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Vancouver came out on the winning end of an impressive pitching performance by both teams and scored four runs in the 11th inning to win 4-0. Taylor Cole started that game and lowered his ERA to 0.26 in seven starts.

Round Rock 4 Las Vegas 2

Bill Murphy had a nice start by allowing just two runs in 6.0 innings. He allowed a lot of base runners, though, with seven hits and three walks. He struck out five batters. Jim Hoey took the loss with two runs allowed in the seventh inning. Clint Everts finished off the game by walking two and striking out the side. Texas sent former Jays hurler Zach Jackson, who I didn't realize was still pitching, to the mound against the 51s. Recent minor league free agent pick-up Luke Hughes had two hits, including a double. Mike McDade went 1-for-5 with a double and two Ks. Mark Sobolewski went 1-for-3 with a strikeout and a walk. He scored a run.

New Hampshire 6 Akron 5 (7 innings - Game 1)

Ryan Tepera gave up five runs (four earned) in 5.2 innings. He allowed eight hits and one walk. He struck out two batters. Sam Dyson nailed down the final 1.1 innings with one hit and a walk allowed. He did not strike out a batter. Ryan Schimpf went 2-for-2 with a homer. Brad Glenn went deep and drove in three runs. Ryan Goins went 1-for-2 with a walk. Kevin Howard was 1-for-3 with two RBI.

New Hampshire Game 2 suspended due to rain

Dunedin 4 Daytona 2

Marcus Walden allowed two hits in 6.2 innings of work. The ground-ball specialist gave up seven hits (but no walks) in 6.2 innings of work. He struck out five batters and induced eight ground-ball outs. Dayton Marze and Danny Barnes finished off the game with a combined 2.1 scoreless innings. Marcus Knecht led the offense with two hits, including a double. Pierce Rankin also had a double and drove in two runs. Justin Jackson was 1-for-3 with 2 Ks. Kevin Pillar had one hit with a stolen base and a run scored.

West Michigan 7 Lansing 1

Noah Syndergaard pitched well. He gave up two runs, but both were unearned, in 5.0 innings of work. He allowed four hits, one walk and struck out three. He also induced 10 ground-ball outs. Philip Brua and Brandon Berl were hit around for five runs over 4.0 combined innings. Nick Baligod had two hits and a walk but also struck out twice. Andy Fermin, Shane Opitz and Chris Peters also had hits. K.C. Hobson went hitless and also made two errors in the field, continuing to show iffy defense at first base.

Vancouver 4 Eugene 0 (11 innings)

It was an impressive pitching duel between the two clubs with no runs being scored until the 11th inning. Taylor Cole lowered his ERA to 0.26 in seven starts with another five shutout innings. He struck out four, while also allowing two hits and a walk (Cole was allowed just one run this season - and no unearned runs). Colton Turner turned in the best performance out of the bullpen with no hits or runs allowed in 2.1 innings. Matt Newman went 2-for-3 at the plate and also walked twice. Balbino Fuenmayor had three hits, including a homer, and drive in two runs. Kellen Sweeney had two extra base hits and drove in two runs.

Bluefield Rained Out (Yet Again)

GCL Jays Off Day

DSL Jays Off Day

Three Stars:

3. Balbino Fuenmayor - 3 hits

2. Ryan Schimpf - 2-for-2 with a homer

1. Taylor Cole - Five shuout innings

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jgadfly - Monday, August 06 2012 @ 01:30 PM EDT (#261870) #
Vancouver looks to be in position, if things continue to progress as they are, for another playoff appearance .
ComebyDeanChance - Monday, August 06 2012 @ 03:41 PM EDT (#261875) #
I wish we could move the rain that won't stay away from the Bluefield Jays stadium in Virginia, to Oklahoma. That's the 9th rainout this year for Bluefield. They're trying to make it up with a doubleheader tonight but it's rained most of the day ( though not at the moment).
TamRa - Monday, August 06 2012 @ 10:43 PM EDT (#261879) #
Vancouver looks to be in position, if things continue to progress as they are, for another playoff appearance .

I wonder if the team won't begin to strategically promote key Bluefield players that they would like to have get some playoff experience (and likewise make room by moving Vancouver players to Lansing and Lansing players to Dunedin...or maybe I just have a fetish for this sort of thing?

In Bluefield these guys jump out at me:

Seth Conner- I might even send him to Lansing as Pierre could use a good reserve 3B and the catchers there are not prospects.
Christian Lopes - ditto sending him to Lansing - he was a high school pick but he was highly regarded and it's only Andy Fermin in his way.
Eric Arce - to Vancouver, there are only three active outfielders on that roster anyway.
Griffin Murphy - Needs to be challenged anyway.

At Vancouver, there's not a crying need to make room for any of these guys, since they are short on outfielders but...
Taylor Cole - I can't imagine why he's still here and Blake McFarland is getting turns in Lansing
Javiar Avendano
- depends on the prognosis for Sanchez, but has done his part for sure.

At Lansing, most of the obvious candidates have already been moved but you could argue for moving one or more of the Big 3 anticipating Cole and/or Avendano could use the of course Jesse Hernandez ended up doing fine work after a shaky start at that level.

Naturally, not all of these guys are high priority prospects, but if they are showing more promise than the person they would be supplanting then then the playoff experience can't have a downside.

TamRa - Tuesday, August 07 2012 @ 02:31 AM EDT (#261881) #
Avendano, by the way, threw 6 tonight and gave up 4 hits, awalk and a run while striking out 10.
ComebyDeanChance - Tuesday, August 07 2012 @ 03:54 AM EDT (#261882) #
I watched the Bluefield Jays' first game last night, and the first three innings of the second. The lefthander on the mound for Bristol, a kid from a JuCo taken in 2011' and repeating the level, tied them up pretty good. Todd Kibby. Throws hard, poised, big kid weighs 240. He had a no hit I believe through 5. A few guys got some long, loud outs off him before he tired in the last couple innings. It's a big park for those kids, 335 down the lines. I was most interested in seeing Jacob Anderson, and he showed some power that I suspect will grow with filling out and age.

Kevin Comer looked ok. He breezed through the first couple , then gave up 3 runs on one hit. An error (actually a tough call, close to being a hit), stolen base, walk and a hit to right center that the centerfielder chose to dive on and ended up going to the wall, with a sac fly made it 3-0
Richard S.S. - Wednesday, August 08 2012 @ 03:57 AM EDT (#261920) #
Who gets traded in the offseason?
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