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The Farm Boys from the west made us proud.  Now, maybe our guys in the east can step it up for the rest of the weekend.

Las Vegas 11  Tucson 6

When Las Vegas and their hot bats on came to town and they brought a broom too but they didn’t do the sweep, winning only 3 of 4 way down in the dessert.  In game 4, the 51s put up 15 hits and starter Bill Murphy needed everyone of them since he gave up 10 hits and 6 runs (5 in the Tuscon 2nd)  in his 4.0 IP.  Winner Clint Everts (1-1) came on in 3 IP in relief allowing just one hit and a BB, shutting out the wayward Padres.  Ronald Uviedo came on for a pair of shut-out innings, striking out 3 and allowing just a single hit. Adeiny Hechavarria put up his 13th error of the year, an errant throw to newly minted first basement Trais d’Arnaud.

Later, Hechavaria (1 for 3, 3B 3RBIs) redeemed himself and drove the bus away from struggle town with a base clearing two-out three-run triple in the 4th, plating  Kevin Howard (0 for 4, R, BB), Jonathan Diaz (2 for 5, 2 R) and Anthony Gose (3 for 5, R, 2b). With a pair of homers from Adam Lind (2 for 5, HR, 3RBIs) and Travis d’Arnaud (3 for 6, 2B, HR), the sign on the bus back to Vegas town read “The Adeiny, Anthony, Adam and d’Arnaud Express”.  Yan Gomes (2 for 4, 2B,) went to the head of bus too, with the other extra base hit on the night.  Eric Thames (2 for 4, RBI) had the other multi-hit game.


New Hampshire 1  Harrisburg 8

Harrisburg brought out the muscle and put the hurt on the Fisher Cats in front of 6,229 homies, outhitting the home time 12 to 7.  Losing pitcher Deck McGuire (2-9) went 5.0IP and gave up 4 runs on 5 hits, including a pair of home runs.  Man Mountain Mike McDade got his 8th error, a fielding oops in the first inning that cost a run.

New Hampshire’s single score came in the 2nd in the form of redemption for the Man Mountain who sent a solo shot to right.  Big mike was 2 for 4 on the evening.  Brad McElroy had the only other two hit came goring 2 for 3 with a pair of singles.


Dunedin 5  Brevard County 6

Outhit 11 to 9 helped outscore the Dunedin Blue Jays Friday night.  Starter Marcus Walden went 5IP allowing 3 run on 3 hit while striking out 3. He didn’t get the decision.  Sadly for Dustin Antolin (5-2) he picked up his second loss allowing 4 hits and a pair of runs against Brevard.  Ryan Schimpf threw his way to his 11th error of the year.

Dunedin scores were courtesy of Jake Marisnick and his 3 RBIs.  He went 2 for 5 with a double and a 2 run home in the 7th.  Kevin Ahrens was 2 for 4 and added a solo blast of his own in the 6th.  Kevin Nolin put up the other multi-hit game, going 2 for 4 with a pair of singles.


Lansing 0 Great Lakes 4

Opener David Rollins disappointed more than 8,400 Luggies faithful going an impressive 5.0 IP, striking out 8 and giving up just a pair of runs on two hits.  He sadly took his first loss, now 5-1.  Lansing only dug up a measly 2 hits, both singles, while Kenny Wilson put up two errors on the evening, one fielding, one throwing.

The pair of singles came from Chris Hawkins (1 for 3, BB) and Keith Patterson (1 for 4, K).  I someone has some extra lumber lying around, see what you can do to get it down to Cooley Law School Stadium tonight in Lansing.


Vancouver 1  Tri-City 0 Completed Early

Vancouver moved their young season to a 6-2 record behind the nice pitching of starter Ben White who hung in for 6.0 IP, allowing no runs and only 2 hits and striking out a pair.  Reliever Ian Kadish kept the shut out going,  no hitting Tri-City and striking out 2 in 1 IP of the rain shortened game.

With pitching like that, all Vancouver needed was a triple form Dalton Pompey (2 for 2, R, 2B, 3B) and a single to bring him in from Balbino Fuenmayor (2 for 3, 2B, RBI).


Bluefied 2  Johnson City  4

Johnson City brought their bats and a beating to Bluefield, downing the Blue Jays 4 to 2 and outhitting the hometeam 12 to 6.  Bluefield put up no less than 6 hurlers who gave up the 12 hits.  A bright spot on the mound for Blue field was mid reliever Roberto Osuna who went 3 IP and struck out 4.  Loosing pitcher Colby Broussard (0-1) came on for 1.0 IP and gave up 2 ER on 3 hits.  Dickie Thon and Matthew Dean each gave their first error, a throwing oops for both.

A pair of Triples from Christian Lopes (2 for 4) and Matthew Dean (1 for 4, RBI) providing the extra base excitement for the evening, while Dikie Thon 2 for 3 went multi with with a pair of singles and a base on balls.  Nico Taylor brought in the other RBI for Bluefield


Three Stars

Third Star            Travis d’Arnaud (3 for 6, 2B, HR, RBI)

Second Star        Adeinty Hechavarria (1 for 3, 3b, 3RBIs)

First Star              Adam Lind (2 for 5, HR, 3 RBIs)

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hypobole - Saturday, June 23 2012 @ 01:22 PM EDT (#259165) #
Deck seems to be our Brian Bullington. High pick, low ceiling arm who is struggling mightily. To me, he and Jenkins are poster boys of how not to draft.
uglyone - Saturday, June 23 2012 @ 02:06 PM EDT (#259169) #
It's getting tougher and tougher to justify Snider and D'Arnaud in the minors, especially with their spots on the MLB roster in dire need of an upgrade.

something's gotta give.

92-93 - Saturday, June 23 2012 @ 02:58 PM EDT (#259170) #
I'm the President of the Travis Snider Fanboy club, but let's acknowledge that Rajai Davis has hit .318/.375/.470 as the everyday LF heading into today's game. I would, however, obviously be in favour of demoting David Cooper once AL play starts back up and the DH is back in play.

I found last night's bullpen usage pretty funny. Farrell has reiterated the last few days how tired the bullpen is and how important it will be to get multiple innings from guys on a certain schedule. He then goes out and uses 2 relievers to get him through 2 innings in an 8 run game. I have no idea why Coello, who has frequently thrown multiple innings in Vegas this year, wasn't asked to finish last night's game.
92-93 - Saturday, June 23 2012 @ 04:20 PM EDT (#259174) #
Good on Farrell for using Janssen once he was warm even though the game was blown open by the Colby Jack. Janssen could use the work, having thrown only 27 pitches over 2 appearances the last week. I'm guessing Farrell has stayed away from Perez & Villanueva so he has backups for Chavez & Laffey. Villanueva will be on 4 days rest tomorrow and Perez will be well rested when Laffey goes Tuesday.
Mike Green - Saturday, June 23 2012 @ 04:34 PM EDT (#259175) #
It would be nice to have Villanueva start on Sunday with Laffey coming on (if necessary), and then Perez start and Monday with Chavez coming on (if necessary), rather than having the lesser pitchers throw the higher leverage innings and not gaining some platoon advantages if the starters get hit hard early. 
92-93 - Saturday, June 23 2012 @ 05:01 PM EDT (#259178) #
I agree, but was just dissecting it from Farrell's point of view, having announced Chavez & Laffey as the starters. If Villanueva & Perez are being held back as long men anyway for the bullpen I'd much rather have them start.
Magpie - Saturday, June 23 2012 @ 06:55 PM EDT (#259186) #
Perez was getting warmed up in the seventh inning, and I assumed he was coming in to face the pinch-hitter and then to turn Reyes around if necessary. I suppose he would have come in if Frasor hadn't struck out Hayes. I was glad to see Frasor get the chance to close out the inning. Nice job, too.
SJE - Saturday, June 23 2012 @ 07:29 PM EDT (#259187) #
Alford tweeted about Airport security this morning. He is now listed on the Lansing Lugnuts Roster, maybe a quick taste of the MWL before heading to football.
Magpie - Saturday, June 23 2012 @ 08:11 PM EDT (#259189) #
I'm the President of the Travis Snider Fanboy club, but let's acknowledge that Rajai Davis has hit .318/.375/.470 as the everyday LF heading into today's game. I would, however, obviously be in favour of demoting David Cooper once AL play starts back up and the DH is back in play.

I can't see them bringing Snider back to be the DH. I would assume that when/if he comes back, he will go to LF, and Davis will go back to being the 4th OF and RH bat and legs off the bench. (Either McCoy or the eighth reliever will be sent down to clear the spot.) Which means that Encarnacion and Cooper will continue to cover DH and 1B, at least for as long as Cooper is playing well enough to hold off Adam Lind.
rtcaino - Saturday, June 23 2012 @ 10:20 PM EDT (#259190) #
When does Alford start playing pig skin?
TamRa - Sunday, June 24 2012 @ 01:41 AM EDT (#259194) #
"When does Alford start playing pig skin?"

If the past is any indication, look for the USM pre-season camp to open during the first week of August. I'd expect he would be expected to be present by August 6.

bcool - Sunday, June 24 2012 @ 01:56 AM EDT (#259195) #
Looks like the plan for Alford was a quick 2 week stint in the GCL. Alford is currently at home getting ready for football. Looks like he won't be worried about baseball again until next May.


China fan - Sunday, June 24 2012 @ 04:09 AM EDT (#259198) #
I wonder if the Hattiesburg American made some kind of error in its interpretation of Alford's comments, because there are multiple sources saying that he has been promoted to Lansing. Or could it be some technicality of the promotion rules?

If he is promoted to Lansing, it does seem like an interesting innovation -- drafting a high-school senior and promoting him to A-level baseball within weeks. When was the last time the Jays did that? It might be a good way to get Alford hooked on baseball -- especially when he sees the future Jays pitching stars on the same team.
China fan - Sunday, June 24 2012 @ 04:22 AM EDT (#259199) #
"...I can't see them bringing Snider back to be the DH...."

I agree with both Magpie and 92-93 on their comments. As long as Davis keeps hitting the way he is, he'll continue to be the LF. He'll probably slump at some point, however, and that's when Snider should get his chance. Snider has only had 7 games at Las Vegas since his injury rehab began. Give him another couple weeks to get his swing locked in, under low-pressure conditions.

As for the DH question: Shi Davidi is reporting that Adam Lind, rather than Snider, is the most likely to be promoted for the DH job in the near future. That makes sense too. Let's find out if Lind has solved anything at Las Vegas. Try to get some major-league value from his non-trivial salary, unless he slumps again.

As for the belief by some Bauxites that Snider should be handed a guaranteed LF job permanently for the rest of this season: why should Snider be treated differently from any other Jay? If, perchance, he hits as badly as Lind or Thames did this season, why should the Jays continue to give him a guaranteed LF job? Is this some perverted notion of "justice" -- that he was persecuted by the Jays in the past and he needs compensation? That's a twisted view of history. I don't believe he was "jerked around" or "mistreated" by the Jays, except that he was promoted too early in his career. If the Jays still have a chance at contention, the LF job should go to the best available hitter, whether it's Davis or Snider, depending on their on-field performance, not some sentimental idea of justice or compensation.

Of course, if the Jays fall out of contention, and if Snider seems to be developing at the major-league LF job, then definitely keep him there for the rest of the season. But not if he hits as badly as last year.
92-93 - Sunday, June 24 2012 @ 04:54 AM EDT (#259200) #
Alford is headed to school already to be with the football team. The Lansing "promotion" is likely nothing more than a procedural move.
Cal Jays - Sunday, June 24 2012 @ 08:24 AM EDT (#259203) #
Common sense has got to prevail re: Alford. If baseball is his profession, he can't waste the next 3 years getting half the reps at baseball as his peer group. He'd be putting his future and family's future at a disadvantage to indulge himself at football. I get that playing QB for an SEC school is the chance of a lifetime, but he can't risk his baseball future if in fact baseball is his more projectable professional sport. How many 2 sport athletes actually make it in baseball if they only allot half their time to it during their crucial 18-22 years? IMO, AA essentially paid for the chance to talk common sense into him. Not for the Jays interests nearly as much as for Alford's best interests. I predict logic will set in and sometime in July he'll give up football. Unless of course he sees football as his pro sport.
bpoz - Sunday, June 24 2012 @ 09:11 AM EDT (#259204) #
Very sensible comment Cal Jays.

How soon would he have a good idea about his NFL career. He would get drafted after 3-4 years at school. But at what positions would he be considered. You have to be good to be a starting NFL QB and probably also good to be considered for grooming for that position. He is a great athlete, so he probably can play other football positions, but he will have to split time at QB & other positions. If he starts at university as QB then do you risk injury by giving him playing time at other positions.

Naturally he believes in himself. But so do a lot of other kids.
Cal Jays - Sunday, June 24 2012 @ 10:07 AM EDT (#259207) #
Correction: He's playing at Southern Miss, so not in the SEC. Still big time Diivision 1 college football.
Mike Green - Sunday, June 24 2012 @ 10:20 AM EDT (#259208) #
Snider ought to be brought up now, regardless of whether the club is in contention.  Davis' last 110 at-bats are little predictive value in how he will do going forward.  He is a career 88 OPS+ player, and that is how he has performed over the last 500 at-bats.  Snider has been better than that over his career, and while he has been injured, there is good reason to believe from his performance in Las Vegas that he can at least hit at his career norms. 
Beyonder - Sunday, June 24 2012 @ 11:32 AM EDT (#259209) #
Agreed Mike. I think you bring him up and plug him in left for the rest of the year, unless we find ourselves making a playoff push in the last month and he is really stinking it up. I say this not because I think Travis is owed anything due to past mistreatment (although I think he has been completely mishandled). I say this because: 1) he is possibly a part of the team's core going forward, while Rajai is not, 2) next year will be our last year to perform due diligence of Travis before we have to make a decision about re-signing, and 3) I would like future players to know that if they work hard and do the things the team asks of them (as Travis has), they will get a solid look, and they won't have to be looking over their shoulders every two seconds because Johnny come lately has been tearing it up at AAA for three consecutive weeks.

I want Travis to know he has 250 at bats to show what he can do before he gets sent down in favour of Eric Thames again.
China fan - Sunday, June 24 2012 @ 04:38 PM EDT (#259216) #
"......I would like future players to know that if they work hard and do the things the team asks of them (as Travis has), they will get a solid look, and they won't have to be looking over their shoulders every two seconds....."

Which is exactly why you don't bench a player who's posted an .857 OPS and a .387 OBP ever since getting the full-time LF job last month. What kind of a message does it send to the rest of the Jays if you bench Davis in favor of a minor-leaguer when Davis is as productive as he is?

And forget about sample sizes in this context. Major-league teams will always go with the hot bat. When someone is posting an .857 OPS (plus speed and defense), you don't bench him (in favor of a minor-leaguer) just because his numbers were lower in 2011. You wait until he slumps -- because you don't know if or when that will happen.
Mike Green - Sunday, June 24 2012 @ 04:50 PM EDT (#259217) #
"Most major league teams will always go with a hot bat."

Back in the 1960s, most major league teams had a leadoff hitter who did not reach base very often but who could steal 50 bases. Hopefully, the justification for any particular move is not "most major league teams do it". 

China fan - Sunday, June 24 2012 @ 04:50 PM EDT (#259218) #
".....I'm guessing Farrell has stayed away from Perez & Villanueva so he has backups for Chavez & Laffey....."

Actually, Farrell has explicitly stated this. He says he is lining up the pitchers so that Perez and Villanueva are available on the days when the less reliable starters are pitching. (I'm assuming he didn't use either of them tonight because the Jays were already six runs behind when Chavez was finished.)

Farrell has also stated that he wants 5 innings from each of his starters. Clearly he has low expectations for Chavez, Laffey and Cecil, and he is lining up the long relievers to go multiple innings behind them. In other words, unofficially, he is switching to a system of "tandem starts" for the bottom two-thirds of the rotation. Mike Green should be happy!

As for Villanueva: let's not forget that he nearly blew out his arm when he became a starter last season. He might be stronger at 3 innings, rather than 6 innings.
China fan - Sunday, June 24 2012 @ 04:59 PM EDT (#259219) #
"....Hopefully, the justification for any particular move is not 'most major league teams do it'....."

Agreed. But I provided other reasons too. And in the case of Davis vs Snider, I think they're right. If you're trying to predict a hitter's likely performance over the next few weeks, the experience of his most recent month might be as good an indicator as the experience of a previous season. If you bench Davis because of his career numbers, do you also bench Encarnacion because you feel his 2012 numbers are a small-sample fluke? (That's not a perfect analogy, of course, but clearly the Jays are looking at Encarnacion's 2012 numbers -- not his career numbers -- when they put him in the clean-up slot. And they're probably right.)
Gerry - Sunday, June 24 2012 @ 05:02 PM EDT (#259220) #
I am not sure if this is a record, I assume its not but in the Lugnut game today, seven straight Lugnut hitters drew a walk. Two pitchers were involved. Five of the walks were with the bases loaded. All came with two outs.

The first two hitters of the next inning also walked.
Richard S.S. - Sunday, June 24 2012 @ 06:11 PM EDT (#259221) #
How many QBs is Alford competing with this year? I don't understand leaving now for an August 6 deadline. I hope we don't have to deal with this every year.
Gerry - Sunday, June 24 2012 @ 06:12 PM EDT (#259222) #
Another example of "baseball is a funny game."

In today's Las Vegas game:

Total combined hits by Ricardo Nanita, Chris Woodward, Paul Phillips and Jon Diaz: 7

Total combined hits by Adam Lind, Travis Snider, Eric Thames, Yan Gomes, Travis d'Arnaud and Moises Sierra: 1
Magpie - Sunday, June 24 2012 @ 06:48 PM EDT (#259223) #
Another example of "baseball is a funny game."

Indeed. Which former Blue Jay has posted the following line this season: .361/.440/.569.

In part time play, but still...

In other news, the World's Longest Comeback Attempt is now in Pawtucket, where Mark Prior has now made 7 appearances out of the PawSox bullpen. He's allowed 4 hits in 9 innings. He's struck out 20 - hang on, 20? Well, the 8 BB suggests he's not quite ready for prime time yet.
electric carrot - Sunday, June 24 2012 @ 07:25 PM EDT (#259224) #
Overbay.  Johnny Mac and Hill also doing great.  Got to be that Kirk Gibson magic faery dust.
Gerry - Sunday, June 24 2012 @ 08:48 PM EDT (#259226) #
Bluefield came within one out of being no hit. Seth Connor broke it up.

Daniel Norris was hit around a bit, 4 ER in 4 IP. That's OK with me, he is pitching close to his home town and a little struggle will help him focus on his pitching and not listen to all the accolades.
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