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Syracuse and New Hampshire were the only winners.  New Hampshire came from behind with three two run home runs while Dunedin and Auburn coughed up the leads.  Chip Cannon had a couple of the home runs for the Fisher Cats while Jesse Litsch and Lee Gronkiewicz pitched well in AAA.  Paul Philips had problems in Dunedin, John Tolisano hit his first home run as a Jay.  Brett Cecil, the Jays third pick, made a successful debut.

Syracuse 6  Scranton 4

Jesse Litsch made a successful AAA debut, he went seven innings giving up two runs on seven hits.  Brandon League followed and gave up two runs, both unearned, on two hits, a hit batter and a an error by Rey Olmedo.  The Chiefs got on the board in the second inning against Runelvys Hernandez when Mike Vento and John-Ford Griffin went deep back to back.  Wayne Lydon walked and Ryan Roberts doubled in the third leading to the third run.  Syracuse tacked on two more in the fourth, Griffin doubled, Adams singled him in and Fasano singled Adams in.  Lee Gronkiewicz pitched the ninth for the save.

Portland 5  New Hampshire 6

The Fisher Cats were down 5-0 in the sixth and things didn't look too good.  Robinzon Diaz got things going with a bunt single in the bottom of the sixth.  Ryan Patterson then hit a two run home run.  Aaron Mathews then walked and Chip Cannon hit his eleventh homer.  Portland took their 5-4 lead to the bottom of the eighth, Aaron Mathews singled and then Cannon hit another 2 run shot and Tracey Thorpe nailed down the save.  Cannon's average is up to .232, he, Diaz and Mathews each had two hits.

Dunedin 5  St. Lucie 6

Dunedin led 5-2 going to the bottom of the seventh.  Brandon Magee put two runners on and was replaced by recently recalled Paul Philips.  Philips gave up a sac fly, a single and a double to tie the scores.  Connor Falkenbach gave up the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.  Josh Kreuzer went 2-3 with four RBI's including a three run home run.

Fort Wayne 8  Lansing 4 

Reidier Gonzalez allowed ten baserunners in five innings and was lucky to escape with three runs allowed, one earned.  Julio Pinto struggled giving up three runs in an inning.  Jon Diaz went 2-4, both doubles, Travis Snider was 0-5.

Williamsport 7  Auburn 6

Auburn took a 5-2 lead to the eighth but Noah Tritz gave up four runs to take the loss and a blown save.  Luis Perez started and pitched 4 innings giving up two hits and four walks.  Brett Cecil came on in relief, pitched three innings allowing one hit and getting four K's.

Auburn had only six hits, Manuel Rodriguez homered and is the leading hitter for Auburn so far hitting .421.  Rodriguez played in the Braves system the last three years including 264 at-bats in the South Atlantic League last season.

Phillies 4  Blue Jays 2

John Tollison hit a solo home run, his first professional hit as he went 2-4.  Jonathon DelCampo went 2-5, Kevin Ahrens and Balbino Fuenmayor also had a hit.  Those six hits were all the Jays could register.  Brian Letko (3.1 IP, 2 UER, 4H); Nathan Melek (3 IP, R, 4H) and Frank Gailey (2.2 IP, R, 3H) pitched.

3 star selection

3rd star - Jesse Litsch, seven innings
2nd star - John-Ford Griffin, home run, double 2 runs
1st star - Chip Cannon, 2 homeruns

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China fan - Sunday, June 24 2007 @ 10:12 AM EDT (#170466) #

   Robinzon Diaz has boosted his batting average to .320.   Does he have a chance to be promoted to Syracuse this season?   Since it now appears that Thigpen is being groomed for an infield position, it would be great if Diaz could develop faster at catcher.  Unfortunately his OBP and SLG are not very impressive yet, so I suppose he might need more time at New Hampshire.


Marc Hulet - Sunday, June 24 2007 @ 11:24 AM EDT (#170468) #
Diaz is not that much more likely to stick at catcher. His game calling and receiving skills are horrible and there aren't many - if any - pitchers that like throwing to him... And this comes directly from two minor pitchers I have spoken to.
Mike Green - Sunday, June 24 2007 @ 11:28 AM EDT (#170469) #
Personally, I would rather have Thigpen as the backup catcher to Zaun the remainder of this season.  He can hit and run, and cannot possibly throw less impressively than Phillips.

There's a premium matchup on Monday. Red Sox' top pitching prospect Clay Bucholz goes up against Ricky Romero, who is returning to New Hampshire.

ayjackson - Sunday, June 24 2007 @ 11:51 AM EDT (#170470) #
Thanks for dropping by with that little nugget, Marc.  Is Jeroloman our best defensive prospect right now, then?
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