JMLN: Ramirez, Banks, Vermilyea Shine

In Thursday's edition of the Jays Minor League Notebook we spotlight the outstanding pitcher of Ismael Ramirez, Josh Banks and Jamie Vermilyea, who followed Brandon League and all pitched scoreless innings. Meanwhile for New Hampshire the pitching was not the bright spot as the club allowed a total of 22 hits.

After Brandon League allowed three runs and four hits in his lone inning of work Ismael Ramirez took the mound for Syracuse and mowed down the Durham batters. Ramirez retired 12 of the 14 batters he faced, issuing just two hits. The right-hander focused in on the Blue Jays philosophy of getting ahead in the count and retiring a batter early in the count. Josh Banks followed Ramirez on the mound and posted similar results. Banks retired 9 of the 10 batters he faced, allowing just a harmless single, while striking out a pair. Jamie Vermilyea was the final pitcher on the mound for Syracuse and capped off a 5-3 victory earning the save after retiring all three batters he faced.

John Hattig recorded two of the eight hits for Syracuse in three at bats and also scored a run. Adam Lind continued his spring training struggles going 0-for-3 but did draw a walk and scored a run. Curtis Thigpen also reached base once via the walk, and scored a run.

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats did not have a pleasant day as they fell 14-5 to Double-A Tampa Bay and allowed a total of 22 hits.

Offensively, Manny Mayorson, Chip Cannon and Aaron Mathews all continued their solid spring training getting two hits a piece. Mayorson had a single and a triple on the afternoon, drove in two runs and scored another run. Cannon had a single and a double, and also reached base twice via the walk. He ended up crossing home plate in two of his four appearances on the base paths. Mathews drove in a pair of runs, and added a single and a double in the defeat. Ryan Klosterman also drove in a run with a double, but continued his shaky defense by committing another error. Baron Frost ripped a single in his only plate appearance.

Brian Tallet started for New Hampshire and allowed four runs on five hits in just 1 2/3 innings. He allowed two walks, and struck out three batters. Jesse Litsch was the most effective pitcher on the afternoon for the Double-A squad. In 3 1/3 innings he allowed a run, on five hits, and fanned three batters. Although he didn't issue a walk in his outing, he was called for a balk and threw a wild pitch.

Russ Savickas had an afternoon to forget as he issued five earned runs and seven hits over three innings. Savickas allowed two walks and struck out one. Jordan DeJong was the final pitcher used and also struggle, allowing four runs, on five hits, in his lone inning of work.

The Dunedin Blue Jays lost 8-4 Vero Beach, despite a multitude of doubles. Anthony Garibaldi had two doubles, while Brian Jeroloman, Josh Bell and Matt Lane had one a piece. Bell finished the game 2-for-3 with two runs batted in, while Jeroloman drove in two runs, and also showed his strong arm behind the plate when he caught a runner at second base stealing, and when he picked off a runner at second base. Matt Liuzza also drove in a pair of runs with a monster home run to left field, and Anthony Hatch had a long triple in the game.

Chase Lirette started for Dunedin and struggled in his outing. Lirette's fastball topped out at 90 MPH and averaged out at 88 MPH. He threw a good splitter in the mid 80's and a high 70's to low 80's changeup.

Dennis Bigley was on the mound next and allowed three runs and four hits in an inning of work. Bigley pitched better than the numbers show. He threw strikes, but just wasn't able to get the movement he needed this outing.

Southpaw Edward Rodriguez was on the mound next and threw mostly fastballs in the low 90s. He allowed two runs, on three hits, and issued a pair of walks, in his two innings on the mound, with three strikeouts. Danny Core used a high 80's fastball and a slider in the low-80's to retired batter after batter. He struck out two of the six batters he retired. Seth Overbey wrapped up the game. The sidearm right-hander pitched a perfect inning, and recorded one strikeout.

The Lansing Lugnuts also lost to Columbus on Thursday 5-3. Scott CampbellPaul Franko also drove in a run with a double, and later came around to score.

Zach Dials started the game for Lansing and allowed three runs, on seven hits, in his three innings on the mound. The right-hander recorded four strikeouts, and didn't walk a batter. He threw a good fastball which averaged out at 90 MPH and a low 80's slider.

Left-hander Chris Reddout had a good afternoon tossing two scoreless innings, and allowing just a walk and a single. The southpaw pitched in the high 80's and flashed a brilliant 73 MPH curveball and a solid slider in the low 80's.

Wilfreddy Aguirre also tossed a pair of scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, and striking out a batter. Nate Melek pitched well in his inning of work. He flashed a good mid-to-high 80's fastball with solid movement as he retired three of the four batters he faced. Lefty John Zinnicker was the final pitcher on the mound, and allowed two runs, and two hits, with a walk and a strikeout in one inning.



NEWS, NOTES

Travis Snider stepped into the batting cage for the first time in two weeks, but did not swing the bat. Snider went to a side field as Dunedin and Lansing played their games to work on his bunting for approximately 45 minutes. Joining Snider were Paul Franko, Scott Campbell and Jonathan Baksh.

Snider is not participating in games or batting practice because of a tight muscle in his back.


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