MLN: Sloppy Day Down in the Farm

Luke Hetherington

In today's edition of the Jays Minor League Notebook we see Syracuse continue to struggle to win games, and the Fisher Cats offense continues to be non-existent. Dunedin's pitching failed them and Lansing got the only victory in the farm system in the second game of a double header. Read all this and more in today's edition of the <i>Minor League Notebook.</i>

SkyChiefs Drop Fifth Straight

A three-run first inning was all Scranton needed on Monday night to defeat the Syracuse SkyChiefs by a score of 4-1. Francisco Rosario picked up his second loss off the season, but was hurt by two errors that led to two unearned runs.

After a leadoff double in the first inning, Jason Alfaro could not field a sacrifice bunt cleanly which put runners at the corners. The error was followed by a three run homer to left field which made it 3-0. Syracuse got a run back in the top of the third when Bryant Nelson singled to drive in Eric Crozier, however, that would be all the offense Syracuse could produce all day. Scranton picked up another unearned run in the fifth off Rosario to make it a 4-1 game. Rosario lasted six innings and allowed five hits, four runs, two earned, while walking two and striking out two. Jesse Carlson threw two scoreless innings following Rosario.

The SkyChiefs offense was non-existent managing just five hits all day, two of those coming off the bat of Bryant Nelson.

Player of the Game: RP- Jesse Carlson: 2IP, 2H, 0ER, 0BB, 0SO

Fisher Cats Get Fried

Cameron Reimers was lit up for the second straight start allowing six runs on seven innings in just 2 2/3 innings of work. Harrisburg scored two runs in the first inning, added another in the second inning, and finished off Reimers with three runs in the third inning, on their way to a 7-0 victory, pounding fifteen hits.

Jamie Vermilyea followed Reimers and was extremely effective, however, it did not matter. The right-hander pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings allowing four hits and striking out four batters.

The Fisher Cats offense managed just five hits, and struck out thirteen times in the loss. Carlo Cota, Maikel Jova, Ron Davenport and Erik Kratz each struck out twice, as Vito Chiaravalloti, Rob Cosby, Kevin Barker, Miguel Negron and Raul Tablado struck out once. The Fisher Cats offense has been unproductive the entire season. Eight of the nine started in Monday's game, are currently batting below .250. Cota is batting .231, Tablado .233, Barker .246, Davenport .211, Cosby .226, Kratz .243, Chiaravalloti .241 and Negron is below the Mendoza Line with a .158 average.

Player of the Game: RP- Jamie Vermilyea: 4.1IP, 4H, 0ER, 1BB, 4SO

Lakeland Returns Favor

On Sunday night Dunedin won a 16-2 decision over Lakeland, and just twenty-four hours following the game, Lakeland returned the favor with a 10-0 victory.

Zack Jackson suffered his first loss of the season lasting just 3 2/3 innings and allowing ten hits, nine runs, eight earned, while striking out three batters. Justin James pitched in relief of Jackson and allowed one run on three hits during his 3 1/3 innings of work.

Jayce Tingler raised his average to .278 with two singles on the evening.

Player of the Game: NONE

Lansing Splits Doubleheader with Cedar Rapids

The Lansing Lugnuts lost the first game of a doubleheader on Monday by a score of 5-4, however, rebounded to win the second game 7-2.

A.J. Wideman started game one, and allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings of work. Wideman was not as effective as previous starts as he allowed four hits and walked three batters. The right-hander did strike out five batters in his five plus innings of work. Jordy Templet, however, was charged with a blown save, and then a loss, as he allowed one run on four hits in 1 2/3 innings of work.

After allowing two run in the top of the first, Lansing got a run back in the bottom half of the inning when Cory Patton singled to left field to score Curtis Thigpen, who reached base on a double. The Lugnuts would explode with three runs in the fourth to go up 4-2. With Chris Snavely on third, Yuber Rodriguez on second, and Joey Wolfe on first base, Ryan Klosterman belted a two out double to right field, as he cleared the bases.

Cedar Rapids, however, would score three runs in the sixth inning to go ahead for good.

In the second game of the evening Kyle Yates pitched six innings for his first victory of the season, and Chip Cannon drove in three runs to salvage the day.

Lansing got on board in the first inning when Luke Hetherington singled to right field with runners on second and third, to score two runs. Cedar Rapids would cut the Lugnuts lead to 2-1 in the top of the third, however, Lansing put the game away in the bottom half of the inning. Chip Cannon belted a three run homer to center field to make it a 5-1 ball game, and the Lugnuts would rack up two more runs in the sixth on a Ryan Klosterman bases loaded single which scored two runs.

Cannon finished the game 1-3 with a homer and three RBI, as Klosterman and Hetherington ended the game with two more runs batted in.

Player of the Game: Game 1- SS- Ryan Klosterman: 1-3, 2B, 3RBI
Player of the Game: Game 2- SP- Kyle Yates: 6IP, 8H, 2ER, 0BB, 1SO

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