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Long before his career as an accused in a murder trial and a rental car company ad actor, O.J. Simpson was an electrifying halfback for U.S.C. and then for the Buffalo Bills. For the Bills, he was "The Juice", and his offensive line was "The Electric Company" because they "turned on the Juice". Upstate New York needs to relocate O.J.'s offensive line to bring some consistent power to the area. The farm affiliates went 3-3 on the evening.

Norfolk @ Syracuse- ppd, power outage

New Hampshire 18 New Britain 1

The Fisher Cats blew away the Rock Cats behind 2 homers from Ryan Roberts and 1 from new arrival Curtis Thigpen. Roberts also singled and drew 2 walks among his 6 plate trips. His double A line of .287/.381/.539 in 192 appearances is a mirror of his single A line from earlier in the year. Thigpen drew a walk to accompany his homer. Rob Cosby continued his scorching hitting with 4 singles, while Brad Hassey doubled and singled twice. Zach Jackson started and went 7 solid innings, allowing a run on 5 hits and no walks while striking out 5. Vince Perkins pitched 2 perfect innings, striking out 1, to close out the laugher. Green favourite Alex Romero showed his clutch hitting ability by smacking a solo homer off Jackson to reduce the Rock Cat deficit to 13 runs in the 6th inning. Chip Cannon pinch-hit and singled to drive in a run late in the game.


Brevard County 10 Dunedin 3

D-Jay pitchers were spun right round by Manatee hitters, as Mike MacDonald, Brad Mumma and Danny Hill all struggled. Eric Arnold doubled, singled and walked in 4 trips, while Carlo Cota and Robinson Diaz each had 2 hits.


Lansing 4 Southwest Michigan 1-scheduled game

Lansing 5 Southwest Michigan 10-completion of suspended game

In the regularly scheduled game, it took Chi-Hung Cheng 2 innings to find his control. He walked 3 and gave up a run. From there out, he was great. In the end, he went 6 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits and 3 walks with 7 strikeouts. The Lugnuts came back with a run in each of the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th innings to salt away the W. David Hicks hit a solo homer, while Jason Armstrong drove in 2 with a double and a sacrifice fly. Joey McLaughlin came in to pitch the 7th for the save and nailed it down well

Earlier in the suspended game, the Lugnuts had broken out with 5 runs in the first with the key hits being a 2 runs single by Joey Reiman and a 2 run homer from Christian Snavely. Starter Russ Savickas didn't have it though, and surrendered 4 runs in each of the second and third innings and that was the ballgame.

regular game boxscore

suspended game boxscore

Lansing State Journal game report

Vermont 4 Auburn 9

The Doubledays exploded for 5 runs in the 4th inning on 5 straight hits to open the inning, followed by an error and a wild pitch, and that was that. Josh Bell homered, doubled and walked in 4 plate trips to lead the offence. Top draft picks Brian Pettway and Ryan Patterson singled in 4 plate trips and doubled in 5 respectively. Starter Randy Dicken struck out 7 in 5 innings of work, allowing 3 earned runs, and 1 unearned run, on 4 hits and 3 walks. Gabriel Alfaro struck out 4 in 3 innings of stellar relief, and Sean Stidfole closed things out in the ninth allowing 1 hit and striking out 1.


Pulaski 3 Elizabethton 12

The less said about this one, the better. The Baby Twins tonged on P-Jay pitching, save for Benjamin Harrison. Harrison continued his fine pitching with 2 shutout innings, allowing 2 baserunners while striking out 4. On offence, Anthony Hatch reached base 4 times, while Jonathan Jaspe and Jacob Butler reached 3 times each, but the P-Jays could not manage a solitary extra-base hit, perhaps feeling the distant effects of the power problems in upstate New York.


3 star selection

3rd star-Josh Bell, Auburn catcher keys victory with homer and double
2nd star-Chi-Hung Cheng, Lansing starter dominates
1st star-Ryan Roberts, back on top in 3 star selection with 2 homers and 5 times on base in Fisher Cat rout

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Pistol - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 10:56 AM EDT (#122800) #
Everyone makes an impressive debut for the Fishercats these days.

Good to see Thigpen off to a good start. In one of Fordin's recent notes columns JP said that his bat was good enough for AA, but his catching needs work, and that he's probably 3 years away from Toronto.
Lugnut Fan - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 11:24 AM EDT (#122807) #
I would have to agree with JP's analysis on Curtis. It was kind of a surprise to me that he skipped Dunedin all together. I believe that he will struggle a little offensively, but that will work itself out. He has to learn to knock balls down that bounce in front of the plate because he allowed a ton of passed balls in Lansing. He's a good kid though, I think he will be okay.
Blue in SK - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 11:30 AM EDT (#122809) #
Ummmmm....apparently it's Skip Cannon not Chip Cannon ;)

From The Star - "Three games into his third promotion of the season, hard-hitting first baseman Rhame (Skip) Cannon has already homered for Double-A New Hampshire..."

When did The Star start covering the Jays' minor league affiliates?
Mike Green - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 11:36 AM EDT (#122811) #
The Star has its weekly "E-I-E-I-O" farm report. Actually, baseball coverage in the Star has been more detailed this season because of the hockey lockout.
Ryan Day - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 11:47 AM EDT (#122812) #
Good ol' Skip Cannon seems to be doing well...
kpataky - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 12:48 PM EDT (#122826) #
Curtis Thigpen is a little guy for a catcher. Reminds me of Biggio. When I ran into him yesterday, I was shocked at how much younger her looked than my 19 yr old! Anyway here's a picture of him I shot last night:

kpataky - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 12:51 PM EDT (#122827) #
Zach Jack had a nice game last night. It must be nice to get 18 runs to back you up. I'm sure McGowan was sitting there thinking "I hope they save some for me!"

Lugnut Fan - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 12:54 PM EDT (#122828) #
kpataky, I totally agree with you on the size of Thigpen. I think he will be moved to another position (as you can probably tell from some of my previous posts about him) before he arrives on the scene in Toronto. I can't seem him catching a 162 game schedule at the MLB level.

You will probably go through some growing pains with him in New Hampshire becasue I'm not sure that he is ready for AA, but he is a really good kid and a really hard worker.
kpataky - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 01:34 PM EDT (#122835) #
Growing pains? Imagine if you could a collision between Thigpen and Byron Gettis of the SeaWolves at the dish. They'd move Curtis out from behind the plate real quickly if that ever happened.
Wedding Singer - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 02:48 PM EDT (#122844) #
Does Jackson always have a big smile when he pitches? Its like he's laughing at the hitter. I love it!
kpataky - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 03:02 PM EDT (#122846) #
I don't think its a smile, he does it for every pitch, and it goes away once the pitch is over and then he begins the scowl. Then it comes out again as the pitch is being released. Its like when Jordan's tongue came out when he was driving for the hoop...

Mike Green - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 03:22 PM EDT (#122850) #
Thanks for the wonderful pictures, Kevin.
VGeras - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 03:29 PM EDT (#122851) #
Wow...LOL...That is one scary headshot...LOL
Mike Green - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 03:42 PM EDT (#122853) #
The Sky Chiefs send Rosario and Vermilyea to the mound in a doubleheader tonight beginning at 5, while Dustin McGowan and the Fisher Cats face off with hot Twins' prospect Glen Perkins and the Rock Cats at 7.
Marc Hulet - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 03:48 PM EDT (#122854) #
Wow, talk about Vermilyea being thrown into the fire after pitching mainly out of the pen for New Hampshire. Should be an interesting triple-A debut.
Mike Green - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 03:57 PM EDT (#122856) #
It's true. But, I believe the last time Vermilyea started a game in a doubleheader, the results were memorable. I wonder if Earl Weaver kept doubleheader records on his index cards.
Maldoff - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 04:03 PM EDT (#122859) #
I think the Jays need to make a decision on Vermilyea. Either he is a starter or a reliever. Don't keep bumping him around...especially in his first appearance in AAA.
Mike Green - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 04:11 PM EDT (#122863) #
I don't know whether it is wise to have Vermilyea start in his first triple A appearance, but I am a fan of the organization's handling of Davis Romero and Jamie Vermilyea. Romero is short and slight; Vermilyea is tall and thin. In both cases, the organization has made sure that they have gotten enough but not too much work by shifting them from bullpen to rotation during the season.
VGeras - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 04:19 PM EDT (#122866) #
According to Whiteside was suspended for using a banned substance.
MatO - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 04:21 PM EDT (#122867) #
I think they've already decided that Vermilyea is a reliever but he's the ideal guy in the minors to have as a swingman. With injuries, call-ups and doubleheaders minor league teams need a guy like that.
Mike Forbes - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 05:38 PM EDT (#122874) #
A little commentary on how Fransisco Rosario is pitching today.. His fastball is ranging from 93-96 MPH, he has a hard, late breaking slider and a dynamic changeup going for him today according to the Skychiefs radio crew. If he can keep the ball low in the zone he can be unhittable. I look forward to seeing him in Toronto.
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