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The Blue Jay farm takes 3 and drops 3, with more pitching than hitting.

Syracuse – Off day

Harrisburg 1 @ New Hampshire 2 (7 innings)
Harrisburg 6 @ New Hampshire 7 (7 innings)

The Fisher Cats took two from the Senators as Dave Purcey turned in his best AA start yet, a 7-inning complete game gem. Purcey allowed just 3 hits (including a solo homer), struck out 3, and best of all, walked just 1. The offence needed all that, as they could score only 2 runs off Darrell Rasner. Curtis Thigpen was 1-for-2 with a walk; Chip Cannon was 1-for-2 with a double.

The bats woke up for the nightcap, roaring back from a 6-4 deficit with 3 runs in the bottom of the 6th. Miguel Negron reached base 3 times out of the leadoff spot and scored two runs. Rob Cosby had 3 RBI on two singles, and Cannon blasted a double and a homer. Erik Kratz scored three runs on 2 walks and a solo homer.

Bubbie Buzachero made a spot start, his first of the season, and lasted 3-1/3 while surrendering 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits. Tracy Thorpe was touched for 1 earned and 1 unearned, with Steve Andrade and Ryan Houston shutting things down over the final 1-2/3.

Boxscores: Game 1, Game 2

Dunedin 0 @ Fort Myers 2

Kyle Yates was done in by his own throwing error as he pitched a masterful 7 innings, striking out 10 and giving up just 4 hits and 1 walk. But with one out and a man on first in the bottom of the 4th, Yates threw away a ground ball, allowing the runner to score and the batter to reach 3rd base. A second unearned run came in when the next batter singled, and that was that as Fort Myers starter Adam Harben shut out the Blue Jays. DH Robinzon Diaz was the only Jay to reach twice as he singled and walked; Adam Lind and David Smith accounted for Dunedin’s other two hits.


Lansing 0 @ South Bend 5

Jason Armstrong and Aaron Matthews had two hits each, but the rest of the Lansing lineup accounted for just a single and a walk as the Lugnuts made it a two-shutout night for the Toronto farm. Russ Savickas was torched for all 5 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks while retiring just 2 batters. Jordy Templet (4-1/3 no hit innings) and Dewon Day (3 innings, 2 hits) were brilliant in relief.


Auburn 6 @ Williamsport 4

A balanced Doubleday attack saw every batter collect at least one base hit as they scored 6 runs in defeating the Crosscutters. 2B Jermy Acey, 1B Nick Thomas, and C Byron Bell notched safeties each, while RF Cory Patton doulbed and walked. LF Ryan Patterson and DH Joe Metropoulos both had a single to show for 4 at-bats.

Starter Kristian Bell was peppered for 9 base hits over 6 innings, but he held Williamsport to 3 runs by not issuing any free passes. Paul Phillips recorded a wildly effective 2-inning save: no hits, 4 walks, 5 punchouts.


Elizabethton 6 @ Pulaski 5

The Jays battled back from a 6-1 deficit after 5 innings, but came up short in dropping a contest to the Elizabethton Twins. Dennis Bigley was roughed up for all 6 Twin runs over his 5 innings, with 2 homers accounting for much of the damage. Ben Harrison turned in a perfect 3 innings of relief, striking out 4 along the way, and Cory Hahn tossed a 1-hit 9th.

1B Paul Franko walked, singled, and homered for the best line amongst Pulaski hitters. CF Zach Kalter and LF Heliezer Aguilar both doubled, SS Jesus Gonzalez had a single and a walk, and RF Jacob Butler drew two bases on balls.


Three-Star Selection!

Honourable Mention: Chip Cannon, New Hampshire. 3 extra-base hits in a twinbill.

The Third Star: Jordy Templet, Lansing. 13 up, 13 down.

The Second Star: David Purcey, New Hampshire. 3 hits over 7 innings and just 1 walk.

The First Star: Kyle Yates , Dunedin. A brilliant outing save for a poor throw to first.

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Maldoff - Tuesday, August 09 2005 @ 10:15 AM EDT (#125017) #
The mystery of Ray Gonzalez has been solved!!!

With pitcher Ray Gonzalez (ankle) out for the season, the Blue Jays signed 23-year-old right-hander Jon Grijalva from the independent Frontier League

Here is the link.
Mike Green - Tuesday, August 09 2005 @ 10:18 AM EDT (#125019) #
Thanks, Maldoff. Well, it could certainly be worse than an ankle.
Maldoff - Tuesday, August 09 2005 @ 10:34 AM EDT (#125023) #
Depending. If he broke it, then it's not so bad for a 19 year old. However, if it's tendons or ligaments, I would be a little more concerned. Hopefully, more information will be available.

I would like to see Gonzalez in Auburn, or maybe even Low-A next year, as he looked good in Pulaski. Hopefully, the Jays will push him, and see what happens.
Mike Green - Tuesday, August 09 2005 @ 10:35 AM EDT (#125024) #
The Cannon line for the season:
403 PAs, 22 2B, 4 3B, 29 HR, 40W, 113K, .295/.365/.617, .312 BABIP.

He's crossed through 3 levels, and done better in high A than in low A or double A. It looks like he's going to hit for enough power that it won't matter if he strikes out 150 or 160 times a season. The key is whether he can improve his plate discipline some over the next couple of years.
Nigel - Tuesday, August 09 2005 @ 10:56 AM EDT (#125028) #
Does anyone have a scouting report on Kyle Yates (maybe Lugnut Fan)? He's pitched well at two levels this year and is still only 22, but I've yet to hear anyone talk about him. He's had a handful of starts where he's been dominant.
Lugnut Fan - Tuesday, August 09 2005 @ 12:23 PM EDT (#125040) #
Ahhhh, Kyle Yates. He is a fastball, curveball, change up guy. His fastball tops out around 90 or 91, his change up is 79-81 and he has a decent curveball.

He was at Texas and was a teammate with Curtis Thigpen there, and they worked really well together in Lansing. Kyle is kind of up and down. In Lansing he could look dominant in one start and absolutely horrible in the next. He was able to string together five or six really strong outings in a roll prior to his promotion to Dunedin. When it happened, it wasn't really a surprise because the Jays seem to be using Lansing really as kind of a stepping stone. What I mean by that is whenever a guy gets hot, they generally move them.

The one thing that I don't like about Kyle is that it appears to me that he short arms the ball in his release. Another thing I noticed (at least when he was in Lansing), that he is constantly shaking his throwing arm. I don't know if that is just the way he is, or if his arm may have been sore towards the end of his stay.

He has the potential to be a #4 or #5 starter. The Blue Jays seem to be overwhelmed with starting pitching talent coming up through the ranks in Purcey, Jackson, Romero, Janssen, etc., so at some point he may be moved to the pen if he continues in the Jays system.
Nigel - Tuesday, August 09 2005 @ 12:30 PM EDT (#125042) #
Thanks Lugnut Fan. He's had an odd year as you say. A handful of games where he totally dominates and then a lot of mediocre ones. In total though a pretty solid year for a 22 year old.
Marc Hulet - Tuesday, August 09 2005 @ 02:18 PM EDT (#125058) #
Not bad for Yates at all, especially considering he was a reliever in college and last year at Auburn.
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