Both teams look to keep the good times rolling with the Jays on a six game winning streak and the Rays on a four-gamer.
New Hampshire lost big and ugly. The pitching was bad, the hitting was bad and the only pitcher with a clean slate was outfielder Matt Newman. The Bisons loss wasn't that bad but there was little good about it.
The two lower teams saved the day, Dunedin swept a doubleheader while Lansing won in extras.
Liam Hendriks earned the call to Baseball North after posting a 5-0 record with a 1.48 earned run average, walking just three hitters in 48.2 innings at Triple-A Buffalo. BlueJays.com says Hendriks will wear #34, Dave Stewart's old number. However, first base coach Tim Leiper currently wears #34 so we'll see what happens there. Ooh, the intrigue!
The affiliates were 2-1 today, with an off day for
Buffalo. Lansing’s offense was on fire,
while Dunedin won and New Hampshire lost in close games. Dalton Pompey, and Daniel Norris continued to perform well for Dunedin, hoping for a promotion to New Hampshire.
Rob Rasmussen posted a 2.65 earned run average and struck out 19 batters in 17 innings with Buffalo this season. According to BlueJays.com, he will wear #59, joining the immortal Carlos Diaz, Mark Dalesandro, Adam Peterson, Curtis Thigpen, Jesse Carlson, Randy Wells and "Strasburg Canada" himself, Brad Mills to wear those digits.
Alex Anthopoulos was in Buffalo Saturday to see Liam Hendricks start. Hendricks pitched well and is now under consideration for the fifth starter spot. In addition to Hendricks, Kendall Graveman and Shane Dawson pitched very well, Matt Boyd and Alberto Tirado were OK. All of Graveman's outs on balls in play were recorded on ground balls.
The top two clubs lost, the lower two won. Ryan Schimpf hit two home runs. KC Hobson had two doubles, LB Dantzler drove in three.
Ricky Romero set a record on Friday, he walked nine hitters in 2.2 innings. Romero threw 49 balls and 25 strikes. Kyle Drabek had the opposite problem in the nightcap, he allowed twelve hits in five plus innings. The Bisons lost both games. New Hampshire's bullpen blew a lead and the game. Lansing's Tom Robson had a bad game.
Dunedin were the lone winners. Daniel Norris pitched 6.2 excellent innings and Derrick Chung drove in a pair of runs.