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No one is rooting for him, but Manny Mayorson led the Fisher Cats to victory with the big hit.  The farm affiliates were a perfect 2-0 on the night.

Syracuse @ Buffalo, ppd. rain

Binghamton 5 @ New Hampshire 7

When you're hot, you're hot, and the Fisher Cats are hot.  Last night, it was the lesser lights who shone.  Manny Mayorson tripled, singled and drew 2 walks, including what may be the first intentional walk of his career, to lead the Cat offence, and Aaron Mathews, David Smith and John Schneider played key supporting roles.  The Cats trailed 5-4 after 5 innings, but doubles from Mathews (.367/.446/.551 on the season) and Schneider in the sixth tied the score, and Mayorson's RBI triple in the bottom of the eighth was the game-winner.  Jo Matumoto pitched 1.2 perfect innings for the win.  He has now thrown 9.1 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits and 1 walk wiht 7 strikeouts. The 36 year old lefty "rookie" is ready for promotion any time. Jean Machi earned the save.  Mike MacDonald started and gave up all 5 B-Met runs in the first 3 innings, but was victimized by 3 Cat miscues.  He held on to throw 6.1 innings, and allowed 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4.  Robinson Diaz singled and doubled and drove in 3, while Chip Cannon's early season struggles continued as he went 1-5 and made 2 errors.  Sergio Santos took an 0-5, and struck out once.

The Cats have won 4 in a row and are now 10-5, but trail the Trenton Thunder by 3 games.

Kevin Gray Union Leader story on Mike MacDonald

Tampa 1 @ Dunedin 3

Orlando Trias threw 7 solid innings and Jacob Butler (.295/.419/.508 on the season including 11 walks and 7 strikeouts) hit his 3rd homer to lead the D-Jays to victory.  Trias shut out the little Yankees for six innings.  Butler opened the score with a 3rd inning solo shot.  The Jays added a couple more on a run-scoring double by Eric Nielsen and a David Corrente sacrifice fly in the sixth.  After Trias (7 innings, 1 earned run, 5 hits, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts) faltered in the seventh, Kristian Bell and Conor Falkenbach came on to each hurl a scoreless frame to close out the win.  Cory Patton went 1-2 with 2 walks and threw out a baserunner, as did Adam Calderone. 

Lansing, scheduled day off

3 stars

3rd star- Jo Matumoto
2nd star- Orlando Trias
1st star- Manny Mayorson
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braden - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 09:31 AM EDT (#166613) #
That's just Manny being Manny.
Mike Green - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 11:28 AM EDT (#166623) #
They're playing a morning game in New Hampshire.  Kyle Yates got out of a bases loaded 1 out jam in the 1st by striking out the next two.  Everybody's been in one situation or another.

The game can be heard here.
MatO - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 01:54 PM EDT (#166646) #

Joining the game in the top of the 9th with NH trailing 4-1.  De Jong gets them 1-2-3.  Bottom of the 9th.  Nall (sp?) pitching.  Robinson Diaz takes the count to 3-2 and singles.   Cannon comes up slumping, works the count to 3-2 and doubles over the 1st base bag and Diaz scores.  Piching change with Nunez coming in to pitch to Santos.  Nunez is not close with the first 3 pitches.  Gets a generous call on the 3-0 pitch to make it 3-1 on Santos.  Santos then launches the next pitch into the 2nd deck in left field.   The new league leader in HR's with 6.  Game tied 4-4!  Klosterman, Mathews and Smith then go 1-2-3.  Tied going into extra innings.

Mike Green - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 02:09 PM EDT (#166650) #
Thanks, MatO.  Actually, it's Santos' 5th HR.  His slugging percentage is a lusty .750.
MatO - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 02:22 PM EDT (#166657) #
I guess I mis-heard that he had 5 before the HR.  De Jong mows them down in the 10th and 11th.  He's 9 up and 9 down.  Majewski singles in the 10th but the Met outfielder makes game saving catch on Mayorsen.  Cannon pops out to open the 11th.  Santos lines a 1-1 pitch at the CF Martinez who lets it get over his head for a double.  Apparently he came in when he should have gone back.  Klosterman is intentionally walked to bring up Matthews who K's.  2 out winning run at 2nd.  Smith hits one to the warning track in right.  4-4 after 11.
MatO - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 02:28 PM EDT (#166658) #
Gronkiewicz now pitching and gets them 1-2-3 including a diving play by Cannon.  F-Cats pitchers have retired 13 in a row.
actionjackson - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 02:42 PM EDT (#166662) #
2 doubles and a homer for Santos. Somebody's out to prove the doubters wrong. He's going to force their hand if he keeps this up. Could he be this year's version of Adam Lind 2006. We shall see. Wow!
MatO - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 02:49 PM EDT (#166664) #
Majewski stranded in the 12th again.  In the 13th Gronk strikes out the side around a single and an error.  Still 4-4.  F-Cats pitchers have K'd 17 batters a new team record.  The previous record was 16 set by Josh Banks (11) and Steve Andrade (5) in 2005 but that was in 9 innings.
actionjackson - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 02:51 PM EDT (#166665) #
Cannon walk off! Fisher Cats win!
MatO - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 02:52 PM EDT (#166666) #

Cannon ends it in the 13th with a shot over the right field wall on a 2-2 pitch!  F-Cats defeat the Binghampton Mets 5-4!

Pistol - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 03:39 PM EDT (#166670) #
Santos is going to force their hand if he keeps this up

Given his struggles in AAA the last 2 years (and really he wasn't that great in AA in 2004) I'd leave Santos in AA for as long as possible.  There's no need to promote him now and risk having him lose confidence if he doesn't have success right away in AAA.
actionjackson - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 04:19 PM EDT (#166675) #
I'd like to see them hold him back as well Pistol, like they did with Lind last year, who had 382 plate appearances in AA, before his whirlwind tour through Syracuse and Toronto. I'd settle for half a season in New Hampshire and half a season in Syracuse and then depending on how well he's done a call-up, but I might be getting ahead of myself, just as anyone who'd suggested Adam Lind would be in Toronto at the end of last year would've been getting ahead of themselves. The most aggressive promotion I ever like to see is half a season followed by a half-season reward if it's merited. If the player started in AA, there's also the possibility of a September call-up again if it is merited.
John Northey - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 04:57 PM EDT (#166677) #
Seeing how well Brazillian, Jo Matumoto is doing I thought I'd check AAA and see who might be ready for a bit of a break from AAA.

Just 3 pitchers have been hit hard (ERA's over 5) with Ismael Ramirez looking most ready for a break at 7.71 ERA over 4 games with 9 BB vs 7 K's in just 11 2/3 IP, getting worse with each outting. Jamie Vermilyea got his butt kicked when he returned to AAA (7 runs in 3 IP with 5 BB) but that was probably more depression over being demoted and having just 3 IP over nearly 2 weeks. Ryan Houston also has a high ERA (6.48) but with 4 BB vs 13 K in 8 1/3 IP I don't think he is going back to AA anytime soon.

The only way I see Jo getting to AAA soon is if there are more injuries (please no) as Ramirez is a starter.
Mike Green - Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 08:04 PM EDT (#166689) #
Jason Scobie, Blaine Neal and Beau Kemp all could switch places with Matumoto without causing much notice.
jgadfly - Friday, April 27 2007 @ 12:50 AM EDT (#166696) #
I recognize that the Jays don't want to rock Sergio Santos' boat but why is Manny Mayorson playing 3rd base with Cosby injured, Glaus injured, Hattig designated and Ryan Roberts as the backup to Smith and McDonald at the major league level? If Glaus stays down or reinjures himself later in the year having Santos with playing time at third would be preferential to any other option outside of a trade. Santos' defense at shortstop hasn't been his problem. Spinning the move to third to Santos as a possible promotion should help with his confidence level as well although I do agree with keeping him in AA for as long as necessary. If he keeps hitting like this his next promotion should be to the "bigs" in July and not AAA ...IMHO...M.02$W...(where & when did the cent sign go?)
actionjackson - Friday, April 27 2007 @ 12:29 PM EDT (#166716) #
As discussed above, I think the Jays aren't looking to promote him until September and only if he has a good first half in AA and a good second half in AAA. As for the position thing, I'm just glad to see we have someone who plays on the left side of the infield doing well in the minor leagues, whether it's at shortstop or 3B. With Glaus down, there's a screaming need at both positions. Apparently he's too big to play at SS, so I would think he'll be moved to 3B as he goes to AAA, but as Joaquin Andujar said: "Youneverknow." A lot of SS in the game today would've been too big for the position not too long ago. I think there are some legit questions about his defense and it's not just his size, but I'd have to leave that for someone who has seen him play at both positions. Maybe Pistol or Fisher Cat Fan can help us there.
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