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No, it's not a dirty joke nor the start of another tongue twister. When little Jayce Tingler hits a homer, it's front page news at the Box. And last night, he hit his first of the season, as the farm affiliates went 3-1 .

Syracuse 0 Pawtucket 2

Justin Miller pitched 5 shutout innings, but then faltered in the sixth inning. He surrendered a bunt single, a walk to Dave Berg and then a ground ball single to leave the bases loaded with one out for Chris Baker. Baker walked in a run, and then allowed a sacrifice fly, and that was the ballgame. Miller allowed 4 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 5 in 5.1 innings. Aside from the walk, Baker was perfect in the remaining 2.2 innings. Chad Mottola doubled and singled in 4 trips, while Eric Crozier continued his hot hitting by doubling off the wall and walking in 3 trips. Gabe Gross went 1-4 and made a fine sliding catch. The Sky Chiefs left 8 runners on in the game, most tellingly in the first inning when John-Ford Griffin grounded into a double play with the bases loaded and nobody out, and the Pawsox emerged unscathed from the inning.


Syracuse Post-Standard Game Story

Binghamton 3 New Hampshire 4

Raul Tablado's 3 run homer was the key blow in a 4 run explosion by the Fisher Cats in the 3rd inning. Shaun Marcum pitched very well through 6 innings, allowing one earned run on five hits and a walk, with 5 strikeouts. In the top of the seventh, he surrendered a ground ball single and Chase Lambin's 4th homer of the season, but Ryan Houston and Lee Gronkiewicz shut the door on the B-Mets the rest of the way. Houston was particularly impressive, allowing no hits and two walks, while striking out 3 in 2 innings of work. Kevin Barker chipped in with 2 hits for the Cats.

Kevin Gray's Union Leader game story

Kevin Gray's Fisher Cat notes

Tampa 3 Dunedin 8

The D-Jays took a measure of revenge for the big club by taking an early 5-0 lead over the T-Yankees and coasting to an 8-3 victory. Jayce Tingler homered and reached base 4 times, while Ryan Roberts homered twice, singled and hit a sacrifice fly and drove in 5 runs. Roberts likes Aprils. Kurt Isenberg had his 2nd fine start on the comeback trail, going 5 innings and allowing 1 earned run on 5 hits and 2 walks with 5 strikeouts. Justin James and Brad Mumma finished up in respectable form.

West Michigan 3 Lansing 4

The Lugnuts scored a run in the ninth on 2 walks and 2 errors to break a 3-3 tie. Eric Nielsen had 3 hits, including a double and homer to lead the Lugs' offence. Juan Perez started and went 5.1 innings and allowed a solitary unearned run on 6 hits and 1 walk with 7 strikeouts. Eric Rico was hit hard in the sixth, and then Daryl Harang pitched 3 scoreless innings, with 1 hit, 3 walks and 3 strikeouts, for the win.

Mark Feather's Lansing State Journal game story

Your 3 star selection

3rd star-Eric Nielsen
2nd star-Jayce Tingler
1st star-Ryan Roberts

Today's schedule:

Syracuse (Glynn) at Scranton WB 7:00
Binghamton at New Hampshire(Ramirez)6:35
Tampa at Dunedin (D. Romero) 7:00
West Michigan at Lansing (Janssen) 6:00

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Gerry - Friday, April 22 2005 @ 09:03 AM EDT (#113223) #
Kurt Isenberg's continued success is good news for the organization. Even though Isneberg had a disasterous 2004 he remined on the prospects list becuase of his skill level, and being lefthanded doesn't hurt either. If he continues to develop it will be another plus for the Jays.

As I said in yesterdays thread Marcum's good start is another excellent sign. Marcum does not throw hard, and when control pitchers face a team for the second time in a row they often have trouble. Not so with Marcum yesterday.
MatO - Friday, April 22 2005 @ 09:34 AM EDT (#113229) #
Don't think I've ever seen so many promising starting lefties on one Blue Jay minor league team:

Mike Green - Friday, April 22 2005 @ 10:18 AM EDT (#113236) #
Oh, what the hey. It's Friday, so here's the tongue twister: If Tingler dings a ton of doggone dingers, how many doggone dingers are in Tingler's ton?

And the answer is 13, and a flyball to the track.

Kurt Isenberg's renaissance is excellent news, as is Raul Tablado's return to the lineup in New Hampshire.
Marc Hulet - Friday, April 22 2005 @ 10:42 AM EDT (#113239) #
Chi-Hung Cheng and A.J. Wideman are a couple promising southpaws in Lansing too.
Spartan - Friday, April 22 2005 @ 11:00 AM EDT (#113242) #
Adam Lind is fast becoming one of my favourite minor leaguers. Has anyone seen him play? I recall reading that he doesn't have the defense to stay in the outfield. He would be much more valuable as a corner OF, so does anyone think he can stick in that spot.

If his defense is not up to par right now, what are the chances of him getting his defense up to standard?

Mike Green - Friday, April 22 2005 @ 11:46 AM EDT (#113248) #
It depends what you mean by "up to standard". Lind's defence in the outfield is not going to be as good as Gabe Gross'. But, it'll be as good or better than Lou Piniella's or Willie Stargell's were. With the Field Turf in the Rogers Centre, speed in the outfield corners is not quite as important as it was with the turf. Having a pure hitter and marginally adequate fielder in left-field would be a sensible adaptation to the new environment.

The question with Lind is how good his bat is going to be. If it continues to improve, they'll find a spot for him in left or at first base.
R Billie - Friday, April 22 2005 @ 01:32 PM EDT (#113261) #
In Lind you see a guy who'll get a lot of hits and a lot of doubles. He's just 21 so it's hard to say what his power will be like 2 or 3 years from now but at the moment he's somewhat of a doubles machine. Doesn't walk much but doesn't strike out much either. As JP described, Catalanatto with more pop seems an appropriate description. Whether that's enough to hold down left field or first base will depend on the makeup of the rest of the team.

I remember a year ago lefthanded pitching being a big concern for the Jays but with Chacin finding a place and then FOUR decent to good prospects in Dunedin and a couple more in Lansing they have a fair bit of depth although most of it won't be ready for another two years or so.

I was fairly disappointed in Isenberg's 2004 but it looks like he's getting himself back into the mode that made him look like a 4th round steal in 2003. If the Jays can get something out of their first four picks that year (Hill, Banks, Marcum, Isenberg) that's going to end up being one heck of a draft. Vermilyea was picked in the 9th round and he has a decent chance of contributing as well.
Gerry - Friday, April 22 2005 @ 04:01 PM EDT (#113273) #
Po Keng in Lasning has gone on the DL with tendonitis.

Adrian Martin has been sent down from Dunedin to take his place and Russell Savickas has been recalled from extended spring training to Dunedin.

It looks like the entire east coast is going to be wet this weekend so there might not be many games to report on for Saturday and Sunday.
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