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A 3-1 night for the affiliates and it could have easily been 4-0.  Two of the teams reached double digits in the run column and another made sure the opposition put up nothing but zeroes.

Las Vegas 10 Nashville 8

Las Vegas, NV - The 51s scored in innings two through seven with three run outbursts in the fourth and sixth.  They won despite squandering a 5-1 lead when the Brewers affiliate made some noise in the fifth to the tune of five runs.

Hitting - Chris Woodward doubled twice and had a run-scoring single to drive home four runs. Adam Lind belted his first homer to right field off Mark Rogers and also doubled. David Cooper also homered but he decided to leg his out as he used to blazing speed for an inside-the-park, three-run homer.  Cooper also singled and walked twice.  Travis d'Arnaud had an RBI single and Mike McCoy had a sacrifice fly and a free pass.  McCoy was the only one not to get a hit for the home side.   Anthony Gose singled twice and walked, Danny Perales doubled and drew two walks, Adeiny Hechavarria singled and walked and Moises Sierra had a base hit and a base on balls.

Running - Hechavarria stole second, advanced to third on an error and later scored.  Gose swiped second and third to push his season total to 16.  McCoy pilfered second but Perales was not as fortunate.  On the negative side, d'Arnaud tried to stretch his RBI single into a double but failed.  Same for Woodward, who tried for a triple.

Pitching - Scott Richmond lasted four innings plus four batters and was in trouble for his entire outing after being roughed up for eight hits (one homer) and three walks while ringing up three Ks.  All five runs he allowed, save for one, were all earned.  All six of his outs in play, save for one, were on the ground.  Bobby Korecky was nicked for an unearned run on two hits over 1 2/3 innings but struck out a pair.  Jerry Gil (4-0) stranded a runner for Korecky and got the win despite giving up a solo homer and one other hit over 2 1/3 innings.  He did strike out a couple of batters.  Ryota Igarashi finished up with an inning of one-run ball on two hits but he struck out one.

Fielding - Perales and Gose each botched one in left and center field, respectively.  The 51s did turn three double plays.


New Hampshire 6 Portland knot, not a sausage, bugger all!

Manchester, NH - The Fisher Cats spread their six runs evenly over the third and fifth innings to give the Red Sox the Kevin Phillips Bong treatment.

Hitting - Ryan Goins singled home the only run the Fisher Cats would really need but that didn't stop Mike McDade from doubling home two more runs in the third and singling home another in the fifth as part of a three-hit performance.  Brian Bocock capped the scoring with a two-run double while adding a single and a walk. Mark Sobolewski had the other New Hampshire hit.  Goins drew a walk to go along with his single, Brian Van Kirk drew two bases on balls, John Tolisano drew a base on balls and Brian Jeroloman nudged the BJBBM to 7.  It was a bad night for the two Brads as Brad Glenn struck out three times in a 0-for-4 night while Brad McElroy was 0-for-2 but was plunked once by Sea Dogs hurler Chris Martin.  I'm sure that didn't hurt like heaven.

Running - Goins stole two bases while Bocock and Van Kirk snagged one apiece.

Pitching - Lefty Brett Cecil (2-2) and righties Danny Farquhar and Ronald Uviedo threw a dog-gone good game by combining for a no-hitter.  Cecil issued just three walks and struck out eight over 5 2/3 innings for the win.  Farquhar handed out just one free pass and collected a trio of Ks in 2 1/3 innings.  Uviedo walked a batter but worked a scoreless ninth to thrill the Jays/Fisher Cats fans at the park and disappoint Red Sox Nation at the same time. :D

Fielding - A clean game for the Fisher Cats in terms of the error column.


Dunedin 11 Jupiter 2

Dunedin, FL - The D-Jays sent the Marlins reeling by jumping out to an 11-0 lead before withstanding a furious two-run rally in the ninth and holding on for the win.

Hitting - Gabe Jacobo put the D-Jays in flight with his first homer of the season and added a sac fly in the second.  Marcus Knecht hammered a three-run bomb, singled and also drove one home with a deep enough flyball.  Ryan Schimpf knocked home a pair with a double and had a couple of singles.  Kevin Nolan and Kevin Ahrens each drew bases-loaded walks and the other run scored on an error at third.  Jake Marisnick doubled, singled and walked twice while Jonathan Jones tripled, singled and walked.  Nolan singled and walked a couple of times.  Jack Murphy had a safety and a base on balls.  Kenen Bailli singled in a pinch-hit appearance for Jacobo and Jon Talley drew a walk.

Running - No running man dance moves on the basepaths.

Pitching - Wojo had the mojo as Asher Wojciechowski (2-1) scattered five hits and a walk over six scoreless frames for the victory.  He struck out four and induced seven groundball outs.  Shawn Griffith struck out a batter over a perfect frame and Dustin Antolin whiffed two in a scoreless inning but did give up a hit.  Lefty Boomer Potts could not keep the shutout bid intact as he was victimized for two runs on two hits and a walk but did strike out a batter in finishing out the ball game.

Fielding - Schimpf air-mailed one from second but Jones cut down a runner at the plate from right field and Murphy nailed a runner trying to steal second from behind the dish.


Lake County 2 Lansing 1 (11 Innings)

Eastlake, OH - The Lugnuts were at loggerheads with the Indians affiliate before scoring the game's first run in the top of the eighth.  However, Lake County tied it in the ninth before winning in extras.

Hitting - Chris Hawkins drove in the lone run with a base hit and joined Shane Opitz in the two-hit club.  Jonathon Berti singled and was the only one to cross home plate.  Kenny Wilson singled and laid down a bunt to push Berti into scoring position.  K.C. Hobson had a hit and a walk and Kevin Pillar had the other hit.  Chris Schaeffer drew two walks while Markus Brisker and Andrew Burns had one each.  The Lugnuts wasted scoring opportunities with runners at second and third with one out in the ninth and runners at the corners with one gone in the 10th.

Running - Hawkins was thrown out at the plate after trying to score from second in the eighth.

Pitching - Jesse Hernandez deserved a better fate. Only four men reached base in seven innings on two hits, a walk and a hit by pitch.  He retired the first seven hitters in a row and faced the minimum through three.  Hernandez struck out a pair and racked up a dozen outs on the ground but all he got was a no-decision.  Brandon Berl gave up a hit but worked a scoreless eighth for the hold but Eric Brown blew the save in the ninth by surrendering the tying run on a hit and two walks (one intentional).  He did pitch a couple of innings and struck out three.    Javier Avendano (1-3) suffered the loss on an unearned run in which he allowed a hit and a walk over one-third of an inning.

Fielding - Hobson made two errors in the 11th inning. He booted a sacrifice bunt and his throwing error two batters later allowed the winning run.  Schaeffer was 0-for-1 in throwing out basestealers.  On the plus side, the Lugnuts turned three double plays and Wilson threw out a runner at third from center field.


 *** 3 Stars!!! ***

3.  Asher Wojciechowski, Dunedin

2.  David Cooper, Las Vegas

1.  Brett Cecil - Danny Farquhar - Ronald Uviedo, New Hampshire


Extra Innings...

  • The Las Vegas Sun says Chris Woodward is not just hitting baseballs but the books as well.
  • The Boston Globe catches up with Koby Clemens.
  • The Toronto Star gets Pat Hentgen's take on some of the Jays pitching prospects.


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tstaddon - Tuesday, May 22 2012 @ 06:14 AM EDT (#256794) #
Excellent to see Cecil looking more like himself at AA. The strikeouts are particularly encouraging. If he's keeping the ball down, he can probably survive at 89 mph. Hard to guess which of Alvarez, Drabek and Hutchison will crack first but I have to believe one of them will require a reinforcement at some point. It will be nice to have Cecil ready when that time comes. The question in the meantime is: do you let Cecil keep throwing in AA? Or, after another quality start, consider calling him up to replace Crawford as the low-leverage lefty in the pen.

Also nice to see Wojciechowski produce a solid outing but I still have to believe his future's in relief. No reason to rush him, I suppose, with the wealth of relief arms in the top two levels of the system. But I do wonder how soon he and Stilson could help in the majors with streamlined development paths.
China fan - Tuesday, May 22 2012 @ 06:29 AM EDT (#256795) #
Another great game by Mike McDade. His current OPS of .877 is higher than he achieved in any previous season in the minors. Still, he won't get a sniff at AAA as long as Lind and Cooper are both there -- and potentially Gomes too. It will be interesting to see how the Jays decide to sort out the logjam at 1B and DH in the upper minors. This is McDade's second season at the AA level, and he needs to be challenged with a promotion. But to where?
Forkball - Tuesday, May 22 2012 @ 07:52 AM EDT (#256799) #
Pretty clear that Hentgen is bullish on the Lansing pitching prospects.
Thomas - Tuesday, May 22 2012 @ 09:16 AM EDT (#256800) #
I get the impression the Jays are interested in keeping Woodward in the organization as a coach after he retires and everything I've read on him suggests that would be a good move.
jgadfly - Tuesday, May 22 2012 @ 01:02 PM EDT (#256819) #

A question for Gerry ???   

          As much as the Lansing foursome's success has there been any news or statements from behind the closed doors on the Mitchell Taylor career trainwreck saga  ? 

TamRa - Tuesday, May 22 2012 @ 05:22 PM EDT (#256832) #
appended to the above: Is Taylor at work in EST, or does the suspension keep him from doing even that?

Gerry - Tuesday, May 22 2012 @ 09:41 PM EDT (#256837) #
I don't have the answer right now. I was talking to a front office person last week and asked and I was told to ask Charlie Wilson. That answer showed me it wasn't top of mind.

Remember Taylor was a 7th round choice; they had him relieving; he was suspended by the Jays mid-season; and he failed a drug test. That's at least three strikes by my count.

I will ask in the next few days.
Thomas - Tuesday, May 22 2012 @ 10:15 PM EDT (#256838) #
Long time Blue Jays minor leaguer Erik Kratz hit his first MLB home run today for the Phillies in a loss to the Nationals.
Super Bluto - Tuesday, May 22 2012 @ 11:42 PM EDT (#256839) #
Hechavarria playing 2B tonight in Vegas. What could that mean? A trade? Kelly Johnson? For a left-fielder?

A person could run out of question marks.

bcool - Wednesday, May 23 2012 @ 01:49 AM EDT (#256840) #
Farrell and the Jays have stated since the beginning of spring training that they would try to get Hech in some games at 2B for injury insurance purposes. He played some games at 2B already during spring training already. If Escobar or Johnson get injured, Hech would be the first call up.
TamRa - Wednesday, May 23 2012 @ 02:01 AM EDT (#256841) #
Kelly Johnson is not going to be traded. Certainly not before July.

It was said during spring training the Hech would get work at 2B to increase the team's options. There's nothing new about that.

If the team acquires another bat, LF or 1B, it will NOT be for current major leaguers, if it is it won't be a big enough bat. it will be for prospects.
acepinball - Wednesday, May 23 2012 @ 02:02 AM EDT (#256842) #
I think Johnson has had his legs cramp up a few games now. Hech is the first middle infielder to get called up.
jgadfly - Wednesday, May 23 2012 @ 02:05 AM EDT (#256843) #

 Gerry ... RE: Mitchell Taylor ...  He was projected by some as a ML releiver ... Some of his numbers compare favourably with the "Big Boys' and Sickels picked him as a 2012  sleeper.  He was the Appy League pitcher of the week for Aug 1, 2011 ... good FB & potentially good curve .  However he was sent home in mid/late-August just before the Bluefield playoffs for testing positive for a "drug of abuse" ... He flunked a second test in early March at Spring training and earned an additional 50 game suspension.     Status with org - unknown    ...   Return date - unknown

Mitchell Taylor ... May11/92 ...6'0/155lbs ... throws L

Year Team League   W L   ERA  G GS    IP      H    R    ER  HR    BB   SO   GO/AO   AVG 

2011 BLU    APP         4  2  4.23  13 8    55.1   50   28    26    5     14     61    1.54      .242

 Aaron Sanchez ... July 1/92 ... 6'4/190lbs ... throws R

Year Team League  W  L  ERA    G  GS   IP      H     R   ER  HR  BB   SO    GO/AO   AVG

2011    BLU    APP     3  2   5.48   11   6   42.2  45   27   26    4     18    43     1.59      .269

2011        Minors        3  3   5.30   14    9   54.1  53  33   32    4      26    56     1.60      .255

Noah Syndergaard ... Aug 29/92 ... 6'5/200lbs ... throws R

Year Team League W  L   ERA    G  GS     IP        H     R  ER   HR    BB   SO  GO/AO    AVG

2011 BLU      APP     4  0   1.41     7     5     32.0    23    5    5      1      11    37   1.32 .      198

2011   Minors             5  2   1.83   13   11    59.0    46  14   12     1     18    68    1.30       .211

Justin Nicolino ... Nov 22/91... 6'3/160lbs ...throws L

Year Team League   W  L   ERA   G  GS     IP     H     R  ER  HR   BB   SO   GO/AO  AVG

2011 VAN    NOR        5  1   1.03  12     9   52.1   28    9     6     0    11    64    1.44     .156

2011      Minors           6  2   1.33  15  12   61.0   39  12     9     0    13    73    1.33     .181

greenfrog - Wednesday, May 23 2012 @ 10:19 AM EDT (#256845) #
The Jays are also going to need a second baseman next year. I imagine it's probably not going to be Johnson (who is in line for a sizeable contract and will be 31 next year), although who knows, perhaps the Jays are trying to negotiate a deal with him. Escobar is playing well at SS and seems entrenched there for the time being. Which means somebody gets traded or Hechavarria becomes an option at 2B. I suspect the latter, as the Jays probably want to keep Adeiny in the organization.
uglyone - Wednesday, May 23 2012 @ 12:44 PM EDT (#256853) #
Getting KJ for nothing was a coup in the first place, and even better is that due to his mysteriously poor reputation, I think we'd be able to sign this top-10 2B for less than his performance is likely worth.

IMO, letting him go would be a very bad idea.
neurolaw - Wednesday, May 23 2012 @ 01:07 PM EDT (#256856) #
I agree, KJ has been stellar this year and even in an off year is still above average. Letting him walk would set this team back. Adeiny has improved his hitting this year but not enough to force the issue. Now that Yunel is hitting back to his career levels that top of the line up looks great.
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