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Say it loud. Say it proud. Leance has pop in his bat. Two homers (and two strikeouts) led Pulaski to victory, as the farm affiliates went 4-2.

Syracuse 2 Durham 1

It looked for all the world as though the Sky Chiefs were going to blow a fine outing from Chad Gaudin for their third loss in a row. But, this is 2005, and things are different now. Trailing 1-0 in the seventh, the Chiefs used singles by Chad Mottola and John-Ford Griffin and a double play ball from Julius Matos to tie the score. A Danny Solano single and a Justin Singleton double followed for the gamebreaker. Gaudin went 8 innings and allowed 1 earned run on 4 hits and 1 walk with 6 strikeouts. Matt Whiteside came on in the ninth for the save.

New Hampshire 0 Trenton 4

The Fisher Cats were stymied by fine pitching for the Thunder's Charlie Isaacson, and didn't really generate a serious threat all game despite 7 baserunners. Ryan Roberts had 2 hits. Josh Banks started and had a typical performance, surrendering a homer to the leadoff hitter and then a 2 run double to Eric Crozier in the sixth on a blast off the centerfield wall. In the intervening period, he shut down the Thunder with only an unearned run in the third. Banks' final line was a respectable 3 earned runs in 6 innings on 7 hits and 1 walk with 7 strikeouts. Bubbie Buzachero pitched well in the last 2 innings, striking out 3 and allowing a solitary hit. Banks and Roberts were named to the Eastern League Northern Division All-Star Team.

Sarasota 5 Dunedin 9

The D-Jays banged out 17 hits including 2 solo homers by Chip Cannon and one each from Eric Arnold and David Smith to coast to victory. Kyle Yates started and continued his fine pitching by allowing 2 runs, 1 earned on 4 hits and 1 walk with 4 strikeouts. The bullpen faltered in the eighth inning, but Brian Reed came on to shut the door by retiring all 4 batters he faced, including 2 punchouts. Cannon, Smith, Arnold and Joey Reiman all reached base 3 times on the evening. The boxscore for the game confuses Chip Cannon with Edward Cannon.

Lansing 6 Cedar Rapids 7

That was a tough loss. The Lugnuts trailed 5-1 after 3 innings, but stormed back with a run in the fourth and then 4 in the 6th inning, highlighted by Christian Snavely's 3 run homer, to take the lead. It fell apart for Jordy Templet in the eighth as the Kernels popped in a couple with the winning run scoring on a bases loaded walk. Ouch. Curtis Thigpen was back behind the plate, and poked 3 hits including a double in 5 trips. David Hicks doubled and singled and scored 3 runs, while Ryan Klosterman reached base 3 times in 4 tries.

Auburn 6 Mahoning Valley 2

The Doubledays are getting on a roll. With an outfield of Cory Patton, Ryan Patterson and Brian Pettway, scoring runs should not be a problem, and it wasn't last night. Patterson drove in 2 with a double and a sacrifice fly, while taking a pitch for the team. Big City Metropoulos went yard for the 2nd time this season, and drew a walk. Josh Sowers started and went 3 innings, allowing an unearned run and 6 baserunners. Billy Carnline pitched brilliantly in relief, striking out 6 in 3 innings while allowing another unearned run. Adrian Martin and Edward Rodriguez finished up in grand style.

Pulaski 11 Johnson City 7

Leance Soto's 2nd inning grand slam erased an early 2-0 deficit, and the P-Jays were never headed. It was a team effort on the mound with Dennis Bigley's 3 innings of 1 run, 3 hits and 3 strikeouts and Benjamin Harrison's 2 innings of no hits and 4 strikeouts standing out.

3-star selection!

3rd star-Chad Gaudin-8 fine innings for Syracuse
2nd star-Leance Soto- 2 homers for Pulaski
1st star-Chip Cannon- 2 homers and a single for Dunedin

Happy Canada Day, everyone.

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Pistol - Friday, July 01 2005 @ 08:30 AM EDT (#121210) #
As Bauxite Jim pointed out in the Report Card thread John Sickels did an update of the Blue Jay top 20 minor leaguers (coming into the year) and also did a profile of Chip Cannon.
Jdog - Friday, July 01 2005 @ 09:13 AM EDT (#121213) #
So your sure that was Chip Cannon? I was looking at the boxscore last night and was confused, as they had Cannon hitting 2 hr's and a season total (2) in brackets, so i figured maybe it was this Ed Cannon. Is there an Ed Cannon in Dunedin? Thanks.
Lugnut Fan - Friday, July 01 2005 @ 09:21 AM EDT (#121214) #
Ed Cannon I believe is a pitcher. Believe it or not, they screwed it up in the Lansing program at the beginning of the year. They had a picture of Chip Cannon under Ed Cannon's name.
Pistol - Friday, July 01 2005 @ 10:10 AM EDT (#121219) #
Assuming Eddie and Chip are the same hitter Cannon is hitting a Bonds-esque .398/.479/.903 since arriving with the D-Jays. It'll be interesting to see where he settles at after the hot streak is over, but you have to love it when a player improves after being promoted.
Marc Hulet - Friday, July 01 2005 @ 11:16 AM EDT (#121226) #
Ed Cannon is definitely a pitcher and those should be awarded to Chip.
But unfortunately the BA and MiLB Dunedin stats pages list E. Cannon as having 10 at-bats, five hits and two homer, etc. Hopefully the official record is not screwed up so Chip does not lose those five hits and two homers.

It happened in Pulaski last night too where they had Jorge Sandes getting two at-bats in last nights game before he was "pinch hit" for by J. Sanders... And there is no J. Sanders in the Jays system and I find it hard to believe there would be two outfielders on one team named J. Sandes and J. Sanders. Some of these people who record the game information really get confused easily... especially for a sport that really doesn't move all that fast.
CeeBee - Friday, July 01 2005 @ 12:12 PM EDT (#121228) #
While it's a bit premature to call Chip Cannon our future DH/1st Baseman ;) it's nice to see the numbers he's putting up. The step up to Double A could happen later this year I suppose and by mid-season next we might have a better idea if he's a flash in the pan or the real McCoy . I'm hoping for the latter because a name like Chip Cannon is just way to good to not be a major leaguer :)
Mike Green - Friday, July 01 2005 @ 12:43 PM EDT (#121236) #
Cannon's line for the year is .311/.393/.661 after 285 plate appearances. For comparison's sake, after Lind's hot April, he was hitting .360/.398/.517 after 96 PAs. Lind's hot streak was tied up in a high BABIP, whereas Cannon is doing it with a very good HR/K rate.

I was surprised that Cannon wasn't started at Dunedin this year, in light of his age (23) and performance at Auburn. Even if you discount his season numbers somewhat to account for the differences between Lansing and Dunedin, the overall picture is of a player ready at any time for promotion.
deserthoosier - Friday, July 01 2005 @ 12:55 PM EDT (#121238) #
Those home runs were definitely from the bat of Chip Cannon. This guy has been ripping the ball, and it seems like he hits it hard every time at the plate. Last night, he pulled one of his homers, then he came back opposite field.....he really has been ridiculous!
Jdog - Friday, July 01 2005 @ 01:22 PM EDT (#121241) #
Whats this kid look like?

On John Sickels site he has a picture up from Cannon's college days and he looks like a stick.
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