Roberto Hernandez hoped to win a job with the Jays in spring training. That didn't happen so he left to find a major league job elsewhere. That job did not materialize so he came back to the Jays to pitch in Buffalo. He advertised his availability on Sunday with an excellent performance. He was helped by a two run tie-breaking double by Dalton Pompey. That was the only win for the affiliates. New Hampshire had only one hit. Dunedin kept it close until the seventh when a grand slam like triple put them in a deep hole. Lansing took mothers day off.
The Dodgers are in town for a 3 game set. Jays have bad luck getting the 2 best starters the Dodgers have going this weekend in Kershaw & Maeda (both over 200 for ERA+) while missing the 2 weakest Wood & Kazmir both with ERA+'s under 80.
Your affiliates played .500 baseball last night. Jon Harris got his first professional win in Lansing pitching a five-inning shutout. Lansing also posted the oddity of the evening with the win on just one hit. Drew Hutchison was up to 100 pitches by inning five in Buffalo.
Three losses on Wednesday on the farm. Buffalo did have a lead but the bullpen gave it away. Andy Burns and Jon Berti homered. New Hampshire went down early and made it close with Shane Opitz delivering the big hit but close was not good enough. Lansing lost by a lot. Dunedin were rained out.
Two morning game losses set the tone for a 1-3 night on the farm but the win was one of the walk-off variety.
Two of the four affiliates got in the win column Monday night.
The Texas Rangers return to the Dome for the first time since that memorable Game 5 of the American League Divisional Series.
Good times! The Blue Jays defeated the Texas Rangers 6-3 in the ALDS clincher to advance to the ALCS. (Image from The Globe & Mail
Only two games were played on Sunday. Buffalo were rained out and Dunedin had a scheduled day off. New Hampshire won behind stellar pitching from Luis Santos. Lansing also won with Francisco Rios continuing to pitch well. The winning hit for Lansing was a two run triple by Jake Anderson.
Lansing was the sole winner on the farm last night as Sean Reid-Foley exited after three innings of work. Conner Greene is Dunedin was hit around and Dalton Pompey was a late scratch due to injury in Buffalo.
The Jays have now guaranteed that they will come out of April with a losing record.
This is not unusual, of course.
It's been a long time since I did one of these, but the incomparable baseball-reference.com
eliminated much of the heavy lifting that used to be required. (It used
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given team.) I've skipped the San Diego Padres (wouldn't you?) - just thinking about the Padres sapped my enthusiasm, my energy, my very will to live - and proceeded straight to The Saga of the Giants! Some Windy Baseball Lore, for a day with no baseball.
Is it OK to bunt to break up a no-hitter? Ian Parmley did that in the sixth inning. Having been no hit in the previous game it was the 15th no hit inning for New Hampshire over two days. It didn't help as the Fisher Cats lost and had just two hits. Buffalo enjoyed a walk off with Domonic Brown driving in the winning run. Lansing had a shutout win behind strong pitching by Angel Perdomo. Dunedin lost easily.
If you were already in a bad mood after the parent club's Tuesday night debacle, the news down on the farm won't help. There was a no-hitter, an extra-innings setback after a blown lead in the ninth and a Bronx Bombing in the Sunshine State. The only positive on the night was a shutout victory.
There was just one game on Monday and it was an overtime winner.
That's the first place White Sox, by the way. The team with the best record in the American League. It's the return of Brett Lawrie, Dioner Navarro, and Melky Cabrera.