The affiliates won three out of four Monday and were just a run shy of having a perfect day on the farm.
Another awful road trip finds the Blue Jays needing a big homestand here to get back into the AL East race. They dropped two of three in Baltimore before pulling a no-show in Houston in a four-game set to drop their record to 17-22, dead last in the division but only five games back of the division-leading Yankees. The Angels lost in Baltimore Sunday but still took two out of three from the Orioles to stay above .500 at 19-18, 5-1/2 games behind the Astros for first place in the AL West.
All the affiliates split their weekend series. Matt Boyd, Chase De Jong pitched really well. Chris Dickerson slammed his way to a first inning lead for Buffalo. Daniel Norris pitched reasonably well.
It seems a lot of us are thinking the same thing right about now...
Here's a look in pictures at the Blue Jays' latest acquisition Ronald Torreyes
. I saw him in action as a member of the Fresno Grizzlies during a game against the host Tacoma Rainiers in a Pacific Coast League contest May 3.Ronald Torreyes
— wearing #1 — greets Max Stassi
after a solo home run that tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth inning.
Clean sweep for the affiliates. Hooray! Andy Burns was clutch. Shane Opitz went deep and the Fisher Cats played defense. Dunedin hit the baseball and J.D. Davis had a big game in Lansing. Your affiliates were 4-0!
Box contributor Eephus, who just happens to have my cellphone number, has sent me a text message. In which he asks a question aimed at Older Fellows like myself.
"Did 1999 Doc Halladay look anything like Aaron Sanchez now?"
The affiliates won just one out of four Tuesday night. Losses for the three second-place teams on the scoreboard were justified because they left a small village on the basepaths.
"Wow! How many home runs are you gonna hit with that bat?"
"Let's see... we play thirty games, ten at-bats a game... three thousand."
A 2-2 Monday night on the farm was highlighted by strong performances from two recent former Jays.
The Fightin' Blue Jays and the Fightin' Orioles begin round three at Camden Yards. Toronto completed a 4-2 homestand with series victories against New York and Boston to get to .500 on the season at 16-16. The Orioles are 13-16 after losing five of six in New York, including three of four to the Yankees. Their road trip was extended to nine games after the Baltimore riots forced their series against Tampa Bay to be played at Tropicana Field instead. The O's did take two of three against Tampa as the 'home team'.
Only two teams played on Sunday and both loss. Buffalo lost a tight game for the third straight day, this one a 1-0 loss that wasted a good start from Andrew Albers. New Hampshire took a 4-0 lead but lost 11-4.
Only one win on Saturday. Emilio Guerrero hit a home run in the bottom of the eighth for New Hampshire to break a 4-4 tie. HC Hobson had hit a three run home run in the first to give New Hampshire a three run lead but that had disappeared by the eighth, setting up Guerrero for the big hit. Both Buffalo and Lansing lost in extra innings, Buffalo for the second night in a row. That loss for the Bisons wasted Randy Wolf's best start of the season. Anthony Alford reached base five times in Lansing's loss. Dunedin were bombed as Justin Shafer couldn't get out of the first inning in his home debut.
Boston makes its first visit to the Dome in 2015. The Jays are 14-15, a half-game ahead of the 13-15 Red Sox and four games behind the Yankees for first place in the American League East. Toronto is coming off a series victory against the Yankees at the Concrete Convertible.