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The farm splits four with Dunedin splitting a pair, and itís time for another Three-Star update.

Louisville 5 @ Syracuse 9

The SkyChiefs sent 11 men to the plate in the bottom of the 8th, and 5 of them walked. They also hit the ball a little, enough to score 6 runs and turn a 4-3 deficit into a 9-4 advantage. Jesse Carlson vultured the win, having recorded the last out of the top of the 8th, and he finished the sudden blowout allowing a solo homer in the 9th.

Francisco Rosario started the game for Syracuse, and while he wasnít great his outing has to be considered encouraging after some recent misadventures. Frank went 6 innings, charged with 4 runs on 5 hits, striking out 6 and walking 3.

The Chiefs had just 7 hits to go with their 6 total walks, but as mentioned they made a lot of the walks count. 3B John Hattig notched two singles, RF Chad Mottola two doubles, and C Andy Dominique was good for a single, a homer, and a walk in his 3 plate appearances. LF Gabe Gross and DH John-Ford Griffin each went 0-for-3 with a walk.

Boxscore -

New Hampshire Ė Off Day

Dunedin 2 @ Fort Myers 7
Dunedin 6 @ Fort Myers 1 (7 innings)

After rain halted the proceedings following the top of the first on Sunday, the Dunedin Blue Jays finished off that game before playing 7-inning contest Monday. Dave Purcey had been the scheduled starter Sunday, and though he did not throw any pitches in earnest he did warm up and the braintrust played it safe with the prized prospect, benching him Monday in favour of Davis Romero. The Littlest Lefty punched out 5 Miracles in 3 innings, but allowed one run of the earned variety and one of the unearned sort on 5 hits and a walk. Yesson Berroa fared worse for the 5 hits allowed in his three innings, as they added up to 5 runs. Tracy Thorpe was untouched over the final two frames, striking out 2.

The D-Jay hitters mimicked the SkyChiefs and then some, walking 6 times while stroking just 4 hits, but they were unable to maintain the impressive runs-to-baserunners ratio of their fellow farmhands. Their 11 strikeouts didnít help.

The shorter contest was sweeter for the Jays, featuring an encouraging outing from Dustin McGowan. In his second start back from Tommy John, Dustin pitched 3-2/3, charged with an unearned marker on 2 singles, a hit batter, and 2 walks, with 3 whiffs. Brad Mumma and Justin James picked him up with 3-1/3 of shutout relief, James receipting for the Win.

After 15 innings of not much offence to speak of, the Dunedin bats came alive in the top of the 7th of this game, as they batted around (despite the first 2 batters of the inning grounding out) and plated 5. Carlo Cota sported the best line of the twinbill at 4 hits (including a triple and a homer) and 2 walks to show for his 8 plate appearances. Chip Cannon rebounded from 3 strikeouts in the opener to notch 3 hits in the nightcap.

Boxscores - Game 1, Game 2 -

Lansing 5 @ Peoria 7

In a game which saw scoring in 7 different half-innings on the strength of 29 hits, 6 walks, and 4 errors, the Nuts came out on the short end. The good news is they collected all 6 of the bases on balls, including 2 each for 3B Christian Snavely and the newly arrived 1B and cleanup hitter Charles Anderson). The bad news is they committed 3 of the errors Ė 2B Jason Armstrong, SS Ryan Klosterman being charged fielding errors, C Curtis Thigpen a throwing error as well as a passed ball.

A.J. Wideman started for Lansing and was rattled for 6 runs on 10 hits in 4-2/3 as he struck out 3. Jordy Templet scattered 7 safeties over the remaining 3-1/3, allowing just a single run on a solo homer and striking out 2.

Armstrong and RF Eric Nielson each had a double among 3 hits, while Anderson had two singles and 2 walks. CF Yuber Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a double. It was a tough night all around for Thigpen, as he went oh-fer at the plate.

Boxscore - Recap - Lansing State Journal

Three-Star Selection!

The Third Star: Jason Armstrong, Lansing. 3 hits including a double.

The Second Star: Andy Dominique , Syracuse, a perfect walk-single-homer night.

The First Star: Carlo Cota , Dunedin, on base 6 of 8 times up in a double-header.

Three-Star Standings

Another month, another Three-Star medal for Casey Janssen. How do you top a 1.69 ERA in 32 April innings? If youíre Casey, you post a 1.13 ERA in 40 May innings. Oh yes, and you post a 33-2 K-BB ratio. And move up from Single-A Lansing to High-A Dunedin.

Janssenís May crown was hotly contested by Lansing catcher Curtis Thigpen. The 2004 2nd-round pick matched the 35 points accumulated by Janssen, but trailed Casey in being named a star 3 times in the month, to Janssenís 5 times. (For an explanation of the scoring system, see the April update). Thigpen batted .310/.430/.460 in May, including these memorable performances:

May 9: A walk, a single, and a homer

May 12: A double, a triple, and 3 walks

May 28: 4 hits, including a triple, and a walk

Rather coincidentally, a round total of 50 different Blue Jay farmhands were named at least once as a star in the month of May, exactly the same total as April (69 players have now been named this season). Hereís the May top ten:

Player    	Points Stars
Casey Janssen	35	5
Curtis Thigpen	35	3
Shaun Marcum	31	4
Ryan Roberts	28	4
Kevin Barker	25	3
Clint Johnston	24	3
Mike MacDonald	24	2
Kurt Isenberg	23	3
Chi-hung Cheng	23	3
Carlo Cota	23	2
Meanwhile, Janssen is quickly running away with the overall lead for the season:
Player    	Points Stars
Casey Janssen	87	11
Shaun Marcum	59	8
Ryan Roberts	47	7
JF Griffin	43	6
Josh Banks	43	5
Carlo Cota	39	4
Chip Cannon	36	4
Jamie Vermilyea	36	4
Mike MacDonald	36	3
Curtis Thigpen	35	3
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Gerry - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 10:00 AM EDT (#118830) #
5 of the 6 top point earners in May have been promoted, the exception? Curtis Thigpen. Soon perhaps.
Mike Green - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 11:58 AM EDT (#118841) #
If the draft stokes your interest in the minor leagues, there are some interesting games on tonight:

Buffalo at Syracuse (League/Matos) DH 5:00
New Hampshire (Zach Jackson) at Akron 7:05
Dunedin (Isenberg) at Fort Myers 7:00
Lansing (Yates) at Peoria 8:00
Lugnut Fan - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 12:34 PM EDT (#118851) #
That's a pretty interesting observation Gerry. As I have stated before, the thing that is kind of holding him back a little is his defense. I think he needs to work on his footwork a little and needs to practice the throw the second a little bit as most of his throws are off line.

With that said, when I look at Curtis, I don't think catcher. I think corner infielder which makes me wonder if that move might be in the near future for him. I think depending on the results of the draft today and tomorrow, you might get a better feel for when the Thigpen promotion just may occur.
statjunkie - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 05:35 PM EDT (#118992) #
i dont think that curtis has the body frame to put on the extra 20 lbs. he will need to be a catcher, but he showed last year at texas that he has great athleticism by playing very well at first base. it seems like he could definitely play 3rd because he has a good arm and above average quickness....and that would also help his hitting because he would not have to put up with the wear and tear of catching
Nick - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 07:45 PM EDT (#119022) #
Unfortunately, Brandon League's struggles continue. He was only able to get through 4 innings. League allowed 6 hits, including a HR, and 5 earned runs. He only struck out one. Perhaps the only bright spot was that he did not walk anyone. Syracuse lost 7-2 in the first game of a DH. Kevin Barker provided the only offense with a 2-run HR, his first since joining the SkyChiefs.

1-2-3 1st inning for ZachJack. NH leads 2-0 midway through 2.
Nick - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 07:47 PM EDT (#119023) #
3 up, 3 down in the 2nd for Jackson, including 2 K's. Still 2-0 NH through 2.
Nick - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 07:56 PM EDT (#119024) #
9 up, 9 down for ZachJack through 3, including 3 K's. 3-0 NH through 3. 3rd run was scored on a HR by Negron, his 1st of the year. It's June 7th.
Nick - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 08:04 PM EDT (#119025) #
F-Cats go down 1-2-3 in the top of the 4th. 3-0 NH.
Nick - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 08:21 PM EDT (#119026) #
Back to the top of the order for Akron. Jackson is working quickly.

Leadoff hitter Torres works a full count before dropping a bloop single in front of Singleton in CF, the 1st Akron baserunner of the night.

1B Larkin reaches on an error at short by Tablado who threw poorly to 2nd on a potential double play ball.

Morban hammers a pitch into the left field grandstands - foul. He works the count full before flying out. 1 down.

Cleanup hitter Cooper steps to the plate. 11 HR's on the year. Strikes him out up and in for his 4th K. Runners on 1st and 2nd. 2 out.
Nick - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 08:24 PM EDT (#119027) #
1-2 count on RF Francisco, a .297 hitter. Fouls it off. Next pitch is high, ball 2. 37 pitches through 3. 26 pitches so far in the 4th. Outside, ball 3. 3-2 pitch, high - ball 4. Bases loaded, 2 outs. Jackson's 1st BB as a F-Cat.
Nick - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 08:26 PM EDT (#119028) #
Jackson picks off Fransisco at 1B. Gets out of the bases loaded jam. Zach had runners at 1st and 2nd with none out and allowed no runs. Great job. He really had to work that inning though.
Nick - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 08:35 PM EDT (#119029) #
6-7-8 hitters coming up for Akron. 1st hitter, 3B Osborn, strikes out swinging on 3 pitches. 5th K. Next batter flies out on the 1st pitch. Much easier inning than the 4th.
Nick - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 08:38 PM EDT (#119030) #
1st pitch curveball to the C Herrera, called strike. 2nd pitch - another called strike. 3rd pitch, just outside. 4th pitch down and in, swing and a miss strike 3. 6th K. 3 up, 3 down on 9 pitches in the 5th with 2 K's. Not a bad inning. That was a very impressive for Jackson after working hard in the 4th.
Nick - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 08:40 PM EDT (#119031) #
Roberts robbed of a double on a beautiful diving catch. 1 out for NH in the top of the 6th.
Nick - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 08:41 PM EDT (#119032) #
Singleton strikes out on 3 pitches, 2 out.
Nick - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 08:44 PM EDT (#119033) #
Batter's Box was just mentioned on the air by NH broadcast team. He is doing a F-Cat alumni report and cited Batter's Box as one of his sources. Nice work, guys. Jova strikes out. 3 outs. Still 3-0 NH heading to the bottom of the 6th.
Nick - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 08:47 PM EDT (#119034) #
Ochoa fouls off the first pitch from Jackson. 2nd pitch - called strike. Fouls another one off. Blooper to CF - nice catch by Singleton belt-high. 1 out in the bottom of the 6th. Back to the top of the order. Ryan Houston up in the pen.
Nick - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 08:48 PM EDT (#119035) #
Another flyout to Singleton on an 0-1 pitch. 2 out.
Nick - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 08:51 PM EDT (#119036) #
First pitch to 1B Larkin is a ball. 2nd pitch is fouled off. 3rd pitch is also fouled off. Swing and a miss, he struck him out! 3 up, 3 down. Through 6 innings, only 1 hit allowed, 1 BB and 7 K's for ZJ. He is really in a groove.
Nick - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 08:53 PM EDT (#119037) #
Johnston rips a pitch down the line for the F-Cats in the top of the 7th for a leadoff double.
Nick - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 08:56 PM EDT (#119038) #
F-Cats waste Johnston's leadoff double. Still 3-0 at 7th inning stretch time.
Nick - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 09:00 PM EDT (#119039) #
In 5 of first 6 innings, ZachJack has set the Aeros down in order (4th inning the exception). 83 pitches through 6.

First 2 pitches to the leadoff hitter are swinging strikes on nasty offspeed pitches (curveballs I think). 3rd pitch just misses. 4th pitch - fouled off. Swing and a miss - strike 3! 8 K's. One out in the 7th. What a game for ZJ.
Nick - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 09:02 PM EDT (#119040) #
LF Cooper fouls out on easy pop-up on the 2nd pitch he sees. 2 down.

Slow roller to SS, easy play. 3 up, 3 down again. So when is ZJ heading to Syracuse? :)
Nick - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 09:09 PM EDT (#119041) #
Top of the 8th, Roberts doubles to LF corner to drive in Negron, making it 4-0 F-Cats. 10 RBI in past 6 games. Ryan has 2 RBI's in past 4 games (he has 1 tonight), a F-Cat club record.
Nick - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 09:10 PM EDT (#119042) #
Hard line drive by Singleton to SS is caught, Roberts is doubled off of 2B for the 3rd out. 4-0 NH heading to the bottom of the 8th. Let's see if they keep ZJ in there.
Nick - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 09:15 PM EDT (#119043) #
Zach Jackson is done after 90 or so pitches. 6 out of 7 innings were perfect 1-2-3 innings.

7 IP, 1 hit (bloop single), 1 BB, 8 K's, 0 runs.

Ryan Houston and his 1.75 ERA come on to pitch. Now that Zach is done, so am I. Although it appears no one cares. That's OK, it was fun listening to ZJ mow down the Aeros tonight. Bye!
Mike Forbes - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 09:42 PM EDT (#119044) #
Thanks Nick. Great to see ZachJack doing so well.
MatO - Tuesday, June 07 2005 @ 10:51 PM EDT (#119050) #
Some call me Tim - Wednesday, June 08 2005 @ 01:51 AM EDT (#119068) #
Thanks for the play by play. It's nice to be able to read it at the end of the day.
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