By now, one thing is obvious: someone else ought to be handling the game threads.
Dane Johnson is the Blue Jays minor league pitching coordinator. Dane has joined us here on Da Box many times over the years and I recently caught up with him for a mid-season update on some of the minor league pitchers.
The affiliates won four out of seven but it could have been seven out of seven. All three losses were of the one-run variety in which the opposition scored the winning run in their final at-bat. On the positive side, the opposition was limited to three runs in the four victories.
Got to play it, might as well win it...
One pitcher threw five wild pitches and three players stole home. Speaking of the numbers five and three, that was the record the affiliates posted on Monday.
Say good riddance to the red-hot Rays, and say hello to the red-hot Dodgers.
Tonight the farm was 1-5, with the only win coming from Bluefield. The day was highlighted with strong performances from OF prospects Dwight Smith, DJ Davis, and Kevin Pillar.
I've made up my mind to live in memory of the lonesome times.
The affiliates had just two wins. New Hampshire won even though Sea Nolin did not have one of his best starts. Bluefield won with good pitching from Shane Dawson and Chase DeJong and three home runs from the offense.
Three affiliates lost late. Tyler Ybarra lost his control and the game in the tenth inning of a tied game. Vancouver gave up a run in the top of the ninth to lose. The GCL Jays gave up runs in the bottom of the eighth to lose. Elsewhere Buffalo and Lansing were well beaten. Newly drafted Kendall Graveman made his second start but couldn't get out of the first inning.
Drew Hutchison pitched well for Dunedin. Sergio Santos did not do well for Buffalo. Melky had two hits for Buffalo and Moises Sierra had a big hit for the GCL Jays.
Something's got me reeling. Stopped me from believing. Turn me around again?
There were many outstanding performances on the farm on Friday. Mauro Gomez hit a two run home run in the first inning and that was enough for Justin Germano and the Bisons. Marcus Stroman pitched well, left with the lead, but the game went to extra innings where Brad Glenn homered to give the Fisher Cats the win. In comparison Dunedin took a 6-1 lead and won easily. Lansing won a close game behind another good start from Daniel Norris. Vancouver won with a shutout. Bluefield won both ends of a doubleheader. In game one Dawel Lugo hit a walk off, three run home run. The GCL Jays lost, the only blemish on the day.
Dirty old river, must you keep rolling, rolling into the night...
The Vancouver Canadians were looking to keep their first-half playoff hopes alive as they opened up a five-game series against the Eugene Emeralds — an affiliate of the San Diego Padres — Thursday night at Nat Bailey Stadium.
warms up in the bullpen. He would pitch 5 2/3 innings for the win, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts. His ERA "swelled" to 1.13 on the season.
A full slate of games as some Major Leaguers impressed in Minor League rehab assignments. Aaron Sanchez hit 100mph, but was overshadowed by a no-hitter. No Melky tonight, but a Sergio Santos sighting. A fair amount of prospects in action tonight and even a few encouraging performances—please do read.
You can use statistics to prove anything. 95 percent of all people know that.