Thursday, August 23, 2007


Tonight's Lynx doubleheader loss in Syracuse turned up a new Canadian baseball name to remember.

Jays prospect Adam Lind was a single shy of hitting for the cycle -- he only got three at-bats in the seven-inning doubleheader game in the Chiefs' 7-1 romp (boxscore, play-by-play) in the second game. He was on deck with two out in the bottom of the sixth but Joe Bisenius got an inning-ending strikeout.

Lind isn't tearing the cover off the ball in Triple-A -- .801 on-base plus slugging, although he's hitting better with runners on base than with the bases empty.

Meantime, in Syracuse's 7-3 win (boxscore, play-by-play) in Game 1, backup catcher David Corrente of Chatham got to start since it's a twinbill. He ended up hitting a two-run homer, his first in Triple-A, off Lynx righty Matt Childers (7-3) in the fourth inning that put the Chiefs ahead for good.

The 24-year-old Corrente isn't a big-time prospect. He's one of dozens of catchers hoping to win a major-league job on his defence and professionalism, the kind who usually gets a bit of cult following if he stays with a team for a while. Backup catchers are always easy to root for, especialy ones from Ferguson Jenkins' hometown.

Corrente will be a minor league free agent after the season, so the Jays will have to decide if he should stay in the organization. After his go-ahead homer, the Chiefs salted away the game with three unearned runs in the fifth. It rained before the game and the wind was gusting throughout the game, so that might have played a role in a Gookie Dawkins throwing error and a two-out fly ball to deep centre field that fell in and bounced over the fence for an automatic double. Childers then failed to get the fifth out of the inning when John Hattig belted a three-run homer.

Gary Burnham accounted for of all of Ottawa's runs on the night -- he scored the only one in the second game after hitting a three-run homer to account for all the damage in the opener. He's seven RBI shy of tying the club single-season record with 12 games left, barring any games that are cancelled due to rain or widespread ennui.

Another doubleheader on Friday? Grrrrreat.

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Pete Toms said...

Who is Lynx MVP in 07? Burnham or Thurston?

Pete Toms said...

I had never heard of Corrente, nice find. I looked him up, 123 AB at Hi A this season and 4 AB in AAA. He's 24, usually too old to be considered a prospect in Hi A but le's be optimistic. As a general rule, Cdns mature later due to obvious reasons...we don't play a whole lot of it here. Good for David.

Our local Cdn catcher Laforest got recalled by the Padres recently. I think he's gonna get a fair number of AB's down the stretch in the Wild Card race. Bard is hurt and struggling. Laforest was 2nd to Rick Ankiel in th PCL in HR this season when recalled.

sager said...


That question reminds me of my days covering high school sports. Seriously. The high school in Port. la Pr. had a Cadillac boys volleyball team that went to provicials almost every year. Something they used to do at that tournament was pick a "player's choice" award for the kid who was techically sound, played the game right, was a good teammate.

Thurston seems to be that guy on the Lynx. Meantime, Burnham has the numbers.

David said...

Thanks for giving some love to Chatham's Corrente. In the offseason he coaches volleyball at Chatham-Kent Secondary School and the team won OFSAA AAA last year.