BMLN: Velez Comes Through for Lansing

Wednesday's Edition of the Blue Jays Minor League Notebook

Pitching Falters for SkyChiefs

The Syracuse Sky Chiefs gave up eighteen hits and seven runs Tuesday evening as they dropped a 7-1 contest to Scranton.

Chris Baker started the game for Syracuse and allowed four runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. The right-hander issued two walks and struck out three batters. Jamie Vermilyea came on in relief and allowed a run on five hits in 2 2/3 innings. Kevin Tolar pitched the final two innings and allowed two runs on four hits, while walking two batters and striking out three.

Gabe Gross batted in the leadoff spot for Syracuse and led the team with two hits. Chad Mottola drove in the only run for the Sky Chiefs on his 17th home run of the season. Gross has batted in the leadoff spot in twenty-four games this season and is hitting .340 (32-94). In twenty-nine games in the third hole, Gross is hitting .263 (31-118) and in twenty-five games in the sixth hole, he is hitting .299 (26-87).

Fisher Cats Jump Back into Second Place with Victory

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats won a 2-1 pitchers duel Monday over the Harrisburg Senators and reclaimed second place in the Eastern Division. With the game tied at one, Ryan Roberts belted his 14th home run for the Fisher Cats, which tied him for the team lead with Rob Cosby. Over his last ten games Roberts is hitting .303 (10-33) with two home runs and six runs scored. His solo home run was the ninth this season. His other five have come with runners on base.

Vince Perkins picked up his fifth victory of the season as he went 7 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits, just one run, issuing one walk and striking out six. Over his last two starts Perkins has allowed just three runs in 13 1/3 innings of work. On the season he is 5-6 with a 3.84 ERA, with opposing batters hitting .249 off him. Jesse Carlson relieved Perkins and struck out the only batter he faced for his 7th hold of the season and extended his Double-A scoreless streak to thirty innings. Ryan Houston picked up his second save of the season striking out three of the four batters he faced. Houston has a 2.32 ERA in thirty-one innings with New Hampshire, and has allowed just sixteen hits and recorded forty-four strikeouts.

Dunedin's Pitching Leads them to Victory

Outstanding pitching by the Dunedin Blue Jays contributed to a 5-0 victory over the Sarasota Reds.

Kurt Isenberg went six innings for his ninth victory of the season, allowing three hits, while walking a batter and striking out four. It was Isenberg's third consecutive solid outing. During his last three starts he has allowed just two runs in nineteen innings of work. On the season the left-hander has a 3.76 ERA with opponents hitting .261 off him. Brian Reed followed with 1 2/3 innings of perfect relief to extend his scoreless steak to six innings, and Bradley Mumma closed the game with 1 1/3 perfect innings.

Adam Lind belted his 11th home run of the season, and 9th in 24 games, in the sixth inning to put Dunedin ahead 3-0. Robinzon Diaz went 1-for-4 with an RBI to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.

Ninth Inning Runs Give Lansing the Win

Eugenio Velez smacked his third home run of the season in the top of the ninth inning with the game tied at four to give the Lugnuts the 6-4 victory..

Velez was 2-for-4 in the game with two runs scored. Chris Snavely went 3-for-3 in the victory with two doubles, and two runs driven in, while scoring a run as well. Jason Armstrong went 1-for-5 with a run scored.

Velez is hitting .400 (12-30) over his last eight games with two home runs and eight runs batted in. Snavely has driven in eight runs over his last seven games and is hitting .346 (9-26) during that span. Over his last 56 games, Snavely is hitting .338 with eight home runs and forty-three runs batted in. With runners in scoring position this season, Snavely is hitting .348, and with runners in scoring position and two outs, he is hitting .344.

Chi-Hung Cheng went 6 2/3 innings as he allowed three runs on four hits. Cheng walked two batters and struck out three. Aaron Tressler picked up his second victory of the season with a perfect eighth inning, as Jordan Timm picked up his second save of the season with a perfect ninth inning, as he struck out two batters.

Auburn Wins in Ten

Nick Thomas hit a lead off home run, his fifth of the season, in the top of the tenth inning to give Auburn a 7-6 victory, and they held up to win it by that score.

Thomas went 3-for-5 with two runs batted in and a run scored in the victory. Ryan Patterson went 2-for-5 with two runs batted in and two runs scored, as Matt Cooksey also drove in two runs in the victory.

Robert Ray had his worst outing of the season allowing five runs on eight hits in just 4 2/3 innings of work. Jason Alfaro was solid in relief allowing just an unearned run on two hits in his 3 1/3 innings of work. Alfaro walked a batter and struck out five. Edward Rodriguez picked up his second victory of the season pitching a scoreless ninth inning and Yesson Berroa notched his third save as he struck out the side in the tenth.

Pulaski Defeats Kingsport

A four-run fifth inning led Pulaski to a 5-2 victory over the Kingsport Mets.

Paul Franko went 3-for-5 with a home run and two runs batted in. Heliezer Aguilar also had three hits on the evening and Leance Soto went 2-for-4 with a home run. Franko has a five game hitting streak and is 11-for-19 during that span with three home runs and six runs batted in. Franko has also driven in a run in four consecutive games, and two straight games with multi-runs batted in. Franko is hitting .368 (25-68) at home this year, as opposed to his .246 (14-57) average on the road. His home run tonight was the first that he hit on the road this season.

Jesse Litsch went six innings for his fifth victory of the season, allowing a run on four hits. Litsch has a 2.51 ERA this season with a batting average against mark of .200. In sixty-one innings he has issued just eight walks and recorded sixty-two strikeouts.

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