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The top half of the #BlueJays farm system found the win column but bottom half did not as the affiliates went 2-3 Monday night.

Buffalo 5 Syracuse 4

Gift Ngoepe accomplished the toughest half of the cycle with a two-run home run to cap off a four-run rally in the second and a run-scoring triple in the seventh to help the Bisons remain over .500. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. also went deep for a two-run dinger. Danny Jansen and Jason Lebiebijian both doubled and Reese McGuire singled. The trio of Richard Urena, Anthony Alford and Rowdy Tellez were a combined 0-for-12. Roemon Fields struck out all three times at the dish.

Luis Santos surrendered two runs over three innings but struck out three. Conor Fisk pitched four no-hit innings, overcoming his own throwing error and one walk while whiffing three. Fisk also induced five groundball outs to get the win. Sam Moll was victimized for two unearned runs over two-thirds of an inning. Justin Shafer got the final four outs for the save, stranding a runner while giving up just a hit and striking out one.

New Hampshire 7 Reading 2

A converted touchdown in the seventh led the Fisher Cats to victory. A Cavan Biggio walk, a Harold Ramirez single, a Max Pentecost sacrifice fly and run-scoring base hits by Connor Panas and Andrew Guillotte were the key knocks. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had two hits and a walk. Biggio walked three times and Pentecost heard ball four twice. Guillotte also got a free pass. Patrick Cantwell had a two-hit performance. Panas stole a base. Bo Bichette was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts to drop his batting average to .250.

Jordan Romano ran his record to 8-0 with 6-2/3 innings of two-run ball on four hits and a plunk. One of the runs was unearned as the Markham native struck out seven. White Rock, BC native Brayden Bouchey got the final out of the seventh to strand a runner and got three more outs while striking out one and walking one in his Double-A debut. Nick Hartman issued one free pass in a shutout ninth for his maiden voyage in Double-A.

Florida 5 Dunedin 1 (Game 1 - 8 Innings)

The D-Jays had a no-hitter going for the first six innings before everything went horribly awry. Angel Perdomo overcame four walks to toss five innings of no-hit baseball. The big lefty struck out three and kept his infielders from getting bored as they handled nine of his 11 outs in play. The Braves affiliate made Jake Fishman throw 30 pitches but the lefthander got the last laugh by striking out the side. Jackson McClelland was mauled for all five runs in 1-1/3 innings. Connor Eller got the last two outs but could not prevent his two inherited runners from scoring.

Josh Palacios doubled to score a Rodrigo Orozco walk with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to force the extra frame. The rehabbing Randal Grichuk was 0-for-2 with two walks before D.J. Davis came in to pinch-run.  Palacios was the only Jay with two hits and Orozco reached twice with a base hit. Bradley Jones, Nash Knight, Riley Adams and Ivan Castillo also put a '1' in the hit column.

Florida 6 Dunedin 2 (Game 2 - 7 Innings)

Patrick Murphy gave up two runs in four innings to take the loss. He had a game WHIP of two after five hits and three walks but he did strike out six. Jonathan Cheshire was scratched and clawed for the other four runs in the sixth. Connor Law matched two hits with two strikeouts over two scoreless frames in his season debut.

Ivan Castillo knocked home both runs for Dunedin as he went 1-for-3. Nash Knight reached twice with a single and a walk. Eduard PInto and Bradley Jones had the other hits. Josh Palacios and Alberto Mineo drew a base on balls. Kacy Clemens took one for the team. D.J. Davis and John La Prise went 0-for-3.

South Bend 9 Lansing 1

The Cubs scored eight unanswered runs to give the Lugnuts a beatdown in the land of the Golden Domers. Turner Larkins took the brunt of it by allowing five runs in 4-1/3 innings on seven hits and four walks while striking out three. Brody Rodning gave up a run in 1-2/3 innings but struck out three. Kyle Weatherly was clipped for a run in one inning as the umpire picked on him for three (three!) balks.  Matt Shannon surrendered two more runs in the eighth.

Kevin Smith had a double, a triple and the only run scored. Ryan Noda had a two-hit game as well. Kevin Vicuna, Chavez Young, Brandon Grudzielanek, Matt Morgan and Brandon Polizzi all recorded base hits.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Conor Fisk, Buffalo

2. Jordan Romano, New Hampshire

1. Gift Ngoepe, Buffalo

Extra Innings...

The Buffalo Bisons will become the Buffalo Wings later this season.
C's Plus Baseball checks in with Dunedin Blue Jays first baseman Kacy Clemens.
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cybercavalier - Wednesday, May 23 2018 @ 12:13 AM EDT (#358342) #
On Tuesday night today, Ngoepe hit a triple and a home run when the pitches came in near knee level. Gurriel Jr. hit a home run off the pitch belt high. Does pitches usually drop in height gradually as the pitcher faces one batter at at time moving down the batting order? If so, shall Ngoepe and Gurriel hit in the lower half of the order until they show ability to lay and foul off pitches outside of their hitting hot zones?
dan gordon - Wednesday, May 23 2018 @ 12:58 AM EDT (#358343) #
Fisk is looking like this year's Carlos Ramirez. No earned runs allowed through 11 appearances in AA and AAA, after being converted to a relief role. Looked like a sort of half decent starting pitcher from 2015 to 2017. The Jays may have found something of value with him.
bpoz - Wednesday, May 23 2018 @ 09:25 AM EDT (#358348) #
Thanks C's Plus. The injury helped K Clemens become a good defensive 1B.
Mike Green - Wednesday, May 23 2018 @ 10:20 AM EDT (#358350) #
Gurriel Jr. made an impressive play during last night's game.  The stretch from Tellez on that play, and another nice one from Urena, was solid if not McCoveyesque. 
Dewey - Wednesday, May 23 2018 @ 11:41 AM EDT (#358352) #
Cybercavalier, I don’t know what your native language is, but it cannot be English. You would be doing yourself a great favour to get hold of a book like Grammar Essentials for Dummies, by Geraldine Woods. 2010, or Basic English Grammar For Dummies, 2015. I’m not joking or being snarky: I’m trying to help you. Your posts will be clearer and much more accessible, if you do this. One day you might even thank me for it.

The Dummies series is now quite extensive. I have a few, and they’re often very useful.
cybercavalier - Wednesday, May 23 2018 @ 02:15 PM EDT (#358360) #
Dewey, did you edit your text first before posting here? If you did, what software do you use? If you did not, how can you ensure that the words in your post is succinct?
Dewey - Wednesday, May 23 2018 @ 02:35 PM EDT (#358362) #
What a strange response.  Of course I ‘edited’ my post, if by that you mean did I take care about what I was saying and how I said it.  I did not want to give offence, so I tried to be extra careful.  Some people like to learn; other people don’t.  Your choice.

Your last sentence, by the way,  illustrates the sort of errors that prompted me to send my post.  You ask how can I “ensure that the words in your post is succinct”.   You seem unaware that a plural subject (“words”) requires you to also use a plural form of the verb (“are” -- not “is”).  And it’s not at all clear that “succinct” is the word to use.  The issue is not ‘succinctness’ -- it’s clarity.

Lastly, this has nothing to do with a particular kind of software.
uglyone - Wednesday, May 23 2018 @ 02:39 PM EDT (#358363) #
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Vlad Jr. exit velocity update: through 40 games, Guerrero's put more than 45 balls in play at 100+ mph. He recently hit one 119.6.

In MLB this season, only three batters have put a ball in play at 118+ mph — Carlos Gonzalez (118.3), Aaron Judge (118.1), and Mike Trout (118).
jerjapan - Wednesday, May 23 2018 @ 03:03 PM EDT (#358365) #
Conor Fisk has always had the org soldier profile to me, never spending a full season in either the starter or reliever role, drafted in the 24th round in 2014, and not getting out of A ball till this year.  But he's got a starter's repertoire - according to Jays Prospects, he throws 4 pitches from a 3/4 arm slot, a fastball, curveball, slider, and changeup.  And he's getting results this year.  I see him as a potential old-school longman / spot starter.  He just turned 26, so now's a good time for a breakout season. 

Jay-Leb has been playing mostly 3B this year, although he was in LF last night.  In last year's prospect handbook, Jay Blue called him "one of the best defensive infielders in the Blue Jays organization".  Has anyone seen him up close?  Is he no longer a SS?  I keep wondering what the guy has to do to get a shot.   He's versatile, got some pop, a good glove and seems to be a character player - I'd like to see him get a chance, although I imagine his situation can be explained as simply as his not being on the 40 man.  He's more deserving than Ngoepe in my book. 

Jordan Romano looks pretty great right now.  athletic, with low 90s stuff prior to Tommy John wiped out his 2015 season, he just turned 25 and should be ready for Buffalo.  Given the dearth of starters in AAA at the moment, clearly the org wants him to get more starts in NH, but  with 26 hits allowed in 53 IPs, the only concern would be the 20 BBs.
ayjackson - Wednesday, May 23 2018 @ 03:49 PM EDT (#358369) #
As they say, nothing good happens after midnight.
hypobole - Wednesday, May 23 2018 @ 03:54 PM EDT (#358370) #
Maybe they should find themselves a girlfriend (or boyfriend as the case may be).
ayjackson - Wednesday, May 23 2018 @ 03:58 PM EDT (#358371) #
It looks like VGJr and Kevin Smith are well and truly ready for a promotion.

Over the past 28 days:

VGJr: 25 gm; .495/.537/.817 for a 1.354 OPS
KS: 26 gm; .424/.474/.808 for a 1.282 OPS

The best BJ over the same time period is Smoak who is sporting a .900 OPS over 22 games.

Notably, at the other end of the spectrum:

Bo: 25 gm; .214/.284/.337 for a .621 OPS
PeterG - Wednesday, May 23 2018 @ 04:58 PM EDT (#358372) #
Jerjapan, I have not seen enough of JLeb at SS to give an opinion but I have heard from some of the various Jays commentators that the team does not see him as a good utility fit because they don't think he can handle SS. However, you have to balance this against the fact that they are using players at SS now that are not seen as shortstops either.
PeterG - Wednesday, May 23 2018 @ 05:00 PM EDT (#358373) #
Fisk may well get an opportunity before the year is out.
dan gordon - Wednesday, May 23 2018 @ 06:44 PM EDT (#358374) #
Fisk had a 3 game stretch last year where he was absolutely putrid, giving up 23 runs in 10 innings. Aside from that stretch, his numbers were actually very good. Maybe he was battling a minor injury problem during that time.

Leblebijian started great last year, but then really faded badly as the season progressed. At 27 years old now, he probably is about at his peak, and is a .260 - .270 hitter in AAA, so he probably hits about .230 - .240 or so in the big leagues. He walks a bit, but not a lot, hits a few home runs, but not a lot, steals the occasional base, but only at about a 65% success rate. Strikes me as the kind of guy who could be a fringe major leaguer, 25th man on the roster type. To quote Carl Sagan, there are billions and billions of them.
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