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A perfect night for the Blue Jay farm, featuring a somewhat more-than-perfect night for Ryan Patterson. Exaggeration? Not much.

Syracuse 2 @ Scranton-Wilkes Barre 1 (12 innings)

He wasn’t quite as good as Roy Halladay, but he wasn’t far off: Josh Banks went 8 innings in SWB, allowing just 3 hits and one run (a solo homer) while striking out 9 and issuing zero free passes. He threw just 22 balls against 74 strikes.

Unfortunately, the SkyChief bats only put up 1 run in support of him, and the game headed to extras. It remained 1-1 until the top of the twelfth, when Jason Phillips lead off with a ground ball that the shortstop booted for a two-base error. Danny Solano came in to run, and Rob Cosby moved him over to third with a sacrifice bunt. Wayne Lydon finished the manufacturing with a single to right, and that made the bottom of the 12th Game Over Gronk time.

As in the Toronto game, Gronkiewicz allowed a single to lead off the last frame, but after a flyout induced a ground ball for the game-ending double play. Between Banks and Gronk, Adrian Burnside pitched a scoreless inning and Jason Frasor made this statement: 2 innings, 1 single, 4 strikeouts.

Sergio Santos had a double and a single for Syracuse, Lydon two singles and a walk.


New Hampshire 6 @ Reading 2

The Fisher Cats got a balanced attack (how nice is it to be able to say that?) and solid pitching to neatly defeat the Phillies. Jason Arnold started and put up 4 sparkling innings of 3-hit 7-K ball. Jordan De Jong vultured the win with 3 innings of 1-run ball, Jimmy Bullard allowed a second run in his one-third of a frame, and Tracy Thorpe was credited a save for retiring the final 5 batters, 2 by way of whiff.

Ah yes, the balanced attack: 2 hits each from Manny Mayorson, John Schneider, and Chip Cannon, who blasted a solo shot to get things started in the 2nd. Eric Arnold smacked a 2-run jack; David Smith and Miguel Negron bagged two-baggers; Adam Lind and Carlo Cota settled for singles. Only Erik Kratz failed to reach on his own merits, but he did steal a bag.


Dunedin 19 @ Vero Beach 12

Pitching & defence are all well and good, but every now and then it’s fun just to bludgeon your opponent. This one wasn’t even as close as the score would indicate, as 5 of the Vero Beach runs came in the 8th inning with the 19 Jay runs already recorded.

It’s hard to imagine a better night than the one enjoyed by Ryan Patterson; 6 hits is rare enough; likewise 5 runs scored, and likewise 3 homers, and likewise 9 RBI; 5 extra-base hits are just unheard of. Doing all of that in one night? I don’t think I have an appropriate word for it. Wow. Let’s just say, Wow.

Leadoff hitter Aaron Mathews did his bit setting up the 2-hitter Patterson, slapping six singles. Robinzon Diaz hit a grand slam, Ron Davenport and Juan Peralta solo bombs. Davenport also doubled, and Eric Nielsen and David Corrente joined him in the 2-hit ring. Dustin Majewski thought he’d try something different, drawing 4 walks to go with his double. Somehow, Ryan Klosterman managed to go oh-for-five with a walk.

Robert Ray and TJ Gornati were beat about the head & shoulders. Danny Core had a most curious outing, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk in 2 1/3… but striking out 6. Connor Falkenbach allowed a run on 3 hits over 2. The calm in the midst of the storm was Kyle Yates, pitching a perfect 6th with 2 punchouts.

Back to the hitting; another amazing aspect of Patterson and Mathews’ nights is that the other 7 hitters in the lineup totaled “only” 9 hits. The blowout discount still applies, but not nearly as much as it might – the rest of the offence was merely very good, not nuclear like the first 2 hitters.


Kane County 4 @ Lansing 9

The Lugnuts tried to find a reasonable balance between excellent pitching and pulverizing offence. Leadoff hitter Sean Shoffit led the hitting side of things with 2 doubles and a single; close behind was Josh Bell with2 doubles of his own, and 3 batted in. Jacob Butler, Brian Pettway, and Anthony Hatch all homered.

Aaron Wideman started and went 5 first-rate innings, allowing just a run on 3 hits, 2-1 on the K-BB count. Adrian Martin was roughed up for 3 runs on 6 hits over the next 2 2/3, and Joe McLaughlin finished out with 1 1/3, 1 hit, 1 walk. Junior has started the season with 6 1/3 shutout innings out of the Lansing ‘pen.

Three Star Selection!

The Third Star: Aaron Mathews, Dunedin. Six singles not so shabby.

The Second Star: Josh Banks, Syracuse. 8 Halladay-esque innings.

The First Star: Ryan Patterson, Dunedin. 17 total bases, 5 runs, 9 RBI. Feel free to take the rest of the week off.
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Mike Green - Tuesday, May 09 2006 @ 09:47 AM EDT (#146550) #

Why we do not take early season struggles too seriously.  Exhibit 1.  Patterson's line after yesterday's shots- .323/.364/.583.

subculture - Tuesday, May 09 2006 @ 10:51 AM EDT (#146555) #

How is Santos doing?  Is he the top middle-infielder in the Jays system now?  I hate to give up on Russ Adams but his defense doesn't seem to be improving too much... how about bringing Santos up, sending Adams down to learn 2b?  Or bring up a 2b, move Hill to short??

Gerry - Tuesday, May 09 2006 @ 02:17 PM EDT (#146575) #

Santos is not ready for the big leagues yet.  He had a disappointing year last year with the bat and is doing better this season but he is still hitting in the .220's.

New Hampshire are playing today and lead 4-0 in the ninth, Mike MacDonald has a three hitter through 8.

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