Miller Time

Thursday, May 03 2007 @ 12:04 AM EDT

Contributed by: Mike Green

If you've got the time, we've got the boxscores. The Jay farm affiliates had the distinct pleasure of facing the Miller prospects, Buffalo's Adam and Lakeland's Andrew, and were unable to score against either but still managed a split of those two games and went 1-3 overall.

Buffalo 7 @ Syracuse 5

The Chiefs rallied in the ninth for four runs, but fell just short. Adam Miller started for Buffalo and threw a 2 hit shutout with 7 strikeouts for 6 innings. Luis (0 for Thrivas) Rivas went 4-5 to lead the Bison offence. The Chiefs trailed 7-1 going to the ninth, but managed to put the tying runs on base off the Buffalo bullpen. Jeff Duncan and Wayne Lydon singled to open the inning. Rey Olmedo followed with a walk to load the bases with nobody out. After a short fly from Russ Adams, John-ford Griffin drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. A Kevin Barker walk and singles from Ryan Roberts and John Hattig set the stage for Curtis Thigpen with 2 outs and runners on 1st and 2nd and trailing by two. Thigpen popped up to end the rally. Lydon and Olmedo at the top of the Chiefs order both reached base 4 times in 5 plate trips, but the middle of the lineup struggled.

Rey Olmedo is known for his defence at short, and has now worked his line up to .291/.356/.304 with 7 walks and 11 strikeouts in 79 at-bats. He turns 26 at the end of this month. Wayne Lydon, who turned 26 two weeks ago, is hitting .304/.368/.443 with 8 walks and 20 strikeouts in 79 at-bats in double A and triple A, and 7 steals in 8 tries. Lydon is a capable defensive outfielder and would be a reasonable addition to the Jay bench. Curtis Thigpen is now hitting .263/.328/.474, but has struggled mightily with his throwing, and Russ Adams' .224/.305/.329 line is quite disappointing.

New Hampshire 2 @ Trenton 3

The Fisher Cats fell to the rolling Thunder on an eighth inning RBI double by Matt Carson off Lee Gronkiewicz. The Cats broke on top in the first inning on a Ryan Klosterman RBI single. Starter Kyle Yates gave up a run in the bottom of the second on two ground-ball singles and a ground out. Catcher John Schneider homered in the top of the 4th, before Yates gave up a ground ball double and a ground ball single in the bottom of the 5th to tie up the game. The Cats loaded the bases with nobody out in the 7th, but two popups and a Chip Cannon lineout spelled the end of that rally. After Trenton scored in the bottom of the eighth, the Cats mounted a rally again, but this time a Sergio Santos strikeout with the bases loaded ended the game. Yates gave up 2 earned runs on 6 hits and 5 walks, with 3 punchouts, in 7 innings of work. The Cats managed 6 hits and 6 walks on the game, but could not find the big hit for love or money. Aaron Matthews went 0-4 with an HBP out of the 3 slot in the lineup (behind Majewski and Mayorson- the 3M Company?). Sergio Santos also took an 0 fer with a walk and 2 Ks.

Lakeland 4 @ Dunedin 5

In the game of the day, the D-Jays rallied from a 4-0 deficit at the 7th inning stretch with a run in the bottom of the 7th and four in the bottom of the eighth for the victory. Andrew Miller shut them down for 6 innings, before the Lakeland pen took it on the chin. Brian Jeroloman wielded the big stick, with a solo homer in the seventh and the game-winning two-run double in the eighth. Jacob Butler opened the eighth with a line single. Ryan Patterson followed with a walk. After a wild pitch and an Eric Nielsen strikeout, Josh Kreuzer's 2 run double pulled the Jays within a run. David Corrente gave up his body to be a baserunner before Jeroloman's key blow. Aaron Tressler started and was roughed up a bit by the Tiger cubs for 2 runs and 9 baserunners in 4.1 innings. Yesson Berroa followed and gave up 2 unearned runs in 2 innings, before Danny Core earned the win with 2.2 hitless innings. Patterson doubled twice in three at-bats before his walk. Jeroloman walked twice prior to his homer and double.

Lansing 0 @ Burlington 11

Alas, no mercy rule. Chris Reddout pitched 5 fine shutout innings of 2 hit ball. Unfortunately, those innings came in after Nathan Starner was left in for 3+ innings and charged with 11 earned runs. Normally, a young pitcher will be pulled after giving up 7 earned runs in 3 innings, but for some reason Starner was left in for more punishment. Travis Snider went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts. Did you know that the Bees' first baseman is named "Scott Lucas"? He is going to have slug more than .200 to have much of a career, but still it was awfully kind of him to change his name to honour the BBFL Commissioner Emeritus.

3 stars

3rd star- Danny Core
2nd stars- Wayne Lydon, Rey Olmedo
1st star- Brian Jeroloman