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No matter where he’s pitching, Gustavo Chacin always seems to get run support. Whether it’s the majors or A-ball, the organization seems to love to hit when he’s pitching. Good thing, too, as they’d have to make up for New Hampshire, who had the unpleasant task of facing one of baseball’s top pitching prospects.

Syracuse 2 @ Scranton Wilkes-Barre 3 - Box Score

Davis Romero blew his second save of the year (what a meaningless stat), as he surrendered two runs, one earned, in his two innings of relief. Romero allowed a runner to get to third base with one out in the six inning, but with a key strikeout and a groundout he prevented the run from scoring and preserved a 2-1 lead for starter Jamie Vermilyea. In the seventh Romero gave up a leadoff homer, got two outs and then hit Joe Thurston with a pitch. After a Red Barons single, Thurston came in to score on a Jason Phillips passed ball to give Scranton the 3-2 lead. Ryan Houston pitched a scoreless eighth and Veremilyea went five full innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks.

The Skychiefs did not get an extra-base hit all afternoon and spread their ten singles amongst five batters. Jason Phillips had a 3-4 night, while Chad Mottola and John Hattig each added two and Justin Singleton had the tenth. So who got the other two hits? The man whose reputation continues to grow: Mr. Adam Lind. However, despite all those hits the two runners who scored both reached via the base on balls and scored on a Mottola single in the first inning. Gavin Floyd really managed to scatter his hits last night, while Josh Kroeger pulled off the rare feat of collecting two outfield assists in the first two innings of the game. Wayne Lydon grounded out with runners on first and third base to end the game.

New Hampshire - Day off

Vero Beach 6 @ Dunedin 11 (7 innings) - Box Score

Gustavo Chacin got the start in a rain-shorted affair and gave up five runs in 4.2 innings. He walked four batters and allowed six hits. That’s less important that how Gustavo felt and looked to the organization’s coaches, but I really can’t answer that. Chacin’s numbers aren’t a great sign, but Rios hit .300 on his rehab assignment and we all know how that turned out.

Dunedin batters knocked Vero Beach starter Cory Wade around for nine runs in 3 innings, chasing him from the game with a 6-spot in the third. Notable offensive performances were turned in by Cory Patton, Juan Peralta and Ron Davenport. Patton went 3-4 with a double, a homer and three RBIs. Peralta also went 3-4 with two RBIs. Davenport hit a homer and had two RBIs and two runs on two hits.

Southwest Michigan 0 @ Lansing 2 - Box Score

Hector Delgadillo got his first start since his promotion from Auburn and went five scoreless innings. Delgadillo compiled three strikeouts before turning it over to Ted Serro, Jordan Timm and Paul Phillips. Those three relievers combined for four innings of three-hit relief and gave Lansing the shutout. The Lugnuts loaded the bases in the first inning and a single by Brian Pettway scored Jason Armstrong and moved the runners up a base each. Disappointment ensued when David Hicks and Brian Bormaster struck out, but Lansing already had all the offence it needed. Bormaster added a solo homer in the sixth inning to give the Lugnuts an insurance run.

Auburn 2 @ Oneota 5 - Box Score

Auburn used five relievers as Wilfreddy Aguirre gave up four in the first and was quickly pulled from the game. They combined for seven innings of one-run ball, including an impressive two innings by Javier Nieves where he struck out five of the six batters he retired. Aguirre saw his ERA rise from 1.31 to 2.29 as a result of his poor start; he had only given up five runs in his previous 34.1 innings. Luke Hopkins went 2-3 with a run and an RBI. Hopkins singled home Scott Campbell and then scored on a single by Jonathan Baksh during the two-run first for the Doubledays. However, starter Matt O’Brien settled down and Auburn only got two hits off him in his next 4.2 innings. They failed to score off either of the relievers and the game that stood at 4-2 after one inning ended with Oneota on top 5-2.

Pulaski 4 @ Bluefield 6 - Box Score

Francisco Mateo gave up four over five innings. He then gave the ball to Jeffrey Gilmore who gave up two runs in the sixth inning and was stuck with the blown save. Joe Wice struck out three over his two innings of relief. Wesley Stone was the offensive star of the day with a 2-3 night that included a walk, a double and three runs scored. Roger Ebarb went 2-4 with two RBIs and Travis Snider went hitless, but worked two walks off Bluefield pitching.

3 star selection

3rd star – Javier Nieves, 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

2nd star – Ron Davenport, 2-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, 5 TB

1st star – Cory Patton, 3-4, R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 7 TB

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Maldoff - Tuesday, August 15 2006 @ 10:19 AM EDT (#153069) #
Aguirre's ERA before last night's game doesn't really reflect his season, I think.  After that outing, he is 2-2 with an ERA of 2.31 and a WHIP of 1.168, but is pitching well below the "Michalak line" at 3.33 K/9, with a BB/9 of 3.08 and striking out only 9.9% of hitters. Smells a little bit like smoke-and-mirrors, but then again, he is only 19, so there is still time.
Mike Green - Tuesday, August 15 2006 @ 10:37 AM EDT (#153072) #
All Travis, all the time.  Snider makes BA's Prospect Hot Sheet this week. BA points out that he leads the Appy League in HRs and RBI and is third in hitting, so a Triple Crown run is within the realm of possibility. Other mentions included Brian Pettway (favourable) and Sergio Santos (not so favourable).
Pistol - Tuesday, August 15 2006 @ 10:49 AM EDT (#153073) #

A triple crown for Snider would be the first for the Jays organization since Big Vito did the trick in Auburn, I believe in 2002.

Pettway has had a disappointing year, especially compared to Ryan Patterson who was taken a round later than him in the same draft in 2005.  Patterson is starting to adjust to AA (.710 OPS this month, .537 OPS last month) and Pettway is still in low A striking out over 30% of the time and hitting about .250.

Old friend Zack Jackson also made the BA list after struggling in AAA since being demoted.

Marc Hulet - Tuesday, August 15 2006 @ 11:38 AM EDT (#153075) #
The thing to remember about Pettway - and why I didn't like the pick at the time - was that he only had one really good college season and wasn't high on any teams list before that.
Maldoff - Tuesday, August 15 2006 @ 11:59 AM EDT (#153076) #
Pettway, while striking out approximately 29% of the time, has a tremendous amount of power, as evidenced by his .471 slugging percentage.  Even while "struggling" to a .257 average, he is still posting an OPS of .787 at age 22. To compare, Chip Cannon posted an OPS of .887 in a third of a season in Lansing at age 23, and there was lots of positive praise of him around these parts.
Mike Green - Tuesday, August 15 2006 @ 12:14 PM EDT (#153077) #
A propos of our discussion of yesterday concerning BABIP.  Cameron Maybin is having a fascinating season in the Midwest League.  A BABIP of .450 is helping him overcome striking out almost once every three at-bats and only one homer every 40 at-bats.  How does he do it?  His ball in play chart gives a clue. He's hit 71 ground balls to the left side.  6 make it through to left-field.  9 of 28 ground balls fielded by the third baseman end up as infield hits.  9 of 37 ground balls fielded by the shortstop end up as infield hits.  In total, he hits .338 when he pulls a ground ball to the left side. He has hit only 2 ground balls to the first baseman all season.  Curiously, his fly balls end up disproportionately to right and center and well over half end up as hits. 

He's obviously got tremendous speed (his 26/4 SB/CS rate also attests to this), and he's using that fully.  He has significant power, but he hasn't yet learned to pull the ball.  He is having a good year, but he still has 2 things to work on- improving his K rate somewhat and pulling the ball in the air.  My guess is that the improvements will happen in that order, but that he won't be in the majors until at least mid-season 2009.

Mike Green - Tuesday, August 15 2006 @ 12:28 PM EDT (#153079) #
Pettway is now 23.  By mid-season last year, Cannon had done well in Lansing, and then tore through Dunedin on his way to New Hampshire.  He's now encountering the same kind of problem as Pettway, but he's an 8th round pick meeting this trouble at double A, whereas Pettway is a 3rd round pick who has struggled at low A.  Hence, the disappointment.

Incidentally, Cannon's ball-in-play chart is kind of like the "anti-Maybin".  When he hits the ball on the ground, it's almost always an out unless it goes through.  When he hits a fly ball to center or left, it's an out 80% of the time.  The only way he's going to succeed is that if he gets even stronger, and starts hitting more balls out to center and left.

Mike Green - Tuesday, August 15 2006 @ 03:10 PM EDT (#153085) #
Southwest Michigan defeated Lansing 3-1 with 2 runs in the eighth and 1 in the ninth.  Casey McKenzie threw 6 shutout innings.
Lugnut Fan - Wednesday, August 16 2006 @ 08:07 AM EDT (#153110) #

The surprising thing about Butler is that he is no longer in Lansing as he was promoted to Dunedin about a month ago.

Having watched Pettway all year has been kind of a tail of two seasons.  He struck out a ton in the first half and I believe that his average was under .200.  Since the MWL all star break, he has cut down  his strike out ratio considerably (he was striking out almost 50% of the time if memory serves me right).  He has fantastic power.  He is a guy that is either going to strike out or hit a home run.  Kind of like Rob Deere.

As far as Maybin, I have only gotten to see him a couple of times this year, but this kid hits everything HARD.  If he gets on base,  he is going to steal another one.  He has decent power and is a heck of a center fielder.  I thought that he was being overhyped coming into the season and I expected him to struggle a bit, but he has proven me wrong.  This kid is going to be a star and Detroit is going to have a good problem when he is MLB ready because they have a decent CF in Granderson.  One of them will have to move to a corner position.

Mike Green - Wednesday, August 16 2006 @ 09:22 AM EDT (#153113) #
My guess is that the Tigers will be smart enough to move Granderson. It's always good to have a succession of good defensive centerfielders in an organization to keep the centerfield-corner outfield train going.
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