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Except maybe Casey Janssen, who is at his 3rd minor league stop this season and has yet to break a sweat. 3 wins in 5 games for the Blue Jay farm. Meanwhile, General Patton conquers July.

Syracuse 6 @ Pawtucket 5

Shaun Marcum struck out 7 over 5 innings, but allowed 3 Red Sox runs on 7 hits (including 2 dingers) and 2 walks. Jason Arnold allowed another run, and newcomer Kevin Tolar allowed one more and was charged a blown save. Tolar vultured the win, however, when the SkyChiefs plated 2 in the top of the 9th and Matt Whiteside shut the door for his 19th save.

As usual, Kevin Barker swung a big stick for Syracuse, smacking a 3-run shot in the 6th as part of a 2-hit night. Leadoff hitter Gabe Gross reached 3 times, stole a base, and threw a runner out at second base. 3B Bryant Nelson and SS Julius Matos singled twice each, while JF and GQ took oh-fers.


Trenton 1 @ New Hampshire 2

Chip Cannon doubled home the tying run in the bottom of the 8th and Ryan Roberts singled home the game-winner with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th as the Fisher Cats rallied to silence the Thunder. Casey Janssen got the start and went 6 shoutout innings, allowing just 4 singles and a walk while striking out 8, lowering his double-A ERA to 1.40.


Dunedin – Off day

Lansing 2 @ South Bend 4

A.J. Wideman went 6 innings for the Lugnuts, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits and a walk while striking out 3. Jordy Templet put in a solid effort of two innings, allowing 1 run and striking out 2, but the Lansing offence could only manage 2 runs of support. Jason Armstrong, David Hicks, and Ryan Klosterman all collected two hits. Yuber Rodriquez had a walk to show for his 4 plate appearances.


Auburn 3 @ Staten Island 9

Eric Fowler (4 innings), Eddie Rodriguez, Josh Sowers, and Sean Stidfole all gave up earned runs at a rate of 1 per inning as the the Doubledays fell to the Yankees. Offensively, CF Matt Cooksey drove in all 3 Auburn runs with a blast in the 3rd inning. DH Nick Thomas and 3B Anthony Garibaldi each reached base twice with a hit and a walk.


Burlington 3 @ Pulaski 7

Anthony Hatch (homer), Jonathan Jaspe (double), and Jacob Butler (2 singles) all drove in 2 runs as the Blue Jays won in convincing fashion. Leadoff man Zach Kalter reached base 3 times on a hit and two walks, while Wesley Stone also drew two bases on balls. Starter Shane Benson went 4 innings, charged with 3 runs on 5 hits while striking out 3 and walking nobody. Winning pitcher Hector Delgadillo tossed 3-2/3 shutout frames, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks with 1 K. Ben Harrison picked up the save as he recorded the final 4 outs.


Three-Star Selection!

The Third Star: Kevin Barker, Syracuse. 2 hits including a 3-run round-tripper.

The Second Star: Ryan Roberts, New Hampshire. 2 hits, 2 walks, 1 game-winning RBI.

The First Star: Casey Janssen, New Hampshire. Just another day at the office.

Three-Star Standings

A slump for Chip Cannon and an injury to Casey Janssen paved the way for a brand new Three-Star leaderboard for July, and Cory Patton took full advantage. The General collected 60 points in being named the First Star on four different July dates, beating out lefty Davis Romero and fellow bopper-in-waiting Adam Lind for the monthly crown. Patton blasted 7 homers in 105 at-bats in putting together a very pretty .292 / .351 / .590 line. Left-hander Jesse Litsch made the biggest splash amongst new Jays, as the 2004 draft-and-follow collected 45 points on 4 Three-Star credits. Meanwhile, Janssen’s overall lead stood up despite his only making 3 starts for the month, but Ryan Roberts passed Cannon for second place.

July Three-Star Top Ten
Player	      Points	Stars
Cory Patton     60	  4
Davis Romero	51	  3
Adam Lind       49	  5
Jesse Litsch	45	  4
Chris Snavely   41	  3
Kevin Barker	39	  2
Ryan Roberts	38	  3
JF Griffin	36	  3
Jamie Vermilyea	30	  2
Miguel Negron	28	  2
Overall Three-Star Top Ten
Player         Points	Stars
Casey Janssen	123	 13
Ryan Roberts	106	 12
Chip Cannon     102	 10
JF Griffin       91	 10
Kevin Barker	 76	  8
Cory Patton      75	  6
Adam Lind        73	  8
Chi-hung Cheng	 69	  8
Shaun Marcum	 67	  9
Carlo Cota       67	  7
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Jordan - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 11:19 AM EDT (#124459) #
Although Dunedin had the day off, congratulations are due to D-Jays Davis Romero and Adam Lind, who were named Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, in the Florida State League!
Maldoff - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 11:40 AM EDT (#124463) #
For those interested, is showing the video of today's Skychiefs-PawSox game. It'll be a matchup of Zach Jackson vs Abe Alvarez, and it starts at 12:05.

Also, is it just me, or does Zach Kalter's stats remind anyone of Jayce Tingler's stats? They seem to be very similar players....low AVG, high BB, high OBP, low Slugging.
Marc Hulet - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 11:43 AM EDT (#124465) #
I was thinking the same thing about Kalter and Tingler. Kalter started his career by batting .400 for the first three or four weeks and then slumped terribly. Could simply be due to a long college/minor league season.

On the plus side, Kalter has more speed and a better arm than Tingler, I believe.
rtcaino - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 12:23 PM EDT (#124468) #
Wow, this video feed is awesome! It will be great to finally see Action Jackson in... Action.

Also cool: I just saw the Greek God of walks draw a walk. It was a very spiritual experience.
rtcaino - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 12:37 PM EDT (#124470) #
Sky Chiefs went down in order in the top of the first.

In the bottom, Zack Jack struggled with his control. He retired the first batter on a pop fly. Followed by a grounder in which the runner reached on an error. He then walked two straight. The runner on third scored on a sac fly.

I missed how he got out of the inning, but no further runs scored.

Chiefs went down in order again in the 2nd, punctuated by a full count punch out of GQ.

I’ll try to update as much as I can, however I will be in and out for some of the afternoon. I’ll focus more on Zack Jack’s performance in this, his second AAA start.
rtcaino - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 12:44 PM EDT (#124472) #
Zack Jack got the first batter on an easy grounder to short.
Grounder to first base for the second out.
Third batter tried to bunt on… three up three down.

Much smoother inning for Zack Jack. He commanded the zone with more effectiveness. However, he hasn’t been able to throw many first pitch strikes thus far. He did a good job of keeping the Sox off balance by changing speeds.
Rob - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 12:50 PM EDT (#124473) #
According to the boxscore, and since "Quiroz DH" means Griffin and Mottola are both playing the outfield, Gabe Gross is in CF. When's the last time he did that, high school?

I am very pleased to see Dave Berg play LF on the opposing team for once.
Rob - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 12:56 PM EDT (#124474) #
Joe DePastino just got a foul ball in the thumb, and he might be hurt. How long has DePastino been a catcher? Even I know to protect your throwing thumb by covering it with the other fingers, and I've never caught in an organized game.

This broadcast team seems pretty good, based on my initial impressions. Anyone catch their names?
Jdog - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 01:05 PM EDT (#124476) #
Thanks for the Play by Play.
Gerry - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 01:20 PM EDT (#124477) #
Gross has played CF on an occasional basis for Syracuse this year. One of the commentators, the colour guy, used to do Red Sox games, I recognize the voice but can't come up with a name.

Three of the Sox hits, through four innings, should be errors. Those plays would be made at the major league level.
rtcaino - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 01:24 PM EDT (#124478) #
Gross led off the fourth with a strike out.
Nelson grounded his first pitch to third.
Another three up three down.
Hopefully that Jinxes it.

Since the first, Zack has allowed only a single. Retiring 8 of the last nine.

Berg walks to lead of the fourth on 5.
Zack then gives a well-hit ball to left which JFG did a good job of cutting off in the gap. Berg advances to third.
Chopper to short, which was missed. Should have been a double play, but was scored a hit. Berg scored, runners on first and second none out.
4-6 double play on a quick liner.
With a runner on first and two out, Zack Jack gets ahead 0-2 on CF Lombard. CF fouls off four and takes a ball. Chopper to second to retire the Paw Sox.

Zack gives up a run and leaves two.

It seems that the scorer is being rather easy on the Chiefs defenders. Three of four base hits have been borderline errors.
rtcaino - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 01:27 PM EDT (#124480) #
Mottola and Griffin are retired a little too quickly.
GQ flies out on his first pitch.

6 pitch inning… great.
15 up, 15 down.
NDG - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 01:37 PM EDT (#124482) #
Couple of comments:

1) For a guy with a great K/W ratio, ZachJack seems to have no idea where his pitches are going.

2) The Syracuse infield defense is really, really bad. Maybe that's why a guy like Bush can seem to put up better numbers in the bigs.
CaramonLS - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 01:40 PM EDT (#124483) #
Janssen with a 1:21 BB/K Ratio in AA...
rtcaino - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 01:42 PM EDT (#124485) #
Zach Jack brings a line of 4h, 3bb, 2k, and 2 er into the PawSox fifth.
He punches out Bellhorn on a high heater. 2nd K of the night for Bellhorn.
Pedroia works a 3-0 count and takes ball four. 4th of the night. PawSox lead the I League in walks.
Youkilis at bat. He reaches on a slow chopper to third, which was bobbled by Nelson. Just bad luck there.
3r HR by Petagine way over Gross’ head.
Berg gets a single to right.

And that is it for Jackson. Rough outing. With some better luck he could have dominated this game. Until the last two batters, the Sox were having a heck of a time trying to get the ball out of the infield. BUT, a few well-placed “hits” and some awful defense contributed to Jackson’s demise.
NDG - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 01:43 PM EDT (#124487) #
Further to the bad defense part. Jackson has given up THREE infield hits, and at least two of those should have been errors. Plus there were two official errors, and Nelson couldn't get to a foul ball that seemed catchable. Jackson wasn't hit hard at all (he's gone now for Spike), but he didn't help his cause by constantly falling behind.
rtcaino - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 01:43 PM EDT (#124488) #
Spike is in for relief.

I'm out for the afternoon.

Have a good one all.
Rob - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 01:45 PM EDT (#124489) #
Understatement of the day: Griffin-Gross-Mottola is not the best defensive outfield in the International League.
NDG - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 01:45 PM EDT (#124490) #
Is Marcum a grounball pitcher? I think I may know why his H/IP is so high in AAA.
NDG - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 01:49 PM EDT (#124492) #
Or maybe, if Rob is correct (which I don't doubt), it don't matter where you let 'em hit it, it's going for a hit. Makes you wonder though how Gaudin can have such good numbers. His K rate isn't that high.
Nigel - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 01:52 PM EDT (#124493) #
Marcum's main problem is that he's giving up hits where no one can catch them :) (check out his HR/9 rate).
Rob - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 02:10 PM EDT (#124495) #
Or maybe, if Rob is correct (which I don't doubt)

Well, inspired by the talk of the bad defense, I decided to check the Defense Efficiency Ratio of the teams in the IL:

Norfolk	        .718
Indianapolis	.713
Toledo	        .711
Rochester	.709
Richmond	.709
Syracuse	.705
Ottawa	        .701
Scranton/WB	.698
Charlotte	.696
Columbus	.696
Buffalo	        .695
Pawtucket	.690
Louisville	.690
Durham	        .678
Those aren't perfect (used Total Batters Faced instead of Plate Appearances, no HBP, no 6/10ths of errors) but they should be good enough. Or not. Don't take them as gospel, just an interesting look at the situation.

For comparison, the American League average is currently at .695, thanks to The Hardball Times (which is also where I got the formula for DER).

Jonny German - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 03:39 PM EDT (#124501) #
Note: I've just updated the article to include the July Three-Star update.
Ducey - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 04:11 PM EDT (#124504) #
I notice Cota has been bumped back to AA after a remedial stint in Dunedin (where he mashed).
Mike Forbes - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 05:02 PM EDT (#124509) #
Non-Jays minor league news... Mariners uber-prospect Felix Hernandez will start for Seattle Thursday afternoon becoming the first teenager to start a ML game since Todd Van Poppel in 1991.
rtcaino - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 05:02 PM EDT (#124510) #
When does Ricky Romero pitch next?

Has he still pitched only the two outings?
Gerry - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 05:17 PM EDT (#124511) #
Ricky goes tonight. His first Dunedin start was July 27th.
Gerry - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 05:24 PM EDT (#124512) #
Baseball America has covered A ball in its best tools feature. Manny Mayerson is the only Blue Jay mentioned so far. Mayerson is the best defensive shortstop in the FSL.
rtcaino - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 06:42 PM EDT (#124517) #
Thanks Gerry. I figured His start was comming soon.
Gerry - Tuesday, August 02 2005 @ 09:30 PM EDT (#124521) #
Ricky Romero must be rusty. Tonight he gave up six hits and three runs in three innings.
kpataky - Wednesday, August 03 2005 @ 11:06 AM EDT (#124546) #
I was the photographer in the SkyChiefs dugout wearing the sky blue Jays shirt - if anyone saw the feed on the internet. Those video cameras were a PITA - right in the way all day!
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