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Two morning game losses set the tone for a 1-3 night on the farm but the win was one of the walk-off variety.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5 Buffalo 2

Buffalo, NY
- Roberto Hernandez (0-1, 3.00) was victimized twice by Gary Sanchez in the form of an RBI double in the first inning and a two-run homer in the third. Hernandez went five innings against the Yankees affiliate, yielding three hits and a walk while striking out four. Chad Jenkins put up a zero in the sixth but gave up two runs in 1-2/3 innings, including a bases-loaded walk to former Jay Jonathan Diaz. Pat McCoy prevented Jenkins' line from more damage by getting out of that bases loaded jam on his way to 1-1/3 scoreless innings. David Aardsma worked a perfect ninth.

The Bisons got their runs in the third and ninth on RBI singles by Alexi Casilla and Casey Kotchman. The only two-hit game belonged to Domonic Brown. The other hits were collected by Jesus Montero, Junior Lake and David Adams, who also walked. Andy Burns had a free pass and Jon Berti stole a base.

New Hampshire 4 Reading 3 (10 Innings)

Manchester, NH
- The Fisher Cats walked this one off thanks to Dwight Smith Jr. as his single scored Ian Parmley, who got aboard on a double. Matt Dean drove in the first two runs with a single in the third inning and a double in the fifth before coming home on a K.C. Hobson groundout. Dean and Parmley had two hits apiece with Dean drawing one walk and Parmley drawing two. Melky Mesa and Christian Lopes both singled and walked.  Wilkin Castillo singled and stole a base and Roemon Fields had a base hit.

Casey Lawrence
served up a home run to Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford and allowed an unearned marker but still put together a quality start of two runs over six frames, giving up just five hits and striking out two. Daniel Schlereth was charged with a blown save after surrendering a run over two-thirds of an inning. John Stilson stranded two Schlereth runners and pitched 1-1/3 shutout innings. Murphy Smith (2-0) struck out four over two innings of one-hit ball to get the victory.

Brevard County 7 Dunedin 2

Viera, FL
- This one got away from Dunedin in the late going. Scoreless after three, the Brewers affiliate scored twice off Kyle Westwood (0-3, 7.89) in the fourth before laying the wood to him with four more runs in the seventh. The long ball was Westwood's undoing as the Manatees teed off for three home runs among the 10 hits he allowed in six-plus innings. His groundout/flyout total was 10-4 but his K/BB ratio was only 1-0. Jose Fernandez finished up the seventh without further damage. Bo Schultz worked the eighth, surrendering an unearned run but striking out two.

Dunedin did not get things going until the eighth when Dickie Joe Thon doubled, stole third and scored on a Derrick Loveless base hit. Mike Reeves drove in the second run with an RBI single to cash in a Jason Leblebijian base knock in the ninth. Reeves also stole a base. Richard Urena had a perfect 4-for-4 at the dish to push his batting average up to .310. L.B. Dantzler had the other hit for the D-Jays. Anthony Alford donned the golden sombrero for the second time in as many games, going 0-for-5. J.D. Davis had a hat trick in four plate appearances and Ryan McBroom whiffed twice in his four turns at bat.

Cedar Rapids 3 Lansing 0

Lansing, MI - Both teams traded zeros for the first six innings but the Twins affiliate hit a couple of long balls off Josh DeGraaf (2-1) to emerge victorious. Conor Fisk contained the Kernels to two hits and a walk while whiffing five over five shutout innings for a Game Score of 67. DeGraaf gave up three runs over 3-1/3 innings but struck out two. Dan Lietz gave up a hit and an inherited run to finish up the ninth.

Andrew Guillotte and Lane Thomas had 2-for-4 days at the top of the order. Ryan Hissey, Carl Wise and Aaron Attaway had the other hits, none of them of the extra-base variety. The Lugnut hitters drew no walks or wayward baseballs on their person but they whiffed eight times.

Tuesday's Linescores

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Conor Fisk, Lansing

2. Richard Urena, Dunedin

1. Ian Parmley, New Hampshire

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Wednesday's Schedule / Probable Starters

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre @ Buffalo, 1:05 pm ET - Arnold Leon (0-0, 2.25)
Reading @ New Hampshire, 6:35 pm ET - Jason Berken (0-4, 5.32)
Dunedin @ Brevard County, 6:35 pm ET - Conner Greene (1-2, 3.51)
Cedar Rapids @ Lansing, 7:05 pm ET - Ryan Cook (0-3, 4.98)
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Lugnut Fan - Wednesday, May 04 2016 @ 07:14 AM EDT (#322410) #
I know no one really wants to get excited about relievers in A ball, but the runs that the Lansing pen allowed yesterday were the first runs allowed after 35+ scoreless innings of work (I would look up the exact number, but I'm exhausted). That is impressive at any level.
China fan - Wednesday, May 04 2016 @ 07:31 AM EDT (#322411) #
The link to the line-scores is incorrect.  Seems to direct to an auto site.

Michael Bourn wasn't in the Dunedin lineup yesterday.  Is he on his way to Buffalo?  Or is he injured?  In 8 games at Dunedin, he has a slash line of .281/.378/.406 with 4 walks and 7 strikeouts.  If his timing is back, the Jays might as well promote him to Buffalo to see what they've got.  The outfield is not really the problem in Toronto right now, and the Jays already have a pinch-runner (Carrera) but he would still be nice to have available on the Jays bench in the late innings.  And there's a vacancy in the lineup that nobody else has managed to seize so far. 

jerjapan - Wednesday, May 04 2016 @ 08:55 AM EDT (#322416) #
minor league relievers on not Lugnut Fan, gotta give props where props are due! 

The one guy who does look prospectish to me in Starlyn Suriel, who I've been following for a few years now and seems to be dealing now that he's a reliever full time.  Have you seen him pitch?  Will his stuff play at higher levels? 

And how does Juan Kelly look at catcher?  He's always shown the ability to get on base, and it would be nice to have two sleeper catcher prospects in Lansing with him and Hissey.

Lugnut Fan - Wednesday, May 04 2016 @ 12:32 PM EDT (#322445) #
I've only been able to get out twice this year, so my observations are quite limited. I've seen Kelly at 1B, but not at catcher. I like Hissey in that position quite a bit based on the single sample size I had to observe him. Atkinson is the other guy that I have seen.

As far as Suriel, I haven't seen him this year, but I did last year when he started. There are things to work with and a shift to the pen will most likely benefit him. I think his repertoire will play better in that role.
uglyone - Wednesday, May 04 2016 @ 12:51 PM EDT (#322446) #
I don't think kelly has played C at all this year so far.
#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, May 04 2016 @ 01:32 PM EDT (#322447) #
The link to the line-scores is incorrect.

Noted and corrected, thanks!

Speaking of links, here is a story from the New Hampshire Union Leader that has an interesting quote from Fisher Cats manager Bobby Meacham.

"We started out not really ready to start a season and itís not because our guys werenít playing hard. We just didnít get enough work in spring training for everybody. So when you start behind the eight-ball a little bit like we did, as players you start to think or worry about things too much. We got caught up in some of that and hopefully going into May, that will change. Our pitching been good, not great, but good enough to keep us in almost every single game."

To me, this seems to suggest some disorganization or disconnect at the minor league level.
cybercavalier - Wednesday, May 04 2016 @ 01:53 PM EDT (#322448) #
To me, this seems to suggest some disorganization or disconnect at the minor league level.

If the title of the past minor update. "David Adams Some Kind Of Hero" also reflect some disorganization or disconnect in Buffalo, is the hitting under-performance a result ? Adams has arisen to take some charge for hitting. How about slotting him at leadoff as he draws most walks and owns highest OBP ? Is Adams a Bisons' Scutaro kind of player ?

IF Adams
IF/LF Burns
DH/1B Kotchman
1B Montero
OF Brown
IF Casilla
OF Lake
C Jimenez
C Sanchez/SS Mier/2B Berti
jerjapan - Wednesday, May 04 2016 @ 02:29 PM EDT (#322449) #
Thanks Lugnut fan - I look forward to hearing your accounts if you get out to more games. I'm pretty stoked about the lower minors this year.

"I've seen Kelly at 1B, but not at catcher"

well that will teach me to check up on a player at the MLB site ... Kelly at 1b is quite a bit less enticing, but the buzz around Hissey is nice to hear.

China fan - Wednesday, May 04 2016 @ 03:52 PM EDT (#322450) #
In today's Buffalo game, Andy Burns had a HR and a BB in four trips to the plate.  After a slow start to the season, he's been hitting better in the past 10 games.   There's an interesting argument that Burns would make a good platoon partner with Smoak at 1B, since he consistently hits LHP quite well, even during his slow start this year.  He also has the positional flexibility that would be a nice asset on the Toronto bench.  I wonder if he might be an option for the Jays when they demote their 8th reliever and look for a position player to add, probably later this week.   (Michael Bourn might be another option.)
Nigel - Wednesday, May 04 2016 @ 04:00 PM EDT (#322452) #
Juan Kelly was a disaster defensively at C in Vancouver (so I've heard, I never witnessed it first hand). Kelly's problems are two-fold: a) he has no defensive position of any kind (including 1B as he is challenged athletically and isn't the tallest of players); b) he doesn't have a ton of power or great plate discipline. He can really hit, but with no defensive value, no value on the basebath's and being BP heavy on the offensive side I just don't see the route forward for him.

I saw Suriel for all of one inning so take this for what its worth (nothing!). High eighties FB with a big breaking SL. Short season A hitters had a hard time with his SL - not sure about that as he goes up. If the move to the pen allows him to throw a bit harder then you never know (well, you never know with pitchers anyway).
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