Your head will collapse if there's nothing in it.
The affiliates were 1-3 on the night with some nice performances from Dwight Smith, Andy Burns (the new Kevin Pillar), and Kevin Pillar. Buffalo faced their third successive solid pitching prospect in Zach Britton. Yes, Jim Negrych hit him too. Deck McGuire got the win down in AA and Lansing faced off against a rehabbing Johnny Cueto. Dunedin was edged out by the Cubbie affiliate. It was a fairly unspectacular day down on the farm—something you didn’t say too often last year.
Something's wrong in this house today, while the master was riding, the servants decided to play.
Tonight was a night to forget for the pitchers giving up a combined 25 runs over 4 games. Daniel Norris had another terrible outing for Lansing, raising his ERA into the double digits.
It’s getting close to that time of year on
the baseball calendar when reality starts to set in for the majority of teams
that the minor league free agent they signed is going to be pitching 150
innings of 5.00 ERA ball this year, or that 38 year old defensively deficient
first baseman on his eighth big league team is going to hit .240 in the four
hole the rest of the way. Closer to
home, that $12 million dollar pitcher you just traded for and are on the hook
for two more seasons at $19 and $20 million dollars stinks. Needless to say, a distraction from the present
reality focusing of future success would be welcome at this point. Yes, the First Year Player Draft is less than
a month away. Our Blue Jays hold a
fairly high selection this coming June along with two other selections in the
first one hundred picks of the draft and are sure to use those selections on a
number of players who should bolster a farm system that has been somewhat
strafed this past year
Someday I'll fly, someday I'll soar, someday I'll be so damn much more.
"Are they booing the Blue Jays, Smithers?'"
"Uh, no! They're saying Boo-urns. Boo-urns!"
The affiliates took two out of three Tuesday night. The highlights featured a great starting performance in Dunedin and a steal of home in Buffalo. The downside was the early exit of the system's top catching prospect.
I rolled on as the sky grew dark, I put the pedal down to make some time.
The parent club weren't the only ones with the Blue Jays nickname to win in Florida. That turned out to be the only victory in a 1-3 Monday night on the farm.
You know, the good ole days weren't always good, and tomorrow's not as bad as it seems.
The farm teams went 4-0 tonight, highlighted by two quality starts from New Hampshire's Ryan Tepera and Buffalo's Ramon Ortiz.
Baby, better come back maybe next week, 'cause you see I'm on a losing streak.
Three farmhands had four hits each. Kevin Pillar had four as part of a 15 hit attack, Brad Glenn had five RBI's and New Hampshire won. That was the only win for the affiliates. Justin Jackson made his pitching debut and did well, one run allowed in 2.2 innings. He followed Alonzo Gonzalez who was hit hard and who put Lansing in a hole. Christian Lopes and Chris Hawkins had four hits each in a losing cause.
Buffalo had a chance to win but the bullpen and the defense blew it. Jim Negrych had three more hits. Dunedin lost a close one.
All of the affiliates hit well on Friday. It looked like it was going to be a four win night until the Lansing bullpen blew up good. Josh Thole and Andy LaRoche helped the Bisons to an extra inning win. Ryan Schimpf led New Hampshire to a come from behind win. Dunedin had lots of hitting including Derrick Chung. Dwight Smith had three hits for the Lugnuts.