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The #BlueJays affiliates won three out of five Tuesday. New Hampshire had a doubleheader postponed due to rain. Lansing and Bluefield had the night off.

Buffalo 7 Nortfolk 3

Sean Reid-Foley put together a quality start by surrendering just one run on a home run and walking just two over six innings. He struck out five and induced six outs on the ground. Murphy Smith gave up no runs in two innings of work. Jose Fernandez gave up a pair in the ninth before finishing the game out.

RBI doubles by Darnell Sweeney and Reese McGuire were two of the key offensive plays for the Herd. McGuire also drew a walk. Jonathan Davis had a double and recorded the only two-hit game for Buffalo. Richard Urena was 1-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base. Dalton Pompey was 0-for-2 with two walks and two runs batted in. Gio Urshela had a knock and a walk.

Dunedin 4 Florida 0

Zach Logue zapped the Fire Frogs with seven innings of shutout relief by giving up two hits and a hit by pitch while striking out five to earn the win. Roberto Osuna and Anderson Nunez started and finished this one with one strikeout over their shutout frames.

A Riley Adams RBI groundout, a Vladimir Guerrero Jr. two-run double and a Kevin Smith run-scoring single produced the four runs.  Smith, Guerrero, Josh Palacios and Santiago Espinal all had two hits in the top four spots of the batting order. Smith tripled and stole a base and Palacios had a double. Every Dunedin Blue Jay hitter reached base with Brock Lundquist taking two for the team.

Tri-City 10 Vancouver 4

The C's first-half playoff chances took another hit in this one. Josh Winckowski gave up five runs (two earned) over 1-2/3 innings. Bryan Lizardo homered. More gory details right here.

GCL Pirates 10 GCL Blue Jays 8

The Jays flushed a 6-0 lead down the toilet as the Bucs scored all of their runs in the last three innings. Juan Diaz scattered five hits, a walk and two plunks over five shutout innings.and struck out four. Luis Alvarez allowed four runs while Meliton Reyes and Franniel Polanco were ripped for three each. Reyes was charged with the blown save and the loss.

Leonardo Jimenez had a run-scoring triple and two run-scoring singles in a 3-for-4 day at the dish. Hector Guerrero had two hits and a walk which included a two-run home run. Joseph Reyes also had a two-hit afternoon. Logan Warmoth singled, walked and took one for the team. Jordan Groshans had a base hit and a base on balls.

DSL Blue Jays 6 DSL Padres 4

The Dom-Jays pulled this one out with a three-run rally in the sixth to erase a 4-3 deficit. Hanley Acevedo struck the key blow with a two-run triple. He and Geyber JImenez had the two-hit performances with Jimenez getting a double and an RBI. Pedro Hurtado doubled and walked twice. Miguel Hiraldo had a walk in his four plate appearances.

Alexis Carmona supplied 5-1/3 innings of three-run ball on five hits and three walks but struck out six. Pedro Padilla got the blown save and the victory with one run allowed in two-thirds of an inning. Jose Brito worked around a hit and two walks for two goose eggs thanks to three strikeouts. Jeison Contreras got away with three hits and a had a strikeout in the ninth for the save.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Leonardo Jimenez, GCL Blue Jays

2. Zach Logue, Dunedin

1. Sean Reid-Foley, Buffalo

Extra Innings...
  • C's Plus Baseball has a chat with Jordan Barrett and another with Marcus Reyes.
  • Steve Ewen of The Vancouver Province has a piece on Tanner Kirwer and another on Cobi Johnson.
  • WIVB-TV in Buffalo has a story on Anthony Alford.
  • The Buffalo News has a feature on catchers Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire.
  • The New Hampshire Union Leader takes a closer look at Jon Harris, catches up with Max Pentecost and has a story on Nash Knight.
  • The Sporting News checks in with Kacy Clemens in Dunedin.
  • Shi Davidi shines the spotlight on Bo Bichette in New Hampshire.
  • The Toronto Sun talks to Vlad Sr. about Vlad Jr.
  • WVVA-TV has video of the Blue Jays recent PDC extension with Bluefield and the Bluefield Daily Telegraph contributes weighs in as well.
  • The Bluefield DT also has a story on John Aiello.
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hypobole - Wednesday, July 18 2018 @ 08:12 AM EDT (#361931) #
Gerry referenced Josh Norris of BA attending Patrick Murphy's last start. Here's a series of tweets, including some with video. Also one with a Kevin Smith bomb.
Mike Green - Wednesday, July 18 2018 @ 09:30 AM EDT (#361933) #
Thanks, hypobole.  Smith looks great.  Murphy's fastball and curve are about as I anticipated from the description- the curve is a tad loopy and we'll see how double A hitters fare with it.  I'd love to see a "firm" changeup. 
hypobole - Wednesday, July 18 2018 @ 10:40 AM EDT (#361935) #
Mike, I googled "firm changeup" and this is the closest to an explanation I could find, from BP's Harry Pavlidis. What I gather from this, the term has to do with CH velocity compared to FB velocity, i.e. less velo separation = more firm.

"pitchers who succeed at coaxing ground balls with their changeups generally looked dissimilar from those who missed bats with theirs. The pitchers who can do both are the best. The difference between a bat-misser and a worm-killer mostly boils down to firmness, for lack of a better term."

"McCarthy is the other end of the spectrum. This year alone he's used three versions of a changeup. McCarthy's latest changeup was the slowest, so maybe he can go after that big speed gap and get swinging strikes that way. If not, he may be better off with a firmer variety."
Mike Green - Wednesday, July 18 2018 @ 11:00 AM EDT (#361937) #
Thanks, hypobole. So, if you're throwing a 97 mph fastball (as Murphy apparently is), a 92 mph changeup is firm?  You better have some pretty good movement on the pitch for it to be an effective weapon against opposite side hitters.

I watched some video of Reid-Foley.  He looks good to me.  Obviously, there are some times when he just doesn't have it or when he loses it but his control looks generally OK.  I wonder how many innings the club wants him to throw in 2018.  I'll venture a guess that the number is 150, as he threw 132 last year. As he is only 22 and they don't really want him moving to the pen, I'll venture a guess that they want him to remain in the minors until May 1 next year. 

There is a problem with having your triple A franchise in Buffalo- if you are trying to do the usual service time manipulation, your player may not get enough work in April due to weather.  I guess they can start him in Dunedin like they did with Zeuch this year, but that would be strange. 
bpoz - Wednesday, July 18 2018 @ 12:28 PM EDT (#361941) #
Francisco Rios back from the DL. Pitching for NH today.
Marc Hulet - Wednesday, July 18 2018 @ 01:26 PM EDT (#361946) #
It's actually the continuation of a previously suspended game... Rios is not back.
bpoz - Wednesday, July 18 2018 @ 02:00 PM EDT (#361948) #
Thanks Marc.
Gerry - Wednesday, July 18 2018 @ 02:03 PM EDT (#361949) #
Vlad will be back in New Hampshire tomorrow. Not Buffalo.
Mike Green - Wednesday, July 18 2018 @ 04:53 PM EDT (#361951) #
Cavan Biggio hit his 20th homer of the season to lead the Fisher Cats to a comeback victory in the 2nd game of the DH today.  Travis Bergen got the save, although not without allowing 3 baserunners in an inning.  His 0.45 ERA might give you the wrong idea- there have been six unearned runs in 20 innings.  He's a lefty, but actually has done about as well against RHBs. 

Rowdy Tellez hit his 7th homer for Buffalo.  It wouldn't surprise me if he goes on a binge now. 
85bluejay - Wednesday, July 18 2018 @ 05:32 PM EDT (#361954) #
Is Nate Pearson done for the year?
Mike Green - Wednesday, July 18 2018 @ 06:15 PM EDT (#361955) #
Pompey did not play in today's Bisons game. On the way  to join the big club?
hypobole - Wednesday, July 18 2018 @ 06:34 PM EDT (#361956) #
Pompey odds are:

30% On the way to join the big club
50% Travis-style day off so he doesn't get injured again
20% Injured again
Richard S.S. - Thursday, July 19 2018 @ 01:46 AM EDT (#361959) #
Or traded?
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