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They weren't all singles that the Sky Chiefs saw flying around Dunn Tire park yesterday, as the Chiefs were dumped unceremoniously. The farm affiliates went 4-3.

Syracuse 7 Buffalo 17

You remember the old adage about how important it is for a pitcher to shut down the opponents after his teammates have rallied. It didn't happen for Chad Gaudin, Jason Arnold and the Sky Chiefs yesterday. The Chiefs rallied for 4 runs in the top of the 5th to take a 6-5 lead, but the Bisons retaliated with 7 in their half and then another 5 in the 6th. 10 earned runs for Gaudin in 4.1 innings and 6 for Arnold in 1.1 is all the detail that you really need to know. Gabe Gross went 3-5 with a double and a baserunner kill at the plate. Guillermo Quiroz doubled and singled in 4 chances. Desi Relaford and Justin Singleton each homered, with Singleton's being a 3 run shot.


Norwich 7 New Hampshire 4

Ismael Ramirez' record for the season stands at 7-13, although he hasn't pitched poorly. Last night's game was a microcosm of his year. The Navigators got to him for 3 runs in the top of the first, but Ismael shut them down after that through 6 innings. 7 hits, no homers, 1 walk and 7 strikeouts attest to the quality of his pitching. Meanwhile, Rob Cosby hit a 2 run homer in the bottom of the 1st. Then in the bottom of the sixth, after a Ron Acuna sacrifice fly tied the game, Chip Cannon singled in the go-ahead score. Ismael turned over the lead to the bullpen. Steve Andrade pitched a perfect seventh, but then the normally lights-out Jesse Carlson was lit up for 4 earned runs in the top of the eighth and that was that. Ryan Roberts singled, doubled and walked in 5 trips. Cannon doubled in addition to his single in 4 PAs.


Fort Myers 6 Dunedin 2-Game 1
Fort Myers 4 Dunedin 6-Game 2

In Game 1, the D-Jays led 2-1 going to the top of the 7th and last inning. Brad Mumma got an out and left a baserunner for closer Milton Tavarez. It was not Milton's day. Single, single, hbp, grand slam homer, and then 2 more singles to add insult to injury. Justin James started and went 5 solid innings, allowing 1 earned run on 5 hits and 1 walk with 3 strikeouts. David Smith drove in both D-Jay runs with a single and a double. Jayce Tingler singled and tripled in 4 trips. Vito Chiaravalloti singled and doubled in 3 appearances.

David Smith dominated the nightcap with 2 solo homers, a walk and a single in 4 tries. Scott Dragicevich also homered, while Joey Reiman went 3-3, including 2 doubles and 2 ribbies, with a walk. Kurt Isenberg started and went 6 solid innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 6 hits and no walks with 5 strikeouts. Brian Reed finished up in the seventh, and gave the fans who hung in until after midnight to watch the double dip to the end something to bite their fingernails about.

1st game boxscore

2nd game boxscore

Southwest Michigan 4 Lansing 6

Chi-Hung Cheng got the job done, and Aaron Mathews hit a 3 run homer in a 6 run 3rd inning as the Lugnuts won again. Cheng went 5.1 innings, and allowed 2 unearned runs on 4 hits and 3 walks and 2 strikeouts. Po-Hsuan Keng allowed 5 baserunners and 2 runs in 2 innings, before Dewon Day and Jordan Timm shut the door. The Lugnuts drew 6 walks to go along with their eight hits; Charlie Anderson, Christian Snavely, David Hicks and Mathews each reached base twice. Mathews tripled and homered; his future as a leadoff hitter is in doubt!


Lansing State Journal article on stadium lease extension

Auburn 4 Batavia 3

Young second baseman Sean Shoffit was the hero as the Doubledays came back with a run in the seventh to tie, and then scored the game-winner on a Shoffit single in the eighth. He had previously tripled and scored, and walked. Starter Kristian Bell struggled, allowing 3 earned runs in 5.2 innings on 10 baserunners, with only 1 punchout, but Sean Stidfole and Paul Phillips combined on 3.1 shutout innings with 2 hits, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. Ryan Patterson went 1-5, but drove in the tying run with a single. Brian Pettway went 0-4.


Kingport 1 Pulaski 7

18 year old starter Wilfreddy Aguirre threw 4 shutout innings on 3 hits, 1 walk and 5 strikeouts, while the P-Jays erupted for 14 hits, including Zach Kalter's first pro homer, in an easy victory. Cory Hahn and Benjamin Harrison finished up in solid fashion with Harrison striking out 2 in 2 innings. Catcher Jonathan Jaspe went 3-5 with 2 doubles. 18 year old second baseman Wes Stone reached base 3 times in 4 appearances. Jacob Butler doubled in 4 trips and threw out a runner at the plate.


3-star selection
3rd star-Aaron Mathews, unexpected pop in Lansing
2nd star-Wilfreddy Aguirre, 18 and smoking in Pulaski
1st star-David Smith, 5 hits in the doubleheader for Dunedin including 2 homers and a double.

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King Ryan - Friday, August 26 2005 @ 08:29 AM EDT (#126653) #
Desi Relaford?? When did the Skychiefs pick him up?
Jonny German - Friday, August 26 2005 @ 08:39 AM EDT (#126655) #
August 14.
DiscoDave - Friday, August 26 2005 @ 11:00 AM EDT (#126668) #
the title and comments remind me of a song...the hip...100th meridian....

"..i remember...i remember seems to me, i remember every f**king single thing i know..."

on purpose or coincedence?
James W - Friday, August 26 2005 @ 01:12 PM EDT (#126686) #
That's exactly what I thought when reading the title.
Smaj - Friday, August 26 2005 @ 01:35 PM EDT (#126695) #
Is it too early to raise concerns on Pettway's performance?
Can we attribute this to a transition stage & reserve judgement until next year? My expectation of a 2nd rounder is a decent performance showing signs of potential who will start in Low A Ball next season. Pettway's play thus far is leading to an invitation to Pulaski next season. I am curious to Dick Scott's take on Pettway.

On the positive side, how impressive is Ryan Patterson thus far! Love seeing a guy come in & dominate.
Pistol - Friday, August 26 2005 @ 01:55 PM EDT (#126705) #
Pettway was a third round pick.

I wouldn't worry about him until well into next season (or any draft pick for that matter). Obviously you'd rather see a player do well than not, but I don't put a whole lot of stock into short season league performance.
R Billie - Friday, August 26 2005 @ 02:22 PM EDT (#126716) #
I would prefer to see Pettway strike out a lot less but some guys don't take to the pro game right away. I would say that a more extreme example of that is Leance Soto who has struck out in about 50% of his at bats in Pulaski.

It's harder this year to get a handle on people to get excited about out of the draft. Other than Romero who is holding his own in Dunedin as a 20 year old in his first pro exposure.
Cristian - Friday, August 26 2005 @ 02:56 PM EDT (#126731) #
the title and comments remind me of a song...the hip...100th meridian....

The title of the thread reminds me of a Family Guy quip. Peter Griffin enters a plane's cockpit and the pilot turns to him and says, "What are you doing here? You're not a pilot. I know every pilot in the world!"

Good stuff. And the stuff I think about when the Jays make me mad.
Mike D - Friday, August 26 2005 @ 04:51 PM EDT (#126748) #
I think Pettway will be a bit of a streak hitter. Having been fortunate enough to have spoken with him, I got a bit of a feel for the guy, and he doesn't seem to have the innate ultra-confidence of a Romero or Patterson.

This isn't necessarily a bad thing -- he's just shy. But he seemed to take his early wood bat struggles to heart a bit. Unlike Patterson -- and this is worth keeping in mind -- Pettway had a very powerful build; think halfway between a Barfield and a Puckett. Sure, he needs coaching and positive reinforcement. But he hits it a mile when he hits it, and that's a huge organizational need.
dr. haque - Friday, August 26 2005 @ 06:30 PM EDT (#126773) #
"It's harder this year to get a handle on people to get excited about out of the draft."

Sorry RBillie I cant do the italics for some reason but I agree with you somewhat but at the same point I think there is genuine talent to get excited about, from this seasons draft. Off the top of my head I think RHP Paul Phillips and RHP Robert Ray seem to have done well in the short season and apart from that, what I could gather about them is that they are not the typical college pitchers that the Jays draft because they seem to have power arms.

But you are right about judging this years draft is difficult because there was a lot of good talent in the lower rounds than usual.
Gerry - Friday, August 26 2005 @ 09:36 PM EDT (#126789) #

Robert Ray pitched five no hit innings with two walks tonight against Batavia. Adrian Martin followed him and pitched four innings with one error. A no-hitter for Auburn.

Get excited about that!
dr. haque - Friday, August 26 2005 @ 10:08 PM EDT (#126790) #
Hey guess that kinda helps my argument about Robert Ray!!!
NO HITTER wow. Is that the first no hitter for the Jays minor league pitchers this year or has someone else done it?
Mike Green - Saturday, August 27 2005 @ 12:10 AM EDT (#126805) #
Yes, the Tragically Hip song was the reference. "Dump my body unceremoniously" is a line from the tune. I could have chosen "Hanging Chad out to Dry", but resisted the temptation.

David Smith hit 2 more homers for the D-Jays tonight. Somehow, I suspect that he might not get the first star. Hmm.
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