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So, Dayton is not Memphis, but what are you going to do? Sue me? The farm affiliates went 2-3.

Scranton Wilkes-Barre 6 @ Syracuse 3

Chief starter Jeremy Cummings was touched for 5 runs in the second inning, and Syracuse's comeback effort fell short. Ryan Roberts hit a solo homer in the first inning to put the Chiefs ahead briefly before the Cummings implosion. Jordan DeJong came on to finish the second inning and threw 2.1 innings, allowing a run. Game Over Gronk threw 4 perfect innings, striking out 4, to give the offence a chance, and Wayne Lydon put in a good show with 2 hits and 2 runs scored, as well as a baserunner kill, but it was not enough. Adam Lind went 0-3 with a walk.

New Hampshire 1 @ Connecticut 8

The Defenders scored single runs in the first, second, third, fifth and sixth innings off Kyle Yates and coasted to an easy victory. The Fisher Cats scored in the top of the 7th on a Ryan Patterson RBI single, before a 3 run homer off Aaron Tressler in the bottom of the frame put the game away. Yates allowed 5 earned runs on 8 hits and 1 walk, with 3 strikeouts. Manny Mayorson had 3 hits and Patterson 2.

Dunedin 3 @ Clearwater 7

The D-Jays took a different approach to losing from the Cats and Chiefs. Aaron Wideman threw 5 very effective innings, allowing an unearned run on 3 hits and 3 walks with 2 strikeouts. Wideman picked off one runner, Brian Jeroloman threw out another, and the Jay inner defence turned a helpful double play. Dunedin led 3-1 after 5 innings on RBI singles from Kyle Phillips and Jacob Butler in the first inning, and a bases loaded double play in the fourth inning with Phillips and Butler on base with singles. Chad Blackwell came on in the 6th inning and served up a solo homer and a 2 run shot to the Threshers. Orlando Trias and Paul Phillips followed and also gave up homers, and the Jay offense did not reply in kind.

Lansing 4 @ Dayton 3, 10 inn.

That was an ugly baby, wasn't it? The Lugnuts rested on their playoff laurels, drawing 14 walks and leaving 16 runners on base, but still triumphed in extras. Julio Pinto started for the Luggies and threw 5 innings of shutout ball, allowing 2 hits and walking nobody while striking out six. It was 1-1 after 7 innings. The 'Nuts scored 2 runs in the top of the eighth on a bases loaded HBP, followed by a walk, but Edward Rodriguez coughed up the lead in less frustrating fashion in the bottom of the inning. It stayed that way until the 10th inning when Jonathan Diaz tripled and scored on a wild pitch. Zach Dials came on for the save in the bottom of the inning. Travis Snider went 2-4 with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts, and had a walk-off baserunner kill in the bottom of the 10th.

State College 10 @ Auburn 11, 10 inn.

Another game that was more Jackson Pollock than Matisse, as C.J. Ebarb completed an excellent evening with the GWRBI single in the 10th inning. The Doubledays broke out to a 7-0 lead after 3 innings. In the first, the D-Days scored two as Ben Zeskind walked and Darin Mastroianni singled and came around to score on a balk and a Brad Emaus single. C.J. Ebarb hit a solo homer in the second and then Auburn erupted for four runs in the third inning on a Darin Mastroianni walk, a Manny Rodriguez single, a 2 out RBI single from Ebarb, followed by a double from Victor Santana and a 2 run single from Luis Sanchez. Starter Ryan Walter and reliever Javier Nieves blew the lead over the next 3 innings. Auburn broke ahead with single runs in the sixth and seventh innings, but 2 runs off Cody Crowell and Robert Leffler (making his NYPL debut) in the top of the eighth tied it up. The Doubledays replied with a run in the bottom of the eighth on a Mastroianni single and stolen base and an Ebarb RBI single but Matt Barbara coughed up the lead giving up 3 hits and 2 walks and the tying run in the top of the ninth. Barbara escaped further damage when Adam Calderone threw out the go-ahead run at the plate to set the stage for Ebarb's heroics. Mastroianni went 2-4 with 2 walks and scored 4 runs, while Ebarb went 4-5 with a walk, and scored 3 and drove in 4. Incidentally, Spikes shortstop Smelin Perez wins the award for "worst first name if you went to an English-speaking school, but were fortunate not to".

3 stars

3rd star- Darin Mastroianni
2nd star- Julio Pinto
1st star- C.J. Ebarb

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Gerry - Friday, August 31 2007 @ 08:25 AM EDT (#173729) #
It has been a rough few days for a couple of Jays affiliates with playoff hopes.  Dunedin lost a pair of games to Clearwater who were in second place but now the two teams are tied with three games remaining.  New Hampshire have slipped 1.5 games behind Portland in their chase for a playoff spot with four games left.
jerjapan - Friday, August 31 2007 @ 10:04 AM EDT (#173733) #
Any chance Gronk gets a September call?  He has 45Ks vs. just 6BBs and a WHIP under 1 for Syracuse.  And he seems to be getting a lot of long-relief chances since he returned to AAA - the role in which he'd be used in Toronto.  We have some serious bullpen depth that we could exploit in a trade for an infielder, especially if we put Jansen in the rotation, so he might have a shot as the 7th man in the pen next year. 

Gerry - Friday, August 31 2007 @ 10:23 AM EDT (#173736) #
JP was quoted today as saying there would be five call-ups.  Lind, Kennedy and Fasano should be three of them.  Fasano and Robby Diaz were injured but Fasano is almost ready while reports suggest Diaz might need surgery on his hand.  The remaining two spots would be between Gronk, Jordan DeJong, Jamie Vermilyea and Josh Banks.  Ryan Roberts and John-Ford Griffin are long-shots.  Gronk, DeJong and Vermilyea all pitched for the Jays earlier this year.
ramone - Friday, August 31 2007 @ 11:55 AM EDT (#173738) #

Gerry: That's unfortunate news regarding Diaz, I was really hoping to see him in Toronto this year.  His tremendous contact ability would be something the Jays offense could certainly use, not to mention I've heard he's got a cannon for an arm as well.  What is the problem with his hand, did he break it?

jerjapan - Friday, August 31 2007 @ 12:02 PM EDT (#173739) #
Calling up Griffin wouldn't be a bad idea either ... he might be able to contribute as a leftie power bat off the bench, especially if we lost Stairs in the off-season, and it would continue with this years trend of rewarding organizational soldiers having good years with a call-up.   It worked for Brian Wolfe ...

Banks has been disappointing.  I'd go with Vermilyea - who's pitched well lately - over him and DeJong - who's been struggling. 

Gerry - Friday, August 31 2007 @ 08:32 PM EDT (#173748) #

Diaz's injury has just been described as a hand injury, no details. 

Jordan Bastian mentioned a player likely to be recalled who I forgot, Hector Luna.  Also one player will be in Toronto tomorrow according to Bastian.  Adam Lind is not in the Syracuse lineup tonight so he is a good bet to be the player.

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