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Chiefs and D'Jays waxed, Dayton hands win to Lansing. Janssen's unlucky thirteenth.

Rochester 8 Syracuse 2

Dave Gassner faced off against Ryan Glynn in a veteran matchup. Gassner was a Blue Jay farmhand before being traded to the Twins in the Shannon Stewart deal; Gassner has been a Chief killer ever since. Gassner is back in AAA after two major league starts, filling in for the injured Carlos Silva. Gassner is a Jamie Moyer type control pitcher who may, or may not, make it at the major league level.

Gassner and Glynn had a good duel going through five innings. Glynn allowed three straight hits and a run in the second but that was the only scoring through five. In the top of the sixth an error and a walk preceded a three run home run by Michael Ryan. Glynn left after six innings having allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits and a walk. Syracuse scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth, Andy Dominique walked, Anton French and Bryant Nelson singled to load the bases with no outs, and two ground outs scored the runs. Mike Nannini allowed two runs in the seventh and Spike Lundberg two uneanred runs in the eighth.

The Chiefs had six hits in the game, three of them by Bryant Nelson

Game Story

New Hampshire - Scheduled Day Off

Fort Myers 9 Dunedin 5

Fort Myers scored two in the first on three hits and a walk off Davis Romero. Dunedin answered with three runs in the bottom of the first thanks to three errors by Fort Myers. Fort Myers scored five runs in the fourth inning when six of the first seven hitters reached base. That was the end of the night for Romero who allowed seven runs, six earned, in 3.1 innings. Dunedin added two runs in the eighth on four walks and a double by Adam Lind. Justin James pitched 3.2 innings in relief allowing one run on four hits with no walks. Dunedin had five hits, two by Jayce Tingler.

Lansing 6 Dayton 4

Casey Janssen started for Lansing and he retired the first twelve hitters in order. Janssen also retired the last five hitters he faced, it was the thirteenth hitter that gave him problems. The first two hitters in the fifth singled, and after a ground out, another single and a double scored two runs. A ground out scored a third run. Janssen pitched six innings, allowing three runs on four hits and no walks. His ERA is now 1.69.

Eric Nielsen got the Lugnuts started with a solo home run in the second inning, but that was it until the ninth inning. The Lugnuts came in to the ninth down 3-1. The ninth inning went walk, walk, out, out and walk to load the bases without a hit. Ryan Klosterman reached, and a run scored, on catchers interference. Two more runs scored on wild pitches to give the Lugnuts a 4-3 lead, with three runs having scored without a hit. Curtis Thigpen and Cory Patton singled to drive in two more. Danny Hill allowed an unearned run in the ninth and recorded his seventh save. Eric Nielsen was 3-3 with a home run and a walk.

Game Story

Your Three Star Selection

Third star - Bryant Nelson three hits

Second Star - Casey Janssen four baserunners in six innings

First Star - Eric Nielsen 3-3

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Mike Green - Friday, April 29 2005 @ 08:59 AM EDT (#114220) #

It's a pitcher's day, and not only for the big club. Josh Banks starts for New Hampshire against New Britain at 6:35 tonight, while David Purcey faces off with Glen Perkins at 7:00 the FSL. The Purcey-Perkins matchup can be heard through the Fort Myers Miracle broadcast accessible here.

Jim - Friday, April 29 2005 @ 11:03 AM EDT (#114233) #
It was a tough call for me tonight. Go to the City and see Roy vs. Randy or head to New Britain Stadium to check out the Fisher Cats.

I think I'm going to try and squeeze the cats in Saturday afternoon if it doesn't rain. I ended up with pretty good seats for the game in the Bronx tonight.
Craig B - Friday, April 29 2005 @ 11:11 AM EDT (#114237) #
Purcey and Perkins is a matchup of top lefty college pitching prospects (both were first-rounders last year). Should be terrific.
Ducey - Friday, April 29 2005 @ 11:35 AM EDT (#114239) #
Jayce Tingler is off to a nice start in Dunedin hitting .297/.430/.391. He has 13 BB against 2 K's! (he had 74BB/25K last year) If he keeps his batting average up do you think he will get advanced midseason? I hope the organization has not written him off. I know the negative perception of him is that power pitchers will just knock the bat out of his hands at higher levels but it seems to me that he could be a good 4th outfielder and a pretty tough out. Maybe a poor man's Ichiro (in terms of OBP).

Yuber Rodriquez has not done well adjusting to the move from Pulaski, hitting .156/.225/.203.
Lugnut Fan - Friday, April 29 2005 @ 11:44 AM EDT (#114242) #

You are correct. Yuber has really, really struggled so far in Lansing. I noticed when I was there on Tuesday that he did not bat lead off in either game of the double header. Klosterman lead off game one and Armstrong led off game two. You can typically take a little lower batting average from the lead off man as long as his OBP his high and Yuber's is not. He really is making alot of bad decisions at the plate and doing alot swinging at the first pitch. I'm hoping he can turn it around because he really is a nice kid.
Gerry - Friday, April 29 2005 @ 11:47 AM EDT (#114244) #
Scott Downs starts for the Chiefs. The normal rotation would have Gaudin pitching Saturday and Rosario Sunday with League on Monday.

For NH after Banks today, it should be Perkins and Reimers over the weekend.

For Dunedin Purcey is followed by Jackson and MacDonald.

The Lansing rotation is uncertain. Due to the bad weather last weekend the Lugnuts played doubleheaders on Monday and Tuesday. As a result none of the regular starters has four days rest. Ken Joyce will have to either bring back one of the starters on three days rest (on Monday Yates went 6 innings and Wideman went 5.1) or more likely find a spot starter. Adrian Martin might be the lost likely pitcher for that spot, or perhaps Aaron Harang. Hill, McLaughlin, Rico, Sopko and Templet have been relievers over the past couple of years.
kpataky - Friday, April 29 2005 @ 11:52 AM EDT (#114247) #
I will be at the New Hampshire vs. New Britain Game tonight taking pictures. I'll post some shots tommorrow in the wrap up.
Mike Green - Friday, April 29 2005 @ 12:12 PM EDT (#114252) #
That's great news, Kevin.

Ducey, we will be putting out monthly reviews on each of the farm affiliates. I have the Dunedin review, and I will be covering candidates for June promotion. At this point, Tingler would have to be considered for both performance and age reasons.
Gerry - Friday, April 29 2005 @ 08:42 PM EDT (#114342) #

Syracuse register only 4 hits and win. Two walks and a bunt single in the eighth are followed by a Hill sac fly and a Mottola triple. Scott Downs had a very good start.

New Hampshire are winning 4-3 in the sixth. Banks has allowed three runs in five innings on 4 hits, including a home run and a triple. Kratz and Cosby are leading the offense.

David Purcey blew up good and did not make it out of the second, hits, walks, hit batters, wild pitches, and Dunedin were down 6-0 in the second.

Adrian Martin got the start and gave up three runs in three innings. Martin pitched OK, he just allowed two home runs. Lansing are down 3-0.
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