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The affiliates wound up on the right side of a 4-3 record Monday night. Triples were the key to two victories, including one that helped lead to a walk-off win.  A BC pitcher and a hitter tried to give the BC team a win but they came up short.

Buffalo 7 Toledo 5

Toledo, OH The Bisons scored a converted touchdown in the second inning. Clint Robinson sparked the rally with an RBI double and Ryan Goins scored two with a single. Munenori Kawasaki singled home another run before Anthony Gose delivered the kill shot with a three-run triple. Gose had two triples as part of a three-hit afternoon and threw out a runner at home from right field. Goins also had three hits and a stolen base. Andy LaRoche had two hits and Kawasaki took one for the team. Kevin Pillar and Moises Sierra each had singles in five trips to the plate.

Thad Weber (5-4) was touched up for a home run among the three runs he was charged with but he lasted 6 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits and two walks. He struck out seven. Brad Lincoln struck out the only batter he faced to strand a runner for Weber. Sergio Santos struggled in the eighth as the Tigers affiliate clawed their way to a pair of runs on two hits and a walk. Neil Wagner overcame two hits and a walk to pitch a scoreless ninth, striking out one to earn his 16th save.

Dunedin 6 Bradenton 4

Bradenton, FL A passed ball in the first and a Mike Crouse RBI single in the third lifted Dunedin to an early 2-0 advantage. They poured it one with four runs in the fifth. Jon Berti poked one over the wall for a solo homer before K.C. Hobson singled home another run. Marcus Knecht and Derrick Chung had RBI singles of their own but Knecht was thrown out at home to end the rally. Shane Opitz had three hits while Berti, Crouse, Hobson and Knecht had two apiece. Berti and Hobson also drew walks while Crouse and Knecht both took one for the team. Crouse, Opitz and Knecht all swiped a base. Gustavo Pierre had the golden sombrero in five at-bats.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx (8-3) went seven strong innings against the Pirates affiliate. He gave up two runs on four hits and a walk and a hit by pitch. He punched out nine and split his eight outs in play evenly on the ground and in the air. Southpaw Tyler Ybarra struck out the side but not before the Marauders scored a run on two hits. Ajay Meyer had an identical line to Ybarra's, save for one of hits being a solo homer, to notch his sixth save of the year.

Lansing 6 Bowling Green 5

Lansing, MI The Lugnuts battled back all night long and were able to walk this one off in the end. They responded to a 3-0 deficit with three runs in the second. Carlos Ramirez singled home a run, Chris Hawkins tripled in another and an errant pickoff throw plated Hawkins with the tying run. Mississauga, ON native Dalton Pompey tied things up at 4-4 with a home run in the fifth. Santiago Nessy doubled home a Christian Lopes double to tie the game again in the eighth. Kellen Sweeney had the walk-off hit, delivering an RBI single to score another Chris Hawkins triple. Hawkins also had a single for a three-hit night. Lopes doubled twice, Pompey added a double with his dinger and Ramirez had a double as part of a two-hit performance.

The Rays affiliate got to Ben White with three runs in the first and scored four in total on seven hits and three walks over six innings. White also plunked a pair of hitters but struck out four and collected six ground ball outs. Lefty Chad Girodo surrendered a run on two hits and a walk with one K. Ian Kadish (4-3) pitched a one-hit ninth and struck out a batter.

Eugene 5 Vancouver 3

Colton Turner did his job out of the bullpen, pitching 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief against Eugene Monday night.

Eugene, OR The bullpen flushed another one down to the porcelain gods. Tom Robson had a nice outing in his Canadians debut. The Ladner, BC native went 5 2/3 innings, yielding just an unearned run on three hits and a walk. He struck out four and 10 of his 13 outs in play did not escape the diamond. Lefthander Colton Turner stranded a runner for Robson, pitching a one-hitter over 1 1/3 innings and striking out one. Justin James (1-3) could not hold the lead as he was whacked for four runs (three earned) on four hits and an intentional walk in the eighth inning.

Justin Atkinson of Surrey, BC drove in all of the Canadians runs with a bases-clearing double in the sixth, giving his fellow BCer Robson a chance for the victory. Atkinson had two of the C's five hits. Dickie Thon Jr. singled, walked and was hit by a pitch. L.B. Dantzler also got on base three times with a single and two walks. Brenden Kalfus had the other hit. Michael Reeves of Peterborough, ON was 0-for-4.

Danville 5 Bluefield 1

Bluefield, WV Adonys Cardona (0-2) had one bad inning as the Braves scored three times in the second before adding another one in the fourth. The four runs against the Venezuelan came on six hits and a walk. He struck out five and four of his five outs in play stayed in the infield. Brady Dragmire limited the Braves to a run on a hit, a walk and two hit by pitches in five innings. He also struck out five and induced four ground ball outs.

The Blue Jays lone run came in the fourth when Garrett Custons singled home a Mitch Nay double. Custons had two of Bluefield's six hits. Dawel Lugo doubled and Matt Dean walked. D.J. Davis wore the golden sombrero in his four at-bats.

GCL Yankees1 6 GCL Blue Jays 4

Tampa, FL The Jays built a 4-1 lead after three innings. Rowdy Tellez singled home the first run in the first and drew a bases-loaded walk in the third. Andres Sotillo and Edwin Fuentes chipped in with run-scoring fly balls in the second and third innings. Fuentes and Gabriel Cenas had two hits apiece. John Tolisano doubled and walked. Franklin Barreto had a double.

The lefties got the job done on the mound for the Jays. Corey Gorman pitched five innings and allowed two runs on seven hits. He struck out three, walked nobody and got six ground ball outs. Fellow southpaw Oscar Cabrera punched out two batters in a perfect frame. Francisco Diaz (0-3) was knocked around for four runs on two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning while striking out one. Jimmy Cordero could not strand a runner for Diaz but pitched 1 1/3 innings of one-hit ball with one strikeout.

DSL Blue Jays 6 DSL Braves 4

San Pedro de Macoris, DR The Jays did the majority of their scoring in the first three innings. Juan Kelly got things started with a two-run knock in the first. Rodrigo Orozco doubled in another in the second. A Ronniel Demorizi single and an error by the right fielder led to a couple of more runs in the third. Richard Urena double and another outfielder error accounted for another run in the eighth. Kelly, Demorizi and Leudy Garcia all had two hits apiece with Garcia reaching thrice on a walk. Juan Fuente came into the game as a pinch-runner and stole second for his 22nd steal of the year. He was then caught stealing third.

Alberto Guzman
(4-1) had some shaky defence behind him to say the least as the Jays made five errors, leading to four unearned runs. Guzman lasted five frames and allowed six hits, struck out four and walked nobody. Lefty Miguel Burgos took care of things the rest of the way with a four-inning save, giving up just two hits and a walk while whiffing one.


*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Dunedin Has a composite 11-6, 2.60 record with Dunedin and New Hampshire this season, striking out 128 hitters in 131 1/3 innings.

2. Chris Hawkins, Lansing
Left-handed hitter faring better against lefties (.271) than righties (.208). Batting .250 over his last 10 games.

1. Anthony Gose, Buffalo
Extended his hitting streak to five games and is enjoying his best month of the season with a .267 batting average in July.

Tuesday's Probable Starters...

DSL Blue Jays TBA @ DSL Braves, 10:30 am ET.
GCL Blue Jays TBA vs. GCL Yankees1, 12:00 pm ET.
Dunedin Scott Copeland (8-5, 2.75) @ Bradenton, 6:30 pm ET.
Buffalo Justin Germano (6-7, 5.29) TBA @ Columbus, 7:05 pm ET.
New Hampshire TBA @ Bowie, 7:05 pm ET.
Lansing Daniel Norris (0-6, 5.46) vs. South Bend, 7:05 pm ET.
Bluefield Chase DeJong (2-0, 3.58) vs. Danville, 7:05 pm ET.
Vancouver Joe Spano (1-0, 3.95) @ Eugene, 10:05 pm ET.
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John Northey - Tuesday, July 30 2013 @ 10:28 AM EDT (#277252) #
Could Gose finally be getting back on track?  His July hasn't been good, 267/309/356 2-4 SB-CS but over his last 5 (hits in every game) 350/409/650 (super small sample size).  His June, after being sent back down, was horrid at 210/270/272 and if you stretch it out to July 5th you drop to 206/264/258 vs 284/325/392 since - not great but showing hope.  When he was called up he was hitting 227/343/325.

Pillar is up to 153 PA in AAA now and is hitting 331/373/556 best on the team for guys with 10+ PA (Cabrera hit 1.100 OPS in AAA).  Of course, with Josh Thole next in OPS at 322/383/510 one wonders how much strength to put on it.  Sierra has a 718 OPS, Kawasaki is at 270/438/270 (what a weird line - all singles and walks).
Richard S.S. - Tuesday, July 30 2013 @ 10:52 AM EDT (#277254) #
In AAA, our best-ish outfielders are Kevin Pillar, then someone named who?, then Moises Sierra, then someone else named who?, then finally Anthony Gose. Gose's untradeable which is all that matters now. I don't think he's the answer any longer no matter how well he does.
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 30 2013 @ 11:23 AM EDT (#277258) #
Anthony Gose is not yet 23.  In an ideal world, he would have taken a step forward and would be ready for a major league job (perhaps in a platoon role).  Instead, he has taken a step backward.  This does not mean, at all, that there is no hope that he will be a major league ballplayer.  Hopefully, he finishes off 2013 strong and he treats 2014 as a fresh opportunity. 
jayBlue - Tuesday, July 30 2013 @ 11:23 AM EDT (#277259) #
Shane Dawson should be today's starter for Vancouver. He was the piggyback partner with DeJong in Bluefield.
finch - Tuesday, July 30 2013 @ 11:59 AM EDT (#277261) #

I'm curious why Shane Optiz isn't considered a higher prospect than he is? He was drafted 3 years ago, would have been draft eligable this past draft, was taken in the in 11th round, and signed over slot by $100,000+.

He has a very decent slash line and has shown he can play multiple positions. Why they aren't grooming him for 2nd base is beyond me! He's shown the ability to hit for average, has a very good OPS at .854 and has some fielding ability. Had he been drafted this season, he would have been in Short Season Vancouver and had he put up these numbers, we'd be gushing over him. If he could hit .290 with an OPS of .800 in the majors, we could do a lot worse than that. I may be too high on my expectations, but that's the type of hitter I see in him.

Mike Green - Tuesday, July 30 2013 @ 12:14 PM EDT (#277262) #
He's been pretty good in the FSL so far at age 21, but has been killed by lefties. Opitz has 160 good at-bats in 2013, and nothing much before that.  It's a little early to get excited.

ayjackson - Tuesday, July 30 2013 @ 12:31 PM EDT (#277263) #
I don't think it's about getting excited, but it's just a bit odd that they signed him as an above slotter and have advanced him through the system fairly agressively, yet he hasn't received a full-time gig.
Richard S.S. - Tuesday, July 30 2013 @ 01:38 PM EDT (#277265) #
Anthony Gose was making forward progress in 2011 at age 20 (10 August 1990). He may or may not have progressed in 2012 (age 21) in Las Vegas, it's hard to tell.

During the 2012 call-up (still 21), Gose stunk from July 17 to September 04. After September 4th he hit well, but not great.

In 2013, he gave up. He was called up, starting 4 games (5 for 17) and pinch-hit/replaced in 9 games (2 for 9) from May 20 - June 05. He thought he did very well and should stay up. Since his return to AAA, he's been worse.

His only bright spot is a 5-game hitting streak, which means nothing. Oh yeah, he 's still 22. When he could have been a huge asset for A.A. this season, he been not there. He needs to win a batting title to be of big value again. I'm sure Rasmus gets a long term extension signed before next season,
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 30 2013 @ 01:57 PM EDT (#277266) #
I don't think it's about getting excited, but it's just a bit odd that they signed him as an above slotter and have advanced him through the system fairly aggressively, yet he hasn't received a full-time gig.

That is true.  It appears as though they may have pigeonholed him as "an organization guy" very early.  It certainly would be reasonable to make sure that he got more regular work in the last month of the year.
finch - Tuesday, July 30 2013 @ 01:59 PM EDT (#277267) #
Jacob Brentz had a rough outting in the GCL. Pitched to 4 batters, gave up 1 hit and 3 walks and commited to balks. But that's what you would expect from a 11th rounder... *jokes
Richard S.S. - Tuesday, July 30 2013 @ 04:40 PM EDT (#277273) #
How long was Brentz' layoff after HS and before pitching today. Of course, HS draftees are learning more about life and growing up than much else during the initial Minor League experience.
sam - Tuesday, July 30 2013 @ 04:48 PM EDT (#277274) #
Brentz will be one of the bigger projects Jays fans have seen in a while. He just recently turned to pitching and did so in his draft year, which means he likely was more interested in blowing up radar guns than learning how to pitch. He's everywhere with his delivery and while it might be too soon to brand him as having a lack of feel on the mound--he's no Greg Maddux. You're probably looking at multiple years in the GCL. The best course of action here for us fans is to forget about him for two years and when he pops up in Vancouver at 20 and we get encouraging reports, be happy and quietly surprised.
Gerry - Tuesday, July 30 2013 @ 04:51 PM EDT (#277275) #
He was up to 95mph today which is all we need to know right now.
Sano - Tuesday, July 30 2013 @ 05:37 PM EDT (#277276) #
Why you say that Gerry?
John Northey - Tuesday, July 30 2013 @ 06:36 PM EDT (#277280) #
Right now, with a very raw high school pick, raw speed is most critical.  If the speed drops then there is a concern, but wildness is expected as will be trouble with anything outside the fastball right now.  Now, if the rest doesn't start to improve by late 2014 it is noteworthy and in 2015 he better have a second pitch well on its way and a third started or the pen is his only future.
ayjackson - Tuesday, July 30 2013 @ 06:57 PM EDT (#277282) #

With Robson and Dawson going from Bluefield to Vancouver, and Hutch/Drabek going from Dunedin to NH, I wonder if there is any movement in and out of Lansing.

JB21 - Tuesday, July 30 2013 @ 07:25 PM EDT (#277283) #
Melky pulled out of the liney, traded or injured still?

Why doesn't Gibby put Colby in the two hole?
Gerry - Tuesday, July 30 2013 @ 07:40 PM EDT (#277284) #
What John said. A high school pitcher is 4-5 years away from the big leagues. Command and control have time to develop. But you can't teach velocity. At 18 years old I prefer a pitcher who throws 95 with little command to a guy who throws 89 with good command. If they were 23 the answer might be different.

Also this was his first pro appearance. Look at Matt Smoral, he was terrible a month ago and has been better recently.
scottt - Tuesday, July 30 2013 @ 09:24 PM EDT (#277291) #
Any update on the Lawrie at 2B.
Gerry - Tuesday, July 30 2013 @ 10:44 PM EDT (#277296) #
Shane Dawson has also been promoted to Vancouver and is starting tonight.

So #2JB, sam, finch and all other west coast bauxites, your task, should you decide to accept it, is to scout Robson and Dawson and come back here and give us a scouting report on the two of them.
sam - Tuesday, July 30 2013 @ 11:22 PM EDT (#277298) #
Gerry, challenge accepted!
finch - Wednesday, July 31 2013 @ 01:39 AM EDT (#277306) #
Gerry, will do. I plan on taking my dog and gf to the game on Thursday and hope to catch the Sunday or Monday game as well.
ISLAND BOY - Wednesday, July 31 2013 @ 06:29 AM EDT (#277309) #
You're supposed to say " your gf and your dog " but you should be okay as long as she doesn't read this site ! :)
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