Minor League Notebook: April 11

The action Sunday for the four Jays farm teams was hot and heavy, and included some spectacular performances. Cameron Reimers was unhittable for the Fisher Cats, while John Ford Griffin came up clutch for the SkyChiefs, and the Dunedin Blue Jays are continuing to slug the ball all over the ball park.

Syracuse Bats Explode in Victory
The SkyChiefs scored four runs in the first inning Sunday afternoon and never trailed the entire game on their way to a 9-6 victory against Rochester. The SkyChiefs used an Anton French first inning homer, three more hits, a walk, and a throwing error by Rochester starter J.D. Durbin to take the early lead. With the SkyChiefs ahead 5-4 heading into the sixth inning, left fielder John-Ford Griffin belted a grand slam home run to seal the victory. Third baseman Jason Alfaro had three singles on the afternoon, as Anton French has two hits, and Bryant Nelson contributed with a single and a double while scoring three runs. Designated hitter Anthony Sanders, Alfaro and Justin Singleton also drove in runs in the contest. Justin miller picked up the victory as he struck out three batters on the afternoon.
Player of the Game: LF- John-Ford Griffin: 1-3, 2R, HR, 4RBI

Reimers Comes Through in Fisher Cats Victory
Cam Reimers was outstanding in his first start of the season pitching eight scoreless innings, allowing just five hits and striking out five batters. Designated hitter Kevin Barker continued his hot hitting going 2-4 with two runs scored and a solo home run in the first inning. Catcher Erik Kratz supplied his own home run – a two run shot in the second inning to make it 3-0, as Ron Davenport, who had two hits and a run scored in the afternoon, singled in a run in the sixth inning.

The Fisher Cats allowed two runs in the ninth with Ryan Houston on the mound, however, Lee Gronkiewicz picked up the save striking out the final batter of the afternoon.
Player of the Game: SP- Cam Reimers: 8IP, 5H, 0ER, 2BB, 5SO

Dunedin Drops Slugfest

The Dunedin Blue Jays have accumulated forty-six hits over their last three games, however, their fourteen hit effort Sunday afternoon was not enough to defeat Clearwater as they dropped a 13-10 decision. It was not a very effective afternoon for the Jays pitchers as four of the five allowed two or more runs. Jeremy Harper was the lone pitcher without a run charged, though he did allow a hit and three walks.

Dunedin went up early with three runs in the first, however, found themselves trailing 6-3 after a four run fourth inning for Clearwater. The Blue Jays scored two runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh to go up 8-6, however, handed the game right back to Clearwater in the bottom half of the seventh allowing three runs to trail 9-8. They would regain the lead in the top of the eight with two runs, however, a four spot in the bottom of the inning gave Clearwater the 13-10 lead. Eric Arnold continued his superb hitting with three hits, a home run and five RBI, and is not batting .611 on the young season. Ryan Roberts, Clint Johnston and Scott Dragicevich had two hits on the afternoon, as Jayce Tingler, Adam Lind, David Smith, Joey Reiman and catcher John Schneider had one.
Player of the Game: 3B- Eric Arnold: 3-5, R, HR, 5RBI

Lansing Remains Undefeated with 6-4 Victory

Lansing had another come-from-behind victory Sunday afternoon to go 4-0 on the season. Trailing 4-2 after six innings, Lansing got two runs in the seventh and eight innings, and a twelve hit effort to defeat Fort Wayne. David Hicks was the offensive hero going 2-4 with two runs scored, and two solo home runs. Yuber Rodriguez and Ryan Klosterman also had two hits on the afternoon and each drove in a run, and Eric Nielsen had a solo home run in the eight inning to ice the game. Curtis Thigpen raised his average to .385 with a two-hit afternoon, second behind Ryan Klosterman who is batting .444 on the season. Chi-Hung Cheng allowed three runs in five innings of work, however, also struck out eight batters without allowing a base-on-ball. Juan Perez picked up the victory, as Danny Hill picked up his third save of the season.
Player of the Game:1B- David Hicks: 2-4, 2R, 2HR, 2RBI

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