JMLN: Starner Amazing on the Mound

Saturday's recap of the minor league action.......

The Syracuse Chiefs defeated Ottawa 5-4 Saturday in Dunedin and were led by an outstanding start by David Purcey. The left-handed pitcher tossed five shutout innings, scattering just three hits, issuing a walk, and recording four strikeouts. Purcey has had a new attitude this spring and spent his off-season trying to work on consistent mechanics to improve his command. Purcey flashed a solid fastball in the low-90s and mixed in a tough curveball. Ty Taubenheim followed Purcey on the mound, but was not as successful, allowing three runs on four hits, over two innings. Taubenheim had command problems all afternoon allowing four walks. Matt Roney was the final pitcher used for Syracuse and allowed just an unearned run after Sergio Santos committed an error late in the game. Although he didn't allow a hit, Roney did issue two walks, but also fanned a pair of batters.

John-Ford Griffin had a good afternoon driving in a pair of runs with a home run. Russ Adams, Adam Lind, Kevin Barker, Sergio Santos and Matt Lane each had one hit on the afternoon, and Lane also drove in a run.

The bats for New Hampshire were silenced by Reading as they dropped a 6-0 decision. Orlando Trias had a tough afternoon allowing four runs, on five hits, in four innings. Trias recorded four strikeouts, and didn't walk a batter. Kurt Isenberg did a solid job as the second pitcher used, hurling three shutout innings, and fanning two batters, while allowing three hits.

Ted Serro allowed two hits in his inning of work, but minimized the damage by striking out two of the three batters he faced. The final pitcher of the day was Connor Falkenbach was the final pitcher used, and allowed two runs, on three hits, over one inning.

The only two batters for the Double-A team to record hits were Dustin Majewski and Chip Cannon. Both players went 1-for-4. Christian Snavely had a pair of walks, with John Schneider and Manny Mayorson drawing one a piece.

The Dunedin Blue Jays were winners over the Phillies High-A club 6-5 in Clearwater. Brian Pettway had a big day hitting a home run, and a pair of singles in four at bats. Pettway drove in half of the Dunedin runs, and scored twice. Anthony Garibladi had three singles in four bats, with an RBI and a run scored. Jacob Butler had a pair of doubles in his only two official at bats and scored both times, while Matt Liuzza continued his solid spring going 2-for-2 with a double and a run driven in. Eric Nielsen also had a double and an RBI.

Brandon Magee was the starting pitcher and allowed two earned runs, and four hits, in 3 2/3 innings, while issuing a pair of walks and striking out four batters. Adrian Martin was on the mound next and tossed the best performance of the four pitchers used. Martin tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing a walk, and two hits, while striking out three batters. Adam Rogers allowed two runs, and three hits, in two innings, while adding three strikeouts, and Paul Phillips wrapped up the pitching with a perfect inning of work.

The Low-A squad of Dunedin (Lansing) defeated Lakewood 6-3. Nathan Starner was superb on the hill tossing 4 2/3 scoreless innings. Starner showed outstanding command of all his pitches and allowed just two hits, while striking out five batters. Joe Wice continued his solid spring after missing all of last season due to surgery by tossing 1 1/3 hitless innings, and recording two more strikeouts. Alex McRobbie allowed one earned run and scattered two hits in an inning, with Brian Bull tossing a scoreless inning. Edgar Estanga allowed one unearned run and fanned two batters, while issuing one hit in an inning of work.

Al Quintana was one of three players with three hits on the day. He went 3-for-4 with a double and a run batted in. Travis Snider had a pair of doubles, one single, walked once, drove in a run and scored twice in his first appearance in a minor league game. Sean Shoffit was the third player with three hits, getting three singles, reaching base a fourth time with a walk, and stealing two bases. Adam Calderone accounted for the final RBI with a single. Baron Frost recorded a single in three at bats, while Ben Zeskind had a single, an RBI, and a run scored, in his only official at bat. C.J. Ebarb and Scott Campbell were the other two players to draw a walk in the game.

Toronto scheduled a fifth game, an exhibition, against the Long Island Storm. The Blue Jays lost the seven inning affair 4-0. Ray Gonzalez allowed three runs, and four hits, while issuing two walks, in three innings. Kyle Walter also pitched three innings, and allowing a run, on three hits, and a walk. Nate Melek was the final pitcher used and tossed a scoreless inning, with his only blemish being a walk.

Luis Sanchez had a double in the game while, Paul Franko, Victor Santana, Jonathan Jaspe and Balbino Fuenmayor each getting one single. Fuenmayor was also thrown out trying to single second base, and committed an error in the game.

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