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A pair of pitching performances by two pitching people we all have a pair of peepers on. Make that "on which we have peepers," if you don't like ending a sentence with a preposition.

Durham 7, Syracuse 6
Box score

After Durham scored one, Syracuse answered in kind. The Bulls got five in the fourth, the Chiefs also got five in the fourth. Durham scored their seventh run of the night in the top of the ninth, but Syracuse didn't. Oh, and how does a team get five runs in one inning without any doubles, triples, or homeruns? Answer: with eleven batters, four singles, three walks and catcher's interference by Kevin Cash. Even more bizarre? The SkyChiefs had two outs with just a man on first before all the insanity happened.

Alas, Matt Whiteside, the Ted McGinley of the late-inning pitching change, showed up in the ninth and gave up a homer to Pete LaForest (ou Pierre-Luc LaForest, il n'a pas d'importance pour moi).

Bryant Nelson had three hits. Not much else from this one, so let's move on to Manchester.

New Hampshire 4, Portland 1
Box score

Zach Jackson, welcome to New Hampshire. Eight innings, five hits, only one run and a couple of strikeouts. A Game Score of 70, thank you very much. Oh, and did you have enough groundballs there, Zach? Fine AA debut for Jackson -- the jump from A to AA being the hardest in the minors. I might have to apply the Mike Wilner Chad Bradford Rule and call him Jack Zachson soon, though it's not nearly as cool as "Jack Zackson."

On the other side of promotions, Justin Singleton was not only demoted for the first time in his pro career recently, he's also 26 years old and hitting seventh in a AA lineup. No matter if he deserved it, that has to suck. At least he was involved in the action last night, hitting a single and scoring one of the four runs. Ryan Roberts reached base three times.

No triples in this game, nor homeruns for either side. And Portland only managed one double. I would really like to see the park factor for this new stadium at the end of the year -- it looks like it will be a doozy.

Clearwater 15, Dunedin 5
Box score

Dustin McGowan, how was your first inning last night in your first game since Tommy John surgery?

Well, that's not bad. How did you do after that?


So, what the hell happened? McGowan's first inning went bunt single-strikeout-caught stealing-strikeout. That's almost as good as you can get. His second inning, or fraction of an inning, went (deep breath) homer-single-single-homer-walk-single-balk-popout-single. Five runs in, McGowan out. The man was so rattled on the mound, he balked while a non-base stealer was on second. He now has a 47.25 ERA, which ranks behind each and every MLB player to throw a pitch this year. It's so bad, it's twice as poor as Matt Whiteside.

This is my way of saying: cheer up, Dustin. This is the worst start you'll have this year. As for the rest of the game, that ever-present Big Bang Theory held true with Clearwater's 8-run second. Joey Reiman hit a homerun and Carlo Cota doubled twice to RF and CF to complement a single to left. Good job -- keep them on their toes, Carlo.

The game log for this game has perhaps the funniest first inning I've seen:
Jayce Tingler hit by pitch.
With Carlo Cota batting, passed ball by Marc Tugwell, Jayce Tingler to 2nd.
With Carlo Cota batting, wild pitch by Gabe Ribas, Jayce Tingler to 3rd.
Carlo Cota strikes out swinging.

I hope Cota wasn't swinging at either of those pitches.

Lansing 7, Clinton 5
Box score

Not even a pair of homeruns by 19 year old Ian Gac, Enemy of Scrabble, could keep the red-hot Lugnuts from extending their winning streak to one game in this matchup of 19 year olds in Lansing. Aaron Wideman, obviously not a fan of my Mississauga bashing, only lasted five innings in this one, surrendering three homers (but just one non-Gac HR). Michael Schlact showed Wideman that only one 1985-born pitcher was allowed to pitch well on June 1, 2005. Though, I must say, Wideman picked two batters off last night. Not bad at all.

Daryl Harang was excellent in relief and picked up a win for his efforts. Jason Armstrong made a throwing error while playing at third base to lead off the top of the first, then reached on a throwing error by the Clinton third baseman to lead off the bottom of the first. Baseball can be weird sometimes. Armstrong made another error in the second, directly leading to one of the homeruns by the aforementioned Gac.

Three-Star Selection:
3. Daryl Harang
2. Carlo Cota
1. Zach Jackson, obviously

Today’s Games:
Syracuse (League) vs Durham, 7:00 ET.
New Hampshire (Banks) vs Portland, 6:35 ET.
Dunedin @ Clearwater, 7:00 ET.
Lansing (Yates) vs Clinton, 7:05 ET.

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Pistol - Thursday, June 02 2005 @ 09:00 AM EDT (#118406) #
I think the main point about McGowan is that he's healthy and pitching. The results at this point are secondary.

Now if it's 2006 and he's getting lit up, then there's cause for concern.
Gerry - Thursday, June 02 2005 @ 09:15 AM EDT (#118410) #
Another tough start for Rosario, that is two in a row.

In the Dunedin game a Clearwater player, Brian Sellier, hit a home run off McGowan to lead off the second, and another home run off Romero, also in the second. A good night in one inning!
Mick Doherty - Thursday, June 02 2005 @ 09:23 AM EDT (#118411) #
McGowan, Rose? Do I win a cuttlefish for recognizing the excellently vague Charmed reference?
danjulien - Thursday, June 02 2005 @ 09:54 AM EDT (#118415) #
"ou Pierre-Luc LaForest, il a d'importance pas non plus la façon à moi" LOL I love reading the minor league reports because it saves me looking up all this stuff but this may be the worse french sentence I've read in a while ;) I think u meant "il n'a pas d'importance pour moi" Thanks for all the hard work tho ;)
R Billie - Thursday, June 02 2005 @ 11:38 AM EDT (#118432) #
Hopefully Dustin wasn't feeling pain after the start because he must have thrown an awful lot of pitches to those 11 batters. The last time an outing went that bad that quickly for him he had to get TJ surgery.

But this is the type of thing we might have to get used to...recovering from a long layoff isn't likely to be all sunshine and Rose McGowans. It can only go up from here.
SparrowOD - Thursday, June 02 2005 @ 02:32 PM EDT (#118448) #
Ian Gac, enemy of scrabble. Brilliant.
VGeras - Thursday, June 02 2005 @ 02:45 PM EDT (#118449) #
I would like to think Dustin tired a little after his first inning. He did strike out two batters and allowed just one hit.

Since he did not walk anybody then that tells me he didn't have his velocity, as expected and the batters just hit him hard.

Aslong as he left healthy that is all that matters.
VGeras - Thursday, June 02 2005 @ 02:48 PM EDT (#118450) #
Jackson spells his first name with an "H" not a "K"

It should be Zach not Zack
VGeras - Thursday, June 02 2005 @ 02:50 PM EDT (#118451) #
Aaron Wideman, obviously not a fan of my Mississauga bashing, only lasted five innings in this one, surrendering three homers (but just one non-Gac HR). Michael Schlact showed Wideman that only one 1985-born pitcher was allowed to pitch well on June 1, 2005. Though, I must say, Wideman picked two batters off last night. Not bad at all.
Am I missing something? Why the negativity on Wideman?
Stellers Jay - Thursday, June 02 2005 @ 06:42 PM EDT (#118473) #
Some BB radio from NH. Josh Banks vs. Chris Smith.

(The announcers are speculating about an injury to Negron. He's not in the line-up and he is in street clothes in the stands.)

Durbin flies out to Jova.
Pedroia grounds out to 2nd.
Ramirez flies out to Jova for the 3rd out.

The Boss (JP) was in town and saw Jackson's AA debut last night in person.
Stellers Jay - Thursday, June 02 2005 @ 06:52 PM EDT (#118474) #
Bottom 1.

Acuna hits the first pitch for a leadoff double.
Roberts hits the second pitch off the RF wall and doubles home Acuna.
Barker flies out to RF. Roberts holds at 2nd. - 1out.
Jova flies out for the 2nd out.
Singleton strikes out to end the inning.

*Funny* stat Ryan Roberts has more walks in 2 weeks with the Fishercats than Jova has all year.

1 - 0 for the good guys.
Stellers Jay - Thursday, June 02 2005 @ 07:05 PM EDT (#118475) #
Top 2nd.

Bailie grounds out to 3rd on a broken bat.
Moss doubles to right centre field.
Sandberg hits a 2 run homer to CF.
Perez singles to LF.
Murphy strikes out.
Concepcion singles under Vito's glove into RF.
Durbin (with runners on the corners) beats out a bunt for a single to load the bases.
Pedroia doubles down the line scoring 2 runs. The throw to the plate nails Durbin for the 3rd out.

The wind seems to be really blowing the ball out. The wind aided the homer and the back to back to doubles by the fishercats in the bottom of the 1st.

4-1 for the bad guys.
Stellers Jay - Thursday, June 02 2005 @ 07:10 PM EDT (#118476) #
Bottom of 2nd

Kratz strikes out.
Vito walks.
Tablado (hitting under the mendoza line) grounds into an inning ending DP.

4-1 Seadogs.
Stellers Jay - Thursday, June 02 2005 @ 07:17 PM EDT (#118477) #
Top 3.

Ramirez flies out to RF.
Bailie flies out to CF.
Moss stikes out to end the inning.

Stellers Jay - Thursday, June 02 2005 @ 07:26 PM EDT (#118478) #
Bottom 3.

Hassey lines out to Ramirez
Acuna strikes out looking.
Roberts bloops a 2 out single.
Barker singles deep to the RF wall. There is a play at the plate and Roberts is dead meat but the catcher misses the tag and Roberts is in for the 2nd run.
Jova strikes out.

4 - 2 seadogs after 3

Time to go barbecue some dinner.
Rob - Thursday, June 02 2005 @ 08:23 PM EDT (#118480) #

I didn't mean for it to come across that way, though I can certainly see why that quoted passage did. The "allowed to pitch well" was more about both starters being 19 than any ill will towards Wideman. I have nothing against the man, and I don't wish anything bad on Aaron Wideman at all. I think he was in my cousin's graduating class in Mississauga, actually.

McGowan, Rose? Do I win a cuttlefish for recognizing the excellently vague Charmed reference?

Why not? Here, it's even a pink cuttlefish, origami style. You know, it takes me longer to write the headlines for these articles than to write the copy...

And asking me to write readable French is like asking Christie Blatchford to write readable articles, so direct your blame towards the Google translator. I'll fix the sentence. :)

Maldoff - Thursday, June 02 2005 @ 08:49 PM EDT (#118481) #
Does anyone have any "day-after" reports on McGowan?

While I'm assuming the Jays were hoping for him to come back and get right back in the groove, I think they would be happy with him jsut being healthy, and then the performance can come after.
Mike Green - Thursday, June 02 2005 @ 09:33 PM EDT (#118482) #
We pick up the Syracuse-Durham game. The Chiefs lead 3-2 after 7 innings.

Jason Arnold is on the mound. Earl Snyder is on 2nd and there is nobody out.

Eric Munson runs the count to 3-1, swings through high 94 mph gas, and then flies out to medium depth centerfield.

Tim Laker runs the count to 2-0, takes a change in the dirt, a fastball down the middle and then a fastball for the walk.

Brooks Badeaux hits the 2-1 to deep centerfield, but centerfielder Bryant Nelson gets back to the track to make the catch. Snyder fails to tag and does not advance. Pitching coach Chuck Mifflin makes a trip to the mound.

Jeff Deardorff swings and misses on the 0-1 slider in the dirt. It gets by catcher Schneider and the runners advance. He hits the 2-2 pitch somewhat into the hole. Shortstop Julius Matos airmails the throw into the stands as 2 runs score.

Reggie Taylor lines a ball sharply up the middle. Arnold knocks it down and throws him out.

4-3 Durham after 7 and 1/2.
Mike Green - Thursday, June 02 2005 @ 09:50 PM EDT (#118486) #
Lefty Joe Beimel on to pitch for the Bulls in the bottom of the eighth.

John-ford Griffin leads off, runs the count to 2-1, fouls off a couple, takes a ball outside, fouls off a couple more, and then laces a ball on the ground to left for a single. Fine at-bat.

Chad Mottola hits one high and deep to right. Gomes is back, back and catches it up against the wall 375 feet from the plate.

Gabe Gross, 2-3 on the night, runs the count to 3-1, grounds the ball hard past Griffin into right. Griffin has to stop to avoid being hit, and advances only to second. Another nice at-bat against a lefty.

Jason Alfaro hits one hard off the 2nd baseman's glove into centerfield, but Marty Pevey holds Griffin. Bases loaded, 1 out.

Righty Joe Nelson on to pitch for the Bulls.

Andy Dominique runs the count to 2-2, then pops up to shortstop Upton.

John Schneider falls behind 0-2 and then swings through a high fastball. Ouch.

4-3 after 8 innings.
Mike Green - Thursday, June 02 2005 @ 09:57 PM EDT (#118487) #
Box favourite Spike Lundberg on to pitch the ninth.

B.J. Upton grounds out to short.
Jonny Gomes strikes out swinging on high heat.
Pete LaForest walks on 4 pitches.
Earl Snyder grounds one deep into the hole. Matos makes a diving stop, and then throws out LaForest at second.

4-3 Durham going to the bottom of the ninth.
And I've got to go right now.
Brian W - Thursday, June 02 2005 @ 11:43 PM EDT (#118489) #
Chip Cannon has hit for the cycle for Lansing (and been intentionally walked twice). The game is currently tied at 13 in the 13th.
Lugnut Fan - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 01:51 AM EDT (#118492) #
I was at the game tonight and I have a few things to say about the game. I also have a follow up on the Chip Cannon profile that was posted earlier this week. Chip hit for the cycle tonight going 4-5. He walked three times in the game with two of them being intentional. After the game, Chip became the third member of the Lugnut team this season to earn a promotion to Dunedin. This caught me off guard a little because his average was a little low and I thought for sure he would be in Lansing for the full season. This was the third time that a member of the Lugnuts has hit for the cycle. Corey Patterson did it in 1999 and Donny Hood did it in 2003. In the game that Donny Hood hit for the cycle, that was also the only no-hitter thrown in Lugnut history. At the time, that was the only time in the history of professional baseball when a player had hit for the cycle and threw a no hitter in the same game.

The game itself was agonizing. 4.5 hours of hell. 27 runs scored, 39 hits and 3 errors in the game. It takes a lot for me to want to stop watching baseball, but after the game tonight, I had had enough. It was 11:45 or so when the game finally ended, and after doing my press stuff....Well it was just plain late.

Congrats Chip. Keep swinging it in Dunedin. I have to listen to my recorder, but I heard who is coming up. There are two coming since Joey Wolfe has also quit the team. They are both being promoted from extended spring.
Gerry - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 08:59 AM EDT (#118499) #
Clint Johnston did not play last night for Dunedin so it could be Chip is an injury related call-up.
Marc Hulet - Friday, June 03 2005 @ 11:29 AM EDT (#118516) #
Johnston was promoted to New Hampshire.
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