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Seven of the eight affiliates found the win column on Monday. The only setbacks were a shutout loss and a doubleheader split.

 Buffalo 5 Rochester 2

Rochester, NY
- It was the Darrell Ceciliani show at Frontier Field as he had a hand in the first four Bison runs. He started the game with a double and eventually came around to score on a wild pitch. Ceciliani then drove in the next three runs with a two-run single in the fourth and a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Jesus Montero knocked home the final run with a base hit in the ninth. Montero joined Ceciliani in the two-hit club but it was Matt Dominguez who was the on-base leader with a single and two walks. Andy Burns singled, walked and stole a base and David Adams drew a pair of walks and stole a base. Domonic Brown singled and walked and Alexi Casilla had a double and a free pass.

Scott Diamond (6-7, 3.33) drilled the Twins affiliate down to a single run on four hits, two walks and a hit by pitch over seven innings. He struck out two to compile a Game Score of 69. Franklin Morales pitched a shutout eighth with one hit and one whiff. Ryan Tepera got the final three outs after the Red Wings got to him for a run on two hits and a walk. He struck out one.

New Hampshire 4 Portland 3

Manchester, NH
- The Fisher Cats scored in their last at-bat to down the Red Sox affiliate. Roemon Fields singled to start the eighth inning and went all the way to third on an errant pickoff attempt. He would then tag up and score on a Jason Leblebijian sacrifice fly for the winning run. It was Leblebijian who started the scoring for New Hampshire with an RBI single in the third. They grabbed their first lead in the fourth on a Shane Opitz two-run home run that scored an Emilio Guerrero double. Fields and Rowdy Tellez were the only ones to reach base more than once with a single and a walk. Dwight Smith Jr. had the other extra-base hit with a double.

Luis Santos
served up a two-run home run but found his way through 6-1/3 innings, surrendering three runs on seven hits, a walk and a hit by pitch. He struck out five and recorded six outs on the ground. Matt Dermody (2-0) struck out a pair to get the final two outs of the seventh and added a perfect eighth. Chris Smith had a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save.

Brevard County 3 Dunedin 0

Viera, FL
- The Brewers affiliate strung together two singles, two walks and a sacrifice fly to score three runs in the seventh inning off Brad Allen (4-4) to down the Blue Jays. Allen struck out two of the three batters he faced in the sixth and had another whiff in the seventh. Dusty Isaacs pitched a scoreless eighth. Francisco Rios scattered five hits and hit a batter over five shutout innings and struck out five with no walks. He induced four groundouts to finish with a Game Score of 65.

Dunedin only had three hits in the form of singles from Richard Urena, Mike Reeves and Dickie Joe Thon. Anthony Alford was the only one to work the count to ball four.

Lansing 12 Dayton 5

Lansing, MI
- The Lugnuts racked up 10 runs over their last three at-bats to overwhelm the Reds affiliate. Half of those runs came in the seventh to erase a 3-2 deficit. Justin Atkinson tied the game with an RBI double and scored the go-ahead run on an Austin Davis single. J.C. Cardenas then connected for a three-run home run. Juan Kelly had an RBI single in the seventh to score Juan Tejada, who reached base after a strikeout. Max Pentecost knocked home two more runs with a single in the eighth and scampered home on a Carl Wise single. The final run scored on a wild pitch. Pentecost, Wise, Kelly and Connor Panas all had a pair of hits with Kelly walking twice and Pentecost walking once. Tejada also walked twice and stole a base as did Kelly. Ryan Metzler walked and took one for the team.

Jordan Romano tossed four shutout frames on three hits and two walks. His strikeout and groundout totals were four apiece. Nate Abel (3-0) allowed three runs on five hits over two innings while striking out a pair. Ryan Cook was roughed up for the other two runs on three hits and two walks over two-plus innings. Dan Lietz stranded a runner for Cook and struck out the final batter in a perfect ninth.

Vancouver 4 Salem-Keizer 2

Christian Williams
put one over the fence for his first homer of the year Monday.

Keizer, OR
- The C's used some small ball to upend the Giants affiliate in the opener of this five-game series. With the game tied at 2-2 in the seventh inning, D.J. McKnight singled and made it to third on bunt singles by Cavan Biggio and Rodrigo Orozco. A wild pitch brought in McKnight before J.B. Woodman delivered a single to score Biggio. Christian Williams crushed his first home run of the season to tie the game at 1-1 in the fourth. They went ahead in the fifth when McKnight doubled and moved to third on a balk before scoring on a Biggio sac fly. McKnight, Woodman and Williams had a couple of hits apiece with the latter two drawing walks. Woodman also stole a base while Biggio added a free pass. Deiferson Barreto and Bryan Lizardo also made an entry into the hit column.

Despite 13 baserunners on eight hits and five walks over five innings, Dalton Rodriguez managed to limit the damage to two runs thanks to three inning-ending double plays and McKnight throwing out a runner at second from right field. Roadhouse struck out two to go along with six groundball outs. Grayson Huffman (2-0) worked around three hits and got an inning-ending double play and a strikeout over his two scoreless frames. Jackson McClelland set down the side in order in the eighth and Jackson Lowery lowered the boom by striking out the side swinging in the ninth for his fifth save.

Bluefield 10 Elizabethon 5 (Completed Early, Rain)

Elizabethton, TN
- The Jays put together two big innings to beat the Twins. The Jays got the jump on the Twinkies in the first, courtesy of a three-run home run by Bradley Jones. They added four more in the seventh on a Juandy Mendoza two-run double and a Matt Morgan two-run dinger. Nick Sinay singled, stole second, stole third and scored on an error at third in the eighth. A Jesus Severino fielder's choice completed the scoring in the ninth. The other run came in the fourth when Levi Scott grounded into a double play. Sinay had three of Bluefield's 14 hits while Jones, Mendoza, Morgan and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had two apiece with Guerrero getting a triple.

Osman Gutierrez gave up single runs in four of the five-plus innings he worked with the damage done on eight hits - four of them doubles - and three walks. He struck out five and induced six outs on the diamond. Luke Gillingham (1-0) allowed a run on two hits and a walk but struck out four in his three innings of work. Andrew Deramo gave up a hit to the only batter he faced in the ninth before the game was called because of rain.

GCL Blue Jays 6 GCL Braves 3

Kissimmee, FL
- The Jays broke a 2-2 deadlock by scoring in their final four-at bats to chop down the Braves. Danny Jansen got things rolling with a two-run single in the third to give the Jays the early lead. Antony Fuentes drove in the tie-breaking run in the sixth with a base hit to score a Francisco Rodriguez double. A Norberto Obeso RBI groundout highlighted a two-run seventh. D.J. Daniels singled home another run in the eighth and back-to-back RBI doubles by Obeso and Bo Bichette rounded out the scoring in the ninth. Bichette, Fuentes and Joshua Palacios all had two hits on the afternoon. Rodriguez had a walk to go with his extra-base hit.

Dany Jimenez (1-0, 3.38) surrendered just two runs on two hits and two walks and struck out five over five innings. Seven of his 10 outs in play were on the grass. Jake Fishman gave up three hits and plunked a batter but struck out three over three shutout frames. He allowed just one of his eight outs in play to escape the infield. Jared Carkuff was cuffed for a hit but struck out one in a shutout ninth.

DSL Blue Jays 11 DSL Orioles1 1 (Game 1 - 7 Innings)

Boca Chica, DR
- A converted touchdown in the third quarter, er, inning put the Jays on Easy Street in this one. Luis De Los Santos knocked home the first run with a base hit and after a two-run error, Christian Peguero singled home two more. Jonelvy Molina followed up with an RBI single and Ronald Concepion added an RBI double. Peguero doubled in another run to jump-start a four-run seventh. A Molina sac fly and two wild pitches produced the other three runs. De Los Santos had a three-hit day while Peguero and Molina had two apiece. Aldo Ovando, McGregory Contreras and Ronald Concepion all reached on a knock and a walk.

Jose Dominguez (1-2, 5.64) worked around six hits and two walks with eight strikeouts, allowing just one run over five innings for the win. Wilton Mueses walked one and struck out four over two shutout frames.

DSL Orioles1 5 DSL Blue Jays 0 (Game 2 - 7 Innings)

Boca Chica, DR
- The defence sabotaged the Jays' hopes for a doubleheader sweep as they committed three errors, leading to three unearned runs. Ruben Ventura (0-1, 3.00) was roughed up for four runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks over five frames. He struck out three and got eight groundball outs. Emmanuel Reyes was nicked for an unearned marker in his two innings.

Yhordegny Kelly was 2-for-3 out of the cleanup spot while. Aldo Ovando had a hit and a walk. Antonio Concepion and Luis De Los Santos had the other hits. Jose Briceno and Ronald Concepion drew free passes.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Francisco Rios, Dunedin

2. Scott Diamond, Buffalo

1. Darrell Ceciliani, Buffalo

Monday's Linescores

Tuesday's Schedule / Probable Starters

DSL Reds @ DSL Blue Jays, 10:30 am ET - TBA
GCL Reds vs. GCL Blue Jays, 12:00 pm ET - TBA
@ Brevard County, 6:35 pm ET - Justin Shafer (1-4, 6.33)
Buffalo @ Rochester, 7:05 pm ET - Casey Lawrence (0-2, 9.24)
Portland @ New Hampshire, 7:05 pm ET - Jason Berken (2-7, 4.71)
Dayton @ Lansing, 7:05 pm ET - Tayler Saucedo (3-7, 5.28)
Princeton @ Bluefield, 7:05 pm ET - TBA
Vancouver @ Salem-Keizer, 10:05 pm ET - Juliandry Higuera (1-2, 3.86)

Extra Innings
  • The Buffalo News talks to Ben Rowen and Andy Burns about financial struggles in the minors
  • has a feature on Dunedin pitcher Sean Reid-Foley
  • Shi Davidi of Sportsnet has a minor league column featuring Vladimir Guerrero Jr. among others
  • John Lott of Vice Sports goes even more in depth on Vladdy Jr.
  • The Vancouver Province has a chat with C's manager John Tamargo Jr., a story on Cavan Biggio, a piece on Jacob Anderson and a blurb on Gabe Clark
  • CBC assesses the chances of Vancouver getting back a Triple-A franchise
  • The Bluefield Daily Telegraph catches up with Cam O'Brien and checks in with outfielder Nick Sinay
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scottt - Tuesday, July 05 2016 @ 06:35 AM EDT (#325787) #
Well, Rowen is on the 40 roster, he should get up for a few games at some point.
KC used a sidearmer for an inning yesterday and he had a scoreless inning.

It's also worth remembering that players on the 40 roster usually get a share of playoff money.
The pressure on these guys to perform whenever they get a chance is huge.

jerjapan - Tuesday, July 05 2016 @ 02:15 PM EDT (#325815) #
minor leaguers on the 40 man actually make a decent living (this is from a sports agent/lawyer's blog),
  • Salary for first year on 40-man roster:
    2015: $41,400
  • Salary for second year on 40-man roster or if one or more days of Major League service time:
    2015: $82,700

But it's still a fairly brutal system.  The 'Save America's Pastime Act' is some serious newspeak. 

The price of chasing the baseball dream came back into focus last week when the House of Representatives proposed legislation called the “Save America’s Pastime Act.” The bones of the bill would exempt minor league baseball players from the Fair Labor Standards Act, meaning they would not be subject to rules such as minimum wage.

jerjapan - Tuesday, July 05 2016 @ 09:57 PM EDT (#325835) #
Lead question on Kate Morrison's BP chat:

brentdaily (Colorado): Enjoyed your article on the MiLB pay scale. Are the MiLBers with whom you interact aware of/following the class action case certified last December? How many are upset with the state of affairs? I'm imagining most toe the 'I'm just focused on baseball' line. How, if at all, do you think paying these guys a living wage would change their prospects?

Kate Morrison: It's really difficult to get any current minor leaguer to discuss this - partially because they don't have time, and partially because it could injure their standing with their team if a quote gets out. I imagine some of them are aware, and some of them aren't - and minor leaguers by no means all share the same opinions.

Even just being able to afford clean, healthy food would help. Being able to pay rent without splitting an apartment between four guys. Being able to put money away so that when they eventually have to leave baseball it's not as frightening a prospect. Some guys might even get a little bit further up the ladder than they would otherwise.

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