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A pair of two home run games, a pair of great starts in Dunedin, and a pair of bullpen losses. Plus some in-person reporting from Buffalo.

Syracuse 5 Buffalo 6

The Chiefs bullpen lost another game yesterday when Spike Lundberg and Adrian Burnside were unable to hold the Bisons at bay. Yours truly was in attendance so here is an in-person game report. Shaun Marcum made his third AAA start against the best hitting team in the league and he did not have his best stuff, more detailed play by play was provided by MatO in yesterdays minor league thread. The game was a back and forth contest for six innings, Kevin Barker hit two home runs, driving in four, and John Ford Griffin hit a solo shot. Marcum threw 101 pitches, by my count, 73 strikes and 28 balls. Marcum faced 25 hitters and threw 18 first pitch strikes. Marcum's fastball is 87-89 and he also features a slider, a change and a curve. Marcum's best tool is his control and he was a bit off yesterday. As Shaun said after the game "location was a problem for me with a couple of pitches in the second and the fourth". Marty Pevey, the Chiefs manager, also noticed that Shaun left some pitches up, "it looked like he was rushing his delivery and dragging his arm, leaving some pitches up". In the second Jeff Liefer doubled off a hanging change; Ryan Ludwick and Ryan Garko singled to put Buffalo up 2-1. Garko homered leading off the fourth off another change up and over the plate and after that Marcum changed his approach. As he noted "It looked like they were sitting on some pitches, and they were quite aggressive early" so Marcum started featuring the fastball more. As a control pitcher, like Josh Towers, Shaun needs to hit his spots to be successful. Marcum went 5.2 innings, eight hits, no walks, six K's and four runs.

Spike Lundberg allowed back to back singles to start the seventh, and caught a break when Jake Thrower was thrown out by Gabe Gross from a sitting position as Gross fell down fielding the hit, tempting Thrower to try for second. Adrian Burnside came on to face lefty Jake Gautreau and gave up a hit, with a French bobble runners were on second and third with one out. Burnside walked the righty Kinkade to face the lefty Liefer, but Liefer doubled to drive in the tying and go-ahead runs. Burnside was unable to retire either lefty he faced and that was the game. Fernando Cabrera pitched two shutout innings for the save, running his scoreless streak to 24.1 innings.

I spoke with David Bush and Brandon League, look for that update next week as I am off to Erie today to see the Fisher Cats.

Game Story and some bathroom humour

New Hampshire 8 Akron 11

The good news was that New Hampshire hitters had 15 hits, the bad news is they allowed eleven runs. Akron scored five in the fourth and four in the fifth off Cameron Reimers. Reimers opened the fourth by hitting a batter and then committed a fielding and throwing error on the same play. Akron had four hits in that inning and five more in the fifth before Reimers was given the hook.

Justin Singleton hit a two runs home run in the first to put the Fisher Cats ahead, and added a solo shot in the fifth. Ron Acuna tripled in two runs in the first and Ryan Roberts had a solo homer in the ninth. Acuna, Maikel Jova and Roberts had three hits each, Singleton obviously had two.

Dunedin 8 Sarasota 0 - game 1

Dunedin 1 Sarasota 2 - game 2

David Purcey dominated for five innings, eight K's, 2 hits and four walks. Other than the four walks it was a great start. The offense was led by Chip Cannon, 2-3, a home run, 2 walks, 5 RBI's. Manny Mayorson went 3-3.

In game two Casey Janssen started and when Jason Waugh doubled in Joey Reiman in the fourth it looked like that would be enough. But Janssen was pulled after 5.1 innings and turned it over to the bullpen. Brad Mumma walked the lead off hitter and Milton Tavarez allowed two singles to load the bases with no-one out. A passed ball scored the winning run. Janssen's line was 5.1 IP, 6 hits, no walks, four K's, no runs.

Dayton at Lansing - rained out

Your Three Star Selection

Third star - tie Kevin Barker and Justin Singleton, two homeruns each

Second Star - Chip Cannon, 5 RBI's

First Star - David Purcey, five shutout innings

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Lugnut Fan - Friday, June 10 2005 @ 08:39 AM EDT (#119295) #
They will play two in Lansing today with the first game starting at 5:00. Since they started the game last night, the first game has to be a nine inning affair. To get everyone up to speed, the game will start in the top of the second. The box score so far for Dayton is two ground outs to first and a strike out.

The box score for Lansing so far is:

Armstrong out 6-3
Thigpen out 4-3
Nielsen singles
Hicks out 1-3

End of first inning.

The second game will probably be a 7 inning affair.
Gerry - Friday, June 10 2005 @ 08:58 AM EDT (#119296) #
I forgot to mention that Justin Miller threw a bullpen session before yesterdays game, looks like he is close to coming back.
Mike Green - Friday, June 10 2005 @ 10:30 AM EDT (#119305) #

Thanks, Gerry, for the bonus in-person coverage. Here are some Marcum rate stats:

years-levels       HR/9    W/9    K/9
2003-04-A          .69     1.33   9.97
2005-AA-AAA        .75     1.36   7.83

The deterioration in his K rate is not as ominous as it appears, as he has made the transition from closer in 2003 to starter in 2004-05, and has had to change his approach somewhat.

Jacko - Friday, June 10 2005 @ 10:53 AM EDT (#119307) #
Ay Carumba. What has gotten into Chip Cannon?

He's at hitting 435/552/1000 since his promotion to Duneden. Isn't the FSL supposed to be a pitchers league?

Overall, he's at 288/375/597 with 15 HR and 48 RBI.
R Billie - Friday, June 10 2005 @ 11:20 AM EDT (#119315) #
Chip is doing great. He's 23.5 at the moment so he's not about to appear on Baseball America's hot prospect list yet. It would really help his cause if he could play a month or two of AA this season. If he keeps this up then between Roberts and Cannon the Fishercats might have some help for the stretch run.
MatO - Friday, June 10 2005 @ 11:34 AM EDT (#119318) #
Nice start by Roberts at AA. If he can keep it up I hope they move him quickly to AAA. He turns 25 later this year and maybe he can eventually fill a Menechino role.
Lugnut Fan - Friday, June 10 2005 @ 11:38 AM EDT (#119319) #
Chip was really hot before he was pulled up from Lansing. He needed to move as most of the prospects on this team need to move because they are a little older than the competition at this level.

Jonny German posted my Chip Cannon interview that I gave him for me, so I take full credit for his success since then...haha.
MatO - Friday, June 10 2005 @ 12:03 PM EDT (#119324) #
God knows they could use some bats in AA.
Jordan - Friday, June 10 2005 @ 01:20 PM EDT (#119335) #
I'm half wondering -- and if I find the time, I'll look up the numbers -- whether the FSL has continued to play as a pitchers' circuit this year. Normally, of course, the league is a pitchers' dream, and hitters who do well there distinguish themselves. But Roberts and Cannon have both come up from Lansing and ripped the cover off the ball, which (despite their obvious talent) shouldn't normally happen. I also have the impression of a lot more high-scoring games in Florida generally this year. Maybe it's the weather? Maybe it's a teensy sample size? Anyway, if I can, I'll check it out further.
Mike Green - Friday, June 10 2005 @ 01:37 PM EDT (#119338) #
The average team in the FSL has scored 4.7 runs this year. In the West Division, the average team has scored 4.87 runs. It's a pretty neutral league right now.

I don't know whether Knology Park has played as a hitter's or pitcher's park, but it wouldn't surprise me if it favours the hitters as it did last year.
Brian W - Friday, June 10 2005 @ 01:49 PM EDT (#119339) #
Just some very quick numbers on Dunedin and the FSL:

League Totals: 258/330/388 (BA/OBP/SLG)
Dunedin Blue Jays: 284/356/414

Dunedin averages 5.4 runs scored and 4.2 runs allowed per game. The league average is 9.4 runs per game (both teams combined).

So, either Dunedin is playing as a hitters park (I don't have home/road splits or park factors) or the Jays are just hitting very well for that league.
Marc Hulet - Friday, June 10 2005 @ 02:38 PM EDT (#119352) #
From the Fisher Cats media relations office: 1B Vito Chiaravalloti was placed on the disabled list yesterday with a side injury retroactive to June 7. LHP Jesse Carlson was added to the Fisher Cats roster from Triple-A Syracuse to take his place.

VGeras - Friday, June 10 2005 @ 04:52 PM EDT (#119369) #
Dennis Bigley (22nd round pick) interview
R Billie - Friday, June 10 2005 @ 05:08 PM EDT (#119372) #
Bigley's scouting report reads a lot like Pete Walker.
Mike Green - Friday, June 10 2005 @ 05:26 PM EDT (#119373) #
Gerry reports that Justin Miller was activated from the DL and Ryan Houston went on the DL, in addition to the Carlson move reported above.
Stellers Jay - Friday, June 10 2005 @ 05:42 PM EDT (#119375) #
Did I miss something? When did Houston get promoted to syracuse?
Gerry - Friday, June 10 2005 @ 11:09 PM EDT (#119379) #
Houston was mot promoted. Here are the moves:


Activate Miller
Demote Carlson

New Hamsphire

DL Vito
Add: Carlson

Houston has gone for a medical exam on his elbow but has not been DL'ed yet.
Lugnut Fan - Saturday, June 11 2005 @ 12:46 AM EDT (#119380) #
I have a Lansing report guys. Daryl Harang has been placed on the DL retroactive to June 3rd with an undisclosed injury. No timetable has been set for his return.

Scott Roy has been promoted from exteded spring and will take Harang's spot on the roster at this time.

Now as far as the games. Lansing lost the first game 3-2, but I must say that was the most impressive outing that I have seen Cheng throw so far this year. He was working the fastball low in the zone, he was working both sides of the plate and he was throwing strikes. His final line is very encouraging 6.0 IP, 2R; 4H; 9K; 0BB. It was too bad that the bats weren't able to pick him up as the only runs scored in the game were back to back home runs in the third by Thigpen and Nielsen.

Juan Perez also had an outstanding outing for Lansing in the second game. He beat Homer Bailey who I believe was a first rounder for Cincy last year. He was very impressive as he is the first pitcher I saw hit 100 MPH with his fastball on the gun tonight. That was also the pitch that Jason Armstrong hit to RF to score the game winning run.

One thing I noticed tonight was that they were more aggressive on the base paths. They had three steals in the second game tonight (One by Armstrong and two by Mathews). It would have been nice to get too, but it was a very good night all around and it was encouraging to see Perez do well and to see Cheng have such a strong outing with NO WALKS for Lansing tonight.
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