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Two wins, three losses, and that's that.

Buffalo 12 Syracuse 4

Skychiefs get served. Chris Baker got the start and fared poorly. Mike Nannini relieved and fared worse. Jason Arnold resurfaced and produced this line: walk, wild pitch, walk, strikeout, walk, three-run homer, walk, flyout. Basically, not a great night to be any Skychief whose job involves holding a rosin bag.

Offensively, Kevin Barker continues to enjoy Triple-A, mashing a double and a homer to drive in 2 runs. John Hattig continued his hot Syracuse run with a double, walk and run scored, while Anton French banged out two singles. And, well, thatís about it. Letís never speak of this again.

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New Hampshire 9 Erie 2

Thatís what Iím talking about. This Ryan Roberts guy, he can hit a little: 2 home runs and a single, driving in 3 runs and scoring 3. Thatís 6 homers in 64 at-bats with a .338 batting average as a Fisher Cat, if youíre counting. Five Fisher Cats had 2-hit nights, led by Rob Cosby, who hammered a home run to go with a single. Miguel Negron went 0-for-5 from the leadoff spot. Ismael Ramirez continued his recovery from a slow start, pitching 7 innings of 2-run ball on 7 hits, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. And, well, thatís about it. Letís remember this moment forever.

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Sarasota 3 Dunedin 2

Who do we single out for the brunt of our unstoppable fan wrath? Should it be losing pitcher Justin James, who walked 2 batters with 2 outs and put the tying run on base in the bottom of the ninth? Or should it be closer Danny Hill, who yielded the single that drove in the winner? How do you assign a single ďLĒ when two pitchers can each lay claim to contributing to the loss? How do you tell the dancer from the dance? How do you solve a problem like Maria? And so forth. Anyway. Mike MacDonald pitched well, no walks and 5 Kís in 5 4-hit innings, allowing just one unearned run. Shortstop Manny Mayorson singled twice and drove in both D-Jay runs. No one else did anything remotely interesting. And thatís all I have to say about that.

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Dayton 3-1 Lansing 2-4

Game One: Continuing from where we left off Thursday, when the rains came, Russell Savickas was not called upon to extend his one inning of work. Excellent news, since Chi-Hung Cheng entered the game in ďreliefĒ and punished the foolish Dayton batters who thought they could take him on, striking out 9 and walking none in 5 innings. Unfortunately, he also allowed a 2-run homer, so, yeah, someone could take him on, as it turned out. The loss eventually went to Jordy Templet, who allowed the go-ahead run in the 8th inning. Erik Nielsen and Curtis Thigpen supplied all the Lugnut offence with a pair of solo homers.

But that was then. This is now!! Game Two: Juan Perez pitched effectively! He scattered 4 hits and a walk over 5 shutout innings, striking out 2 batters. Joey McLaughlin closed out for his 4th save. Recently promoted centerfielder Aaron Mathews tripled and walked twice, driving in 2 runs and scoring another 2. DH David Hicks doubled, singled and drove in another run. Hey, check this out: Dayton started a first baseman named Mosby and a third baseman named Key in the nightcap. Think theyíve got a shortstop named Gruber? Maybe Hans Gruber from Die Hard? Naw, thatíd be creepy.

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Your Three-Star Selection: Yo, itís hot in herre:

3. Juan Perez, Lansing: 5 shutout innings is star-worthy in this book.

2. Chi-Hung Cheng, Lansing: 9 strikeouts and no walks in 5 relief innings? Uh-huh.

1. Ryan Roberts, New Hampshire: 2 home runs, 3 RBIs, and it's on.

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Gerry - Saturday, June 11 2005 @ 09:32 AM EDT (#119383) #
I was at the Fisher Cat game yesterday. As Jordan mentioned Ryan Roberts is *hot*. Erie started Humberto Sanchez, Detroit's #5 prospect. Ramirez matched him pretty well, even though Ramirez is Toronto's #16 prospect.

Roberts is about 5'10" or 5'11" and has tattoo's down both arms, visible as he hits. I was talking to a scout before the game who said the question with Roberts was could be hit the 90 mph+ pitchers. In the first Roberts hit a hard comebacker off a fastball that deflected off the pitchers glove for a hit. In the second Roberts crushed a 90 mph fastball over the left center fence. Before the game the players were talking about the home run Roberts hit in Akron the night before. He hit it out to centre, estimated at 440 feet. In the fifth Roberts hit an 84 mph fastball from Rob Henkel, again to left centre. Today the Cats face Joel Zumaya, Detroits #4 prospect who throws high 90's and leads the league in walks and K's. If Roberts can handle Zumaya he will have answered the doubters.

Rob Cosby also crushed a home run for the Cats. Henkel had walked Clint Johnston and fell behind Cosby 2-0. Cosby sat on a fastball and got one down the middle and bye bye.

Ramirez features a 90-92 fastball, a slider and a change. Ramirez still has to develop consistency with the slider and he did not use the change a lot. Ramirez did not get his first K until the end of the 4th, but then had five the next three innings. It was a solid start.
Ducey - Saturday, June 11 2005 @ 10:57 AM EDT (#119387) #
Ricky Romero pitched last night. Complete game victory giving up 3 hits, two runs (on a homer) against 7 k's
Gerry - Saturday, June 11 2005 @ 11:01 AM EDT (#119388) #
I saw Romero on ESPN2 here in Erie. Romero features a 90-93 mph fastball, a good curve and an OK change-up. I assume the Jays can make him better so he could move quickly through the system.
CaramonLS - Saturday, June 11 2005 @ 01:32 PM EDT (#119397) #
Gerry I heard his slider was ML ready and that he was just trying to add a change right now.
jester00 - Saturday, June 11 2005 @ 01:43 PM EDT (#119400) #
Big prospect night as far as starters go today. Rosario for Syracuse, Perkins for New Hampshire and McGowan for Dunedin. Couldn't find Lansings starter. Anybody? Could be Core again.
Lugnut Fan - Saturday, June 11 2005 @ 03:58 PM EDT (#119405) #

Core is going to start tonight in Lansing and Wideman will go tomorrow.

I was at the game last night and I must say that that was the best I had seen both Cheng and Perez throw all year. Cheng worked down in the zone with his fastball, went to both sides of the plate and most importantly, he threw strikes. The strikeout total doesn't surprise me because he has been doing that all year, but the fact he didn't walk anyone is very, very encouraging.

When I was down in the locker room doing the post game stuff, Tom Bradley the pitching coach had the Cal St. Fullerton Vs. ASU game on as well. The question I have is that Romero has thrown a ton of innings for Fullerton and assuming that they move on to Omaha, he will get at least one more start, and probably two because they have a strong team. He might even come out of the pen for some use. With all this, do you think that the Jays may just shut him down for the rest of the year like the Cubs did with Prior coming out of USC and then start him in Dunedin or New Hampshire next season?
HollywoodHartman - Saturday, June 11 2005 @ 04:23 PM EDT (#119406) #
How Old is Ry-Rob?
VGeras - Saturday, June 11 2005 @ 04:23 PM EDT (#119407) #
Romero will likely pitch 10-20 innings this year and that work will take place in Auburn.

It is rare for the Jays to start a draft choice with a long season team.
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