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Jesus Gonzalez had a big day as Dunedin won.  Syracuse and Lansing had come from behind wins and in the process took advantage of errors by their opponents.  New Hampshire took the lone loss.

Rochester 2  Syracuse 3 - 10 innings

This game was tied at 1 after nine innings.  Kane Davis started and piitched six innings for the Chiefs.  He allowed just one run despite giving up six hits and five walks.  Brandon League pitched three excellent relief innings with two hits allowed.  Mike Gallo, who has struggled a bit since being called up to AAA, started the tenth and allowed the go ahead run to Rochester. 

In the bottom of the tenth, with one out, Eric Kratz singled.  Marcos Cabral then reached on an error by the pitcher putting two on.  Wayne Lydon promptly doubled in both runners to win the game for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs had nine hits, Buck Coats and Curtis Thigpen had two each.

Today's Chiefs game is being played at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown.

New Hampshire 3  Trenton 4

New Hampshire led 2-1 going to the bottom of the sixth, but in that inning Trenton scored two unearned runs as the Fisher Cats made two errors.  Trenton scored again in the seventh and led 4-2.  scott Richmond gave up three runs, but only one earned, and took the loss.

Scott Campbell homered leading off the game to get New Hampshire on the board.  In the third travis Snider walked and scored on a David Smith double. 

Trailing 4-2 in the eighth Smith and Kyle Phillips both walked with two outs.  Jacob Butler singled to load the bases.  Ryan Patterson also singled to score one run but Phillips was thrown out at the plate to end the inning and leave New Hampshire one run short.

New Hampshire had seven hits, Anthony Hatch had two.

Kevin Gray in the Union-Leader starts a three part series about life in the minor leagues.

Dunedin 4  Lakeland 2

Dunedin scored first, in the second inning, Jesus Gonzalez doubled in Brian Dopirak.  Kyle Ginley gave up single runs in the second and third innings to put Lakeland ahead but Gonzalez doubled in two runs in the top of the fourth to put the Jays ahead.  In the seventh Gonzalez led off with a single and later scored on a sac fly.
The Jays had nine hits, Jesus Gonzalez had three, scored a run and drove in three.  Dopirak and Adam Calderone had two.  

Kyle Ginley pitched five innings, giving up the two runs on five hits with four K's.  Ginley's ERA at high A is now 1.59.

Lansing 5  West Michigan 3

Lansing trailed 3-1 after seven innings.  In the eighth Justin Jackson was hit by a pitch, Kevin Ahrens reached on an error and Matt Liuzza walked to load the bases with two outs.  John Tolisano delivered a tqo run single to tie the game.  In the ninth, with a tie game, Johermyn Chavez led off with a single.  darin mastroianni forced Chavez out at second but then stole second base.  Moises Sierra reached on an error and Justin Jackson walked to load the bases.  Ahrens hit a sac fly to put Lansing ahead and a wild pitch gave the Lugnuts a two run margin.

Luis Perez started and pitched five innings giving up two runs.  Alan Farina pitched three good innings in releif to get the win, allowing one run.

Lansing had six hits, no-one had two. 

3 star selection

3rd star - John Tolisano
2nd star - Wayne Lydon
1st star - Jesus Gonzalez

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Mike Green - Sunday, May 18 2008 @ 10:26 AM EDT (#185493) #
The Lugs are now 1/2 game out of first place behind West Michigan and Dayton.  With the split season, the young kids get their first taste of a pennant race of a kind.  That's good. 

Justin Jackson and Kevin Ahrens have posted quite similar lines so far- 2/1 K/W and some pop.  If Jackson can stabilize his production at his current seasonal line, that will go down as excellent progress.  For Ahrens, his current seasonal line would be a perfectly fine consolidation year at his age. 

ayjackson - Sunday, May 18 2008 @ 11:36 AM EDT (#185495) #
The pitchers at Lansing are really putting positive pressure on the organization.  There all in their early 20's, so they'd otherwise be ready for promotion if they can handle the hitters at low-A.  So far, Ginley and Starner have earned those promotions.  Zip, Boone and Mills are all pitching well too and the incumbents at Dunedin - Ray, Gonzalez, Martin - have been less than impressive.
Thomas - Sunday, May 18 2008 @ 12:23 PM EDT (#185497) #
Kevin Gray really does some great work covering the Fisher Cats. His article is well worth reading and he's got some video interview footage to go along with it. He also blogs regularly and puts a number of interview clips up on YouTube. I doubt they will, but some of the reporters who cover the Blue Jays could improve their coverage of the team greatly by taking some lessons from Gray.
Waveburner - Sunday, May 18 2008 @ 03:48 PM EDT (#185499) #

I'm surprised the Jays have not tried to convert Robert Ray to relief. 24 and repeating High A ball (And doing extremely poorly) is not encouraging. He throws hard (mid 90's) and has a quality curve ball I believe. He strikes plenty of guys out, he's just way too hittable as a starter. Why not convert him to relief like they did with Vinnie Chulk? He has that kind of stuff. Rather try it than just release an arm like that.

And as someone who didn't pay much attention in the offseason, whatever happened to Lee Gronkiewicz and Ty Taubenheim? The Jays seemed awfully high on Taubenheim at one point.

peiscooter - Sunday, May 18 2008 @ 04:20 PM EDT (#185502) #

whatever happened to Lee Gronkiewicz and Ty Taubenheim? The Jays seemed awfully high on Taubenheim at one point.

Taubenheim was claimed on waivers by Pittsburgh in December, while Gronkiewicz signed as a minor league free agent with Boston.

Current stats: 

Taubenheim and Gronkiewicz

Gerry - Sunday, May 18 2008 @ 10:39 PM EDT (#185524) #

Somewhat to my surprise Tracy Thorpe is back on the Chiefs roster.

uglyone - Monday, May 19 2008 @ 01:01 PM EDT (#185539) #

I believe this is accurate, or at least pretty darn close, up to Travis Snider's 91st at bat:

  • ABs 01-30: 30ab, 3h, 3tb, 6bb, 17k, .100avg, .182obp, .100slg, .282ops
  • ABs 31-60: 30ab, 6h, 13tb, 8bb, 12k, .200avg, .368obp, .433slg, .802ops
  • ABs 61-91: 31ab, 10h, 17tb, 4bb, 9k, .323avg, .400obp, .548slg, .948ops
ChicagoJaysFan - Monday, May 19 2008 @ 02:01 PM EDT (#185543) #

I like that both the walks and K have decreased in his last set.  His bb are still at a decent enough rate, but when I see walks plus strikeouts at 20-25 out of 35-40 PAs, that looks to me like a player that isn't swinging at anything successfully (in that second set, 53% (20 of 38) of Snider's PAs resulted in balls not in play) . 

It's not a bad thing to talk a walk, but when you're walking almost 20% of your at-bats in the minors, that can also mean you're not taking swings at hittable pitches.

uglyone - Monday, May 19 2008 @ 02:30 PM EDT (#185545) #

I don't disagree with you there at all. Obviously, as one of the youngest guys in AA, he seemed to start off tentative - too man ywalks, and too many Ks......that would tell me that he was just a little scared to swing the, and then got himself into bad counts.

but that line in the last 31 at bats there is about as perfect as you could ever want to see....a .325ish average, a .400ish on base, and a .550ish slg, with a decent amount of walks and a more than acceptable amount of Ks......that's really pretty.

I'm sure he won't stay at that level the rest of the year, but it sure seems as if, at the very least, he's gotten over his initial discomfort at the AA level.

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