BMLN: McGowan On Right Track

BMLN: McGowan On Right Track

Sunday's Edition of the Blue Jays Minor League Notebook

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Syracuse SkyChiefs

The Pawtucket Red Sox dominated the Syracuse SkyChiefs on Saturday evening defeating them by a score of 12-3.

Shaun Marcum suffered his first loss at Triple-A allowing seven earned runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings. Marcum allowed three home runs and issued three walks in the defeat. It was Marcum's worst start in eight games at Triple-A, as he saw his ERA inflate to 4.98. It was just the second time in eight starts that he issued three walks in a game and now has issued eight walks in 43 1/3 innings. Adrian Burnside pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief following Marcum as he permitted a hit and walked two. Burnside has now thrown five scoreless innings in four appearances during the month of July. On the season the right-hander has a 2.25 ERA and opposing batters are hitting only .220 off him. Jason Arnold was the third reliever for Syracuse and worked two innings allowing a run on three hits, but also walking three in his outing. After posting a 1.74 ERA in the month of April and a 3.38 ERA in the month of May, Arnold has collapsed and has allowed 12 earned runs over his last 16 2/3 innings of work. Spike Lundberg was the last reliever of the evening and he allowed three runs in his inning of work. Lundberg has also struggled since June came about. He threw 14 2/3 scoreless innings in April and issued just seven runs in nearly twenty innings during May. However, he allowed nine runs in just 13 2/3 innings in June and three more runs this month.

Only four SkyChief players had hits on the evening. John-Ford Griffin went 2-for-4 with a run scored as Julius Matos, Jason Alfaro and Joe DePastino had a single. Alfaro and DePastino also drove in a run each.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats defeated the Portland Sea Dogs 6-3 Saturday afternoon and are now trailing the first place Sea Dogs by one game in the Northern Division of the Eastern League.

Dustin McGowan got a no-decision but pitched well allowing just two earned runs in seven innings of work. The right-hander issued six hits and walked just one batter while striking out five. Both of McGowan's earned runs came off a pair of solo home runs. It was the third start at the Double-A level for McGowan as he is coming back from Tommy John Surgery, and the first time he went seven innings. He has allowed 18 hits in 17 2/3 innings of work and has issued just 4 walks, while striking out 14 batters. Right-handed hitters are hitting just .156 off McGowan in 32 at bats, while left-handed hitters are posting a .342 average in 38 at bats. McGowan has allowed just one hit in seven at bats with runners in scoring position, and is holding opposing hitters to a .222 average when runners are on base. Jesse Carlson picked up the victory pitching a scoreless eighth inning and Tracy Thorpe captured his first save in Double-A pitching a scoreless ninth inning. Thorpe has now allowed just one run in 10 1/3 innings of work at Double-A, and is posting a remarkable .094 batting average against mark.

Maikel Jova had two triples on the afternoon and drove in a run while Ron Davenport and Brad Hassey drove in a run each with a single. Miguel Negron, Ryan Roberts, Rob Cosby each had two hits in the victory. Over his last thirty games, Miguel Negron is hitting .344 (43-125) with four home runs, fourteen RBI and twenty-four runs scored.

Dunedin Blue Jays

In the only game played in the Florida State League due to severe weather, the Palm Beach Cardinals defeated the Dunedin Blue Jays by a score of 12-3.

Davis Romero got the start for Dunedin but lasted just 1 2/3 innings allowing five earned runs on five hits. Romero struggled with his control issuing three walks and striking out one batter. Romero snapped an eight inning scoreless streak as he made his eighth start of the season. The right-hander has pitched better as a reliever than he has as a starter for Dunedin. In 16 relief appearances he has allowed nine earned runs in twenty-seven innings (3.00ERA) and has thirty-four strikeouts to seven walks. In his eight starts he has allowed twenty-three runs in 37 2/3 innings (5.50 ERA) and has struck out forty-three batters, while issuing thirteen free passes. Mark Sopko made his Florida State League debut and allowed two runs on four hits in two innings of work while striking out four batters in the process. Sopko was 0-1 with a 2.94 ERA in 33 2/3 innings with the Lugnuts. Milton Tavarez allowed two runs in two innings of work. Over his last 22 2/3 innings of work, the right-hander has permitted just three earned runs.

David Smith and Scott Dragicevich each singled and drove in a run.

Lansing Lugnuts

Lansing played a solid overall game on Saturday evening as they defeated the Kane County Cougars in front of 10,472 fans.

Danny Core had his best start of the season picking up his fourth victory. He went eight innings, allowing just five hits, one run, walking one batter and striking out seven. Core's previous best outing was on June 24 when he pitched six scoreless innings, and it was just the third time in eleven starts in which Core allowed three runs or less as a starter for Lansing. Core has struggled since being sent down from Dunedin early this season posting a 6.91 ERA in 54 2/3 innings with opposing batters hitting .311 off the right-hander. An even more alarming sign is the fact that Core has struck out just 32 batters in 54 2/3 innings.

Charlie Anderson was the offensive star for the Lugnuts going 2-for-4 with a home run and driving in all five runs. It was the third home run in five starts for Anderson and over his last six starts he has driven in thirteen runs. On the season he is hitting .268 but has walked twelve times in forty-one at bats with just eleven strikeouts. Luke Hetherington went 2-for-3 with a walk. The Lansing outfielder has hit 9-for-17 with three runs scored in his last four games. Christian Snavely went 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored. Snavely is hitting .366 (41-112) with five home runs and twenty-two RBI over his last 32 games.

Auburn Doubledays

The Auburn Doubledays ended a three game winning streak as they dropped a 7-2 contest to the Lowell Spinners on Saturday afternoon.

Orlando Trias allowed four runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings of work. Trias walked two batters and struck out one. It was the fourth start for Trias this season and the first time he issued three or more runs. Trias has gotten a decision in every one of his starts, and has a 1-3 record with a 3.86 ERA. Opponents are hitting only .213 off the right-hander, however, left-hand batters are having a tough time getting hits as they are hitting only .185 off Trias. With runners in scoring position he has issued just five hits in twenty-one at bats, and just one hit in ten at bats with runners in scoring position and two outs. With runners on base, opponents are hitting only .222 off him in 36 at bats. Gabriel Alfaro followed Trias into the game but issued three runs on four hits in his 2 2/3 innings of work. Alfaro did strike out five batters while issuing two walks. Alfaro has struggled this season issuing a run in five of his seven appearances and has a .292 batting average against mark.

Ryan Patterson drove in a run in the defeat but went 0-2 ending his 18 game hitting streak. Cory Patton went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the defeat. Also with two hits on the afternoon were Kyle Bohm and Brian Pettway, who had two doubled on the day.

Patton, who hit .200 in 180 at bats with the Lansing Lugnuts, is hitting .341 (10-44) in ten games with Auburn and has five home runs and eleven RBI. Patterson is hitting .388 (31-80) with six home runs and nineteen RBI, while Kyle Bohm is hitting .286, but is 7-18 over his last three games.

Pulaski Blue Jays

The Pulaski Blue Jays dropped an 8-5 decision to the hands of the Johnson City Cardinals on Saturday evening.

Joe Wice picked up the loss allowing five runs on eight hits in five innings of work. Wice has made four starts this year and in two of them allowed four and five runs, while allowing just one run in his other two starts. He has a 5.12 ERA this season and opposing batters are hitting .293 off him. The 19-year-old has shown solid command so far as he has walked just two batters in 19 1/3 innings. Benjamin Harrison followed in relief and allowed a run on three hits in 2 1/3 innings of work. Harrison struck out five batters without walking any. It was just the second time in six appearances that Harrison has allowed a run, and the 21-year-old has walked only one batter and struck out fifteen in eleven innings this season. Scott Byrnes finished off the last 1 2/3 innings allowing two unearned runs. Removing his first appearance of the season, in which he allowed five runs in 2/3 innings, Byrnes has allowed just two runs over his last 8 2/3 innings of work. He has not permitted an earned run over his last three appearances, which span 4 2/3 innings.

Four Pulaski players hit a home run in the game, however, all were solo shots. Jonathan Jaspe went 3-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored. Jaspe has now driven in a run in seven consecutive games, and has struck out only four times in thirty-nine at bats. Anthony Hatch went 1-for-3 with a home run, Chris Gutierrez went 1-for-4 with a home run, and Leance Soto went 1-for-4 with a home run. Soto has nine hits on the season in forty-six at bats, and three of them have been home runs.

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