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The farm affiliates split 4 games on Saturday.

Indianapolis 5 @ Syracuse 4

Mark this one down in the tough loss column.  The Chiefs had more hits, more walks, and hit for more power than the Indians, but just couldn't make them add up to more runs.  The Chiefs scored 3 in the 2nd inning to jump out on top behind a John Hattig two run homer and doubles by Wayne Lydon and Russ Adams.  In the fifth inning, the Indians tallied one run and could have scored more but for a runner thrown out while attempting to steal home.  In the bottom of the frame, the Chiefs loaded the bases with nobody out, but after a Jason Phillips 5-2-3 double play and a Rob Cosby strikeout, they had nothing to show.  The Indians scored 2 in the 6th to tie the game on a Russ Adams' error, and then two in the eighth off Vinny Chulk and Brandon League to take the lead.  Some nifty baserunning by Wayne Lydon led to a run in the ninth, but the Chiefs left the tying run on first as the game ended. 

Jamie Vermilyea started and went 5.1innings, allowing 3 runs, 2 earned on 6 hits and 1 walk with 4 strikeouts.  Vinny Chulk was charged with the blown save and the loss, but pitched very well for 2 innings- no hits, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts.  Brandon League struggled in the eighth, while Jordan DeJong pitched an uneventful ninth.  Lydon went 3-4 on the night, while Hattig walked twice in addition to his homer.

Harrisburg 2 @ New Hampshire 1

The Senators scored 2 in the first inning on 4 singles off Mike MacDonald, and held on for the victory.  The Fisher Cats got one back on a Brad Hassey single and a run-scoring double by Tony Miller, and they had a chance for more in the eighth.  Miller opened the inning with his second double, but was hit by an Adam Lind ground ball. MacDonald settled down after the rough first inning and went 7, allowing just the 2 runs on 8 hits and 1 walk with 3 strikeouts.  Jim Bullard and Danny Hill finished up  solidly.  Manny Mayorson had 2 hits in 4 trips, while Edgardo Alfonzo took an 0 fer.  Curtis Thigpen had the day off.

Dunedin 9 @ Clearwater 5

Ryan Klosterman tripled and scored on a wild pitch and Christian Snavely followed later with a 3 run homer, as the D'Jays scored 4 runs in the 11th inning for the victory.  It was a wild and wooly one.  The D'Jays broke out on top in the third inning on a  2 run 2 out bases loaded double by Robinson Diaz.  On the play, Aaron Mathews was out at the plate and was removed from the game in the bottom of the inning with first baseman Ron Davenport moving to the outfield and Snavely taking his place.  After Clearwater cut the D'Jay margin in half with a run in the fourth, Snavely's 2 run double in the top of the seventh made it 4-1. The Threshers scored two in the bottom of the frame to draw within a run again.  Snavely had another double to plate an insurance marker in the top of the ninth, before Clearwater scored another 2 in the bottom of the ninth off Milton Tavarez, aided and abetted by two Dunedin errors.  The inning ended with Ryan Patterson killing a baserunner to set the stage for the 11th inning heroics.

Ricky Romero started and went 6.1 innings and allowed 3 earned runs on 6 hits and 3 walks with 5 punchouts.  Brad Mumma struggled to finish the seventh.  Justin James pitched a perfect eighth.  Tavarez went 2 innings and allowed 2 unearned runs on 1 hit and 1 walk with 2 strikeouts.  T. J. Gornati pitched the bottom of the 11th for the save.  Snavely ended up 4-4 with 6 ribbies.  Juan Peralta went 3-4 with a walk and scored 4 runs, while Ron Davenport and Chris Gutierrez reached base thrice each. 

Lansing 10 @ Fort Wayne 4

The Lugnuts trailed 2-0 after 4 innings, but came roaring back with 19 hits and runs in each of the last 5 innings to overpower the Wizards.  Jacob Butler had the big hits- a 2 run homer in the sixth to tie the game and a two run single in the seventh to give the 'Nuts the lead for good.  Cory Patton went 4-6, while Luke Hetherington and Josh Bell had 3 hits each.  Young middle infielders Jesus Gonzalez and Sean Shoffit chipped in with 2 hits apiece.  Kristian Bell started and went 5 innings, allowing 3 earned runs on 4 hits and 4 walks with 5 strikeouts.  Jordan Timm earned the win with 2.2 innings of relief, allowing an earned run on 2 hits and no walks with 3 strikeouts.  Yesson Berroa mopped up well.

3-star selection

3rd star- Juan Peralta
2nd star- Jacob Butler
1st star- Christian Snavely

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Pistol - Sunday, May 28 2006 @ 09:43 AM EDT (#147805) #
I went to the NH game yesterday.  I missed the top of the first when MacDonald gave up the two runs, but he seemed in control the rest of the time, although not overwhelming.  His fastball usually sat at 87-88.

Tony Miller is on the short side, but pretty solidly built.  His first double was a rocket to dead center over the OFs head.  His second double was a bloop single that he stretched into a double.  He caught the OF off guard and induced a bad throw to second.  He shouldn't have been hit by the groundball.  I think he was trying to block the SS from seeing it, but it hopped up on him.

Alfonso looked pretty bad at the plate.  He was 0-4 and didn't make good contact once.  Defensively everything was routine except for one ball that he missed diving to his right, although I'm not sure he should have been expected to make that.

Lind and Cannon each had flyballs die at the warning track.  Cannon's was a moon shot to RF.  He didn't seem to get it all, but it still went a long way.  Lind's ball was to the deep part of LF (which is a poke in this park).

Maldoff - Sunday, May 28 2006 @ 11:56 AM EDT (#147810) #
I took a quick look at the standings yesterday, and man is there a difference between the Jays higher-class and lower-class teams.  Both Syracuse and New Hampshire are in last place in their leagues, while Dunedin and Lansing are in both in first. Coincidence?
Mike Green - Sunday, May 28 2006 @ 12:14 PM EDT (#147813) #
I do think that it's partially a coincidence.  New Hampshire has the top three hitting prospects in the organization, but the offence has been mostly struggling.  That is a surprise.  Similarly, Lansing's success, with the development of Shoffit and Carnline among others leading the way,  is a surprise. 

Right now, all four affiliates seem to me to be pretty good.  There is plenty of pitching, and a few bats, at each place.  It would not shock me if all four of the affiliates made the playoffs (the A clubs have split seasons, and might qualify by virtue of their first halves, while New Hampshire and Syracuse are both capable of making a second half run).

Pistol - Sunday, May 28 2006 @ 06:33 PM EDT (#147827) #
I know the scouting report generally says otherwise, but to me Lind seems to move well enough to play in the outfield.  I never saw him make a throw, but you'd have to be really bad not to be able to play left because of your arm (Shannon Stewart's been in left forever and he can't throw a lick).

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