Batter's Box Interactive Magazine Batter's Box Interactive Magazine Batter's Box Interactive Magazine
Pop Quiz: Who had more hits, Lansing or the three other teams combined? You can probably guess, Lansing had sixteen, the other three teams had 5, 5, and 3 for a total of thirteen. You can probably also guess that Lansing were the only team to win yesterday. Lansing's Jason Armstrong was the star of the day.

Columbus 3 Syracuse 1

This was Scott Downs turn to start and, with Scott in Toronto, Justin Miller got the spot start. Miller left after two innings with a sore hamstring. The Jays hope it is not serious as they have another starting spot to fill with Ryan Glynn's trade to Oakland yesterday. Chris Baker took over from Miller today and pitched five scoreless innings, making a strong claim for the final starters spot. Baker has been very inconsistent this year, veering from pitching well to being lit up.

Miller had a tough start, the first hitter of the game jacked one to give Columbus a 1-0 lead, but Miller got through two innings down 1-0. As mentioned above Chris Baker pitched five strong innings giving up three hits. The Chiefs tied it in the fifth on a home run by Justin Singleton. However after the home run in the fifth inning Columbus faced one batter over the minimum. Meanwhile Columbus scored a run in the eighth on an infield single by Bubba Crosby off Spike Lundberg. Columbus scored an insurance run in the ninth on three singles.

In the game the Chiefs had five hits, two by Singleton. The pattern evident at the end of April continues, the Chiefs are third in pitchers ERA, but last in batting average and OBP, and thirteenth in slugging. Four regulars are hitting under .250, Gross, Mottola, Crozier and Alfaro. The hitting needs to be fixed before this team improves.

Speaking of hitting the team has a roster move that needs to be made. John Hattig, the Guam bomb, is back playing in Dunedin and was ticketed for Syracuse before he was hurt in spring training. Jason Alfaro has been playing third base and will have to move if Hattig is to play. Julius Matos is filling the utility role, and is hitting well, so that role might not be available for Alfaro. The other option would be to send Hattig to New Hampshire for a while to help their anaemic offense.

Game Story

New Hampshire 2 Altoona 7

Ismael Ramirez had his worst start of the year. In the second inning a triple and a home run made it 2-0 Altoona. In the third inning an error and a home run made it 4-0, and in the sixth another home run, a walk and a double ended the day for Ramirez. Jamie Vermilyea came on and gave up a double to the first hitter he faced. Vermilyea was done after two thirds of an inning, with a 7-0 score it was mop-up duty time. The Fisher Cats scored a couple of consolation runs in the ninth on a home run by Kevin Barker and a double by Mikael Jova and an RBI single by Raul Tablado. New Hampshire had five hits, two by Tablado.

Game Story

Dunedin 0 Jupiter 2

The Dunedin offense recorded three hits on Sunday, spoiling a good start by David Purcey. Purcey went six innings, with four hits and only two walks allowed. He did hit a batter but had six strikeouts. That makes a solid start. In the second inning an error, by Hattig, a walk and a single made it 1-0 Jupiter. In the fifth three more singles made it 2-0, and that was about it.

Wisconsin 4 Lansing 12

Lansing might want to pass on their hitting secrets to the rest of the organization. In the third inning Lansing scored five runs to take a 5-1 lead. Lansing sent eleven men to the plate and had five hits in the inning, that was as many hits as the other teams recorded in their games. The big blows were doubles by Joey Wolfe and Eric Nielsen, and a two run single by Jason Armstrong. Armstrong doubled in another run and scored as part of a three run fifth inning. Lansing added four more in the eighth highlighted by a two run single from Armstrong.

Meanwhile AJ Wideman cruised through six innings allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks. Wideman had only one striekout. Lansing had sixteen hits, and Jason Armstrong had three with five RBI's. Yuber Rodriguez and Eric Nielsen also had three hits each, Chip Cannon had two. Every starter had a hit.

Game Story

Your Three Star Selection

Third star - Chris Baker five shutout innings

Second Star - Yuber Rodriguez three hits, two runs, two RBI's

First Star - Jason Armstrong three hits, five RBI's

Standings Update

Syracuse record is 16-20. The Chiefs are fifth, five games back of Buffalo.

The Fisher Cats are 19-16, one and a half games behind Portland.

Dunedin's record is 21-16 which puts them in third place, six and a half games behind Lakeland.

The Lugnuts are 20-17, in second place, one game behind South Bend

Bonus Coverage......some of you were looking for pictures of Shawn Marcum pitching. You can see some pictures here, although they are not that sharp.

One Giant Game for Armstrong | 43 comments | Create New Account
The following comments are owned by whomever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say.
Mike Green - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 09:53 AM EDT (#116702) #
Nice pictures of Marcum, Gerry. He's definitely filled out over the last couple of years. The leg kick and the arm angle (from Kevin Pataky's pictures) suggest that he'd probably be a lot tougher on righties. I wonder what his platoon stats are.
papa - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 09:53 AM EDT (#116703) #
anyone have the info on the trade of Glynn to Oakland? Doesn't seem to be headline news (or footnote news either)
Pistol - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 10:03 AM EDT (#116704) #
"The A's made a minor trade with the Blue Jays on Sunday, acquiring right-hander Ryan Glynn from Toronto for cash considerations. Glynn, who went 1-0 with a 4.05 ERA in six games for the Jays in 2004, was 2-4 with a 6.27 ERA this year with the Triple-A Syracuse SkyChiefs. He's been assigned to Sacramento."
Gerry - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 10:06 AM EDT (#116706) #
I believe Glynn was probably traded for a small amount of cash to Oakland. Glynn was probably down the list for a call-up to Toronto, Miller, Gaudin, League and Rosario were all ahead of him.

This might also be payback for a similar deal last year when Menechino came over to the Jays.
Marc Hulet - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 10:24 AM EDT (#116708) #
The trade of Glynn probably opens up a spot for Hattig... and still leaves the Chiefs with 11 pitchers. Baker, or maybe Nannini, could move back to the rotation.

Mike D - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 11:45 AM EDT (#116717) #
Is it wrong that I feel relieved that there is now no chance that Ryan Glynn will be called up to make 6-8 starts for the Jays?
Mike Green - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 11:53 AM EDT (#116718) #
I am sure this was a rhetorical question, Mike D, but I'll answer it anyway. No, it is not wrong. Everyone feels a sense of relief that the pitching call-ups of the next few years are likely to be pitchers who have a reasonable chance to succeed for awhile. Patience is finally being rewarded.
VGeras - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 11:56 AM EDT (#116720) #
According to ITD Glynn was sent to Oakland to make room for Matt Duff coming off the DL.

It's a subscription site but this was posted on the message board

Transaction Note: has learned that RHP Matt Duff was activated from the SkyChiefs disabled list and is eligible to pitch starting Monday. To make room for Duff the Jays sold Ryan Glynn's contract to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.
papa - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 12:53 PM EDT (#116729) #
thanks for the info on Glynn... I'm wondering what the going rate is for this kind of cash consideration. I can't imagine is for much more than postage and handling.

sell Glynn to activate Duff... there's a step in no direction. I thought the Syracuse folks were threatening to pull their affiliation if the Jays didn't take them a little more seriously than in years past.
Ducey - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 12:57 PM EDT (#116731) #
For all of those, like me, who said, "Matt Duff, who the heck is he?"

Here are his stats:

How about that 2002 season? A year after playing in the Northern League he plays at 4 levels and makes his ML debut.

I would have guessed that Glynn would be more useful than Mr Duff (assuming Glynn would get himself back on track to numbers like last year).
Stellers Jay - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 01:18 PM EDT (#116734) #
I wouldn't lose any sleep over the loss of Glynn. The Jays have a lot of pitching depth in AA and AAA. The New Hampshire staff are leading the league in most pitching categories. There at least 4-5 pitchers who could use the challange of a promotion to Syracuse within the next month. Banks would be the top name and could fill a rotation spot in AAA now. Marcum, Vermilyea, Matos, Andrade, and Houston all have excellent numbers to start the season.
Mike Green - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 01:59 PM EDT (#116736) #
Gaudin gets the start this afternoon for the Sky Chiefs against old friend Pete Munro.
Stellers Jay - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 02:08 PM EDT (#116737) #
Mike, do you have a working radio link for the game? I can't make the one from the skychiefs website work.
Mike Green - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 02:22 PM EDT (#116738) #
Sorry, SJ, I can't get either of the home/away links to work either.
Gerry - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 02:24 PM EDT (#116739) #
1-0 Syracuse middle of 2. Nelson reached on a K/WP, moved up on a hill single and scored on a griffin single.

6 up, 6 down for Gaudin.
Mike Green - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 03:02 PM EDT (#116744) #
Daryl Harang takes Casey Janssen's spot in the Lugnut rotation and gets his first start tonight.
#2JBrumfield - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 03:13 PM EDT (#116745) #
Syracuse is now leading Columbus 2-0 heading to the bottom of the 6th. Anton French hit a solo homer in the 5th to give the Skychiefs a 2-0 lead. Chad Gaudin set down Columbus in order in the 6th.
#2JBrumfield - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 03:21 PM EDT (#116748) #
Bottom 6th - Syracuse 2 Columbus. Ex-Jay Pete Munro

* Gabe Gross flies out to left - 1 OUT
* Jason Alfaro grounds out to 3rd - 2 OUT
* Julius Matos flies out to right - 3 OUT

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

After 6 innings - Syracuse 2 Columbus 0
#2JBrumfield - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 03:24 PM EDT (#116749) #
Top 7th - Syracuse 2 Columbus 0. Gaudin pitching for Syracuse.

* Kevin Reese retired on a chopper to SS Aaron Hill - 1 OUT
* Felix Escalona strikes out swinging - 2 OUT
* Bubba Crosby strikes out swinging on a 3-2 pitch - 3 OUT

Stretch Time in Syracuse - Syracuse 2 Columbus 0

#2JBrumfield - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 03:31 PM EDT (#116751) #
Bottom 7th - Syracuse 2 Columbus 0. Erik Schmitt now pitching for Columbus.

* #9 hitter Eric Crozier strokes a doubles to left-centre field (Syracuse announcer says that's the hardest ball he's hit in awhile)
* Anton French bunts Crozier to 3rd - 1 OUT
* Bryant Nelson flies out to deep centre, sac fly - 2 OUT Crozier SCORES - Syracuse 3 Columbus 0
* Aaron Hill, 2 singles in 3AB today, flies out to right - 3 OUT

1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 left on base

After 7 innings - Syracuse 3 Columbus 0
#2JBrumfield - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 03:36 PM EDT (#116752) #
Top 8th - Syracuse 3 Columbus 0. Chad Gaudin pitching for Syracuse.

* Michael Vento flies out to deep right - 1 OUT
* David Parrish hits a tapper to the mound, 1-3 on the putout - 2 OUT
* Colin Porter flies out to left - 3 OUT

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

After 7 1/2 innings - Syracuse 3 Columbus 0

Brian W - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 03:39 PM EDT (#116753) #
Does anybody have a link handy to listen to the Syracuse game? I would like to listen to the last inning of this one.
Maldoff - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 03:40 PM EDT (#116754) #
Brian, go to, and click Listen Live on the right-hand side.
#2JBrumfield - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 03:42 PM EDT (#116755) #
Bottom 8th - Syracuse 3 Columbus 0. Erik Schmitt still pitching for Columbus.

* John-Ford Griffin, 1 for 2 with a walk, sharply grounds out to 1st, Ryan Hankins makes the play himself - 1 OUT
* Joe Depastino bounces one over the 2nd base bag for a single
* Gabe Gross pops up to SS Deivi Mendez in shallow left - 2 OUT
* Julius Matos becomes the 3rd out (sorry, had to step away)

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

After 8 innings - Syracuse 3 Columbus 0
Gerry - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 03:47 PM EDT (#116756) #
Gaudin lost the perfect game to the lead-off hitter in the ninth.
Ryan01 - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 03:48 PM EDT (#116757) #
Darn Ryan Hankins. Vermilyea's "Mr. Perfect" title is safe, but heck of a game from Gaudin.
#2JBrumfield - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 03:51 PM EDT (#116759) #
Top 9th. Syracuse 3 Columbus 0. Chad Gaudin still pitching for Syracuse. Justin Singleton in LF for John-Ford Griffin.


Jason Arnold now warming up in the Syracuse pen.

* Deivi Mendez called out on strikes, gone on 3 pitches - 1 OUT
* Yobal Duenas strikes out swinging - 2 OUT
* Kevin Reese lines out to 3rd base - 3 OUT

0 runs, 1 #@$&#$ hit, 0 errors, 1 left on base

Skychiefs Win! Skychiefs Win!

Final Score - Syracuse 3 Columbus 0. A one-hitter for Chad Gaudin, who strikes out 7!
garth - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 03:51 PM EDT (#116760) #
gaudin just missed the perfect game. A one hit gem where syracuse wins 3-0.

Is gaudin the next call-up? His stats look amazing.
#2JBrumfield - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 03:55 PM EDT (#116761) #
Congrats to Chad Gaudin and congrats to the Syracuse broadcasters for not letting the cat out of the bag, something Jerry Howarth got crucified for during Halladay's no hit bid against Detroit 2 years ago. I had no idea it was going on until Harkins got that base hit.
uglyone - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 03:56 PM EDT (#116762) #
His great performance all year (which seems to only be improving), has to make us feel a little bit better about the Lilly situation.

Man, we got this guy for Kevin Cash.

This could turn out to be J.P.'s best trade ever.
Mike Green - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 03:57 PM EDT (#116763) #
Excellent game for Gaudin, 1 hit, no walks, 7 Ks, but no, I wouldn't want him to be called up just yet. He's 22 and he has had 18 double A and triple A starts in his career. My rule of thumb is 30 such starts, so I would feel comfortable if he were called up around the All-Star break assuming he keeps performing as he has been. My sense is that the Jays may be even more cautious than that.
Gerry - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 03:57 PM EDT (#116764) #
Well done to all Bauxites for not mentioning "the game that dare not speak its name" while Gaudin had a chance to get one.

Gaudin's is the first nine inning complete game by a Jays farm-hand this season. Game score was 92.
Pistol - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 04:25 PM EDT (#116771) #
No kidding, I read 'Gaudin loses the perfect game to the first batter in the ninth' and didn't even have a clue it was going on.

Doing some hand calculations for the season for Gaudin:

53.7 Innings
2.35 ERA
0.95 WHIP
6.2 K/9
1.8 BB/9
3.4 K/BB
0.7 HR/9

That'll play.
Gerry - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 04:39 PM EDT (#116772) #
The K rate is a little low, so his control and deception need to be above average to succeed.
Mike Green - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 04:53 PM EDT (#116775) #
I am quite sure Arnsberg will be very excited when he hears about the end of the game. Gaudin loses a perfect game in the ninth, and then proceeds to strike out two of the next three for the one-hitter.
R Billie - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 05:01 PM EDT (#116778) #
If a pitcher can limit his homeruns and walks he has a chance to succeed despite an average K-rate. That was the reason Bush flew through the system and it's what Gaudin will have to rely on as well.

Mike Green - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 05:19 PM EDT (#116780) #
Bush had a K rate above 8 in the minors.

However, this has not historically been an issue for Gaudin. He's had a respectable K rate everywhere, including in the majors, so I am not worried about his ability to miss bats.
Mike Green - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 09:55 PM EDT (#116797) #
It was a fine day for the pitchers. Zach Jackson threw 6 shutout innings in a Dunedin win, and Po Keng is just mowing them down in Lansing with 6 strikeouts in 3.2 innings of relief. The Lugs came back from a 3-1 deficit to lead 5-3 after 8 innings.
JC - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 11:10 PM EDT (#116803) #
Possible set of transactions, although it may just be poor record-keeping by the Jays' staff.

The minor-league rosters show Josue Matos at AAA, Bubbie Buzachero at AA and Yesson Berroa at High-A.

Everything else on there seems up-to-date (including Glynn gone, Janssen at High-A and Core/Harper at Low-A), so does anyone have any insight?
Gerry - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 11:23 PM EDT (#116805) #
Just checked Gaudin's report in John Sickels 2004 book and I see Gaudin pitched a perfect game in 2003.
kpataky - Tuesday, May 17 2005 @ 01:08 PM EDT (#116849) #
Those promotions are accurate. Matos was promoted to Syracuse Bubby back to New Hampshire.
JC - Tuesday, May 17 2005 @ 01:51 PM EDT (#116855) #
kpataky, was this move a result of the Glynn trade? We heard here yesterday that the space in AAA was being filled with Matt Duff coming off the DL.
H Winfield Teut - Tuesday, May 17 2005 @ 02:56 PM EDT (#116862) #
ITD that reported the Duff move is ran by a guy out of New York, I am sure he works the phones and listens to things, and the Duff thing still may or may not happen,
One Giant Game for Armstrong | 43 comments | Create New Account
The following comments are owned by whomever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say.