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Several players had their first pro home runs in the GCL yesterday as the affiliates went 4-2 on the day.

Syracuse 3 @ Norfolk 4

Besides JFG the Chief bats were quiet last night.  Griffin had a triple and double in 4 ABs, scoring 2 runs and driving in the third.

It was a bullpen game for Syracuse.  Crowell started, giving up 2 runs in 3.1 innings.  Brandon League gave up the other 2 runs in a single inning of work (1 earned).

New Hampshire 9 @ Portland 4

NH broke open a 4-4 tie with a 5 spot in the 7th inning.  The big blow was a Ryan Patterson grand slam who was 3-4 that also included a double.

Kyle Yates started and put up a Towers-like line:  5.2 innings, 4 runs, 9 hits, 1 HR, 0 BB, 3 Ks.  Seth Overbey pitched 3 scoreless innings for the save.  His ERA in NH is now 1.72, although his K/BB is poor.

Dunedin 3 @ Sarasota 6

The D-Jays managed just 5 hits on the night.  However, two of those were HRs - one by Kyle Phillips and the other by Cory Patton.  Patton also had a double on the night.

Trias started for Dunedin and gave up all 6 runs, although just 3 were earned as the D-Jays had 3 errors on the night.

South Bend 3 @ Lansing 6

Sean Shoffit led the Nut offense with 2 doubles in 4 ABs.  Travis Snider went 0-3 with 2 walks.

Rey Gonzalez started and gave up 3 runs in the first two innings before settling down and pitching 3 scoreless innings after that.  Pinto & Martin pitched the final 4 innings to secure the win.

Mahoning Valley 6 @ Auburn 9

Auburn scores 9 runs - you'd expect a few good hitting lines.  However, Barron Frost had 2 hits and  Emaus had a HR.  No other Doubleday had 2 hits or an extra base hit on the night.

Starter Luis Perez gave up 5 runs in 4 innings.

Jays 13 @ Braves 0

James Dougher pitched 5 scoreless innings, giving up just 2 hits and one walk while striking out 5.  Cook & Leffler each pitched 2 scoreless innings.

Three of the HS players the Jays drafted this year each had their first pro HRs - Kevin Ahrens, Eric Eiland, and Mike McDade.  Ahrens had 3 hits in all as well as Bartolo Nicholas.  Jon Del Campo had a single and double.  John Tolisano had a hit and 2 walks.

3 Stars!:
3 - Cory Patton
2 - Kevin Ahrens
1 - Ryan Patterson
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Mike Green - Wednesday, July 04 2007 @ 11:21 AM EDT (#171032) #
Adrian Martin threw 1.2 perfect innings with 3 strikeouts in last night's Lugnut game. In 37 innings this year, the swingman has allowed 1 homer and 4 walks while striking out 29 and has a pleasant 0.92 ERA. 

Travis Snider threw out a runner to go along with his 2 walks yesterday.
ayjackson - Wednesday, July 04 2007 @ 11:40 AM EDT (#171034) #

I've been encouraged by Snider's recent performance.  Eight walks versus four strikeouts in the past five games.  We know he can hit.  It's the K:BB ratio that has been his only weak spot so far.

Is it likely that he has been told to work deeper into counts as part of his development?

ayjackson - Wednesday, July 04 2007 @ 11:51 AM EDT (#171036) #

James Dougher's promising outing yesterday also marked the 22nd birthday of the 24th round draft pick.

Maldoff - Wednesday, July 04 2007 @ 11:58 AM EDT (#171037) #
I don't know if I would call Dougher's start yesterday promising.  As has been previously mentioned here, the Gulf Coast league is primarily for high school and Latin American players.  A 22 year old with college experience should dominate this competition.
ayjackson - Wednesday, July 04 2007 @ 12:04 PM EDT (#171038) #

Well if he should dominate, and does dominate, then I'd say that is promising for a 24th round draft pick.  If it was Brett Cecil pitching in the GCL, then I might agree with you.

As a side note, today is Sergio Santos' 24th birthday.


ayjackson - Wednesday, July 04 2007 @ 12:07 PM EDT (#171039) #
Further to Dougher, he was undrafted out of high school and had a good year at JuCo and so is a bit of a late bloomer.  Rookie ball is where he belongs, notwithstanding his age.
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