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The farm affiliates received some solid pitching performances, but on this night it was not enough.  A lack of offensive support and untimely errors followed by poor "clutch" pitching led to a 1-3 record.

Syracuse 0 @ Rochester 5

The Chiefs managed only six singles, two by Adam Lind, and a walk in an upstate New York tilt last night. Casey Janssen started for Syracuse and went 4.2 innings. The Red Wings tagged him for 4 earned runs on 7 hits and 3 walks with 5 strikeouts. Jordan DeJong finished up. Russ Adams went 0-4 including 3 strikeouts.

New Hampshire 2 @ Portland 4

Sometimes it's the little things that get you. Take Ricky Romero. His superficial line was quite nice- 7 innings, 1 earned run on 5 hits and 1 walk with 6 strikeouts. He did not give up any longballs. On the other hand, a walk, a stolen base, a Romero error and a sacrifice fly led to an early run; in the sixth inning with the score tied at 1, Romero did not respond well to a leadoff two base error by Danny Solano and surrendered a triple, a double and a single afterward and that was the ballgame. Still, after Romero's more profound struggles at double A, this start has to go in the "progress" column. Manny Mayorson doubled twice while Tony Miller singled twice to lead the Fisher Cat offence.

Vero Beach @ Dunedin, ppd. rain

Southwest Michigan 0 @ Lansing 9

Jacob Butler's 2 run first inning homer got the Lugnuts in gear, and that was all Adrian Martin and 2 relievers needed. Martin went 5 shutout innings, surrendering 6 hits and 1 walk while striking out 6. Po-Hsuan Keng and Josh Sowers followed with 2 innings of 1 hit ball each. The 'Nuts broke it open scoring 4 runs in the sixth inning. Anthony Garibaldi's 2 run homer was the big blow of the inning. Butler went 2-3 with a walk and scored 3 runs, while Luke Hetherington did an admirable job leading off by reaching base 3 times in 4 tries. Joey Metropoulos drove in 2 runs with a single, and Brian Pettway doubled in another.

Auburn, scheduled day off for NYPL All-Star game

Bluefield 4 @ Pulaski 3, 11 innings

That one hurt. After the Orioles scored 2 in the third inning, the P-Jays rallied for 3 in the 4th inning highlighted by Travis Snider's 11th homer, a 2 run shot.  It stayed that way until the eighth inning when the leadoff Oriole hitter reached on a passed ball on a strikeout.  Two singles followed and the game went to extras.  In the 11th inning, the leadoff Oriole hitter reached on an error.  Pitcher Nathan Starner was perhaps unnerved and threw wildly on an attempted pickoff and the runner came all the way around to score.  Starner then struck out the side, but it was too little, too late. Matt Ginley threw 5 innings of relief and struck out 10. 

3 stars

3rd star-Adrian Martin
2nd star-Luke Hetherington
1st star-Jacob Butler

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tstaddon - Thursday, August 17 2006 @ 08:26 AM EDT (#153232) #
Ginley strikes out 10 in five innings of relief and he's not even among the three stars. Wow! I feel like we might have lucked out with him -- he seems like one of the more intriguing arms in our lower levels at the moment.

Assuming Hinske moves on today, who do the Jays call up - Lind? Barker? Or maybe Adams? The way Glaus has been moving all year suggests he could stand some time off in September, but I don't see the Jays thrilled with John Hattig. Maybe you call up Adams and give Roberts some ABs at third. With the Jays looking somewhat bound by payroll restrictions this offseason, it seems to me that the best shortstop at their disposal will still be Adams. Can it really hurt to bring him up in September and restore his everyday spot batting ninth, playing short? John MacDonald's a great guy, but it's time to end Adams' exile.

But what position is Russ playing at Syracuse? If he's still at 2nd then it would short's not in the cards for him from here on out and maybe you've just got to bring him up so he can resurrect his offensive game and, hopefully, make a useful trading chip. Thoughts?
Evair Montenegro - Thursday, August 17 2006 @ 09:39 AM EDT (#153242) #
Congratulations to Davis Romero, who will be the third panamanian to play for the Blue Jays, I hope he will have a long and productive career in the majors.
Mike Green - Thursday, August 17 2006 @ 11:03 AM EDT (#153256) #
Here are 3 year park factors for all minor league and major league venues. Notice the difference between New Hampshire and Syracuse.  I had not realized that the 'Cuse was such a favourable home run environment.
MatO - Thursday, August 17 2006 @ 01:16 PM EDT (#153288) #

Adams has been played 2nd at AAA.  I'd be willing to give him another shot at SS.

That was Romero's 3rd straight decent start.

js_magloire - Thursday, August 17 2006 @ 01:20 PM EDT (#153290) #
Adams has been played 2nd at AAA.  I'd be willing to give him another shot at SS.

I disagree. Hill has a better defensive potential and is a better athlete then Adams, so I would make him focus and commit to learning SS, get more polished, and perhaps he'll be serviceable there, and let Adams take over 2b. That solves the SS problem. And if Adams doesn't work, then Ryan Roberts can step in if ready, or Hill can move back to 2b.
Mike Green - Thursday, August 17 2006 @ 03:43 PM EDT (#153323) #
There are some interesting minor league games tonight.  The D'Jays make a rare internet radio appearance. They host the Vero Beach Dodgers in a doubleheader, beginning at 5 p.m..  Lansing and Chi-Hung Cheng face off against Southwest Michigan and Wade Davis tonight at 7 p.m.  If you like pitching, that might be a good one.
MatO - Thursday, August 17 2006 @ 05:01 PM EDT (#153334) #
Hey Mike it's nice and quiet over here!  What I like about the minor leagues is that the players still have a sort of mysterious purity about them.  In the majors it's all played out right in front of you, and when things aren't going well it's no fun.
Rob - Thursday, August 17 2006 @ 08:17 PM EDT (#153361) #
Cheng struck out the side here in the fourth, after working out of a bases-loaded jam in the third. Sounds like he's done well, as the second-last one (#5 on the game) was the first "caught looking".

Wade Davis, as is his wont, has struck out a bunch but also walked a bunch. I think it's 2-0 Lansing.
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