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Two wins, two losses. The Bisons mashed, but the Fisher Cats struggled. The Baby Jays won handily, but the Lugnuts were bested.

BUFFALO 13 Columbus 10

The Bisons produced seventeen hits on the evening, with Casey Kotchman going three-for-three, Jesus Montero and Junior Lake homering, and Dalton Pompey collecting two hits. On the mound Drew Hutchison got the win despite yielding four earned on five walks in five and two-thirds.

New Hampshire 1 TRENTON 2

New Hampshire got a solid start out of Luis Santos. He pitched six shutout innings and struck out eight. He did not walk a batter. The Fisher Cats were one out away from a win before Wil Browning exploded in the ninth. Dwight Smith Jr. and Matt Dean had two hits apiece.

Lakeland 3 DUNEDIN 8

Derrick Loveless had three hits, Richard Urena had two, and Anthony Alford had just the one. Chris Rowley pitched seven and a third of two run baseball. The Baby Jays blew by the Tiger affiliate.

FORT WAYNE 5 Lansing 3

Max Pentecost had two more hits, but the star was Sean Reid-Foley who pitched seven innings of one-run baseball. He walked just the one and struck out seven.

Three Stars

3. Sean Reid-Foley

2. Luis Santos

1. Casey Kotchman

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Mike Green - Friday, May 27 2016 @ 10:42 AM EDT (#323728) #
Luis Santos is off to an excellent start in double A.  He has been very effective against RHBs, and might make the major leagues in the bullpen. 
Gerry - Friday, May 27 2016 @ 04:31 PM EDT (#323752) #

The Jays have signed Ryan Lavarnaway and assigned him to New Hampshire.

cybercavalier - Friday, May 27 2016 @ 05:19 PM EDT (#323759) #
Good that Lavarnway is joining the Jays.

About Bisons' hitting from a different perspective, I likely had talked about its batting order before ...

Can the order be optimized better ? So far into this season,
Kotchman is known for not being struck out much and drawing walks. He also have some power.
Montero is very good overall in hitting
Burns is good at playing multiple position and good hitting, despite weak hitting for power. He can draw walks but also be struck out
Casilla can hit but does not draw walks at all, as a switch-hitter.
Dominguez is good at 3B for defense while improving in overall hitting performance.
Adams can draw walks.

The #3 and #7 hitters come up to their PAs with most frequencies of 2 outs. So putting Kotchman as #3 in front of Montero make sense. Adams bats leadoff to draw walks. Burns bats 5th so getting on base for the team becomes less important. Dominguez batting 6th still benefits some baserunners on base while the frequencies of no out, 1 out to 2 outs for the 6th hitter does not deviate much -- his own hitting performance becomes more important factor than other beyond himself.

2B Adams
#2 OF Pompey (?)
DH Kotchman
1B Montero
SS Burns
3B Dominguez
#7 C Jimenez (?)

Is having hitters who can get on base or avoiding being struck out is going to help Montero who is adding more SO to his OPS ?
jerjapan - Saturday, May 28 2016 @ 12:05 PM EDT (#323808) #
Jon Harris looks to extend his 32 inning scoreless streak tonight against the South Bend Cubs.  His performance this year should really improve our farm team rankings.  It's early yet, but he's our number 1 prospect right now IMO, and he's still got room to get stronger physically. 

Derrick Loveless had 3 more hits for Dunedin last night and looks like an emergent prospect.  Mitch Nay's prospect status on the other hand is in free fall - 0 for 7 last night with 5Ks, clearly he wanted Tulo to feel better. 

Mike Green, why the optimism on Santos?  A 25 year old minor league FA in AA, this appears to be his only impressive season.  Danny Barnes is the arm in AA I like for our pen. 

BTW, Chuck, every time I read the name Jason Leblebijjiian I chuckle about your line on using his dad's photo.  Hilarious. 

dan gordon - Sunday, May 29 2016 @ 12:37 AM EDT (#323855) #
Harris sure lost his scoreless streak in style:
4 1/3 IP, 9H, 4BB, 8 runs (7 ER) 1K, as South Bend wins 17-3. Oh well...

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