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Josh Banks had a strong night on the mound as the affiliates went 5-1.

Syracuse 3 @ Durham 1

Josh Banks had one of his better starts recently giving up just 1 run on 4 hits and 2 walks.  Banks struck out 7.  Jason Frasor faced 4 batters and got just one out, but gave up no runs.  Davis Romero pitched two scoreless innings.

Jason Phillips led the offense going 3-3 including a HR and BB.  John Hattig also had two hits.

New Britain 3 at New Hampshire 14

Dustin Majewski hit his first AA homerun and added a double and 2 walks in 5 plate appearances.  Kratz and Davenport also had homeruns for the Fisher Cats.

Kyle Yates pitched 6 innings giving up 3 runs on 7 hits.  He struck out 2 and walked 2.

Sarasota 2 @ Dunedin 10

Ryan Patterson hit a grand slam for the D-Jays, his only hit in 3 ABs, although he did have 2 sacrifices.  Patterson now has 17 homeruns to lead the FSL.  Ryan Klosterman had his running shoes on as he stole 3 bases following his two hits.  Matthews, Arnold and Nielsen each had two hits.

Russ Savickas had a modest outing.  He gave up just two runs over 6 innings on 5 hits and 3 walks.  Savickas K'd only one batter.

Western Michigan 5 at  Lansing 3

Metropoulos, Bell, and Butler each had 2 hits for the Lugnuts.  Casey McKenzie got his first start for Lansing and went 6.2 innings giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits.  He struck out 4 and walked just one batter.

Mahoning Valley 2 at Auburn 5

Luke Hopkins had 2 doubles in 2 ABs and 2 walks.  He drove in 2 runs.  The rest of the team had two hits.

Hector Delgadillo got the win pitching 6 innings and giving up just 1 run on 3 hits.  He struck out 6 and walked 1.  Zach Dials got the 3 inning save giving up just an unearned run.

Bristol 3 @ Pulaski 5

Francisco Mateo got the win going 5 innings, giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits and 4 walks.  Mateo struck out 4.  No batter had more than one hit and Raul Barron had the only extra base hit with a double.

3 Stars!
3 -  Dustin Majewski: 2-3, HR, 2B and 2 BB
2 -  Jason Phillips:  3-3, HR, BB 
1 -  Josh Banks: 7 Innings, 1 run, 7 Ks, 2 BB

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Maldoff - Wednesday, July 05 2006 @ 08:44 AM EDT (#150220) #
I noticed that Brandon McGee, the Jays 4th round draft choice this season, has yet to pitch for Auburn.  Anyone have any idea why he's been inactive thus far?
Marc Hulet - Wednesday, July 05 2006 @ 09:50 AM EDT (#150222) #
He threw a lot of innings in college so the Jays are being cautious with him... He has started the season on the DL, although he has no specific injury. He won't pitch many innings this summer.
Pistol - Wednesday, July 05 2006 @ 09:53 AM EDT (#150223) #

Actually, I just got the answer to this yesterday.  The Jays are just being conservative with Magee after pitching 100+ innings this year at Bradley.  He's with Auburn now and he'll probably pitch a little bit.

This is pretty typical of the Jays with their pitchers - last year Romero didn't pitch much after being drafted and Jackson & Purcey were the same way the prior year.

Gerry - Wednesday, July 05 2006 @ 10:55 AM EDT (#150225) #

Small point, his name is Magee and Marc has it right.  Look for the Jon Lalonde interview going live at 11 am.

There will also be an interview with Dane Johnson, the Blue Jays minor league roving pitching instructor, tomorrow.  Johnson mentions there that Jesse Litsch was somewhat similar last season, the Jays were concerned about his workload in college.

When I was in Syracuse last week Rick Langford, the Chiefs pitching coach, told me they are trying to have Banks throw a cutter.  Right now Banks' fastball is too straight.  Although Josh has great control, the better hitters at AAA can handle the fastball on the outside corner and hit it out.  A cutter would give Banks a second fastball that looks like the other one and keep hitters off balance.

Mike Green - Wednesday, July 05 2006 @ 11:48 AM EDT (#150229) #
I followed a fair bit of Banks' game on Gameday.  He seems to be able pitch effectively up in the strike zone, but he gets in trouble when he's right down Broadway, and that happens too often even on 0-2 pitches.  There's really no reason he couldn't be successful, but he needs work on the mental/pitching tactics side of the game. 
Gerry - Wednesday, July 05 2006 @ 02:05 PM EDT (#150242) #
Ne Hampshire lost 7-0 today as Matt Garza, one of the Twins top prospects shut them down.  David Purcey gave up five runs in five innings.  Kurt Isenberg, in his new bullpen role, gave up two runs.
SparrowOD - Wednesday, July 05 2006 @ 03:15 PM EDT (#150248) #

If the NH game had started at noon, David Purcey would have been sharp. Unfortunately for both he and myself, it was an 11 a.m. first pitch. Purcey walked Denard Span from a full count to lead off the game, Oeltjan singled on a hit and run after making Purcey throw at least 11 pitches, then stole third base without a throw when Purcey did nothing to hold him on second. Someone singled, he loads the bases, works out of it, blah blah. In all, it was a good 40-pitch inning to start the day. Taylor led off the second with a single, he scores on a single following a fielder's choice, and Matienzo puts one on the patio, 5-0 Rock Cats.

Purcey was consistently high and erratic threw the first two, was not checking runners and was lucky to escape with just the five runs allowed. He looked sharp in innings three through five, his breaking ball was a little soft, but he was locating much better. Isenberg pitched a solid sixth, but gave up two in the seventh to seal it.

Lind took, to me anyway, a tough error in the first when Oeltjan's single got tangled up in the visitor's bullpen.

I was impressed with Garza, his location was excellent, he was pitching ahead all day and featured a pretty good-looking hook.

Tomorrow is a 6:35 and I have no idea who is pitching because of the recent shuffle. Maybe Litsch, maybe Romero. We shall see. I also scored a pretty useless "in-the-show" card set, featuring the likes of has-beens Kevin Frederick, Tyrell Godwin, and Adam Peterson. Hooray, Fisher Cats coasters!

SparrowOD - Wednesday, July 05 2006 @ 03:18 PM EDT (#150249) #
And of course I know that it should be through, not threw. $1 dogs and $5.50 beer makes for an expensive morning...
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