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Louisville 4 @ Syracuse 5

Dave Purcey made his AAA debut and made it well, allowing just one unearned run on one hit over 6 innings. He did leave something to work on next time, walking 4 and striking out just 3. James Baldwin was roughed up for 3 runs (1 earned) in 1-2/3, and Adrian Burnside tossed a scoreless frame to set up a vulture win for Ben Weber. Weber struck out the only batter he faced to end the top of the ninth, and the Chiefs rallied for 2 in the bottom of the frame to win it.

Kevin Barker got things going with a pinch-hit homer with one out. Luis Figueroa, Ryan Roberts, and Chad Mottola then put together a little parade of singles to send the Syracuse faithful home happy. For Figueroa it was part of a 4-single night. Justin Singleton had a double in three trips, the only SkyChief to join Barker in the extra-base hit department.


New Hampshire 1 @ Conneticut 2 (11 innings)

Pitching ruled the day in Norwich as the Defenders held off the Fisher Cats to win in 11. Mike MacDonald got the start for New Hampshire and tossed 4 shutout frames, 4 hits, 3 Ks and 1 walk. Jamie Vermilyea followed him with an almost-as-good 4, allowing a single run on four hits whilst whiffing a pair. Jason Arnold was the hard-luck loser, as he came on in the ninth and proceeded to set down 6 in a row, 4 by strikeout. But his third inning was his undoing, as the Defenders went single-walk-single-walk to win it.

David Smith was the only Cat hitter of note, hitting a solo homer in the 7th and a single in the 10th.


Lakeland 3 @ Dunedin 6

LF Ryan Patterson led the way in Dunedin, smacking a grand slam in the 6th on the way to a 6 – 3 Blue Jay win. Patterson also collected a single and scored 2 runs, while 1B Christian Snavely reached three times going double-single-walk.

Orlando Trias made his full-season debut in fine fashion, hurling 6-1/3 and punching out 6, 2 runs against on 6 hits and 2 walks. Daryl Harang, Connor Falkenbach, and Milton Tavarez polished off the Tigers from there.


Lansing 10 @ Dayton 1

The Lugnuts struck early and often to slay the Dragons with conviction in Dayton. At the forefront was General Cory Patton, delivering 3 hits including a dinger that got things started. 1B David Hicks also tallied three base knocks, while RF Brian Pettway singled, doubled, and walked. Catcher Josh Bell added a 2-run round-tripper.

Not to be outdone, the pitching was also a collective and dominant effort. Lefty A.J. Wideman got the start and went 3 innings, striking out 5 and walking 2, limiting Dayton to the 1 run despite 5 hits. Billy Carnline took over from there with 3 innings of 1-hit 6-K ball, and after 2 uneventful frames from Scott Roy, Yesson Berroa came on to strike out the side in the ninth. If you’re counting, that’s a 14 strikeout performance for the ‘Nuts.


Three-Star Selection

Honourable Mention: Billy Carnline, Lansing. 6 whiffs and just 1 hit over 3 innings.

The Third Star: Dave Purcey, Syracuse. 1 unearned run over 6 innings

The Second Star: Luis Figueroa, Syracuse. 4 hits and scores the game winner in the bottom of the 9th

The First Star: Ryan Patterson, Dunedin. A grand salami as part of a two-hit night

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Mike Green - Tuesday, April 11 2006 @ 09:06 AM EDT (#144888) #
That's Carnline's 2nd straight dominant outing.  His line for the season is a sweet 6 innings, 2 hits, no walks and 10 strikeouts. 
Maldoff - Tuesday, April 11 2006 @ 09:28 AM EDT (#144890) #
Dunedin has a nice 10:30AM start today against Lakeland. I believe that this will be AJ Burnett's 2nd rehab outing, so might be a good one to tune in to.
Lugnut Fan - Tuesday, April 11 2006 @ 09:52 AM EDT (#144894) #
That is correct Mike.  Carnline and Keng have been outstanding out of the pen.  Actually all the pitching in Lansing has been pretty good.
Max Parkinson - Tuesday, April 11 2006 @ 10:31 AM EDT (#144896) #

Lugnut Fan,

How did Wideman look?  Do you have any velocities?

Maldoff - Tuesday, April 11 2006 @ 10:52 AM EDT (#144898) #
Lakeland leads 2-0 through the top half of the first. Burnett gave up 4 hits in the first, with the 2 runs scoring on double, single, single, GIDP (run scored). Got another ground out to end the inning.
Maldoff - Tuesday, April 11 2006 @ 11:05 AM EDT (#144900) #
2nd Inning: Burnett strikes out the first two batters he faces, then gives up a weak single. Ground out to shortstop to end the inning. Line so far: 2IP, 5H, 2ER, 0BB, 2K
Sister - Tuesday, April 11 2006 @ 11:11 AM EDT (#144901) #
I find A.J.'s perfromance today, and in his previous rehab start, disturbing. After all, he is facing high A level opposition and one would think he should exhibit a bit more dominance than he has shown. I realize that historically the rehab *stint* has been tackled in differing ways by different players. One approach (which A.J. may be taking) is to get a good feel for pitching post injury -- to get a game feel back -- and thus the statistical outcome is less important than the actual process of pitching.

 Having said that, I had hoped for more as the results from these two starts suggests to me that he might have a tough time when he gets back up to the majors. My expectations, inititally, have been lowered.
rtcaino - Tuesday, April 11 2006 @ 11:27 AM EDT (#144902) #
Third inning was a bit better: 2 ground outs and a K.
Mike D - Tuesday, April 11 2006 @ 11:33 AM EDT (#144903) #

It's great to see Brian Pettway get off to such a good start this year.  Last season, he mentioned in his Batter's Box interview that he really struggled with the adjustment to wooden bats.  He seemed like a guy for whom added confidence would do a world of good.

Lugnut Fan, how does he look out there?

Ducey - Tuesday, April 11 2006 @ 11:36 AM EDT (#144904) #
Pettway is playing better this year.  He is at .333/.391/.619 so far.  His strikeouts are a tad high (7 in 21 AB) but hopefully he will justify his third round draft status this year and get back on the prospect radar
sweat - Tuesday, April 11 2006 @ 11:38 AM EDT (#144905) #
AJ's performance might be disturbing if he was trying to get these guys out, and you never know, he might be.  But I think it is more likely that AJ is concerning himself with hitting his spots, and making sure his mechanics are the way he wants them to be. 
Mike Green - Tuesday, April 11 2006 @ 01:19 PM EDT (#144910) #
Burnett picked it up in his last 2 innings of work (he pitched 4 innings).  Here is the game log.  The D'Jays rolled a 9 spot and cruised to the easy victory.
Lugnut Fan - Tuesday, April 11 2006 @ 01:20 PM EDT (#144911) #

I've only had a chance to see Pettway in two games.  The guys were on the road yesterday.  I will say that Pettway has looked pretty good to me.  He sprayed the balls pretty much to all fields in the two games I saw and is making good contact.  Actually, the middle of the lineup has been outstanding with the situational hitting.  If you want to know the player that has impressed me the most in the games that I have seen, it is Sean Shoffit.  I know he has kind of been struggling the past couple of games, but he is a true lead off hitter.  In the opening series he did all he could to get on base and I was really impressed with him.  He is also really quick.  There is a lot of team speed in Lansing this year.

As far as Widemans velocity, I don't know what it was like last night, but I will go out on a limb and say it is similar to last years which was 88-90 on the fastball.  He had a good line last night.  I wonder why they took him out after only three innings.

Mike Green - Tuesday, April 11 2006 @ 01:22 PM EDT (#144913) #
Thanks, LF.  I know that you haven't seen too much of him yet, but what are your first impressions of Shoffit's defence? 
Lugnut Fan - Tuesday, April 11 2006 @ 01:37 PM EDT (#144916) #

The defence in Lansing has been a little shaky so far.  I know that they committed 2 or 3 errors each game on Thursday and Friday last week, but none of them were credited to Shoffit.  There is actually a new playing surface in Lansing this year, so I don't know if that has anything to do with it.  I know they didn't commit an error last night.  Guiterrez is his double play partner and I know that he has an error or two. 

It's actually too early to tell, so I can't give you an honest assessment, but I can tell you that Ken Joyce is very, very high on Mr. Shoffit.

Pistol - Tuesday, April 11 2006 @ 01:56 PM EDT (#144924) #
It's great to see Brian Pettway get off to such a good start this year.

I have an attachment to Pettway because he was one a few players I identified as potential mid round picks for the Jays, and then guessed that they would take him in the third round during the draft.

Pettway had one of the best adjusted batting lines in the NCAA last year.  If he makes the adjustment to wood bats he should find his way to Dunedin this summer.  He's a candidate to pull a Rhame this year (can we make that an official award?).

Lugnut Fan - Tuesday, April 11 2006 @ 02:16 PM EDT (#144925) #

If we can vote on this "Rhame" award, I would vote for Metropolous.  I think he is going to have a big year and most likely will be in Dunedin before mid-season.

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