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Las Vegas and Vancouver could not be accused of having slow hands at the plate as they put up a dozen runs apiece.  New Hampshire and the boys in the Gulf could not be accused of having slow feet as they each executed a double steal of home and second base. That was part of a 4-3 Monday night for the affiliates.

Las Vegas 12 Reno 4

Ricardo Nanita
was one of five Las Vegas players to record two hits against Reno Monday night.

Las Vegas, NV - The 51s found the end zone in the second quarter, er, inning with a converted touchdown against the Diamondbacks affiliate. Eric Thames launched the aerial assault by leading off with a solo home run (#5) and it continued with Ricardo Nanita, Chris Woodward and Joel Galarraga completing the cycle with a run-scoring single, double and triple respectively.   A throwing error and run-scoring singles by David Cooper and Thames rounded out the scoring for the inning.  Las Vegas dropped four more runs on the Aces in the fourth on Cooper's RBI double, Moises Sierra's two-run two-bagger and Danny Perales' sacrifice fly.  Sierra then led off the seventh with a home run, his 17th of the year.  Cooper, Thames, Sierra, Perales and Nanita all had two-hit games with Thames adding a base on balls.  Mike McCoy was 1-for-5 and Jonathan Diaz was 0-for-4 but drew a walk.  The only Las Vegas hitter not to get a hit or a walk was Mark Sobolewski, who was 0-for-1 as a late game replacement at third base.

Mississauga's Shawn Hill (5-0) was victimized for two homers but managed to last six innings in which he gave up four runs on nine hits, a walk and a hit by pitch.  He struck out two and collected 10 outs on the ground.  Jim Hoey pitched two scoreless innings that features two hits and two strikeouts.  David Carpenter worked a one-walk ninth and struck out a pair.

Harrisburg 5 New Hampshire 1

Harrisburg, PA - The nightmare season continues for Deck McGuire (4-11) as the number five dominated his line score.  He was hammered for five runs on five hits and five walks over four innings and his strikeout total was a big, fat zero.  McGuire did keep the ball on the ground with eight of his 11 outs in play staying on the ground.  Matt Daly and Ronald Uviedo worked two scoreless frames with a strikeout apiece.  Daly survived two hits and a walk and Uviedo overcame three hits.

Brian Bocock broke up the shutout against the Nationals affiliate by tripling and stealing home as part of a double steal with John Tolisano.  Bocock and Kevin Howard put a two in the hit column and Mike McDade doubled for the other New Hampshire hit but struck out three times.  John Tolisano drew the only Fisher Cats walk but whiffed twice.  Sean Ochinko was 0-for-2 but took one for the team.  He was replaced by Koby Clemens as a pinch-runner and behind the plate and struck out in his only at-bat.  Ryan Goins and Jake Marisnick had 0-for-4 nights while Kenen Bailli and Brian Van Kirk were both 0-for-3.

Clearwater 2 Dunedin 1

Clearwater, FL
- Casey Lawrence (6-5) held down the Phillies affiliate to single runs in the third and fourth innings.  He went seven frames of seven-hit ball and did not walk anyone.  One of the hits off Lawrence was a home run and he only struck out two but nine of his 15 outs in play were on the green.  Dayton Marze pitched a perfect eighth inning.

The only Dunedin run was in the sixth when Kevin Pillar's groundout scored a Jonathan Jones single.  Jones had two of Dunedin's four hits with Pillar contributing a double and Marcus Knecht getting a single.  Ryan Schimpf and Kevin Ahrens reached base via the base on balls.  Jon Berti was 0-for-4 while Jon Talley, Jack Murphy and Justin Jackson were a combined 0-for-9.

Lansing 6 Wisconsin 1

Appleton, WI - Kenny Wilson broke a scoreless tie in the fifth with an RBI single and K.C. Hobson drove home the next two with a solo homer (#9) in the sixth and a double in the eighth.  The Lugnuts scored three more times against the Brewers affiliate in the ninth courtesy of a passed ball, a Wilson run-scoring single and a Gustavo Pierre triple.  Wilson and Hobson each totaled two hits, a walk and a stolen base and Aaron Munoz had a two-hit effort.  Andy Fermin reached twice with a single and a base on balls and Kevin Patterson heard ball four twice.  Kipp Schutz, recently acquired from the Baltimore organization, extended his three-game hitting streak with the Lugnuts by doubling in his five at-bats.  Michael Crouse and Shane Opitz were a combined 0-for-8.

Blake McFarland (5-3) fired five shutout frames of four-hit ball for the victory.  He struck out three and had a groundout/flyout total of 3-6.  Aleson Escalante set down the side but walked the leadoff man in the seventh.  Lefty Tyler Ybarra stranded that runner and pitched two scoreless frames, getting around a hit and a walk with two punchouts.  Brandon Berl was nicked for a run on three hits but struck out two to close things out.

Vancouver 12 Spokane 7

Nick Baligod's run-scoring single tied the game at 4-4 for Vancouver Monday night before he belted his first home run of the season.

Vancouver, BC - The Canadians ended the first half of the season on a winning note, taking four of five from Spokane.  The Rangers affiliate scored four times in the top of the second but the C's responded by scoring nine times in the bottom half.  Jordan Leyland tripled home Vancouver's first run and Tucker Frawley cashed him in with a single.  Jorge Flores and Nick Baligod drew the C's even with back to back RBI singles.  They came home to score on a two-run single by Jason Leblebijian.  Leyland doubled home two more runs and Derrick Chung wrapped up the scoring for the inning with an RBI single.  Vancouver hit double digits after an errant pickoff throw in the seventh.  Baligod capped off a two-run ninth with his first homer of the season after a passed ball scored the first run.  Leyland and Leblebijian had three hits apiece while Flores and Ian Parmley each had two hits and a walk.  Balbino Fuenmayor had a hit and collected his fifth walk of the season.  He has drawn a walk in three of his last four games but has struck out 46 times.  Matt Newman was 1-for-5, meaning every Vancouver batter contributed at least one hit in its 16-hit attack.

Amherstburg, Ontario's Zack Breault gave up all four of his runs in the second and did not have his best stuff as evidenced by five walks and four hits over three frames.  He did not strike out anyone.  Cobourg, Ontario's Nick Purdy did not fare much better over his three frames.  Two of his three runs were earned on five hits and a walk.  On the positive side, he rang up four Ks and induced five groundball outs.  Tucker Donahue (2-1) worked 1 2/3 scoreless frames by navigating around two hits and a walk while striking out one.  Ian Kadish gave up a hit and walked a batter but stranded a runner for Donahue and earned his fifth save by getting the final four outs.

Danville @ Bluefield

Bluefield, WV
- This game was postponed due to rain.  It will be made up today as part of a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET.

GCL Pirates 8 GCL Blue Jays 7

Dunedin, FL - The Jays built an early 4-0 lead after a John Silviano run-scoring fly ball in the first and a two-run triple by Dawel Lugo.  Lugo proceeded to steal home as part of a double steal with D.J. Davis taking second.  The Jays would find themselves down 8-4 before Jorge Saez knocked home a run with a single in the fifth.  Lugo tripled home another run in the eighth and he was brought home on a Davis single.  Davis was on base four times with a double, a single, a walk and a hit by pitch.  Lugo, Justin Atkinson and Josh Almonte also had two-hit performances.  Saez was 1-for-4 with a walk, Gabriel Cenas was 1-for-5 and Emilio Guerrero had a hit in his four trips to the dish.  Silviano drew one base on balls but Jesus Gonzalez was 0-for-5.

Left-hander Alonzo Gonzalez (0-3) pitched four innings and saw six runs cross the plate on five hits and three walks.  He was hurt by the long ball twice and only struck out two but he did get seven outs on the ground.  The Pirates got to Tim Brechbuehler for the other two runs (one earned after a Saez throwing error behind the plate) on two hits and a walk over one inning.  The bullpen was near perfect after that as Adaric Kelly worked a clean inning, lefty Francisco Gracesqui scattered a hit and a walk and struck out a pair over two scoreless frames and Chuck Ghysels punched out a batter in a perfect ninth.  The Jays made four errors in this one with Saez committing two of them.

DSL Blue Jays 9 DSL Braves 4

San Pedro de Macoris, DR
- The Jays put up runs in six of the eight innings they went to bat.  Angel Rojas doubled home a run in the first and singled three more times in the third, fifth and sixth to plate four more runs.  Kervin Santiago had an RBI single in the fourth, Leudy Garcia tripled home a run in the fifth and Juan Tejada scored another run with a base hit in that inning.  Gustavo Perinan capped off the scoring with an RBI double.  Rojas was 4-for-4, Tejada was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a stolen base. Santiago worked a pair of walks with his single and Perinan had a two-hit game.  Rolando Segovia doubled and stole two bases and Ronniel Demorizi had a two-bagger.  Edwin Fuentes was 0-for-4 with a walk, Juan Kelly was 0-for-1 pinch-hitting for Rojas and Cesar Barazarte wore the collar in five at-bats.

Lefty Jose Fernandez was one out shy of qualifying for the victory.  He was victimized by a solo home run that tied the game in the second but he stifled the Braves on just four hits.  He struck out six, did not issue a walk and five of his seven outs in play did not vacate the diamond.  Fellow lefty Carlos Rodriguez stranded Fernandez's lone runner but wound up yielding three runs (two earned) on three hits and a hit batsman in 1 1/3 innings despite a K-BB total of 3-0.  The win went to Simon Paulino (1-1), who worked three innings of one-hit ball while registering four strikeouts.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Blake McFarland, Lansing. 
McFarland is 1-1 with a 1.32 earned run average in three starts (13.2 innings) after beginning the year in the bullpen.

2. Jordan Leyland, Vancouver. 
Leyland is batting .316 at Nat Bailey Stadium this season and is hitting .290 with three doubles, one triple and six runs batted in over his last eight games.

1. Eric Thames, Las Vegas. 
Thames has a .362 batting average and a 1.083 OPS over the month of July with seven doubles, two triples, three homers and 13 RBI.

Extra Innings...

The Las Vegas Review-Journal
catches up with righthander Shawn Hill, fellow righty Clint Everts and lefthander Nate Robertson.  Plus, they look at the 51s past pitching injuries.

Sportsnet's Shi Davidi has a story on Fisher Cat pitchers and first round picks Chad Jenkins and Deck McGuire.

The Vancouver Sun talks about pitch counts with C's pitching coach Jim Czajkowski and shines the spotlight on first round pick Marcus Stroman.

The Vancouver Province
chats with pitchers Arik Sikula and Ian Kadish.
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Mike Green - Tuesday, July 24 2012 @ 08:51 AM EDT (#260956) #
No surrender, #2JB?  Dan Piraro must have been reading BB when he penned yesterday's Bizarro comic strip.  It's a picture of a hood robbing a bakery truck by pointing a loaf of bread and saying "Give me all your dough".  The caption reads "if puns were illegal, only bad guys would have them". 

I wonder if Tiger fans ever sang after a dubious managerial move: "Leyland, got me on my knees, Leyland"  Memories of Calle Johanson.

Lugnut Fan - Tuesday, July 24 2012 @ 09:14 AM EDT (#260958) #
Being from Michigan, I can tell you what the Leyland comments are like Mike.  They are very similar to what I see people in Toronto comment on Farrell, only much more vigorous.  It's amazing how fans of every MLB team have the exact same complaints of their manager....haha.
mathesond - Tuesday, July 24 2012 @ 09:34 AM EDT (#260960) #
Clap-Clap-Clapton for the headline
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 24 2012 @ 09:52 AM EDT (#260962) #
Incidentally, the 51s are now only 1.5 games out of first place behind the Sacramento River Cats.  The big club has raided them for talent, so it might be tough to keep pace in August. 
Lylemcr - Tuesday, July 24 2012 @ 10:35 AM EDT (#260964) #

Is it just me, or was Ichiro a salary dump? 

I think there are going to be a lot of movement in the next week.


uglyone - Tuesday, July 24 2012 @ 10:54 AM EDT (#260969) #
Unfortunately Marisnick is not off to a good start in AA, and it's getting to a decent sample size at this point: 77ab, .243/.293/.343/.636. Nothing to get too depresses about yet, but maybe this will give some observers a better appreciation of what the similar aged Gose has done at higher levels than Jake over their minor league careers.
eldarion - Tuesday, July 24 2012 @ 11:14 AM EDT (#260972) #
Fair statement, uglyone, but, as a casual observer, I kinda hope these kids struggle from time to time in the minors - it's hard to reach your full potential as a player unless you've been knocked down a peg from time to time. The struggle is part of the development process. I agree there is nothing to worry about re: Marisnick's numbers as of yet. The jump from single A to double A is a big one...I hope Marisnick is starting to realize that he has some serious work to do...
Ryan Day - Tuesday, July 24 2012 @ 11:17 AM EDT (#260973) #
Marisnick actually looks pretty good compared to Gose if you look at their first month at a new level. Gose hit .238/.307/.288 in his first month at AA; then at his first month in AAA, he hit 216/298/284.
uglyone - Tuesday, July 24 2012 @ 11:22 AM EDT (#260974) #
yup, pretty similar first month lines there....with Gose being either younger and/or at a more advanced level.
Gerry - Tuesday, July 24 2012 @ 11:47 AM EDT (#260978) #

I have a rosier outlook on Marisnick than ugly.

Marisnick has gone hitless in his last two games and is 1-11 over his last three games so the numbers presented by ugly come after a down period for Marisnick.

Marisnick has seven K's in his last ten games, or 41 AB's.  His batting average over those last 10 games is .293.   His BA in AA is .263.  Marisnick's low OPS is due to few walks and little power.  He is making contact.  Marisnick has shown a good eye at the lower levels but that has disappeared in AA.  It could be he is anxious or it could be the the pitchers are more around the plate and he needs to refine his approach.  In any event I am optimistic that his walk rate will improve.  I also believe his power will improve once he gets better pitches to hit.

So, I am not particularly worried about Marisnick, yet.  He is making contact, not getting overmatched, but needs to refine his approach.  That's not bad for a 21 year old in AA.

Mike Green - Tuesday, July 24 2012 @ 12:10 PM EDT (#260980) #
Marisnick's early numbers in double A are poor- 1 homer, 2 walks and 16 strikeouts in 18 games.  He's 21 years old, so this is not a huge deal.  He has always made better contact than this; I believe that it is simply a matter of adaptation to a new level.
92-93 - Tuesday, July 24 2012 @ 12:26 PM EDT (#260982) #
I still don't understand why Marisnick was promoted to AA so quickly.
uglyone - Tuesday, July 24 2012 @ 12:40 PM EDT (#260984) #
For the record - I wasn't trying to insult Marisnick by comparing him to Gose. I just sometimes think the gap between levels is underappreciated by many. The difference between levels is huge, and what Gose was doing 2 levels higher at the same age the past couple of years was every bit as if not more impressive than what Jake was doing 2 levels down.
Lugnut Fan - Tuesday, July 24 2012 @ 01:03 PM EDT (#260988) #
I agree with you Uglyone.  The difference in play going up through the system does get to be huge and the rumor is the biggest jump is from A+ to AA.  The competition that Marisnick is facing right now in New Hampshire is significantly better than what he saw in the MWL last season.  I have full confidence that he will adjust and put the work in to get better.  His first stint in Lansing at the end of the 2010 season was not good, he adjusted and tore it up in 2011.  I'm sure as he develops and gets older, his numbers will improve.
Impossibles - Tuesday, July 24 2012 @ 01:36 PM EDT (#260992) #
Bautista had a 634 OPS in April thru 83 AB's.

Small sample size people!!!
TamRa - Tuesday, July 24 2012 @ 03:15 PM EDT (#261006) #
Marisnick was 3 for his first 22 at AA, with no XBH or walks.

since then he's gone

14/51, with 4 doubles, a homer and 2 walks, which works out to
.275 / .302 / .412 / .714
and that marred by being 2 for his last 16. Basically the sample size is still small enough that 3 or 4 hot or cold games can wildly swing the totals. But I understand no one was really down on him.
scottt - Tuesday, July 24 2012 @ 05:08 PM EDT (#261017) #
Ichiro is mostly a salary dump, but I think they are giving him a chance to play in the World Series. He would have vetoed the transaction if he did not want to play in New-York.
Kelekin - Tuesday, July 24 2012 @ 05:56 PM EDT (#261025) #
Two days ago, my friend and I were discussing how Josh Johnson would be a fantastic buy low candidate.  He is having a poor year, but most of his peripherals are still rather solid.  He`s an injury concern, but if he`s healthy, he`s a potential ace, or #2 at worst.  He's the type of player we should be targeting - so it's no surprise that today it was mentioned the Jays had interest in him.
scottt - Tuesday, July 24 2012 @ 06:20 PM EDT (#261028) #
It seems like a buy low scenario, but it isn't. He has 2 years left and $30 million due, so it's unlikely he will be worth that and there are a dozen teams who could use him now.
wacker - Wednesday, July 25 2012 @ 08:02 AM EDT (#261046) #
Prolly to get him away from the hitting coach in dunedin. Have you had a look at the averages there? There getting worse as the season goes on.
Oceanbound - Wednesday, July 25 2012 @ 08:25 AM EDT (#261048) #
wacker, Dunedin actually has the highest team OPS out of all FSL teams, and by quite a margin. It's the most pitcher-friendly league in the minors.
Richard S.S. - Wednesday, July 25 2012 @ 12:33 PM EDT (#261067) # it's unlikely he will be worth that...

The primary purpose in acquiring Josh Johnson is to eat innings, which he does when healthy.   It's helpful that he wins games, with this offense - many.   His acquisition should take the "Ace" pressure of Romero.   At the end of his contract (2014/15 offseason), A.A. makes a "qualifying offer" of approximately $12.5 MM plus inflation, to obtain an extra draft pick ( or keep him one more year for less money).

Richard S.S. - Wednesday, July 25 2012 @ 12:45 PM EDT (#261069) #
Another barely whispered rumor is trading Nicolino to the White Sox for Floyd.   The Sox, at the same time, can flip Nicolino in a package to Milwaukee for Greinke.
Marc Hulet - Wednesday, July 25 2012 @ 02:57 PM EDT (#261078) #
That trade whisper involving Nicolino was a journalist making up / suggesting a trade option that they felt made sense... but if you're looking at the comment that suggested Chicago also include Jared Mitchell and Trayce Thompson... neither of those two prospects from Chicago have much value so the trade suggestion makes no sense...
Richard S.S. - Wednesday, July 25 2012 @ 03:07 PM EDT (#261079) #

Thanks Marc.

If trading a top Pitching prospect, how do you rank our top 4 Pitching prospects as for trade value?

vw_fan17 - Wednesday, July 25 2012 @ 03:24 PM EDT (#261081) #
Another barely whispered rumor is trading Nicolino to the White Sox for Floyd.   The Sox, at the same time, can flip Nicolino in a package to Milwaukee for Greinke.

Just what we need - giving Kenny W. a chance for the trading-an-injured-pitcher trifecta..
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