach Jackson, a 2004 supplementary first-round pick who recently signed and is working his way toward game conditions. He will likely pitch for real in mid-August.

"It's definitely difficult (waiting)," Purcey said. "Watching people play and not being able to play is hard. But they are taking the conservative route with us."
_Marc - Saturday, August 21 2004 @ 11:33 AM EDT (#40676) #
I was watching the Syracuse/Ottawa game on TV last night and was amazed at how much Crozier resembles Freddy McGriff at the plate. He does seem to have a weakness with balls inside on his hands. After watching him, I have more confidence in him being able to compete in the majors if he can keep his swing from getting too long. I don't know if he has more than 20 MLB homer pop though right now.

The starter Dave Maurer looked pretty good but I think he is better in the pen. His stuff all looks the same and it will likely only take one time through the order for major leaguers to figure him out and get their timing down. His breaking ball is a big looper and doesn't have a sharp break. He lacks a real out pitch.

Russ Adams has slow, cinder blocks for hands at times but his arm doesn't look to be AS bad as I had heard. That said he won't throw that many people out from deep in the hole. He looks like he has firmed up a bit muscle wise, which may be attributing to his added pop at the plate.

Anton French doesn't look like a speedster. He is short and solid. I think the main reason he hasn't made the majors yet is because he still has a power hitter's approach at the plate and tries to pull too many pitcher and take big hacks. His swing looks best when he tries to slap the ball the other way and use his speed.

Quiroz had the day off but Whittaker looked solid in the field and behind the plate. He made a great throw on a chop bunt off the dirt in front of the plate and threw out speedster Tim Raines Jr. His bat, however, looks pedestrian.

On the other side, the Orioles big time pitching prospect John Maine, who rocketed through the lower minors, looked terrible. He had little to no command over the plate and his pitches were quite flat. He looked as though he had no idea what he was doing, other than following the catchers instructions. He doesn't appear to have mastered being a "pitcher" yet. He's still a thrower. No game plan.
_Jabonoso - Saturday, August 21 2004 @ 03:03 PM EDT (#40677) #
Excellent report Marc, thanks...
_MatO - Saturday, August 21 2004 @ 03:26 PM EDT (#40678) #
Just to add to Marc's observations. Crozier really works the pitchers. Adams seems a bit jumpy at the plate. His walk rate has deteriorated and you could see he was swinging at quite a few bad pitches. Maine grooved one to him on a 2-0 pitch and hit it to the base of the wall in right-centre. I thought it might go out. With 34 2B he does have a bit of pop. His fielding was fine but I only saw one semi-tough play (I didn't see the whole game). Oddly, Pevey had Crozier batting 2nd and Adams 3rd. Maurer also interested me. He seems to have a decent fastball, maybe hitting 90 (there was no gun). To righties he threw fastballs and change-ups which ran away from them. He got quite a few weak grounders to the left side from the change-ups. Fastballs and curves he threw to lefties. His control was off so he wasn't that impressive. I'd be interested in knowing his right/left splits.
_Kevin Pataky - Saturday, August 21 2004 @ 04:49 PM EDT (#40679) #
Tonight's double header in New Britain between the Fisher Cats and Rock Cats has been cancelled. There will be two 7 inning games played tomorrow at 1:35 pm and the third game of this series will be cancelled. Francisco Rosario will start the first game and Jason Arnold will start the second game leaving Chris Baker as the odd man out. Chris will start Tuesday's game up in Portland.
_Mike in CT - Saturday, August 21 2004 @ 05:45 PM EDT (#40680) #
Are Rosario and Arnold definitely the starting pitchers for the Fisher Cats tomorrow in New Britain? I think I will make the drive up there to watch if those in fact are the two guys going.
_Finn McCool - Saturday, August 21 2004 @ 08:53 PM EDT (#40681) #
Hey Russ you hit one home run from April to July, now you've just hit your 4th home run for August tonight, what gives!
Mike Green - Saturday, August 21 2004 @ 09:07 PM EDT (#40682) #
We join the Syracuse-Ottawa game in progress. It's tied 2-2 in extras.

Bob File pitching in his 2nd inning of work for Syracuse.

Carlos Mendez singles on the ground up the middle on a 2-0 count. Jack Cust (1-2 with a pair of walks on the night) up. Third baseman Julius Matos playing in for the Sky Chiefs. Count goes full, and the ball is ripped into right-center, Anthony Sanders in right cuts it off, and the slow-footed Mendez stops at second. A pinch-runner is sent out a batter late by Lynx manager Dave Cash. Brad Arnsberg makes a trip to the mound. Geronimo Gil fouls off a bunt attempt, then a second. Gil grounds a ball up the middle, Adams scoops it up, steps on second and completes the double play. Eddie Garabito grounds out to Jorge Sequea. File gets out of it.

2-2 after 11 innings.
Mike Green - Saturday, August 21 2004 @ 09:17 PM EDT (#40683) #
Top of 12 in Ottawa:

Chad Hermansen (0-3 with a walk) takes 3 balls, and the 4th pitch is low, but called a strike. The count goes full. Hermansen takes the walk. Jorge Sequea up with Anton French to follow. Sequea sacrifices Hermansen to second. Anton French (0-4 with a sac fly) grounds out to first, Hermansen to third. Lynx pitching coach Steve McCatty (another blast from the past) makes a trip. Eric Crozier due up and Jason Kershner warming in the bullpen. They seem to be pitching around Crozier. Count goes to 3-1, Crozier swings and misses, and again.

2-2 after 11 and 1/2.
Mike Green - Saturday, August 21 2004 @ 09:31 PM EDT (#40684) #
Bottom of 12:

Jason Kershner pitching for Syracuse.

Mike Fontenot walks on 4 pitches. Tim Raines Jr. sacrifices Fontenot to second. Chad Mottola up. Quiroz makes a nice block before Mottola flies to deep centre, Fontenot to third. Jose Leon is walked intentionally to set up a lefty-lefty matchup with Pedro Swann. Quiroz makes another fine block of a pitch in the dirt, before ex-Chief Swann grounds out to Adams.

2-2 after 12 innings.
Mike Green - Saturday, August 21 2004 @ 09:39 PM EDT (#40685) #
Top of 13

Jerry Spradlin on to pitch for Ottawa.

Russ Adams grounds out 3-1 on a 3-2 pitch. Julius Matos grounds out on the 1st pitch. Howie Clark walks. Anthony Sanders runs the count to 1-2, fouls off a few, takes a ball in the dirt, fouls one off, and on the next pitch, Howie Clark goes. It's inside and Clark steals second. It doesn't matter as Sanders flies out to centerfield.

2-2 after 12 and 1/2.
_Tenobia - Saturday, August 21 2004 @ 09:44 PM EDT (#40686) #
Man, a cool night in Ottawa, closing in on 4 hours, and no one can win this thing.
Mike Green - Saturday, August 21 2004 @ 09:46 PM EDT (#40687) #
Bottom of 13:

Joey Hammonds lines a single to right-centre. Jack Cust grounds into a 4-6-3 DP. Geronimo Gil strikes out.

2-2 after 13.
Mike Green - Saturday, August 21 2004 @ 09:53 PM EDT (#40688) #
Top of 14:

Quiroz runs the count to 2-0, scorches the ball right at the third baseman who knocks it down and throws him out. Chad Hermansen grounds out to short on a 2-0 pitch. Jorge Sequea runs the count to 2-0 (can Spradlin get away with this again?), takes a strike, fouls one off, takes a ball, and then walks. Anton French up, Sequea goes, and Sequea is thrown out.

2-2 after 13 and 1/2. I'll do the next 1/2 inning. Can anyone pick me up after that?
Mike Green - Saturday, August 21 2004 @ 10:05 PM EDT (#40689) #
Bottom of 14:

Eddie Garabito flies out to Sanders in shallow right. Mike Fontenot strikes out looking. Tim Raines Jr. (wearing the golden sombrero tonight with a sac) grounds a ball into the hole. Adams makes a strong throw, but Raines Jr. has some of his daddy's speed and beats it. Chad Mottola lines a ball to left-center, Raines Jr. to third. They walk Jose Leon again intentionally to load the bases to set up the lefty-lefty matchup with Swann (I wouldn't make that move). Swing and a miss on a ball in the dirt, nice grab by Quiroz. Taken strike. Ball up and away. Line to left, just foul. Another foul. Ball outside. Ball grounded up the middle, Adams flips to Sequea at second, but it's NOT IN TIME. Game over on the fielder's choice- mental mistake by Adams,who had plenty of time to throw out the hitter.

3-2 Ottawa final.
_Rob - Saturday, August 21 2004 @ 10:20 PM EDT (#40690) #
Great, right after I say Adams was perfect defensively on Thursday, he proves me wrong on Saturday.

Ah, the wonders of the one game sample size.
_R Billie - Sunday, August 22 2004 @ 05:44 AM EDT (#40691) #
Is it just me or has Adams somewhat abandoned his contact approach for more of a power approach? Four homeruns in August but he's been striking out more often lately as well. Looking at his strong K/BB and K rates before I figured he could add some power by sacrificing some of those ratios and it looks like that's what he's doing.
_Finn McCool - Sunday, August 22 2004 @ 07:06 AM EDT (#40692) #
You have to wonder if the Jays asked Adams to be more aggessive at the plate. What ever the reason I'll take a few more strike outs if he can lift his offensive game another notch.
_Kevin Pataky - Sunday, August 22 2004 @ 08:44 AM EDT (#40693) #
Rosario and Arnold are definitely today's starters in New Britain. I got the information straight from the Director of Media Relations of the Fisher Cats - who just got it from the Manager Mike Basso himself.
Mike Green - Sunday, August 22 2004 @ 11:07 AM EDT (#40694) #
The Sunday update will be up in about 1 hour.
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