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The Blue Jays affiliates managed to gain a split of their two games Monday despite seeing their starting pitchers walk 11 batters. Dunedin and Lansing had the night off. #LetsGoBlueJays

Buffalo 10 Pawtucket 5 (7 Innings - Final)

The Herd bunched up their runs in the first four innings to pound the Paw Sox. A two-run double by Lourdes Gurriel Jr., a run-scoring base hit by Jonathan Davis and a two-run homer by Cavan Biggio were the big hits in the first three frames before the Bisons busted it open with a five-run fourth. Gurriel singled in another run, Richard Urena doubled home two more and Michael De La Cruz singled home the other two. Every Bison hitter reached base at least once with only Reese McGuire finishing hitless but he did draw a walk. Davis and Roemon Fields had three hits apiece.

Sean Reid-Foley scuffled in this one, surrendering four runs (two earned) in four innings. He served up two solo homers among six hits and walked five. William Ouellette picked up the win in his Triple-A debut, giving up only a solo home run over three innings. He struck out one and induced six groundball outs.

The Bisons were to play a doubleheader Monday but will try to get two in later today.

Trenton 6 New Hampshire 1

The Fisher Cats are a game below .500 after losing to the Yankees affiliate. Hector Perez had no control in this one, issuing six walks that led to six runs over 2-2/3 innings. Perez gave up four hits and struck out three. Trenton also ran wild on Perez by stealing five bases. Jonathan Cheshire allowed an inherited run to score but he blanked Trenton over 3-1/3 innings of one-hit ball, striking out three. Danny Young and Kriby Snead contributed a goose egg apiece.

New Hampshire's only run came in the third when Vinny Capra reached on an error, made it to second on a Forrest Wall bunt single and raced the other 180 feet on a wild pitch.Wall had two hits and two walks and earned an assist in center field. Kevin Smith had two knocks and a free pass. Santiago Espinal, Alberto Mineo and Kacy Clemens had the other Fisher Cat hits. Brock Lundquist walked three times.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. William Ouellette, Buffalo

2. Cavan Biggio, Buffalo

1. Jonathan Davis, Buffalo

Extra Innings
  • Sportsnet has a story on Jordan Romano.
  • Tampa Bay Newspapers looks at the groundbreaking for Dunedin Stadium and the spring training complex.
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bpoz - Tuesday, April 30 2019 @ 10:16 AM EDT (#373354) #
#2 I get your title. Haha!!

SRF 102 pitches in 4 innings. I hope his arm can take that load. If so that is a v durable arm. A good thing to have in the system. 2 solo HRs last night. On the year he has issued 20 walks in 19 IP.

Will he be a J Clancy/ AJ Burnett? #3 type pitchers.
rafael - Tuesday, April 30 2019 @ 12:36 PM EDT (#373364) #
Ouellette the word play. bravo.
SRF is seeming more like Josh Towers in the box scores lately. Are there are redeeming qualities I should appreciate ?
Davis Fields and Biggio with identical .348 averages.
Gurriel is .366 - i see he played 2nd base and no errors
is there hope ?
"Buffalo pitching" = what I'd expect if an actual buffalo was pitching (7-14 with an offence pounding the ball
#2JBrumfield - Tuesday, April 30 2019 @ 01:11 PM EDT (#373366) #
#2 I get your title. Haha!!

I've been watching too much MLB Network. :D

Meanwhile, Vladdy rookie cards are flying off the shelves.
Mike Green - Tuesday, April 30 2019 @ 03:04 PM EDT (#373371) #
Cavan Biggio is in right-field for the opener of the doubleheader today.  It would be nice to see Gurriel Jr. get his turn out in the outfield too. 
Shoeless Joe - Tuesday, April 30 2019 @ 03:43 PM EDT (#373373) #
I would much rather see Gurriel rotate around positions with the big league club like Allan Hanson, instead of Allan Hanson.

dan gordon - Tuesday, April 30 2019 @ 04:16 PM EDT (#373377) #
I'd like to see Gurriel given a chance to play a position that he can actually handle. It seems very likely that he can't handle SS or 2B, and the Jays have lots of middle infield prospects, anyway. They're much weaker in the OF, so why not give Gurriel a month or so of regular time in the OF, and see how he looks. I would expect to see Biggio and Bichette at 2B and SS next year, so why keep trying Gurriel at those spots? They need outfielders. They figure it's more likely to be Biggio in the OF and Gurriel at 2B? That doesn't make sense to me.
Mike Green - Tuesday, April 30 2019 @ 04:25 PM EDT (#373379) #
I understand why the club doesn't want Gurriel Jr. up now.  He was so bad defensively that he was hurting them more than Hanson, who plays irregularly anyways.  Better that Gurriel Jr. should learn to play positions in triple A. 

Hanson's first name is Alen, by the way.
uglyone - Tuesday, April 30 2019 @ 04:31 PM EDT (#373381) #
I'm sure they are still highly motivated to make their big IFA splash turn into a big winner, and a corner OF spot would kind of he a white flag.

Of course they also seem enamored of pure athleticism more than most any trait, and seem convinced they can turn a good athlete into a good defender at a prime position.

I'm interested in seeing Biggio's defense - i wouldn't be surprised if his defensive shortcomings are actually more just athletic shortcomings that skill deficiencies.
Glevin - Tuesday, April 30 2019 @ 04:32 PM EDT (#373382) #
Forrest Wall is looking interesting. Hes massively decreased k% and increased BB% and has a .422 OBP. Groshans looking like stud prospect right now. Alford looks terrible (again). Still very early but lots of prospects to keep an eye on still even with Vlad up.
Shoeless Joe - Tuesday, April 30 2019 @ 05:46 PM EDT (#373386) #
"Of course they also seem enamored of pure athleticism more than most any trait, and seem convinced they can turn a good athlete into a good defender at a prime position."

This theory does not add up, or seemingly make sense. The only real pure athlete the Jays have recently signed, traded for or drafted in the early rounds is Brito. They signed Kendrys Morales! I would argue the jays value power over all else and they'll run a subpar athlete out there at a position they probably can't handle, such as Grichuk in CF or Pearce in LF.
Nigel - Tuesday, April 30 2019 @ 05:55 PM EDT (#373387) #
I'm not sure that you can say the FO values athleticism above all else or that it values power over other things, I do think a common thread in professional and amateur talent acquisition is that defence hasn't often been a high priority. There are always exceptions (such as Galvis) of course.

I agree that Wall has had a good start to his year. The emergence this year of another MLB outfielder in the high minors would be a great development for the farm system.
scottt - Tuesday, April 30 2019 @ 06:03 PM EDT (#373391) #
Wall was highly ranked not that long ago, so a bounce would be nice.

I read about the Guerrero homecoming in the LA times.
They couldn't sign him because they spend 8M on a Cuban shortstop who is still trying to figure how to hit at AA (14M with the penalty) and they were prevented from signing big bonus international kids for 2 years.

I guess he can't really walk into the stadium wearing an Angel shirt...

bpoz - Tuesday, April 30 2019 @ 07:49 PM EDT (#373394) #
Alford has missed about 4 games in a row.
Gerry - Tuesday, April 30 2019 @ 07:56 PM EDT (#373396) #
Alford was pulled from yesterdays start allegedly due to dehydration and dizziness. Either those symptoms have continued or there is something else wrong.
Mike Green - Tuesday, April 30 2019 @ 08:42 PM EDT (#373398) #
Biggio hit another bomb in the nightcap. He's also doubled and walked twice in 5 PAs tonight.  Gurriel Jr. has 4 hits including a homer in 6 PAs. 

Defensively, Biggio made a nice running catch in right-field in the opener, and is playing third base in the second game. Gurriel Jr. has played second base in both games, and has another throwing error.
Gerry - Tuesday, April 30 2019 @ 09:35 PM EDT (#373404) #

Gurriel had a fielding error in game one. A ball was hit to him with a runner on first and he didn't get an out at first or second. Usually if it was a throwing error they would say so.
Mike Green - Tuesday, April 30 2019 @ 09:42 PM EDT (#373405) #
You're right, Gerry.  Whatever the type of error, Gurriel Jr. has been making a lot of them.  The young man can hit though.
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