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Some games were closer than others, but all the boyz on the farm made us proud on Friday evening. Las Vegas was a winner and so was Lansing, both squeaking in runs in the late innings. The D-Jays behind some great pitching put the shut out hurt on cross town rival Clearwater while New Hampshire put their second win in the books for a good start to their defence of last year's Eastern League Championship.

Las Vegas 4  Sacramento 3

To the 4,424 home field faithful at Cashman Field, the 51s were out of this world reversing the fortunes of opening night and putting an extra inning whoppin’ on Sacramento.   Although allowing 2 runs and 4 hits early on, Starter Jessie Chavez settled down and threw 4 IP and struck out 7.  Andrew Carpenter, Ryota Igarashi, Jim Hoey and Chad Beck provided the needed relief missing from opening night by combining to strike out 7 more and allow just 2 hits.  Jerry Gil (1-0) came on in the 10th to shut down the Bees and take the win.

Travis Snider (2 for 4, HR, R, BB, 2RBI, 2K) knocked in a pair in the 6th to get Las Vegas back in the game.  David Cooper (1 for 5, RBI) won the contest with a walk off ground ball single scoring Snyder also had a ground ball single.  Small ball, but big enough to bring Las Vegas the first win of this year’s campaign.  Adeiny Hechavarria (2 for 4, R, BB, RBI) continued his hitting ways bringing in Mike McCoy (1 for 3, R, SB, BB) who had singled.  McCoy stole a base as did Travis d’Arnaud (1 for 4, BB, SB, K).



New Hampshire 3    Trenton 1

The Fisher Cats, in their second consecutive road game, visiting the spawn of the Evil Empire in Trenton, brought down said empire behind good, but not flashy pitching by starter and winner Chad Jenkins (1-0).  Jenkins put in 6.0 IP allowing the Thunders only one run in the first inning with  a solo home run.  Matt Daly and Danny Farquar came on in relief, throwing no hit ball to ice the win. 

The Fisher Cats brought enough bats to ruin the clear and chilly evening for the Trenton faithful.  In the Fifth, Multi-hit Man Mountain Mike McDade (3 for 4, 2B, 2RBI) batted in Kevin Howard (1 for 4, R, RBI, K) and Jonathan Diaz (2 for 4, R, SB, BB, K).  In the Sixth, Howard his a sac fly to bring in Ryan Goins (2 for 4, R, 2b) who had doubled.  Mark Sobolewski (1 for 4, K) added a single.  Diaz and A.J. Jiminez (0 for 3, SB, BB, K) each stole their second bases of the young season.  McDade and Justin Jackson (0 for 4, K) each suffered errors in the field.


Dunedin 5  Clearwater 0

In the evening’s only shutout, Dunedin made the short trip to Clearwater and beat down the Threshers behind the winning pitching of Sean Nolin (1-0) who threw 6 IP of no run ball, allowing 4 hits and striking out a pair.  Relievers Egan Smith and Dustin Antolin came on a get the fire out in the last three innings on a windy Clearwater evening.

The D-Jays put on a lumber show with 10 hits to get their 5 runs.  RBIs were had by Jonathan Jones (2 for 5, R, RBI), Sean Ochinko (1 for 4, 2B, K, RBI), Ryan Schimpf (1 for 3, K, RBI) and Kevin Nolan (1 for 4, RBI).  Jake Marisnick (2 for 4, 2B, BB) and Kevin Ahrens (2 for 4, R, 2B) added doubles, while Michael Crouse (1 for 4, R, 3B, K) smacked a triple.


Lansing  3  Great Lakes 2

The Luggies managed only 4 hit but outscored visiting Great Lakes behind the pitching of starter Noah Syndergaard and Anthony Desciafani who combined for a total of 10 strike outs, and allowed no runs in the first 6 innings of the contest.  Brandon Berl (1-0) earned the win.  In all, the Luggies hurlers threw an impressive 13 strike outs on the evening.  The Luggies were also helped with 4 errors by Great Lakes, whose pitchers only had a single earned run.

With pitching like that, Lansing pieced together 3 runs and took home the marbles.  Carlos Perez (1 for 4, RBI) and  Kevin Patterson (1 for 4, RBI) kicked in RBIs.  No one had a multi-hit contest, but Chris Hawkins (1 for 4, 2B, K) added a double and Andrew Burns (1 for 3, K) managed a single.



1st Star                  Jessie Chavez (7 Ks in 4.0 IP)


2nd Star                 Travis Snider (2 For 4, HR, R, BB, 2RBI, 2K)


3rd Star                 Mike McDade (3 for 4, 2B, 2RBI)

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Gerry - Saturday, April 07 2012 @ 09:39 AM EDT (#254054) #
Nice start in the minors, a combined 6-1 after 2 days.
Lugnut Fan - Saturday, April 07 2012 @ 10:15 AM EDT (#254055) #

I would give an honourable mention star to the entire Lansing pitching staff last night.  14 K's to start the season is awesome.


I hope mamboom enjoys watching the outfield in Dunedin as much as I did in Lansing.

ramone - Saturday, April 07 2012 @ 10:19 AM EDT (#254056) #
Here is an article from the Lansing State Journal on lasts nights Lugnuts game:

From the article: "“He was dominant,” Tamargo said. “He had a curveball and a changeup working tonight, so they couldn’t just sit on the 97 mile-per-hour fastball."
ramone - Saturday, April 07 2012 @ 02:50 PM EDT (#254061) #
Deck McGuire had one ugly start to the year:

5IP, 11H, 8R, 8Er, 2BB, 6K's and 5 HR's
bpoz - Saturday, April 07 2012 @ 05:32 PM EDT (#254066) #
I find it so odd that in he Dunedin game the Jays threw 52 pitches and the opponent threw 53.
rtcaino - Saturday, April 07 2012 @ 06:11 PM EDT (#254070) #
That would be odd, if true.

Pitch counts are not reliable on for levels below AA. (It was mentioned in yesterday's MLU.)
bpoz - Sunday, April 08 2012 @ 08:56 AM EDT (#254078) #
China fan - Sunday, April 08 2012 @ 09:29 AM EDT (#254079) #
Moises Sierra is off to a strong start for Las Vegas. With all the talk of Gose and Marisnick, we often forget about Sierra, who is still just 23 and still has a chance to insert himself into the outfield conversation, particularly since the major-league outfield is still so unsettled. (As others have noted, Bautista's switch to 1B in the opening game could well be a foreshadowing of 2013.)

Also interesting to see Hechavarria playing mostly at 2B yesterday.
Gerry - Sunday, April 08 2012 @ 12:26 PM EDT (#254086) #
BA have announced the following releases by the Jays:

RHP Nelson Figueroa, RHP Sean Shoffit, RHP Steve Turnbull, C Garrett Maines, SS Gary Pena
ayjackson - Sunday, April 08 2012 @ 12:55 PM EDT (#254088) #
One eyewitness account had Syndergaard hitting 100 once on the Lansing scoreboard.  He finished with 41 pitches, 28 for strikes.
bpoz - Monday, April 09 2012 @ 09:36 AM EDT (#254121) #
Thanks for the velocity info on Syndergaard, Ayj. As we get excited on our rising pitching prospects, the more info the better.
Gerry is great with supplying this stuff when he interviews coaches & managers. Velocity, movement, type of pitch, who is working on what.
C Jenkins has been putting up OK numbers and has received his promotions. His results IMO are in the OK category, the plus is that these results are at higher levels. In his interview, I believed him when he said he works on developing his variety of pitches and the results were secondary. So I am watching his results until mid June as that may indicate how well his overall game is going. He is due to be protected after this season and I am high on him to hopefully become a GB innings eater with an ERA 3.75-4.25 in the Majors as that would project to be consistent with his minor league career numbers & pattern.
John Northey - Monday, April 09 2012 @ 10:11 AM EDT (#254124) #
Sweet - 100 is always a nice number for the prospects to be hitting. As they say, you can teach control, different pitches, etc. but you cannot teach velocity.

So far of the 10 pitchers used (Alvarez [22] and Drabek [24] not used yet along with Laffey [27]) there are 6 who are 25-28 (in prime with more prime to come), then in the pen you can add a 30 (Janssen), 34 (Frasor), 37 (Cordero) and 41 (Oliver). With the mass of youth coming plus future pen fixtures (hopefully) in Cecil [25] and Litsch [27] the team has a ton of youth already.

Phew - if a few of these kids can work out the Jays should be very, very good for 2013-2020.
Mike Green - Monday, April 09 2012 @ 10:35 AM EDT (#254127) #
I wonder what the IP target for Syndergaard is in 2012.  He threw 60 innings last year.  My guess is that it's about 120 innings.  His 20th birthday is in August (man, does that make me feel old), and the club will probably take it nice and easy with him. 
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