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The affiliates lost four of our seven Monday night. Lansing, Vancouver and the boys in the Dominican got the job done. Buffalo had the night off.

Portland 6 New Hampshire 2

Portland, ME
- Casey Lawrence (6-5) surrendered four runs over five innings to the Red Sox affiliate. The damage was done on seven hits and a pair of walks. Lawrence struck out six and four of his six outs were ground balls. Scott Gracey gave up a solo homer over two frames and Gregory Infante also coughed up a run in his one-inning appearance..

Andy Fermin
got the Fisher Cats on the board with a solo home run in the third. It could have been a two-run shot to tie the game but Jorge Flores was caught stealing with Fermin at the dish. Andy Burns drove in the other run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Matt Newman had the only two-hit game, including a double. Burns also had a single.

Fort Myers 8 Dunedin 2

Fort Myers, FLBen White (4-6) had five good innings, including four consecutive shutout frames. However, the inning he'll remember was a six-run first by the Twins affiliate. White was whacked for ten hits and two walks while whiffing four. Justin Jackson was nicked for a run in the seventh. Griffin Murphy worked a one-hit eighth.

The Jays broke out on top with a Dwight Smith Jr. RBI single in the first inning. Jorge Saez doubled home an L.B. Dantzler double for the other run in the seventh. Smith Jr., Saez and Nick Baligod had two hits apiece with Baligod getting hit by a pitch. Christian Lopes walked twice.

Lansing 11 Bowling Green 6

Bowling Green, KY - This win for Lansing was as easy as 1-2-3, or to be more exact, 1-2-2-3-3. That was their scoring output for five of the first six innings against the Rays affiliate. David Harris started the ball game with a leadoff home run. Derrick Loveless went deep for a two-run shot in the third before Justin Atkinson and Daniel Klein added RBI singles in the fourth. Dawel Lugo drilled a three-run jack in the fifth before tacking on a two-run single to highlight a three-run sixth. Harris got aboard four different ways as he singled, walked and was hit by pitch to go along with his homer. Atkinson collected three hits and Loveless walked twice to get aboard three times. Mitch Nay doubled and walked, Matt Dean singled and walked and Dickie Joe Thon had a base hit and a plunk. D.J. Davis was 0-for-5.

Jeremy Gabryszwski wasn't fooling anybody as he was cuffed around for five runs on nine hits over four frames, striking out two and walking no one. Matt Dermody (4-4) was able to fool more hitters, giving up just two hits and whiffing five over three shutout innings. Jimmy Cordero did not continue the strong relief as he coughed up a solo home run among his three hits and two walks. Scott Silverstein had one K in a clean ninth.

Vancouver 9 Eugene 2

Michael De La Cruz hit his first home run of the season as part of a seven-run third inning at Nat Bailey Stadium Monday night.

Vancouver, BC
- The C's managed to bat around once with every hitter managing to get on base. That happened in the third inning and resulted in seven runs. The C's broke out on top in the first inning when Franklin Barreto worked a two-out walk, stole second base, went to third on a throwing error and trotted home on another errant throw. Barreto sparked the big rally in the third with a two-run triple. Ryan McBroom had a run-scoring single before Michael De La Cruz launched a three-run homer to right field. Roemon Fields capped the rally with a sac fly. Tim Locastro singled home the final run in the eighth. Christian Vazquez had a base hit, a BB and a HBP. McBroom also took one for the team. Fields stole two bases while Locastro and Chris Carlson had one. Fields has 26 steals on the year and that gives him the club record for steals.

Jairo Labourt finished one agonizing out away from qualifying for the victory. He struck out five over the first two innings and wound up with six over 4.2 innings. The lefty gave up a pair of two-out hits among his six total, walking two and plunking one. Francisco Gracesqui (2-0) delivered 1.1 perfect innings, striking out a couple of batters. Alberto Tirado put up a series of ones in his pitching line, lasting one inning and surrendering a run on a hit, a walk and a plunk while whiffing one. Kamakani Usui finished up with two innings of one-run ball. The run should have been unearned as Carlson lost sight of a fly ball in left as it fell a good 15-20 feet to his left, resulting in a triple.

Princeton 4 Bluefield 2

Princeton, WV
- Every Bluefield hitter had at least one hit but that was not enough to beat the Rays. The Jays got their runs in the fourth and fifth innings on a Gabriel Cenas RBI single and a Rolando Segovia home run respectively. Segovia also walked and stole a base. The only two-hit game belonged to Josh Almonte. Richard Urena and Rowdy Tellez also joined the hit parade.

Matt Smoral (1-2) only made it through three innings and gave up three runs, one unearned on a Urena error at short. The tall lefty was smacked around for six hits and two walks but struck out five. Chase Wellbrock pitched a shutout inning and Alberto Guzman followed up with two goose eggs. Carlos Ramirez allowed the insurance run over two frames.

GCL Braves 8 GCL Blue Jays 7

Dunedin, FL
- The biggest positive to come out of this game was the performance of Sean Nolin. He got the start in this one and pitched 2.1 innings of one-hit ball with five strikeouts and two ground outs. Nolin's performance did not rub off on Sean Ratcliffe (0-1). He issued four walks and two hits which led to three runs (two earned) in two-thirds of an inning. Patrick Murphy was charged with two runs (one earned) over 1.2 innings but struck out three. Brandon Hinkle gave up a run over one frame before Nick Wells finished up with three frames. He was victimized for an unearned run out of two with a 2-2 K/BB total and a 4-1 GO/FO ratio. The unearned runs were the result of four Dunedin errors. Yeltsin Gudino made two throwing errors from short. Trey Pacsazi and Juan Tejada were also error prone at third base and right field respectively.

Matt Morgan singled home a run to highlight a two-run third inning after a wild pitch led to a first-inning run. Lane Thomas and Dave Pepe managed to earn bases-loaded walks in the sixth and Edwin Fuentes came off the bench to single home a run in the ninth. The other runs were the result of Braves errors as they made four miscues of their own. Morgan was on base three times with two hits and a walk. Tejada had a two-hit game while Thomas doubled and walked. Deiferson Barreto had a double.

DSL Blue Jays 5 DSL Pirates 4

San Pedro de Macoris, DR - The Jays bunched all their runs in the first half of the game. Javier Hernandez lifted two sac flies to plate the first and last runs in innings one and five. A two-run error aided the Blue Jay cause in the second while Ronniel Demorizi singled home another in the third. Enmanuel Moreta singled twice, walked and stole a base. Miguel Almonte doubled and singled. Edward Olivares had a base hit and a base stolen.

Juliandry Higuera
(1-3) pitched one out into the sixth inning, yielding two runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out six and five of his seven outs did not leave terra firma. Guillermo De La Cruz stranded both Higuera runners in getting the final two outs of the sixth. He struck out a batter but allowed two hits and a walk. Jairo Rosario stranded the bases loaded for De La Cruz but did give up a couple of runs in 1.2 innings. Luis Gomez allowed two of Rosario's runners to score but he got the final four outs for the save.

Monday's Linescores

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Roemon Fields, Vancouver
- A six-game hitting streak and 26-for-29 in the stolen base department.

2. Franklin Barreto, Vancouver
- A nine-game hitting streak and an .832 OPS on the season.

1. David Harris, Lansing
- A seven-game hitting streak and a .578 slugging percentage.

Tuesday's Schedule & Probable Starters

GCL Blue Jays @ GCL Braves, 10:00 a.m. ET - TBA.
DSL Braves @ DSL Blue Jays, 10:30 a.m. ET - TBA.
Eugene @ Vancouver, 10:05 p.m. ET - TBA.
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Ryan Day - Tuesday, July 15 2014 @ 09:46 AM EDT (#289854) #
DJ Davis is not very good at baseball right now. Or he's not ready for the Midwest League, at least. He won't be 20 for another week, so I wonder if it wouldn't be best for him to go back to Bluefield (or Vancouver?) for the rest of the season.
finch - Tuesday, July 15 2014 @ 10:02 AM EDT (#289855) #
There should be a few promotions coming up soon. I would think Barreto should be challenged at Lansing. He's done extremely well in Vancouver so far. And Dean has shown increase power and patience at the plate in the last month, I think he should get a shot in High A.
Lylemcr - Tuesday, July 15 2014 @ 11:45 AM EDT (#289863) #
I see Barettos name here often...  That is all I need to say.
uglyone - Tuesday, July 15 2014 @ 11:49 AM EDT (#289865) #
Burns took his sweet time this year, but he's finally getting his line up to respectable.

APR: 92pa, 6.5bb%, 25.0k%, .262babip, .200/.261/.294/.555, .291woba
MAY: 123pa, 11.4bb%, 14.6k%, .238babip, .223/.317/.359/.676, .295woba
JUN: 106pa, 9.4bb%, 20.8k%, .319babip, .272/.349/.424/.772, .346woba
JUL: 44pa, 8.7bb%, 21.4k%, .400babip, .341/.391/.732/1.123, .460woba

2014: 367pa, 9.3bb%, 19.9k%, .287babip, .246/.321/.408/.729, .330woba

Still has time to finish with a good line for the year if he stays hot.
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 15 2014 @ 11:57 AM EDT (#289866) #
Too short a time line, uglyone.  Burns had 248 at-bats in New Hampshire last year and produced pretty much the same line.  He has now had a full season's worth of work  at double A at age 23.  His line is .250/.318/.418.  That won't play.  He's going to have to step it up a notch. I'll venture a guess that it's a matter of adjusting to better off-speed stuff in double A.  Anyone in NH care to confirm?
uglyone - Tuesday, July 15 2014 @ 12:46 PM EDT (#289871) #
Well, hopefully his recent performance is him "stepping it up a notch", but we'll see if that's true over the last month and a half,

The thing i liked about Burns last year was the steady improvement, even after slow start when he was first promoted to AA:

JUN '13: .519ops
JUL '13: .711ops
AUG '13: .797ops

I was hoping he'd pick up from there and continue to improve this year....but unfortunately he seemed to just reset back to his first callup. But even with the reset i still see hope in his monthly improvements this year (.555 - .676 - .773 - 1.085), and he's currently enjoying the best month of his AA career and first legit stud month in AA...albeit only halfway through the month at this point.
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 15 2014 @ 02:22 PM EDT (#289872) #
2014 6th rounder Grayson Huffman is off to a good start.  He threw 3 hitless innings today; so far, his total is 8IP, 1 hit, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts in rookie ball.  He's a 19 year old JUCO lefty with a 92 mph fastball. 

The only major leaguer with first name Grayson played from 1882-1884 and went by "Gracie".  I suppose that Huffman will stick with Grayson.

rafael - Wednesday, July 16 2014 @ 08:27 AM EDT (#289875) #
If Huffman was Hoffman (after he heals) I would still be impressed with his very very early stats.
Speaking of hot starts.. who is this Cliff Brantley 19th round pick guy that gets 7 hits in first 9 plate appearances.
bpoz - Wednesday, July 16 2014 @ 10:03 AM EDT (#289876) #
A few players that have to be protected on the 40 man roster this off season.
A Sanchez potential 5th starter & injury depth in 2015 , Pompey 4th OF in 2015 & A Burns extra IF in 2015, IMO.
PeteMoss - Wednesday, July 16 2014 @ 02:49 PM EDT (#289881) #
Interestingly, he hit .170 as college sophomore as a part time player, transferred to a new school for his junior year and hit .401.
ayjackson - Wednesday, July 16 2014 @ 10:36 PM EDT (#289884) #
Sanchez and Pompey?? They can't be up for the 40-man yet.
MatO - Thursday, July 17 2014 @ 10:53 AM EDT (#289888) #
Yup. This is both Pompey's and Sanchez's 5th year. 2010-2014.
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