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Another 3-1 day on the farm.  And another strong performance from a former first rounder.

Syracuse 3 @ Rochester 2: Boxscore

Things started well for the SkyChiefs as they sent seven men to the plate in a two-run first.  Adam Lind smacked his third double of the year and, an out later, Robinzon Diaz drove him home.  Hector Luna later scored on an error providing starter David Purcey with a two-run cushion.

Purcey took the mound today hoping to build off his strong 2008 debut.    He kicked things off in somewhat typical Purcey fashion with a walk, single, and a wild pitch.  A groundout and flyball later and Purcey had given back both runs.  But that's when Good David Purcey took over by retiring 21 of the next 25 batters on 7 Ks, six groundouts and eight flyballs.  While we all know Purcey similarily started the 2007 campaign strongly, it's likely that he has shown enough progress to be the first starter called up in case of injury.

While Purcey was mowing down the Red Wings, the SkyChiefs offense likewise took a few innings off.  However, Chip Cannon led off the seventh with a double and was later driven in on a Wayne Lydon sac fly.  That would be all Syracuse needed as Tracy Thorpe provided two innings of relief in which he struck out four including the side in the ninth.  His final victim was old friend Howie Clark who went down swinging.  No word on whether catcher Diaz confused Clark by yelling "strike!" as Thorpe made his delivery.

Purcey's final line was 7IP, 4H, 2ER, 2BB, 7K in moving to 2-0 on the year, with an ERA of 1.89

The victory moved the SkyChiefs to 5-6 on the year, two games behind the division lead (and five games ahead of the 0-11[!!] Lehigh Balley IronPigs.


Connecticut 4 @ New Hampshire 5: Boxscore

Nothing much went on for the first third of this matchup.  Jean Machi started for the Fisher Cats and was, as the backhanded compliment goes, effectively wild.  Or something.  In any event, he put batters on in each of the first three innings but escaped unharmed.  The fourth was another story, though as two lead-off walks quickly came back to haunt Machi.  Like their AAA counterparts, the New Hampshire offense was fairly dormant on Sunday.  However, they started the fifth frame with a Brian Jeroloman walk and a single by Eric Neilsen.  A passed ball, an Anthony Hatch groundout, and a Ryan Patterson sac fly later and the Cats had knotted things at 2-2.  But they weren't done there!  Marcos Cabral promptly doubled and scored on a Chris Gutierrez single to give New Hampshire their first lead of the game.

New Hampshire then scratched across another run in the seventh capped by another RBI for Gutierrez.  Things stayed much the same until Sean Stidfole emerged in the ninth to close things out for the Cats.  Unfortunately, it took him only three batters to load the bases on a single, double, and a walk.  Daryl Harang relieved Stidfole and promptly allowed a two-run single to tie the affair before escaping further damage by striking out Simon Klink and enducing an inning-ending double play off the bat of Carlos Sosa.

Eager to get to the post-game spread, Cabral led off the ninth with a walk and advanced to second on a Scott Campbell single.  Gutierrez quickly erased Cabral with a failed sac bunt but Kyle Phillips sent 2,983 folks home happy with a game-winning single to centre.  Unless of course, there was a strong Connecticut contingent there.  Then they went home sad.  Screw 'em.

Despite blowing the save (though with a huge assist to Stidfole), Harang picked up the victory for the Fisher Cats who moved to 2-7 on the season, sitting dead last in the Eastern League standings.


Dunedin 9 @ Fort Myers 3: Boxscore

Not wanting to mess around with nailbiters like the SkyChiefs and Fisher Cats the D-Jays blew open a 5-3 game with a four spot in the 8th inning en route to a fairly comfortable 9-3 victory.  Jonathan Diaz and J.P. Arencibia both homered for Dunedin.  Arencibia's was the big blow, a three-run job in the 8th, essentially securing the victory for the Jays. 

Travis Snider had a nice day at the plate, going 3-for-5 in raising his average to .293.  And Toronto born Chris Emanuele picked up four hits, and 2 RBI to bump his average nearly 70 points to .273.

On the mound, #2 prospect Brett Cecil continued on his return from arm soreness to give the D-Jays 3 innings of work, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out two.  He also allowed a first inning HR.

Julio Pinto was excellent in relief, however going five strong with only one run and punching out four batters in getting his first win of the year.

Dunedin moved to 8-3 on the year and stretched their lead in the FSL Eastern division to two games over Palm Beach.


Lansing 5 @ Cedar Rapids 9: Boxscore

Apparently the Lugnuts missed the memo.  Needing a victory to ensure a 5-0 day for the Jays and their affiliates, Lansing was thoroughly demolished by the Cedar Rapids Kernels, 9-5 in a game they trailed 9-1 after five. 

I'll keep this one short as there weren't too many notable 'Nuts on Sunday.  Mike McDade led the offense, I guess, going 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.  Johermyn Chavez kicked in a couple of hits as well, but also struck out three times.  He's still OPSing .932, though so give him a break, k?

On the mound, Luis Perez and Randy Boone both kinda sucked.  Each lasted three innings and combined to allow nine runs on nine hits and seven free passes.  Brian Pettway continued his Dave Stieb transformation from fielder to pitcher by allowing a single hit in two innings work.  And that's all there is to say about this one.

The loss dropped Lansing to 7-3 on the year and cut their lead over Dayton to a single game.


Three Stars:

3rd Star: Chris Emanuele: 4-5, 2RBI

2nd Star: Julio Pinto: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K- W (1-0)

1st Star: David Purcey: 7IP, 4H, 2ER, 2BB, 7K- W (2-0)

Minor League Recap: 13 April 2008 | 12 comments | Create New Account
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Mylegacy - Monday, April 14 2008 @ 12:47 PM EDT (#182699) #

Brian Pettway was a two way guy at Mississippi. His highest whip was 1.19 and he averaged over a K per inning.

A 6' 1" 215 pound Bulldog by build - bulldog by temperment? Anyone know what he throws?

Sister - Monday, April 14 2008 @ 12:48 PM EDT (#182700) #
That is three solid starts for Purcey to begin the season. He has compiled a line of:

19IP, 12 Hits, 6 BB, 21K's

He is surely in line for a call up if (when) the first starter goes down. My bet is on A.J. given how poorly he has pitched so far. Something isn't right with him.
Mike Green - Monday, April 14 2008 @ 01:54 PM EDT (#182704) #
Jonathan Diaz is looking like he might end up with a major league career as a utility infielder.  He turned 23 last Thursday, and is a little middle infielder with excellent plate discipline. If he can hit 6-8 homers in a season, that will be a big deal.  Keeping the pitchers honest...
Dez - Monday, April 14 2008 @ 02:01 PM EDT (#182705) #
What's not right about AJ is his fingernail.  He hasn't been able to throw the curveball consistently.  Hopefully he'll get the feel for it, with his fake nail, soon.
FranklyScarlet - Monday, April 14 2008 @ 02:26 PM EDT (#182708) #
Purcey also just made the Baseball America Hot Sheet:

Ducey - Monday, April 14 2008 @ 06:39 PM EDT (#182728) #

Jonathan Diaz is looking like he might end up with a major league career as a utility infielder

Hopefully he can avoid being the next Jayce Tingler...

FisherCatsScribe - Monday, April 14 2008 @ 06:55 PM EDT (#182732) #
Just thought today was a good day to reflect on Jesse Carlson and Voon Chong:

ayjackson - Tuesday, April 15 2008 @ 12:26 AM EDT (#182740) #

Not much chatter around here about the Jays picking up former Cubs #1 Prospect, Brian Dopirak.  He's been tearing up the FSL (.424/.513/.606) after walking into camp (Dunedin is his hometown) asking for a job.

Since his good days came in Lansing, I'll ask Lugnut fan for an assessment of 'what went wrong' and 'can it get right again?'

Lugnut Fan - Tuesday, April 15 2008 @ 05:43 AM EDT (#182744) #

To answer the question on Dopirak, I found the move pretty interesting and the Jays moved quick on him because he had just been released days before he was on the Dunedin roster.

Dopirak was a stud here in Lansing.  His 2003 season was probably the most unbelievable I have ever seen when he hit 39 home runs, had a 120 or so RBI's and I think he hit .320 or .330 (I'm just to lazy to look his stats up this morning :)).  He was the Cubs organization player of the year that year and interesting enough, there was another player on that team that had they not lost a month and a half to injury, may have had more home runs than Dopirak.  He was Kevin Collins and I believe he hit 32 HR's that year.  He was also released by the Cubs a couple of seasons again.

Dopirak is a terrible defensive player and I wouldn't look for much from him in the field.  He however can hit the ball as far as anyone and be as productive as anyone if he is healthy.  That was his biggest down fall with the Cubs organization.  He was always hurt.  A couple of years ago, he most likely would have gotten a taste of Wrigley Field when Derrick Lee went down had he not broken his foot.  Since then, he hasn't been the same.

All in all, I expect Dopirak to tear up the FSL becasue he is more advanced than that.  He really should be in New Hampshire, but I think it was a good move leaving him in Dunedin to get his confidence up.  I'm keeping a pretty close eye on it.

Mike Green - Tuesday, April 15 2008 @ 09:18 AM EDT (#182748) #
Dopirak, even at his best,  had a major issue with plate discipline. It would be ideal if he were made into a full-time DH, as soon as Snider can return to the outfield.  He does have the raw power and is young enough that he could potentially become a useful DH, along the lines of Ryan Howard.  He needs to work on his batting, and not worry about his fielding.

He's a hometown Dunedin guy.  Nothing like mama's cooking to keep one fit and ready to tackle the strike zone.

jays07 - Tuesday, April 15 2008 @ 04:43 PM EDT (#182770) #
Does anyone know when Billy Carnline will be back, or if he will? Last I read, he was put on a 7-day DL, but right now he is back home in Texas? Why is this? Is there somewhere you can get daily updates on what is going on at extended spring training?
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