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The long ball help Dunedin picked up the only win for the Jays affiliates, who went 1-5 Tuesday night.  Other highlights included an awesome relief effort from an unexpected source, a good night at the plate for a recent call-up at Triple-A and an encouraging rehab outing at Double-A.

Memphis 5 Las Vegas 1

Memphis, TN - The Cardinals affiliate had built a five-run lead by the time Las Vegas scored in the seventh.

Batting - Adeiny Hechavarria (3/4) raised his average to .571 since his call-up from New Hampshire with three singles.  Manny Mayorson (2/4) had an RBI single to score Jayson Nix (2/4), who had a double.  Travis Snider (1/4) and Adam Loewen (1/4) each collected a single.  Darin Mastroianni, David Cooper, Ricardo Nanita and Brian Jeroloman were a combined 0-for-15.

Running - Mastroianni stole second (13).

Pitching - Mike MacDonald (6-6) gave up a run an inning and struck out a man an inning over four frames in the loss.  The four runs allowed came on six hits, two walks and a hit batsman.  Reliever extraordinaire Jason Lane saved the bullpen and kept the Redbirds at bay for the most part by yielding just one run on four hits and striking out four with zero walks over four frames.  Call him up!

Defence - Jeroloman threw one away from behind the dish.

Altoona 2 New Hampshire 1

Altoona, PA - A 1-0 New Hampshire lead only lasted until the seventh before the Pirates affiliate scored again in the ninth for the walk-off win.

Batting - John Tolisano (1/3) went deep (9) in the third inning for the only New Hampshire run.  Kevin Howard (1/4) and Callix Crabbe (1/4) picked up the only other hits for the Fisher Cats and Mike McDade (0/3) drew the only walk.

Running - A quiet night on the basepaths.

Pitching - Dustin McGowan (any relation to the guy who almost threw a no-hitter against Colorado four years ago?) lasted four shutout innings and scattered four hits and a walk with three punchouts.  All six outs in play were on the dirt and 38 of his 57 pitches were strikes.  Rei Gonzalez chipped in with two shutout frames by overcoming two hits with two Ks.  Wes Etheridge was charged with the blown save by giving up a run on two hits and two walks in two innings.  The loss went to lefty Evan Crawford (2-4).  He struck out a pair in 2/3 of an inning but he surrendered the winning run on a couple of hits.

Defence - Anthony Gose and Travis d'Arnaud were hitless but not errorless. Gose kicked one around in center field and d'Arnaud threw one away from behind the plate.  He tried to stop Starling Marte from stealing second in the ninth but Starling went to third on the play and eventually scored the winning run.

Dunedin 4 Clearwater 2

Clearwater, FL
- All the scoring was done in the first four innings with the Jays two-run third proving to be the difference.

Batting - All of the runs came via the long ball. Ryan Schimpf (1/4) put the Jays on the board with a solo shot in the second (9), Sean Ochinko (2/4) blasted a two-run shot (13) to give the Jays a 3-0 lead and Brian Van Kirk (1/4) clubbed a solo dinger (14) in the fourth.  A.J. Jimenez (1/2) reached base twice with a walk.  Brad Glenn (1/4) and Kevin Ahrens (1/4) had doubles and Ryan Goins (1/4) singled. 

Running -
An SB free night.

Pitching - Ryan Tepera (10-6) reached double digits in the win column by going five innings and giving up two runs on six hits and three walks.  He allowed a home run but struck out three and six of his eight outs in play were on the grass.  Lefty Matt Wright delivered 2 2/3 scoreless innings by allowing just one hit while whiffing two for the hold (13).  Matt Daly earned the save (1) with 1 1/3 scoreless innings by overcome two walks with two Ks. 

Defence - No errors and Ahrens started a 5-4-3 double play.

Lansing Lugnuts - Scheduled Day Off.

Salem-Keizer 5 Vancouver 2

Vancouver, BC - The Giants affiliate erupted for three runs in the eighth to break a 1-1 tie.

Batting - Kevin Patterson (1/3) had an RBI double to put the C's in the lead in the fourth and he also drew a walk.  Roan Salas (1/4) singled home the other run in the eighth and scored the first run after reaching on an error.  Jonathon Berti (1/4) scored on Salas' single.  Garrett Maines (1/3) also got a base on balls and Randy Schwartz (1/3) had the other Vancouver hit.

Running - Watch the Berti.  He stole second base (17).

Pitching - Jesse Hernandez went a strong six innings by surrendering just one run on two hits but did walk three.  He struck out a pair and racked up nine groundball outs.  Travis Garrett (4-4) took the loss by giving up three runs (one ER) on three hits and two walks (both intentional) over 1 1/3 innings with one strikeout.  Lefty Shane Davis allowed two of three inherited runners to score and also gave up an unearned tally in one inning on two hits and two walks (one IBB).  Eric Brown saved Davis' bacon by stranding the bases loaded and pitching 2/3 of a scoreless frame.

Defence - Patterson botched one and threw one away at first and Salas chucked one away from third.

Burlington 9 Bluefield 5

Bluefield, WV
- The Royals erased a 1-0 deficit with eight runs in the second inning.

Batting - Daniel Arcila (1/4) clubbed a two-run homer (9) and a run-scoring groundout as part of a three RBI night.  Andy Fermin (1/2) had an RBI double and earned a pair of walks.  Peter Mooney (1/4) reached twice with a walk and scored twice.  Kevin Pillar (1/4) and Gustavo Pierre (1/4) each had a double and scored a run.  Cody Bartlett (1/1) delivered a pinch-hit double.  Art Charles (1/5) had an RBI single and Leo Hernandez (1/4) made the hit column.

Running - No steals attempted.

Pitching - Deivy Estrada (3-3) was dinged with the loss by giving up eight runs in 1 1/3 innings.  The damage was done on eight hits and a walk but he did strike out three batters.  Jonathan Lucas allowed an inherited runner to score but pitched two scoreless frames that featured two hits and two strikeouts.  Toronto native Les Williams gave up just one hit and struck out a batter over two shutout innings.  Ian Kadish gave up a run in two innings on three hits and a walk but picked up a couple of Ks.  Milciades Santana struck out two of the three men he faced in his scoreless frame.

Defence - Dalton Pompey was the only Jay not to get a hit but was the only one to make an error as he kicked one around in center field.

GCL Blue Jays @ GCL Phillies - Postponed.

DSL Braves 4 DSL Blue Jays 1

San Pedro de Macoris, DR - This game was completed after 7 1/2 innings, denying the Jays of a sure come from behind victory.  The Jays scored their only run in the third.

- Three hits and three walks was all the Jays got in this one.  Ricardo Guillen (1/3), Angel Rojas (1/3) and Emilio Guerrero (1/2) had the hits.  Tonguar Perez, Kervin Santiago and Alvaro Blanco drew the walks.

Running - Guillen (13) and Rojas (4) were 1-for-1 in the stolen base department.  Blanco (4) was 1-for-2.  Guillen's stolen base led to the Jays only run as errors by the Braves catcher and centerfielder immediately proceeded the stolen base, allowing Guillen to score.

Pitching - Gilberto Vielma (1-7) was tagged with the loss.  He pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing three runs (one ER) on two hits and three walks while striking out one.  He uncorked a wild pitch but all six of his outs in play were on the ground.  Eyerys Guerrero stranded both of Vielma's runners but allowed an unearned marker in his lone inning of work on one hit and one walk but he struck out a pair.  Lefty Ericdavis Marquez allowed one of Guerrero's two runners to score but pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings in which he allowed a hit and a walk.  He threw a wild pitch but collected two strikeouts and five groundouts.  Daniel Tiburcio gave up a hit in one-third of a scoreless frame.

Defence - Guillen booted one at short, Perez dropped one at first and Marquez threw one away.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Adeiny Hechavarria, Las Vegas

2. Dustin McGowan, New Hampshire

1. Sean Ochinko, Dunedin

Extra Innings...

The Vancouver Province has a feature on Adam Loewen.  Jays assistant GM Tony LaCava:
I think he's on the verge of becoming a viable major league position player, and that's because of all the hard work he did.
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uglyone - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 01:08 PM EDT (#241277) #
I'll say it - I don't see even one good reason not to give Dusty his next start in the bigs.

Sure he'll be on a 75 pitch limit, but it's not like any of the other options have a realistic chance of going any deeper than that anyways.
TtD - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 01:27 PM EDT (#241278) #
Jacob Anderson debuting today in the GCL, 1-3 so far with a HR.
Gerry - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 01:36 PM EDT (#241280) #
I checked in with the Jays on the MIA Brandon Mims.  I was told he is working through some personal issues and the Jays don't know when he will be back.
92-93 - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 01:36 PM EDT (#241281) #
I don't see one good reason to give McGowan his next start in the majors. It certainly shouldn't be because Mills pitched poorly last night.
TtD - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 01:46 PM EDT (#241282) #
Agree with 92-93, there's been crticism of rushing prospects on here all season, why is McGowan to be treated differently.  Stretch him out, get him right at where he needs to be pitch count wise.  Then and only then risk exposing him to the MLB, you don't want to lump too much on him at once, rehab then sharpness then MLB contention.  As is he has his fastball and unready breaking balls, he's half stretched out, throwing him to the MLB wolves at this stage would be abuse.
TamRa - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 02:10 PM EDT (#241285) #
my guess is Perez will get the next one to buy some time. I could see McGowan getting the one after that, or maybe Villanueva gets one more to bridge over to September before going back to relief. or maybe Perez gets two...
Sister - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 02:35 PM EDT (#241286) #
Anderson now 1-5 (with the HR).

In another first, Jeremy Gabryszwski is making his Jays debut as we speak.
85bluejay - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 02:39 PM EDT (#241289) #

After 3 years, many false starts and nurturing him very carefully, it would be totally out of character for the jays to suddenly rush McGowan and for what reason - makes no sense

Sister - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 02:40 PM EDT (#241290) #
Nice debut.

Pitcher Change: Jeremy Gabryszwski replaces Luis Mendez.
  • Gregory Polanco strikes out swinging.
  • Willy Garcia called out on strikes.
  • Jose Osuna flies out to center fielder Melvin Garcia.

dan gordon - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 03:27 PM EDT (#241302) #

That GCL game is still going - now into the 12th inning.  Anderson is playing RF and is 1 for 6.  The HR came with 2 on base.  He has not struck out or walked.  Gabryszwski pitched just the 1 inning.  Musgrove started and was excellent.  Three innings, 1 hit, no walks, no runs, 2 K's.  In his last 3 games, he has pitched 9 innings, giving up just 2 hits, no walks, no runs and 9 K's.

There is zero chance, and zero reason for the Jays to start rushing McGowan now.  He'll get a few more starts in AA and then we'll get to see him in September if all goes well.  On another thread it was mentioned that Fasano thinks his fastball looks great, but he still needs to sharpen up his offspeed stuff.  I just hope his shoulder holds up once he starts throwing 80-90 pitches in a game.  What a bonus it would be for the organization to get him back.

MatO - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 03:59 PM EDT (#241308) #

Jeremy Gabryszwski

Can someone spare an "e" for Jeremy's surname?

Maldoff - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 04:13 PM EDT (#241313) #
I was really hoping for a rotation of Marc Rzepcynski, Noah Snydergaard and Jeremy Gabryszwski...oh well....
uglyone - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 04:15 PM EDT (#241315) #
how can you "rush" McGowan? He's a 29 year old MLB pitcher, who's throwing 96mph with command.

The only thing not to rush is his pitch count. But it makes no difference if those pitches are in AA or MLB.
Anders - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 04:22 PM EDT (#241317) #
how can you "rush" McGowan? He's a 29 year old MLB pitcher, who's throwing 96mph with command.

The only thing not to rush is his pitch count. But it makes no difference if those pitches are in AA or MLB.

He's coming off serious surgery after essentially not playing baseball for what, 18 months? And you're right, it doesn't make a difference whether those pitches are in AA or MLB, especially not for the Jays at this point, so why not let him face more than 30 hitters above A ball, let him get stretched out and get comfortable before sending him up to the wolves.

uglyone - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 04:25 PM EDT (#241319) #
you think this 29 year old pitcher is scared of MLB hitters or something?
China fan - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 04:25 PM EDT (#241320) #

....But it makes no difference if those pitches are in AA or MLB....

I'd love to see McGowan in the majors, but I disagree with the above argument.  It does make a big difference if those pitches are in AA or MLB.  If he's not quite ready for MLB yet, he could get beaten up on in the early innings of his first game.  He'll put pressure on himself and, as a result, he could try to pitch harder than he should.  Psychologically and physically, it will be greater stress than he's had for three years, which raises the injury risk.

Yes, those risks will also exist when he finally does make his first start in the majors in September.  But the more experience that he has in AA beforehand, the better are his chances of avoiding injury.

Henderson Alvarez was also pitching "96 with command" in his early AA games this year, but the Jays didn't immediately throw him into the majors.  They gave him a couple more months of preparation at AA to get ready.  And Alvarez doesn't have the injury history that McGowan has.

Mike Green - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 04:33 PM EDT (#241324) #
Can someone spare an "e" for Jeremy's surname?

You want to buy a vowel almost two whole days after the August 15 deadline?  Shocking.
uglyone - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 04:43 PM EDT (#241329) #
Alvarez is a 21 year old kid, McGowan is a 29 year old vet.

And they still pushed Alvarez up.
China fan - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 04:58 PM EDT (#241331) #

They didn't push up Alvarez after 8 innings of AA ball.

And Alvarez hasn't been injured for most of the past three years.

Anders - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 05:06 PM EDT (#241333) #
Dustin McGowan has thrown to 95 batters over the last 3 years. He hasn't thrown more than 60 pitches in a start during that time, and right now he's on a 4-5 inning limit. If we're going to keep having this absurd discussion, at some point it's incumbent upon someone to suggest why on earth he should be rushed back to the majors (and this is one of the few times where rushed is appropriate in usage) as opposed to giving him more than 2 starts in AA when it has no material benefit to the team. They have to call him up within about the next 16 days or so I believe, really you can't wait til then?

As for Henderson Alvarez, he's thrown 325 innings since McGowan last pitched, and he probably isn't ready to be a big league pitcher anyway.

uglyone - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 05:16 PM EDT (#241336) #
not just pitched to 95 batters, but absolutely destroyed them.

and again, what are they "rushing"? he's not a prospect developing his pitches or his command or his mental approach, he's an injured veteran trying to build stamina. Throwing 75 pitches in MLB doesn't rush him anymore than throwing those pitches in AA.
92-93 - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 05:25 PM EDT (#241337) #
McGowan is currently doing all 3 of those things.
Lylemcr - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 05:52 PM EDT (#241338) #
The problem with McGowan is that you know you are going to use the bullpen at 4-5 innings.  They need to let him build strength, unless they are going to use him in the bullpen.
katman - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 07:09 PM EDT (#241342) #
What the hell is Jason Lane throwing? Seriously...

To me, he should absolutely have been one of today's 3 stars.
greenfrog - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 07:21 PM EDT (#241343) #
Praise for the Jays' farm system from a BA chat:

Richard (Brampton): Jim with the exception of Beede, the Jays managed to get some tough signs done (Norris, Dean, Lopes, Stilson). Where would you rank their farm system at this point? I'd put them behind the Rays at number 2.

Jim Callis: Definitely in the top five, in the discussion for the top spot. Since Alex Anthopoulos has taken over as GM, no team has improved its farm system as much as the Blue Jays have.
soupman - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 07:50 PM EDT (#241348) #
i think keep the pressure off is a good idea, but i don't see why they don't have him and Alvarez share starts like they do in the goes 5 the other can finish it off.
TamRa - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 08:30 PM EDT (#241350) #
Marc, or Gerry, or someone: What's the scoop on Kenen Bailli?

Someone said on twitter he was signed out of Cuba - but i don't know if that means he's someone to watch or not.

A google search turns up this:

He's a fast, line drive hitter who takes walks, drives doubles and triples, the occasional home run and rarely strikes out. He is a classic lead off hitter type. Most reports mention that he's a plus LF defender who can play some CF.

His age and skill set suggest that he'd go to MLB Spring Training and if he didn't make it straight to the Majors, which would be a bit of a long shot, he'd go to AA to get his feet wet and then move to AAA quickly.

I haven't seen anything to confirm that he's signed with Toronto but if he has, the Jays would have to expect that he'd be in the Majors by June-July of 2012.

From a forum post though.

Here's a link to what B-R has on him, which is thin:

Other than that, I find little info on him. There seems to be a rather uncertain implication that he is good enough to reach the majors, maybe as a bench player? but I'd love to hear whet the organizational minds think about him.

Gerry - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 09:17 PM EDT (#241353) #
I don't know much about him but Cuban players are subject to either the draft or a bidding war depending on where they become naturalized. Bailli wasn't drafted and I heard nothing about bidding on him.

From that I would assume that he is not a primo prospect. I would guess the Jays think he could be a AA or AAA player and if he gets to the majors it would be a win.
Mike Green - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 09:25 PM EDT (#241354) #
Lots of good news on the farm tonight. Hechevarria with another hit and walk. Snider with another homer. Aaron Sanchez with a fine outing for Bluefield including 7 Ks in 5 innings of work.
DaveB - Wednesday, August 17 2011 @ 11:35 PM EDT (#241361) #
What's the scoop on Kenen Bailli?

Stats for Bailly (pronounced Buy-EE) and his Guantanamo teammates for the 2009-10 season can be found at:

Bailly's .377 BA that year tied for fourth in the league. He was considered a good all-round player but not a star. A MLB bench player at best, IMO.
Maldoff - Thursday, August 18 2011 @ 09:24 AM EDT (#241372) #
MatO - Thursday, August 18 2011 @ 10:41 AM EDT (#241378) #
I just noticed that Deck McGuire is on the DL.  Any news as to why?
MatO - Thursday, August 18 2011 @ 10:44 AM EDT (#241379) #
I'll answer my own question.  Minor lower back injury and they're being extra cautious with it.
John Northey - Thursday, August 18 2011 @ 01:08 PM EDT (#241418) #
What, just one hit for Hechevarria? What a slacker. Hit over 500 for a few weeks then start hitting 300+ only? Sheesh.

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