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Two pitchers from the DSL Blue Jays teamed up for a seven-inning no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader.  That highlighted a 4-2 Monday on the farm.

Las Vegas 14 Iowa 7

Chris Woodward had plenty to smile about Monday night after contributing a key bases-loaded double and getting on base three times against Iowa.

Las Vegas, NV - Ryan Rowland-Smith set down the 51s in order in the first inning.  That was the last time any Cub hurler would keep the 51s off the board as they scored at least once in innings two through eight.  Tuffy Gosewich doubled home a run in the second and Chris Woodward gave Las Vegas the lead for good with a bases-clearing double in the third.  Brian Bocock doubled home a run in the fourth and Danny Perales singled home two more in the fifth.  A Luke Hughes RBI single and a Jack Cust sacrifice fly in the sixth made it 9-3 Las Vegas.  A Jonathan Diaz bases-loaded walk, a Bocock single and a Hughes sac fly in the seventh made it 12-6.  Ricardo Nanita homered and Perales singled home another run in the eighth.  Bocock, Perales and Gosewich were the hit leaders with three apiece and Gosewich was a homer short of the cycle.  Woodward had two hits and a walk and Cust was 0-for-1 with three walks and two runs scored.  Perales, Diaz and Hughes each had a stolen base.

Shawn Hill
(7-1) did not put together a pitching line worthy of a victory but he got one anyway.  The Mississauga, Ontario native gave up two first-inning runs (both unearned after a Brian Bocock error at short) among his six total in 5 2/3 innings.  Four of the runs were earned on nine hits and three walks.  He struck out a pair but did manage to record seven groundball outs.  Juan Abreu made his organizational debut by pitching one-third of an inning that included one hit, one walk and one strikeout but he did allow both of his inherited runners to score.  Clint Everts bailed out Abreu by stranding two runners but did yield an unearned run (after another Bocock clank) over 1 2/3 innings that saw him walk two batters and strike out one.  Jerry Gil went the rest of the way by getting five outs with his only blemish being a walk.

New Hampshire
- Scheduled day off.  Brandon Morrow will pitch for the Fisher Cats against the Binghamton Mets in the opener of a three-game series in Manchester Tuesday.

- Scheduled day off.  The D-Jays welcome Milwaukee affiliate Brevard County for a three-game set on Tuesday evening.

Great Lakes 5 Lansing 4

Midland, MI
- Lugnuts first baseman K.C. Hobson muffed a ball with two out in the first and the Loons took advantage with a pair of unearned runs off Jesse HernandezChris Peters started a 7-6-1-5 play to nail a runner at third to end the inning.  Nick Baligod also helped out Hernandez in the fourth by starting a 9-3 double play.  The two first inning runs at was all the damage the Dodgers affiliate could do against Hernandez, as he worked around five hits, a walk and a hit by pitch over six frames.  He struck out only one but collected nine of his 12 outs on the ground.  Shawn Griffith was greeted with back-to-back jacks to start the seventh but settled down to strike out a pair against one base on balls in his one inning of work.  Philip Brua pitched a one-hit eighth inning but Ian Kadish (1-1) could not get the elusive final out of the ninth.  After a leadoff double, he struck out the next two batters but two walks and a single gave Great Lakes the walk-off win.

Kevin Patterson tied the game for Lansing with a two-run homer in the fourth inning for his 15th of the year.  A sacrifice bunt by Gustavo Pierre and a wild pitch in the top of the ninth produced the tying runs and forced the Loons to take their turn at the plate in the bottom half.  Peters and Hobson both doubled and walked.  Andy Fermin singled and walked.  Port Moody, B.C.'s Michael Crouse was 0-for-3 with a walk.

Vancouver 6 Yakima 0

Art Charles, shown rounding the bases last Saturday night, made another uninterrupted 360-foot run for glory against Yakima Monday.

Vancouver, BC
- Art Charles put the C's in charge by putting a charge into one in the form of a two-run homer in the fourth inning.  Ian Parmley and Jorge Flores began a three-run rally in the fifth with RBI singles before a balk scored the other run.  Balbino Fuenmayor put the cherry on top with a leadoff homer in the seventh.  Charles was the only Vancouverite with two hits and he also drew a walk.  Jorge Flores singled and walked and Kellen Sweeney had a 1-for-4 night to bump his average a dozen points over the Mendoza Line.  Dwight Smith Jr. was 0-for-3 with a walk.

Ben White (4-4) enjoyed his best start of the year by lasting seven shutout innings - scattering four hits, two walks and a hit by pitch against the Diamondbacks affiliate.  Tucker Donahue wrapped things up with two strikeouts over two perfect frames.

Bluefield - Scheduled day off.  They host the Elizabethton Twins for a three game series starting Tuesday night.

GCL Phillies 3 GCL Blue Jays 0

Clearwater, FL
- The score should read Gabriel Cenas 3 Phillies 0 as the Venezuelan prospect had a hand in all three G-Jays runs.  He lifted a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning before knocking home runs with singles in the sixth and eighth.  Cenas, Dawel Lugo and Guelph, Ontario's Shaun Valeriote all had two-hit games.  Jesus Gonzalez and Daniel Devonshire each had a hit and two walks.  D.J. Davis and Surrey, B.C.'s Justin Atkinson were both 0-for-5.

Alberto Tirado pitched four shutout innings of one-hit ball, striking out six.  Three of his four outs in play remained within the confines of the diamond.  Tyler Gonzales (1-1) scattered three hits over three shutout frames while striking out two.  The 60th overall pick in the 2012 draft had an impressive groundout-airout ratio of 6-0.  Brady Dragmire got the two-inning save by throwing one-hit ball, striking out one and posting a GO/AO of 5-0.  Best of all, the Jays hurlers did not walk a single Phillie.

DSL Blue Jays 4 DSL Angels 1 (Game 1- 7 Innings)

San Pedro de Macoris, DR
- Francis Eduardo and Jimmy Cordero (1-2) threw a combined no-hitter.  Eduardo pitched the first four innings and allowed the lone Angels run on a leadoff walk, a sacrifice bunt, a stolen base and a sacrifice fly in the second.  He issued three walks but induced five groundball outs.  Cordero was perfect in his three innings, striking out three batters and also matching Eduardo's five outs on the grass.

The Jays bunched their four runs evenly in the second and third innings.  An errant pickoff throw at third and a Deiferson Barreto double accounted for the first two runs.  A Gustavo Perinan single and a Juan Kelly double play ball brought in the other two.  Barreto and Edwin Fuentes had two hits apiece.  Leudy Garcia singled and walked.  Cesar Barazarte walked and stole a base.  Rolando Segovia was 0-for-4.

DSL Angels 3 DSL Blue Jays 0 (Game 2 - 5 1/2 Innings)

San Pedro de Macoris, DR - Lefty Jonathan Torres (0-1) kept the Halos off the hit column for all of one-third of an inning.  The problem was he walked four batters which resulted in a pair of runs.  Fellow lefthander Carlos Rodriguez stranded two of Torres' three runners but had an unearned run on his pitching line over 3 2/3 innings.  The damage was done on three hits, a walk and two plunks.  On the plus side, he struck out three and got six groundouts.  Another lefty, Luis Perdomo, walked one but struck out two over one shutout frame.

Edwin Fuentes
had a perfect game at the dish by going 2-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base.  Cesar Barazarte and Andres Sotillo had the other Jays hits.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Art Charles, Vancouver.  The 6-foot-6 slugger is adjusting to Northwest League pitching with a .935 OPS over his last 10 games, including five doubles, a triple and two home runs.

2. Ben White, Vancouver.  White has a streak of five quality starts and has allowed just one run over his last 17 innings.

1. Francis Eduardo/Jimmy Cordero, DSL Blue Jays (tie).  Eduardo has given up just one run over his last six innings while Cordero has struck out 15 batters in 15 innings.

Extra Innings...

51s pitcher Sean O'Sullivan is featured in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Sportsnet's Shi Davidi has a Q&A with pitching prospect John Stilson.

From, the Dunedin Blue Jays celebrated its first-half Division title Nintendo-style.
says C's hurler Javier Avendano is the Northwest League Pitcher of the Week.

The Vancouver Sun
says the Canadians are on pace to shatter their attendance record.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph catches up with outfielder Nico Taylor.

From, Larry Hook's latest Lugnuts Profile is lefty Tyler Ybarra.

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jerjapan - Tuesday, August 14 2012 @ 09:11 AM EDT (#262141) #
wow, our big league injuries have decimated the AAA lineup.  take a look at that vegas boxscore - not a prospect in sight. 
John Northey - Tuesday, August 14 2012 @ 10:33 AM EDT (#262147) #
Surprisingly Vegas is 6-4 in their last 10 and still at 566 for winning percentage.  Not bad for a team that has lost most of its players (including the entire outfield of Snider/Gose/Sierra plus Thames very recently) and hasn't been given much to work with. 
Lylemcr - Tuesday, August 14 2012 @ 11:07 AM EDT (#262153) #

I am curious what everyone thinks of Gose, Hech and Seirra. 

Personally, I think Gose and Hech are having a hard time and seem to be catching up.  Defensively, I am very impressed with Gose.  I could live with a 220 hitter in CF if he plays defense like that.  Best I have seen in a Jays uniform since Devon White.

Seirra seems to be very comfortable up there.  He reminds me of someone...  I can't put my finger on it.

Denoit - Tuesday, August 14 2012 @ 12:18 PM EDT (#262163) #
Last night was the first chance I had to watch Sierra, and it was impressive. He doesn't look phased and handled a lot of different pitches. The ability to foul off tough pitches and then either work himself a walk, or get a hit was awesome. Now I know its just one game, and his nubmers don't mean much with the small sample but it's a good start.
Ever since he was in Dunedin at age 20 he has put up good numbers. He may have been advanced quicker if it wasn't for injuries and the log jam of OF's. He has sort of flew under the radar so far, and I'm hopefull he can be a solid player going forward.
Mike Green - Tuesday, August 14 2012 @ 12:31 PM EDT (#262164) #
Ever since he was in Dunedin at age 20 he has put up good numbers. He may have been advanced quicker if it wasn't for injuries and the log jam of OF's.

Not quite.  Sierra put up very good numbers at age 20, but after his injury, his numbers have been plebeian (.277/.342/.436 at age 22 in New Hampshire and .289/.360/.472 in Las Vegas this year).  The latter numbers are actually bad for a corner OF prospect in Las Vegas.  His BABIP numbers aren't great despite medium range pop- has he been popping up a lot?
DJRob - Tuesday, August 14 2012 @ 03:34 PM EDT (#262180) #
Lyle, Sierra's mannerisms and swing remind me of Escobar.
Hard to get any idea of what his upside is as he never excelled in the minors and hasn't struggled in the majors, but I am impressed by the combination of batting eye and good plate coverage. Add in the good defense and he looks useful.
hypobole - Tuesday, August 14 2012 @ 05:37 PM EDT (#262186) #

 His BABIP numbers aren't great despite medium range pop- has he been popping up a lot?

Lyle, Sierra's mannerisms and swing remind me of Escobar.

Siera is a lot like Escobar. He's had higher, and usually much higher, ground ball rates than league average at every level.

Mike Green - Tuesday, August 14 2012 @ 08:29 PM EDT (#262194) #
Interesting night on the farm.  Morrow and Nolin brilliant for New Hampshire and Dunedin; Norris struggles for Bluefield.  Two out of three...
greenfrog - Tuesday, August 14 2012 @ 10:45 PM EDT (#262203) #
Nolin is an interesting sleeper prospect and is having another nice year after moving up a level. I'm curious to see how he does at AA next year.
TamRa - Tuesday, August 14 2012 @ 10:51 PM EDT (#262204) #
the recently published article/interview re Stilson sort of implied that he might be done for the year (in the suggestion that he was approaching the point he would have been shut down anyway).

That's the rotation spot that Morrow has been in but he's presumably done with it. that turn comes up 4 more times and the question occurs to me:

Is it better to promote a pitcher - presumably Nolin - to that spot as a reward for excellent work at the lower level? or to play out the string with Carreno or some other guy in NH so that Nolin gets to compete in the playoffs with Dunedin?

Certainly Nolin has pitched well enough to be promoted, but the FO seems to value playoff participation as well.I assume there are rules against promoting him and then dropping him back down for the playoffs.

Denoit - Thursday, August 16 2012 @ 12:39 PM EDT (#262298) #
"Not quite. Sierra put up very good numbers at age 20, but after his injury, his numbers have been plebeian (.277/.342/.436 at age 22 in New Hampshire and .289/.360/.472 in Las Vegas this year)."

Comments like these are why I dont post in this forum, you can honestly say those numbers are not good? Your reply makes no sense.

I'm not saying Sierra is going to be an all-star, but a guy who could OPS around .800 in his prime. Possibly with above average power and a cannon arm. I would take a that in a heartbeat for a complimentary player on a championship team.

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