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It has been that kind of season.  When the good guys rally, they fall just short.  When the guys in the business suits, as Willie Nelson calls them, rally, they come out ahead.  The farm affiliates ended up 1-3 on the night.

Syracuse 7 @ Indianapolis 9

A late Chief rally fell just short as the Indians triumphed.  Indy led 2-1 after 6 innings, before erupting for 7 runs off Jamie Vermilyea in the 7th inning.  It sounds worse than it was.  A ground out and a single started the frame.  Shortstop Brad Hassey muffed a ground ball, and a groundball single and an infield single followed. Vermilyea uncharacteristically hit a batter, and then gave up a line drive single and his day was done.  Two doubles off Jim Crowell completed the ugly frame.  The Syracuse comeback began with a Ryan Roberts two-run rip in the eighth.  Down by six entering the ninth, the Chiefs continued to rally.  Chad Mottola walked, John Hattig followed with a bloop single and Erik Kratz to load the bases with nobody out.  RBI singles from Jeff Duncan and Wayne Lydon sandwiched around an RBI groundout brought the tying run to the plate with one out.  Russ Adams lined out and Ryan Roberts struck out to end the threat.  Lydon went 3-5 on the evening.

Connecticut 1 @ New Hampshire 12

The F-Cats roughed up Defender start Darren "Sad" Sack for eight earned runs in 4 innings. A passed ball and a Ryan Patterson RBI single got the Cats on the board with 2 runs in the first. Chip Cannon hit his 4th homer, a 2 run shot, in the 3rd inning to extend the lead, and then Ryan Patterson put it on ice early with a 2 out grand slam in the 4th inning. David Smith and John Schneider homered in the 5th inning and Schneider gilded the lily with a 2 run blast in the seventh. Kurt Isenberg was the beneficiary of this run support and threw a complete game seven-hitter in his 2007 Eastern League debut. Isenberg walked nobody and struck out eight.

Dunedin 3 @ Vero Beach 4

Ow. Aaron Tressler and hot D-Ray prospect Jacob McGee matched zeroes for five innings. The Jays broke through for three runs in the sixth inning when McGee loaded the bases on walks and Carlo Cota and Eric Nielsen followed with a run-scoring single and a two-run double respectively. Tressler departed after 6 innings of 2 hit, 2 walk, 7 strikeout shutout ball. Lovely. Sean Stidfole held the fort in the 7th and 8th innings, before the disastrous ninth of Conor Falkenbach and the Jay defence. The leadoff hitter reached on shortstop Luis Sanchez' error. A walk and an infield single were followed by a 2 run double. After an intentional walk loaded the bases, Falkenbach induced a tapper back to the mound before a single and a throwing error by Jacob Butler ended the game.

Quad Cities 7 @ Lansing 4

The Swing scored 5 runs in the third inning off Zach Dials to turn this one around.   The Luggies opened the scoring with two runs in the first on a run-scoring double by Matthew Lane and a run-scoring single from Chris Emanuele.  Dials retired the first two batters of the third inning, before the Swing went double, walk, homer, single, single, double and that was that. Dials' defence went AWOL in the fifth inning leading to two more runs, as a walk, an error, two infield singles and a double play gave the Swing a five-run lead half-way through the game.  A Sean Shoffit triple, a Brian Pettway double and a couple of compensatory Swing errors in the bottom of the fifth brought the Lugs back within three runs, but that was it for the scoring.  Julio Pinto and Edward Rodriguez each pitched two scoreless innings of relief for Lansing.  Pettway went 2-3 with a walk. 

3 stars

3rd star- Kurt Isenberg
2nd star- Aaron Tressler
1st star- Ryan Patterson
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tstaddon - Wednesday, May 09 2007 @ 12:44 AM EDT (#167545) #
Great job, Kurt Isenberg. Keep working hard out there. Who knows, this team might be able to use you sooner than you think.
FisherCatFan - Wednesday, May 09 2007 @ 04:52 AM EDT (#167552) #

I'm reposting pictures from the Fisher Cats/Defenders game from yesterday, because I made the original post under Monday's "Minor League Update".

Ryan Patterson's Grand Slam hit the bottom level of the Hilton Garden Inn in left field. According to the Fisher Cats web site, this is the first time a player has hit a ball that far. I was at a game between the Fisher Cats & Trenton last year and I could swear Shelly Duncan, a righty for Trenton, launched a rope that hit the hotel.

The wind was blowing out to left from the national anthem to the final out. The flags in left looked like they had been starched. If memory serves me right, all the shots were to left w/ the exception of Chip's dinger.

The Defenders had the same strong wind to take advantage of, especially with the seven right handed batters in the starting lineup, but Mr. Isenberg shut them down.

Isenberg was impressive. He had a four-hitter going into the seventh. In the seventh he gave up three-singles, but a double play & his sixth of eight K's got him out of trouble. Isenberg then sat the Defenders down 1-2-3 in both the eighth & ninth innings. He issued zero walks and hit one batter in the first inning after striking out the first two batters.

Eight Inning... GO-K-FO

Ninth Inning...GO-K-FO

The game was completed in two hours! 

Take Care.

Pistol - Wednesday, May 09 2007 @ 08:40 AM EDT (#167558) #
Snider Update:

Leading hitter Travis Snider, the Blue Jays' top prospect, sat out his second consecutive game with a side injury he suffered in spring training.

Manager Gary Cathcart said he didn't think the injury to last year's first-round pick was serious.

"He'll be back in there (this) morning," Cathcart said of Snider.

Mike Green - Wednesday, May 09 2007 @ 09:51 AM EDT (#167560) #
Morning minor league baseball galore available on your internet radio.  Kyle Ginley and the Lugnuts take on Quad City at 10:30 a.m.  David Purcey and the Fisher Cats face Connecticut at 11 a.m.  Connection to the game available here.  And then Josh Banks and the Sky Chiefs take on Indianapolis at 2 p.m. Connection to the game available here (registration required).

Maldoff - Wednesday, May 09 2007 @ 11:13 AM EDT (#167567) #

Travis Snider is back in the lineup today for Lansing, hitting in his usual 3 spot.  Also, Joey "Big City" Metropolous is starting his first game of the season today in Lansing.  He had been on the DL up until today (not sure with what...can anyone fill in?).

Kyle Ginley is looking to rebound off a few tough starts, and started well, getting the first two guys out (one on strikes). He then gave up walk, double, double, double, with Quad Cities scoring 3 times in the first.

Maldoff - Wednesday, May 09 2007 @ 11:17 AM EDT (#167568) #
Also, Graham Godfrey, a draft-and-follow from last year's draft, appears to have been added to the Lansing roster today. No rookie ball for him!
timpinder - Wednesday, May 09 2007 @ 11:40 AM EDT (#167575) #

Ok, it's early.  Really early, I know.  But I need some good news, and so far Purcey has 4K's, 0 BB's, and 0 (something else I won't say), over 2 IP.

With Romero hurt (again), McGowan skipping starts, and Janssen and Marcum rotting in the Jays' pen, I need to see Purcey get back to where he was his first 5 starts so I have some hope again.

Mike Green - Wednesday, May 09 2007 @ 11:47 AM EDT (#167578) #
According to BA, the Jays recently signed old friend Howie Clark.
Maldoff - Wednesday, May 09 2007 @ 11:47 AM EDT (#167579) #
timpinder, not to dampen your positive outlook, but Purcey is having a good start against, once again, Connecticut. This is the team he dominated twice to start the year, and currently has a team batting average of .235, with an OPS of .624.  All in all, he SHOULD dominate.
Mylegacy - Wednesday, May 09 2007 @ 11:50 AM EDT (#167580) #
Godfrey is interesting. Because we didn't have a 2nd or 3rd rounder in the 06 draft we took flyers on four guys in the later rounds. BA say'sGraham Godfrey is the best of those (Kyle Ginley and Chase Lirette were the other two pitchers). Graham taken in the 34th round and paid $200,000 has a 90 to 94 fastball, a "solid" curve and still has "more projection." Could be interesting to watch.
#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, May 09 2007 @ 12:20 PM EDT (#167584) #

The early morning games aren't agreeing with the affiliates so far....

Joey "Big City" Metropoulos has gone deep for Lansing but they trail Quad Cities 5-1 in the Top of the 5th. 

Meantime, Connecticut has grabbed a 2-1 over New Hampshire heading into the bottom of the 5th.


tstaddon - Wednesday, May 09 2007 @ 12:26 PM EDT (#167585) #
Matt Stairs + Jason Smith = Howie Clark (+ free roster spot)
In some circles, that'd be considered addition by subtraction. Apologies to Matt Stairs, who really has been a good foot soldier. Maybe come summer JP will Hillenbrand him to SF where he can platoon with Aurilla. This week's sign of the apocalypse? That given our recent bullpen woes, I find myself missing Vinnie Chulk.
TimberLee - Wednesday, May 09 2007 @ 12:43 PM EDT (#167587) #
Sorry, but I won't read anything that opens with a quote from Willie Nelson.
TA - Wednesday, May 09 2007 @ 01:45 PM EDT (#167593) #
Sorry, but I won't read anything that opens with a quote from Willie Nelson.

You know, I'm not saying that this statement makes you half a man, but personally, my heroes have always been cowboys.  If you don't like Willie, I would say write your own songs. Make'em country, because, after all, cowboys are frequently, secretly fond of each other.
Maldoff - Wednesday, May 09 2007 @ 01:50 PM EDT (#167594) #
So after today's game, Kyle Ginley now stands at 0-3, with an ERA of 7.50. What's interesting, though, is that all of his peripherals, save his WHIP (1.792), look much better than those numbers.  In 6 starts, he has thrown 24 innings, with a K/9 of 10.88, a BB/9 of 3.38, a K/BB of 0.75, and a KBF% of 23.77%. Even his BABIP is .256. I guess he is just giving up too many hits with runners on.
Marc Hulet - Wednesday, May 09 2007 @ 01:54 PM EDT (#167597) #
Metropoulos was on the DL with a right knee injury.
Rob - Wednesday, May 09 2007 @ 02:12 PM EDT (#167599) #
Also according to BA, the Jays released Alan Stidfole. The name sounded familiar, and it turns out that Alan was born on the same day as Sean Stidfole, a 2005 Doubleday. I'm assuming twins (a lefty and a righty, but still). Other than that, it's not particularly newsworthy.
Mike Green - Wednesday, May 09 2007 @ 02:17 PM EDT (#167602) #
The Willie Nelson story goes like this.  Nelson came out on stage wearing a black hat.  He took flack for glorifying "the bad guys".  Willie replied that the bad guys didn't wear white hats or black hats anymore, they wore business suits.
Mike Green - Wednesday, May 09 2007 @ 02:32 PM EDT (#167604) #
Chip Cannon had another walk-off extra-inning homer this afternoon to redeem Lee Gronkiewicz's blown save. 
ayjackson - Wednesday, May 09 2007 @ 05:03 PM EDT (#167623) #

Interesting dichotomy with Josh Banks and Kyle Ginley, today.

At Syracuse, Banks had an apparent blinder of an outing - a complete game win, surrendering only five hits and one earned run.  At Lansing, Ginley had an apparent 'mare surrendering five earned runs in four-and-two-thirds, while taking the loss.

Underneath those stats, Kyle struck out 6 and walked two in those 4.2 innings, while inducing 6 groundouts and only 2 flyouts.  Josh, on the other hand, only struck out one batter in 9 innings and recorded an amazing 19 flyouts, to go along with seven groundouts.

So, were both performances encouraging?  Or discouraging? 

Mike Green - Wednesday, May 09 2007 @ 05:19 PM EDT (#167625) #
Actually, ay, two of Banks' fly outs were pop-ups, but still 19 fly balls to the outfield , two going for doubles, 17 going for outs and none going over the fence, is not something that a pitcher wants to count on.  These things do tend to even out, and Banks has definitely over his career had his share of bad luck.  He would be well advised to miss some bats or keep the ball down if he can.
Marc Hulet - Wednesday, May 09 2007 @ 08:14 PM EDT (#167641) #
If you look at Banks' numbers, his GO/AO has almost doubled from what it was last year (and it was double, before this game) and has allowed only three homers so far this season, compared to the 35 odd homers he allowed all of last year. Aside from today's game, he has been showing signs that he is making some adjustments.
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