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An extra-innings loss was the only blemish on a 3-1 night on the farm. The good news included a come-from-behind win, a walk-off victory and the number of affiliates with winning records doubling in total.

Buffalo 7 Columbus 4

Columbus, OH
- A three-run home run by A.J. Jimenez in the eighth inning snapped a 4-4 tie as the Bisons climbed over the .500 mark with a victory over the Indians affiliate. Jimenez's blast scored a double by Darrell Ceciliani and a walk by Junior Lake. The Herd got on the board in the fifth when Jimenez doubled and scored on a Devon Travis single. They would take their first lead of the game with a three-run sixth. Ceciliani doubled home a Domonic Brown walk and Lake hit into a fielder's choice to score an Andy Burns base hit. Jimenez grounded into a double play but that cashed in a run. Jimenez, Ceciliani, Burns and Jesus Montero all had two-hit efforts. Ceciliani walked twice to go with his two doubles. Dalton Pompey doubled and walked twice but was also caught stealing. Matt Dominguez was 0-for-4 but he walked so every Bison starter got on base at least once.

Roberto Hernandez was the opposite of good in this one. He was hammered for two home runs and four runs in total on 11 hits and two walks over five-plus innings. The former Fausto Carmona struck out just one batter and split his 10 outs in play evenly among the infield and outfield. Thankfully for the Herd, the bullpen was up to the task. Ben Rowen stranded a runner and struck out one in a perfect sixth. Aaron Loup (1-0) struck out a pair in a one-hit seventh and fellow rehabber Bo Schultz worked a clean eighth. Dustin Antolin struck out one in a three-up, three-down ninth for his fifth save.

Trenton 3 New Hampshire 2 (11 Innings)

Trenton, NJ
- The Yankees affiliate won this one in extra time with two singles sandwiching two groundouts to tag Brady Dragmire (1-3) with the loss. John Anderson worked a solid six innings, allowing just one run on five hits and two walks. He struck out two and induced nine groundball outs. Danny Barnes gave up a run in his two-inning stint but Matt Dermody kept the Thunder from striking in his two frames.

The Fisher Cats did not score until the seventh when back-to-back doubles by Rowdy Tellez and Dwight Smith Jr. produced their first run. Tellez and Smith would team up again in the ninth when the former doubled and the latter singled to score pinch-runner Ian Parmley. New Hampshire loaded the bases with one out later in the inning but they could not score again. Smith had a three-hit night while Jon Berti had a pair. Matt Dean singled and walked. Christian Lopes doubled, Roemon Fields walked but Jorge Flores was 0-for-3. Some guy A-Rod something or other was 2-for-4 with an RBI single for Trenton.

Dunedin 7 Lakeland 5

Dunedin, FL
- A five-run outburst in the seventh helped Dunedin put this one move into the win column, overcoming a 4-2 deficit against the Tigers affiliate. Anthony Alford got the uprising started with a home run and Richard Urena capped it off by clearing the bases with a three-run triple, sandwiching an RBI base knock by Dickie Joe Thon. The D-Jays got their first two runs of the night in the second inning when Alford singled and made it all the way to third on a D.J. Davis infield single and an error at short. Derrick Loveless and Thon brought home Alford and Davis with a groundout and flyout respectively. Alford, D.J. Davis and Thon all had two-hit games. J.D. Davis singled, walked and stole a base while Loveless singled and swiped a bag. Ryan McBroom was 0-for-4.

Justin Shafer
was strafed for a pair of home runs in his five-inning, four-run outing. All but one of the runs was earned as he surrendered seven hits and four walks while whiffing three. Of his 12 outs in play, seven were on the ground. Colton Turner (1-0) struck out three to offset two hits in his two-inning outing. Adonys Cardona struck out two but gave up a run on a hit and a walk. Carlos Ramirez allowed Cardona's runner to score but he worked around two hits to get the final four outs, including a strikeout, for his fifth save.

Lansing 4 Fort Wayne 3

Lansing, MI
- The Lugnuts kept up their winning ways by walking off the Padres affiliate thanks in part to the wheels of Lane Thomas. He reached on a fielder's choice but moved into scoring position with a stolen base and came in to score on a Gunnar Heidt single to send the fans home happy. Thomas scored the Lugnuts first run in the second when he walked, stole second and scored on a Josh Almonte base hit. Thomas also drove in a run in the seventh with a single and would  score the tying run on a Heidt double. Heidt and Ryan Hissey shared the Lugnuts hit lead with two apiece. Andrew Guillotte and Max Pentecost put one in the hit column.

Angel Perdomo worked his magic over the Wizards for the first three innings, retiring eight in a row that included four consecutive strikeouts. The spell began to wear off in the fourth when he gave up a triple and run-scoring groundout in the fourth. A Juan Kelly error at third base along with a walk, double and single led to two unearned markers in the fifth. Perdomo gave up four hits and two walks but struck out seven over his five innings. Six of his eight outs in play were on the grass. Gustavo Pierre had a hit, a walk and a strikeout on his line over two scoreless frames. The victory went to Dan Lietz (4-0), who allowed just one hit and struck out one over two shutout innings.

Tuesday's Linescores

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Lane Thomas, Lansing

2. Anthony Alford, Dunedin

1. A.J. Jimenez, Buffalo

Wednesday's Schedule / Probable Starters

Fort Wayne @ Lansing, 10:35 am ET - Ryan Borucki (0-1, 3.27)
Lakeland @ Dunedin, 6:30 pm ET - TBA
Buffalo @ Columbus, 6:35 pm ET - Chris Leroux (2-3, 3.79)
New Hampshire @ Trenton, 7:00 pm ET - Casey Lawrence (1-2, 4.85)

Extra Innings

A certain Texas farm team is endorsing violence.
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Mike Green - Wednesday, May 25 2016 @ 08:59 AM EDT (#323609) #
Lane Thomas is an interesting prospect, but obviously still very raw at age 20 in the Midwest League.  He strikes out too much, but if he cuts it, he's got quite a package of talent.  He's 11-0 stealing bases, he will take quite a few walks and he has some power and plays centerfield.  They've got to stop moving him to the infield.  Just leave him in centerfield and let him work on his hitting. 
rafael - Wednesday, May 25 2016 @ 09:33 AM EDT (#323613) #
Hopefully Jimenez will join the long list of once-waiver-available now indispensable.
finch - Wednesday, May 25 2016 @ 11:00 AM EDT (#323616) #
Can AJ Jimenez catch a knuckleball?
Nigel - Wednesday, May 25 2016 @ 11:28 AM EDT (#323618) #
Mike, I saw a good deal of Thomas last year. I agree that step 1 is to keep him in one outfield position. I think he could be an average to above average CF defensively and a real plus defender at one of the corners. The switch to 2nd was misguided and you could see that it was ill fated last year. He is a fantastic athlete but boy oh boy does he have a long way to go at the plate. He looked completely overmatched and lost many days last year. His swing is inconsistent and he seems to have zero understanding of what he can hit and can't hit. There are many holes in his swing. Frankly, I was really surprised that he started the season in Lansing, his play last year did not warrant it.
Mike Green - Wednesday, May 25 2016 @ 02:22 PM EDT (#323625) #
Thanks, Nigel.  On cue, Thomas struck out 3 times in 3 plate appearances today.  Ryan Borucki, however, pitched a really good game.  Lefties...youneverknow.
uglyone - Wednesday, May 25 2016 @ 09:56 PM EDT (#323678) #
dwight smith seems intent on turning himself back into a prospect.

may get a deserved promotion to buffalo soon, which is where a 23yr old should be.
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