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Relax, it's just the New York-Penn League. The farm affiliates split 6 games.

Syracuse 6 @ Richmond 7

Water torture. Two walks with runners on first and second and two out in the bottom of the eighth forced in the tie-breaking run. Josh Banks started and went 6 innings, and allowed 5 earned runs on 9 hits and 1 walk with 1 strikeout. Blaine Neal came on for him and was around for the eighth. Kevin Barker hit a 2 run shot in the 6th to even the score for a brief period at 4. Ray Olmedo went 2-3 with a walk and Russ Adams went 2-5. Reed Johnson continued his rehab despite the urgings of Amy Winehouse and had 1 hit in 5 trips.

New Hampshire 3 @ Binghamton 4

Little ball will only carry a team so far. The Fisher Cats manufactured three runs from two hits (a single and a double), by productive outs, double steals, walks, and a throwing error, but it was not enough. Robinson Diaz and Manny Mayorson had the only hits. Kurt Isenberg started and went 5.2 tough innings in a rain-delayed game, surrending all 4 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks. Sean Stidfole did a nice job in relief.  Ricky Romero gets the start for the Fisher Cats tonight.

Fort Myers 4 @ Dunedin 9

Jacob Butler's 7th inning grand slam broke open a 5-4 game, and the D-Jays coasted from there. Robert Ray had his best outing of the season throwing 4 innings of 2 hit ball. He walked 2 and struck out 6. The game was tied at 1 through 3 innings. In the bottom of the 4th, the D-Jays loaded the bases with nobody out on singles by Kreuzer and Patton followed by a Butler walk. Jesus Gonzalez' 2 run double broke the tie, and two more runs came in on a passed ball and a Chris Gutierrez single. The Miracle chipped away in the middle innings until Butler's big blow. Billy Carnline threw 2.2 innings of relief, and allowed one earned run on 3 hits and no walks with 1 strikeout. Josh Kreuzer and Luke Hetherington while Gonzalez went 2-3 with a walk. The shortstop Gonzalez who is not quite 23 is now hitting .306/.342/.528 for 72 at-bats on the season.

South Bend 3 @ Lansing 4

Matt Liuzza's 6th inning solo shot evened the score at 3 to set the stage for Scott Campbell's game winning RBI double in the eighth. Zach Dials started and gutted his way through 5 innings, but the pitching story was Po-Hsuan Keng who threw 2 innings of hitless relief with a walk and 3 strikeouts to earn the win. Travis Snider went 0-3 with 2 walks, 1 intentional.  Nate Starner toes the rubber for the Lugnuts tonight.

Auburn 3 @ Batavia 2, 11 inn

The Doubledays found a way to win in a wild 11th inning. The game was tied at 1 through 10 innings. With one out, Victor Santana tripled. After J.P. Arencibia grounded out, with Santana holding, the Muck Dogs intentionally walked C.J. (aka Roger) Ebarb to get to Leance Soto. A wild pitch and a ground ball thrown away later, the Doubledays had 2 runs, and another potential run was thrown out at the plate. In the bottom of the 11th, Batavia strung together a walk and two singles with one out to plate one and put runners on first and second. Leance Soto then turned a neat 5-3 double play to end the game. Kyle Walter started and went 5 fine innings, allowing an unearned run on 3 hits and 2 walks, while punching out 5. Arencibia took an 0 fer with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts, and was thrown out at the plate and was charged with a passed ball. Hey, the catcher can always take some credit when the pitchers do well.

GCL Braves 8 @ GCL Jays 4

The Jays are shuttling Kevin Ahrens, Justin Jackson and Balbino Fuenmayor through the shortstop, third base and DH slots. Yesterday, it was Jackson at short, Ahrens at third and Fuenmayor DHing. Jackson went 3-5, including a triple, while Ahrens went 1-3 with a walk and Fuenmayor took an 0 fer. The young Jays fell behind 7-1 early and couldn't really make a game of it. Ahrens made his 3rd error of the season.

3 stars

3rd star- Kyle Walter
2nd star- Po-Hsuan Keng
1st star- Jacob Butler
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Maldoff - Thursday, July 05 2007 @ 09:04 AM EDT (#171075) #

2B Scott Campbell is making a strong push to be included in the year-end top hitting prospects.  In Low-A Lansing, the 2006 10th round draft choice is now hitting .281/.383/.758 (AVG/OBP/OPS). Not much power, but solid numbers accross the board for the 22-year old 2B after hitting .292/.377/.727 (AVG/OBP/OPS) at Auburn last season.

rtcaino - Thursday, July 05 2007 @ 10:47 AM EDT (#171083) #

Do you guys think that perhaps it is approaching time to put Banks in the pen? It's not like we are in need of bullpen arms, but that may be the only chance he has of being a productive ML'er. Maybe he can cut down on the amount of hits he gives up by sticking to his more productive pitches?

Gerry - Thursday, July 05 2007 @ 10:51 AM EDT (#171084) #

I was at last night's Fisher Cat game in Binghamton and will be there tonight too to see Ricky Romero.

Kurt Isenberg struggled last night, in the second inning he looked like he would be yanked.  He survived through luck and making some better pitches.  Although Stidfole's line is good he too was falling behind a lot of hitters and got the inning ending DP after falling behind 3-1 on the hitter.

Isenberg is a soft tossing lefty who throws a couple of fastballs, a slider and a change.  His command was not good last night and that has been his downfall.  He was helped by a couple of caught stealings from John Schneider.

Stidfole pitches from the stretch and starts his delivery slowly, he then slingshots the ball from behind his back to the hitter.  He showed a good, probably low 90's fastball (no speed gun in the park last night).  Stidfole's second best pitch is a slider.  Stidfole threw in a change and curve but didn't show much with them.  As mentioned Stidfole's command was off last night, he walked three in 2.1 innings.

Not much to report on the hitters, two hits doesn't give much to work with.  Diaz is not a slap hitter, he just hasn't developed much power yet. 

Look for an interview with manager Bill Masse by Monday.

Mike Green - Thursday, July 05 2007 @ 11:15 AM EDT (#171085) #
Thanks, Gerry.  I hope that Diaz is behind the plate tonight, so we can get your opinions about his defensive play.
Marc Hulet - Thursday, July 05 2007 @ 11:41 AM EDT (#171091) #
Gerry, I heard the knock on Isenberg is that he is basically a one-pitch pitcher (fastball) and that his breaking ball is average at best and he rarely, if ever, uses his change-up. But those comments are about a year old, can you update that for me?

I also head that Stidfole's recent success (and subsequent promotion to Double-A) came from the fact he has bumped his fastball from sitting around 90-91 to a fairly consistent 93 mph. But who knows for sure, as many minor league guns are off one or two mph.

Marc Hulet - Thursday, July 05 2007 @ 12:23 PM EDT (#171096) #
And here is an update that I'm sure Mike will appreciate:

Updates on some draft picks who were signed but have yet to appear in a game (direct from director of player development Dick Scott):
- The Jays are waiting for work visas for Canadians Joel Collins and Steve Condotta; that should be completed within the next 2 weeks.
- Marc Rzepczynski is working out in the GCL and is close to starting his season.
- Adalberto Santos' contract was voided due to a previous injury.

Gerry - Thursday, July 05 2007 @ 12:34 PM EDT (#171101) #

Bill Masse and I discussed Diaz's defence in some detail ...... you will have to wait for the interview.  I will say that BA in their futures game preview do say that Diaz has improved his game calling this year which is consistent with Masse's comments.

Isenberg is a two pitch pitcher, fastball and that typical lefty sweeping slider.  His challenge is throwing both pitches to his spots.  As mentioned yesterday he was helped by a couple of caught stealings and some shots right at the fielders.

Stidfole did look to be low 90's.  If he is to make it he needs that third pitch plus better command.  Two innings is not a big sample size but before yesterday he had walked 6 in 12 AA innings, now he is around 9 walks in 14 innings. 

Mike Green - Thursday, July 05 2007 @ 12:36 PM EDT (#171102) #
Thanks, Marc.  Did Dick Scott mention where they were planning to place Collins?  I am of course hoping that the answer is Auburn with Collins sharing the C/DH roles with Arencibia.
Marc Hulet - Thursday, July 05 2007 @ 01:17 PM EDT (#171112) #
Honestly, I didn't think to ask about Collins' destination but I, like you, assume it will be Auburn. I could see Collins being a good influence on Arencibia, who could perhaps pick up a thing or two by watching one of the best defensive catchers in Division I in 2007.

Since Collins' defence is so strong already, it wouldn't hurt him to spend a little more time at DH concentrating on his hitting ability.
Mike Green - Thursday, July 05 2007 @ 02:09 PM EDT (#171123) #
Yep.  Arencibia and Haupt are splitting the catching 65-35, and if it was 60-40 with Collins, that would be fine.
dan gordon - Thursday, July 05 2007 @ 02:28 PM EDT (#171125) #
Any news about 3rd round pick Alan Farina or 7th round pick Randy Boone?  I don't think the Jays have signed either of these guys.
Marc Hulet - Thursday, July 05 2007 @ 02:41 PM EDT (#171126) #
I don't know for sure what the plan is, but 17th round pick Matt Thomson fell to the Jays in the draft due to a few poor outings right before the draft. He was projected to be taken in the 3-5 round area out of junior college (he's 19 years old). So far this summer, he is tearing up the collegiate summer league (four starts, 0.81 ERA, 22.1 innings, 15 hits, 2 BB, 23 K) and it would likely take at least third round money to get him signed at the Aug. 15 deadline. As a result, someone like Magnuson, Farina or Boone may not be signed in order to save $$$.
Mike Green - Thursday, July 05 2007 @ 02:50 PM EDT (#171128) #
Actually, Marc, Thomson was definitely a 22nd round pick and is apparently 21 years old. 
Marc Hulet - Thursday, July 05 2007 @ 03:16 PM EDT (#171132) #
You're right about the round, Mike, my mistake, but the Jays have him listed at: 1988-03-22 on the official website. 21 would be old for a freshman JC player, so I am more inclined to believe the Jays' site.
MatO - Thursday, July 05 2007 @ 03:29 PM EDT (#171134) #

Thompson is listed as a HS senior on this page (search for it) in 2006 as a DH so I think he is 19.

Mike Green - Thursday, July 05 2007 @ 03:44 PM EDT (#171140) #
There was a shortstop named Matthew Thompson drafted by the Brewers in 2006 in the 45th round.  Perhaps has the date of births mixed up.

The pitcher the Jays drafted in 2007 sure does look young in the picture.
FranklyScarlet - Friday, July 06 2007 @ 01:37 PM EDT (#171221) #
Although we have seen no news mention of the Farina signing, I was just updated by Clemson parent on the signings and so forth.  Apparently, Farina is in Auburn, I am keep watching.
MatO - Friday, July 06 2007 @ 04:32 PM EDT (#171234) #
After the initial spurt of signings are announced you normally find out about the other signings by the players suddenly appearing in games like Justin Jackson did last week.
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