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Jordan DeJong's hit makes a loser of the Fisher Cats. Aaron Hill has a good day. David Purcey makes his debut. Auburn clinch a playoff berth, while Juan Perez makes two starts in one day!

Syracuse 6 Ottawa 0

Ryan Glynn had his best start of the year, a nine inning complete game with only five hits allowed. Glynn had nine strikeouts while only needing 87 pitches.

The Chiefs scored their first run on a home run from Anthony Sanders in the second inning. Howie Clark jacked another in the seventh, and the Chiefs tacked on four more in the seventh and eighth. Syracuse had only six hits in the game.

Game Story

New Hampshire 3 New Britain 4
New Hampshire 7 New Britain 5

Manager Mike Basso is probably upset that the Fisher Cats did not win both ends of the doubleheader, they could have won both. On the other hand when your relievers cough up the lead three times in save situations you feel lucky to win one.

Francisco Rosario started the first game and pitched into the fifth, he was not as dominating as he was last time out. He did give up two runs in the fourth inning on three hits and a walk. Rosario's final line was 4.1 innings, four hits, two walks and two K's.

John Hattig hit a home run to get the Cats oin the board in the sixth inning. That home run was followed by a Mikael Jova single and a Paul Chiaffredo double to tie the game. As this was a doubleheader each game was scheduled for seven innings, so when the Cats took the lead in the top of the seventh they were in line for the win. The Cats scored on a double from Dominic Rich, a single from Aaron Hill and a sac fly from Hattig.

Jamie Vermilyea had pitched the sixth and returned for the seventh. The New Britain lead-off hitter reached on a bunt single. Another single and a walk and the bases were loaded. Incidently this is a couple of times now that opponents have bunted successfully against Vermilyea, he might need to work on his defense. Jordan DeJong was summoned to get out of the jam. DeJong hit the first hitter he faced to tie the game then, for good measure, hit the next hitter also to give New Britain the win.

Dominic Rich, Aaron Hill and Mikael Jova each had two hits in the first game.

Jason Arnold started game two to continue his rehab. Arnold allowed just one run in his five innings on one hit. He did not walk anyone but had only one K. New Hampshire came in to the seventh, and possibly the final inning, down 1-0. Hattig singled, Singleton reached on an error, Mike Snyder drove in both runners to give New Hampshire the lead. Tyrell Godwin singled in Snyder to make it a 3-1 game. Kip Bouknight who had pitched the sixth gave up a lead off single in the seventh. Ryan Houston came on to pitch and could do no better, and a passed ball tied the game for New Britain.

Aaron Hill led off the eighth and took control of the game. Hill, John Ford Griffin and Mikael Jova all doubled to give the Cats a 5-3 lead. Jordan DeJong was summoned from the pen for his second chance at a save on the day. His second chance was no better than the first, three hits later the game was tied again. In the ninth Hill came to bat with a runner on second and he promptly tripled to untie the game. Griffin singled to drive him in.

Now it was up to Travis Thompson, who has had a rough year, to get the save. Thompson came through with a three up, three down inning to record his first save.

In the nightcap Hill was 3-4, and over the two games Hill went 5-6 with two walks, a double and a triple. Also in game two Griffin had three hits.

Game Story

Dunedin - scheduled off day

Charleston 4 Hagerstown 5

All of Charleston's runs came via the long ball. Joey Reiman hit a two run shot in the first inning and Clint Johnston hit another two run shot in the sixth.

Mike McDonald gave up a three run home run in the third, but all runs were unearned due to an error. He went five innings with five hits allowed and one walk. Joaquin Canizal came on in the sixth with a 4-3 lead but coughed up a couple from which the Alley-Cats could not recover.

Clint Johnston had three of Charleston's six hits.

Batavia 8 Auburn 12
Batavia 1 Auburn 8

Game one was the continuation of a suspended game. Juan Perez had started but only pitched one inning before the game was suspended. David Purcey replaced him, making his professional debut. Purcey pitched three innings giving up two runs in his third inning. Purcey gave up four hits and no walks while striking out four.

Although the Doubledays were down 3-1 when he left the game Purcey benefitted from Auburn's offense as they scored ten runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth. Eric Nielsen had the big bat, 2-4 with a triple and a home run and five RBI's. Aaron Mathews had three hits.

In the nightcap Juan Perez started giving him two statistical starts in one day. Perez pitched the full seven innings with six hits and one run allowed. Brian Hall had three hits in game two.

Auburn now have a fourteen and a half games lead with two weeks to go, so they are guaranteed a playoff spot.

Pulaski 1 Bristol 2 - in 14 innings

Pulaski registered seven hits over 14 innings, that level of hitting does not win too many games. Pulaski scored in the fifth, Bristol answered in the sixth and that was it until the fourteenth. Pulaski's run came when doubled home Luke Hetherington. Pulaski hitters registered nineteen K's in the game.

Jordan Timm had a good start, five and a third innings, one run, six hits and no walks. Eddie Cannon, Daryl Harang and Aaron Tressler delivered eight innings of scoreless relief, until the fourteenth. Tressler struck out five of the seven hitters he retired, but in the fourteenth he allowed two walks and then Eugenio Velez made an error to end the game.

Our Three-Star Selection

The 3rd Star: Juan Perez, complete game win
The 2nd Star: Ryan Glynn, Complete game shutout
The 1st Star: Aaron Hill, 5-6, a double, triple, and two walks


Syracuse were 4-4 on the week and their record now is 57-73. Syracuse are twenty games behind Buffalo, but tied with Ottawa for last place.
New Hampshire, 4-1 for the week and are 73-53, two games ahead of Binghamton
Dunedin, were 3-4 for the week and are 30-23 in the second half. Dunedin are in third place, one and a half games behind Tampa
Charleston were 4-2 for the week and are 31-24 for the second half. Charleston are in third place, six games behind Hickory
Auburn were 4-3 for the week and have started 45-15 to lead their division by fourteen and a half games.
Pulaski were 2-4 for the week and have started 34-25 and are in second place, a half game behind Danville

Combined the Jays minor league teams were 21-18 for the week and their record is 352-271, a .565 winning percentage.
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_Marc - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 09:56 AM EDT (#40197) #
A little rust from Purcey but no walks, which is a great sign given that command is his biggest question mark.
Mike Green - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 10:04 AM EDT (#40198) #
No walks and four strikeouts in three innings from Purcey is a great start.
_Kevin Pataky - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 10:18 AM EDT (#40199) #
Of Note: Hattig's blast in the first game of the NB/NH DH came off NB's left handed fireballer Francisco Liriano and it was an opposite field job over the wall.

Having 3 straight days off obviously wasn't a good thing as these games were very sloppily played. 4 hit batters and an error in the first game and an error and a past ball in the second game combined with poor relief pitching lead to several lead changes. New Britain very easily could have taken both of these games.
_Marc - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 10:41 AM EDT (#40200) #
Has anyone seen a box score for the second Auburn game?
Gerry - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 11:03 AM EDT (#40201) #
The Auburn Citizen now has the game story, COMN.
_Jim - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 11:20 AM EDT (#40202) #
I was at the NH doubleheader. Hattig's HR was a blast. He kept striking out on pitches out of the zone the rest of the day though.

I have some thoughts on Arnold and Hill that I'll try to put into some sort of readable format. I sat with a Brewers scout during the second game and mooched off his gun.
_Scott Levy - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 11:43 AM EDT (#40203) #
Aaron Hill is now hitting .283-.372-.411 with 59 walks and 53 strike outs. I hope he can stay at short-stop long term, but that's up to his defense.
_#2JBrumfield - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 12:04 PM EDT (#40204) #
My lady and I were in Ottawa yesterday to see the Skychiefs 6-0 win over the Lynx. It was a very sloppy game, with 5 errors in total, 4 for the home side. I guess that's what you can expect when you play 14 innings the night before. So both managers came into this one hoping their starter could go as long as possible. That was the case for Syracuse, but not the case for Ottawa. Former Spring Training Jay Bruce Chen was on the hill for the Lynx and pitched a scoreless 1st inning but did not come out for the 2nd. The game stories in Syracuse and Ottawa did not say why Chen was given the hook. I'm assuming it was an injury or he was on a very limited pitch count, but Chen faced only 4 batters, striking out 2. Russ Adams got on base, but that only because of an error by Mike Fontenot.

Meantime, Ryan Glynn's only close calls in this one came in the top of the 1st inning. The third baseman Julius Matos botched a routine ground ball by Tim Raines Jr. with 1 out but Glynn promptly picked him off. Then, Jose Leon hooked a ball just foul of the left field line. There was no question it had the distance but it didn't stay fair. Glynn would then go on to strike Leon out. A half-inning later, former Jay Anthony Sanders homered off another former Jay Matt DeWitt to put the Skychiefs up 1-0 with a homer just inside the left field foul pole. Other than the homer, Matt DeWitt went 3 innings to keep the visitors in check. Glynn was just cruising along. A symbol of Ottawa's frustration was Jack Cust, who flung his batting helmet in disgust after striking out to end the inning. He flung his helmet so far, he almost nailed someone in his own dugout. Glynn didn't give up a hit until the 4th when (you guessed it, another former Jay) Chad Mottola singled. In the bottom of the 5th, Ottawa's Carlos Mendez drove one deep to the warning track in center after being fooled by the pitch because Mendez just lunged at it. It was a towering fly ball caught by Anton French at the wall. Mendez is a big boy and just shows he's got some power when he can drive a ball that far despite being off-balance.

The Skychiefs tacked on some insurance in the 7th when Howie Clark homered to right off Mark DiFelice and Jorge Sequea drove in a hustling Guillermo Quiroz from second, who slid home safely on a close play at the plate.

In the 8th, the Skychiefs added 3 more thanks to more sloppy Ottawa fielding. Eric Crozier led off with a single off reliever Tim Byrdak but Russ Adams hit into what should've been a tailor made 4-6-3 DP. Instead, Mike Fontenot played the ball like a grenade with the pin pulled out and that opened the floodgates. Julius Matos doubled to bring home Crozier and Howie Clark's sac fly scored Adams. Julius Matos scored the last run on a wild pitch and ball four to Quiroz by reliever Craig House, who has a funky delivery. House almost seems to take a little leap or bounce step before he goes to the plate. It's pretty funky.

Anyways, Glynn was able to go the distance despite a couple of singles in the 9th but Chad Mottola grounded into a DP to erase Tim Raines at 2nd. After a Jose Leon single, yet another former Jay, Pedro Swann, despite fouling off some pitches on a 3-2 count, struck out swinging to put a punctuation mark on Glynn's complete game performance. A good sign your team is doing well is when no one from the pen was stirring until the 9th when another former Jay Adam Peterson was warming up. Peterson was still warming up for a few minutes after the game.

All in all, a good day in Blue Jay land with the parent and Triple A Jays clubs beating the O's counterparts.
_#2JBrumfield - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 12:09 PM EDT (#40205) #
As far as a three stars selection from Ottawa goes.....

1. Ryan Glynn - 9 K's in a CG effort
2. Howie Clark - 1 for 3, HR, SF, 2RBI
3. Anthony Sanders - 1 for 4, HR

Honourable mention - Guillermo Quiroz, 1 for 3, BB, run scored
_Dan - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 12:26 PM EDT (#40206) #
I heard Maurer's contract was purchased today by the Jays. Hes in replacement of the cat. I wonder how he will do at the mlb level.
_Kevin Pataky - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 12:32 PM EDT (#40207) #
Last I heard, Peterson is still warming up in Ottawa. ;-)
_Jim - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 01:13 PM EDT (#40208) #
Got to see 16 innings of New Hampshire baseball yesterday and I tried to focus on 2 players: Aaron Hill and Jason Arnold.

Hill had an very nice afternoon at the plate, he was 5 of 6 with 2 BB- the five hits included a double and a triple. Iíve seen him 5 times now this season and Iím a little more impressed with his bat every time that I see him. He is going to be a legitimate major league hitter. I do have a hard time seeing him as a shortstop at the highest level. It seems he has a bit of a slow first step on balls hit back up the middle and his arm doesnít seem to be overly strong nor is it supremely accurate. If he is able to improve and handle SS when he arrives it would be a tremendous boost to his career. Iíd speculate that Hill will arrive in Toronto in mid-2005, comparable to how Rios arrived this season.

The lineup Arnold faced in the second game was no better then pathetic. New Britainís first three hitters were James Tomin, Seth Davidson and Ryan Owens, take a look at them at BA for a chuckle. Arnold looked ok, he was sitting between 86 and 88 most of his 5 innings and mixed in a couple of nice breaking pitches in the mid-70ís. I mention the NB lineup because it might affect how Arnold approached the hitters. You donít need to strike out James Tomlin and Jake Mauer (theyíll make plenty of weak outs on their own) so I donít know if he wanted them to put the ball in play or not. He did seem to induce a lot of foul balls and he was around the plate his entire stint. He had the Rock Cats off balance the first time though the lineup, but they seemed to catch up with him the second time through. Donít know if it was fatigue (he was still hitting the same numbers on the gun), or if he better projects as a reliever. Iíd still classify Arnold as a prospect, and I can picture him bouncing around the majors for 6-7 years with some years where he is pretty useful.
_R Billie - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 03:12 PM EDT (#40209) #
The Devil Rays called up Scott Kazmir from AA and he'll make his Major League debut versus Seattle. Tampa has not been shy about pressing all of these very young and very talented players into service at the big league level. We'll see how Kazmir's command plays against mature hitters.
_Ryan Lind - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 03:31 PM EDT (#40210) #
Wait a sec...vs Seattle?

Sweet! That means the game will be on TV here. I can't wait to watch the debut of Kazmir.
_MatO - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 04:06 PM EDT (#40211) #
The Auburn box for yesterday's 2nd game of the DH is now available.
_Jordan - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 05:22 PM EDT (#40212) #
Thanks to Kevin, Jim and JBrumfield for their excellent on-site reports! Very interesting insights into these prospects.
Mike Green - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 10:14 PM EDT (#40213) #
More good news from Syracuse. COMN for the boxscore. Chacin had a nice start in a blowout. Quiroz, Adams and Crozier had big games with the stick. Quiroz' homer went the opposite way to right.
_Ryan Lind - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 10:30 PM EDT (#40214) #
Peterson gives up two more runs without recording an out. :(
_R Billie - Monday, August 23 2004 @ 10:46 PM EDT (#40215) #
I think it's time to demote Peterson or check him for injury. He's just not getting anything done right now.
_Anthony - Tuesday, August 24 2004 @ 12:16 AM EDT (#40216) #
It went unnoticed last Friday, but Ron Davenport tied the Dunedin club record for Doubles. He now has 36 to tie Abernathy '98 and Young '99. He may not be the person to break the record as Cota is just behind with his 35th tonight. Vito is a little further back at 32. It will be interesting to see who will end up with the record.

The team records are listed on the League website, but none of the others are close to being broken at this time.

The Hit by Pitch record is 19, so it is in a little bit of danger of being broken by Tingler. He has 15 now.
_Smack - Tuesday, August 24 2004 @ 01:22 AM EDT (#40217) #
Tingler got an extra base hit!
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