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How often do the Fisher Cats win?  Rarely.  How often does Tim Collins give up a run?  Almost never.  What are the odds of both happening on the same day?  157,823,719,444:1.  Well, it happened.

Syracuse 4    Buffalo 0

A three run first was more than enough for David Purcey as the Chiefs cruised to a 4-0 win over the Bisons.  Purcey had his good stuff today as he went seven innings allowing just four hits and one walk.  He struck out seven.  Brian Wolfe pitched a scoreless ninth to close things out.  Since his demotion, Wolfe has merely thrown 7.2 scoreless innings while striking out six.

Offensively, the Chiefs had four doubles, led by Curtis Thigpen's two and one each from Hector Luna and Matt Watson.  Luna had a nice day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with 2 RBI.  The other two runs came off a Kevin Mench first inning single.


Trenton 1    New Hampshire 6

The Fisher Cats snapped a nine-game losing streak in style today as they pounded out eleven hits four of which went for extra bases.  Like he often does, Scott Campbell starred for New Hampshire with a 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI day.  In 19 day games this year, Campbell is hitting .459 with an OPS of 1.261.  With stats like those, he should be a Cub. 

Travis Snider doubled home two giving him 47 RBI in 70 Double-A games.  Kyle Phillips and Brian Jeroloman also had multi-hit games for New Hampshire.

On the mound, Kenny Rodriguez picked up his first Double-A victory on a day which he could be described as 'effectively wild'.  Rodirguez allowed a run on four hits in six innings while striking out two.  Unfortunately, he also walked four.  In two AA games, Rodriguez has a 9:2 BB:K ratio after going 12:69 in Dunedin.  Newish Fisher Cat Orlando Roman worked two perfect innings in relief, while striking out two.  He's almost 30, though, so don't hold your breath.


Clearwater @ Dunedin- Postponed


Great Lakes 3    Lansing 5

Just so you know, the Great Lakes Loons play out of Midland, Michigan.  That's a pretty all-encompassing name.  They might want to think about pulling an LA Angels of Anaheim stunt or something.  The Great Lakes Loons of Lake Michigan has a nice ring to it.  But what do I know?

In any event, if you arrived late and left early to this one, you missed all the scoring.  The Loons picked up two in the first off starter Brian Letko.  No worries, though, as the Lugnuts scored once for every Great Lake in the bottom half of the first.  After Matthew Liuzza doubled home John Tolisano and Jonathan Jaspe, Manny Rodriguez walked.  With two down, Moises Sierra crushed a three-run homer, his seventh of the year.  And that was it for the Lugnuts.  The rest of the way, they picked up a single and three walks. 

The big news on the day, though came from Tiny Tim Collins.  After striking out the side in the 8th, Collins did something he's only done one other time in his 40 innings.  He gave up an earned run.  And a homerun, to boot.  No word on whether he was injured or something but with his ERA ballooning to 0.44, he might be looking at a demotion to Auburn or even his outright release. 


Staten Island 4    Auburn 2

The Doubledays ruined a chance at a perfect 4-0 day for the affiliates by dropping a close one to the hated Staten Island Yankees.  Twenty year-old Castillo Perez picked up his third straight loss for Auburn.  Perez has allowed 26 baserunners in 20.1 innings pitched.  That's not so bad.  What's weird is that 12 of them have scored.  He strikes out more than a batter an inning so perhaps he's just being incredibly unlucky.  Whatever the case, he struck out six in 5.2 innings today and held the Yankees to four hits and two walks.  But three of them scored.

Offensively, the Doubledays had 8 hits.  Five guys, who I'm not going to list, singled.  And then there was David Cooper.  The Coop went 3-for-3 with a double and a walk to put the rest of the team to shame.  In 20 games, the First Round Pick is hitting 358/429/580 with a 10:14 BB:K ratio.  Clearly, Short Season A-ball isn't proving difficult.  He'll likely see Dunedin soon.  Interestingly, he's almost exactly one year older than Travis Snider.  Kinda puts Snider's 'struggles' with Double-A pitching in perspective, eh?


GCL Blue Jays had the day off.  That's two Sundays in a row.  So I'm pretty unfamiliar with those guys by this point.


Three Stars:

3rd Star- Scott Campbell- 2-for-4, HR (5), 3 RBI

2nd Star- David Cooper- 3-for-3, 2B, BB

1st Star- David Purcey- Win (7-6), 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

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Mike Green - Monday, July 07 2008 @ 09:44 AM EDT (#188482) #
Purcey is now ready for the long-relief role in Toronto.  His timing is good, because it looks like the Jays will be sellers at the deadline, and an opening may appear.

Maldoff - Monday, July 07 2008 @ 10:00 AM EDT (#188484) #
I still worry about Purcey's flyball tendencies in the Rogers Centre. It might be a recipe for disaster.....
85bluejay - Monday, July 07 2008 @ 10:36 AM EDT (#188485) #

I am not yet sold on Purcey - This performance came against the worst offence in AAA baseball - kind of like a pitching

performance against the blue jays.

On an off topic - I continue to be amazed at the continued support of board members to the ineptitude that is JP

afer 7 years of failure. Did JP make a financial contribution to this site? (Ha,Ha)  

BulletJayFan - Monday, July 07 2008 @ 10:45 AM EDT (#188486) #
Why not leave Purcey in Syracuse and see if the Chiefs can't make a run at the playoffs? I realize that Purcey would have more value in Toronto, but what's the harm in trying to do something special at AAA? If we're not going to win this year at the big league level, then let's try to at lower levels. The Chiefs are only 4 out of the wild card in the IL. While they seem to have been unable to make up any ground on Scranton the last few weeks, they are certainly far from contention. I think they should, barring injury, be given the chance to go for it. (This is definitely a Syracuse fan talking, so take this with whatever size grain of salt you will.)
Mike Green - Monday, July 07 2008 @ 10:51 AM EDT (#188487) #
Purcey's seasonal line is excellent.  If a club is 15 games out at the All-Star break, it is the perfect time to take a young(ish) pitcher with potential but apparent adjustment difficulties and put him in the back of the bullpen. 
Magpie - Monday, July 07 2008 @ 04:11 PM EDT (#188498) #
the continued support of board members to the ineptitude that is JP

When you say "board members," who do you have in mind?
ayjackson - Monday, July 07 2008 @ 04:20 PM EDT (#188499) #
Robinson Diaz is enjoying a long and successful rehab with the GCL Jays.  I'm not sure why he's been there so long.  You'd think he'd move over to Dunedin's clubhouse, or back to Syracuse, since he's seemed to have found (or never lost) his stroke.  One can't help but ponder whether another shoe is about to drop.
Noah - Monday, July 07 2008 @ 04:38 PM EDT (#188501) #
I found myself thinking this earlier today.  There has to be a reason they're holding him back.  Perhaps there is a potential Zaun or Barajas trade in the works that they are planning on moving him right up to the big club.
I would love to see the organization committ to being sellers with this type of move.  Deal one of the two current catchers and then split the starts between the remaining guy and Diaz with Diaz getting the majority of the starts into the later portion of the season.  This would allow us to really know if he is ready to be the starter come 2009.
Maldoff - Monday, July 07 2008 @ 04:39 PM EDT (#188502) #
ayjackson, I think he has been left there because concussions are not a thing to be messed with. They Jays are smart, IMHO, to have let him stay there for a bit and dominate (and not catch) to let his body and head get back into shape.
John Northey - Monday, July 07 2008 @ 04:39 PM EDT (#188503) #
I suspect people like me are considered JP supporters, and given I have wrote a few articles I'd land in the 'board'. 

I'm in favour of JP staying, but largely due to a fear of what could come in plus JP appears to be getting a lot stronger as the years go by despite the lack of change in the standings.  Would I be broken hearted if JP was fired?  No.  But I would prefer him to stick as many other options are scary (see teams like KC, Baltimore, Tampa pre this year, Pittsburgh, Seattle's old GM for examples of what I fear). 

In the end, Rogers is a bottom line ($$$) company.  If they feel JP makes them more money than the alternatives they'll keep him.  If not they'll dump him.  JP has the rest of this season almost certainly based on the increase in fans year in year out for the Jays since his 2nd year.  However, I suspect 2.5 to 3 million was the target for ticket sales this year and right now they are on the same pace as last year which resulted in just shy of 2.4 million tickets sold.  Crack the 2.5 mark and JP is safe, fail to make it and he is on a very hot seat.  If Godfrey leaves to work full time on the Buffalo/Toronto Bills plus no major bump in attendance this summer (and I see no reason for a big bump up) then JP is in deep trouble as a new president would want to bring in their own people, although JP would probably be given 2009 much like Buck Martinez was allowed to start 2002 as manager.  If the Jays are charging quick out of the gate in '09 JP sticks, if they flop JP is the fall guy.
Mike Green - Monday, July 07 2008 @ 06:54 PM EDT (#188507) #
Sobolewski is making his debut for Auburn tonight.
robertdudek - Monday, July 07 2008 @ 07:13 PM EDT (#188509) #
Supporting the continued presence of JP on the basis of being afraid of what could possibly replace him isn't a strong position in my opinion. JP is going to leave after his contract runs out (unless, somehow, he falls in love with the city and/or the Jays win something) and then you will have to face your fear, except we will have lost the time between now and then for the new person to rebuild the organization in his/her own image.
pooks137 - Tuesday, July 08 2008 @ 04:22 AM EDT (#188525) #

Not the most reliable source, but it has been reported on the Jays message board that David Cooper has been promoted to Single-A Lansing. 

Somewhat odd, as I believe the consensus was that he was scheduled to skip directly to high-A Dunedin when he was ready.

Other odd notes from the minors include the recently signed 4th-rounder Mark Sobolewski debuting for Auburn, going 0-4.  Toronto native Steve Condotta was released from Auburn to make room.  The struggling Anthony Hatch has also been demoted to Dunedin.

Lugnut Fan - Tuesday, July 08 2008 @ 05:35 AM EDT (#188526) #
Well, I can't confirm that Cooper is in Lansing yet, but there were some of the Jays minor league staff that stated Cooper may spend some time in Lansing.  If that happens, I think they would demote McDade to Auburn.  I think Auburn would be a good move for Michael to be honest.
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