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Always look on the bright side, right? Well, the title is the bright side. The whole bright side. Otherwise, it was an altogether rotten night for the Blue Jay farm as they dropped 4 of 5 matches.

Syracuse – All-Star Break

Portland 3 @ New Hampshire 0 (7 innings)
Portland 4 @ New Hampshire 1 (7 innings)

New Hampshire came into the double-header one game ahead of Portland for first place, but could only score 1 run on 5 hits for the night, leaving them a game behind the Sea Dogs. Josh Banks put up 5 shutout innings in the opener before allowing 2 in the 6th. He came out to surrender a double to the leadoff hitter in the seventh, and watched as that runner scored off Jordan De Jong. De Jong did manage to record all three outs by strikeout. Maikel Jova had the only hit and Erik Kratz the only walk as Jon Lester pitched a 13-strikeout gem.

The Fisher Cat hitters really stepped it up in the second game, scoring an unearned run on 4 hits and striking out just 5 times. Sarcasm. That’s sarcasm. David Pauley did the honours for Portland in this one, making it back-to-back complete games for the Portland staff. Ismael Ramirez kept the Dogs to 3 runs on their 10 hits in his 5 innings, striking out 3 and walking 1. Steve Andrade, back from the infirmary, finished up with 2 innings of 1-unearned-run ball. Rob Cosby managed 2 hits in this contest, and Maikel Jova nailed down the title of Best Fisher Hitter for the night by smacking a double. There’s that nasty sarcasm again.

The surest sign that the stars were directly aligned against the Fisher Cats this night: Chip Cannon went 0-for-6 with 5 whiffs.

Boxscores: Game 1 , Game 2

Brevard County 6 @ Dunedin 9

Things went better in Dunedin, where Vito Chiaravalloti put aside any ill feelings at being demoted to hit a homer as part of a 3-hit 1-walk night in his 2005 Dunedin debut. Carlo Cota joined him in driving in three, Cota on the strength of two doubles. Robinzon Diaz, Mike Snyder, and Manny Mayorson also had 2-hit nights.

Kyle Yates went 6 innings for the win, 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits, 3 whiffs without a walk. Justin James and Brian Reed (2 runs on 5 hits) finished up.


Kane County 6 @ Lansing 3

Po-Hsuan Keng was roughed up for 6 runs in just 3 innings as the Cougars defeated the Lugnuts. Jordan Timm (3 innings), Aaron Tressler (1) and Joey McLuaghlin (2) shut things down from there, but the offence could only plate 3. Luke Hetherington and David Hicks each slapped two singles, while Curtis Thigpen had a double and Ryan Klosterman two bases on balls.


Auburn 0 @ Lowell 8

Paul Phillips pitched a scoreless 1-hit inning. From there, it gets ugly. Rob Ray (3 runs, 1 earned, on 3 hits in 3 innings), Eric Fowler (2 runs in 3-1/3 on 3 hits) and Eddie Rodriguez (3 runs on 5 hits in 2/3) were all left Spinning by Lowell. The Doubleday attack consisted of doubles from Cory Patton and Jermy Acey, and a single by Joey Metropoulos. End of story.


Pulaski – Off Day

Three-Star Selection!

Sometimes you’re the Louisville Slugger baby, sometimes you’re the ball. Last Tuesday 3 very deserving players didn’t make the Three-Stars. This Tuesday… not so much.

The Third Star: Kyle Yates , Dunedin, 2 earned over 6 innings.

The Second Star: Jordan Timm , Lansing, 3 shutout innings of relief.

The First Star: Vito Chiaravalloti , Dunedin, 6 bases and a walk.

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infielddad - Tuesday, July 12 2005 @ 08:51 AM EDT (#122324) #
The Lansing Journal's game report indicates Curtis Thigpen was promoted to AA New Hampshire after last night's game.
Lugnut Fan - Tuesday, July 12 2005 @ 09:15 AM EDT (#122325) #
Thigpen getting promoted really isn't a surprise. I've been waiting for that announcement since they promoted Josh Lex to Lansing.
jsoh - Tuesday, July 12 2005 @ 09:44 AM EDT (#122326) #
Thigpen getting promoted really isn't a surprise.

But all the way to New Hampshire from Lansing? Seems a touch aggressive

I wonder if the organization is a little bit down on Robinzon Diaz - he aint exactly setting the world on fire in Dunedin.

Lugnut Fan - Tuesday, July 12 2005 @ 09:53 AM EDT (#122327) #
"But all the way to New Hampshire from Lansing? Seems a touch aggressive"

Can't argue that point either. One thing is for sure. My head is spinning here in Lansing with all the moves.
infielddad - Tuesday, July 12 2005 @ 11:50 AM EDT (#122331) #
The Lugnuts roster now shows Joey Reiman apparently moved from Dunedin as a catcher and Yesson Berroa moved from Auburn.
Jacko - Tuesday, July 12 2005 @ 12:09 PM EDT (#122332) #
But all the way to New Hampshire from Lansing? Seems a touch aggressive.

The power isn't there yet, but his 54/34 BB/K indicates he knows what he's doing with the stick.

What are the reports on his defense like? Given the lack of (healthy) catching depth in the high minors, maybe the Jays want to get him up to the majors as quickly as possible...

Also, when is Quiroz due back?

Pistol - Tuesday, July 12 2005 @ 12:19 PM EDT (#122333) #
I checked Dunedin's roster and it's showing Quiroz there now so perhaps he's back from injury now.
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 12 2005 @ 12:25 PM EDT (#122334) #
That's great news, Pistol.

Thigpen's defence has been very spotty according to reports. I seriously doubt that he's on a fast track for promotion to the big-leagues as a catcher.

The Eastern League is having its All-Star break until Thursday, so it is hard to figure out precisely what is happening with Thigpen. With the Quiroz move, I am not sure about the numbers on the Dunedin roster.
JC - Tuesday, July 12 2005 @ 12:36 PM EDT (#122335) #
It also looks like Jeremy Harper was promoted from Lansing to Dunedin. Plenty of moves today.
Marc Hulet - Tuesday, July 12 2005 @ 12:45 PM EDT (#122337) #
The Jays have been looking at Robinzon Diaz as sort of a Brandon Inge. He played some second base and third base in instructional league last year to improve his versatility. He has good athleticism, but not a great arm behind the plate and only calls an OK game.
Lugnut Fan - Tuesday, July 12 2005 @ 12:51 PM EDT (#122338) #
Berroa has also magically appeared on the Lugnut roster as well.
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 12 2005 @ 02:16 PM EDT (#122344) #
Fisher Cat media relations confirms the promotion of Thigpen from Lansing to New Hampshire after the all-star break.
Maldoff - Tuesday, July 12 2005 @ 04:33 PM EDT (#122365) # also shows D.J. Hanson on the D-Jays roster. I thought he was out for the year?

And I certainly hope Quiroz is back with the D-Jays (for now).

LugnutFan, if Thigpen can't be a catcher, any thoughts on where he might end up?
mcpherv - Tuesday, July 12 2005 @ 04:47 PM EDT (#122369) #
Maldoff, Hanson is also on the Dunedin page already, and is listed as being on the DL - maybe he has been listed on the milb website as on the dunedin roster all along? He also doesn't have a number listed on the milb page.

Quiroz on the other hand, is not yet on the Dunedin website, so I think that listing is new. It would obviously be very good news if he was in fact starting a rehab assignment.
VGeras - Tuesday, July 12 2005 @ 05:27 PM EDT (#122375) #
The Dunedin site is usually very good updating transactions so I'm not getting overly excited that he could be back
mcpherv - Tuesday, July 12 2005 @ 05:33 PM EDT (#122376) #

"In another catching move made today, Guillermo Quiroz was sent to Dunedin to begin a rehab assignment."

I suspect most of you can't read the above article, but its from today, and confirms the Quiroz move.
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 12 2005 @ 08:29 PM EDT (#122392) #
Quiroz is indeed back. He's in the lineup tonight for the D-Jays as a DH, and drove in a run.
Lugnut Fan - Wednesday, July 13 2005 @ 07:31 AM EDT (#122435) #
Thigpen played first base at Texas, so that would be the logical place, although with Cannon and Johnston in New Hampshire, he for sure isn't going to play there. Curtis has a pretty good arm, so it might not be a stretch to see him at third base or in right field at some point. From his past, he played pretty much everywhere in college outside of center, short and pitch.
kpataky - Wednesday, July 13 2005 @ 10:48 AM EDT (#122443) #
New Hampshire starts a 5 game series in New Britain tomorrow night - so I'll be covering that and will post some shots of Thigpen that I get.
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