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Cory Patton had ten RBI's as Dunedin ran up the score on Fort Myers.  David Purcey pitched well in a Fisher Cat win, Davis Romero did not as the Chiefs lost.  Anthony Hatch and Brian Bormaster led the Lugnuts to victory and Casey McKenzie pitched Auburn to a win.  A Jays starting pitcher notched up twelve K's, and it is not a flame thrower.  A Pulaski rainout leaves the affiliates with a 4-1 record on the day.

Pop quiz, who leads the Fisher Cats in OBP?

Toledo 14 Syracuse 6

Davis Romero took it on the chin giving up eight runs in 3.2 innings.  Romero gave up a couple in the first with a triple being the big blow, a run in the second on a home run, another single in the third and four more runs in the fourth.  Ben Weber, Vinnie Chulk and Jordan DeJong gave up a couple each.

The Chiefs hitters didn't get going until they were already down 10-0.  John-Ford Griffin returned from the DL and went 2-4 with a home run.  Chad Mottola went 3-4 with a homer too.

New Hampshire 4  Portland 1

David Purcey gave up a run in the first inning as three of the first four batters registered a hit, but then he settled down and only allowed one base runner in the next four innings.  Purcey didn't walk a hitter but it is too early to declare his control problems solved as he only pitched five innings despite the lack of walks and only four hits allowed.  But hey, anytime you hold the opposition to one run in five innings it's good.

The Fisher Cats had only one hit themselves through five innings but they got after the bullpen for four runs in the sixth, Adam Lind singled in one, Chip Cannon doubled in two and John Schneider had a sac fly.  The bullpen took it the rest of the way for New Hampshire.  Adam Lind and David Smith had two hits each.  Curtis Thigpen went 0-1 but walked three times.  Thigpen has 31 walks in 160 AB's and has a .383 OBP, Lind is next at .364.

Fort Myers 4  Dunedin 22

Dunedin had a rough second inning when they failed to score; they moved the scoreboard in every other inning as they demolished Fort Myers.  Cory Patton was the hitting star driving in ten runs, and they weren't cheap runs late in the game either.  Patton drove in the Jays first four runs, two in the first and two more in the third before adding a pair of three run home runs in the fifth and sixth innings.  Patton finished with four hits.  Windsor's David Corrente also had two home runs and three hits, Ryan Patterson hit one home run and had three hits.  Eric Nielsen also had three hits.

Jesse Litsch took advantage of the support to shut down Fort Myers on three hits in six innings with one walk and six K's.  In June Litsch has pitched 34 innings, allowing 28 hits and two walks while striking out 25.  Litsch has allowed four runs this month for an ERA just over one.

Lansing 8  Beloit 4

Brian Bormaster and Anthony Hatch led the offense as they each went 4-5 with a home run.  Hatch and Bormaster scored two runs each and drove in five runs between them.  Hatch's batting average is up to .349 with an OPS over 1000.

Aaron Tressler went six innings allowing three of the runs on eight hits.  But Tressler also recorded twelve K's in his six innings.  Eleven of the twelve were swinging strike-outs.

Jamestown 1 Auburn 5

Casey McKenzie made his second start of the season and went seven innings allowing inly one run on five hits.  Adam Calderone (23rd round pick in the draft) went 3-3 with a run and an RBI, Luke Hopkins (5th round pick in the draft) had two hits including a two run home run.

Elizabethton at Pulaski - postponed


3  Brian Bormaster
2  Anthony Hatch
1  Cory Patton, 10 ribbies, did you ever doubt it?


Syracuse are 33-43, and are in sixth place, 12 games behind Rochester
New Hampshire are 34-40, and are in third place, 11 games behind Portland
Dunedin are 2-2, and are a half game behind three teams
Lansing are 2-2, and are in third place, two games behind West Michigan
Auburn have started 3-3 and are tied in second place a game behind Batavia
Pulaski are 4-0 and obviously in first place

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danjulien - Monday, June 26 2006 @ 08:36 AM EDT (#149754) #
Hey guys, on the minor league front, Ottawa was treated to the come back of one Delmon Young over the weekend.  He is gonna be a star in the majors no doubt.  I think the only knock I could notice on him was his lack of bul but I'm sure that will come with better weight rooms and what not.  The thing that surprised me the most was his speed on the basepaths, I hadn't read too much about him having good speed but he can motor.  B.J. Upton was obviously also playing, another speedy guy, I thought he had good bat control but again he is quite skinny, certainly in the legs.  The best part of watching him was that certain fans were chanting "D.U.I." as he came up to bat and it clearly got to him because he ran down to 1st for a walk on a ball 3.  Durham also has former Oriole prospect Darnell McDonald hitting between the two stars and providing them with a good bat along first offensive position....Kevin Cash! 

Just a note on the Orioles system...they have so many bit left handed pitchers, I would be worried but with the way the Jays hit lefties, that may be an advantage for our boys in black

Maldoff - Monday, June 26 2006 @ 10:32 AM EDT (#149764) #
I'm sort of surprised there hasn't been more movement of prospects since the minor league all-star breaks. Guys like Ricky Romero, Adam Lind, Ryan Patterson, Ryan Klosterman, Anthony Hatch, and even Jesse Litsch seem to merit a move up a level.  Typically, the Jays have been very aggressive in promoting players (see Thigpen last season, Janssen this season). Especially with the lack of hitting depth at the higher levels, one would expect the Jays to push some guys a little quicker than usual.
Mike Green - Monday, June 26 2006 @ 11:03 AM EDT (#149767) #
Patience.  The hitters are not controlling the strike zone as well as one might like, and the pitchers are not dominating as one might hope for.  In these cases, the decision is purely discretionary. Promoting a player before he is ready, as the Jays did with Purcey, helps neither the club nor the player.
Lugnut Fan - Monday, June 26 2006 @ 01:23 PM EDT (#149772) #

Having watched Hatch in the time that he has been here, I also believe that he is worthy of a promotion (I actually thought he would have gotten at the MWL All-Star Break).  He will have success at the higher levels.  He has a pretty good understanding of the zone and can play all four infield positions.

I see that Jason Armstrong is back in the lineup for Dunedin after the labrum issue.  I know that he proved himself in Lansing last year, but I could see a Hatch for Armstrong move coming up.

Mike Green - Monday, June 26 2006 @ 01:45 PM EDT (#149774) #
Right you are, Lugnut Fan.  Hatch is the exception.  He is controlling the strike zone and hitting with power. He will be 23 in August and needs to be challenged.
Mike Green - Monday, June 26 2006 @ 02:48 PM EDT (#149782) #
Dustin McGowan is the scheduled starter for Syracuse against Ryan Garko, Andy Marte and the rest of the Buffalo Bisons.  In light of the difficulties in the major league rotation, this start will be watched closely. 
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