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Syracuse wins in extras; Lansing lose early, and late:; and Dunedin go cruising. MacDonald, Thigpen and Griffin are your stars du jour.

Toledo 3 Syracuse 4 - 11th inning

When Andy Dominique was called up to the Blue Jays on Monday the Chiefs signed Joe DePastino to fill in. Just as Ken Huckaby has come through for the Jays DePastino came through for the Chiefs in the eleventh inning yesterday when he singled to score John Ford Griffin who had led off the eleventh with a single. The win was a big one for the Chiefs after they allowed Toledo to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth. This was after Wednesday's game when the Chiefs also allowed Toledo to tie the game in the ninth, and Toledo eventually won. Marty Pevey is probably anxious for his closer Matt Whiteside to get back to saving games.

Francisco Rosario started the game and for five innings he was in control. Chris Shelton gave him trouble with a first inning home run and a fourth inning single but those were the only two Mudhen hits through five. But with one out in the sixth Rosario looked to have struck out Shelton on a pitch down the middle. The umpire called it a ball and Rosario fell apart after that. First he hit Shelton. Then , with two outs, Rosario walked two batters to load the bases and a balk scored the second Mudhen run. Another walk re-loaded the bases. Marty Pevey came out to remove Rosario and at the same time share some observations with the home plate umpire. Pevey was ejected and Rosario threw his hat and glove into the stands as he left. Chalk this one up to another learning experience for the young pitcher. Chris Baker got the last out of the sixth and the Chiefs escaped the inning with a 3-2 lead. Syracuse had taken the lead with two runs in the third inning on doubles from Aaron Hill and Gabe Gross, followed by a single from John Ford Griffin. The Chiefs scored a potential insurance run in the fifth when Eric Crozier tripled and Hill singled him home. Chris Baker pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth and passed it over to Spike Lundberg for the ninth. Mike Hessman greeted Spike with a home run to lead off the ninth and tie the game.

The Chiefs had ten hits in the game, three of them by Aaron Hill who pushed his average to .336. Griffin and Julius Matos had two hits each.

Game Story

New Hampshire - Scheduled Day Off

Palm Beach 3 Dunedin 9

Dunedin scored six unanswered runs in the first three ininngs and cruised to a 9-3 win. Dunedin scored two in the first on singles by Jayce Tingler, Adam Lind and Robinzon Diaz. Ryan Roberts hit a three run home run in the second and Clint Johnston doubled and scored on a single by Joey Reiman in the third.

Michael MacDonald had his best start in a while, 7.2 innings, two runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk. Brad Mumma finished up. Dunedin had 12 hits, Tingler, Roberts, Lind and Reiman had two hits each. Lind's batting average is at .301.

Game 1 - Lansing 2 Burlington 3

Game 2 - Lansing 2 Burlington 3

The Lugnuts were outscored by two runs in two games but came away empty handed when the bullpen lost the split in the seventh inning of the second game. In game one Kyle Yates had a rough beginning; in the first inning of game one, two doubles and a home run put Lansing down 3-0 after one. Lansing had a few chances to get back in it, they had two on with one out in the second but David Corrente lined into a double play. Curtis Thigpen tripled with two out in the third but was stranded. The Lugnuts bunched three hits in the fifth to score a couple. Singles by Cory Patton and Juan Peralta were followed by a Thigpen double. Lansing only recorded one walk in 2 and a third innings after that and lost a close game 3-2. Yates pitched a six inning complete game, allowing eight hits with six strikeouts. Thigpen and Patton had two hits each.

Chi-Hung Cheng had a pretty typical start in game 2. He lasted five innings and allowed just one unearned run on four hits, a walk and a hit batter. Lansing scored twice in the third inning, Joey Wolfe singled, Juan Peralta reached when Burlington messed up his sacrifice attempt, and Ryan Klosterman singled to load the bases with no-one out. Curtis Thigpen walked to score the first run and Eric Nielsen singled to drive in the second, but the three remining baserunners were stranded as three Lugnuts failed to score a runner. That miss came back to haunt the Lugnuts later on. Joey McLaughlin pitched a scoreless sixth and Danny Hill came on in the seventh to try and save the split for the Lugnuts. Hill got the first two outs but then an infield single, a hit batter, and two more singles lost the game. Nielsen was 2-4 and Thigpen 0-1 with three walks.

Thigpen was hitting .256 at the end of April with an OPS of .694. May has seen an improvement as he is now hitting .284 and his OPS is .812. By a process of deduction I can figure that Thigpen is hitting .342 for May, with an OPS of 1.131 . As we saw with Adam Lind we cannot get too excited by a hot streak, but it is good to see Thigpen heat up.

Game Story

Your Three Star Selection

Third star - John Ford Griffin two hits, drove in a run and scored the winner

Second Star - Curtis Thigpen 2 hits and 3 walks

First Star - Michael MacDonald 7.2 innings, one earned run

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H Winfield Teut - Friday, May 13 2005 @ 09:47 AM EDT (#116548) #
Just wondering if Whiteside does return, if he does have the closers job locked up. I believe Arnold has done admirable as the closer, and although I have not seen every box score, I would think maybe Arnold is more of the future, and to me it makes more sense to develop Arnold. In yesterday's game Arnold didnt pitch, and Lundberg was the only reliever to be charged with an earned run. Arnold has an era of 1.84, four saves, 14.2 ip, 7 hits, 3 earned, 2bb, 13 K, Whiteside had the job for only 6 innings. I just see Arnold as making the most sense.
Ducey - Friday, May 13 2005 @ 11:35 AM EDT (#116560) #
Out of interest I tracked down Adam Peterson's stats. As far as I can tell he got clobbered with Arizona, was released and is now pitching with Detroit's AA team, Erie.

He has a ERA of 6.75 in 8 IP with 11 hits, 1 walk and 5 K's.

What a difference a year makes. This time last year he was dominating AA with New Hampshire.

I know there has been much discussion about how he was rushed but it seems there has to be more to the story than just a lack of confidence.
Mike Green - Friday, May 13 2005 @ 11:47 AM EDT (#116561) #
Of course it might be mechanical, but I doubt it. I was listening to his games from Syracuse after he was sent down. He had completely lost command.

It is not the first time that a pitcher came to the majors, struggled mightily and suffered a crisis of confidence, and it will not be the last. Some do regain it, and go on to have good major league careers. I would not write off Peterson. His 1 walk in 8 innings in double A this year is a good sign, and more important than the ERA or the hit rate.
Maldoff - Friday, May 13 2005 @ 12:12 PM EDT (#116562) #
On that note, has anyone heard anything on Jesse Harper, the promising pitcher the Jays released last year from their 40-man roster, and then got claimed on waivers?
Dean - Friday, May 13 2005 @ 12:25 PM EDT (#116564) #
Baseball America is having a draft-chat at 3pm eastern, as well, they have listed their Top 30 picks. You do not need a subscription for the Top 30.
Mike Green - Friday, May 13 2005 @ 12:49 PM EDT (#116566) #
I don't really understand rating Braun higher than Clement. Clement seems to be a better hitter, and even if his defensive skills behind the plate are only average, he would have more defensive value than Braun. It's a small point concerning a reasonable list.

There are six offensive players in the draft (all in BA's top 11) that the Jays would probably be happy to have, and that is just enough.
kpataky - Friday, May 13 2005 @ 01:24 PM EDT (#116568) #
I read this: The Toronto Blue Jays bought the contract of Joe Depastino from the Long Island Ducks and assigned him to Syracuse.

And I thought: Tim Whittaker was removed from the Syracuse. Tim was the backup at Syracuse when they had to call up Andy Dominique. Then the Jays leap frogged Schneider from Dunedin to Syracuse. The SkyChiefs roster on their website indicates that DePastino and Schneider are the catchers they have.

So where is Whittaker? I started looking around and on Dunedin's website, they indicated that he's been transferred there from Syracuse's roster.

I also discovered that John Hattig was activated and transferred from Syracuse's roster to Dunedin as well.
MatO - Friday, May 13 2005 @ 01:48 PM EDT (#116570) #
Jesse Harper was picked up by Milwaukee last year then suffered some sort of injury. He was dropped from their 40 man and I don't think has pitched so far this year.
HippyGilmore - Friday, May 13 2005 @ 02:19 PM EDT (#116571) #
Brandon League is a guest on Around the Minors, a show on MLB Radio, sometime very soon. The show started at 2. The feed can be found at or
Rob - Friday, May 13 2005 @ 02:54 PM EDT (#116573) #
League said he felt very spoiled when he was in the bigs, and being sent down, he wants to get back even more. He also said he's working on his arm slot, since he gets tired as the game goes on and his slot drops. He says needs to work on his slider.

You know, I love the Flyin' Hawaiian as much as anyone, but he's not the most articulate choice for an interview. I guess you don't have to be Al Sharpton if you have League's talents.
MatO - Friday, May 13 2005 @ 03:28 PM EDT (#116574) #
BP is running the first in a series of articles (subscribers only) to hopefully answer the age old question of whether college or highschool picks are more likely to be successful in the June draft. The first 100 picks of the drafts from 1984-1999 are being analysed.
Mike Green - Friday, May 13 2005 @ 03:33 PM EDT (#116575) #
The glasses, the fastball, the nickname and the interview style all work together. I really do see him as a closer, but that's more a function of the "style and personality peripherals" rather his abilities on the mound.
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