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So you understand less
as the pages turn

The Toronto Sun sports section? Maybe. But the lyric applies to these minor league updates in a way too: We can hazard an educated guess as to how a SkyChief might perform were he promoted to The Show next week, but by the time we get down to Pulaski virtually anyone on the roster could be the next Mike Piazza or the next Jeromie Spillman. The results last night: 3 wins and 2 losses, plenty offence but not a lot of pitching.

Ottawa 5 @ Syracuse 7

The unstoppable Kevin Barker was at it again last night, slamming a 3-run homer as well as a single to lead the Chiefs to victory over the Lynx. He was capably assisted by the two-hit efforts of Anton French (including a triple), Bryant Nelson (a stolen base), Julius Matos (a homer) and Joe Depastino (loving life away from the Independent Leagues). John-Ford Griffin got in on the fun too, with his 16th round-tipper of the Triple-A campaign.

Chris Baker was knocked around for 11 hits but managed to limit the damage to 4 runs over his 5-2/3 and chalk up the win. Justin Miller picked up where Baker left off, allowing a solitary run over 2 innings despite 5 hits. He stuck out an impressive 4. Matt Whiteside retired 4 of the 5 Ottawa batters he faced for his 13th save.

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New Hampshire Ė Off Day

Fort Myers 13 @ Dunedin 9

The final score isnít very complimentary to the D-Jays, but they did make this one close by scoring 6 runs in the bottom half of the 8th to roar back from a 10-3 deficit. Unfortunately, rather than continue the comeback in the 9th they surrendered 3 more runs to the Miracle.

Kurt Isenberg got the start for Dunedin and was hit to the tune of 6 runs (5 earned) over 4 innings. The middle innings saw respite in the person of Justin James, who retired 9 while allowing just 3 hits and striking out 4, but Brad Mumma came on for the 8th and was torched for 4 runs. With the game looking out of hand at that point he was left out there for the entire frame, and came back out for the 9th. He retired one and put two on, who both scored with Milton Tavarez on the bump. Tavarez was also charged an unearned run against his own record.

Brian Patrick led 5 Dunedins with 2-hit nights, as he included a walk with a double and a tater. Also 2-hitting were Jayce Tingler, Robinzon Diaz, Mike Snyder, and, naturally, Chip Cannon. Mr. Can heard rumblings that his HR/2B ratio was looking suspicious, so he added another 2-bagger to his totals. Eric Arnold made the most of his hit, sending it over the wall to drive in two.

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Southwest Michigan 3 @ Lansing 7

The Lugnuts fared better than the Blue Jays in their matchup with the Devil Rays, plating runners in 5 different innings for a straightforward W. Christian Snavely continue his recent surge with a 2-run dinger. Dave Hicks slapped two singles, Jason Armstrong three, and Eugenio Velez had a double a la carte with his two base knocks.

On the hill, it was Russell Savickas scattering 9 singles over 6 innings. Charge him 3 runs, 2 earned, a walk and three strikeouts, call it his 3rd win of the season. Po-Hsuan Keng hurled two shutout frames, allowing just a single and striking out one, while Jeremy Harper presided over a one-hit ninth.

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Jamestown 8 @ Auburn 4

CF Ryan Pattersonís 4-hit night wasnít enough to stop the Doubledays getting jammed by Jamestown. LF Jermy Acey, 1B Joey Metropolous, and 3B Anthony Garibaldi all joined Patterson by hitting doubles, but no other Doubleday had a multi-hit night. Big City was pulled for pinch-runner Josh Celigoy following his hit in the 4th inning, hopefully heís okay as he comes back from a broken leg suffered in the off-season.

Pitching-wise, Kristian Bell suffered his 2nd loss of the young season as he surrendered 4 runs on 7 hits over 4 innings. On the bright side, he struck out 6 and walked nobody. Sean Stidfole (1 inning) and Paul Phillips (2 innings) each allowed 2 runs in relief before Brian Grant came on to toss the final two and put up zeroes across the rest of the board.

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Pulaski 6 @ Burlington 4

Three runs in the top of the ninth made it a come-from-behind win for the Blue Jays in Burlington, North Carolina. RF Jorge Sandes got the turnaround started with a leadoff homer. Two walks and two outs later, 1B Paul Franko hit a grounder which the third baseman really threw away as two more scored.

LF Zach Kalter continued his strong work out of the leadoff spot, reaching 4 times on with 3 hits and a walk, and 2B Wes Stone added two more singles to his resume. CF Octavio Cordero joined Sandes in the round-tripper circle, and slapped a single for good measure. Besides inducing the defence to spontaneously combust, Franko hit a double. 3B Lee Soto continued to struggle, wearing the Golden Sombrero and being charged with his 3rd error.

Jesse Litsch pitched a powerful 6 innings, striking out 9 against just 1 free pass, 3 runs on 3 hits (including two jacks). Hector Delgadillo receipted for the win with an impressive 3 innings of relief, 4 Ks and 1 BB, an unearned run and just one hit.

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Three-Star Selection!

The Third Star: Zach Kalter, Pulaski, 3 hits and a walk.

The Second Star: Justin James, Dunedin, the calm in the middle of the storm.

The First Star: Ryan Patterson, Auburn, 4-hit night includes a double.

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Mike Green - Tuesday, June 28 2005 @ 10:09 AM EDT (#120876) #

Fine pitching will be on display tonight for the full-season farm affiliates: David Bush starts for Syracuse, Zach Jackson for New Hampshire, Casey Janssen for Dunedin and Chi-hung Cheng for Lansing.

I've been doing some thinking about Justin Miller. Here is his career record prior to this year. Here is his line for 2005, prior to yesterday's outing. There is evidence of some improvement from his numerous prior Triple A outings. I like him in the pen; I think he'll get another shot before too long.

Dave501 - Tuesday, June 28 2005 @ 10:54 AM EDT (#120882) #
Still the walk rate is a bit high, but i'd like to see Miller in the TO bullpen soon.
Craig B - Tuesday, June 28 2005 @ 11:26 AM EDT (#120884) #
Leance Soto got the Golden Sombrero last night for Pulaski. He's now struck out 13 times in 17 at-bats... I hope that Rookie League isn't too much for him.
Mike Green - Tuesday, June 28 2005 @ 11:33 AM EDT (#120886) #
Yikes. Soto turned 20 earlier this month. It would definitely be a disappointment if he could not handle Rookie League pitching.
deserthoosier - Tuesday, June 28 2005 @ 01:03 PM EDT (#120896) #
Is that a Shins reference I detect in the title of this post? Yeah, last night in Dunedin was interesting; balls were flying all over the yard, and for whatever reason, the D-Jay pitchers (except James) struggled mightily.
Lugnut Fan - Tuesday, June 28 2005 @ 01:28 PM EDT (#120902) #
It was an interesting night in Lansing last night too. Charles Poe was tossed from the game for arguing a run that wasn't counted as Velez was thrown out a third for the third out of the inning before Yuber scored. Once Charles was tossed, he bumped the umpire, so there will be a suspension coming. Savickas got banged around pretty good, but the bats were really good last night. They are getting more aggressive on the basepaths in Lansing as well which is good to see.
timpinder - Tuesday, June 28 2005 @ 01:50 PM EDT (#120905) #
I hope this isn't a stupid question. Can anyone tell me what Fransisco Rosario's status is? Is he hurt? I check the Minor League Update everyday and I haven't seen a pitching line from him in a while, but he's not on the DL according to the Syracuse Skychiefs website.
R Billie - Tuesday, June 28 2005 @ 02:07 PM EDT (#120912) #
McGowan's regular turn would have been yesterday with his last Dunedin start coming on the 22nd. I guess they're skipping one turn in the rotation for him.
R Billie - Tuesday, June 28 2005 @ 02:11 PM EDT (#120913) #
On another note, if Soto keeps this up the Jays may never spend big money on another Latin free agent again. At least Bernhardt advanced a couple of levels.

Of course we should bear in mind that this just his first 17 professional at bats in a completely new environment for him. Let him have this year to get acclimated and we'll see what the coaching staff can do for him. He must have some talent to have gotten that money.
Mike Green - Tuesday, June 28 2005 @ 02:42 PM EDT (#120918) #
RBillie, McGowan will be getting the start tomorrow for the Fisher-Cats, according to a Union Leader article from the weekend.
Pistol - Tuesday, June 28 2005 @ 03:20 PM EDT (#120922) #
Can anyone tell me what Fransisco Rosario's status is? Is he hurt?

I believe Gerry said in a weekend update that Rosario had a minor injury - not enough to go on the DL, but enough to miss some time.

timpinder - Tuesday, June 28 2005 @ 03:49 PM EDT (#120928) #
Thanks Pistol
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