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The boys on the farm came away with a split of their six games Tuesday but two of the losses were of the come-from-ahead variety. The Florida folks were rained out.

Buffalo 7 Indianapolis 1

Buffalo, NY - Kevin Pillar got the Herd up and running with his second two-run homer in as many days, scoring a Darin Mastroianni double in the first inning. Jonathan Diaz singled home a run in the fourth, and Jared Goedert did likewise in the sixth. Brad Glenn got a walk with the bases loaded and A.J Jimenez lifted a fly of the sacrificial variety in the eighth. Andy LaRoche put the exclamation mark on this one with a leadoff homer in the eighth. Mastroianni and Diaz got on base four times. Mastroianni singled and walked three times while Diaz had two hits, a walk and a hit by pitch. Glenn and Goedert had two hits and a walk. Pillar also got a base on balls.

Sean Nolin (3-4) held the Pirates affiliates at bay with six shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a walk. He struck out three and 10 of his 12 outs in play were on the ground. Chad Jenkins walked a batter but pitched a scoreless seventh and Ryan Tepera rolled a perfect frame in the eighth. Steve Delabar was dinged for a run in the ninth on two hits but he did strike out a batter.

Binghamton 4 New Hampshire 3

Binghamton, NY - The Fisher Cats snatched defeat from the jaws of victory after blowing a 3-1 lead in the late going. They scored first on an Andy Burns sacrifice fly in the first inning and upped their lead to 2-0 on a Cory Aldridge home run in the fourth. A Burns RBI ground out in the sixth restored New Hampshire's two-run bulge. Jon Berti and Matt Newman had two hits apiece with Newman adding a walk and Berti getting hit by a pitch. He was 1-for-2 in stealing bases. Michael Crouse had a triple but did not score. He did throw out Mets 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo out at the plate from center field.

Daniel Norris gave up just one run but he only lasted four innings in which he surrendered four hits and issued four walks. He did strike out five. Austin BIbens-Dirkx worked two innings of one-hit shutout relief but Tyler Ybarra was tagged for a solo home run over his two frames. Gregory Infante (0-1) walked off the mound in defeat after giving up the tying and winning runs in two-thirds of an inning.

Dayton 7 Lansing 6

Lansing, MI - The Lugnuts thought they had this one in the bag after jumping out to a 6-1 lead but hey, they are the Dragons! The comeback by the Reds affiliate ruined a good start by Chase De Jong who was clipped for a solo home run among five hits and a walk. He also hit a batter but struck out a pair and collected seven outs on the ground. Brady Dragmire was also a victim of the long ball as he was banged up for four runs in three innings. Scott Silverstein (10-4) was slapped around for the tying and winning runs in two-thirds of an inning before Jimmy Cordero got the final out.

Jason Leblebijian started a four-run rally in the first inning with an RBI single before David Harris and Dickie Joe Thon drew walks with the bases loaded. Justin Atkinson grounded out to bring home another run. A Matt Dean run-scoring single and an error gave Lansing two more runs in the fifth and sixth respectively. Dean, Leblebijian and Chaz Frank shared the team lead with two hits on the night with Frank also tallying a walk and a stolen base. Harris and Loveless had a base hit and a walk with Harris also stealing a bag. Justin Atkinson walked twice and Daniel Klein was hit by the ball once.

Vancouver 11 Spokane 6

Franklin Barreto - shown here doubling against Spokane June 20 - got the Canadians offence started with a two-run homer Tuesday night, his second of the season.

Spokane, WA - The Canadians got by the Rangers affiliate by battling back from 4-0 and 6-5 deficits. Franklin Barreto got the C's on the board with a two-run homer in the third inning. Barreto helped bring in the next two runs with a sac fly and a throwing error on the same play in the fifth. Chris Carlson would give Vancouver its first lead with an RBI single. Roemon Fields slugged his first homer of the season, a two-run shot in the sixth, to put the C's ahead for good. Barreto singled in another run and would later score on a wild pitch. Michael De La Cruz provided more breathing room with a pinch-hit two-run double in the ninth. Tim Locastro had a four-hit game, including two doubles, and was hit by pitch. He also stole a base. Carlson had a three-hit night while Fields and Barreto had two hits and a stolen base apiece. Boomer Collins had a single and two walks. Ryan McBroom doubled while Alexis Maldonado and Christian Vazquez had base hits.

Daniel Lietz
was lit up for all six runs in 4.2 innings but two of them were unearned. The Indians got to him for seven runs and two hits. He had one K but 10 groundball outs. Michael Kraft (1-0) lasted two innings and had an inherited runner cross the plate but none of his own. He was able to navigate his way around a hit and two walks with a couple of whiffs. Yeyfry Del Rosario yielded three baserunners on a hit, a walk and a hit by pitch but stranded a runner and struck out one in two-thirds of an inning. Joe Lovecchio got out of the bases loaded situation unscathed and overcame two hits with a strikeout over 1.2 scoreless innings for his second save.

Bluefield 2 Johnson City 1

Kevin Garcia - shown here scoring a run with Vancouver July 13 - had just one of three Bluefield hits but his single plated what turned out to be the winning run.
Johnson City, TN - Bluefield took advantage of a wild pitch in the second inning to score the game's first run. Kevin Garcia drove in the eventual winning run with a single in the fifth. The Jays only mustered two more hits, both off the bat of Rowdy Tellez. Gabriel Cenas and Angel Rojas got on base once with a walk.

Joey Aquino (1-2) shuffled the Cardinals around enough to allow just an unearned run over five innings by working around five hits and two walks. He struck out two and five of his seven outs in play stayed on the ground. Jordan Romano struck out four and worked around a hit and two walks over three scoreless frames. Dusty Isaacs walked one but struck out one in the ninth for his fifth save.

DSL Braves 6 DSL Blue Jays 2

San Pedro de Macoris, DR
- In a see-saw affair, the Jays bolted out to a 2-0 lead only to find themselves trailing by four runs at one point. A Ronniel Demorizi two-run double in the first inning got the Jays rolling. Enmanuel Moreta had a two-run double in the fifth to help the Jays claw their way back. Luis Dominguez had a run-scoring base hit before an error led to the tying run. Rodrigo Orozco and Miguel Almonte had two hits apiece at the top of the order. Demorizi had a walk to reach base twice and Manuel Herazo had two bases on balls. Almonte, Demorizi, Herazo and Edward Olivares all had stolen bases.

The Braves scored twice off Kelyn Jose on three hits, a walk and two hit by pitches. Jose did strike out one over two frames. Luis Sanchez was lambasted for four runs (three earned) on five hits in just one inning. Jose Diaz settled things down with 3.1 scoreless frames by scattering two hits and a walk with two whiffs. Jairo Rosario (1-2) stranded a runner but was charged with the winning run in 1.2 innings. Sanchez, Diaz and Rosario each struck out a pair.

Tuesday's Linescores

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Kevin Pillar, Buffalo
- With 6 homers, 30 doubles and 3 triples, his next extra-base hit will give 40 on the season.

2. Sean Nolin, Buffalo - A 3.29 earned run average and a .221 opponents batting average with the Herd.

1. Tim Locastro, Vancouver
- Six multi-hit games over his last 10 pushes his batting average to .331.

3 Stars images from

Wednesday's Schedule & Probable Starters

Dunedin @ St. Lucie, 10:30 am ET (DH) - Matt Boyd (5-1, 0.99) & Ben White (4-6, 5.35).
DSL Blue Jays
@ DSL Brewers, 10:30 am ET - TBA.
GCL Braves @ GCL Blue Jays, 12:00 pm ET - TBA.
Dayton @ Lansing, 12:05 pm -  Brad Allen (3-3, 3.65).
New Hampshire @ Binghamton, 6:35 pm ET - Casey Lawrence (7-5, 2.82).
Bluefield @ Johnson City, 7:00 pm ET - TBA.
Indianapolis @ Buffalo, 7:05 pm ET - P.J. Walters (3-2, 4.82).
Vancouver @ Boise, 9:15 pm ET - Jairo Labourt (2-3, 2.79).
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jerjapan - Wednesday, July 30 2014 @ 09:34 AM EDT (#290876) #
Locastro's looking good right now, and lotts of undrafted / unheralded players in Vancouver posting some solid numbers.  #2JBrumfield or other Canadians watchers - any sleeper prospects to keep an eye on? 
Mike Green - Wednesday, July 30 2014 @ 09:50 AM EDT (#290877) #
Nolin's pretty good start (3Ks in 6IP makes it less than great) is particularly significant in light of Hendriks' departure.  It seems to me that Redmond would be next in line for starts and after that, it is a bit of a question mark.  Nolin is one potential answer, if needed.

Pillar continues to rake, particularly against LHP. 

Thomas - Wednesday, July 30 2014 @ 11:12 AM EDT (#290881) #
As always, thanks for the great photos.
bpoz - Wednesday, July 30 2014 @ 11:26 AM EDT (#290882) #
Matt Boyd is back in Dunedin. AA ball has caused him some difficulty. On the positive side, he should have about 150 IP this year.
As a 2013 draft pick, he has done very well in his 1st full season of pro ball. The Richardi era produced some valuable arms for the Jays, from college selections. Boyd is doing quite well in his progress.
Maldoff - Wednesday, July 30 2014 @ 11:59 AM EDT (#290884) #
One note on Boyd, his FIP at AA was 3.96, so he really wasn't struggling as much as his numbers seemed to suggest
uglyone - Wednesday, July 30 2014 @ 12:04 PM EDT (#290886) #
It would behoove us to give pillar another chance, methinks.

With an ops over 1.000 for the last 10-20gms, he certainly is earning another shot, and seems to be dealing with his "punishment" maturely.

Unlike, say, gose, who sulked for three days before reporting to buffalo last time he was sent down....and continued to perform poorly at the plate after reporting.

uglyone - Wednesday, July 30 2014 @ 12:55 PM EDT (#290887) #
Norris' track record:

Rk (19): 35.0ip, 9.8k/9, 3.3bb/9, 1.0hr/9, 7.97era, 4.31fip
A (20): 85.2ip, 10.4k/9, 4.6bb/9, 0.6hr/9, 4.20era, 3.62fip
A+ (21): 66.1ip, 10.3k/9, 2.4bb/9, 0.0hr/9, 1.22era, 1.92fip
AA (21): 29.0ip, 12.7k/9, 5.3bb/9, 1.2hr/9, 5.28era, 4.21fip

There's a worrying possibility that his performance in A+ this year was just a blip.

Might be a good time to sell high.

That being said, he is fairly young for AA so this could easily be hasty.
whiterasta80 - Wednesday, July 30 2014 @ 01:18 PM EDT (#290888) #
I have no problem selling high on Norris. It just better be for an impact player (i.e. Price, Hamels, Utley). None of this Bartolo Colon stuff.
finch - Wednesday, July 30 2014 @ 01:57 PM EDT (#290892) #

IF, and that's a big IF, we can sign Lester to an extention (provided the money is there, which it probably isn't) then I give up Norris. Maybe in a package with Nolin and Nay. If we can't sign him for an extention, then Nolin plus lower level bat, MAYBE even DJ Davis if they include an infield prospect.

PeterG - Wednesday, July 30 2014 @ 02:16 PM EDT (#290894) #
Norris' AA numbers are skewed by one bad start in which he did not get out of the first inning after a rain dealy. When he has only had a few starts, the numbers depict an unrealistic picture. All of his starts but one have been good....a couple have been very good.
uglyone - Wednesday, July 30 2014 @ 02:41 PM EDT (#290898) #
I'd say his first two were great, his third was good...,and his last four have been pretty terrible.
Hodgie - Wednesday, July 30 2014 @ 02:56 PM EDT (#290903) #
Norris has had issues with walks (8 BB) in his last two starts, affecting his pitch counts/innings. Otherwise in those 9 innings he has given up 6 hits and 1 run with 11 strikeouts. I can live with that brand of terrible as he adjusts to AA.
PeterG - Wednesday, July 30 2014 @ 03:21 PM EDT (#290905) #
agreed Hodgie....they have been much closer to very good than terrible......

bpoz - Wednesday, July 30 2014 @ 03:35 PM EDT (#290911) #
I thought Hutch, Stroman & Sanchez were rushed to the Majors. I must admit that I was wrong.
uglyone - Wednesday, July 30 2014 @ 03:41 PM EDT (#290912) #
Well, hodgie, the walks concern me more than hits do. That is a troubling amount of walks. I couldn't call any start where he walks 4 in 5ip a good start, myself.
uglyone - Wednesday, July 30 2014 @ 03:43 PM EDT (#290913) #
Sanchez still only has one swinging strike so far, btw.
rfan8 - Wednesday, July 30 2014 @ 04:02 PM EDT (#290914) #
The fact that Sanchez only has one swinging strike doesn't really bother me. The sample is small and he's gotten a couple of strikeouts by freezing batters with the curve too.
#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, July 30 2014 @ 07:12 PM EDT (#290918) #
Gunnar Heidt - the Jays 13th round pick in this year's draft - has been promoted to Vancouver.
eldarion - Thursday, July 31 2014 @ 10:27 AM EDT (#290940) #
Terrific night for Smoral last night - and he's finally reduced his ERA to below 4. Looks like something's finally clicked for him.
Nigel - Thursday, July 31 2014 @ 12:18 PM EDT (#290964) #
Really terrific results out of Bluefield generally.  Jansen (19yr old C) is now up to 4th in the league in OPS with an almost 1:1 BB/K ratio and Urena is 9th in the league.  The three players ahead of Jansen are all 21-22 year olds.  Jansen didn't show any power in his limited ABs in the GCL last year but did post a 2:1 BB/K ratio, so he appears to have excellent strike zone control.  To put Urena's season in some perspective, Nick Gordon the Twins' first round pick is actually 4 months older than Urena and Urena is significantly outperforming him.  Small sample sizes apply of course.  There is the potential for 4 significant prospects to emerge from that team (Jansen, Urena, Smoral and Smith (whose GB rate combined with the K's is phenomenal right now)).
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