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Is there more rain in the US Northeast this year or something? I think New Hampshire's played more doubleheaders than singleheaders this year.

Also, I have an incredible opportunity that you cannot miss!

That's right, as Gwyn so aptly pointed out, you can vote for the Triple-A All-Star Game this year. This is quite possibly the best thing that's happened to me this week. Where else can you see top prospects, has-beens and Jose Lima?

My latest ballot for the International League looks like LIMA TIME! will start with Jon Lester as the other SP, Brandon League and Terry Adams in relief, Hee Seop Choi at first, Cesar Crespo at second, Jason Bartlett at short, the somehow-still-around Fernando Tatis at third and Howie Clark, Adam Stern and Victor Diaz left to right in the outfield. Alejandro Freire beats out Kevin Cash at DH.

If you could somehow get to Toledo (something nobody not named Klinger has ever said), I guarantee you will have the time of your life. Imagine a Major League All-Star Game where everyone is from the Royals and Pirates, then remove the good stadium and high attendance.

Balloting ends June 23. Get your votes in now!

And now, onto the games:

Syracuse 5 @ Norfolk 1 (9th inning, rain)

This one had rain all the way through; David Purcey was supposed to start but had already gone through his pregame routine and missed his turn after the skies opened. Shaun Marcum sort of started, I guess, and went five innings, striking out six and allowing just one run in the first.

Interesting note, though: here are the first three entries in the game log for inning #1:
Pitcher Change: Shaun Marcum replaces David Purcey.
Anderson Hernandez turns around to bat right-handed.
Anderson Hernandez walks.

At the time of this writing, Purcey's shown as facing 0 batters with 0 pitches thrown, but earlier last night, it was one batter with 6 pitches (2 strikes), which fits with the leadoff walk.'s Gameday shows things differently: switch-hitter Hernandez turning around, then Marcum coming in, then the walk. Colour me confused.

Anyway, the Chiefs banged out over a dozen hits, including two from Wayne Lydon who scored three times. I thought Lydon was doing sort of okay, if that makes sense, and he is, having slugged around .400 with a good walk rate. However, he's been caught 7 times in 15 attemps on the basepaths -- this is a guy who stole 87, 75, 65 and 42 bases in the last four years. An 80% success rate does not become 47% that quickly, does it?

New Hampshire was rained out. Old-fashioned doubleheader tonight, starting at 6:35.

Sarasota 2 @ Dunedin 7

Jesse Litsch
continues his fine pitching as of late. In his last three starts, he has the following numbers: 20 IP, 17 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 14 K. Last night, it was eight shutout innings with more strikeouts than hits. Litsch has basically skipped Auburn and Lansing (having pitched in only four games as a Doubleday) after a great year in Pulaski. And he's still pretty young, being two years minus a day older than yours truly.

Ryan Patterson dropped his average to .310 with "just" a 1-for-4, but the one was a solo homer in the fifth. Ryan Klosterman followed with a two-run home run of his own in that inning, making four jacks on the night for the D-Jays. Juan Peralta put Dunedin on top in the second for good with a three-run homer, which kind of surprises me, since it's Juan Peralta -- that matches his HR total from 2005.

Yes, it was all Litsch and homers last night in Dunedin. Too bad only 510 people were there, eh?

Dayton 8 @ Lansing 5

Lansing was down 7-0 in the fourth, so it was kind of a stinker. Joey McLaughlin threw three scoreless innings (7, 8, 9) and Cory Patton hit his ninth homer of the year.

Three Star Selection
Shaun Marcum
2. Wayne Lydon
1. Jesse Litsch
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Mike Green - Thursday, June 08 2006 @ 09:29 AM EDT (#148497) #
Marcum now has 6 walks and 45 strikeouts in 37.2 innings.  This is consistent with his minor league record right from the outset.  He's now 24 years old, and there has not been a lot of mileage on his arm at a young age.  With yesterday's longer outing, he's ready to step into the breach if the club needs another starter.

Toledo has special significance to da Box, with our own Mick Doherty having spent a number of years there.

CaramonLS - Thursday, June 08 2006 @ 10:07 AM EDT (#148505) #
Ahh Tatis, the only player ever to hit 2 grand slams in an inning, I think he was 'protection' as well for McGwire after his big year or during.
krose - Thursday, June 08 2006 @ 10:19 AM EDT (#148506) #
Two more hits for Santos. When his OBP reaches 300 we can become hopeful for prospect status. Has anyone had the opportunity to see him play? Does he look confident in the field? Has he changed his swing to become more of a contact hitter?

Is there a chance he could see time as a middle infielder in TO this year?
Mike Green - Thursday, June 08 2006 @ 10:41 AM EDT (#148510) #
2 homers, 3 walks and 33 strikeouts  in early June in triple A usually means that a prospect has another year at least, unless he's Mark Belanger or Ozzie Smith.  Santos' defence has improved, but he's not going to be a Gold Glove winner. 

Santos is young, and there is still time for him to improve.  It does seem that Syracuse has been playing better over the last week or so.  Santos and Adams may have settled into together as a double play combination.

Jim - Thursday, June 08 2006 @ 11:19 AM EDT (#148516) #
New Britain has already been rained out at least 9 times - probably more after this past week.  It rains every day in New England at this point.
Mick Doherty - Thursday, June 08 2006 @ 01:17 PM EDT (#148529) #

Toledo has special significance to da Box, with our own Mick Doherty having spent a number of years there.

Annd ... the nice comment undercuts my ability to post something snarky and mean. Awwwww.

Four years of high school (though I didn't live in Toledo, but a suburb, at the time) and four years first job out of college (actually living in Toledo), where my office was a 90-second walk from the Lucas County Recreation Center, then home of the Mud Hens, who have since moved to a larger, better, downtown stadium site.

It's actually a nice little city, despite the easy Klinger jokes and John Denver's quite wonderful Saturday Night in Toledo. Ohio.

And the Hens are defending IL champs, having won the title last year for, I think, the first time in my life!

Gerry - Thursday, June 08 2006 @ 01:38 PM EDT (#148531) #

Josh Towers is pitching for the Chiefs in an afternoon game.  Towers gave up four consecutive singles in the first inning and two runs.  He is now through 4 innings on 49 pitches and has allowed 6 hits, no walks and no K's.

Russ Adams is 2-2 and has driven in 3 runs as the Chiefs lead 5-2 in the fifth.

Mike Green - Thursday, June 08 2006 @ 02:56 PM EDT (#148538) #
Towers went 8 solid innings, as the Chiefs won 6-2.  Adams went 4-4 with a walk and drove in 4.  The Chiefs turned both  4-6-3 and 3-6-1 DPs, with an infield of Roberts, Santos, Adams and Hattig, and Barker DHing. 
Gerry - Thursday, June 08 2006 @ 11:08 PM EDT (#148567) #
Kurt Isenberg went one better in the nightcap as the Fisher Cats won 1-0 with a run in the bottom of the sixth.
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