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A thriller in Syracuse, Romero and Cannon star for New Hampshire, Dunedin hits but loses, an almost-familiar face is at the center of things in West Michigan and the Doubledays show they can pitch.

Scranton Wilkes-Barre 5 @ Syracuse 6 (15) - Box Score

Syracuse starter Casey Janssen struggled over 3.2 innings, giving up six hits and three walks. He only gave up two runs though, as Jason Scobie came in to clean up the mess and got out of the inning. Scobie went 2.1 and gave up one run and Ben Howard gave up another run over his two innings. That left the score at 4-4, after a 3-run homer by Curtis Thigpen in the first and a solo homer by Justin Singleton in the seventh.

Jordan de Jong and Francisco Rosario pitched six hitless innings, combining for ten strikeouts. Jamie Vermilyea came in for the 15th inning and former Blue Jay Pedro Swann hit a homerun to leadoff the inning and the game looked lost. Turnabout is fair play and Sergio Santos did the same to tie the game back up. Mike Mahoney singled, Wayne Lydon failed to get the sacrifice down and Lydon ended up on first with one out. He stole second and Luis Figueroa singled him home with the winning run.

Probable September call-up Adam Lind didn’t play. I don’t think that’s a sign of anything though, as he seems likely to be among the second batch of promotions, so he can continue to play everyday in Triple-A over the weekend. No SkyChief had more than one hit.

Connecticut 3 @ New Hampshire 7- Box Score

Ricky Romero ended the season on an optimistic note. Over 7.2 innings Romero struck out five and gave up three runs to pick up his second win of the season. Rodney Ormond entered in the eighth and inherited a couple of Romero’s runners, but induced Brian Horowitz to ground out.

The offensive star of the game was Chip Cannon, who hit a 3-run homer in the first, walked in the third, hit a solo homer in the fifth and was intentionally walked in the seventh. Dustin Majewski and Tony Miller each had a couple of hits and Ryan Patterson had a double and a sacrifice fly.

Clearwater 8 @ Dunedin 7 - Box Score

Eric Fowler gave up six hits, a walk and three runs over five innings. Fowler struck out eight in his start. Jeremy King gave up four runs in his 1.2 innings and Danny Core gave up a run in his inning and a third to take the loss. Connor Falkenbach made an appearance and dropped his ERA under 2.

Several D-Jays had fine offensive nights. Ron Davenport went 1-4, but his one hit was a grand slam in Dunedin’s six run fifth inning. The other two runs scored on a two-run shot from Christian Snavely, who went 2-4 with a double, as well. Aaron Matthews went 3-5 with a 2B and an RBI. Josh Kreuzer went 1-2 with 2 BBs.

Lansing 3 @ West Michigan 4 - Box Score

The Lugnuts went into the ninth inning with a 3-1 lead. Chi-Hung Cheng had a very good start with one run over five innings, striking out four. He had a 7:2 ground ball to fly ball ratio on the game. His ERA now sits at 2.70. Po-Hsuan Keng’s ERA now sits at 2.36 as he pitched two scoreless innings of relief. Timm ended the Taiwanese parade as he pitched the eighth and preserved the lead. Paul Phillips came in to the game to get the save and it was a disaster. Four hits, one walk and one out later West Michigan had a walkoff win. Phillips had a runner on first with one out after the first two batters and then he walked the next hitter. Three singles later and the game was over. And the Whitecap who hit the walkoff single? Cameron Maybin.

Jamestown 0 @ Auburn 1 - Box Score

Brian Bull somehow managed to avoid giving up any runs over his five innings, despite allowing six hits and three free passes. He then turned the ball over to the bullpen and Zachary Dials, Ronald Lowe and Shane Benson pitched four innings of shutout ball. Lowe picked up the win and Benson made his first relief appearance of the year to pick up the save. Benson is an Australian, born in Sydney on December 15, 1986.

Auburn scored in the bottom of the seventh on a Scott Campbell walk and a Matthew Liuzza double. It was a good thing that Campbell was sent home on the hit and not held at third, as the next three batters all struck out. Liuzza picked up the only two hits of the game for the Doubledays as the Jammers pitchers were very impressive, particularly starter Kyle Winters who threw six innings of one-hit ball.

3 star selection

3rd star –  David Hicks, 2-3, 2 R, 2B, 2 BB, 3 TB and Jordan deJong 3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

2nd star – Christian Snavely, 2-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 8 TB

1st star – Chip Cannon, 2-2, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 BB, 4 RBI, 8 TB

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ds - Friday, September 01 2006 @ 11:44 AM EDT (#154406) #
I think Cannon may have finally started turning the corner this last month, after being in neutral since his promotion last year.  I fully expect him to start in AA next year, and perhaps make Syracuse by the summer.  Having said that, I think he may end up with a Josh Phelps type career.  There is some usefulness to that his first couple of seasons....but that's about it.  Still, not bad for a 8th round pick.
Maldoff - Friday, September 01 2006 @ 12:02 PM EDT (#154407) #
Adam Lind did not play as he and Kevin Barker were promoted.
Ryan Day - Friday, September 01 2006 @ 12:03 PM EDT (#154408) #
  The farm system's not looking quite as shabby as it did a month ago.  Romero finished with a strong August (2.75 era, 27 hits & 11 walks in 36 innings), Adam Lind cranked things up a couple notches at AAA, and Travis Snider had a fantastic pro debut. Thigpen had a strong season, and Cannon started flashing the big-time power again.  If only David Purcey  could find the strike zone...
Lugnut Fan - Friday, September 01 2006 @ 12:56 PM EDT (#154412) #

Although they are not a Toronto farm affiliate, I have to share this.  Last night was the last game in Battle Creek for the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays.  They will be relocating to Midland, Michigan next year (roughly 20 minutes from where the Saginaw Spirit play hockey for you OHL fans) and will be called the Great Lakes Loons (  That in itself is sad, yet exciting since the team is relocating to my home town.  So far, 75,000+ tickets have been sold through ticket packages for the team for next year.

The amazing thing (and sad as well) is that Wade Davis threw a no-hitter for them last night in the first game of a double header and LOST 1-0.  I guess it is a fitting end to a team that never got any fan support and saw it's first game in history snowed out.

The D-Rays will close out their season and existance against the Lugnuts in Lansing this weekend.

Ryan Day - Friday, September 01 2006 @ 01:31 PM EDT (#154415) #
Baseball America has a short article about the Balbino Fuenmayor signing, including some comments from John Lalonde.
R Billie - Friday, September 01 2006 @ 01:52 PM EDT (#154416) #

There's still a concern about Romero's middle of the road strikezone control.  But he's just 21 and in his first full season.  Another year of experience and physical development will hopefully help him on his second AA go around next year.

Lind looks like he can hit, shaping up along the lines of Overbay with a bit more potential for average.  How Snider handles full season ball will be interesting to see.

ds - Friday, September 01 2006 @ 02:27 PM EDT (#154417) #
I don't mind see Romero not fly through the minors.  I would rather these guys deal with some adversity through the minors rather than have it catch up to them in the ML.  Exhibit A : Janssen.  Let these guys work out their kinks while still in the minors.  I'm still optmistic Romero will be a solid pick.
Gerry - Friday, September 01 2006 @ 02:31 PM EDT (#154418) #


Will you change your team next season?  Will it be Loonie Fan instead of Lugnut Fan?

Lugnut Fan - Friday, September 01 2006 @ 02:52 PM EDT (#154420) #
Nope Gerry, I will be sticking with the Luggies instead of becoming a Loon-A-TIC.  My father purchased season tickets for the Loonies however and the Lugnuts will be the opponent on April 13, 2007 when the Loonies open their new stadium.
#2JBrumfield - Friday, September 01 2006 @ 03:35 PM EDT (#154421) #

Last night was the last game in Battle Creek for the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays.

Thanks for the heads up, Lugnut Fan.  I just checked out their website and they pulled in over 5,300 fans at C.O. Brown Stadium (capacity 4,500 according to for their doubleheader finale.  I guess the question begs to be asked, where the hell were those people all year?  They only averaged 1,300 a game this year (surprisingly, Beloit and Burlington are worse).  I wonder if that's what it'll be like for the Ottawa Lynx last home game next season and 10,000 people come to the yard. 

Personally, I'm sad to see the team leave Battle Creek and I enjoyed my lone visit to the "COB" last year.  It's too bad they couldn't get the support for a new stadium but you can't blame ownership for wanting to move.  The support just wasn't there.  I guess I'll be singing the same ol' song when the Lynx leave the nation's capital after next season.


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