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Santiago Espinal was a one man wrecking crew for New Hampshire, he drove in six runs including a grand slam. New Hampshire won. Lansing also won, Jordan Groshans had three hits while Juan De Paula pitched well. Hagen Danner is still without a single but he has all the other hits. Buffalo and Dunedin endured bullpen implosions. Danny Barnes's blow up nullified a strong offensive performance including a 441 foot home run by Vlad Jr. Dunedin lost in the ninth.

Buffalo 8 Pawtucket 11

The Bisons jumped out to a 7-0 lead and still were ahead 8-4 in the seventh inning. But Conor Fisk gave up a two run home run in the seventh and Danny Barnes let in five runs in the eighth. Barnes had looked good in the early season but slipped badly in this game. The starter was Sean Reid-Foley who had a weird start. He was perfect in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings. But in the second the Sox hit him hard, four doubles and three walks. SRF could consider himself lucky to only give up four runs. Foley used 87 pitches in his five innings.

The Bisons featured two bases clearing triples in the first inning. Richard Urena and Bo Bichette each picked up three RBI in the inning. After the seven run first, the only other run came via a 441 foot home run by Vlad Jr. Urena had three hits, Bichette, Vladdy, Biggio and Reese McGuire had two hits each. Lourdes Gurriel and Anthony Alford were hitless.

New Hampshire 10 Binghamton 4

The Fisher Cats scored ten runs on seven hits. The bottom third of the order, Kacy Clemens, Ryan Hissey and Forrest Wall combined for five of the seven hits and seven runs. The other two hits belonged to Santiago Espinal who drove in six runs. Espinal hit a grand slam in the eighth inning. Espinal had been off to a very slow start, maybe this will get him going. Clemens and Hissey had two hits and a walk each, Wall had one hit and two walks.

Zach Logue got the win but it wasn't a quality start. In 5.1 innings, Logue had ten base runners, eight hits and two walks. Bryan Baker pitched another clean inning to keep his ERA at zero.

Dunedin 3 Charlotte 4

There was a lot of wildness in this game including three errors by Charlotte and five hit batters. Pitchers at this level are often working on something and Justin Dillon might have been doing just that. In the first inning Dillon allowed a single and then hit three batters. Charlotte hit Samad Taylor with two outs in the second inning, looks like retaliation to me, but I wasn't there. But then in the ninth, in a tied game, Emerson Jimenez hit the batter, with a runner on, then walked the next hitter. A sac fly ended the game. Dillon went 4.1 innings with three runs allowed.

Cal Stevenson got back on track with two hits. His triple drove in the second run and his single drove in the third. Chavez Young manufactured the first run. He singled, went to second on a botched pickoff, stole third and scored when the catcher threw it away. In addition to Stevenson, Christian Williams had two hits.

Lansing 8 West Michigan 2

The Lugnuts scored in each of the first four innings to build a 7-1 lead and then cruised home. The hitters registered 14 hits with every starter getting at least one. Jordan Groshans had three hits to raise his average to .375. Nick Podkul and John Aiello each had two hits which were very welcome as both were struggling so far in the short season. One of Aiello's hits was a home run, his first. DJ Neal also had two hits, he has raised his average to .250. Neal does not have an extra base hit this season, Hagen Danner has everything but. Danner doubled in this game to add to his triple and four home runs. Neal can't hit for extra bases, Danner can hit a single. Alejandro Kirk did not play.

Juan De Paula made his third appearance as a Blue Jay and this was the best one. He pitched five innings, his longest outing this year, he had six K's, more than the three he had at the start of the game, and he allowed the fewest runs of any appearance, just the one. De Paula was followed by Josh Hiatt who pitched four innings, five hits, one run, four K's. Hiatt pitched well but De Paula was a little better.

3 Stars

3rd star: Jordan Groshans

2nd star: Richard Urena

1st star: Santiago Espinal


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Glevin - Thursday, April 18 2019 @ 02:52 AM EDT (#372769) #
Groshans is starting to really move up the prospect rankings IMO. He's 19 and excelling in A ball. Still early, but very promising beginning of the season (especially when so many are struggling). Also, eagerly awaiting the daily Travis Bergen update.
Shoeless Joe - Thursday, April 18 2019 @ 07:33 AM EDT (#372770) #
At this point Groshans is having a 19 year old season somewhere between Travis Snider and Bo Bichette. The only thing I would like to see more is a little lower groundball rate and a little higher iso%, but that's just nit picking. Following the pending graduations a top three of Bichette, Pearson and Groshans is pretty good trio.
uglyone - Thursday, April 18 2019 @ 10:12 AM EDT (#372780) #
Vladdy Career AAA Line:

148pa, 12.1bb%, 6.8k%, .324babip, .347avg, .352iso, 183wrc+

enough is enough. call him up. stop embarassing yourselves.
Mike Green - Thursday, April 18 2019 @ 10:13 AM EDT (#372781) #
Groshans has been hitting the ball more on a line and on the ground- it's a good thing for a 19 year old in the Midwest League.  When he was drafted, I panned the selection based on the draft reports and my view of his upright Butch Hobson-ish stance.  I was wrong.  His stance has changed, and he looks like a hitter now, and the results speak for themselves. 
uglyone - Thursday, April 18 2019 @ 10:24 AM EDT (#372782) #
Purely statistically, i'd like to see more iso and less babip before going all in on him as an elite prospect....but he's starting to resemble one.
hypobole - Thursday, April 18 2019 @ 10:30 AM EDT (#372786) #
Vlad debut 23rd home vs SF
bpoz - Thursday, April 18 2019 @ 11:52 AM EDT (#372796) #
I think Groshans is a great selection. Other than Bluefield he has been great IMO. Lansing is a big jump for him and he is looking good.

I had Groshans in my top 10, #7 because he earned it. Kloffenstein #22 because he has not pitched enough to be given a high ranking.

I enjoyed making a top 50 prospect list.
uglyone - Thursday, April 18 2019 @ 12:15 PM EDT (#372799) #

First 5gms: 8.7b%/13.3k%, .118bip/.100avg, .050iso, -11wrc+
Last 8gms: 5.9b%/17.6k%, .400bip/.355avg, .226iso, 144wrc+

fast learner.
Gerry - Thursday, April 18 2019 @ 04:59 PM EDT (#372816) #
Jonathan Davis is in the Dunedin lineup tonight.
Nigel - Thursday, April 18 2019 @ 08:08 PM EDT (#372821) #
I was surprised to see Adams back in Dunedin and hes off to a strong start to the season with another HR tonight. After Vladdy and Biggio, I think hes the next most deserving of an early promotion.
bpoz - Thursday, April 18 2019 @ 08:16 PM EDT (#372822) #
Adams is hitting well. 300 avg, 9bb and 7k. That is outstanding. Maybe he is working on his defense.
bpoz - Thursday, April 18 2019 @ 08:22 PM EDT (#372823) #
Anyone like Ryan Gold? 7 rbi.
bpoz - Thursday, April 18 2019 @ 09:40 PM EDT (#372826) #
All the Jays teams won today.
dan gordon - Thursday, April 18 2019 @ 10:01 PM EDT (#372827) #
Kudos to Gold, who hit for the cycle today. Will be interesting to see how he handles A ball the 2nd go around. He had a very good season with the bat in 2017, but last year skipped Vancouver and struggled at Lansing. Catchers who can hit are great to have, but I think Gold's ability to handle the defensive aspects of the catcher position are more theory than fact. He's played some 1B and DH'd, and probably doesn't have the bat for those spots. Still just 21.
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