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Four wins and three losses. Eric Kratz had four hits and six RBI. AJ Jimenez also had four hits. Despite all those hits the Bisons had to go extra innings to win. Jairo Labourt pitched six hitless innings for Vancouver who won 1-0. New Hampshire and Lansing also won.

It's the weekend so I am trying a new format for the MLU, see below. If you want the play by play click on the box score link.

Buffalo 7 Syracuse 6 - 13 innings

Eric Kratz 4-5, 2 doubles, home run, Sac Fly, 6 RBI.
Kenny Wilson was promoted to replace Mastroianni, he had two hits.
AJ Jimenez had 4 hits and is hitting 280.
Esmil Rogers made the start, pitched five, had 8 K's, but gave up four hits and 3 walks.
Ryan Tepera blew the lead and has struggled in June.

New Britain 2 New Hampshire 6

Dalton Pompey is still looking for his first AA hit.  He was 0-3 with a walk and a K.
Derrick Chung picked up a couple of hits and is now hitting 300.  He doesn't have power, but he makes contact.
Arik Sikula struck out the four hitters he faced.  He now has 20 K's in 15 innings.  He has allowed 19 hits.

Dunedin 2 Tampa 5

The end of game batting averages for the nine starters start at 231 and top out at 266.  That is a tight range.
Taylor Cole was roughed up for the third straight start.  He has a WHIP over 2 in that span.

Lansing 3 Great Lakes 2

Mitch Nay is heating up again.  After a down May he has a 783 OPS in June.
Jeremy Gabryszwski is getting better with a 2.35 June ERA.  His K rate is better too, he has 19 in 23 June innings.
Dawel Lugo has one walk in June.

Tri-City 0 Vancouver 1

Tri-City had just one hit.
Jairo Labourt pitched six hitless innings, 3 walks, six K's.
Andrew Case gave up the only hit in the eighth.

Bluefield 1 Danville 8

Matt Smoral came back to earth with six hits and four walks in 2.1 innings.
Five of Smoral's seven outs were strikeouts.
I don't know what this means but five of the six hits off Smoral were ground balls.
Dan Jansen had the only extra base hit, a double.

GCL Braves 5 GCL Jays 4

Two Dominicans are leading the offense for the Jays.
Juan Kelly is almost 20.  He had a hit and is hitting .417 with an OPS over 1100.
Juan Tejeda is 20, he had two hits and is hitting .357 with an OPS over 1200.

3 Stars

3rd star: Jeremy Gabryszwski

2nd star: Jairo Labourt

1st star: Eric Kratz


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Thomas - Sunday, June 29 2014 @ 09:20 AM EDT (#289151) #
Links don't seem to be showing up for me, Gerry.
Gerry - Sunday, June 29 2014 @ 09:49 AM EDT (#289152) #
There is a box score link at the bottom, that's the one I referred to.
Mike Green - Sunday, June 29 2014 @ 11:54 AM EDT (#289155) #
The D-Jays have already made the playoffs with their first-half win.  The other full-season franchises seem to be putting in a push- the Bisons are 8-2 in their last 10 and are in position to make a run for the playoffs.  The Fisher Cats have won 5 in a row; with Norris and Pompey in tow, they figure to be a lot better the second half than the first.  They do have 11 games to make up. The Lugnuts are 6-3 to start the second half. 

It doesn't happen often that a minor league reliever comes out of nowhere to make a contribution at the major league level.  Aaron Loup did it.  Maybe Arik Sikula will be the next.  After striking out 31 and walking 4 in Dunedin, he has now struck out 20 and walked 4 in New Hampshire.  We'll see how he fares in the longer run with a better defensive centerfielder behind him. 

PeterG - Sunday, June 29 2014 @ 01:40 PM EDT (#289156) #
I know this seems early to be discussing off season 40 man,,,,but maybe not. Prospects that may have some value but who might be hard to fit on the 40 man in October could be trade candidates now. So, the question is:  which prospects are going to be rule 5 eligible if they are not put on the 40 man come November......anyone care to submit such a list?
#2JBrumfield - Sunday, June 29 2014 @ 04:34 PM EDT (#289167) #
The C's were robbed of a no-hitter last night. That eighth inning hit off Case was a bloop single that Roemon Fields could not come up with. Labourt was throwing gas last night. He was around 93-94 MPH but did hit 97 and 98. His offspeed stuff was 83-85. Franklin Barreto scored the winning run by drawing a walk, advancing to second on a single and stealing third even though the ball just dribbled a few inches from the catcher. He then scored on a Sean Hurley sacrifice fly. Barreto showed some nice range on a couple of plays at short. Jonathan Davis also made a nice running catch in left but stumbled into the wall. Hope he finds a good chiropractor.
uglyone - Sunday, June 29 2014 @ 05:01 PM EDT (#289168) #

D.Norris: 5.0ip, 3h, 0r, 2bb, 6k, 5go/2fo, 83pc/56st

AA so far: 3gs, 5.5ip/gs, 13.8k/9, 3.3bb/9, 1.1hr/9, 0.98whip, 3.31era
China fan - Sunday, June 29 2014 @ 05:02 PM EDT (#289169) #
"....Aaron Loup did it.  Maybe Arik Sikula will be the next...."

That would be a nice story, but so far the parallels are not strong.  Loup reached the majors at the age of 24.  He was two years younger than Sikula when he pitched in the FSL.  Sikula is already 25 and just beginning his AA career for the first time.  Although you're right about his excellent K/BB ratio at AA, I'm not sure if we can totally ignore the 19 hits in 15 innings and the opposition batting average of .322.  He is turning 26 in December.  If he can keep up the K/BB ratio for the rest of the season, and reduce the hits, he might enter the conversation.

China fan - Sunday, June 29 2014 @ 06:33 PM EDT (#289171) #
Dalton Pompey still doesn't have an AA hit, after another hitless game today.  But on the positive side, Daniel Norris had another very good start today:  6 strikeouts and only 5 base-runners (and one earned run) in 5 innings.
jgadfly - Sunday, June 29 2014 @ 07:41 PM EDT (#289172) #
Also having a solid June in Dunedin ... 22 yr old Dominican Gustavo Pierre hitting 350 & slugging 563 over the month while surpassing his career K:BB average with a mind bending 23:1 ratio ... just to show that he really hasn't learned all that much about approach over his 5 year minorleague career
PeterG - Sunday, June 29 2014 @ 10:35 PM EDT (#289174) #
maybe there's hope for him( Pierre) yet....the next two months will be critical for him in terms of career advancement.
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