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Janssen, Cannon Shine in Double-A Debut
In the second inning New Hampshire featured another player making his Double-A debut, someone that has followed a very familiar path as Janssen's this season. Chip Cannon came to the plate with a runner on first and did what he has been doing the entire season…belt a home run. In his second at bat, Cannon hit a leadoff double and finished the game 2-for-4 with a home run, double and two runs batted in.
The 23-year-old Janssen began the season playing with the Lansing Lugnuts and went 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA in seven starts. He logged 46 innings for Lansing and allowed just 27 hits, 4 walks and struck out 38 batters, while holding hitters to a .174 batting average. He was then promoted to the Florida State League and made ten starts for Dunedin going 6-1 with a 2.26 ERA. In 59.2 innings he allowed 46 hits, issued 12 walks and struck out 51 batters, while holding opponents to a .216 batting average.
The 23-year-old Cannon also was a teammate of Janssen's at Lansing to begin the season. Cannon struggled in the month of April hitting only .209 but did hit five home runs and drove in fifteen runs in nineteen games. Cannon began to heat up in the month of May hitting .283 and hitting five more home runs, and on June 2 he went 4-for-5 with four runs batted in as he hit for the cycle. With a .268 average, eleven home runs and thirty-six RBI, Cannon was promoted to Dunedin. In 22 games during June, he hit .398 with twelve home runs and twenty-nine RBI for the Blue Jays and hit .345 in seven games during July before receiving his promotion on Saturday. In 29 total games with Dunedin he hit .384 with fourteen home runs and thirty nine RBI, bringing his Single-A totals to twenty-five home runs and seventy-five RBI.
Vince Perkins, who was activated from the disabled list before the game, followed Janssen but walked his only two batters faced. Jesse Carlson would come in to close the eighth inning and Lee Gronkiewicz pitched a perfect ninth inning.
Notes: Zach Jackson started the third inning for the USA Team in the All-Star Futures Game representing the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Jackson allowed a run on one hit and struck out one batter in the inning of work.
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