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A mixed bag for the Blue Jays' farm teams last night, with the highlight game in the Florida State League featuring terrific performances from a talented young lefty and a solid hitting machine in the outfield.

Norfolk 7-6 Syracuse 1-7

The Skychiefs split a doubleheader, losing the opener but coming back to take the nightcap. In the early game (a continuation of an earlier suspended match), Francisco Rosario took the loss even though he pitched decently, allowing 2 runs (just 1 earned) in 4 innings on 5 hits and no walks, striking out 2. Coming into the game presumably upon its revival, Josue Matos brought his gas can to the mound, allowing 5 runs in just 3 innings on 5 hits (including 3 homers), a walk and a strikeout. Kevin Barkerís solo homer (his 13th in just 150 Triple-A at-bats) supplied the only Syracuse offence; Barker entered the game batting .350 and slugging .685 as a Skychief.

In the nightcap, Syracuse got to work early, pounding out a pair of 3-run homers (by John-Ford Griffin and Joe DePastino) in the first inning. Theyíd need all that offence, because the Jamie Vermilyea, Spot Starter Experiment hasnít been going too well lately. Vermilyea was riddled for 9 hits in his Triple-A debut and couldnít record an out in the 4th inning, allowing 5 runs on those 9 safeties and a walk, striking out only 1. I expect heíll see better results once returned to full-time bullpen duty. Spike Lundberg saved the day for Syracuse with 3 1-run innings of relief, allowing just 3 hits, walking nobody and whiffing 2. The newly promoted Lee Gronkiewicz, filling in for the suspended Matt Whiteside on at least a temporary basis, pitched a scoreless final frame for his first AAA save this year. After the big first inning, Skychief batters recorded exactly 1 hit.

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New Britain 6 New Hampshire 2

Another decent rehab start for Dustin McGowan, who held the Rock Cats to 2 runs in 6 innings, allowing 6 hits (including a solo HR in his last inning of work), walking 3 batters and striking out 4. McGowan hasnít returned to his dominating ways yet, but every healthy start is a step in the right direction. New Hampshire scored a run in the top of 7th to cut New Britainís lead to 2-1, but Jordan DeJong opened the floodgates by yielding a whole lot of singles and walks (and a wild pitch) to allow 4 runs to score in the 7th, and that was the ballgame. Chip (Donít Call Me Skip or Ed) Cannon led the offence with 2 doubles and a run scored, striking out in his other two at-bats. Ron Davenport doubled and singled, while Ryan Roberts walked twice.

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Dunedin 5 Vero Beach 0

A dominant performance by Davis Romero, who fired 7 shutout innings, allowing just 3 hits and striking out 4 while walking no one. Brian Reed struck out 2 in 2 perfect innings for his 4th save. Dominance was also the word for Adam Lind, who broke out of the doldrums with 4 hits (including his 8th home run), 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. The rehabbing Guillermo Quiroz drove in 2 runs of his own with a pair of singles. The previously hot Eric Arnold went hitless in 5 tries, striking out 3 times.

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Southwest Michigan 5 Lansing 4

The Lugnuts fell into an early hole and couldnít dig themselves out in time. Danny Core surrendered 4 runs in the first inning and (as it turned out) the winning run in the second, and while he settled down from there, he was tagged with the loss by allowing 5 runs in 5 innings on 7 hits (including a homer) and an ugly 5 walks, striking out just 1. Aaron Tressler did his best by firing 3 scoreless innings of 2-hit relief, striking out 3, and Scott Roy added 2 shutout frames of his own. Lansing scored twice in each of the 8th and 9th innings to draw close, but with 2 out in the 9th, Eric Nielsen grounded out with runners on 2nd and 3rd. Jason Armstrong banged out 3 hits, while Eugenio Velez and Ryan Klosterman added 2 each. The Lugnuts had 10 hits on the night, all singles.

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Auburn 3 Vermont 2

The Doubledays built an early 3-0 lead and held on to win. Orlando Trias scattered 7 hits over 6 1/3 innings, allowing 2 runs with no walks and 3 strikeouts. Able relief work was supplied by Billy Carnline and Paul Phillips, who earned his first pro save. Brian Pettway tripled in 2 runs in his 3 plate appearances, while Ryan Patterson doubled, singled, and drove in the other.

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Pulaski 6 Bristol 2

After a first few rocky appearances, Wilfreddy Aguirre picked up his first P-Jay victory last night. He held Bristol to just 2 runs (neither earned) on 3 hits and a walk in 5 innings, whiffing 3. Shane Benson surrendered just 1 hit in 2 shutout innings for his first save. Graig Badger reached base 3 times on 2 singles and a walk, while 2-hit nights were also supplied by first baseman Paul Franko and leftfielder Zachary Kalter, who also tripled. Shortstop Chris Gutierrez drove in 2 run with a double.

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Your Three-Star Selection:


3. Wilfreddy Aguirre, Pulaski: A 3-hitter over 5 innings for his first win of the season.

2. Adam Lind, Dunedin: 4 hits, including a homer, to pace the D-Jay attack.

1. Davis Romero, Dunedin: 7 shutout innings, scattering 3 hits, for the game of the night.

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Ducey - Saturday, July 16 2005 @ 11:34 AM EDT (#122916) #
Actually that was Lind's 3rd homer of the season
Maldoff - Saturday, July 16 2005 @ 01:36 PM EDT (#122928) #
Is anyone listening to the Fisher Cats game? MILB.com shows Janssen leaving after 1.1 innings!!! Anyone have more info?
VGeras - Saturday, July 16 2005 @ 01:43 PM EDT (#122930) #
I saw on ITD that he was struck in the right arm by a line drive.
Mike Green - Saturday, July 16 2005 @ 02:22 PM EDT (#122941) #
It was good to be a Romero last night. Alex Romero wielded the big bat for the Rock Cats against Dustin McGowan. He's hitting .290 with 12 homers in just over 1/2 a season at age 21 in double A. He skated through last year's Rule 5 draft to my surprise.
Mike Green - Saturday, July 16 2005 @ 03:09 PM EDT (#122947) #
Looking for something to do after this afternoon's Jay game? The Fisher Cats and Rock Cats are playing a day-night doubleheader and video is available for the night game at 7:05 courtesy of milb.com. Put a face to familiar names like Miguel Negron, Ryan Roberts, Rob Cosby, Clint Johnston, Chip Cannon and Curtis Thigpen. Josh Banks gets the start.

In the opener, the Fisher Cats led 3-2 at the stretch, as Negron drove in all 3 runs with a solo homer and a 2 run double. Tracy Thorpe pitched very well, featuring a 94 mph fastball.
Jim - Saturday, July 16 2005 @ 04:05 PM EDT (#122949) #
I was at the New Britain - New Hampshire game.

Janssen took a line drive off the bat of Matt Moses and was unable to continue. I'm going to post some more thoughts in a little while, but that's the biggest news.
Jim - Saturday, July 16 2005 @ 04:42 PM EDT (#122950) #
I had written 3 pages in Word, then the computer freezes - so you get the short version.

I chose the first game of the doubleheader to avoid the Schilling Bobblehead Giveaway, and to my delight the game was attended by maybe 600 people. A kind gentlemen in front game me a free ticket and I plunked myself down right behind the plate with the scouts. They had their radar guns, I had my XM2GO and $1 Diet Pepsis.

Janssen took a line drive off the bat of Matt Moses to the arm and was removed. He seemed to want to give it a go, but was unable to even throw a pitch to give it a test. I wish I could have seen more, but was impressed with him over the span of 6 batters. He did make a pretty athletic defensive play on a hard chopper from Denard Span.

Tracy Thorpe relieved and looked pretty good. I wouldn't say that the was throwing 94; the highest I saw the gun read was 93 and that was once. His first few innings he sat about 88-89 but then was at about 90-91 a little later.

Jesse Carlson pitched the final two with ease. If he has any idea where his pitches are headed, I'd be suprised. If I were left handed, I wouldn't dig in against him.

I hope I caught Ryan Roberts on a bad day. He was terrible at the plate and in the field. They busted him up and in and then got him to wave at pitches outside. In the field he made a pretty ugly throwing error on a pretty routine play, and in general was just unimpressive.

Miguel Negron was the opposite. He had a HR and drove in all three runs. He made a nice diving catch on a ball on the track and also showed good range and speed in center I thought, tracking down some long flies while making it look easy.

Chip Cannon was the DH and was 0-4 with a BB. Didn't really hit the ball hard, and looked bad one at-bat, but I guess it's all or nothing, and today was... well a walk.

Ron Davenport doesn't strike me as someone who will make a contribution at the major league level.

Eric Kratz caught, so I didn't see the catcher I would have liked to have seen.

Raul Tablado looked pretty bad at the plate. He had a couple of at-bats that were just awful. Hindsight is 20/20, but it sure would have been nice to protect Godwin and not Tablado last offseason.

Alex Romero will not be easy to take from the Twins. I thought he had a nice stroke at the plate, and seems to hit the ball hard to all fields. If JP could extract him for Hillenbrand at the deadline, that would be a great trade for the Jays.

I was excited to see Matt Moses, but after the line drive in the second that took Janssen out of the game he didn't really make an impression after that. That ball was scalded.

The Twins seem to like Denard Span, but I can't understand why. He couldn't get around on Thorpe and besides the fact that he's fast I don't see how he is a 'bonafied Major League leadoff hitter' like the New Britain manager has called him.

I might try and swing by again tomorrow, but the weather might not be very nice.

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