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Francisco Rosario was great but Gabe Gross stole the spotlight. Josh Banks is back on form, the Dunedin bats were mashing, while Lansing were all wet. A 3-0 Sunday on the farm.

Syracuse 5 Columbus 1 - 12 innings

Gabe Gross hit his first home run of the season, off Colter Bean, leading off the twelfth inning, to break a scoreless tie and lead the Chiefs to victory. Gross also ended the inning with an RBI single, with the second runner being thrown out at the plate. In between Gross's two hits Jason Alfaro doubled in a run and John Schneider singled in two more. Syracuse had five hits through eleven innings but bunched four more hits in the twelfth. Gross and Nelson were the only Chiefs with two hits, John Ford Griffin had a hit and two walks.

The Chiefs made it to the twelfth thanks to Francisco Rosario's best start of the year. Rosario was perfect through six innings. In the seventh Columbus had a hit, to break up the perfect game, and a walk, but Rosario went on to retire the next five hitters in a row. Rosario left after eight, one hit and one walk allowed with six strikeouts. After Jason Arnold pitched two strong innings, Spike Lundberg loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the eleventh. Lundberg had to face Bubba Crosby, who had beaten the Jays a week ago, but he struck him out and escaped the threat. Rosario has now lowered his ERA to 2.56.

Game Story

Reading 3 New Hampshire 6

Josh Banks had allowed eleven runs in his last two starts but was back on form yesterday allowing two runs over seven innings. Things didn't start too well as the first two hitters singled and doubled. But Josh settled down to retire thirteen in a row, followed by a single and a double play, so it was fifteen up and fifteen down. Banks allowed another run in the sixth to put the Fisher Cats down 2-0. In the bottom of the sixth New Hamsphire loaded the bases with no-one out, then singles by Jason Waugh, Miguel Negron and Kevin Barker scored four runs and a sac fly made it 5-2. In the eighth Negron singled, stole second and scored on a single by Carlo Cota. Jamie Vermilyea and Lee Gronkiewicz finished out.

Banks went seven innings, allowing six hits, no walks and six K's. Cota went 3-4 and Negron 2-5.

Game Story

Dunedin 16 St. Lucie 7

Michael MacDonald struggled yesterday and was gone after 3.1 innings. St. Lucie scored five runs off MacDonald on six hits and two walks. MacDonald left with Dunedin trailing 5-3 but the Jays scored the next 13 runs before St. Lucie scored two in the bottom of the ninth. Justin James and Brad Mumma pitched 4.2 shutout innings in relief.

Dunedin scored three runs in the fourth, five more in the fifth, and eight in the last three innings, and totalled 20 hits. Ryan Roberts, John Hattig and Robinzon Diaz had three hits each, five other hitters had two each. Dunedin had only two extra base hits, a home run by Roberts and a triple by Manny Mayorson.

Lansing - rained out

Your Three Star Selection

Third star - Josh Banks, two runs in seven innings

Second Star - Gabe Gross, game winning home run

First Star - Francisco Rosario, one hit over eight innings

Honourable Mention - The Dunedin offense, it was tough to pick just one

Standings Update

Syracuse record is 20-23. The Chiefs are fifth, seven games back of Buffalo.

The Fisher Cats are 22-19, in third place, one and a half games behind Portland.

Dunedin's record is 27-17 which puts them in second place, two and a half games behind Lakeland.

The Lugnuts are 22-20, in third place, two and a half games behind South Bend

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Gerry - Monday, May 23 2005 @ 09:09 AM EDT (#117452) #
In Rosario's last four starts his numbers are:

IP - 26.1
Hits - 10
BB - 7
ER - 4
K's - 17

The hit numbers are exceptional, the K rate is average.

For the season Rosario has allowed 33 hits in 52.2 innings. He also has 44 K's in those 52.2 innings.
Pistol - Monday, May 23 2005 @ 09:36 AM EDT (#117453) #
I was starting to think that the Clippers are just really bad, with Gaudin and Rosario both having exceptional games against them in about a week's time, but looking it up Columbus is slightly above average in the IL.
Lugnut Fan - Monday, May 23 2005 @ 10:56 AM EDT (#117456) #
For anyone that has a satellite and is south of the border, the Sky Chiefs / Clippers game will be on the YES network tonight. I'm not sure if you all in Canada get that on the dish or not.
Gerry - Monday, May 23 2005 @ 11:44 AM EDT (#117457) #
I am not sure if Yes is available on satellite up north of the border. If you can tune in Brandon League starts for the Chiefs.
Stellers Jay - Monday, May 23 2005 @ 05:44 PM EDT (#117487) #
Congrats to Chad Gaudin for being named IL pitcher of the week.
VGeras - Monday, May 23 2005 @ 06:01 PM EDT (#117488) #
ryan roberts promoted to AA + couple of other moves
HippyGilmore - Monday, May 23 2005 @ 06:50 PM EDT (#117492) #
Chad Gaudin and Francisco Rosario are currently 3rd and 5th, respectively, in the International League in ERA. Gaudin also leads the league in innings pitched. It's nice to have some impact pitching talent in the high minors again.
FisherCat - Monday, May 23 2005 @ 08:11 PM EDT (#117501) #
How long has Jamie Vermilyea been pitching out of the stretch with no one on base? I don't recall him doing it last year. Yesterday was the first time I saw him in action this year and it took me by surprise. Is this proof that the Jays see him more valuable as a relief option instead of a starter?
Gerry - Monday, May 23 2005 @ 08:29 PM EDT (#117503) #
John Hattig is in the lineup for Syracuse tonight, Gabe Gross is not. Chiefs lead 3-1.
Jordan - Monday, May 23 2005 @ 08:41 PM EDT (#117505) #
Wow, quite a collection of moves in the minors today.

The Jays were pretty high on Ryan Roberts when he cleaned up the South Atlantic League in the first half last year. The he got to Dunedin and struggled badly, and we suddenly weren't so sure he was actually a late-round bargain.

Then he spent April and May ripping up the Florida State League -- a tougher assignment than the Sally, to be sure -- and now he's on his way up again. Judging from both his own slow transition to a new level last year, as well as the numerous D-Jay alumni who struggled badly for New Hampshire this spring, don't expect a fast start from Roberts at Double-A. If he holds his own, though, he becomes a definite middle-infield prospect, even if only as a utility guy in the majors.

In my off-season Top 30, I ranked Roberts and Carlo Cota tied at #20, but added that the organization was higher on Roberts than Cota. Cota's demotion back to Dunedin underlines that fact and confirms that Roberts is the more promising prospect. The move was necessary to fill Roberts' position at second base and to help make up for some of his lost offence. It can't be a very happy day for Cota, though.

Replacing Cota with Roberts will help the Fisher Cats' offence from below; from above, the return of Justin Singleton from Syracuse will also be a plus. Singleton's power has been missed in New Hampshire, and he's a fan favourite from last year's championship season. Throw in his amazing centerfield defence and this is like trading for a solid player mid-season.

With Singleton and Roberts replacing Waugh and Cota, the Fisher Cats are a substantially better team today than they were yesterday.

Jordan - Monday, May 23 2005 @ 08:44 PM EDT (#117507) #
Is this proof that the Jays see him more valuable as a relief option instead of a starter?

I expect so. Vermilyea profiles to me as a long- and middle reliever and spot starter in the majors -- Pete Walker seems like a fair comp, and Vermilyea has a higher ceiling than Walker. I'm a little surprised Vermilyea's not in Syracuse yet, and I expect him to get there sometime in June, maybe earlier.

Stellers Jay - Monday, May 23 2005 @ 09:01 PM EDT (#117510) #
I can't imagine that Singleton is going to play CF for the Fishercats. Negron is a former 1st round pick who is a tremendous defensive CF in his own right and is a prospect.

I agree with Jordan about Vermilyea. I think he will be joined in Syracuse by Banks and Marcum within the next 2 to 3 weeks. I wouldn't be surprised to see 3 or 4 upper level pitchers released in the coming weeks (barring injuries) to make room for promotions. I could see Jackson being bumped up to the NH rotation to make room for McGowan relatively quickly as well.
Gerry - Monday, May 23 2005 @ 09:09 PM EDT (#117513) #
Brandon League took a 5-1 lead into the sixth inning when the fates turned against him. A hit was followed by a bunt back to the mound, from the radio it was scored a hit as the throw from League hit the runner, but it could have been an error. The next hitter hit the ball to Julius Matos who fell down, another hit said the scorer. Then a wild pitch and a double made it a 5-4 game.
Jordan - Monday, May 23 2005 @ 09:10 PM EDT (#117514) #
There are very few centerfielders for whom Singleton would get pushed to a corner position, but yeah, Negron would probably be the guy to do it. That has to be one happy pitching staff right now.
FisherCat - Monday, May 23 2005 @ 09:19 PM EDT (#117515) #
Negron is playing in center tonight with Singleton in left. And the transition for Roberts has been so far, so good. He is 2 for 2 with one walk and he's up right now.
Mike Green - Monday, May 23 2005 @ 10:11 PM EDT (#117518) #
The Roberts promotion occurred about 3 weeks earlier than I expected. I wonder if he'll get a trial in right-field at some point to complete his super-utility training. At any rate, he still has work to do on the defensive side of his game at second base, and that plus hitting at the double A level will be challenge enough.
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