BMLN: McGowan Rising; Janssen Suffers First Loss

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Syracuse SkyChiefs

The Syracuse SkyChiefs dropped an 11-9 slugfest Wednesday afternoon against the Durham Bulls. It was the second loss in as many days against the Bulls.

Cam Reimers made his Triple-A debut after being promoted on Tuesday from Double-A New Hampshire and allowed seven runs on seven hits in four innings of work. Reimers issued two home runs in the defeat leading to four runs. The right-hander was 6-5 with a 4.19 ERA in 15 games for the Fisher Cats. In 88 innings he allowed 107 hits, walked 16 batters and struck out 50. With runners in scoring position Reimers collapsed as opponents hit .337 (34-101) against him. Wednesday he faced four batters with a runner in scoring position and three of them got hits, with two of them hitting a home run. Spike Lundberg followed Reimers and was just as ineffective surrendering two runs on three hits in three innings of work. Lundberg also issued a home run in his three innings of work, and has allowed two runs in each of his last three appearances. During that span he has pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed eight hits and six runs. Jason Arnold was tagged with the loss as he allowed two home runs leading to two runs in an inning of work. Arnold has also allowed at least one run in each of his last three outings and has issued a run in six of his last eight outings. Over his last eight appearances he has issued eleven runs and has a 0-2 record.

Kevin Barker continued his torching hitting as he went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs batted in. Barker extended his hitting streak to nine games and has recorded at least one hit in 13 of his last 14 games. He surpassed the .400 mark on the season and is hitting .402 (41-102) at Triple-A with nine home runs and forty-one RBI. During his hitting streak he is hitting 17-34 with 12 RBI. Barker has driven in a run in six of his last seven games.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats

The Fisher Cats captured a 3-1 victory over the Trenton Thunder in a game that featured solid pitching and the return of one of the Blue Jays top prospect.

Dustin McGowan made his first start with New Hampshire since May, 2004 as he is coming back from Tommy John Surgery. McGowan issued one run on five hits in 5 2/3 innings of work, issuing one walk and striking out five batters. Tracy Thorpe picked up his first victory at Double-A with 1 2/3 scoreless inning, allowing just one hit and striking out two batters. Thorpe has pitched 5 1/3 innings with the Fisher Cats since being promoted on June 24 and is holding Double-A hitters to a .111 batting average. Lee Gronkiewicz saved his 23rd game in twenty-three chances throwing 1 1/3 innings of perfect ball. The Fisher Cats closer extended his scoreless innings streak to 14 1/3 innings. Over his last twelve games opponents are hitting .118 off the closer and he has issued just one walk and struck out sixteen batters in eleven innings of work. On the season he has allowed just three runs in thirty-four innings of work.

Raul Tablado went 4-for-4 with his fifth home run of the season. It was the first four-hit game for Tablado this season, however, the shortstop has yet to climb above the Mendoza Line as he is hitting .197 in 228 at bats this season. Tablado is hitting lefties fairly well as he has 15 hits in 54 at bats (.278 average). His productivity against right-hand pitchers is a different story as Tablado is hitting .172 (30-174). Clint Johnston went 2-for-4 in the victory and drove in a run. Johnston extended hit hitting streak to nine games and is hitting .378 (14-37) during the streak with two home runs and five runs batted in. Johnston is having tremendous success on the road as he is hitting .387 (24-62) with four home runs in fifteen games. The left-hand batter has hit all of his five home runs with the Fisher Cats against right-hand pitching, and has a .363 average against right-handers, as opposed to a .235 average in seventeen at bats against southpaws.

Dunedin Blue Jays

The Dunedin Blue Jays got shut out by the Sarasota Reds 2-0 Wednesday and it was the first loss of the season for Casey Janssen.

Janssen was the hard luck loser in the game allowing one run on three hits in five innings of work. His only run came on a fifth inning leadoff home run. The right-hander walked three and struck out four in the defeat. Janssen fell to 9-1 overall in Single-A, and 5-1 with the Dunedin Blue Jays. After allowing just three walks in his first six outings with Dunedin, Janssen has walked eight batters in his last three starts, having struck out just ten (14.2 innings). Michael MacDonald relieved Janssen and allowed one run on one hit in three innings of work. MacDonald made his second relief appearance of the season after his start on Tuesday washed out. In his two relief appearances he has allowed just one earned run in 7 2/3 innings of work.

Chip Cannon went 2-for-3 with a double in the defeat and extended his hitting streak to seven games, and has three consecutive multi-hit games. Cannon is hitting .384 in 20 games with Dunedin and has 11 multi-hit games. He is having a field day away from home posting a .465 (20-43) road batting average.

Lansing Lugnuts

The Lansing Lugnuts dropped a 5-4 decision to Southwest Michigan Wednesday evening and dropping the three game series with the D-Rays.

Danny Core started for Lansing and issued four earned runs on six hits in six innings of work as he fell to 3-4 on the season. It was the seventh time in nine starts that Core issued four runs or more in a game and in nine starts with the Lugnuts he has a 7.17 ERA and has issued 56 hits in 42 2/3 innings. Left-hand batters are hitting Core hard as they are posing a .333 batting average against the right-hander. Juan Perez pitched two scoreless innings without allowing a hit and struck out three batters. After allowing 27 earned runs in his first 42 innings of work, Perez has yielded just two earned runs in his last twenty innings of work. Over his last seven appearances he is 4-0 with a 0.90 ERA.

Charlie Anderson hit his first home run of the season during the second inning and finished the game 2-for-3 with two runs batted in. Anderson played in just his ninth game since being promoted on June 6, and has recorded at least one hit in five of his nine games. Eugenio Velez went 2-for-5 with a RBI and raised his batting average to .360 in fifty at bats with the Lugnuts. Velez has driven in twelve runs in just thirteen games with the Lugnuts despite that fact that he has hit ninth in the order in nine games. Velez has ten of his twelve RBI in the ninth spot of the batting order. Part of that is due to his clutch hitting with runners in scoring position. The second baseman is hitting 9-16 (.563) with a runner in scoring position, and .591 (13-22) with runners on base. When the bases are empty, Velez is hitting just 2-15. Chris Snavely went 2-for-4 with a RBI and two doubles and extended hit hitting streak to twelve games. Snavely is hitting .456 (21-46) with nine runs scored, two home runs and eleven RBI. Snavely has also scored a run in six consecutive games and driven in a run in three straight games and seven of his last eight games.

Auburn Doubledays

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Pulaski Blue Jays

The Pulaski Blue Jays failed to sweep the Burlington Indians dropping the third game of a three game series 5-1 on Wednesday.

Wilfreddy Aguirre suffered his second loss of the season as he allowed three runs on four hits in four innings of work. Aguirre struggled the entire game with his control walking four batters, and striking out just one. It was his second start this season and the second time he walked four batters. The young left-hander has also thrown three wild pitches this season as opponents are hitting .276 off him. Raymon Sanchez followed in relief but was just unsuccessful allowing four base runners leading to two runs as he retired just two batters in the game. The third appearance of the season for Sanchez followed a similar story as his first two. Sanchez has posted a .333 batting average against and has walked five in five innings and has also thrown three wild pitches. What is strange about Sanchez is that his troubles come with the bases empty and now with runners in scoring position, however, which means his lack of command is the reason he gets in trouble. Leadoff batters are hitting 4-for-5 off Sanchez with three doubles, and with the bases empty opposing hitters are 6-for-12 off Sanchez. With runners on base Sanchez is posting a .111 batting average against in nine at bats, and a .143 batting average against in seven at bats with runners in scoring position. Eziemir Reinoso and Cory Hahn were the third and fourth pitchers of the evening for Pulaski combining for 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Reinoso threw his second scoreless outing of the season and has allowed just one run in 4 1/3 innings of work. He is buckling down with runners in scoring position having retired all six hitters he has faced, with three of them striking out.

Zach Kalter went 1-for-3 with a run scored and extended his hitting streak to four games. Kalter has recorded at least one hit in five of his seven games and has a .400 batting average in twenty at bats. Graig Badger went 2-for-3 with a double as Jacob Butler went 1-for-3 with an RBI recording a hit for the fifth time in eight games.

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