Just two years ago, the Los Angeles Angels won 98 games, more than any other team in the American League.
This year? Well...
When it starts to fall apart
Man, it really falls apart
The affiliates could have had a winning night but one affiliate blew a converted touchdown lead so they had to settle for a 4-4 Monday. Dunedin had the night off.
There were lots of runs in the affiliates games on Sunday. It was tough to choose the three stars among the hitters while most of the pitchers did not stake a claim. Dickie Thon hit a couple of home runs and picked up a couple of the not so nice hits on his body. Dwight Smith had three hits and was a double short of the cycle. Vlad Jr had two hits, one his eighth homer. Dalton Pompey had two hits, one a homer too. Max Pentecost had two hits but no home runs, he hit his on his Dunedin debut on Saturday. AJ Jimenez joined the round trippers club.
The Blue Jays hope to put on a good show in Cleveland this weekend.
On an otherwise night to forget down on the farm, Denis Diaz sparkled in six innings of work.
Over the last few days the Jays have parted ways with several members of our scouting and development staff. Gone are Scouting Director Brian Parker, National Crosschecker Blake Davis, and Minor League Field Co-ordinator Doug Davis.
The GCL Jays had the bats working and the pitching was good enough for the first seven innings to get the win. Buffalo singled their way to a win. Conner Greene had a bad day and New Hampshire took it on the chin. Lansing lost in extras. Vancouver lost many runners on the bases and, as a result, lost the game.
Dunedin only played an inning and a half before the rains came. Bluefield had the night off.
The affiliates won five of eight games with one game suspended due to rain. It was a good night for the top three farm clubs but not so much for Lansing to say the least and the other lower affiliates, save for the G-Jays.
A rough Monday night for the affiliates saw them drop seven out of 10, including a pair of doubleheaders.
The Blue Jays look to continue the momentum of a 4-2 homestand in the Bronx Zoo.
As I mentioned in the Series Thread, I was looking at the standings at the close of business yesterday and something struck me upside the head. Because there sit the Texas Rangers, with the best W-L record in the entire American League. They've done this by scoring 554 runs and allowing 555 runs.
Which seems a strange formula for success to be sure.
Five wins for the affiliates. Bluefield's game was suspended. Dalton Pompey, Ryan Goins and good starting pitching helped Buffalo take both ends of a doubleheader. Richard Urena and Christian Lopes helped New Hampshire win. Anthony Alford, Jorge Flores and Ryan McBroom did the same for the D Jays. Three Canadian pitchers and a Canadian hitter led Lansing to a win. Lane Thomas helped too. Vancouver had a nice come from behind win.
The Blue Jays hope to put Houston on the mat once again at the Dome this weekend.
Your affiliates were 3-5 on the evening on a fairly quiet night from the organization's prospects.
Buffalo won 1-0 on a solo home run and eight strong innings from Scott Diamond. New Hampshire continued their winning ways with Richard Urena starring. Dunedin split a doubleheader. In the game they won, Ryan McBroom hit a grand slam and Jon Harris pitched a seven inning complete game. In the game they lost, Sean Reid-Foley had a bad, bad start. Lansing had the night off. Bluefield had the bats going and they ran up eleven runs. Vancouver were well beaten with TJ Zeuch taking the loss. The GCL Jays won, again, with some good hitting at the top of the order.