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In my last minor league report Pulaski won their game, to help the Jays avoid being swept throughout the minors. Yesterday, one team managed to make sure the Jays avoid the sweep again. However, this time it was a case of one loss ruining the chance for a complete organisational sweep, as the parent club and all six minor league teams won. Yes, you read that right. All six minor league teams won and so did Toronto, yet it wasn’t an organisational sweep. Read on to find how this happened.

Buffalo 1 @ Syracuse 2 (11) - Box Score


The first game of the doubleheader was supposed to be a nice quick seven-inning affair to allow the teams time to play the second part of the twin billing. Buffalo and Syracuse did play both games, but the first game went into extra innings and took three and a half hours. Shaun Marcum pitched five scoreless innings before turning it over to Lee Gronkiewicz. “Game Over Gronk” allowed a run in the seventh for his first blown save of the year. Jordan de Jong, Brandon League and Ryan Houston would pitch four innings of three-hit relief to keep Buffalo at bay in the extras. This game featured another “Nasty Mastny” sighting, but he eventually turned things over to Jason Davis in the bottom of the eleventh. Wayne Lydon led off the inning with a bunt single and then another bunt by Luis Figueroa advanced him to second. Kevin Barker was intentionally walked to set up the double play, but Chad Mottola refused to follow the Bison script and singled home Lydon to end the game, just in time for another seven innings of baseball.


Buffalo 6 @ Syracuse 4 - Box Score


Josh Banks’ struggles continued as he allowed six runs in six innings. He allowed four homers, including one to ex-SkyChief Jason Alfaro and a two-run shot to Andy Marte in the sixth inning that ended a 4-4 tie. Vinny Chulk pitched the seventh inning, but he allowed three baserunners so there’s little positive to find there. John-Ford Griffin had a two-run homer and a double in the game.


Trenton 0 @ New Hampshire 2 - Box Score


All the scoring was done by the end of the first as Curtis Thigpen led off the bottom of the first with a single. He was followed by a Danny Solano double, with Solano taking third on the throw home. Adam Lind struck out and then Ron Davenport singled home Solano. It was suddenly 2-0 New Hampshire with a runner on and only one out in the first and Trenton was looking at a long night. However a strike-em-out-throw-em-out double play got the Thunder out of the inning and Tyler Clippard pitched six more innings without allowing a hit. For the Fisher Cats Kyle Yates pitched seven innings, surrendered three hits and struck out eight batters.


Dunedin 5 @ Sarasota 3 - Box Score


Russell Savickas gave up a pair of runs in five innings to pick up his first win for Dunedin since his promotion for Lansing. Connor Falkenbach pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief as Milton Tavarez continued his Jose Mesa impersonation, picking up his 17th save of the year while his ERA rose to 6.21. Offensively, Christian Snavely hit his fourth homer of the year in the seventh to give the D-Jays their fourth and fifth runs of the game. Eric Arnold, Ryan Patterson and Aaron Matthews added doubles for Dunedin. Arnold’s was particularly productive, as he hit it with two out to drive in two runners and tie the game in the fourth. Patterson would drive home Matthews next inning and Dunedin wouldn’t look back.


Clinton 2 @ Lansing 3 - Box Score


Adrian Martin gave up three hits and two walks while striking out five and pitched just long enough to get the win and move to 3-0 on the season. Josh Sowers gave up the runs, both unearned, in 2.2 innings as Edward Rodriguez picked up his first save for Lansing. The Lugnuts had seven hits all game, with three players each netting a pair. Joey Metropolous was the offensive star, as he went 2-4 with a HR and 2 RBI. Along with a solo shot in the second, Metropolous hit an RBI groundout in the third inning which scored Jesus Gonzalez with the game’s eventual winning run.


Auburn 10 @ Jamestown 0 - Box Score


This was a relatively close game until Auburn exploded for seven runs in the top of the ninth off an unfortunate Jamestown reliever. Hector Delgadillo went five innings and surrendered two hits and a walk to total nine scoreless innings for the season. Delgadillo struck out two batters. Seth Overbey and two other relievers combined for four one-hit innings after Delgadillo left. (If you can’t tell, I like writing Delgadillo.) It was a solid all-around offensive performance for Auburn as every starter had a hit and eight of the nine scored a run. Auburn only had one extra-base hit and Matthew Liuzza and Brian Hall were the only Doubledays with more than one hit. It was nearly as total a team effort as there can be.


Burlington 4 @ Pulaski 9 - Box Score


Francisco Mateo got his second win for Pulaski, posting a nearly identical line to his first start with five strong innings where he allowed one earned run, three hits and a walk. However, he only struck out four as opposed to the six he did last time. Five relievers split the remaining four innings, allowing two unearned runs, which equalled three in the game. Canadian Chris Emanuele went 2-4 with a double and a walk. Johermyn Chavez went 2-3, while Victor Santana hit his third homer already for Pulaski. Jonathan Jaspe went 3-4 with a double and a pickoff at first base, while Leance Soto went 0-3 and his average dropped to .105.


3 star selection

3rd star – Hector Delgadillo, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

2nd star – Jonathan Jaspe, 3-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI, 4 TB

1st star – Kyle Yates, 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K

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mendocino - Friday, June 30 2006 @ 02:44 AM EDT (#150003) #

New pitcher for Pulaski, lefty Chris Reddout signed after a private tryout. Played ball for Div II Pittsburg State


“The scout called me Monday night and said he liked what he saw,” said Reddout, a 6-foot-4 lefty hurler who throws a near-90 miles-per-hour fastball, along with a change-up and curve.

“He liked my velocity okay and said I had a good changeup,” Reddout said. “He said I had a lot of potential still left in me.”

Maldoff - Friday, June 30 2006 @ 08:59 AM EDT (#150004) #
Johermyn Chavez is an interesting player to watch on Pulaski. He's a 17-year old outfield with a great first name.  Does anyone have a scouting report/idea how the Jays got him?
Marc Hulet - Friday, June 30 2006 @ 09:49 AM EDT (#150007) #
The Jays signed Chavez to a six-figure contract out of Latin America.
Mike Green - Friday, June 30 2006 @ 10:44 AM EDT (#150011) #
The Fisher Cats are now 5 games out of a playoff spot.  With a rotation of Purcey, Ricky Romero, Jesse Litsch, Kyle Yates and Mike MacDonald, they should be in shape to make a run.

Dunedin has returned Robert Ray to the rotation; Ray gets the start tonight.

Gerry - Friday, June 30 2006 @ 01:36 PM EDT (#150026) #

Re: the Reddout signing, here is the chart:

  • Drafted player is a long shot to make the major leagues
  • Drafted pitcher is a long, long shot to make it
  • Non-drafted pitcher is a long, long, long shot
  • Non-drafted pitcher, college age, sent to Pulaski, long, long, long, long shot
  • Non-drafted, college age, Pulaski, available three weeks after the draft, long, long, long, long, long shot
  • Non-drafted, college age, Pulaski, available, in the bullpen, infinity-1
Gerry - Friday, June 30 2006 @ 04:18 PM EDT (#150034) #
Ben Weber's name has disappeared from the Chiefs roster, could he have been released?  It also looks like Jason Phillips is off the DL and Eric Kratz has been sent back to New Hampshire.  Connor Falkenbach has been sent back to Dunedin from New Hampshire.
StephenT - Friday, June 30 2006 @ 11:46 PM EDT (#150050) #

Josh Towers started for the SkyChiefs in Ottawa tonight.  He was wearing #16; apparently #7 belongs to 2nd-baseman Ryan Roberts.

Most of the hits off Towers were bloops and grounders, e.g. in the 1st inning, there were 2 popups that fell just behind 3rd-baseman Rob Cosby.  Towers didn't really deserve the ugly line in the boxscore.

The dumbest thing Towers did was make a 2nd pick-off attempt to 1st base in the 2nd inning.  The first-baseman Hattig obviously barely saw the 1st one in the sun.  The next one went past him down the right-field line and the runner advanced two bases.

Later though, Hattig made a nice backhanded grab on a grounder for an unassisted out to end an inning.

In the mid-4th, an "update from Rogers Centre" was announced, that the Jays were up 8-0 in the 3rd.

At the end of the 4th, various groups in attendance were recognized, including a "Josh Towers Fan Club", which cheered when they were announced.  They were maybe 10 rows back of the Syracuse dugout on the 1st-base side.  Their name appears to have been sarcasm however, as they turned out to be more of a hecklers club.

The only time Josh was hit hard was the 1st couple batters of the 6th, after he had sat around while the SkyChiefs batted around.

Towers was taken out with two-out in the 7th, at 103 pitches by my count.  His "fan club" serenaded him with a "Good Bye" chant (and bows) as he walked off the field.  Once out of their view, he angrily threw his glove, then his cap, into the SkyChiefs bench.  This probably had nothing to do with the fans, but the 5 runs allowed despite pitching pretty well.

Towers wasn't done for the night though.  He reappeared in the 8th inning down the right-field line, now wearing a jacket to cover his short-sleeves, and made a couple of plays on foul balls heading towards the SkyChiefs pitchers warming up.  He seemed to be enjoying himself actually.

In the top of the 9th, with 2 out, the Lynx pitcher obviously hit Phillips intentionally with the first pitch, payback for 3 hit batters by Towers.  To the credit of the home plate umpire, he waited until now (after the retaliation) to warn both teams.  No ejections were made.

Gronkiewicz started the bottom of the 9th with a 7-5 lead (Towers eligible for the win).  But he gave up a line double, a line single, a stolen base and a walk to load the bases.

Then lefty Davis Romero, 23 years old, listed as 5-10 and 140 lbs, was brought in.  (I don't think he was even warming to start the inning.)  The pinch-hitter Tatis blooped a single to centre to make it 7-6, still bases loaded, none out.

Then Whiteside grounded a ball to left-field, and I thought the game was over.  But the tieing runner from 2nd was held at 3rd base, I guess out of respect for left-fielder JF Griffin's arm.  Tatis, the unneeded number 9 run, decided to head to 3rd base anyway, and was out in a rundown.  The Lynx had come back to tie, but had given away an out without even trying to score the winning run.

The next batter, the shortstop Bowers, who was 2 for 4, bunted!  The ball stayed close to home.  The runner on 3rd stayed put.  Romero threw out Bowers at 1st-base.  The runner on 1st, another unneeded run, advanced to 2nd-base, hardly a productive use of the bunt out.

The next batter also grounded out 1-3; Romero fielded his position well.  It was extra innings.

After Cosby hit his 2nd HR and Mottola added one, Romero got 2 groundouts in the bottom of the 10th and then finished the game with a strikeout.  SkyChiefs won 10-7.  The home crowd left the game grumbling about the Lynx winning run not being sent home in the 9th.  A fun night at the park.

Pistol - Saturday, July 01 2006 @ 09:50 AM EDT (#150062) #
Ben Weber's name has disappeared from the Chiefs roster, could he have been released?

I vaguely remember something about him being able to become a free agent on July 1 if he was still in the minors.  And if the Jays haven't called him up by now they're probably never likely to.
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