Janssen, Cannon Shine in Double-A Debut

Hits a HR in First Double-A At Bat

For the second time in just over a month a New Hampshire Fisher Cat made his Double-A debut and shut out the Portland Sea Dogs. Zach Jackson made his Double-A debut on June 1 and picked up the victory tossing eight innings and allowing just one run. On Sunday afternoon it was Casey Janssen's turn.

Janssen picked up the victory tossing seven scoreless innings while allowing just two hits and striking out eight Portland batters. Janssen showed outstanding control the entire evening as he did not issue a single walk in the game. After allowing a one out single to Kenny Perez in the top of the first, Janssen retired the next eleven batters. His final hit would come off the bat of David Murphy to lead off the fifth inning and Janssen would retire the next nine Sea Dog hitters to close out his afternoon.

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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