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The phonetically similar first-rounders Ahrens and Arencibia had similar debuts, and Ricky Romero had a (reasonably successful) rehab start in Dunedin last night. The farm affiliates went 2-5.

Richmond 7 @ Syracuse 3
Richmond 8 @ Syracuse 4

In the completion of the suspended game, the Chiefs trailed 1-0 after 1 and 1/2 as the game was resumed. Ismael Ramirez came on and gave up 4 runs over the next 4 innings when the Chief offence began to stir. In the bottom of the sixth, the Chiefs loaded the bases on a Wayne Lydon single, followed by walks to Ryan Roberts and Chad Mottola. John-ford Griffin delivered a two-run single to put Syracuse on the board. Brandon League came on and gave up two unearned runs in the 7th on his own throwing error, but did emerge unscathed in the eighth. The Chiefs were unable to get the tying run anywhere close to home plate in the late going. League gave up 1 hit and 2 walks in his 2 innings of work, while recording no strikeouts. In his second inning of work, he did induce two ground-balls.

In the scheduled game, the Chiefs scored 3 in the first inning on a 2 run single by Mike Vento and a run-scoring single from John-ford Griffin, and they led 4-2 after 4 innings behind starter-for-a-day Jim Crowell. Ryan Houston came on in the 5th and the roof fell in. Five earned runs later, the game was over for all intents and purposes. Vento added a solo homer, while Griffin doubled later in the game.

New Hampshire 8 @ New Britain 9
New Hampshire 2 @ New Britain 1

It was a real catfight in the opener. New Hampshire scored 4 in the top of the second on five singles and a walk. The Rock Cats answered back with six runs of their own off Russ Savickas in the bottom of the frame. Seth Overbey came on for the Fishers and threw 3.2 scoreless innings, while a Ryan Klosterman RBI double brought them to within a run. Tracy Thorpe gave up a run in the seventh on a triple and a wild pitch to set the stage for the dramatic ninth. Manny Mayorson walked and Robinson Diaz singled to set the stage for Sergio Santos. Santos blasted his 14th homer of the season to give the Fisher Cats an 8-7 lead. Matt Roney came on for the save and induced six ground balls. Unfortunately four of them went through the infield, including three to centerfield and New Britain emerged victorious.

The Fisher Cats got their revenge in the nightcap.  Jo Matumoto came out of the bullpen to make the start and pitched brilliantly going 5.2 innings.  New Hampshire broke out on top with a run in the first on two out walks to Cosby and Santos, followed by an Aaron Mathews' RBI single.  Matumoto made it stand up through 5 innings before tiring a bit and giving up a solo homer to Trevor Plouffe with one out in the 6 innings  Matumoto's final line was 5.2 innings, 4 hits, no walks and 5 strikeouts.  The game remained tied at 1 through 8 innings.  In the top of the ninth, Aaron Mathews singled with two out and then scooted home on Chip Cannon's double.  Tracy Thorpe allowed a walk and nothing more in the bottom of the inning and the victory was New Hampshire's.  Thorpe threw 2 hitless innings in total, walking 1 and striking out 2.

Lakeland 4 @ Dunedin 6

Ricky Romero returned to action and held his own, allowing 2 earned runs on 4 hits and 1 walk with 2 strikeouts in 4.2 innings of work. Robert Ray finished up and earned the win. The game was tied at 3 at the 7th inning stretch. Chris Gutierrez broke the tie with a 2 run double, his second two-bagger of the game. Kyle Phillips doubled and homered, while Josh Kreuzer reached base 3 times in 4 trips. In a rare meeting of 1st round picks in the fourth inning, Cameron Maybin drew a walk off Romero, but Ricky didn't lose his number and picked him off.

Auburn 0 @ Batavia 7

First round pick J.P. Arencibia made his pro debut, and went 1-3 last night. The Doubledays could muster only 4 hits on the evening, while Wilfreddy Aguirre and three relievers took their lumps. Aguirre went 4 innings and allowed 3 earned runs on 5 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 3.

GCL Jays 2 @ GCL Yankees 7

First round pick Kevin Ahrens made his pro debut, and went 1-3 last night. Balbino Fuenmayor and Yohermyn Chavez each had 2 hits for the Jays, while Eric Eiland struck out 4 times. Chris House caught for the Jays. Green favourite Joel Collins has not yet been sighted. The Jays did field the "dream infield" of Fuenmayor, Ahrens, John Tolisano and Mike McDade.

3 stars

3rd star- Aaron Mathews
2nd star- Chris Gutierrez
1st star- Jo Matumoto
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ayjackson - Thursday, June 21 2007 @ 09:11 AM EDT (#170225) #


Have you rationalized to us yet your manlove for Joel Collins?  Is there something special we should all know?  Or does he just remind you of your favourite drink?

Pistol - Thursday, June 21 2007 @ 09:36 AM EDT (#170229) #
It's in the draft thread here and here and here.
Mike Green - Thursday, June 21 2007 @ 09:42 AM EDT (#170230) #
Yep.  In the draft day 2 thread, comments 62, 65 and 72 give my reasons.  To summarize, Collins is a 21 year old catcher.  He threw out over 50% of thieves and received recognition as one of the best defensive catchers in collegiate baseball.  As a hitter, he controls the strike zone very well, drawing more walks (and getting plunked) more often than he struck out.  He developed some power this year.  The fact that he's from Richmond Hill does not hurt his cause!
ayjackson - Thursday, June 21 2007 @ 10:09 AM EDT (#170235) #
Thank you MG and thank you Pistol.  I knew it had to be rational (except for the Richmond Hill bit).
BigTimeRoyalsFan - Thursday, June 21 2007 @ 12:06 PM EDT (#170255) #
For all those from yesterday's game-time chat who said booing is always pointless and can only have a negative effect, here's the beginning of last night's recap from the AP.

"Frank Thomas was in no mood to hear any more boos.

There was no danger of that after his grand slam -- and 497th career homer -- in Toronto's 12-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.

The night before, the designated hitter was jeered by Toronto fans after popping out in his final at-bat in a 10-1 defeat to Los Angeles.

"(Tuesday) was rock bottom," Thomas said. "To get booed by the home crowd like that, I took that personally. That really hurt. It's one of those things where I wanted to bring an attitude into the game today. It worked out well for me."

Sounds to me like a professional athlete actually can take all the bad jeers to heart and use it as a fire to light under their asses, be it Big or not.

Mike Green - Thursday, June 21 2007 @ 12:07 PM EDT (#170257) #
Eric Fowler has been promoted to New Hampshire and gets the start tonight.  This might be, like his start in Lansing last week, an injury-replacement situation.  The Cats are coming off a double-header and Purcey is still out.
Marc Hulet - Thursday, June 21 2007 @ 12:31 PM EDT (#170268) #
It may be more than that as Jesse Litsch was promoted to Syracuse, which opens another hole.
Mike Green - Thursday, June 21 2007 @ 12:48 PM EDT (#170271) #
Thanks, Marc.  The timing of Litsch's promotion might seem a bit odd, but overall he has made 10 good double A starts this year after 12 so-so ones last year.  Overall, I would say that he has passed the double A test and that ten-fifteen starts in triple A would be good for him. If he does well, the Jays might want to think about giving him 3 months in the major league bullpen in 2008, as they did for Janssen this year. 
ayjackson - Thursday, June 21 2007 @ 01:12 PM EDT (#170276) #
As was pointed out yesterday, Jesse may be covering for Ty.  If he is successful in the audition, maybe it becomes permanent.
Magpie - Thursday, June 21 2007 @ 02:16 PM EDT (#170281) #
booing is always pointless and can only have a negative effect

I'm with you here, for the most part. There are probably people who believe that booing has an impact, but I'm not one of them. As a rule, the players already know when they're playing badly - it's not exactly news to them. So if somebody stinks, and the fans boo - I kind of think it adds something to the game. Vox populi, vox dei!

I'm literally not allowed to boo or cheer, of course, which means I may be living vicariously through the actions of the paying customers. And if I was in the stands myself, I don't think I'd be booing as well, but who knows?

However, I am more than a little skeptical about the notion that players use the booing to actually motivate themselves - although a guy who's been around the block as often as Thomas is quite savvy enough to say so. Generally, the real response of the players to being booed rests somewhere on a continuum between:

a) You think this is easy? You get down here and try it!
b) You can all kiss my purple butt.

Very few players, aside from George Bell, are reckless enough to actually say such things out loud.
paulf - Thursday, June 21 2007 @ 02:45 PM EDT (#170286) #
Having sat through Tuesday's drudgery, I got that feeling that Thomas was merely bearing the brunt of the crowd's frustration and displeasure with the efforts of the entire team (mop-up crew notwithstanding). I endured through to the bottom of the ninth hoping that Thomas facing a junkballing lefty with no reason to pitch around him just might provide one highlight on an otherwise miserable game. At least he swung. I would've been even more displeased if he drew a walk.
ayjackson - Thursday, June 21 2007 @ 04:59 PM EDT (#170321) #
The GCL Jays won today 2-0, despite striking out 15 times.  20 year-old Dominican Joel Carreno went five innings allowing 2 hits, one walk and striking out 7 for the victory.
Halladayfan32 - Thursday, June 21 2007 @ 09:31 PM EDT (#170330) #

Robinson Diaz  is representing Toronto in the Futures game coming up on July 8th.

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