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The Bisons and Fisher Cats dropped their first games of 2018. Lansing prevented a shutout on the farm. Dunedin was rained out in Palm Beach. They are scheduled to play two today.

Pawtucket 3 Buffalo 1

The Herd was held to four hits, two from Tim Lopes as he drove in the only run in the ninth. He also drew a walk. Teoscar Hernandez doubled but struck out twice. He has gone down swinging five times in the first two games. Danny Jansen had a 1-for-3 night and was hit by a pitch as the DH.

Ryan Borucki had nine baserunners to contend with in the form of six hits, two walks and a hit by pitch but only allowed two runs over five innings. He had three strikeouts and five groundouts but took the loss. Taylor Guerreri gave up the other run on three hits but struck out two in two innings. Chad Girodo worked a scoreless eighth.

Trenton 10 New Hampshire 4

Two-hit games were turned in by Bo Bichette and Lourdes Gourriel Jr.. Both of them drove in a run and are hitting .393 and .375 respectively. Jonathan Davis was 1-for-4 with a walk and a run batted in. Andrew Guillotte had a hit and a walk in the number nine spot. Max Pentecost was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Vlaidmir Guerrero Jr. was 1-for-5.

Francisco Rios was rocked for two home runs and five runs overall on six hits and four walks over 3-1/3 innings. He only struck out three. Zach Jackson saved Rios' line from further damage by stranding the bases loaded in the fourth. He offset two hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 2-1/3 innings. Craig Breslow was bombed for four runs in two-thirds of an inning. Jose Fernandez allowed both of his inherited runners to score and gave up one of his own on two hits and two walks while whiffing two in 1-1/3 innings.

Lansing 6 Fort Wayne 5

Ryan Noda's two-run single in the seventh gave the Lugnuts a come-from-behind victory. Noda also heard ball four once and has a 1.098 OPS over the first six games. Kevin Smith is giving Bo Bichette a run as the best-hitting shortstop in the Jays system by hitting .391 after going 3-for-5 with two RBI and a stolen base. Christian Williams connected for a home run and had a base on balls. Brock Lundquist had a two-hit night.

Maximo Castillo gave up four runs over four innings on five hits and three walks. He struck out four and recorded six outs on the ground. Dalton Rodriguez got the win by giving up a run on four hits and a walk over two innings. He struck out one and got three groundball outs.Brayden Bouchey struck out four of his six men he faced to record a pair of goose eggs. Ty Tice walked one but struck out two in the ninth for the save.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Lourdes Gourriel Jr.

2. Tim Lopes, Buffalo

1. Kevin Smith, Lansing

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Gerry - Wednesday, April 11 2018 @ 11:13 AM EDT (#356021) #
Lansing play a day game today. Samad Taylor just started the game with a triple.
hypobole - Wednesday, April 11 2018 @ 12:29 PM EDT (#356025) #
The Bisons' game underway as well.
bpoz - Wednesday, April 11 2018 @ 12:38 PM EDT (#356026) #
Y Diaz walked the tight rope in the bottom of the 5th. He got out of it.
ramone - Wednesday, April 11 2018 @ 12:40 PM EDT (#356027) #
Watching the Bisons, Teoscar hit a 2 run shot to left on what looked like an inside curve ball. Rowdy has two hard outs, which I feel like happened to him a lot last year.

Deck looks good in two innings so far, he attacks hitters, which if I recall when he was in the Jays system I seem to remember him nibbling at the corners far more.
ramone - Wednesday, April 11 2018 @ 12:48 PM EDT (#356030) #
And as I post that Deck looks good he's getting lit up in the 3rd inning.
China fan - Wednesday, April 11 2018 @ 12:54 PM EDT (#356033) #
Newly acquired Darnel Sweeney, playing 2B, has clubbed a HR in his first AB with Buffalo.

With his ability to play both the infield and the outfield, and his speed and defensive ability, he might be a more logical bench player for the Jays (rather than Hernandez or Ngoepe) if they decide to make changes.
China fan - Wednesday, April 11 2018 @ 12:56 PM EDT (#356034) #
Darnell, not Darnel. Darn it.
hypobole - Wednesday, April 11 2018 @ 12:57 PM EDT (#356035) #
I turned on the game right after the 4th run against McGuire. He's looked awful other than that last curveball. Terrific throw from Jansen to pick off Olt at 1st.
bpoz - Wednesday, April 11 2018 @ 01:26 PM EDT (#356037) #
Odd pitching strategy in Lansing. Y Diaz is ok after 6 IP 95 pitches thrown. He comes in for the 7th he has given up 6 runs with none out and the pitch count is 110. He is still in there gutting it out.
bpoz - Wednesday, April 11 2018 @ 01:29 PM EDT (#356038) #
Oops!!! The pitching change was not announced on gameday. All is good. It is D Jimmenez to start the 7th.
Mike Green - Wednesday, April 11 2018 @ 02:55 PM EDT (#356047) #
Taylor hit a homer and was hit by a pitch, in addition to his leadoff triple.  He has now reached base in 11 of his first 24 PAs.  That's a nice start with the bat.  On the other hand, he made his 3rd error in 5 games. 
#2JBrumfield - Wednesday, April 11 2018 @ 04:16 PM EDT (#356059) #
The Midwest League transactions column says Dalton Rodriguez has been placed on the 7-day DL.
PeterG - Wednesday, April 11 2018 @ 04:17 PM EDT (#356060) #
And Taylor has also failed to make plays that were not called errors. His defense will have to improve dramatically if he is to be considered a prospect. I like the over achieving Cavan Biggio much better even though Ugly will surely point out the age difference. For me , it's more about whether you can play or you can't. I think Biggio can play and will rocket up the prospect rankings along with Patrick Murphy. Not so sure about Taylor but willing to give him time.

PeterG - Wednesday, April 11 2018 @ 04:19 PM EDT (#356062) #
The Rodriguez move is just roster manipulation.
jerjapan - Wednesday, April 11 2018 @ 04:55 PM EDT (#356064) #
I like the over achieving Cavan Biggio much better

Why?  And how is he an overachiever?  Last year was pretty ugly aside from his BB%.  I'm not as high on Taylor as many, but literally everything about him looks better to me than with Biggio.  I haven't seen either play though, so no thoughts on the D. 

And I agree with you about Murphy. 
jerjapan - Wednesday, April 11 2018 @ 04:59 PM EDT (#356065) #
China, what's the scoop on Sweeney's D?  I have no idea aside from the stat line and the org soldier profile.  I'd rather see J-Leb get the call if we are talking minor league depth players. 
dan gordon - Wednesday, April 11 2018 @ 05:09 PM EDT (#356068) #
Taylor made 2 errors in the game today, for a total of 4 on the season.

I think the thing with Biggio is that he was aggressively promoted to Dunedin last year, skipping Lansing. He spent most of 2016 with Vancouver and had a few games with Lansing at year end. His Vancouver numbers were good, but not eye popping, and it would have seemed that he was destined for Lansing in 2017. They sent him to Dunedin instead, and I was surprised that he wasn't totally overmatched, although he wasn't great. Again, they made a somewhat aggressive move with him this year, advancing him to AA to start the season. There must be something about him that the organization sees that isn't readily apparent in the stats. He's off to a great start, and I'm starting to think of him as more of a legit prospect than I had previously.

Looks like Diaz is showing them he didn't deserve to be returned to Lansing for a 2nd year - he's given up a grand total of 2 hits in 11 2/3 IP. He won't stay at Lansing very long if he keeps that up.
Nigel - Wednesday, April 11 2018 @ 06:15 PM EDT (#356072) #
Defence is clearly an issue for Taylor, but on offence, other than a touch more patience than he showed last year (and he's made a good start this year in that respect), what more do you want from a middle infield prospect that has been and is really young for his level of play? Taylor doesn't have a strong arm but he's plenty athletic. Defensive improvement is certainly possible going forward; as is the possibility that he has plenty of bat to play LF/CF.
bpoz - Wednesday, April 11 2018 @ 06:55 PM EDT (#356074) #
This is a wonderful April.
dan gordon - Wednesday, April 11 2018 @ 11:46 PM EDT (#356084) #
Yes, Taylor looks like a good hitter, and he's very young. I still have him higher than Biggio on my prospect list, but I recently moved Biggio up somewhat.
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