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Some more fireworks in New Hampshire and Kyle Drabek shined in relief as the affiliates went 4-3 tonight.

Buffalo 5 Columbus 3 Game One

I think Kyle Drabek has found his niche—extending relief pitching after a rain delay. Drabek pitched five scoreless innings as play resumed after last night’s rain delay. Homeruns by Darin Mastroianni and Jared Goedert provided the offence after the restart as Buffalo ran out winners at 5-3.

Buffalo 7 Columbus 4 Game Two

Game two was marked by a gutsy Austin Bibens-Dirkx start. After allowing four runs in the first inning, Bibens-Dirkx rebounded to pitch four scoreless innings. Meanwhile the Bisons’ offence rallied, posting three runs in the second, two in the third, and a single run in the fourth and fifth innings. Kevin Pillar, back in the heart of the Bisons’ batting order, delivered two hits. As did Brad Glenn who homered, and Andy LaRoche had three hits including a double and a homerun. Aaron Sanchez hopes to impress tomorrow.

Altoona 6 New Hampshire 7

Drama I do say down in New Hampshire. After last night’s brawl, New Hampshire and Altoona returned tonight to combine for 29 hits and a walk-off. New Hampshire came from behind in the ninth to tie the game at six with three runs and then walked off in the eleventh.

There were heroes all around tonight. Jonathan Jones threw a runner out at the plate in the ninth. Kevin Nolan was at the heart of the ninth inning rally—doubling with one out and ultimately scoring the winning run in the eleventh. Andy Burns singled home the winning run and has now run his hit streak to ten games, while Kenny Wilson had four hits at the top of the order. I want to say tonight’s game jump-starts the Fisher Cats as they sit last in the Eastern League’s Eastern division, but they’ve been winning their fair share of ball games recently—so keep it up!

Clearwater 4 Dunedin 5

Another walk-off down on the farm as Marcus Knecht singled home Dalton Pompey to walk-off the Phillies affiliate. Pompey had two hits including a triple and was joined in the two-hit department by L.B. Dantzler. Recently promoted Santiago Nessy doubled. On the mound, Matt Boyd went five solid innings, allowing just one earned run while striking out six and walking two.

Bowling Green 10 Lansing 4

The second half of the season did not start as planned for the Lansing squad. While Dawel Lugo had three hits on the evening, he also kicked the ball twice leading to two unearned runs. Dickie Joe Thon had two hits, as did Mitch Nay, Derrick Loveless, and Chaz Frank. Not much extra-base pop though as Derrick Loveless’ triple represented the only extra-base hit for the Lugnuts. Frank Viola III goes for the Lugs tomorrow.

Spokane 0 Vancouver 1 Rain Delay

Play will resume tomorrow apparently.

Johnson City 13 Bluefield 0

Opening night down in Bluefield and yikes, did they get hit around. The reviews for Jesus Tinoco and the Relievers don’t look pretty. No four stars here. Little going on at the plate as well. Eyes will be on Bluefield to see how this crop of hitting prospects fare. I think since we’ve started up with Bluefield the Jays have sent some pretty good-looking hitting prospects down there. This year should be no different as the lineup will feature Richard Urena, Anthony Alford, Jake Anderson (or whatever is left of him), Rowdy Tellez, Gabriel Cenas, and Jesus Gonzalez. All of those names received a lot of bonus money. It would be awfully nice if a few of those names make it through the year with some numbers to justify the outlay.

DSL Rangers1 7 DSL Blue Jays 6

This Severino kid cannot catch the ball. He made his fourteenth error tonight in his seventeenth game. He can hit apparently as he stroked three hits and fell a homerun shy of the cycle. The Rangers squad scored a single run in the top half of the ninth to top the DSL Jays affiliate.

Three Stars

3. Andy Burns

2. Brad Glenn

1. Kyle Drabek

Box Scores

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Kelekin - Friday, June 20 2014 @ 05:33 AM EDT (#288727) #
I'm intrigued to see how Carlos Ramirez does as a reliever in Bluefield. He ran into trouble in his first inning but also struck out the side. Second inning was clean. I'd be curious if they end up going this route with Jesus Gonzalez if he his .200 again.
Mike Green - Friday, June 20 2014 @ 08:48 AM EDT (#288730) #
The recap for the Dunedin game was interesting.  With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Pompey walked.  Danzler then grounds out "shortstop J.P. Crawford to second baseman KC Serna to first base" with Pompey advancing to second.  Knecht then grounded a single to center to end the game.  Maybe it was a hit-and-run or maybe Pompey just beat the throw.  Speed helps.  Pompey is 26-2 stealing bases this year so far. 
Mike Green - Friday, June 20 2014 @ 09:06 AM EDT (#288731) #
Anthony Gose has not played since being sent down Tuesday evening.  Anybody know what is up?
PeteMoss - Friday, June 20 2014 @ 09:29 AM EDT (#288733) #
You are allowed a few days to report. Steve Delabar hadn't gotten to Buffalo either when he was recalled.
Mike Green - Friday, June 20 2014 @ 10:23 AM EDT (#288735) #
I know.  Delabar was a bit of a different story.  An All-Star last year and 30 years old, he was sent down because of his struggles.  Regrouping was part of the plan. The 23 year old Gose was given a pat on the back for a job well done while Rasmus was injured and told that he would be coming back.  He was sent down to make sure that he got regular at-bats.  It doesn't help if he takes the full time allotted to report. 
Gerry - Friday, June 20 2014 @ 11:47 AM EDT (#288738) #
The GCL starts today at noon. Jacob Brentz on the mound for the Jays, Gudino, Thomas and Morgan in the starting lineup.
Maldoff - Friday, June 20 2014 @ 11:55 AM EDT (#288740) #
Gerry, do you have a GCL roster? The website has not updated it yet.
metafour - Friday, June 20 2014 @ 12:11 PM EDT (#288741) #
Roster (via Chris King):
Mike Green - Friday, June 20 2014 @ 05:05 PM EDT (#288750) #
Lane Thomas went 2-4 and stole a base, batting third and playing centerfield. 
uglyone - Friday, June 20 2014 @ 08:51 PM EDT (#288758) #
Read an interview with Hulet this offseason, and when asked he said his two sleeper picks for the jays' system this year were Miguel Castro, who i totally agreed with, and...Ryan Borucki, which i thought was a stretch.

Well, both those sleepers look pretty darn good tonight.

Castro with 6 shutout innings with 4 hits, 1bb, and 4k, for his 2nd strong start in a row to start the year.

Borucki's first start since 2012 he throws 4 shutout innings with 6 singles and 2 strikeouts.

At 20, he's a tiny bit old for bluefield, as he missed all last year. 6'4" lefty with mid 90s heat and a good breaking ball. Might be one to keep an eye on.
Mike Green - Friday, June 20 2014 @ 10:09 PM EDT (#288761) #
Aaron Sanchez had a so-so outing and left trailing 3-0, until Jon Diaz (!) came to the rescue.  Diaz hit a 3 run homer in the 7th to tie the game and then walked with the bases loaded in the 8th for the tie-breaker.  The Herd won 5-3.
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