Good thing the parent club pulled one out in walk-off fashion. The affiliates went 0-4 as they committed 11 errors between them, leading to the opposition reaching double digits in the run column twice.
The affiliates were just 1-for-3 on Memorial Day Monday, going 0-2 against Pirate-affiliated clubs. Dunedin had the day off.
The Blue Jays look to salvage a 3-4 homestand as they host the White Sox for three games in a battle of cellar dwellars. This series marks the return of Melky Cabrera to Toronto who defected to the Pale Hose as a free-agent during the off-season.
There were some ugly lines on Sunday. Three Bison pitchers combined to turn a 4-0 lead into an 8-4 deficit in the eighth inning. Andy Burns made an error in the inning that helped negate his first AAA home run. That inning also lost the win for Felix Doubront who pitched six strong innings. The Fisher Cats made four errors and allowed five unearned runs. Dunedin gave up seven runs, three of them unearned and Lansing pitchers gave up 20 hits. On the bright side Rowdy Tellez hit a home run and Anthony Alford reached base three times, Derrick Loveless had three hits.
There were lots of good performances on the farm on Saturday. On the rubber, Miguel Castro, Matt Boyd and Shane Dawson pitched well. For the hitters, Matt Hague, Dwight Smith and Richard Urena each had three hits.
After a sweep on Thursday the affiliates registered just one win on Friday. In his first game for the Jays, Ronald Torreyes delivered a tie breaking three run double that won the game for New Hampshire. Daniel Norris had a wild start for the Bisons, Dunedin's bats were dormant and Lansing almost had a big comeback.
The Seattle Mariners make their only visit to Toronto for a three-game weekend series. The Mariners lost two of three in Baltimore and are 18-22 on the season, eight games back of the Houston Astros in the AL West. The Blue Jays salvaged a split of their four-game set with the Los Angeles Angels to start off their 10 game homestand. The Jays are 19-24, 4-1/2 games behind the Yankees in the AL East.
Lansing scored 17 runs as the Baby Jays swept the nightís games. Two weeks running now that the affiliates have swept on the night I write the MLU. Youíre welcome.
It was Jeff Hoffman night in Dunedin, as the 2014 first round draft pick made his professional debut. Iím telling ya folks, this is the kinda night you circle on a calendar as a minor league baseball junkie. However, like this minor league update, it leaves a lot to be desired.
The affiliates went 3-1 against on Tuesday with only Dunedin failing to join the winner's circle.
The affiliates won three out of four Monday and were just a run shy of having a perfect day on the farm.
Another awful road trip finds the Blue Jays needing a big homestand here to get back into the AL East race. They dropped two of three in Baltimore before pulling a no-show in Houston in a four-game set to drop their record to 17-22, dead last in the division but only five games back of the division-leading Yankees. The Angels lost in Baltimore Sunday but still took two out of three from the Orioles to stay above .500 at 19-18, 5-1/2 games behind the Astros for first place in the AL West.
All the affiliates split their weekend series. Matt Boyd, Chase De Jong pitched really well. Chris Dickerson slammed his way to a first inning lead for Buffalo. Daniel Norris pitched reasonably well.
It seems a lot of us are thinking the same thing right about now...
Here's a look in pictures at the Blue Jays' latest acquisition Ronald Torreyes
. I saw him in action as a member of the Fresno Grizzlies during a game against the host Tacoma Rainiers in a Pacific Coast League contest May 3.Ronald Torreyes
ó wearing #1 ó greets Max Stassi
after a solo home run that tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth inning.