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With Esmil Rogers struggling the Jays might need a starting pitcher. Drew Hutchison did not pitch well for Buffalo, he did not have his good command and he was hit around some. Deck McGuire said "don't forget about me", he pitched 8 innings and had great support from the hitters. Dunedin were rained out. Vancouver won behind more excellent pitching from Tom Robson.

Lansing, Bluefield and the GCL Jays each blew leads in the ninth inning. Lansing came back to win thanks to a walk off home run from Kevin Patterson, Bluefield did not. The GCL Jays lost in the last inning, it was more than a blown save, it was a blown save that spiralled into a loss. Vancouver took a tied game to the ninth and lost. Daniel Norris pitched well for Lansing. The GCL Jays lost not one but a doubleheader.

Scranton 7 Buffalo 3

Drew Hutchison was not sharp in his AAA debut. Prior to his injury Hutchison was a strike thrower with excellent command. On Friday he threw 71 pitches, 40 strikes and 31 balls. That lack of command was evident in the second inning when Hutchison hit two batters en route to loading the bases and then giving up a grand slam. Hutchison went 3.2 innings and was charged with 6 runs on 6 hits. Joel Carreno was sharp in relief, he pitched 4.1 shutout innings.

Moises Sierra and Ryan Goins each had two hits. Anthony Gose had one, a triple. Kevin Pillar was 0-3 with a walk and is officially in a slump, he is hitting under 140 for August.


Richmond 2 New Hampshire 11

Deck McGuire must have heard Toronto needed a starter, he pitched eight innings and gave up two runs. After one hitter in the second inning McGuire had given up 2 runs on three hits. For the next seven innings he only conceded one more hit. This was likely his best AA start. In total McGuire gave up 4 hits, he walked one and had 6 K's.

The Fisher Cats racked up 15 hits. AJ Jimenez and Kevin Ahrens each had 2 hits with a home run. Kenny Wilson, Andy Burns and Gabe Jacobo also had 2 hits, John Tolisano had 3.


Dunedin at Lakeland - postponed, rain/lake


West Michigan 5 Lansing 7 - 12 innings

Daniel Norris pitched well, he pitched 4 plus scoreless innings, 2 hits, 4 walks, 6 K's. Colton Turner pitched 2.2 shutout innings in relief. The Lugnuts had a big second inning, Jason Leblebijian doubled in 2 runs and Emilio Guerrero singled in 2 more. Carlos Ramirez scored one of the runs in the second and also singled and scored in the third.

The Lugnuts took a 5-0 lead to the eighth. Ian Kadish was tagged for a 2 run home run in that inning. In the ninth Arik Sikula gave up 3 runs and the game was tied. The game stayed tied until Kevin Patterson hit a walk off 2 run home run in the twelfth. Ramirez, Guerrero, Lopes and Nessy had two hits each.


Vancouver 4 Boise 5

Vancouver scored a run in the first and with the way Tom Robson has been pitching it looked like that would be enough. Robson pitched six innings, he did give up 7 hits but the Canadians turned 5 double plays behind him. Robson had a 9-2 ground out / fly out ratio with just 2 K's.

Vancouver scored an unearned run in the first. In the 5th Brendan Kalfus tripled and Andy Fermin doubled on the way to scoring two runs. The Canadians made it 4-0 in the sixth, Seth Connor struck out, reached first and later scored on a ac fly. The 4-0 lead lasted to the eighth, Joe Spano and Garrett Pickens combined to give up 4 runs and tie the game. In the ninth Pickens loaded the bases with no outs leading to the walk off sac fly.


Bluefield 1 Johnson City 2 - 12 innings

There was very little offense in this game, each team had 6 hits in 12 innings. Brady Dragmire was the star for the Jays, he threw 6 shutout innings, he allowed 2 hits, but only 1 K. The Jays took a 1-0 lead to the ninth but Phil Kish blew the save. Yeyfry DelRosario was charged with the loss in his second inning of work.

The Jays scored their only run in the seventh, Jorge Saez doubled in the run. Saez was the only Jay with 2 hits.


GCL Blue Jays 4 GCL Phillies 6 - game 1

The Jays trailed 3-0 heading to the seventh, and last, inning.  They scored 4 runs to take the lead. The Jays had just one hit headed to the seventh, but in that inning they used 4 hits, an error and a hit batter to score their runs. Rowdy Tellez got it started with a double, Michael DeLaCruz had a 2 RBI single and Gabriel Cenas singled in the go-ahead run. The excitement lasted for just a short while, Cale Wine gave up a walk off 3 run home run.

As mentioned the Jays had just 5 hits.  Corey Gorman started and gave up 2 runs in five innings.


GCL Blue Jays 3  GCL Phillies 4 - game 2

Chad Jenkins started and pitched 2 perfect innings. Chad Beck pitched the third, another scoreless inning. Matt Smoral cruised through the fourth. In the fifth Smoral hit a batter but then got two outs. The next hitter hit a 2 run shot to put the Phillies ahead to stay. It was still a decent appearance for Smoral.

The Jays had gone ahead in the first inning with back to back doubles from Tom Collins and Rowdy Tellez. That was it until the seventh when another set of back to back doubles by Rolando Segovia and Franklin Barreto led to two runs. Barreto and Tellez had two hits each.


3 Stars

#3 - Tom Robson

#2 - Kevin Patterson

#1 - Deck McGuire




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China fan - Saturday, August 10 2013 @ 10:26 AM EDT (#277839) #
So who gets called up to the Toronto bullpen to replace Perez today? It has to be someone from Buffalo, one would think, because of the shortage of time -- it has to be someone within a two-hour drive. Carreno might have gotten the nod, except for his lengthy stint last night. Jeffress also pitched last night, so presumably won't be promoted today. Weber pitched 7 innings on Thursday night, so it won't be him. Todd Redmond is still within the 10-day limit on recalling a player who has been recently demoted (or could he qualify for promotion as an injury replacement?) Or could it be John Stilson who is recalled? He's certainly worthy of a promotion. He threw 1.1 innings on Thursday, so he could be available today if the Jays need him.
Gerry - Saturday, August 10 2013 @ 10:32 AM EDT (#277840) #
The first question is do they recall a starter or a reliever? If Rogers goes to the bullpen then they recall a starter. It could be Redmond again or Stroman or Nolin.
China fan - Saturday, August 10 2013 @ 10:46 AM EDT (#277841) #
I guessed wrong. It's Mickey Storey who got promoted today.
PeterG - Saturday, August 10 2013 @ 11:19 AM EDT (#277842) #
As mentioned in the games report. McGuire could be considered for a callup. I don't believe the club wants to bring up the better young prospects in Stroman or Nolin. McGuire is older and more experienced and just might be worth a look....not as if there is any danger in ruining a hot prospect. The other and probably more likely callup for a start in place of Rogers would be Thad Weber imo. The fact that the latter is already on the 40 man aids his chances but if McGuire puts up a couple of more good starts, I would not be surprised if he is given a looksee before this is over.
China fan - Saturday, August 10 2013 @ 12:32 PM EDT (#277844) #
The problem with the "look-see" argument is that you can't draw any conclusions from a rotation stint of three or four games. Just consider the sheer number of Blue Jays starting pitchers who have looked good (or adequate) in a few games in the past year or two, but probably cannot handle the challenge of a full season in a major-league rotation. You could promote a McGuire or Nolin or Stroman, and they could look good for a few games, and you still wouldn't know if they could be a serious contender for a 2014 rotation slot.

Here is a partial list of Jays starting pitchers in the past few years who have looked good (or marginally adequate) in a few games, yet probably (or definitely) cannot handle a full season in the rotation: Rogers, Wang, Jenkins, Redmond, Richmond, Laffey, Villanueva, Ortiz. Giving a "look-see" to any of these guys didn't really help the Jays to find a full-time starter.

The Jays strategy, I'm assuming, is to focus on pitchers who have a history of handling a full-time rotation slot with above-average results -- pitchers who really have a chance to be elite in the future. Even if they're pitching badly now, it makes sense to try to fix them this year, rather than experimenting with more marginal pitchers who probably have little chance of being elite. Thus the continuing focus on Johnson, Morrow, Dickey, Buehrle and Happ. Obviously those guys haven't done well this year (except Buehrle and sometimes Dickey). But who has a better chance of being an above-average starter in 2014: Johnson or McGuire? Probably better to try to fix Johnson, rather than giving a "look-see" to McGuire. Until they give up completely on Johnson, of course.

As for McGuire and Nolin and Stroman: of course they still have a shot (maybe a long shot) at being elite if everything goes right. But giving them a couple games in the majors doesn't necessarily accelerate their development. Let them develop in AA or AAA until the coaches are satisfied that they're ready for the majors. That could be this month, but it's much more likely to be in September or sometime next year.
John Northey - Saturday, August 10 2013 @ 01:40 PM EDT (#277847) #
There are some advantages to call-ups for McGuire and Stroman and Nolin - it gets their feet wet in the majors, ie: no 'oh my god I'm really here' next year deer in the headlights (such as Nolin's first ML start).  Second, it gives every ML team a tiny look at them vs ML hitters which enhances their value (if they do 1/2 decent) and might speed up the process of the league doing the first adjustment to them, thus getting past the stage Rogers was at for his first few starts and getting to the stage where they need to adjust all the quicker which can be a good thing as that will let the Jays know sooner (ie: by end of April if they make the ML team) if they are ML material or not.  McGuire coming up and having 3-5 good starts would jump his value, much like Romero's jumped after his first season in the majors (before that he was like McGuire, seen as a failed first round pick).  If he has 3-5 horrid ones, well, that might also tell the Jays a lot in this lost season.  Same with Nolin - if he comes up and still cannot get ML hitters out after 3 more starts (can't imagine him getting more than 3 if he got pounded) then the Jays know he is no more than a minor part of the future unless major changes occur, while 3-5 solid starts tells them he might be a good part of 2014 and beyond and also would help sell him to other teams should a trade occur.
uglyone - Saturday, August 10 2013 @ 01:41 PM EDT (#277848) #
Interesting to see Carreno go 4.1 innings. That may well be him getting stretched out for a starting gig.
uglyone - Saturday, August 10 2013 @ 01:47 PM EDT (#277850) #
Btw, Franklin Barreto hit two opposite field home runs in today's GCL Jays victory.

Barreto, of course, is a 17 year old SS in his first pro year.

SS F.Barreto (17, Rk): 163ab, 6.9bb%, 21.7k%, 9/13sb, .301avg, .370obp, .540slg, .910ops

that's a pretty studly hitting line i'd say.
Gerry - Saturday, August 10 2013 @ 05:51 PM EDT (#277852) #
Scott Gracey has been promoted to AAA to take Mickey Storey's spot.

Chad Jenkins has been sent to AA to continue his comeback from injury.
Gerry - Saturday, August 10 2013 @ 09:04 PM EDT (#277854) #
Gustavo Pierre hit for the cycle tonight.
Richard S.S. - Saturday, August 10 2013 @ 09:16 PM EDT (#277855) #
Watch the moves A.A. makes as the season crawls to an end. Aside from expected call ups in September, who is or isn't called up might establish trade assets.
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