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Two walk off wins. Durham had to decide whether to pitch to Otto Lopez or Gabriel Moreno. They made the wrong choice. It was a nooner at the Nat and PK Morris sent the fans home happy with two home runs including a walk off big fly. Ricky Tiedemann pitched pretty well but was the hard luck loser for Dunedin.

Durham 4 Buffalo 5

New Hampshire at Somerset - postponed

Everett 6 Vancouver 7

Clearwater 2 Dunedin 0

This is what I noted from yesterday's games.

Shaun Anderson got back on the good side with six strong inning. He allowed two solo home runs. The first reliever was Adrian Hernandez who pitched a clean inning. He now has pitched six AAA innings with no hits allowed. He has walked two and struck out eight. This almost perfection will not last but he is rising on the next call-up list. Kyle Johnston, who has been pitching well, surrendered a two run home run in the ninth.

With the game now tied, Mallex Smith worked a walk to lead off the ninth. Nate Lukes doubled to put runners on second and third. Otto Lopez was due up, with Gabriel Moreno on deck. Moreno was 3-4 with three RBI in the game. The Durham manager decided to walk Lopez intentionally and pitch to Moreno. Mistake! He singled to right to drive in the winning run and complete a 4-5 night with four RBI. And he also threw out a runner at second.

After I talked about Jordan Groshans hitting .400 yesterday, he went 0-4.

Former Blue Jay Cal Stevenson is playing for Durham. He is hitting .259.

The C's trailed 6-0 in the sixth. PK Morris hit a three run home run to halve the deficit. In the eighth Davis Schneider singled in a run and Mac Mueller doubled in two to tie the game. Then in the bottom of the ninth Morris homered for the second time for the walk off. Mueller and Leo Jimenez each had three hits.

Naswell Paulino started but only went four innings, conceding four runs on seven hits.

Dunedin out hit Clearwater 8-4 but lost. Clearwater got three of their hits in the second inning, single, double and single. The runs came off Ricky Tiedemann who showed he is human. Tiedemann went five innings with just two walks allowed in the other four innings. He struck out six. Jimmy Robbins went four innings. He has thrown 10 innings over three appearances. He has a zero ERA, a 1.10 WHIP and 13 K's.

Estivan Machado had two hits to get his average up to .300.Rainer Nunez also had two hits.

Three Stars

Third Star - Mac Mueller

Second Star - Gabriel Moreno

First Star - PK Morris


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scottt - Friday, May 06 2022 @ 11:12 PM EDT (#413452) #
The Moreno math is bad.
bpoz - Saturday, May 07 2022 @ 08:22 AM EDT (#413455) #
Moreno is making a case for a promotion. Many others as well. Pitchers Tiedemann and Max Castillo.
hypobole - Saturday, May 07 2022 @ 11:19 AM EDT (#413456) #
Watched some Adrian H the other day. Threw about 80% changes. None were squared up. Announcers wondered why the hitters weren't sitting on it. Threw a few FB's. Only once did they give a velo, 91 mph up in the zone. One change looked high, but then dropped like a mini 12-6 curve for a called strike.

Will it work in the majors? The 2 closest 2021 comps for CH usage were Cesar Valdez, 85 mph FB/78 mph CH who is in the minors now and Devin Williams 95 mph FB/84 mph CH who was really good. So maybe?
Nigel - Saturday, May 07 2022 @ 11:41 AM EDT (#413457) #
Different era and all, but Id bet Doug Jones threw at least 2/3s CHs. There are the occasional CHs that are so good that they dont need to be fool me pitches off FBs. Marcum had a CH that you could tell the batter it was coming and they still had problems with squaring it up. Its rare but its possible.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 07 2022 @ 01:15 PM EDT (#413459) #
Thanks, hypobole. It sounds like he may have a couple of different variations on the change that he can use to attack different parts of the strike zone. If you sit change, you may not be able to get it and you will definitely look silly on the fastball. I can see how that could be effective.
John Northey - Saturday, May 07 2022 @ 01:28 PM EDT (#413460) #
Moreno is hitting better after that game but still no home runs this year. They will come, but until they start to come I don't see him coming up. 313/353/391 line so far. Excellent, but not 'call me up now' level.

Jays need is in the outfield - Hernandez returning helps a LOT but Gurriel is so variable and it'd be nice to have a real backup, not Tapia/Zimmer. AAA has 7 guys with an 800+ OPS, 3 in under 10 games (Lopez, Fowler/gone, Palacios/gone). IMO Fowler should've been up and Tapia gone. The 4 who are over 800 in 10+ games are Warmoth (902 OPS), Capra (here now), Nick Podkul (who? 7th round pick in 2018, 711 his previous best OPS but hitting 286/407/429 this year mainly at 1B now after mainly being a 2B/3B before) and Nathan Lukes. Lukes and Warmoth both are OF so give one of them a shot next injury I say.

AAA should have backups for all positions in a perfect world in the event of injuries like we saw to Jansen & Hernandez - the sub for Jansen has been OK, but for Hernandez they decided to give Tapia a shot which he has thrown away with his worst on the team defense and near bottom offense. A Lukes/Warmoth platoon with Hernandez out would've been a heck of a lot better than what we saw.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 07 2022 @ 01:52 PM EDT (#413462) #
Samad Taylor fits quite nicely now. Some work in LF and some at second base when Espinal gets a day off or subs in for Bichette or Chapman when they have a day off. That's 2 starts a week without an injury and more if there is one. He's also an excellent pinch-running option. Service time is not an issue. Samad has been cold lately, but all the markers aside from BABIP are pretty good.
hypobole - Saturday, May 07 2022 @ 02:01 PM EDT (#413464) #
As well as Warmoth has hit so far, he's been hitting in the bottom of the lineup. Players considered prospects or even potential callups by their teams hit higher to give them the extra PA's. Capra for instance was usually hitting 2nd.
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