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You want line drives, we got line drives. The farm affiliates' bats finally woke up and the result was a 4-2 record on the evening.


Syracuse 11 @ Norfolk 1

Russ Adams had 4 hits to lead the Syracuse attack in support of Victor Zambrano as the Chiefs rolled over the Tides. Kevin Barker singled in two runs in the first inning to get Syracuse on the board. Wayne Lydon singled, stole second and came in on Adams' single in the second to put the Chiefs ahead 3-0. The score was 3-1 going into the sixth inning when the Chiefs started lining balls all over the park. Eight runs later, the game was for all intents and purposes over. Zambrano threw 6.1 innings and allowed 1 earned run on 8 hits and 1 walk with six strikeouts. This was his 2nd straight solid outing.

New Hampshire 13 @ Portland 3

The Fisher Cats continued the happy trend of 10-run victories, as they scored 5 runs in the first, led 8-1 after 3 innings, and coasted to victory behind a 21-hit barrage. Ryan Patterson's 3 run homer capped the first inning, and every member of the lineup had at least 2 hits. Dustin Majewski singled, doubled twice and walked twice in his five plate appearances, while Robinson Diaz and Aaron Mathews each pitched in with 3 hits. Juan Peralta belted his first homer of the season. Eric Fowler started and went 3.1 innings, allowing 1 earned run on 5 hits and 5 walks with 6 strikeouts. Jean Machi came on to shut the door for 2.2 hitless, scoreless innings and receipt for the win.  New Hampshire's win, their fifth in a row, puts them 3 games ahead of Portland for the last playoff spot in the Northern Division of the Eastern League.  Kyle Yates gets the start for the Cats tonight.

Dunedin 7 @ Sarasota 5

The D-Jays used the short game and the long ball to defeat the S-Reds. Jacob Butler's 6th inning homer broke a 2 -2 tie. After the Reds tied the game in their half of the frame, a timely double steal from Luke Hetherington and Eric Nielsen paved the way for the deciding runs, which scored on a passed ball and a Josh Kreuzer sacrifice fly. Butler also doubled, walked and stole his first base of the season. Jesus Gonzalez walked, singled and doubled in 4 plate trips. Russ Savickas went 6 innings for the win, allowing 4 earned runs on 7 hits and 2 walks with 5 strikeouts. Aaron Tressler and Daryl Harang finished up nicely.

Lansing 6 @ Great Lakes 7

Scott Campbell led off the game with a homer for the Lugnuts, but it turned out to be a false omen as the Lansing fell to the Loons. Travis Snider doubled in another run in the first, and the Luggies led 5-3 after 5 innings behind Kyle Ginley. In the sixth inning, the Loons scored 3 runs off Po-Hsuan Keng with errors by Campbell and third baseman Josh Bell figuring prominently. Campbell stroked his 4th hit of the game in the eighth inning and scored the tying run to atone for his error, but in the bottom of the frame, reliever Ben Harrison gave up a single and walk. A double steal off Ted Serro set the stage for an intentional walk and then an unintentional one to bring in the game-winner. Ginley went 5 innings, and gave up 3 earned runs on 6 hits and 1 walk with six strikeouts. Snider went 1-4 with a walk. Jon Baksh reached base 3 times. The Loons' batting order has a retro look with Mattingly and Van Slyke hitting back-to-back.

Mahoning Valley 2 @ Auburn 4

It is quite possible that the Scrappers have seen enough of Brett Cecil. This time, it was 4.1 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4. The lefty picked off one runner. Adam Calderone homered and walked and scored 2 runs, while J.P. Arencibia doubled and scored among his 3 plate appearances. Manny Rodriguez played first base and had 2 hits and drove in a run.

GCL Yankees 9 @ GCL Jays 5

The Rookie League Yankees and Jays played a sloppy affair in Dunedin. The Yanks banged out 14 hits and capitalized on three Jay errors for the victory. Justin Jackson went 0-3, while Kevin Ahrens went 1-4. John Tolisano walked twice, while Eric Eiland went 1-3. Balbino Fuenmayor came on late and had a hit.

3 stars

3rd star- Brett Cecil
2nd star- Russ Adams
1st star- Ryan Patterson
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Smaj - Tuesday, July 03 2007 @ 09:56 AM EDT (#170957) #
DUN FSL .296 72 257 47 76 19 0 14 46 137 32 50 1 1 .377 .533 .910

The line is getting more impressive by the week.  I think Jacob Butler is pushing for a promotion.  Already 14 Big Flies & 19 two baggers with a 1983 birth year......might be time to see what he can do at the next level.  He has made big strides in plate discipline on the BB front as well.

 

pavement44 - Tuesday, July 03 2007 @ 10:00 AM EDT (#170958) #
Hey, is Seth Overbey a prospect yet?  He has very impressive numbers in three stops (so far!) this season...
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 03 2007 @ 10:03 AM EDT (#170959) #
Many Bauxites feel that Aaron Mathews should be promoted to Syracuse immediately with Butler taking his place in New Hampshire.

Is Seth Overbey a pitching prospect?  Maybe.  We will run the pitching prospect poll later this week.

Maldoff - Tuesday, July 03 2007 @ 10:24 AM EDT (#170960) #
Mike Green, don't forget the aspect of those moves that has Travis Snider replacing Butler in Dunedin.
Ryan Day - Tuesday, July 03 2007 @ 10:30 AM EDT (#170961) #
I don't think you can generally consider minor league relievers "prospects" - particularly at the lower levels - unless they're pitching at an elite level. Overbey isn't quite there yet.
ayjackson - Tuesday, July 03 2007 @ 11:15 AM EDT (#170966) #

Many Bauxites feel that Aaron Mathews should be promoted to Syracuse immediately with Butler taking his place in New Hampshire.

I'd like to see this, but I'm not sure his replacement at AA won't be from AAA.  I think the moves will happen when Reed and Lyle are back with the Big Club.  I'm not sure there's room for Lind and Stairs as backups in the outfield.  Maybe if Stairs was a right handed bat he could platton some with Overbay, while he gets his strength back.  Lind could be sent down only for a couple of weeks though, and Stairs could be sent to a contender (assuming we're not) near the end of July.

MatO - Tuesday, July 03 2007 @ 01:26 PM EDT (#170975) #

I did a double-take when checking the ages of the GCL Yankees pitchers when they played the Blue Jays the other day.  A pitcher named Walker started for the Yankees and checking his age was born in 1969.  Hey this was our old friend Pete Walker making a re-hab start in the GCL I would guess.  Needless to say that his array of junk has made mincemeat of GCL hitters so far.

Checking the ages of pitchers in the GCL I've noticed that most are in their 20's which is contrary to what I thought.  Not may 18 yr old pitchers are signed from your typical draft and I guess the supply of teens from the rest of the world is not enough to staff the GCL teams.

Mike Green - Tuesday, July 03 2007 @ 01:32 PM EDT (#170978) #
Old "friend" Tanyon Sturtze is pitching for the GCL Dodgers, but a slim majority of the pitchers are 20 or under. There are not too many college-age (22 and up) pitchers there.
Rob - Tuesday, July 03 2007 @ 01:42 PM EDT (#170981) #
Zambrano threw 6.1 innings and allowed 1 earned run on 8 hits and 1 walk with six strikeouts. This was his 2nd straight solid outing.

As the anti-Zambrano around these parts, I have to point out that he also threw two wild pitches yesterday. Also, he had one wild pitch in his last start, one WP and two hit batsmen on June 22, 2 WP/1 HB on June 14...[edited for brevity].

Also, I enjoyed seeing T.J. Beam as the starter for the GCL Yankees (presumably a rehab start): 3-up, 3-down in the first, three straight Ks in the second. Even marginal major-leaguers dominate the rookie league players, I suppose.
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 03 2007 @ 01:53 PM EDT (#170985) #
Or to put it another way, Zambrano's 2 solid starts followed 5 lousy ones.  I checked his gamelogs from his time in Tampa and New York; he never strung together more than 2 good starts really.  It still would be a good idea to watch his W/K over the next 2-3 starts and see how he's doing.  Stranger things have happened than a pitcher like Zambrano developing; he does have the stuff after all, and if he learns the strike zone...These things do tend to happen at triple A rather than in the major leagues.
China fan - Tuesday, July 03 2007 @ 02:00 PM EDT (#170986) #
   The optimistic scenario on Zambrano is that he is just now beginning to recover fully from his injury of last year.  Maybe he was still bothered by the after-effects of the injury for the first couple months of this season, and he was pitching at less than full arm strength.   Remember how the Jays coaching staff were amazed by Zambrano's seemingly rapid recovery at spring training?  Maybe they were wrong -- he hadn't yet recovered fully, yet he managed to fool everybody into thinking he was recovered.  If so, he needed the first three months of the season to get back into a groove, and now he is finally doing that.   And that, in turn, would mean that Zambrano could still help the Jays this season -- or even in 2008, since the Jays have an option on his services next year.  Maybe he could replace Towers as the 5th starter.  Anyway, that's the optimistic viewpoint.  We'll see, over his next two or three starts, whether this optimism is misplaced.
AWeb - Tuesday, July 03 2007 @ 02:14 PM EDT (#170988) #
For Zambrano, we need to know how hard he was throwing to judge if he's recovering or just getting lucky for a few starts. Zambrano that we saw in April couldn't crack 90mph, and didn't have the command to make up for lack of velocity. Movement of his pitches was still there, though. I would never expect command to surface, as Zambrano has never had it as any point in his career (always among leaders in BB, WP, Hit batters). If he's going to be potentially useful, even in a bullpen role, he needs to throw 91-95 like he used to. Is radar gun info available for AAA games?
Maldoff - Tuesday, July 03 2007 @ 02:24 PM EDT (#170989) #
According to Baseball America, Billy Carnline has been placed on the Blue Jays minor league suspended list.  Does anyone have any information on this?
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 03 2007 @ 02:26 PM EDT (#170990) #
BulletJay has posted radar gun info for Brandon League in Syracuse.  Apparently, they have a slow gun in Syracuse.
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 03 2007 @ 02:38 PM EDT (#170993) #
There's a picture of Manny Rodriguez up on milb.com, showing him batting left-handed.   His profile lists him as a right-handed hitter. Does anybody know if he's taken up switch-hitting recently or something?
Maldoff - Tuesday, July 03 2007 @ 03:43 PM EDT (#171002) #
Where did we get Manny Rodriguez from? He doesn't appear to be an '06 or '07 draft choice, and MiLB.com actually shows him playing in the Sally league last season.
BulletJayFan - Tuesday, July 03 2007 @ 04:01 PM EDT (#171003) #
Zambrano is indeed throwing over 90 again. When I saw him in his previous start, he was hitting 92 but at spots was also clocked at 87. I don't know enough about his pitching to know if this is normal for him, but if he needs to be 91-95 to be useful then he's pretty close.
skippy23 - Tuesday, July 03 2007 @ 04:04 PM EDT (#171005) #
Carnline was tossed a few games ago for allegedly throwing at a guy.
Perhaps the FSL suspended him?
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 03 2007 @ 04:10 PM EDT (#171006) #
Thanks, BulletJayFan and Skippy23, for the information.
Thomas - Tuesday, July 03 2007 @ 05:22 PM EDT (#171011) #
As the anti-Zambrano around these parts,

A crown you'll have to share with about a dozen other people...
Marc Hulet - Tuesday, July 03 2007 @ 05:38 PM EDT (#171012) #
Manuel Rodriguez was signed out of the Braves organization after last season. He has three pro years of experience (prior to 2007) and spent last year in A-Ball so he really has no business being in short-season, mind you neither does Paul Franko, Baron Frost, Adam Calderone or Ben Zeskind. Rodriguez also will not take a walk to save his life (eight last season in 264 at-bats). He throws left and hits left.
Rob - Tuesday, July 03 2007 @ 05:49 PM EDT (#171014) #
A crown you'll have to share with about a dozen other people...

Should have said an anti-Zambrano instead of the. Or Matthew E could make up another word like Quantra for people like us.
CeeBee - Tuesday, July 03 2007 @ 07:48 PM EDT (#171016) #

"A crown you'll have to share with about a dozen other people..."

Or maybe 2 dozen.... then again maybe he'll somehow find the magic control elixer and put it all together.

Mike Green - Tuesday, July 03 2007 @ 10:05 PM EDT (#171019) #
Kevin Ahrens hit the first homer of his pro career today, as the GCL Jays really swung the sticks as we had been expecting.  The Fisher Cats swept the Sea Dogs, behind another big homer from Ryan Patterson.
rtcaino - Wednesday, July 04 2007 @ 05:42 AM EDT (#171020) #

'Remember how the Jays coaching staff were amazed by Zambrano's seemingly rapid recovery at spring training?  Maybe they were wrong -- he hadn't yet recovered fully, yet he managed to fool everybody into thinking he was recovered. '

Jeeze, that has never happened before.

[sarcasm/] Is any body else extremely frustrated with the Jay's (mis)management of injured pitchers?! I donít know why they canít just err on the side of caution! I mean zambrano was coming back of TJ surgery, give him some time to build up strength and get his command back before throwing him to the wolves. And more recently, the AJ situation was more of the same. My memory is muddy, but have similar situations not occurred with Doc and Chacin in recent years?

 

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