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FLORIDA UPDATE

With Jason Benetti and Kevin Brown back in Syracuse, they have left me to keep you updated on the comings and goings of Spring Training 2011.

*  Tigers defeated the Nationals Monday afternoon at Space Coast Stadium 4-2.  In the game former Chiefs manager Garth Iorg’s son Cale Iorg doubled in a run and played flawless at shortstop for the Tigers.  Look for Cale to begin the season with the Mud Hens.

*  Another former Chief’s son, Patrick Leyland, (son of Jim Leyland) caught the final three innings.

*  Today (Tuesday) was able to catch the Blue Jays and Phillies in lovely Dunedin, Florida.  Phils had most of their starters on hand and former Chiefs Pete Orr and Michael Martinez played in the later innings.  Both have a chance to be with the Phillies on opening day after injuries to Chase Utley and Placido Polanco.

*  Visted the Chiefs former winter home for 31 years – Englebert Recreational Complex and took in a few innings of their AAA and AA games.  Former Chiefs still with Toronto include Doug Davis (Minor League Field Coordinator), Dane Johnson (Minor League Pitching Coordinator), Omar Malave (Gulf Coast League Manager), Jim Czjawski (Pitching Coach at Vancouver-rookie) who was the winning pitcher in the first game ever at then P&C Stadium on April 6th, 1997.  Dennis Holmberg will be in Bluefield-rookie and big Sal Fasano will be in AA-New Hamphsire all came over to say hello.

*  Former Chiefs outfielder in 2009-10 Leonard Davis is in the Jays camp trying to catch make the AAA-Las Vegas team, closer to his California home.

*  Off to Legends Field on Wednesday to see former Chiefs outfielder Justin Maxwell and Chiefs Wall of Famer Ron Guidry who is in camp as an instructor.

Just four weeks until the Home Opener in Syracuse…..

Ron Guidry Night July 29th

It’s a battle of former first round picks at Alliance Bank Stadium tonight as the Chiefs open up a series against the Scranton Yankees. Former Yankee great Ron Guidry will be here and tickets are going quickly with a couple hours to go before the game.

Here’s some notes on tonight’s matchup. Full game notes are available here.

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SERIES HISTORY

The Chiefs and Yankees meet for their fourth series of the year. Two have been splits while Scranton won two of three June 7-9. The previous series in Syracuse became a one-day doubleheader because of rain which was split. The Yankees lead the season series 4-3. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre leads the all-time series 189-145 (Chiefs have .434 winning percentage). Scranton is 15-8 against Syracuse as a Yankees affiliate. In this year’s matchups, Buck Coats leads the Chiefs offense (7-23, 2 2B, 2 3B, 3 RBI) while Eric Duncan leads the Yankees (6-20, HR, 6 RBI).

 

STOP THE TREND

The Chiefs picked up their first series win against Indianapolis  since winning three of four games against Richmond June 19-22. In between, Syracuse lost seven series and split two. The Chiefs hadn’t won a road series since May 13-16 when they won three of four games at Knights Stadium. The Chiefs finished 4-4 on their 8-game roadtrip to Indy and Louisville.

 

TEAM HIGHS

Yesterday’s blowout over Indy had many impressive team performances: The Chiefs tied a season high with two triples (done five times), set a season high 21 hits (previous high 18 June 6th v. Columbus). Syracuse scored more than ten runs for the first time since June 22nd against Richmond, The win was a 13 run win, the largest run differential passing the 12 run 18-6 win May 14th at Charlotte. Every starter had a hit for the first time since a June 29th at Lehigh Valley.

 

INDIVIDUAL HIGHS

Russ Adams and Danny Sandoval had four hits each yesterday–tying the Chiefs season highs and tying career highs. Sandoval also tied the 2008 Syracuse high with three runs scored. Adams was only a home run away from hitting for the cycle.

 

THAT SECOND INNING

The 11-run inning was the most of any game this year, passing the nine runs they put on the board in the seventh May 14th at Charlotte. The Chiefs pounded out 12 hits in the inning. The Chiefs had 45 runs in the second inning in the previous 107 games.

 

LAST ELEVEN RUN INNING

May 1st, 1983 5th inning in 18-14 win at Tidewater: The Chiefs rallied from a 6-0 deficit for the win. Darryl Strawberry hit a homer and drove in four for the Mets. Fred Manrique and Gino Petralli drove in three for the Chiefs improving to 6-9 on the year.

 

MLB Post-Season

The Major League Playoffs begin today and many former Syracuse players will be in action as well as local product Jason Grilli for the Tigers.

National League:

Los Angeles:  P Giovanni Carrara (1995-96), P Mark Hendrickson (2001-03), IF Jeff Kent (1992) and OF Jayson Werth (2002-03). 

NOTES: Werth missed the entire 2006 season after having surgery on his wrist. Carrara was told by Dodgers Manager Grady Little after the final regular season game that he will not be on the playoff roster.  Former NBA player Hendrickson who started in 25 of his 31 appearances this season will pitch out of the Dodgers bullpen.

New York: IF Carlos Delgado (1991, 94-95, 98, 04-05), OF Shawn Green (1994) and IF Chris Woodward (1998-01). 

NOTES:  Two members of Blue Thunder from the 1994 season, Green and Delgado, are wearing a different shade of blue these days.  I’m sure a lot of Central New York fans will be pulling for the Mets in the NL. 

San Diego:  P Scott Cassidy (1998, 2001-03), P David Wells (1986-88), P Woody Williams (1990-96), Bullpen Coach Darrel Akerfelds (1985-86) and Hitting Coach Merv Rettenmund.

NOTES:  The Padres have yet to announce their playoff roster and local product Cassidy is probably on the bubble but according to the Padres website, he will travel with the team during the playoffs regardless.  The ageless wonder Wells is schedule to start Game 3 and Williams is scheduled to start Game 4.  Rettenmund was a roving hitting instructor for the Blue Jays from 2003-2005 and made many visits to Syracuse.  If the name sounds familiar he also endorse the Hit-A-Way that you probably seen so many commercials for a few years ago.

St. Louis: P Chris Carpenter (1997, 2002) and 1st Base Coach Dave McKay (1979)

NOTES:  Carpenter has gone from throwing out the first ever pitch at Alliance Bank Stadium to one of the best pitchers in baseball and will start Game 1 today.

American League:

Detroit: Third Base Coach Gene Lamont (1965)

NOTES:  I’m sure a lot of patrons at the Change of Pace will be torn between their beloved Yankees and their beloved adopted son Jason Grilli.

Minnesota:  OF Shannon Stewart (1996-97, 2003)

NOTES: Stewart is on the 60-day DL and will not play.  The rest of the Twins roster you probably saw play for Rochester this year, including Boof Bonser who went from starting Opening Day versus the SkyChiefs to starting Game 2 of the Playoffs versus Oakland.  Even Rochester PR Director Chuck Hinkel has joined the Twins for the playoff run.

New York:  IF Miguel Cairo (1996), P Cory Lidle (2003) and Pitching Coach Ron Guidry (1975-76)

NOTES:  Lidle will pitch out of the bullpen unless the Big Unit is unable to go. Cairo is on the playoff roster.

Oakland: P Chad Gaudin (2005), P Estaban Loaiza (2002) and C Adam Melhuse (1997-99)

NOTES:  Gaudin made the most of his opportunity in Oakland after being traded this off-season and is one of the A’s reliable middle inning options.

–AG

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