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It's an old joke, and not very good, but we will take all the levity we can get after a 1-3 night on the farm, complete with 2 late blown leads.

Syracuse 4 Richmond 3

The Sky Chiefs rallied for 2 runs in the eighth and another 2 in the ninth courtesy of a clutch Chad Mottola double to overcome a 3-0 deficit. Jason Alfaro's 2 run 2 out single in the eighth started the comeback. Francisco Rosario started and went 6.2 innings, allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, on 8 hits and 1 walk with 2 strikeouts. Spike Lundberg, Matt Duff and Matt Whiteside held the fort while the Chiefs' offence got in gear. Gabe Gross went 1-5.

Syracuse Post-Standard game story

New Hampshire 4 Erie 5

Jamie Vermilyea has had better games. He came on with a 4-1 lead in the 7th, with runners on the corners, but then came single, walk, single to tie the score. A walkoff leadoff homer off Vermilyea ended it in the bottom of the ninth. Vince Perkins started and pitched well enough to win, going 6+ innings, and allowing 3 earned runs on 7 hits and 1 walk with 1 strikeout. Clint Johnston hit a solo homer for the Fisher Cats, while Miguel Negron continued his ascent from sub-Mendoza ignominy with a 3-5 performance, including a double. Ryan Roberts went 0-3 with a walk and a sacrifice fly.

Union-Leader game story

Tampa 9 Dunedin 7

Another game, another blown lead. This time the good guys' bullpen took the fall. It all started out so delightfully. Dustin McGowan started and went 5 effective innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 3 hits and 1 walk with 2 strikeouts. Meanwhile, the offence was firing on all cylinders, as Chip Cannon hit his 16th homer, a 3 run shot, and had a run-scoring single early. Adam Lind had 3 singles, while Eric Arnold had 2 doubles and a single, as the D-Jays led 7-2 after 7 innings. It all came apart in the eighth inning as Danny Hill, Brad Mumma and Milton Tavarez coughed up 5 runs in the eighth inning. The coup de grace was administered to Yesson Berroa in the 11th by the T-Yanks.

Daytona 4 Lansing 2

The Lugnut offence is feeling the loss of Cannon power, as they could manage only 4 hits in succumbing to the Dragons. Danny Core gave up homers in the 4th and 5th inning, and that pretty much was all she wrote. Core's final line was 4 earned runs in 5 innings on 6 hits and 3 walks with 3 strikeouts. Jeremy Harper shut the door with 3 fine innings, striking out 5, but the Lugnuts could only make it half way back on a 2 run eighth inning single by Aaron Mathews. Curtis Thigpen walked twice in 4 trips for the Lugs.

Lansing State Journal game story

Mark Feather's Lugnut notes

3 star selection

3rd star-Jeremy Harper
2nd star-Chad Mottola
1st star-Chip Cannon

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NDG - Sunday, June 12 2005 @ 12:15 PM EDT (#119432) #
Impressive stat of the day; Cannon is 13 for 19 when he makes contact so far in A-ball.

Seriously though, is anyone aware of any Major League players who struck out as often as Chip does while in the low minors? I'm not trying to rain on the Chip parade, I'm just curious as I'm as excited as the next guy that the Jays may actually have a power bat in the system. However it's looking like Cannon is following the Josh Phelps career path. Then again as one the very few remaining Phelps fan, I still can't figure out how a guy with a career .810 OPS can be DFA'd three times.
Magpie - Sunday, June 12 2005 @ 01:14 PM EDT (#119435) #
I think Glenallen Hill had a minor league season when he struck out more than 200 times.
Rob - Sunday, June 12 2005 @ 01:56 PM EDT (#119438) #
He sure did. 1985 with Kinston of the Carolina League -- 211 K's.
Gerry - Sunday, June 12 2005 @ 03:25 PM EDT (#119439) #
I was at the Fisher Cat game yesterday in Erie, and it was smoke against smoke. The Erie starter, Zumaya, had a 96-98 mph fastball. Perkins averaged 94 with his. Neither pitcher threw a lot of breaking balls and I estimated that 85% of the pitches in the game were 90+.

Look for some features on Batters Box this week.
CaramonLS - Sunday, June 12 2005 @ 04:18 PM EDT (#119442) #
Are most of Cannon's Strikeouts looking or Swinging?

It could well be he is having a tough time seeing the ball, especially with the league changes he has to face some much better pitchers.

Marc Hulet - Sunday, June 12 2005 @ 09:47 PM EDT (#119450) #
Ed Cannon and Jordan Timm were promoted from extended spring training all the way to Dunedin. No word on corresponding moves. They both got torched in their debuts out of the pen.
Craig B - Monday, June 13 2005 @ 01:42 PM EDT (#119502) #
Chip's striking out about 30% of the time at high-A in a pitcher's league.

It's not good, but it isn't horribly awful. Carlos Pena struck out nearly that much in A-ball. David Ortiz struck out that much his first time in AA, Brad Wilkerson in his first shot at AAA, Jim Edmonds in his first shot at AA, same as Mike Cameron (or nearly). Jonny Gomes struck out 173 times in 446 AB at hitter's paradise in Bakersfield in '02.

He's drawing a fair number of walks - not in Wilkerson or Edmonds or Dunn territory, but he's not doing too badly. I think Cannon will have to cut down his propensity to get struck out as he goes up another level - AA pitchers can be much tougher to hit in a pinch. But he probably can do it.
Craig B - Monday, June 13 2005 @ 02:11 PM EDT (#119503) #
Idly flipping through BP's PECOTA projections, I happened to notice that the #1 comparison for Curtis Thigpen, according to the system, was Buck Martinez. Gave me a little smile.

(#3 was Keith Hernandez, and #4 was Bill Freehan, which gave me a big smile; #6 was none other than Guillermo Quiroz!)

So I checked out some other funny comps:

John Hattig's #2 comp is Ed Sprague. Vito Chiaravalloti's #3 comp is also Sprague.

Ryan Roberts's #3 comp is Pat Tabler.

Aaron Hill's #2 comp is Chris Gomez (#17 - Rance Mulliniks).

Gabe Gross's #13 comp is Rick Leach. Seriously. I wonder if there's a "College QB" entry somewhere in that spreadsheet? (Gross's #1 comp is Jason Giambi - but his #10 is Jeremy Giambi).

Russ Adams's #2 comp, for some reason, is Hosken Freakin' Powell. Takes you back...

Mike Green - Monday, June 13 2005 @ 02:19 PM EDT (#119506) #
Was it 1982 when I asked a friend:"what are the odds of a team having 2 platoon combinations named Hosken, Jesse, Rance and Garth?"
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