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The boys representing the Canadian club ruined Independence Day in four American cities, as the full season clubs registered wins. And, this being the first Tuesday of the month, it’s time for a Three-Star update.

Norfolk 1 @ Syracuse 2

In a battle of control righties, Jae Seo went longer but Shaun Marcum had better control. The SkyChiefs could only get to Seo for 3 base hits in 8 innings, but they drew an uncharacteristic (for Seo) 3 walks. Aided by a couple Tide errors the Chiefs put up a two-spot in the 8th. Meanwhile, Marcum struck out 4 and walked none in his 6 shutout innings (6 hits), and Brandon League followed him with 2 no-hit innings (1 walk, 1 whiff). Matt Whiteside collected his 15th save, pitching a nervous ninth in which he conceded 3 hits, including a solo homer. Joe Depastino had 2 of the hits for the home side, including a double.


New Hampshire 10 @ Binghampton 9 (11 innings)

An extra-inning thriller for the Fisher Cats over the Binghampton Mets, as Game Over Gronk had a rare off night. New Hampshire led 9-5 going to the bottom of the ninth, but Gronkiewicz couldn’t handle the non-save situation, surrendering 4 runs (3 earned). Lee got a W next to his name by sticking around to toss a scoreless 10th, as Rob Cosby homered leading off the top of the 11th. Jordan De Jong nailed down the final three outs for his first save of the season.

Earlier, Dustin McGowan started and pitched a rough 5 innings, being touched for 5 earned on 7 hits, 3 of the ‘Gone yard’ variety. He struck out 4 against 2 walks. Cosby, whose extra-inning bomb was his second of the contest, was challenged by Miguel Negron for the Hero mantle. Miggy stole a base and rang up 5 hits, including a double and a triple. Clint Johnson smacked two two-baggers and Raul Tablado collected 3 singles.


Clearwater 0 @ Dunedin 5

Another brilliant outing from Casey Janssen made him the second 10-game winner in the Blue Jay organization thus far for 2005. Janssen struck out 6 over 7 shutout innings, allowing a solitary hit and one free pass. Justin James and Brian Reed each contributed a shutout inning to seal the deal. On offense, Chip Cannon got his 3 hits and was joined in doing so by Robinzon Diaz. Carlo Cota singled and doubled, while Scott Dragicevich tripled.


Lansing 8 @ Dayton 7

The Lugnuts fell behind 7-4 after 4 innings of play, but stormed back with 4 unanswered runs over the next 3 innings to slay the Dragons. Charlie Anderson drove in 4 with a homer and a double, with Curtis Thigpen and Eric Nielsen also registering 2 hits. Ryan Klosterman one-upped them with 2 singles, a dinger, and three, count ‘em, 3 stolen bases for 20 on the season. Yuber Rodriquez swallowed an oh-fer.

On the mound, it was Danny Core charged with all 7 runs for his 4 innings of work, 9 hits, 2 walks, 3 punchouts. Jordy Templet was masterful in relief, retiring 9 consecutive Dragons, 5 by K. Joey McLaughlin and Mark Sopko hurled a scoreless inning each.


Auburn 1 @ Jamestown 4

The organizational quest for a perfect night came to an end in Jamestown as the Doubledays could muster just 4 hits and 1 run off Jammer pitching. CF Ryan Patterson drove in that run with a double, his second hit of the night. The other safeties went to LF Brian Pettway and 3B Jermy Acey, as the team struck out 7 times and walked thrice (two for Joe Metropoulos).

Auburn’s pitching was not so hot either, as Orlando Trias gave up 3 runs over 5 on 5 safeties and 4 walks while striking out 3. Paul Phillips conceded just an unearned run and struck out 3 without walking anybody, but 6 hits in his 3 innings indicate he wasn’t entirely on.


Bristol 5 @ Pulaski 4

Wilfreddy Aguirre allowed 4 runs (3 earned) over the first 4 innings and the P-Jay comeback was too little, too late as they fell to the Bristol Sox (of the white variety). Dennis Bigley surrendered another run in the 5th, but stuck around to post a nice final line of 3 innings, 5 Ks, 0 BB, just 2 hits. Ben Harrison allowed 3 hits but no runs or walks in striking out 2 over the final 2 innings.

RF Jacob Butler was the bright spot on offence, driving in 3 runs with his two doubles and a single. CF Zach Kalter reached base twice out of the leadoff spot (single, walk), and stole his 7th base in 15 games. 3B Lee Soto struck out twice and walked once.


Three-Star Selection!

3 well-deserving pitchers, 3 well-deserving hitters… flip of the coin, and… hitters it is!

The Third Star: Ryan Klosterman, Lansing. 6 bases with the bat, 3 with the feet.

The Second Star: Rob Cosby, New Hampshire. 8 bases, all with the stick.

The First Star: Miguel Negron, New Hampshire. 8 bases batting, another stealing.

Three-Star Standings

If you read these Minor League Updates regularly, you already know who the hottest Blue Jay farmhand was for the month of June. Chip Cannon’s Florida State League debut saw him hit .398 / .479 / .904 in 83 at bats, with 12 round-trippers. Pro-rated to 500 AB, that’s a 72 homer pace. He did strike out 21 times, but maintained a good walk rate (12 free passes).

All this netted Chip seven Three-Star selections and a total of 85 points for the month, dethroning Casey Janssen for the monthly title for the first time this year. Not that Janssen was off his game – he finished up second for June, and maintained his lead in the overall Three-Star standings.

June Three-Star Top Ten

Player         Points  Stars
Chip Cannon       85     7
Casey Janssen     33     2
Chad Gaudin       30     3
Ryan Patterson    30     2
Anton French      29     3
Ryan Roberts      28     4
Zach Jackson      27     2
Eric Arnold       26     2
Chi-hung Cheng    25     2
Kyle Yates        24     3
Overall Three-Star Top Ten
Player         Points  Stars
Casey Janssen    108     12
Chip Cannon       97      9
Ryan Roberts      68      9
Shaun Marcum      67      9
JF Griffin        61      8
Kevin Barker      55      7
Chad Gaudin       55      6
Eric Arnold       55      5
Jamie Vermilyea   54      5
Kyle Yates        52      7
Chi-hung Cheng    52      6
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Pistol - Tuesday, July 05 2005 @ 09:57 AM EDT (#121557) #
Janssen gave up no runs and 2 baserunners in 7 innings and couldn't crack the top 3. Tough day.
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 05 2005 @ 10:10 AM EDT (#121558) #
The New Hampshire offence has started to wake up. The team line for the season is up to .250/.306/.382. Another bat (hint) would not hurt though.
Lugnut Fan - Tuesday, July 05 2005 @ 10:25 AM EDT (#121559) #
I was strongly against promoting Cannon to New Hampshire from Dunedin this season, but after his performance in Florida so far, I've changed my mind. Time to move him Janssen probably wouldn't be hurt by another promotion either.
Craig B - Tuesday, July 05 2005 @ 12:01 PM EDT (#121563) #
Actually, LF, I think that another promotion for Cannon this season isn't the best idea. I'd be quite happy seeing him try to continue his dominance in the FSL, and if continues to murder high-A pitching, let him play in the Arizona Fall League with a view to inviting him to the big-league camp before sending him to AA in 2006.

I'd rather ensure that Cannon maintains his confidence, and if he fails it's better that it be in winter ball rather than in the heat of a AA pennant race!
Lugnut Fan - Tuesday, July 05 2005 @ 12:08 PM EDT (#121566) #
Can't argue with that Craig. That was actually my thoughts until recently. I keep waiting for the kid to fatigue because he definitely does not get cheated on his swings, but to this point, he seems to be holding his own.
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 05 2005 @ 12:16 PM EDT (#121570) #
Cannon will be 24 in November. I don't mind exposing him to the heat of an AA pennant race. With his background at the Citadel, I am sure that he'll handle it with aplomb.

I look at it this way. Cannon could hit like Ken Huckaby in July, and he'd still have promotion-worthy numbers.
Craig B - Tuesday, July 05 2005 @ 12:23 PM EDT (#121572) #
Just because a player is older doesn't mean it makes any more sense to rush him. High-A and AA are the two most important steps in the minors (in my opinion) and the transition between them is the very toughest below the major league level. I'd rather keep Chip on a roll, rather than putting him in the best possible position to fail.
Ducey - Tuesday, July 05 2005 @ 12:25 PM EDT (#121574) #
Thought I would check on Adam Peterson to see how the trade for MacDonald is turning out.

Peterson is 33IP 38H 13BB 20K with a 5.18 ERA in AA Erie
Thomas - Tuesday, July 05 2005 @ 12:30 PM EDT (#121577) #
I don't think anyone could have seen Peterson falling this far, this fast, following his brief trip to the majors
Jonny German - Tuesday, July 05 2005 @ 12:40 PM EDT (#121580) #
Err... Peterson was traded for Hillenbrand. McDonald was acquired for Nasty Tom Mastny, who currently has a 2.70 ERA in 43 innings at High-A Kinston, 43/12 K/BB, 18 games, 3 starts.
Ducey - Tuesday, July 05 2005 @ 01:14 PM EDT (#121582) #
Oops ... right you are Johnny.

Wow, Hillenbrand for Peterson really looks like a steal right now.
Craig B - Tuesday, July 05 2005 @ 01:41 PM EDT (#121592) #
True, but we should remember that Hillenbrand was a salary dump by the Diamondbacks who didn't want to pay him his (fairly average) $3.87 million salary. Fair enough; he would probably have sat behind Chad Tracy and Troy Glaus at the corners, and you don't need to pay that kind of money for a pinch-hitter, even a very good one. Instead, they picked up Tony Clark for $750,000 and Clark has hit well enough to cause them problems trying to fit Glaus, Tracy and Clark into the lineup!

But indeed, it was a good deal for the Jays considering the stability that Hillenbrand brought to the batting order early in the season, and his general consistency.
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