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Last night was a night of several surprises on the farm. Lansing won due to production from an unexpected spot in the lineup. New Hampshire lost to a surprising degreee. The GCL Blue Jays were strangely already pinch-hitting for the teamís first-round draft choice.

And Victor Zambrano couldnít complete four innings, gave up a bunch of hits and several walks and turned a lead into a deficit. Oh well, some things never change.

Syracuse 4 @ Scranton 7 - Boxscore

Triple-A Victor Zambrano did his best impersonation of major league Victor Zambrano last night. He lasted 3.2 innings, gave up six hits and three walks, and turned a 2-0 Syracuse lead into a 7-2 lead for Scranton. Heís not turning anyoneís head in Toronto with these outings, although Iím not sure how many heads he was turning to begin with. Mike Venafro and Ryan Houston each pitched two scoreless innings in Zambranoís weekly depletion of fresh arms in the bullpen.

Chad Mottola picked up two homeruns for Syracuse today Scranton and Tyler Clippard for his seventh and eighth of the year. He had 3 RBIs to total 26 on the season. While Mottola provided much of the offence from the seventh spot, the 4-5-6 hitters went hitless for Syracuse, although the trio had the sense to draw four walks from Clippard. However, despite the patience they displayed, I doubt any of Mike Vento, John Ford-Griffin and Russ Adams are satisfied by tonightís game and wouldnít enjoy the opportunity for an extra hour a week at the batting cages.

Portland 17 @ New Hampshire 2 - Boxscore

Ugh. Kyle Yates had arguably his worst start of the season and certainly his worst since mid-May. He gave up six runs over 4.2 innings on nine hits and two homers, including one by former Blue Jay Eric Crozier, who had a team-high four runs for Portland. Jesse Carlson came in and managed to escape the fifth. However, Portlandís turn to bat in the sixth produced walk-walk-walk-single-double and Carlsonís night was over. Matt Roney allowed single-out-double-single and gave up both Carlsonís inherited runners and one of his own and the rout was on. The seventh started double-single-walk and Roney and New Hampshire pitching coach Dave LaRoche were ejected, presumably for arguing balls and strikes. Portland notched a pair of runs in both the seventh and eighth to add insult to injury. The only notable Lansing batters were Robinzon Diaz (3-5, 2B, R) and Rob Cosby (2-4, 2 2Bs).

Dunedin 9 @ Clearwater 4 (7.5) - Boxscore

Dunedin got out to a 9-0 lead in this rain-shortened game and held on to win comfortably. The D-Jays pounded out 14 hits and 2/3rd of the starting lineup had a multihit game. Anthony Hatch, Jacob Butler and Jesus Gonzalez all hit home runs and seven of the teamís 9 RBIs came from Butler and Gonzalez. Butler was the clear player of the night with a 3-4 line which included a double, a home run, 4 RBIs and 2 runs. He also had Dunedinís only 2-out RBIs of the night.

Clearwater scored 4 runs in the sixth and seventh inning to spoil Dunedinís 9-0 lead and shutout aspirations. However, any hope of a comeback by Clearwater was dashed when the skies opened and the game was called after seven and a half innings. Aaron Tressler pitched 6 full innings and the sole blemish was a Jason Donald home run in the sixth. Yesson Berroa came in to pitch the seventh and managed to retire two batters, but also allowed four hits and two walks. Berroa gave up three runs and left a runner on for Daryl Harang, who managed to escape the inning without any more runs scoring.

Fort Wayne 4 @ Lansing 6 - Boxscore

After 5 innings this game was tied 1-1. After 6 innings it was 4-3 Fort Wayne. Lansing tied it up in the bottom of the seventh and scored two in the bottom of eighth to win a rather exciting game. Kyle Ginley had a solid start and left after the aforementioned fifth inning. Benjamin Harrison came in and allowed two hits and one run. Ted Serro relieved Harrison and allowed the inherited runner to score, in addition to one of his own. However, Serro settled down and got through the seventh fine. Edward Rodriguez picked up the win with a hitless eighth inning and Paul Phillips notched his eleventh save with a hitless ninth.

Lansingís offence came not from the heart of its lineup, but rather from the Lugnuts 6-7-8 batters. They collectively went 6-10 with three runs and four RBIs. Sean Shoffit went 2-4 with a homer, 2 runs and 2 RBIs. In the seven hole centerfielder Chris Emanuele went 2-3 with a double, a run, an RBI and a walk, for good measure. Finally, Jonathan Baksh went 2-3 with an RBI. Up near the top of the lineup, in the third spot Travis Snider went 1-4 with a double and an RBI and his OPS now sits at .902.

Williamsport 6 @ Auburn 9 - Boxscore

It was a long time coming, but Brad Mills made his first start for the Blue Jays organization yesterday. He started for the Doubledays and went 2 innings, striking out three and, I believe, not allowing a baserunner. The third wasn't so pleasant as Mills left the bases loaded with none out for Adam Rogers. Rogers' appearance meant that Auburn was the fourth Toronto affiliate he has pitched for this year, joining New Hampshire, Dunedin and Lansing. Rogers allowed 2 of Mills' runners to score. Rogers left in the middle of the fifth having allowed four runs of his own. Javier Nieves went 2.2 hitless innings with two walks and four strikeouts. Ronald Lowe picked up a 2-inning save and added three strikeouts of his own, giving Auburn 13 on the night.

Six of Auburn's 11 hits came from their fifth and sixth hitters: Manuel Rodriguez and Barron Frost. Frost came into the game with the unusual line of .167/.167/.667. However, it's safe to say he improved upon that with a 3-5 night. Rodriguez was even better at 3-4 with a walk, two doubles and two RBIs. JP Arencibia went 1-3 with a run and a walk. Leance Soto was one of two Auburn starters not to register a hit. If nothing else, the Doubledays are equal opportunity offenders, scoring 3 runs off each of the three Williamsport pitchers. After falling behind 6-4 Auburn didn't look back and scored 5 runs to take a 9-4 victory.

GCL Blue Jays 1 @ GCL Braves 5 - Boxscore

The Blue Jays stranded two runners on base four times in this game and in three of those innings the team had the two runners on with one out and failed to cash any of the runners in. Marcus Walden started for the Blue Jays and gave up a pair of runs over two innings. He turned things over to Michael Lynch who had an unsatisfactory debut in the minors, surrendering three runs over four innings without striking out a batter. If youíre looking for a silver lining you can note that none of the teamís four pitchers walked a batter during the game.

The Blue Jays had four hits, including one apiece by Balbino Fuenmayor and Yohermyn Chavez. Fuenmayor drove in the only run on a single that scored catcher Roger Ebarb. Kevin Ahrens started at DH and went 0-3 with 2 strikeouts and then was pinch hit for in the eighth inning. Thatís not the most productive strategy for developing a young bat, especially your first-round pick, so I hope (and Iím confident) that this will not become a regular development. If you thought Ahrens had a bat night, John Tolisano went 0-4 with 3 strikeouts and a GIDP with two runners on base and one out.

3 star selection

3rd star Ė Manny Rodriguez, 3-4, R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB, 5 TB

2nd star Ė Chad Mottola, 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 8 TB

1st star Ė Jacob Butler, 3-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 7 TB

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Halladayfan32 - Saturday, June 23 2007 @ 09:56 AM EDT (#170433) #

Paul Phillips got promoted to Dunedin after the game last night in Lansing.  I hope this is a sign of more promotions on the way.

Pistol - Saturday, June 23 2007 @ 11:36 AM EDT (#170436) #
These HS draftees are striking out a lot so far.  It'll be interesting to see how they do in August after they have a little time to adjust.
Gerry - Saturday, June 23 2007 @ 01:19 PM EDT (#170445) #

I was at the Lansing game last night and enjoyed the Lugnuts win in beautiful Oldsmobile Park.  Here are my observations, remember the sample size is one game only!

Kyle Ginley - classic delivery, 3/4 arm angle, fastball 91-94, moves away from RHB's.   The fastball was Ginley's only consistent pitch last night and he threw it about 85% of the time.   Ginley flashed a few change-ups and a slider but command of both was poor and it looked like he had little confidence in them.   Ginley is the second youngest Lugnut, he turns 21 in September.

Ted Serro - sidearmer.  Serro appeared to throw all four of his pitches between 84 and 87 mph, one is straight, one breaks to the left, one to the right and one down.  Serro's control was not good last night, he left a sitter in the middle of the plate for a home run, and generally fell behind the hitters.

Edward Rodriguez, nice easy action with mid nineties fastball.  Rodriguez also showed a nice change up and a curve.  Rodriguez looked like he had good stuff but again he didn't have much of an idea where it was going.

Paul Phillips - 91-92 fastball, slider 84-85 and change-up.  Classic bullpen pitcher where location will be key.

Travis Snider - quick bat, did strikeout on a high pitch in one at bat.  Hit to the opposite field a lot last night as the pitchers were working him away.  He did pull a 360 foot foul ball in one at-bat.  Bat speed and power were obvious.  Snider did almost misplay a fly ball in the field, he turned the wrong way but got himself corrected and made the catch.  Snider also made a bad base-running mistake when, with one out and Snider on second, he ran on an infield pop-up.

Scott Cambell - short, contact hitter, fouled off lots of pitches

Matt Liuzza - big swinger, homerun uppercut swing.  Average to below average arm behind the plate, quick release.

Sean Shoffit - lanky, thin body.  Fast runner.  Showed pop with a home run to left centre field as a left handed hitter.

Chris Emanuele - Another big swinger, several loud foul balls and key hits

Jon Diaz - short, listed at 5'8".  Average arm.

Lansing featured seven lefty bats in last nights line-up, two of them switch-hitters.

And remember "Go Nuts"

Maldoff - Saturday, June 23 2007 @ 02:53 PM EDT (#170446) #
Thanks Gerry. Great to get an up-to-date scouting report.  Any further thoughts on Ginley? I had high hopes on him coming into this season, but seems to have stalled.  Any chance he'll be a player down the road?
Gerry - Saturday, June 23 2007 @ 03:55 PM EDT (#170447) #
Ginley is only 20, he has a major league fastball, he needs to develop his change and slider.  If he does that he will do well.
krose - Saturday, June 23 2007 @ 07:47 PM EDT (#170453) #
My local paper said that Jesse Litsch was promoted to Syracuse and John Schneider was sent to New Hamshire.
Gerry - Saturday, June 23 2007 @ 07:57 PM EDT (#170454) #
Litsch is pitching tonight for Syracuse.  Schneider pitched last night for New Hampshire as an emergency fill-in along with Brian Bormaster.
Maldoff - Saturday, June 23 2007 @ 09:30 PM EDT (#170457) #

Does anyone have any info on the Jays un-signed draft choices? From what I can tell, the outstanding high choices are Trystan Magnuson, Alan Farina, Marc Rzepczynski, Randy Boone and Justin Jackson.

Gerry - Saturday, June 23 2007 @ 10:42 PM EDT (#170458) #

Does anyone have any info on the Jays un-signed draft choices?

Update - they are still unsigned. 

Seriously....... negotiations go fast and go slow and we have no clue whether they are one minute or one month away from signing.  Until they sign we know nothing, it like the free agency process, when the money is right they will sign, if its not right they won't. 

Lugnut Fan - Saturday, June 23 2007 @ 10:53 PM EDT (#170459) #
Gerry, I apologize for not catching up with you in Lansing yesterday. I was running way behind and got caught in a whirlwind and it slipped my mind. It is good that you got there despite all of the construction around the stadium. Your assessment of Ginley is dead on in my opinion. The problem with him all season is that he has been relying on the just the fastball and the change up all season and it has cost him. His location was a little better last night than earlier in the season which is encouraging. One other thing to add about Snider's 360 foot foul ball. Did you notice he did that while breaking his bat? As far as Serro, it looked like he was really struggling with his arm slot and release point last night. I noticed it in the pen that he looked a little out of whack and his slot was varying from 3/4 to over the top. I guess that is what he is working on while in Lansing.
ayjackson - Sunday, June 24 2007 @ 12:56 AM EDT (#170462) #
Brett Cecil made his debut tonight for Auburn in relief.  He pitched three innings, allowing one hit and no walks, while striking out four.  Good job!
FranklyScarlet - Sunday, June 24 2007 @ 09:13 AM EDT (#170465) #

I heard just yesterday, that Jackson is close to signing....He and his agent are working out some details with the Jays before he signs.

I don't know if this has been mentioned, but his agent is Larry Reynolds (brother of Harold Reynolds).

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