Allow myself to introduce, er, myself. My name is Al (better known here as acepinball), and today Iím making my debut on the Batterís Box roster. Itís a pleasure, as Iíve been a reader here for over 10 years, and itís good to contribute to what I view as the premiere site for Blue Jays prospect discussion. Thanks to the bauxites whoíve greeted me already. Please forgive any growing pains I have publishing my first few stories. Now letís PLAY BALL! Or, yíknow, WRITE about minor league BALL.
Two Canadian lefties had 11-1/3 shutout innings between them but only one found the win column as the other lost a no-hit bid and the game in the span of three batters. The other highlight involved a former first-round pick having an electrifying game at the plate and on the basepaths. In total, the affiliates picked up a split of their six games on Tuesday that included wins in the back-end of two doubleheaders.
The Bluebirds and the Blackbirds face each other in Toronto for the first time in 2015. The Jays took two out of three in Baltimore during the first weekend of the season to return home with a 4-2 record. However, a 2-5 homestand has put a damper on that promising start to the season. Toronto had the day off Monday but Baltimore lost the annual Boston Marathon morning game to come away with a split of their four-game series. The Jays are 6-7 and the O's are 7-6.
The affiliates went 2-0 Monday with solid starting pitching and 21 runs worth of offence. Buffalo's game in Pawtucket was rained out and the ground was too wet in Daytona for Dunedin to play ball. The Bisons and D-Jays will play two today.
Bauxites, I'm just going to put something out there: I have a lot of jerseys. Some of them are things you'd expect, like my 1977 Jays road jersey
, or my 1974 Braves jersey with the number 44 on the back
. Some are glorious, like my 2005 Shea Hillenbrand All-Star jersey
. Some of them are ironic, like my Houston Astros Technicolor Rainbow jersey
, and some are just inexplicable, like my Tampa Bay Rays fauxback Wil Myers jersey
. Why do I own that?
Guys, I own so many jerseys that when I had the opportunity to buy a stitch perfect reproduction of a 1968 Star Trek season three sciences tunic, I told myself that it was just another uniform and made total sense for me to buy. It's true, I am an equal opportunity nerd.
While I owned a late 1980s dark blue alternate Jays jersey, it was a little small for me and I traded it for a Rollie Fingers A's jersey. But I always loved that dark blue, and I was thrilled when the Jays overhauled their look and brought it back. It therefore should not surprise you to find out I have just acquired a one. Well, another one. It's actually my third version of this jersey. So, like any sensible person with more than one similar object and an Internet connection, I am going to tell you which of these jerseys is the best one.
Buffalo scored four runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to score an improbable win. Lansing got shutout pitching from Justin Shafer and Sean Reid-Foley, plus twelve hits and won 4-0. Dunedin lost in extra innings and New Hampshire were well beaten.
Andy Burns had four hits in his AAA debut. Buffalo were the only winners among the affiliates. Dickie Thon joined Burns in the four hit club in a losing cause. Here is your abbreviated weekend update.
The Blue Jays look to bounce back from a four-game series loss in which they managed just one win against Tampa Bay. The Braves dropped two of three at home to Miami as the Marlins gained a measure after being swept by the Braves in Florida to start the season. Atlanta is 6-3 on the season while Toronto is 5-5.
Lansing went 16 innings for the win, and that is tough to do early in the season. Rowdy Tellez hit a two run home run for the win and Andrew Case pitched well to get the win. Buffalo won as Scott Copeland was once again excellent. Copeland got 16 ground ball outs. New Hampshire and Dunedin lost.
Jeff Francis and Andrew Albers combined to throw eleven shutout innings against Pawtucket on Wednesday. The Bisons swept the doubleheader. New Hampshire lost despite nine strikeouts from Matt Boyd, who kept his ERA at zero. Dunedin had a walk off hit from Roemen Fields. Lansing scored in the top of the ninth and held on for the win. Chase De Jong had another good start.
Another two-homer performance in New Hampshire was the highlight of Tuesday's action on the farm which saw the affiliates post a 2-2 record.
The affiliates were 3-0 Monday but a big comeback will be needed later today to go 4-0.
The Blue Jays return home after a 4-2 road trip that saw them take two of three from Baltimore. Homers by Dalton Pompey, Kevin Pillar and Jose Bautista and a strong performance from the bullpen rescued a shaky Drew Hutchison in a 10-7 triumph at Camden Yards Sunday afternoon. The Jays are tied with the Boston Red Sox for first place in the AL East.
The affiliates won four of five games. Both Dunedin and Lansing came from behind to win. David Harris led the offense for Dunedin, driving in three runs. Lansing scored in the ninth and tenth in a team effort. New Hampshire split a doubleheader with Matt Newman helping win game two. Danny Barnes is looking good. Buffalo recorded a shutout led by Randy Wolf, Chris Dickerson had two hits.
Pitching continued to be the name of the game. New Hampshire scored five runs. The other Jays teams scored five runs between them in four games. Jays pitchers allowed ten runs in five games. Scott Copeland, Starlyn Sureil and Shane Dawson were the best of the starters. KC Hobson hit his second home run of the season. Dickie Jo Thon also homered.