From Sam, via Gerry: Almost a clean sweep on the farm last night. Sean Reid-Foley continues to be lights out in High-A ball and Ryan Borucki had one of the better starts of his career.
Buffalo scored seven runs in the sixth inning to turn a close game into an easy win. The bats were pounding and Chris Leroux had a good start. New Hampshire lost to an eighth inning home run. Dunedin had an easy win to close out their first half of the season. Jonathan Davis drove in a couple of runs and ends the first half as the best hitter in Dunedin. Lansing are on their all-star break. Vancouver lost behind a shaky Justin Maese. Two former Jays pitched against the affiliates on Wednesday, Myles Jaye and Jake Brentz.
The North American affiliates were 4-0 and the Dominican Jays were winning before the rains came. The Lansing Lugnuts, saved for five of them, had the night off. The fab five all put in a good showing at the Midwest League All-Star Game.
The affiliates won three and lost two on Monday. A walk-off win was the highlight, a blowout loss in a home opener was the lowlight.
Three of the four games went to extra innings with the affiliates going 2-1 in the extra inning games. Jio Mier hit a home run to give Buffalo the win. Ryan Hissey delivered the walk-off hit for Lansing. New Hampshire lost to a walk-off hit. Vancouver had an easy win while Dunedin had their all-star break.
The affiliates won four out of six Wednesday night.
The affiliates won twice in five outings Tuesday with both victories coming against Tampa Bay farm clubs. Two losses came when the opponent scored 11 runs. The other was an extra-innings setback.
A dominant doubleheader sweep and two great season debuts were the highlights of a 4-1 Monday night on the farm.
Two Canadian starting pitchers took the mound on Sunday. Shane Dawson pitched very well before his defense cost him. But he still got the win thanks, in part, to Ian Parmley. Tom Robson has had a rough start to 2016 and on this day he was better, not great but better. He did have a lot of base runners but he kept Lansing in the game and left with the lead. Lansing's game went to extra innings where the Lugnuts prevailed. Drew Hutchison started for the Bisons and he too was pretty good. He wasn't "pitch efficient" but he got the job done and with Junior Lake homering the Bisons won. Dunedin had the worst day, losing easily.
Today was the draft. None of the picks look all that exciting to me. Our Jays canít seem to put teams away. But hey, we still have minor league baseball. Five affiliates were in action tonight and there were two wins to report.
Dunedin had the only win on Wednesday, an eighth inning four run burst won it. Conner Greene pitched six good innings. Lansing conceded four runs in the eighth in their wild game. They lost 14-12 with seven of their runs being unearned. Tom Robson had a rough start. Buffalo and New Hampshire lost tight games. Dalton Pompey had two more hits.
The two split season teams, Dunedin and Lansing, are a week away from the end of their first halves. Neither team will make the playoffs from the first half, they will have to play better in the second half.
Dunedin enjoyed a second straight night off. The boys in Boca Chica were rained out. That's your good news on a turdriffic Tuesday.
It was not a great Monday night at the farm as the affiliates went 0-3. The good news was Dunedin's game in Palm Beach was washed out and Lansing had the night off.
Jonathan Davis had two home runs for the Dunedin Jays by the third inning. That was more than Chris Rowley needed as he went 6.2 shutout innings. Sean Reid-Foley pitched six shutout innings for the Lugnuts but didn't feature in the decision. Lansing scored five runs between the seventh and eight innings to win. Justin Atkinson hit a big go-ahead home run. Four New Hampshire pitchers combined on a shutout. Jason Leblebijian and Wilkin Castillo each had three hits as part of an eight run barrage.
An injury to Jon Harris put a damper on an otherwise stellar night on the farm. Three wins and a couple solid performances by some well-regarded prospects.
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