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Toronto's minor-league teams combined for just nine runs and one win yesterday, but the win was dramatic.
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Justin Speier and Chris Woodward stood out in the wrong way in A ball yesterday. Speier gave up a home run to the first batter he faced. In the fifth inning, seven of the first eight Dunedin hitters reached base, the exception...Chris Woodward. Welcome to A ball guys.
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Let's look at it this way -- at this point, Josh Banks has nowhere to go but up for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
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Chalk up 3 more wins as the three highest levels teams followed the parent club in winning and low A Charleston had the night off.
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The Memorial Day fireworks went off in Syracuse and Charleston yesterday as the SkyChiefs and Alley Cats enjoyed offensive explosions. New Hampshire and Dunedin battled hard, with the Blue Jays emerging victorious and the Fisher Cats… well, they’ll get ‘em next time!
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Three of the Jays minor league teams fail to win a game for the second straight day. Jesse Harper pitched well again for Dunedin. Francisco Rosario blew up good with a sore arm and Josh Banks has been promoted to AA. Chris Woodward and Justin Speier have been added to the Dunedin roster.
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The farm affilliates took a good beating yesterday, with only Dunedin putting up much of a fight.
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The Charleston Alley-Cats were rained out early, so only three of the Jays’ farm teams took the field last night. Dunedin scored a huge victory, but New Hampshire and Syracuse lost close games.
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As the major league Alex Rios watch began last night the depleted Syracuse Skychiefs won without him as the minor league teams were 2-1 on the night.
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It just doesn't get much better than this.
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You take wins any way you can get ‘em. One way or another, each of the Jays four minor league teams in action scraped up wins in a perfect sweep for the organization. Charleston and Dunedin both cruised to victory behind strong pitching and timely hitting, Syracuse pulled out a 9th inning comeback and (although it’s still unknown which charity will receive the proceeds) a Walk-a-thon broke out in New Hampshire.
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Just 1 win out of 4 games in the Minors? On the night of an inspiring win for the Major League team, I'll take it!
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An almost perfect day in the minor leagues. The starting pitching was excellent, the hitting even better. After three innings the Jays four teams had outscored their opponents 25-4.
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Only a bullpen hiccup in New Hampshire prevented an organizational sweep on Saturday.

Syracuse 5, Louisville 3

The Sky Chiefs came back from an early 3-0 deficit to defeat the Bats 5-3. Sean Douglass pitched six solid innings, allowing 3 earned runs on 7 hits and 2 walks with 8 strikeouts. Talley Haines and Bob File, with 2 innings of solid relief for the save, closed out the game. Glenn Williams homered and doubled to spark the Sky Chief offence, and Howie Clark and Jeff Guiel made key defensive plays to help Douglass. Russ Adams and Alex Rios went 1-4. Gabe Gross was 1-3 with a walk.

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Two wins last night that could easily have been 4, if not for some terrible defence by the Fisher Cats and a set of silent bats in Dunedin.
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