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Only the Blue Jays' full-season A-Ball teams came away with victories last night, including a doubleheader sweep in Dunedin and a big win for Lansing. Altogether amazing achievements for the A-level athletes -- alliteratively, anyway.

Ottawa 7 Syracuse 5

Tied at 5 in the top of the 9th inning, this game turned on a 2-run homer off Adrian Burnside by Ottawa’s Walter Young. It was a poor outing for Shaun Marcum, who surrendered 2 runs in 4 2/3 innings on 7 hits and an uncharacteristic 3 walks versus no strikeouts. On the positive side, Brandon League relieved Marcum and got nothing but groundballs in 2 1/3 scoreless innings, including 2 groundball singles; he walked a batter and also registered no K’s. After a very shaky start at Syracuse, League is starting to find his niche in the Skychiefs bullpen.

Offensively, John-Ford Griffin crunched his 15th homer of the year, and Jason Alfaro chipped in with his 6th, both solo jobs. Anton French singled twice and scored 2 runs for the Skychiefs.

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Bowie 3 New Hampshire 2 (11 innings)

The Fisher Cats scored single runs in the 2nd and 3rd inning (once on a Clint Johnston dinger), but never crossed home plate again. In the result, fine pitching performances from Cameron Reimers (7 1/3 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) and two relievers went for naught; Jordan De Jong sent the Bowie crowd home happy by allowing 2 walks and 2 singles in the bottom of the 11th. Maikel Jova banged out 3 singles, while Ron Acuna singled twice. Miguel Negron struck out 3 times in an 0-for-5 night, while ninth-place hitter Raul Tablado went o-for-3 to drop his average to .181.

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Dunedin 4-6 Lakeland 3-5

I’m actually not sure which game was the opener and which was the nightcap; one of these was apparently the completion of an earlier suspended game. Anyway, “Game One” saw Casey Janssen win his ninth consecutive decision without a loss between Lansing and Dunedin this season. Janssen went 6 of the game’s 7 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks, striking out 3. His ERA rose to a cool 2.02 in the process. Brian Reed closed out for the save. The D-Jays scored all their runs in the top of the 6th, on 4 consecutive singles, a walk, and another single, all with 2 out; Michael Snyder drove in the last 2 with his safety. Adam Lind, Eric Arnold and Brian Patrick all singled twice, while Patrick tacked on a walk; Dunedin recorded no extra-base hits.

In “Game Two,” Mike MacDonald’s struggles continued, getting touched for 4 runs (all in the 3rd inning) on a total of 7 hits and a walk, with 3 strikeouts. Dunedin’s prospects improved markedly with the entrance of Davis Romero, who stopped the bleeding in the 3rd and went on to fire 2 1/3 hitless innings, though with no strikeouts. Again, the D-Jays took advantage of one big inning; this time, 5 runs in the 5th, again on a passel of singles and walks (aided by a Lakeland error and wild pitch). They had only 1 extra-base hit in this game, a solo home run by –- you guessed it -- Chip Cannon his 21st of the campaign. Cannon also singled in the 5-run 5th and drew a walk. David Smith and Manny Mayorson singled twice.

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Lansing 11 West Michigan 2

He’s never heard of you, either: second baseman Eugenio Velez led a balanced Lansing attack with 3 hits (including a double) and 2 RBI. A double and a single came off the bats of both Erik Nielsen and Christian Snavely, while Curtis Thigpen drove in 3 runs with a pair of singles. Yuber Rodriquez broke through the Mendoza Line with a pair of run-scoring singles to move his average to a glittering .204. Ryan Klosterman scored twice on a triple and a walk. Every Lugnut starter had at least one hit. Danny Core benefited from the offensive outburst, allowing 2 runs (neither one earned) in 6 innings on 7 hits and a walk, striking out 2 and lowering his ERA to 7.33.

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Mahoning Valley 7 Auburn 6

A late rally fell short and the Doubledays lost again. Starter Orlando Trias pitched successfully for 5 2/3 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks, striking out 2. He got saddled with the loss because Auburn didn’t start scoring till the 7th, but the most damage was done by reliever Brian Grant, who gave up 5 runs (4 earned) in just 2 1/3 innings on 4 hits and a walk, striking out 3. Grant, the only high schooler ever drafted in the first 10 rounds under JP Ricciardi (7th, 2002), saw his early-season ERA rise to 15.43. On the positive side, recent draftee Ryan Patterson belted his second professional home run to go along with a single, while left fielder Jermy Acey doubled and singled in 4 trips. Patterson’s homer brought the Doubledays to within 1 in the bottom of the 9th, but Brian Bormaster eventually struck out with 2 runners on to end it.

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Princeton 6 Pulaski 1

The Clown College scored 4 runs (only 2 earned) in the 1st inning off Wilfreddy Aguirre, and that was basically the ballgame. Aguirre managed 3 innings, allowing 4 hits and 4 walks and recording 4 strikeouts. Reliever Shane Benson allowed 2 more runs on 6 hits and 2 1/3 innings. Benson, who was born 10 days before Christmas, 1986 is (I believe) the youngest player in the Blue Jays organization. I reached my legal drinking age a month before Benson entered this world. Boy, do I feel old. Two-hit nights (with a double each) were recorded by left fielder Jorge Sandes and intriguing free-agent third baseman Leance Soto.

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Your Three-Star Selection: Not a whole lot to choose from last night:

3. Eugenio Velez, Lansing: A double, 2 singles and 2 RBI: the only 3-hit night in the system.

2. Cameron Reimers, New Hampshire: 7 1/3 strong innings go to waste as the F-Cats can’t garner any run support.

1. Casey Janssen, Dunedin: His 9th win against no losses led a Dunedin doubleheader sweep.

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tinsmith - Saturday, June 25 2005 @ 07:27 AM EDT (#120641) #
In addition to Brian Grant there was a second top 10 High School draft pick in 2002. Ninth rounder Russell Savickas, rhp, Johnston (R.I.) HS. Who knew at the time, that by the standards of J.P.'s later drafts this would seem like a HS heavy draft.
Jordan - Saturday, June 25 2005 @ 08:01 AM EDT (#120642) #
Thanks for the correction! Savickas has found a little more success so far than has Grant.
R Billie - Saturday, June 25 2005 @ 10:06 AM EDT (#120648) #
Well 7th and 9th round picks aren't likely to yield you anything but very raw high school players anyway. The best talent is usually gone by then.

The only way to fairly judge high school players is to take the most talented ones early and see how they progress. Many other teams have had success with early picks from high school as prospects.
Pistol - Saturday, June 25 2005 @ 10:27 AM EDT (#120649) #
Nice links.
Wildrose - Saturday, June 25 2005 @ 11:06 AM EDT (#120654) #
Not sure if it's been mentioned,(forgive me if it has been), two Jay prospects named to the Futures game.
huckamaniac - Saturday, June 25 2005 @ 11:57 AM EDT (#120658) #
What exactly happened to Adam Loewen? Injuries? I remember he was a top pick a few years ago.
Wildrose - Saturday, June 25 2005 @ 12:13 PM EDT (#120660) #
Loewen has been struggling with a partially torn left labrum.
Chris H - Saturday, June 25 2005 @ 01:21 PM EDT (#120665) #
Dont know if it was reported in another post but McGowan has been promoted to AA.
rtcaino - Saturday, June 25 2005 @ 01:37 PM EDT (#120666) #
That AA rotation is something else. Once Purcey makes it up, it will be perhaps the most highly touted minor league rotations in baseball. I can’t think of more plus prospects pitching for the same team. Anyone?
PeterG - Saturday, June 25 2005 @ 03:29 PM EDT (#120676) #
JP said last week that Casey Janssen would see AA time this year as well.
Maldoff - Saturday, June 25 2005 @ 03:33 PM EDT (#120677) #
With the way he has been pitching lately, it might be a whole before Purcey sees the lovely state of New Hampshire!

Does anyone have any information on Marcum, who seems to be struggling at AAA?
Pistol - Saturday, June 25 2005 @ 05:30 PM EDT (#120681) #
Patterson started in CF yesterday for Auburn, so it looks like RF in the first game was just a temporary thing.
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