All six affiliates won on this night and pitching was the reason. Among the six teams only two hitters had three hits, namely Ryan Goins and Wuilmer Becerra.
On the pitching front Andrew Carpenter pitched seven shutout innings for Las Vegas. Chad Jenkins pitched six shutout innings for NH. Asher Woj pitched six strong innings for Dunedin. Javier Avendano, Nick Purdy, Daniel Norris and Alberto Tirado each shutout the opposition in their innings. Joe Musgrove gave up one run in his four innings.
Kip Wells got the start for Tucson and Anthony Gose greeted him with a triple. Hechavarria delivered the run with a sac fly. Hechavarria drove in the second run with a double in the third inning. That was followed by a three run home run off the bat of Travis Snider. The Jays added single runs in the fourth, fifth and ninth innings. In each case a lead off walk came around to score.
Travis d'Arnaud, Adam Lind and Kevin Howard led the offense with two hits each.
Andrew Carpenter started and pitched seven shutout innings. If he keeps this up he could be the Jays next starter.
Chad Jenkins got back on form and pitched six shutout innings. Jenkins walked two, struck-out three and gave up five hits.
On offense Sean Ochinko singled in two runs in the fourth. In the sixth Ochinko singled again, as did Gabe Jacobo. Justin Jackson singled in run 3, John Tolisano doubled in two more, and Ryan Goins singled in run number 6.
Goins had three hits, Ochinko and Jackson had two each.
Asher Wojciechowski continued his fine pitching, six innings, seven hits, seven K's, one walk, two runs.
Dunedin trailed 2-0 in the fourth when Jack Murphy singled in two runs to tie the game. The Jays went ahead in the fifth, Michael Crouse singled and scored on a sac fly. In the seventh Jake Marisnick singled with the bases loaded. With the addition of an error the bases cleared and Dunedin led 6-2. Kevin Nolan singled in two more in the eighth.
Despite the score Dunedin outhit Clearwater just 9-8. For the Jays Kevin Nolan was the only Jay with two hits.
Lansing - All Star Break
The MWL All-Star game was played Tuesday. Kevin Pillar started in centre field and went 1-4 with a walk and a sac fly. The walk was a ten pitch effort in the ninth inning. Chris Hawkins was 2-3 with an infield single and a ground ball single to left.
Noah Syndergaard pitched the second inning, he allowed one hit. Ajay Meyer came on to get the final out of the game, but he gave up a triple before he did so. Sanchelino did not pitch.
This was a 1-1 game through seven innings. Javier Avendano and Nick Purdy each pitched three innings of one hit ball. Nick Baligod doubled in the Canadians only run to that point in the third inning. but in the eighth Balbino doubled and that was followed by a walk. Three errors later and the C's had a three runs lead. In the ninth inning an error, a walk and a HBP loaded the bases for Matt Newman who doubled to drive in two runs. A third run scored on a ground out.
Eric Phillips was the only hitter with two hits.
It was the first game of the season for Bluefield. Joe Musgrove and Daniel Norris each pitched four innings with five K's. Musgrove was perfect through three innings before giving up a run on two hits in the fourth. Norris pitched four perfect innings.
Bluefield got on the board right away, Alex Azor singled to lead off the game and Christian Lopes then homered. In the third inning the Jays added four more, three of them on a bases loaded double by Dickie Thon.
Every starter except Jacob Anderson had a hit. Santiago Nessy, Art Charles and Carlos Ramirez had two hits each.
Five Blue Jay pitchers held the Pirates to just two hits. Alberto Tirado a 17 year old, pitched three innings and gave up one of the hits. Francisco Gracesqui, a 20 year old from the Bronx, pitched as he did in extended. Namely he walked two and struck out three in two innings. Adaric Kelly, Tim Brechbuehler and Brandon Kaye pitched the last four innings.
Anthony Alford got the Jays going with a solo home run in the fourth, Dawel Lugo followed with a three run shot in the fifth. Wuilmer Becerra doubled in a run in the sixth and the Jays added two runs without a hit in the seventh.
Becerra led the hitters with three hits, two were doubles. DJ Davis was 0-4 with 3 K's.
3rd star: Daniel Norris
2nd Star: Chad Jenkins
1st star: Andrew Carpenter