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IRON PIGS NIP CHIEFS 3-1

The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs nipped the Syracuse Chiefs on Saturday 3-1, despite six strong innings from Jays starter Dustin McGowan who skipped the game in Tampa vs the Yankees.

McGowan who will make one more start before the 2008 season begins went 6-innings giving up only 3-hits, 2-runs (1 earned) and struck out 8 batters.  Bubba Nelson relieved McGowan and went 2-innings giving up 3-hits and 1-unearned run, but struck out 3.  Tracy Thorpe pitched another scoreless ninth inning.

The Chiefs line-up consisted of:  Wayne Lydon CF, Ryan Klosterman 2B, Russ Adams DH, Robinzon Diaz DH, Adam Lind LF, Curtis Thigpen C, Chip Cannon 1B, Sergio Santos 3B, Ryan Patterson RF and Marcus Cabarl SS.

The Chiefs had only 5-hits (Lydon, Diaz, Santos, Patterson, Patton) with Diaz providing the only RBI.

With McGowan pitching for the Chiefs, Mike MacDonald pitched in the AA-game vs Reading and gave up 8-runs on 6-hits and 3-walks in 2-innings of work.  He was relieved by lefty Joey Matumoto who was tagged for 3-runs on 3-hits in 2-innings in a 13-6 defeat.

The Chiefs are off today and will resume their final week of exhibition baseball on Monday before returning to Syracuse one week from today.

CHIEFS BEAT BULLS AGAIN

The Syracuse Chiefs defeated the Durham Bulls once again on Thursday 4-2 with single runs in the 8th and 9th inning.  Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay tossed six shutout innings for the Chiefs when he started the AAA-game instead of pitching against the Yankees in Dunedin.

Jeremy Cummings came on in relief and gave up 2-runs in the seventh inning before a scoreless eighth.

The Chiefs line-up today consisted of:  Buck Coats CF, Wayne Lydon RF, Adam Lind LF, Russ Adams DH, Rod Barajas C, Robinzon Diaz 1B, Curtis Thigpen 1B, Joe Inglett 2B, Sergio Santos 3B, Ryan Klosterman SS.

Robinzon Diaz led the Chiefs with 3-hits, while Russ Adams and Wayne Lydon both hit solo home runs for the Chiefs.  Lydon also scored two runs and stole two bases.

Due to Halladay pitching for the Chiefs RHP Josh Banks pitched in the AA-game and tossed 3 innings giving up 7 hits and three earned runs, but struck out 4.  Lefty reliever Mike Gallo tossed 2-scoreless innings with 1-K.

The Chiefs take on the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs on Friday in Dunedin

CHIEFS SHUTOUT BULLS

The Syracuse Chiefs shutout the Durham Bulls on Wednesday 8-0 behind the pitching of Shawn Marcum. The Blue Jays pitcher skipped the trip to Winter Haven where the major league team took on the Red Sox and pitched in the AAA-game in Dunedin.

The Blue Jays righty went 5-innings giving up only 2-hits and 8-strikeouts. Armando Benitez pitched one-shutout inning and was followed by Davis Romero who tossed two shutout innings with 3-strikeouts. Joey Matumoto finished with a perfect ninth inning.

The Chiefs line-up consisted of Buck Coats CF, Ryan Patterson RF, Adam Lind LF, Robinzon Diaz C, Russ Adams, 2B, Curtis Thigpen 1B, Sergio Santos 3B, Joe Inglett DH, Pedro Lopez SS.

The Chiefs banged out 9-hits, two by Ryan Patterson and scored runs a a two-run triple by Wayne Lydon in the 7th inning and a solo Home Run by Sergio Santos in the 5th.

In the AA-game vs Montgomery lefty David Purcey went 4-innings giving up 2-runs, but struck out 8 batters.

The Chiefs take on the Durham Bulls at St Petersbug at 1:00 PM

CHIEFS BEAT YANKEES IN 9TH INNING

The Syracuse Chiefs defeated the Scranton Yankees on Tuesday 6-4 with a two-run rally in the 9th inning capped by a Robinzon Diaz two-run single.

The Chiefs banged out 12-hits, two each by Buck Coats, Ryan Klosterman, Sergio Santos and Joe Inglett.  Coats two hits were doubles.

The Chiefs line-up consisted of: Buck Coats CF, Curtis Thigpen C,  Adam Lind LF, David Smith RF,  Russ Adams ss, Chip Cannon 1B, Sergio Santos 3B, Joe Inglett 2B and Robinzon Diaz DH.

On the Mound RHP Kyle Yates pitched 3-innings giving up 1-earned run.  he was followed by Jordan DeJong who pitched two innings giving up 1-unearned run and Jamie Vermilyea who tossed two shutout innings.  Bubba Nelson gave up 1-run in 1-inning of work and Tracy Thorpe finished up with a scoreless inning.

The Chiefs will take on the Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay) on Wednesday in Dunedin at 1:00 PM

IRON PIGS BEAT CHIEFS AGAIN

The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs who lost to the Syracuse Chiefs 10-0 last week in the first spring training game, defeated the Chiefs for the third straight day on Sunday 9-1.

The Chiefs line-up consisted of Wayne Lydon, Adam Lind, Curtis Thigpen, Russ Adams, Robinzon Diaz, Chip Cannon, Joe Inglett, Sergio Santos and Pedro Lopez.

The Chiefs did bang our eight hits, two apiece by Adam Lind (RBI double) and Curtis Thigpen with Diaz, Cannon, Inglett and Santos also notching a single.

On the pitching mound there was good, Josh Banks three shutout innings and Kane Davis allowing only one run in 3 innings pitched with 5 strikeouts.

The bad Gustavo Chacin pitched 2 innings giving up 6 hits and 4 runs, while Lefty Joey Matumuto two innings, 3 hits and 3 runs and Tracey Thorpe 1 inning 1 run.

The AA-New Hampshire Fisher Cats also lost yesterday with two Chiefs pitchers on the mound. Lefties Mike Gosling pitched two innings giving up 1-run, while fellow lefty Ryan Ketchner gave up 4-runs (3 unearned) in two innings.

The Chiefs take on the Scranton Yankees today in Dunedin.

CHIEFS GET PUMMELED BY PIGS

The Chiefs get pummeled by the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 11-2 on Saturday in Clearwater, Florida.  The CHiefs lineup consisted of many players who have been optioned down recently: 

Wayne Lydon CF, Robinzon Diaz C, Russ Adams LF, Curtis Thigpen 1B, Ryan Patterson RF, Joe Inglett DH, Pedro Lopez SS, Sergio Santos 3B, Marco Cabral 2B.

Patterson went 2 for 4, while Santos, Cabarl, Inglett and Tigpen also had 1-hit apiece.  Thigpen and Cabarl each had one RBI. 

Chiefs pitchers gave up a ton of runs: David Purcey 2-IP, 5-H, 6-runs, while Kyle Yates and Davis Romero each pitched two shut out innings in relief.

Chiefs (1-2) take on Iron Pigs again on Sunday in Dunedin.

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.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (7/23 – 7/29)

BATTER OF THE WEEK: 3B John Hattig put together the best week for the Chiefs going 8-for-20 (.400) with three doubles and three runs batted in. Hattig tied a Chiefs’ season-high with two doubles Friday in Rochester.

Honorable Mention: 2B Russ Adams hit  .304 over the past seven days (7-for-23) with a triple, a home run and four runs driven in. Adams has also scored four runs and stole a bag. Meanwhile, 1B Kevin Barker has continued his hot-hitting July. Barker hit .308 in the last week (8-for-26) with a home run and two runs driven in.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK: RHP Justin James made three appearances for the Chiefs in the last week and in all three James did not allow a run. The reliever has run his string of scoreless appearances to four straight. James tossed 8.0 shutout innings over three relief appearances giving up five hits and no runs while striking out four with no walks.

Honorable Mention: RHP Josh Banks continued to throw well. Banks earned his ninth victory of the season with 6.1 strong innings Friday in Rochester. Banks gave up seven hits and two runs on his way to the W. Elsewhere in the starting rotation, RHP Jeremy Cummings had his best start since coming over to the Chiefs. Cummings began the year with Rochester before signing with Toronto and being assigned to Syracuse July 5th. Cummings gave up only three hits and one run in eight innings against his former mates the Red Wings earning his first win with the Chiefs.

CHIEFS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (6/25 – 7/1)

BATTER OF THE WEEK: 2B Russ Adams put together a solid week hitting .440 (11-for-25). Adams picked up three doubles as well as drove in two runs. The University of North Carolina product had four multi-hit games including a three-hit night at Norfolk June 30th.

Honorable Mention: OF John-Ford Griffin hit four home runs and drove in six runs for the Chiefs. Also, Griffin learned he’d be representing the Chiefs on the field at the Triple-A All-Star Game.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK: RHP Victor Zambrano earned the knod over a slew of great starting pitching performances for the Chiefs. Zambrano made one start throwing 7.0 innings giving up just two hits and two runs against Charlotte. The righty earned the win while walking three and striking out a season-high eight batters. The former Met and Devil Ray retired the final 14 batters he faced.

Honorable Mention: RHP Mike MacDonald was a tough luck loser twice this week. In total MacDonald went 12.2 innings giving up eleven hits walking just one batter and striking out seven in two starts. He was 0-2 with a 2.84 earned run average. And RHP Josh Banks was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in one start against Charlotte. Banks struck out nine and walked none for his seventh win of the season.

FINAL ROSTER DECISIONS MADE

The Toronto Blue Jays made their final few decisions and the result caused a ripple effect on their minor league system.  The Blue Jays decided to send down to the Chiefs pitchers Geremi Gonzalez and Brian Tallet, catcher Sal Fasano and designate pitcher Francisco Rosario for assignment.

The Chiefs roster currently looks like this with still a few decisions to be made:
STARTING ROTATION:  Four kids and a veteran.  Dustin McGowan, Josh Banks, Ty Taubenheim and Ismael Ramirez made 60 AAA-starts in 2006.  They all should be improved in their second season.  Gonzalez a veteran will anchor the staff with Jamie Vermilyea and Jason Scobie also available for long relief or spot staring.

BULLPEN:  Tallet is the lone lefty and will be used in situational roles, while newcomer Blaine Neal assumes the closer role.  Set-up men include former Red Wing Beau Kemp, who helped Rochester to the I.L. Governors Cup Finals, Matt Roney who recorded an ERA under 3.00 with Sacramento last season, Ryan Houston who pitched exceptional from April-June last year before a terrible month of July balooned his ERA and newcomer Brain Wolfe, who was acquired in the Corey Koskie trade last season and bounced around from A-Dunedin and AA-New Hampshire in 2006.  Wolfe could be the sleeper in this group.

CATCHING:  Veteran Sal Fasano backs up big league catching prospect Curtis Thigpen.  A major improvement over last seasons defensively challenged duo of Mike Mahoney and Jason Phillips.

INFIELDERS:    Kevin Barker returns for his third season at 1B, Russ Adams returns to Syracuse this time to play second base, Slick fielding Ray Olmedo takes over at shortstop while John Hattig returns for his third season at 3B.  Ryan Roberts will man the utility role and is very good at all three positions 2B, SS and 3B.   The Chiefs should be very much improved up the middle with Olmedo and Adams, both have played in the major leagues, while Barker is very good around the bag at first.  Hattig’s range is average at best, but should make up for it with his bat (.277 with 30 doubles last season).  Roberts had a great spring and will see plenty of action.

OUTFIELDERS:  Three spots with five quality players.  Jeff Duncan will see most of the action in center field and can play defence.  His speed on the turf at home should make him a .300 hitter.  Super prospect Adam Lind will play left field while veterans Mike Vento (AAA All-Star at Columbus two years ago) and Chiefs Fan Favorite Chad Mottola share time in rightfield.  2005 MVP John-Ford Griffin is healthy and will get most of the DH at bats.

The Chiefs still need to drop one pitcher and will add Francisco Rosario and Brandon League at some point in early April with more changes yet to be made.

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