BMLN: David Smith Hits .373 During August

Plenty of Notable Feats Accomplished In Wednesday's Edition of the Blue Jays Minor League Notebook. John-Ford Griffin wraps up his minor league season before getting the reward to the big leagues. Adam Lind, David Smith, Robinzon Diaz, and Kurt Isenberg complete an outstanding month of August.

Despite having Ted Lilly start the game, the Syracuse SkyChiefs dropped a 3-2 decision to the hands of the Pawtucket Red Sox Wednesday evening.

Lilly had a fair outing, struggling with his command just slightly. He allowed two runs on four hits in five innings of work, while walking three and striking out seven. In his first rehab start last week, he allowed two runs on a hit in 3 2/3 innings of work, while walking two batters and striking out two. Spike Lundberg suffered his sixth loss of the season, allowing three walks in 2 1/3 innings of work. Lundberg also allowed a run on two hits in the defeat. Lee Gronkiewicz pitched 2/3 of an inning, allowing a hit.

John Ford Griffin hit his 28th home run of the season and drove in his 96th run of the year. Griffin should be assured his first trip to the major leagues in several days.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire is hanging on to their postseason hopes barely, as they defeated the Binghamton Mets 7-5 in their second to last home game of the season.

The top half of the lineup led the way offensively in the victory. The first five hitters for New Hampshire went 11-for-21 with four runs scored, a double, a triple and six runs batted in.

Ron Davenport went 2-for-5 with a triple, three runs batted in and a run scored. Ryan Roberts went a perfect 3-for-3 and reached base four times, as he scored twice and drove in a run. Miguel Negron went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Rob Cosby went 2-for-5 with a RBI. Batting in the fifth slot, Chip Cannon went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Davenport has been hitting the ball well over his last 57 games hitting eight home runs and driving in twenty-nine runs, while hitting .292. On the season he is hitting .271 with nine home runs and twenty-six runs batted in. Roberts finished the month of August with a .296 batting average, while Rob Cosby hit .324 with five home runs and twenty-two runs batted in.

Ismael Ramirez started the game and allowed three runs on seven hits in five innings of work. Jordan De Jong followed with two innings, in which he allowed a run, two hits, and struck out three batters. Steven Andrade pitched a scoreless eighth inning for his fourth hold of the season, and Ryan Houston picked up his seventh save of the season recording the final out of the game, after Jesse Carlson allowed a two out home run in the ninth inning to Aarom Baldiris.

Dunedin Blue Jays

The Dunedin Blue Jays offense exploded for eight runs Wednesday night as they defeated the Sarasota Reds 8-1, and remained 1.5 games ahead of Fort Myers for the second half playoff spot.

Adam Lind fell a home run short of the cycle as he went 3-for-4 with three runs batted in. Robinzon Diaz went 1-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in, and Vito Chiaravalloti went 1-for-4, hitting his fourth home with Dunedin, driving in two runs. David Smith went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored, as he concluded his outstanding month of August.

Lind finished the month of August with a .320 batting average and twenty-one runs batted in. During the month of July, he hit .358 with six home runs and twenty runs batted in. Diaz also finished off his second consecutive hot month. In August, the Dunedin catcher hit .337 with 17 runs batted in and 9 runs scored, while in the month of July he hit .324 with 12 RBI and 10 runs scored. David Smith finished off a superb month of August as he hit .373 in 102 at bats and belted six home runs, while driving in twenty-six runs batted in. The 24-year-old outfielder also had seven straight games in which he drove in at least one run, and hit four home runs, with seven runs batted in, during a span of two days.

Kurt Isenberg picked up his 12th victory of the season allowing a run on seven hits in six innings of work. Jeremy Harper pitched two innings, allowing a hit and recording three strikeouts, as Mark Sopko finished it off with a perfect ninth inning.

Isenberg also finished off a tremendous month of August, going 4-0 with a 1.45 ERA in 31 inning, as opponents hit just .216 off him.

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