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A 2 – 4 night for the Toronto Farm.

Syracuse 9 @ Durham 6

The SkyChiefs plated 4 in the first inning and 5 in the 3rd to run the Bulls in Durham. John Hattig was the key to the first inning, with a 3-run rip, with Ryan Roberts doing the same honours in the 3rd. Roberts and Luis Figueroa finished the day with 3 hits, while Hattig, Wayne Lydon, Kevin Barker, and Justin Singleton collected two knocks each. J-F Griffin had a walk and a double for his 5 trips to the dish, while Sergio Santos had just a walk.

Jamie Vermilyea pitched down to his run support and chalked up a W despite allowing 6 runs (5 earned) over 5. Vinnie Chulk and Brandon League wrapped up with 2 scoreless 1-hit innings each, Chulk’s featuring 4 Ks.

New Hampshire 3 @ Binghampton 4 (13 innings)

The Fisher Cats blew one-run leads in the 9th and the 13th innings to fall to the Mets. Mike MacDonald got the start and was effective in the extreme for 8 innings, holding Binghampton to a single run on just 2 base hits and 2 walks, striking out 3. Jordan De Jong couldn’t hold it in the ninth. Joey Wolfe then worked 3 shutout innings, and when he was inexplicably sent out for a 4th he put runners on the corners with just one out. Kurt Isenberg came on to allow 2 singles, and that was that.

Curtis Thigpen singled, doubled, and walked twice in 7 plate appearances. Adam Lind had a double and 2 walks. David Smith managed 3 free passes, plus a base hit. Chip Cannon had just a walk for 6 trips.

Dunedin 1 @ Fort Myers 5

Just 5 hits for the Blue Jays as they fell to the Miracle. Eric Arnold had two of those, both doubles, and also walked. Ryan Patterson, Robinzon Diaz, and Ryan Klosterman were all oh-fer.

Billy Carnline started and gave up 3 runs on 5 hits over 5 innings, walking 3 and whiffing 2. Matt Duff and Justin James each pitched an inning and allowed a run, Paul Phillips pitching the 8th in 1-hit 2-K fashion.

West Michigan 10 @ Lansing 8

The Lugnuts thought they were in good shape with a 6 – 2 lead after 5 innings, but the Whitecaps plated 4 runs in consecutive innings to vault ahead and Lansing’s 2-run ninth inning rally was insufficient. 2-hit nights were enjoyed by Jason Armstrong, Joey Metropoulos, Jacob Butler, and Yuber Rodriguez. Most impressive of these were Metro’s, being complemented by 2 walks, and Butler’s, featuring a homer and a walk. Anthony Hatch and Brian Pettway were each 1-for-5, Pettway’s hit being a 3-run triple.

Kristian Bell and Adrian Martin would rather we didn’t discuss their outings. In a word: Shellacked. Randy Dicken was very good over the final 2 1/3, striking out 4.

Mahoning Valley 6 @ Auburn 1

Dan O’Brien was roughed up for 5 runs in 2 2/3, followed by 2 1/3 shutout frames from Ben Harrison. Scott Byrnes allowed a run on 3 hits over his 3 innings, 3 punched out, and John Tritz tossed a 1-hit ninth.

Right fielder and leadoff hitter Zach Kalter got the job done with 2 hits and a walk, but his support was lackluster to say the least, with no other Doubleday managing 2 hits (a nod to 2B Scott Campbell’s hit & walk performance) and only SS Jonathan Diaz knocking one for extra bases.

Pulaski 7 @ Bristol 6

A grand slam from LF Victor Santana punctuated a 6-run 5th as the Jays downed the Sox. Santana also had a single on the night, and was joined in the 2-hit circle by 1B Paul Franko and RF Johermyn Chavez. Catcher Roger Ebarb hit a solo homer and walked.

Alex McRobbie got his first Win of the season for 5 innings of 2-run ball, 6 hits, 1 BB, 1 K. Lefty Drew Taylor followed with 2 no-hit 2-K innings, before Matt Foster and Jeff Gilmore made it interesting by allowing 4 runs in the bottom of the ninth. Pat McGuigan came on to get the final out and notch his 3rd save of the campaign, though he did allow 2 inherited runners to score on a hit and 2 errors.

Three Star Selection!

Honourable Mention: Eric Arnold, Dunedin. 2 doubles and a walk amidst a lot of non-hitting.

The Third Star: Victor Santana, Pulaski. A grand slam, plus a single.

The Second Star: Ryan Roberts, Syracuse. A homer as part of a 3-hit night.

The First Star: Mike MacDonald, New Hampshire. 8 innings of 1-run ball.

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Mike Green - Tuesday, July 04 2006 @ 09:49 AM EDT (#150169) #
Vinny Chulk has responded to his surprise demotion with oomph, striking out 14 in 8.2 innings of work. Here's his game log. He and Brandon League should be able to contribute to the pen down the stretch.

Pistol - Tuesday, July 04 2006 @ 09:59 AM EDT (#150170) #
While he's not putting up big K numbers MacDonald is certainly getting lots of groundballs - last night he had 15 GB outs and just 6 FB outs.
SparrowOD - Tuesday, July 04 2006 @ 10:30 AM EDT (#150175) #
He doesn't strike many people out because he gets ahead in counts and forces batters to swing at sinkers and cutters. You will rarely see him battle hitters with seven or eight pitch at-bats, which allows him to stay in games longer. Yates had some of that going on in his last start, I'm hoping he keeps it rolling tonight. 
Marc Hulet - Tuesday, July 04 2006 @ 10:57 AM EDT (#150179) #
The knock on MacDonald, though, is that he throws in the high 80s and doesn't have a great breaking ball... I can't imagine he'd survive in a big league rotation, but perhaps as an innings-eater bullpen guy?
SparrowOD - Tuesday, July 04 2006 @ 11:24 AM EDT (#150181) #
I am bias, but wait and see. He's every bit as good as the other guys. Good control, good command of pitches and the ability to know what you want to throw in which situation are more valuable than a 90+ fastball. There are lots of sinkerballers that have made pretty good careers out of locating below 90s fastballs.
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 04 2006 @ 11:26 AM EDT (#150182) #
MacDonald has been lights-out against right-handed hitters, but has been lit up pretty well by left-handed hitters (OPS of .900 against lefties, .463 against righties, with grossly different K rates and somewhat different GB/FB rates).  He's got very fine control, and all he needs to do is develop the cutter some.
Mick Doherty - Tuesday, July 04 2006 @ 11:40 AM EDT (#150183) #

Jamey Newberg reports today:

Texas traded Oklahoma infielder Tim Olson to Toronto for Class A righthander Joey McLaughlin Jr., assigning the 24-year-old product of Oklahoma City University to Clinton.  McLaughlin, whose father pitched in 15 games for Texas in 1984, was the Blue Jays’ 18th round pick in 2004.  He went 6-3, 2.77 with seven saves in his first two pro seasons, all in relief, with an impressive opponents’ batting average of .196 to go along with 96 strikeouts in 91 innings.  Repeating Low A Lansing this season, McLaughlin had a 3-1, 3.04 mark in 16 relief appearances, holding the Midwest League to a .255 clip while fanning 17 in 26.2 frames.

Gerry - Tuesday, July 04 2006 @ 12:01 PM EDT (#150185) #
When you talk pitchers there is an old saying in baseball "the hitters let you know".  For MacDonald the hitters are letting him know that he is a good pitcher.  Each level is a different challenge but MacDonald falls into the Jamie Vermilyea camp, guys who don't throw hard but rely on sinkers and sliders to succeed.  MacDonald has one challenge left, AAA.  If those hitters let him know then he could make it to the big leagues.
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 04 2006 @ 05:19 PM EDT (#150204) #
Dunedin won a holiday tilt this afternoon 10-2.  David Corrente continued his power surge with his 6th homer, and Ryan Patterson had two sac bunts early, and then hit a grand slam to put it away.
Pistol - Tuesday, July 04 2006 @ 06:14 PM EDT (#150205) #
It's good to see the FSL HR leader laying down a couple of bunts.
Nigel - Tuesday, July 04 2006 @ 07:52 PM EDT (#150208) #

Yates is starting again in NH this evening and through 2 has kept a clean sheet.  I was just looking at his game logs and his second stint in NH has been remarkable:  7 Starts - 49Inn, 29 H, 13 BB , 43K - 1.47 ERA.  Perhaps slightly too many walks but generally dominant.



Gerry - Tuesday, July 04 2006 @ 08:19 PM EDT (#150209) #

Syracuse won tonight behind a good start from Josh Banks.  Davis Romero got the two inning save, a good vote of confidence from the manager.

Pulaski also continued their winning ways today.

Pistol - Tuesday, July 04 2006 @ 09:08 PM EDT (#150212) #
Romero had to come in and relieve Frasor who retired just one of 4 batters (which sounds a lot like tomorrow's MLU).

Gerry - Tuesday, July 04 2006 @ 10:02 PM EDT (#150214) #
New Hampshire give Adam Lind the night off, have four hitters with batting averages under .200, and no-one with an average over .267, so they score 14 runs.  Baseball is a funny game.
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