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The Chiefs and Yankees finish up the month of July at Alliance Bank Stadium tonight at 7:15. If you can’t make it to the ballpark, you can check out the game on Time Warner Cable Sports 26 or NOVA 105.1 FM at 7:00. Full game notes are available here. Here are some tidbits on tonight’s starting pitchers:
Chiefs: Jesse Litsch (1-0, 6.23)
This Season: The righthander makes his second appearance for the Chiefs this season. Litsch had spent the entire season up to July 24th with the Blue Jays, totaling a 8-7 record and 4.46 ERA in 20 games (19 starts). In his last major league start July 21st, Litsch allowed seven hits and six runs over four and two thirds innings in a loss in Baltimore. Litsch was 0-3 in his last four starts with the Jays. The righty won his first Syracuse start five days ago against Indianapolis (7 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 8 K)
Last Season: Litsch started the year with AA New Hampshire, posting a 2.35 ERA in his first ten starts so he was promoted to Toronto. He spent most of the rest of the year (also had two starts with the Chiefs where he allowed just three runs over 15 innings) with the Jays. The rookie went 7-9 with a 3.81 ERA in 20 starts in his first year in the major leagues.
Career Notes: Owns a 23-14 career minor league record and 15-16 career major league record. Was originally drafted by the Jays in the 24th round of the 2004 draft from South Florida Community College. Litsch has not spent a full season at any minor league level rising from rookie ball in 2005 to the major leagues by mid-2007. Not a strikeout pitcher, relies on sinking fastball–has not posted more strikeouts than innings at any level except with rookie level Pulaski in 2005.
Yankees: Kei Igawa (10-5, 3.69)
This Season: The Yankees lefthander makes his 19th AAA start and looks for his third straight victory…won five days ago v. Rochester (6IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER), fired six no-hit innings opening day v. Lehigh Valley, 1-0 in two starts v. Chiefs (12 IP, 7H, 4R, 3BB, 6K))…0-1 with 13.50 in 2 games with NY
Last Season: Started and finished year with New York, making 12 starts with 2-3 record and 6.25 ERA, spent middle part of season making two starts for single A Tampa (1-1, 2.00) and 11 starts for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (5-4, 3.69)…gave up 25 total home runs
Career Notes: .Owns a career 16-10 minor league record and 2-3 major league record, signed before ’07 season to 5-year contract after a $26 million posting fee to the Hanshin Tigers to negotiate with him, led Central League in strikeouts three times in career
See you at the ballpark!
If you’re not making the two hour drive down to Scranton, bring the radio along to the fireworks and have a listen to the game on WHEN 620 AM. Here are some notes on tonight’s matchup (Kei Igawa v. Mike MacDonald). Full game notes are available here.
The Chiefs and Yankees meet for their third series of the year. The two split a doubleheader in late April at Alliance Bank Stadium while Scranton won two of three at home in June. The Yankees lead the season series 3-2 and the Scranton franchise leads the all-time series 188-144 (Chiefs have .434 winning percentage). Scranton is 14-7 against the Chiefs since becoming a Yankees affiliate in 2007. In the 2008 head to head matchups, Buck Coats is pacing the Chiefs offense (6-14, 2 RBI) while Alberto Gonzalex leads the Yankees (4-10, 2 RBI). There has been only one homer hit in the five games (Erik Kratz). The Chiefs have 12 of the 14 extra base hits in the season series as well.
LYDON STEALING AT WILL
Wayne Lydon has stolen 35 bases on the year after a ninth inning theft Wednesday which puts him on pace for 58. That would be the most since Eric Yelding stole 59 in 1988. The all-time record for a Chiefs player in a season is Walt Cazen with 74 stolen bases in 1945. Cazen is also the all-time leader with 140 stolen bases. Lydon sits in third place with 87–five behind Alex Infante.
AVOID THE 3-0 SCORE
The Chiefs have been shut out four times this year. All four shutouts have been by a 3-0 nothing final including the previous time they matched up against Kei Igawa on June 7th. On the other side, the Chiefs have won seven games via shutout–three of them have been by a 2-0 final including opening day.
Russ Adams is just 6-69 (.087 batting average) since June 1st with only 3 RBI after he had 31 in the first two months of the season. Catcher Curtis Thigpen is 6-42 (.143 batting average) since June 1st. Chip Cannon is 10-69 (.145 batting average) since June 1st and hasn’t hit a home run since May 28th at Richmond.
Outfielder/First Baseman Matt Watson has a ten game hitting streak entering Independence Day. He’s 14-35 (.400) over the stretch. Watson is hitting .361 since June 1st. Danny Sandoval has driven in 21 runs since the first day of June–the most among any Chiefs player.
Also, Robinzon Diaz is on the comeback trail – he’s playing for the GCL Rookie League Blue Jays on rehab and has 10 hits in 19 at-bats.