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The affiliates came out on top in five of the seven contests that were played Tuesday night. Starting pitching carried the day along with a big swing from the man with the parrot. Dunedin had the night off.

Norfolk 7 Buffalo 5

Buffalo, NY - The Bisons scored the first seven runs and held on for the win over the Orioles affiliate. Cole Gillespie led off the second inning with a home run and Edwin Encarnacion would belt a grand slam to make it 5-0 Herd. Andy LaRoche and Kevin Pillar chipped in with RBI singles in the third and seventh. Pillar had three hits, including a double, while Gillespie had two hits and a walk. Darin Mastroianni had two hits, including a two-bagger. LaRoche walked to get on board twice. Brett Wallace was 1-for-4 while George Kottaras and Jonathan Diaz hear ball four once. Ryan Goins was 0-for-4.

Kendall Graveman (1-2) earned his first Triple-A win with seven shutout innings of three-hit ball. He walked one batter, struck out two and induced 11 groundball outs. Kyle Drabek gave up a run in the eighth on four hits. Bobby Korecky did not have it in the dreaded non-save situation as he was cuffed around for four runs in one-third of an inning. As a result, his earned run average swelled to 1.26. Sergio Santos was called in and sandwiched a walk with two strikeouts to get save number two.

New Hampshire 8 Richmond 2

Manchester, NH
- The Fisher Cats win was as simple as A-B-D. Austin Bibens-Dirkx (5-2) allowed just two runs (one earned) over seven innings. He served up a home run but that was only one of three hits on the night by the Braves affiliate. Bibens-Dirkx struck out six, walked nobody and had seven groundball outs. Dustin Antolin worked around a hit and a walk with two K's to pitch a scoreless eighth. Richard Bleier finished up with a one-hit ninth.

Melky Mesa
walked with the bases loaded to start a four-run rally in the third. Andy Burns hit a deep enough fly ball to score the second run before an error led to runs three and four. Jorge Flores doubled home a double by Michael Crouse in the fourth. Mesa mashed a solo home run in the seventh before Flores and Kevin Nolan singled home two more runs in the eighth. Flores had three hits while Crouse and Jon Berti also got on base three times. Crouse did it with two doubles and a walk while Berti had two singles to go with a base on balls. Berti also stole his 37th base of the year.

Fort Wayne 4 Lansing 2

Lansing, MI - The Lugnuts battled back from two one-run deficits but they could not do it again against the Padres affiliate. Mitch Nay singled home Lansing's first run in the third inning but he was thrown out at second trying for a double. D.J. Davis drove in the other run by singling home a Dawel Lugo double in the fourth. Ian Parmley had three of the Lugnuts 10 hits. Nay had two while David Harris, Matt Dean and Justin Atkinson also entered the hit column. Nay and Dean both had doubles. Davis was caught stealing for the 18th time this season to make him 14-for-32.

Starlyn Suriel
(1-1) surrendered three runs on nine hits and a hit by pitch over five innings. Alonzo Gonzalez went the next three frames and allowed a run on two hits and a walk but also racked up 3 K's. Francisco Gracesqui allowed a hit, a walk and a strikeout in a shutout ninth.

Tri-City 4 Vancouver 3

Mark Biggs provided three shutout innings without allowing a hit Tuesday night.

Vancouver, BC - Zak Wasilewski met his Waterloo-ski against the Rockies affiliate. The lefty was whacked for four runs on seven hits and two walks in just 1.2 innings. He did strike out a pair. The bullpen shut things down after that with Jairo Labourt stranding three runners and pitching 2.1 frames, working around a pair of hits and a pair of walks. Mark Biggs was practically flawless, facing just one batter over the minimum in his three-inning stint. The only baserunner reached on a Franklin Barreto error at short. Biggs also struck out a batter. Andrew Case also faced one over the minimum by walking just one hitter over two innings.

Tim Locastro got hit twice but got his revenge twice with two stolen bases Tuesday night.

All three Vancouver runs came in the third inning. Franklin Barreto doubled home Tim Locastro, who stole second after getting hit by a pitch. Chris Carlson singled home Barreto and he came in to score on a Gunnar Heidt double. Christian Vazquez flied out to centre with runners at second and third to end the rally. That was as close as Vancouver would get to tying the game. Carlson and Heidt had two hits each. Ryan McBroom and Peterborough, Ontario native Mike Reeves - in his first game back with the C's since last season - both went 1-for-4. Locastro reached twice by taking one for the team twice and stole two bases to run his totals to 26 and 23 respectively.

Bluefield 3 Danville 1

Bluefield, WV
- The Jays won this one thanks to the E-Z-Boys.  Rowdy Tellez tied the game with a run-scoring single in the seventh inning before scoring the winning run on an errant pickoff throw at second base. Jesus Gonzalez knocked in an insurance run with an RBI single. Tellez and Gonzalez had two hits apiece. Lane Thomas and James Lynch had the other base hits. Gabriel Cenas was 0-for-2 with a walk. Richard Urena struck out twice in four hitless at-bats.

Just one hit and one walk was all Conner Greene would give up against the Braves in his five-inning stint. He struck out eight while four of his six outs were of the groundball variety. Greene finished with a flourish by setting down the last 12 hitters he faced. Conor Fisk (2-1) fired three shutout frames of two-hit ball, whiffing three. Chase Wellbrock had a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his first save.

GCL Pirates 1 GCL Blue Jays 0

Bradenton, FL - A passed ball with two outs in the ninth gave the Jays the victory. Juan Tejada took one for the team to keep the inning going.  He proceeded to steal second and went to third on the ensuing error by the catcher before crossing home plate. Deiferson Barreto had two of the Jays' five hits while stealing a base. Nathan De Souza doubled while Angel Gomez and Edward Fuentes both singled with Fuentes pilfering a base. Andrew Florides was hit by a pitch. Matthew Morgan was 0-for-4.

Grayson Huffman
held the Bucs to just one hit over five shutout innings. He struck out four and six of his nine outs were on the grass. Brandon Hinkle walked a batter in a scoreless sixth. Francisco Diaz (1-0) walked two and plunked two but kept the Bucs off the board with three no-hit innings.

DSL Blue Jays 12 DSL Brewers 3

San Pedro de Macoris, DR - The Jays drank the Brewers dry with the first nine runs of the game. Francisco Rodriguez singled home the first run in the second inning. That was the appetizer for an eight-run third. A wild pitch opened the scoring before a two-run single and a two-run double by Javier Hernandez and Bryan Lizardo respectively put this one into laugher territory. Edward Olivares was hit by a pitch to bring home another run before they were cleared by Rodrigo Orozco on a three-run triple. Olivares drove home the next two runs with a single in the fifth and a double in the seventh. Enmanuel Moreta brought in the final run with a base hit. Orozco and Olivares had the two-hit efforts and Olivares heard ball four once. Ronniel Demorizi singled and walked twice. Rodriguez and Lizardo reached twice with a hit and a base on balls. Miguel Almonte walked twice.

Juliandry Higuera (3-3) worked five innings and prohibited the Brewers to two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks. He struck out four and split his eight outs evenly on the ground and in the air. Wilfri Aleton had the four-inning save by cutting off the Brew Crew to a run on four hits while compiling a 1-1 K/BB ratio.

Tuesday's Linescores

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Conner Greene, Bluefield - A 1.14 WHIP in 43 K's in 45.2 innings between the Gulf Coast and Bluefield this season.
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2. Austin Bibens-Dirkx, New Hampshire - A 1.05 WHIP and 82 whiffs in 99.1 IP between New Hampshire and Buffalo.

1. Kendall Graveman, Buffalo - A 1.02 WHIP and 103 K's in 148 innings in four stops between Lansing, Dunedin, New Hampshire and Buffalo.

3 Stars Images courtesy of except where noted.

Wednesday's Schedule & Probable Starters

GCL Blue Jays @ GCL Yankees1, 10:00 am ET (DH) - TBA.
DSL Tigers @ DSL Blue Jays, 10:30 am ET - TBA.
Dunedin @ Clearwater, 7:00 pm ET - Jesse Hernandez (6-9, 5.09).
Norfolk @ Buffalo, 7:05 pm ET - Sean Nolin (4-4, 3.15).
Richmond @ New Hampshire, 7:05 pm ET - TBA.
Fort Wayne @ Lansing, 7:05 pm ET - Brent Powers (4-4, 4.89).
Bluefield @ Princeton, 7:05 pm ET - Jesus Tinoco (1-6, 5.88).
Everett @ Vancouver, 10:05 pm ET  - Jairo Labourt (3-3, 2.19).
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TangledUpInBlue - Wednesday, August 13 2014 @ 12:39 PM EDT (#291936) #
#2JB, thanks for giving us the first shot of Locastro getting plunked in action. I wondered if he was doing it by coming to the plate with a lot of heavy armour but it appears he doesn't. Fascinating. Also dangerous. So with two last night, that's 26 on the season, and 9 in his last 9 games.
#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, August 13 2014 @ 02:01 PM EDT (#291940) #
Thanks, TangledUpInBlue. I thought you'd appreciate that. We should start the Locastro HBP meter or call a hit by pitch a Locastro.

In other news, The Vancouver Province takes a look at the C's bullpen situation and provides an obscure update on the missing in action Max Pentecost.
Mike Green - Wednesday, August 13 2014 @ 02:38 PM EDT (#291941) #
Pentecost apparently has "a couple of nicks on his body". I guess he's built like a car!

uglyone - Wednesday, August 13 2014 @ 03:57 PM EDT (#291944) #
Tiny sample but news looks good so far on santos. Walks are there, but he's been unhittable, which was the bigger problem this year in mlb.

Not much good news from delabar yet, though.
Mike Green - Wednesday, August 13 2014 @ 04:06 PM EDT (#291946) #
It seems to me that Santos and Delabar have been pretty much the same in Buffalo- more or less unhittable but still too many walks.  You could say similar things about Brett Cecil or even Aaron Loup.  The bullpen walk rate is just horrific.
TangledUpInBlue - Wednesday, August 13 2014 @ 09:38 PM EDT (#291954) #
Great start for Sean Nolin tonight in Buffalo -- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 7 K.
Mike Green - Thursday, August 14 2014 @ 08:32 AM EDT (#291957) #
There was lots of good news on the farm last night, with especially good performances from Nolin, Dwight Smith Jr., Barreto and Heidt.  I was very pleased that the club signed Heidt; he has been banging out line drives since his arrival in Vancouver.  The middle infields for Lansing/Dunedin next year are spoken for- with Barreto, Lugo, Urena and Heidt in some combination. 

Encarnacion played the whole game at first base last night.  That is more immediate good news. 
John Northey - Thursday, August 14 2014 @ 10:30 AM EDT (#291966) #
So in AAA we now have in the rotation...
Nolin: 24 yrs old, 2.89 ERA 7.5 K/9 3.4 BB/9 0.4 HR/9
Graveman: 23 yrs old, 1.42 ERA 4.7 K/9 1.4 BB/9 0.5 HR/9
Norris: 21 yrs old, 6 IP 0 R 1 BB 10 SO

That is nice to see.  Sanchez promoted at 21 yrs old and had the worst numbers of the batch (4.19 ERA 7.1 K/9 4.5 BB/9 1.0 HR/9), Stroman 23 yrs old also promoted with a 3.03 ERA 11.4 K/9 2.3 BB/9 0.3 HR/9.  Potentially 5 pitchers in AAA this year (2 now in majors) who are under 25 years old and all impressing either in AAA (Norris, Graveman, Nolin) or in the majors (Stroman, Sanchez).  That is what the Jays really needed to see for 2015 and beyond.  All 5 now have value in trades (if needed) and all 5 are close enough that assuming 2 or 3 will be solid in the rotation isn't unreasonable.  The rest hopefully will be solid in the pen (ala Janssen, Cecil, McGowan, maybe Jenkins).

Now if a few hitters would just emerge...
Pillar: 25 years old, 328/366/512 should get another shot soon
No one else under 27 years old has an OPS over 700 in AAA.  Ick.
Pompey in AA: 21 years old, 296/382/454 looks close, no other kids over 750 for OPS there.  Sigh.

So a couple of hopes, but not much.  I suspect AA will be trading pitching for hitting this winter, the question is how much for what?
PeteMoss - Friday, August 15 2014 @ 11:39 AM EDT (#292023) #
Unless the person being traded is Buerhle I doubt they trade pitching.
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