MLN: Big Day for the Hitters
Eric Nielsen Spring Training 2005

Posted Apr 22, 2005


In today's edition of the Jays Minor League Notebook we see some big performances from the hitters in the Jays system. For the first time this season, the Player of the Game, was an offensive player - and three of those four players homered in the game.

SkyChiefs Offense Non-Existent in Loss

The Syracuse SkyChiefs got seven hits Thursday afternoon but left eight men on base and four in scoring position in their 2-0 loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Justin Miller started the game and pitched well allowing two runs on for hits in his 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander walked three batters and struck out five. Chris Baker relieved Miller and pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief while walking one and striking out one.

The only offense of the game came in the bottom of the sixth inning. Miller allowed two singles and a walk to load up the bases before retirting Shawn Wooten, his first batter of the inning. Chris Baker then replaced Miller and walked in a run before retiring his second batter on a sacrifice fly which scored the second run of the game.

The SkyChiefs has plenty of chances to score. In the first inning they had the bases loaded with one out, however, John-Ford Griffin grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. In the second inning, Ken Huckaby singled to put runners on first and second with two outs, however, Aaron Hill flied out to right field. Once again in the fourth inning Syracuse had runners on first and second with two outs, however, could not get the clutch hit as Huckaby grounded out to first base. Syracuse had three chances to drive in a run in the sixth inning after Chad Mottola led the inning off with a double, however, Griffin was called looking on strikes, Jason Alfaro grounded out, and Eric Crozier struck out swinging.
Player of the Game: DH- Chad Mottola: 2-4, 2B

Tablado’s Homer Lift Fisher Cats to Victory

Raul Tablado hit his first homer of the season, a three run shot, in the third inning of Thursdays’ game to send the Fisher Cats on their way to a 4-3 victory over the Binghamton Mets.

Trailing 1-0 going into the third inning, Miguel Negron reached on a two out single, and moved to third when Carlo Cota reached first on a missed catch error by first baseman Joe Hietpas. Tablado followed with his three run homer, and two at bats later Maikel Jova singled in Kevin Barker to make it 4-1

Binghamton got two runs back in the seventh inning on a two run homer by Chase Lambin.

Shaun Marcum picked up his second win of the season allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings of work. Marcum, allowed one walk and struck out five batters on the evening. Ryan Houston relieved Marcum and pitched two scoreless innings, and then gave way to Lee Gronkiewicz, who picked up his fourth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.
Player of the Game: SS- Raul Tablado: 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI

Roberts Leads Dunedin in Victory

Ryan Roberts two run homer in the first inning of Thursdays’ game foreshadowed his entire evening, as the infielder was a major factor in Dunedin’s 8-3 victory.

Dunedin would score three more runs in the second inning. Scott Dragicevich tripled to score Robinson Diaz, and Jayce Tingler followed with a two run homer to right field to make it a 5-0 ball game. Roberts picked up another RBI in the fourth inning when Manuel Mayorson scored on a sacrifice fly to right field.

Roberts would continue the hit parade in the sixth inning when he hit his second two run homer of the game, this time to center field, which scored Jayce Tingler and gave Dunedin an 8-2 lead.

Kurt Isenberg picked up his second victory of the season going five innings and allowing five hits, one run, two walks, while striking out five batters.
Player of the Game: 2B- Ryan Roberts: 2-3, 2R, 2HR, 5RBI

Ninth Inning Error Gives Lansing the Win

Brent Dlugach could not handle a ground ball hit to him in the ninth inning of Thursday’s game which allowed Joey Wolfe to score the game winning run in the 4-3 Lugnuts victory.

Lansing trailed 1-0 going into the bottom of the fourth, however after an Eric Nielsen double, Chip Cannon lined a triple to center field to tie the game. The Lugnuts went ahead in the sixth inning, when Eric Nielsen hit his second homer of the season, a solo shot to left field, however, they would surrender the lead the next half inning, and trailed 3-2 going into the bottom of the seventh. With runners at the corners, Juan Peralta singled up the middle to score Chris Snavely and tie the game once again.
Player of the Game: RF- Eric Nielsen: 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, RBI, BB


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