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The Blue Jays affiliates took three out of four Wednesday.

Buffalo 9 Lehigh Valley 2

Buffalo got all the runs it needed in the first when Alejandro Kirk doubled in a Kevin Smith walk before scoring on a two-run homer by Christian Colón, who is hitting. 308 with a .900 OPS. Dilson Herrera hit a dinger and Smith went deep for a three-run shot. Kirk, Breyvic Valera and Richard Ureña all had two hits apiece. Every Herd hitter reached base by a hit or a walk.

Bowden Francis made it through five innings in his first start with the Blue Jays organization against the Phillies affiliate. He allowed just two runs (one earned) on four hits, three walks and a hit by pitch. His strikeout, groundout and flyout totals were four apiece. Dany Jiménez (1.0IP), Trent Thornton (1.0IP) , Patrick Murphy (1.1IP) and John Axford all put up zeros on their pitching lines.

New Hampshire 10 Hartford 5

Vinny Capra is making an early bid to be the Player of the Week. After driving in five runs Tuesday, he hit a two-run home run to put the Fisher Cats ahead for good in the eighth inning and went deep again in the ninth for another two-run shot against the Rockies affiliate. The former Richmond Spider also drew a pair of walks. Six players had two-hit games for the Cats, including Tanner Kirwer who also walked and stole three bases. Otto Lopez had two doubles among his three hits and drove in three runs. Jordan Groshans was 0-for-2 before being replaced at shortstop by Chris Bec.

Maximo Castillo struck out eight over 5-1/3 innings of three-run ball on two hits and three walks. He left the bases for Marcus Reyes who was unable to strand any of the three runs and was charged with a blown save over two-thirds of an inning. Emerson Jimenez also picked up a blown save but got the win after giving up two runs in his inning of work. Fitz Stadler walked one hitter and whiffed three over two shutout frames to get his first save of the year.

Hillsboro 2 Vancouver 0

C's cleanup hitter Luis De Los Santos only got three at-bats in this one as Hops pitcher Brandon Pfaadt spun a complete game four-hitter for the Diamondbacks affiliate. Ryan Gold and Rafael Lantigua doubled. Tanner Morris singled and walked and Eric Rivera had the other base hit. Zac Cook was 0-for-3 in his debut for Monty's Mounties after being promoted from Dunedin.

Paxton Schultz was popped for two runs in the second inning but got through five, surrendering six hits and two walks while striking out seven. Adrian Hernandez struck out five over three shutout frames, scattering a hit and two walks.

Dunedin 6 Clearwater 2

Orelvis Martinez homered twice and Miguel Hiraldo also went yard to help the D-Jays knock off the Phillies affiliate. Hiraldo and Martinez had back-to-back jacks on consecutive pitches in the third. Martinez had a four-hit night and Hiraldo had three, including an RBI triple. Harrison Ray singled, walked and stole his 10th base of the year. Dasan Brown was 1-for-5 and was caught stealing.

Trent Palmer scattered a hit and three walks and rung up a batter over three shutout innings. The win went to Wilgenis Alvarado who was nicked for an unearned run on three hits and two walks while striking out three. Jefferson Herrera gave up a run over the final two frames.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Tanner Kirwer, New Hampshire

2. Orelvis Martinez, Dunedin

1. Vinny Capra, New Hampshire
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85bluejay - Thursday, July 15 2021 @ 09:22 AM EDT (#402540) #
Jordan Groshans has truly earned the nickamne "Glass" - how disappointing as he's performed well whenever he's on the field and I think would be the starting 3B by September or June next year except that he can't seem to stay on the field of play - sad.

Maybe it's time to see what Vinny Capra can do in AAA - he's 25 and repeating AA - maybe he can be a useful throw-in.
hypobole - Thursday, July 15 2021 @ 10:21 AM EDT (#402544) #
Looking at AA SwStr%, using 130+ PA's.

6 Cats much better than average AA rates. Moreno, Martin, Capra, Groshans, Talley and Lopez range from 94th percentile (Moreno) to 82nd percentile (Lopez). Combined with BB and K%, I think it gives a good idea of approach, which may be the cryptic comment about what Martin is working on that doesn't show up in stats.
scottt - Thursday, July 15 2021 @ 10:28 AM EDT (#402545) #
The AAA season end on September 19.  There will be no playoffs.
The AAA East division winner will be declared based on the standings.

On September 22, the 10 game Final Stretch tournament will begin.
All 30 teams will participate and play 5 home games and 5 road games.
Another set of accolades will awarded to the teams that will do best in those 10 games.
The Bisons will play 5 home games against Lehigh Valley (Sept. 22-26) and 5 road games at Syracuse (Sept. 29-Oct. 3).
If required a set of tie-breakers will be applied.

This could be a great opportunity to have the best AA players in AAA.

ramone - Thursday, July 15 2021 @ 10:55 AM EDT (#402548) #
Anyone know what's going on with Samad Taylor, not on the IL but hasn't played Since July 4th?
ISLAND BOY - Thursday, July 15 2021 @ 03:06 PM EDT (#402568) #
Hyperbole, I think I made the comment about Martin and it was referenced by Greenfrog. The article I referred to had a quote from Martin's hitting coach, Matt Hague, who said that Martin was working on "lengthening his moves" at the plate rather than focusing solely on stats. What that means exactly I'm not sure.
Gerry - Thursday, July 15 2021 @ 03:08 PM EDT (#402569) #
Taylor fouled a ball off his foot, like Groshans, according to reports.
John Northey - Thursday, July 15 2021 @ 04:00 PM EDT (#402572) #
Sounds like the Jays need to mandate foot protection beyond shoes for their minor league players. Two down due to it now.
scottt - Thursday, July 15 2021 @ 04:23 PM EDT (#402574) #
Mandate or just buy some.
It probably takes some time for hitters to figure out whatever protection they need.

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