Two playoff games were scheduled for the affiliates but just one was played and it didn't turn out well...at all!
Six days on the road, beginning tonight.
The Vancouver Canadians clinched the second-half North Division title with a comeback victory over the first-half champion Spokane Chiefs at Nat Bailey Stadium Sunday afternoon.Matthew Smoral
was given the start for the C's and he gutted his way through five innings, surrendering just two first-inning runs. The Ohio lefty had trouble finding the plate with his array of 77-94 MPH pitches by walking five batters. He received a visit from pitching coach Jeff Ware
who presumably told Smoral to re-establish his fastball after going offspeed for a number of pitches. Smoral was able to induce two double plays and pick off a runner at first base to minimize the damage. His best inning was his last as he struck out two of the three batters he faced, including a swinging strikeout on an 82 MPH offering. He allowed three hits and struck out five.
The final day of the minor league regular season saw the affiliates come away with a 2-2 record. Buffalo and Vancouver put one in the win column. New Hampshire played for far too long and Lansing not enough.
Today's the day the 25 man limit on the active roster is no longer operative. The Blue Jays, apparently, are definitely calling up LH pitcher Daniel Norris and some reports say RH pitcher Kendall Graveman is also headed to the Show.
On Sunday the affiliates were 2-3, with the wins coming from the affiliates heading to the playoffs in Vancouver, and Dunedin. With the Canadians win, they qualified for the playoffs which start on Tuesday versus Spokane. Buffalo unfortunately was eliminated from the wild-card race, with a loss.
The hitters were taking Labour Day seriously, taking a break from work. Dunedin had 2 and 3 hits in two games, Buffalo, New Hampshire and Lansing each had four hits. That's a total of 17 hits in five games. Even with so few hits Buffalo were able to win, the others all lost. Brandon Morrow pitched for Buffalo.
Vancouver had a big come from behind win to lower their magic number to one.
The Vancouver Canadians and Spokane Indians - an affiliate of the Texas Rangers - opened a three-game series at Nat Bailey Stadium. There was a playoff atmosphere to this one as the C's attempted to take another step to reaching the post-season for the fifth consecutive year.
A concerning moment for starter Jairo Labourt
, who appeared to have some sort of hand, finger or blister problem in the first inning. Catcher Michael De La Cruz
holds Labourt's wrist. Third baseman Alexis Maldonado
heads to the mound.
It's playoff hunting season in the minor leagues. Dunedin are in the playoffs and three other teams are chasing a spot. There was mixed news for the affiliates on Friday. Vancouver won to put them a game ahead for the last playoff spot. Lansing won but five teams are within a game of that spot, they likely need to run the table. Buffalo lost are on life support.
Sean Nolin was decent for Buffalo but the hitters were held to two runs. Gustavo Pierre had a big, ninth inning, two run home run for the Fisher Cats. Lansing scored eight more runs as they are red hot right now. Brad Allen pitched well. Vancouver had a big win and Bluefield won their last game of the season.
The Derek Jeter farewell tour makes its last stop in Toronto. It is as yet unclear if Ken Huckaby has been invited.
Anthony Gose was fantastic, Lansing moved a step closer to the playoffs, and the GCL squad wrapped up a disappointing season.
On Wednesday the affiliates were 3-6, with wins coming from Buffalo, Lansing and Vancouver. Vancouver scored 14 runs in victory, while Ryan Borucki had another excellent start. Buffalo split a double header with Scranton and remain 1.5 games out of the Wild-Card with 5 games remaining. Lansing snuck by with a run in the top of the 9th, to win 3-2.
The Vancouver Canadians and Boise Hawks wrapped up their five-game series at Nat Bailey Stadium last week. Here's a look back at the final two games of that series.Zak Wasilewski
got the start for the C's Friday afternoon and it did not go well. He struck out the first and last batter he faced in the first inning but only went one out further. Four of his five runs were earned on three hits and five walks. Wasilewski's velocity was in the 79-89 MPH range.
Another 3-4 record posted by the affiliates Tuesday. Buffalo and Lansing took another hit to their playoff hopes. Vancouver is still in control of their own destiny as one of their players joins a unique 30-30 club. New Hampshire got a nice boost from a player who was up with the big club this year and a pitcher making his first start in Double-A. Bluefield reached double digits in the run column to get a win on the road.
The affiliates won three out of seven Monday night. Buffalo and Lansing took a step back in their playoff drives while Vancouver took a step forward. Bluefield's playoff hopes are dashed. Dunedin nearly gave one away but hung on while the boys on the Gulf Coast got a win on the road.