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Francisco Rosario and Chi-hung Cheng belong in the first column, while Eric Crozier stands alone in the second category.

Syracuse 11, Pawtucket 3
Box score

The Chiefs jumped out to an early lead after Chad Mottola's homerun scored Gabe Gross in the first and Eric Crozier followed with a solo shot in the second. Crozier decided he wanted more, so he hit a double, then another one, the second driving in two runners in the sixth.

Syracuse didn't need eleven, though -- Francisco Rosario was on the mound. Rosario was really working fast last night in the first couple of innings, from what I heard. When he gave up the ball to Spike Lundberg (two scoreless innings) after the sixth, he left having allowed only one hit and striking out six. Yes, he did walk four, but nobody came around to score on him. Jesse Carlson ruined the shutout in the ninth when he gave up two homeruns.

Harrisburg 9, New Hampshire 3
Box score

Eight hits for the Fisher Cats but only one was not a single and they ended up with just three runs to show for it.

Cameron Reimers didn't have much yesterday, giving up seven runs in the first two innings, albeit three were unearned after Carlo Cota made a fielding error at second. Jamie Vermilyea came on in the fifth and stayed through to the eighth. His only mistake was a homerun by Melvin Dorta in the fifth; Vermilyea went 1-2-3 in both the sixth and seventh innings.

Jose Umbria picked up his first hit of the year in the top of the second, driving in Raul Tablado. Tablado reached first base on a single and advanced to second on an error all on the same play; if this was a close game, that error would have been more significant.

Former Fisher Cat (in the sense that Dave Maurer is a former Blue Jay) Kip Bouknight picked up the win for Harrisburg, tossing six innings and four strikeout at New Hampshire, and retiring the last six batters he faced.

Lakeland 10, Dunedin 1
Box score

Michael McDonald could not keep his good start going last night. Five-plus innings, nine hits, six runs. It's funny, though -- he flew through the fourth and fifth innings before hitting the wall in the sixth. The bullpen didn't help much, either.

Jayce Tingler singled and tripled but did not score either time. Manny Mayorson scored the D-Jays' sole run. Ryan Roberts made two errors at second base.

Lansing 2, West Michigan 1
Box score

A bitterly cold night in Michigan, as the Whitecaps-Lugnuts rivalry continued. Chi-hung Cheng was both good and bad tonight, working quickly and striking out seven batters but also walking three. Jordy Templet and Danny Hill were great in relief, Hill recording his sixth save in his sixth appearance of 2005.

The winning run came on, of all things, a passed ball. Eric Nielsen scored the second run for the Lugnuts, the first coming off a Ryan Klosterman solo shot. Nielsen also smacked two doubles and reached base three times tonight, more than anyone else in the game.

Klosterman made a couple of great plays in the field, too -- one in the fifth and a another in the sixth. A somewhat controversial First Star selection, but Crozier's homerun came in an 11-3 loss.

Three-Star Selection:
3. Francisco Rosario
2. Eric Crozier
1. Ryan Klosterman

Today’s Games:
Syracuse (Miller) @ Pawtucket, 12:05 ET.
New Hampshire (Marcum) vs Binghamton, TBD.
Dunedin (Isenberg) vs Tampa, 7:00 ET.
Lansing (Perez) vs West Michigan, 6:05 ET.

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Gerry - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 09:05 AM EDT (#112989) #
It's good to see Eric Crozier have a good night, he had been struggling at the plate. With Gross and Crozier back on form the Chiefs should be tough on opposing pitchers for a while.

Rosario had a good start too, according too Marty Pevey, Rosario is working to make his delivery more consistent. That might explain the four walks, and also shows why we need to wait a while longer before we see him in Toronto.
Mike Green - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 09:40 AM EDT (#112993) #
Chi Cheng is off to a great start- 3 walks and 20 strikeouts in 16 innings. He has a great curve, and if he can add a couple of miles per hour on the fastball, he has a chance to be a fine pitcher.
timpinder - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 09:47 AM EDT (#112994) #
With Rosario pitching as well as he has been, any thoughts as to when he might be in Toronto?
Two of Towers' next three starts are against the powerful Orioles and I assume he's going to get hit hard. Will Rosario be ready to step up and replace him or will the Jays leave him in AAA to develop more?
#2JBrumfield - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 09:55 AM EDT (#112995) #
I wanted to put these up sooner but better late than never. Here are some pictures of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats from last Saturday in Binghamton. Click here for pictures.
Mike Green - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 09:58 AM EDT (#112996) #
Consistency has been a real issue with Rosario since his surgery. I expect that the Jays will look for consistent performance over 2 or 3 months before considering a promotion.

Justin Miller starts for the Chiefs this afternoon. It shouldn't be too long until Quiroz and Hattig return. That is going to be one fine offence in Syracuse.
Marc Hulet - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 10:11 AM EDT (#112998) #
Rosario needs to sharpen his control. He has been working behind in the count a lot and won't get away with that as much in the majors.
Sister - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 11:22 AM EDT (#113016) #
Seeing #2JBrumfield's pictures from New Hampshire really makes me want to go and watch some minor league baseball. Unfortunately, living in Halifax leaves me few choices that are close by. However, a 10 hour drive gets me a few choices (Lowell Spinners, Portland Sea Dogs, or the Fisher Cats) -- not a bad sounding road trip!
R Billie - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 11:32 AM EDT (#113018) #
Rosario also seems to get hit hard a lot despite his stuff. He allows a fair number of homeruns and going over the play by play in yesterday's minor league thread even a lot of his outs are hit sharply. I read a lot of line outs to outfielders and infielders. His command was off last night as well. His numbers are decent despite that but he clearly needs work before he can face the powerful lineups of the Red Sox, Yankees, and Orioles.

Cheng is looking good. He doesn't have a great fastball but seems to have enough command to do well in low-A at least. Maybe he'll make it to the FSL by mid-season which would be a nice accomplishment for a 19 or 20 year old.
timpinder - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 11:47 AM EDT (#113023) #
I have a hard time finding information on minor league players. Does anyone know what Dustin McGowan's status is and what kind of timetable the Jays have set for him?
When are Quiroz and Hattig supposed to return?
Gerry - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 12:32 PM EDT (#113031) #
Tim if you read this thread every day you would have the answers to your questions.

Quiroz is due back by mid-may, Hattig around the same time. Both are rehabbing in Florida whcih is why news is scarce.

McGowan is also in Florida at extended spring training and has just started to throw breaking balls. He should be pitching real games in late May or mid June.
Maldoff - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 12:37 PM EDT (#113033) #
McGowan is actually pitching right now for Syracuse. Through 1 inning, he has given up 1 walk, 0 hits, and has 1 strikeout. He's Back!!!
Sneeps - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 12:56 PM EDT (#113037) #
That can't be right. How could they keep this start such a secret? I wish i could tune into the game so i could hear it myself.
Gerry - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 01:00 PM EDT (#113038) #
I would be REALLY surprised if McGowan was pitching today. I know MILB says so but I would guess that an operator picked McGowan instead of Justin Miller, todays scheduled starter. I find it hard to believe the Jays would have McGowan start in cold weather for his first start. Has anyone heard McGowans name on the radio?
R Billie - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 01:02 PM EDT (#113039) #
False alarm. It's not Dustin McGowan, it's Justin Miller. Go to and click on Listen Live. Justin is doing fairly well. 1 hit, 1 walk, 3 k through the first 3 innings and now 2 groundball outs in the 4th inning.
Nigel - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 01:03 PM EDT (#113041) #
I agree Gerry. I would be even more surprised if they chose AAA as the place to make his first start back. My guess is that he will make a few appearances in Dunedin first.
R Billie - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 01:07 PM EDT (#113044) #
Miller issued a 2 out walk but came back to strikeout the next batter on a full count after getting ahead ahead 0-2. He has 1 hit, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts through 4 scoreless innings to begin the game.
R Billie - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 01:18 PM EDT (#113046) #
It also sounds like neither Miller nor Downs are coming out of the rotation. It's Chris Baker going to the bullpen.

So the rotation becomes Gaudin, Rosario, Miller, Downs, League.
R Billie - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 01:24 PM EDT (#113048) #
Miller ran into some trouble in the 5th as the leadoff hitter looped a hustle double over Alfaro at third. The next batter flew out to Singleton in CF and Lockwood tagged up and moved to third safe but on an appeal he left very early from second and was out. So the Skychiefs get an unconventional doubleplay and the next batter Machado struck out for Miller's 5th of the day. The game remains scoreless after 5 innings.
R Billie - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 01:34 PM EDT (#113049) #
All kinds of trouble for Miller in the 6th. Lombard leads off with a bunt single and then Miller comes undone walking DAVE BERG on four pitches and then gives up a hard hit single to Youkalis off the glove of a hustling Singleton in centre to load the bases with nobody out.
R Billie - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 01:37 PM EDT (#113051) #
Fly to shallow right and they don't challenge Gabe Gross' arm as he gets it in to the plate on one bounce. 1 down and bases still loaded.

Pevey is going to come and get Miller and Chris Baker who just gave up his rotation spot to Brandon League will come in to pitch in this situation.
R Billie - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 01:50 PM EDT (#113055) #
Baker falls behind 3-1 to Shoppach then runs the count full. Shoppach takes it for ball four and Miller will be charged with the first run of the game on that walk.

Now runs a 2-2 count full as Sherrod takes a REALLY close pitch on the outside corner for ball three. The next pitch is hit in the air to centre driving Singleton back and a second run scores charged to Miller on the sac fly, runner moving from 2nd to 3rd as well. 2 outs now.

Lockwood hits a smash to second which is picked nicely by Nelson who throws to first for the final out. Pawtucket leads 2-0 after 6 innings.

Miller's final line: 5.1 ip, 4 hits, 2 runs, 3 bb, 5 k

Both runs scored in the 6th inning and were allowed by Baker on a walk and a sac fly.
R Billie - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 01:59 PM EDT (#113057) #
Skychiefs are set down easily by Scott Cassidy in the 7th who has 4 strikeouts through 2 innings.

Still 2-0 in the bottom of the 7th and Baker still pitching. That's all I can do for today.
#2JBrumfield - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 02:13 PM EDT (#113060) #
Bottom 8th - Pawtucket 2 Syracuse 0

* Dave Berg robbed of a bloop single on a diving headlong catch by RF Gabe Gross, Berg now 0-for his last-18 - 1 OUT (Berg is one of 3 former Jays with the Pawsox along with pitchers Jason Kershner and Scott Cassidy.
* Kevin Youkilis pops up to 1B Eric Crozier on a 3-2 pitch - 2 OUT
* Shawn Wooten hits a broken bat grounder to short, Crozier digs out the low throw - 3 OUT

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

After 8 innings - Pawtucket 2 Syracuse 0
#2JBrumfield - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 02:25 PM EDT (#113065) #
Top 9th - Syracuse 2 Pawtucket 0. Scott Cassidy pitching for Pawtucket. Cassidy has retired 9 out of the 10 batters he has faced, including 9 in a row.

Jack Cressend and Jason Kershner warming up in the Pawtucket pen.

* John-Ford Griffin strikes out swinging on a 2-2 outside fastball - 1 OUT
* Jason Alfaro flies out to RF Justin Sherrod - 2 OUT
* Eric Crozier doubles off the wall in left-centre field, just missed a home run - MAN ON 2ND

Former Jay and SkyChief Jason Kershner now on in relief of former Jay and SkyChief Scott Cassidy.

Kersher's numbers to date...5G, 0-1, 1.59, 5.2IP 4H, 0BB, 3K

* Andy Dominique, pinch-hitting for Justin Singleton, pops up a 3-1 pitch to RF Justin Sherrod

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

Final Score - Pawtucket 2 Syracuse 0

WP - Scott Cassidy 3-0
LP - Justin Miller 1-1
SV - Jason Kershner
Rob - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 02:47 PM EDT (#113069) #
Cassidy, Miller and Kershner?

What is this, September 17, 2002?

Ducey - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 03:23 PM EDT (#113075) #
BA's Daily Dish says:

Blue Jays righthander Francisco Rosario is having success in his first Triple-A stint. In three starts at Syracuse, Rosario is 1-1, 2.55 with 22 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings. He creates good sinking life on his mid-90s fastball and has an above-average changeup. Rosario shut down Pawtucket Wednesday, allowing one hit over six shutout innings. "He dominated our guys," Pawtucket manager Ron Johnson told the Woonsocket (Rhode Island) Call. "You could say that we weren't swinging the bats good, but if you saw the ball coming out of his hand, you know why we weren't swinging the bats good . . . We just got beat by a very impressive pitching performance."

Mike Green - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 03:24 PM EDT (#113076) #
Matt Michael reports that the Sky Chiefs will be using a closer-by-committee approach now that Whiteside is gone.
Gerry - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 03:49 PM EDT (#113079) #
Marcum's start tonight will be interesting. Marcum does not throw hard and he will be facing Binghamton for his second start in a row. If he can hold them at bay again tonight it will be impressive. If he is hit hard, it would be a bad sign.
Gerry - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 07:03 PM EDT (#113119) #
New Hampshire update

Marcum allowed hits to the first two batters. A bunt and an out led to a run for Binghamton. Marcum retired six in a row after the first two hits. Three up three down in the first for the Cats.

1-0 Binghamton in the middle of the second.
Gerry - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 08:03 PM EDT (#113143) #
New Hampshire update:

Raul Tablado hit a three run HR in the third, followed by another run, and its 4-1 in the top of the fourth.
Gerry - Thursday, April 21 2005 @ 09:23 PM EDT (#113165) #
Fisher Cats win 4-3. Marcum gave up a 2 run HR in the seventh but pitched well overall.

Dunedin are winning 6-0 in the fifth, Tingler! and Roberts have home runs, Lind another double.

Lansing are tied at 3's in the ninth, Neilsen has three hits.
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