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What a Pitching Performance

After some sloppy defense in the first inning, Brian Wolfe, Mike MacDonald and Davis Romero teamed up to do as good as you could possibly do – retiring the last 26 batters of the game in a 5-3 win at Dunn Tire Park. 26 consecutive outs! One short of a perfect game except there were those pesky three runs beforehand. The Chiefs go for the sweep of the short two game set in Buffalo and head home to start a four game series with Charlotte tomorrow. Full game notes are available here.

Today’s game will air starting at 1:10 on NOVA 105.1 FM with first pitch pushed back 20 minutes due to the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame pregame ceremonies.

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SERIES HISTORY

The Chiefs and Bisons meet for their fourth series of the year. Syracuse swept a four game series in Buffalo April 15-18, Buffalo won two of three in Syracuse May 5th-8th and the Bisons won three of five in a home and home series July 6th-9th. The Chiefs lead the season series 8-5 while Buffalo leads the all-time series 464-395 (Chiefs have .460 winning percentage). In this year’s head to head matchups, Hector Luna has crushed Bisons pitching, going 23-52 with a homer and 9 RBI. Among active Bisons, Jason Cooper leads Buffalo with 2 HR and 9 RBI against Syracuse.

 

LYDON ONE AWAY

Wayne Lydon needs one more steal to tie Alex Infante for the second most career steals with the Chiefs. Infante stole 92 bases in his Syracuse career from 1984-1989.  Lydon would also be the first Chief to steal 40 bases in one season since Eric Yelding swiped 59 bases in 1988. Lydon has been the leading base stealer for the Chiefs each of the last three seasons.. Lydon is the first Chiefs player to have stolen 20 bases three consecutive years.

 

TWO HITS ALLOWED

Chiefs pitchers had a very strong month of April, holding opponents to only two hits in three separate games, but hadn’t duplicated the feat since until yesterday. The last time Chiefs pitchers allowed just two base knocks was April 29th @ Lehigh Valley.

 

MOST STRIKEOUTS

Brian Wolfe (4), Mike MacDonald (2) and Davis Romero (11) combined for 17 strikeouts in just nine innings–the most by Chiefs pitchers this year passing the previous high of 16 May 25th at Norfolk. The Chiefs did not have any games with more than 15 strikeouts pitching last season. The last time the Chiefs struck out 17 was June 16, 2006 at Toledo in a 16 inning game against the Mud Hens. Syracuse lost the game 2-0 at Fifth Third Field.

 

ROMERO PERFECT THRU FIVE

The five perfect innings by the Chiefs reliever are the most in the International League since JA Happ fired seven perfect innings against Scranton Wilkes Barre in a continuation of a game July 17th. Romero’s 11 strikeouts tied a career high that he had accomplished twice before–most recently on August 10th, 2005 against Sarasota in six innings of work (allowed four runs, no decision). Romero struck out eight consecutive batters at one point before a Jorge Velandia flyout. Chiefs pitchers retired 26 batters in a row from the first inning through the end of the game.

 

July 9th v. Buffalo

Some notes on tonight’s game which can be heard on Sportsradio 620 WHEN beginning at 7:00 PM. Mike MacDonald (1-0) makes the start for the Chiefs against the Bisons’ John Halama (4-2). Full notes are available on the Chiefs website (syracusechiefs.com) under the stats heading.

SERIES HISTORY

The Chiefs and Bisons meet for their third series of the year–a five game home and home set with two games in Buffalo and three in Syracuse in two days. Syracuse swept a four game series at Dunn Tire Park in April while the Bisons won two of three from the Chiefs at Alliance Bank Stadium in early May. The Chiefs lead the season series 7-4. Buffalo leads the all-time series 463-394 (Chiefs have .460 winning percentage). In the 2008 series, the Chiefs offense is led by Hector Luna (20-44, HR, 8 RBI) while the Bisons are led by Jason Cooper (7-28, 2 HR, 9 RBI)

 

THRUWAY SERIES

The Chiefs have the current lead in the 2008 Thruway series (Syracuse, Buffalo & Rochester) with a 12-7 combined record. The Red Wings are 11-9 while the Bisons trail with a 8-15 record against their Upstate New York rivals. The last time that the Chiefs own the Thruway series was in 1999. The Bisons have won six of the last eight Thurway season series with Rochester winning the other two.

 

BEATIN’ UP THE LEFTIES

Among current Chiefs batters, Danny Sandoval leads the way with a .378 average against lefthanders in a Chief uniform (.309 combined between Syracuse and Buffalo). Kevin Mench and Hector Luna also are hitting over .300 against left-handed throwers.

 

LEFTIES BEATIN’ ‘EM UP

Russ Adams is hitting just .186 against southpaws and Kevin Melillo and Matt Watson are each posting even .200 average against lefthanders in 2008 for Syracuse.

 

WIN STREAK?

The Chiefs have not won back to back games since June 19-20 against the Richmond Braves. After the 20th, Syracuse has a 7-12 record, increasing their deficit in the division from 1.5 games behind Pawtucket to 9 games trailing the Paw Sox.

See you at the ballpark!

CHIEFS ROSTER ANNOUNCED

The Syracuse Chiefs announced their 24-man roster for the start of the 2008 baseball season today.  They include:

Lefthanded Pitchers:  David Purcey, Bill Murphy, John Parrish, Jesse Carlson, Mike Gosling and Davis Romero.  Righthanded Pitchers:  Josh Banks, Kane Davis, Shawn Camp, Jordan DeJong, Bubba Nelson and Tracy Thorpe.

Catchers:  Curtis Thigpen and Robinzon Diaz (Kevin Nelson will be placed on the disabled list).

Infielders:  Chip Cannon (1B), Joe Inglett, Hector Luna, Sergio Santos (3B), and Pedro Lopez.

Outfielders:  Russ Adams, Adam Lind, Wayne Lydon, David Smith, Matt Watson.

Coaching Staff:  Doug Davis, Mgr, Rick Langford, Pitching Coach, Al LeBoeuf, Hitting Coach, Charlie Poe, Coach, Robert Helmick, Strength Coach, Jon Woodworth, Trainer.

 

 

 

BLUE JAYS MAKE FINAL ROSTER MOVES

The Toronto Blue Jays made their final roster moves and headed North today by adding infielder/outfielder Buck Coats to replace the injured Scott Rolen and keeping rule 5 selection righthanded pitcher Randy Wells as the final pitcher on the staff.  B.J. Ryan will also be placed on the disabled list to make room for Wells.

The season is still three days away and players can still be added , but the 25-man roster seems set barring any injuries.  Expected to return to the minor league complex include infielder Hector Luna and outfielder Matt Watson, while pitcher Mike Gosling, John Parrish, Jesse Carlson, Shawn Camp, Armando Benitez and Billy Murphy will all be added to the crowded pitching staff at the AAA-leve

The Chiefs roster should be announced on Friday.

ROSTER DECISIONS SOON TO BE MADE

The Toronto Blue Jays are down to their final week of baseball in Dunedin, Florida before making the trip North to begin the season against the New York Yankees on March 31st and roster spots are due to be made.

Position players (catchers, infielders and outfielders) seem to be set with Gregg Zaun and Rod Barajas at catcher with non-roster invitee Sal Fasano likely to be released rather than sent to AAA-Syracuse.

Lyle Overbay, Aaron Hill, David Eckstein, Scott Rolen will start in the infield with Marcus Scutaro and John MacDonald providing back-up at every position. Frank Thomas is the Designated Hitter.

That leaves four outfield spots with Vernon Wells, Alex Rios and Matt Stairs all set. The Blue jays must make a decision on Reed Johnson or Shannon Stewart for the final spot. Many teams have inquired about the Jays surplus and a trade could help alleviate the situation.

Non-roster infielder Hector Luna and outfielder Matt Watson could be sent to AAA-Syracuse by the end of the week.

The pitching staff includes a rotation of Roy Halladay, A.J. Burnett, Dustin McGowan and Shawn Marcum. Righty Jesse Litsch is slated to be the number 5-guy in the rotation and the Blue Jays have done nothing to suggest he won’t, unless a late season trade occurs.

The Bullpen has Jeremy Accardo as the closer until B.J. Ryan returns, while Brandon League, Jason Frasor and Scott Downs appear set. That leaves three spots remaining for 10-remaining pitchers in camp.

The Jays will likely keep one additional lefty to Scott Downs and holdover Brian Tallet would seem to be the guy. But the Jays also brought to camp John Parrish, Mike Gosling and Jesse Carlson who have all pitched well. In addition, they picked up another lefty Billy Murphy last week from Arizona.
If Tallet makes the club look for the remainder to be sent to Syracuse.

That leaves two spots for righthanders with rule five selection Randy Wells and Brian Wolfe leading the pack. They are being challenged by free agent spring training pick-up Armando Benitez, Shawn Camp and Kane Davis.

Either way there are still 19 pitchers in camp with only 12 roster spots available. This week games will decide who wins jobs in April. Stay tuned.

CHIEFS ROSTER BEGINS TO TAKE SHAPE

The Toronto Blue Jays have made a few roster cuts during the past week that allows us to take a closer look at the Chiefs potential roster for the start of the 2008 season.

Catchers Curtis Thigpen and Robinzon Diaz were optioned to Syracuse on Thursday and will share catching duties while also playing other positions when not behind the plate.

Infielders Joe Inglett, Pedro Lopez, Russ Adams will likely be joined by Hector Luna and Sergio Santos still in major league camp.  Chip Cannon and Josh Kreuzer have been battling for playing tim at first base.

Outfielders Adam Lind, Wayne Lydon, Buck Coats and Ryan Patterson also joined the Chiefs this week and will push Aaron Matthews and David Smith in a crowded group that will also see non roster outfielder Matt Watson at some point make the move to the Chiefs.

The Jays have only 14 more days in the Florida sun before going north and starting the 2008 season.  More moves are yet to come.

SANTOS MOVES TO THIRD BASE

Sergio Santos who played shortstop for the entire 2006 season with the Chiefs and then spent most of the 2007 season with New Hampshire (AA) in the Eastern League has played the first four games at third base for the Toronto Blue Jays during spring training.

With David Eckstein, John MacDonald and Marcus Scutaro at the major league level and Pedo Lopez and Hector Luna expected to play short at AAA-Syracuse in 2008, Santos could find himself playing third base in Syracuse this summer.

At 6’2″ and 235 pounds, Sergio displayed much of the power potential many thought he would have when he was the number one pick by the Diamondbacks back in 2002. 

After spending all of the 2006 season with the Chiefs and struggling at the plate and in the field, the Blue Jays sent Santos back to AA-New Hampshire in 2007 where he had 34 doubles and 20 home runs, both career highs.

Still only 24 years old, 2008 could be the break through year for the California native.

NON ROSTER INVITEES ANNOUNCED

The Toronto Blue Jays announced that they have invited 19 players to Spring Training in Dunedin, Florida that begins on February 16th.

Returning organizational players include Jesse Carlson (New Hampshire ’07), Jeremy Cummings (Syracuse ’07), Jamie Vermilyea (Syracuse ’07), Sal Fasano (Syracuse ’07), J.P. Arencibia (Auburn ’07), Brian Jeroloman (Lansing ’07), Chip Cannon (New Hampshire ’07), Hector Luna (Syracuse ’07), Wayne Lydon (Syracuse ’07), Ryan Patterson (New Hampshire ’07) and Travis Snider (Lansing ’07).

Players signed by the Blue Jays as minor league free agents include pitchers Shawn Camp, Lance Carter, Kane Davis, Mike Gosling, Ryan Ketchner, John Parrish, infielder Pedro Lopez and outfielder Matt Watson,

In addtion three Chiefs from last years squad have also been invited to big league camps. John-Ford Griffin (Dodgers), Ryan Roberts (Rangers), and Howie Clark (Twins).

Other former Chiefs in camps include Chad Hermansen (Angels), Tomas Perez and Jose Cruz (Astros), Scott Cassidy (Brewers), Josh Phelps, John Wasdin, and Hugo Castellanos (Cardinals), Mike Smith and Luis Figueroa (Cubs), Adam Melhuse (Rangers), Kevin Cash (Red Sox), Ken Huckaby (Royals) and Aquillino Lopez (Tigers).

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