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There were several good performances on the farm on Saturday. Buffalo won a slugfest by hitting five home runs. Their pitching wasn't so good with a couple of guys on the 40 man roster not doing so well. New Hampshire played two. After losing the first they scored eleven in the second. They had three home runs with Miguel Hiraldo hitting a grand slam. Vancouver were supposed to play two but only got one game in. Dahian Santos pitched well and Cade Doughty had three hits. Dunedin had a nice come from behind win.

Buffalo 14 Lehigh Valley 9

New Hampshire 4 Portland 5 - game one, 9 innings

New Hampshire 11 Portland 1 - game two

Vancouver 6 Spokane - 5.5 innings

Fort Myers2 Dunedin 7

Three Stars

Third Star - Cade Doughty

Second Star - Miguel Hiraldo

First Star - LJ Talley



The ball was flying out of Lehigh Valley on Saturday. Davis Schneider hit his eleventh. LJ Talley hit two, both three run shots. Rafael Lantigua hit his fourth. Spencer Horwitz his second. In addition to his home run, Lantigua walked four times. Horwitz ended with three hits.

The pitching for Buffalo wasn't so good. Mitch White was bombed again, five runs allowed over 2.1 innings. Yosver Zulueta had been pitching better recently but he gave up three runs in an inning. The lefties, Paul Fry, Jimmy Burnette and Brandon Eisert pitched well in relief to secure the win.

New Hampshire's first game of the doubleheader went to extra innings. Neither team scored in the eighth. New Hampshire got one in the ninth and brought on Hagen Danner for the save. The first batter hit a come backer that Danner threw away. The second batter singled for win. Danner needed five pitches to take the loss. Jimmy Robbins had probably his best start, five innings, three runs. Riley Tirotta had a nice debut, 1-3, a double, a sac fly, two RBI. In game two Tirotta was 1-1 with four walks.

In the second Fisher Cat game, they scored 11 runs with 12 hits. Miguel Hiraldo hit a grand slam in the second inning. Will Robertson and Damiano Palmegiani hit two run shots later. Orelvis was 2-3 with two walks. Paxton Schultz went five shutout innings for the win.

Vancouver scored three runs in the first inning and three more in the second. Cade Doughty has had a tough go of it this second but Saturday he was 3-3 and drove in two. Rainer Nunez also had two RBI, Josh Kasevich and Garrett Spain had two hits each.

Dahian Santos had his best start. He went five shutout innings, three hits allowed, four K's.

Dunedin scored seven runs in their last two at-bats to come from behind for the win. Tucker Toman, Roque Salinas and Luis Garcia each drove in two runs. Garcia and Robert Robertis each had two hits. Garcia was just called up from extended spring.

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GabrielSyme - Saturday, May 27 2023 @ 10:24 PM EDT (#429366) #
When was the last time Orelvis had a day as encouraging as today? 2 for 6 with a double and a single, only one strikeout and three walks. The last week or so he's been doing this: walking more, striking out less, getting some hits on balls in play. You have to assume his coaches have somehow got him to change his approach significantly.
Mike Green - Saturday, May 27 2023 @ 11:36 PM EDT (#429369) #
Orelvis' two hits were both line drives. His line drive rate was 10%, and will be closer to 20%. Hid K rate is down. His walk rate is up. All good
chris_jays - Sunday, May 28 2023 @ 08:56 AM EDT (#429371) #
What do the Jays do with Mitch White? They find ways to start his rehab assignment over but hes getting crushed every time out and is out of options.
bpoz - Sunday, May 28 2023 @ 10:02 AM EDT (#429372) #
This week NH has 3 1 run losses, 1 2 run loss and 1 lopsided win against the very strong Portland sea Dogs.
hypobole - Sunday, May 28 2023 @ 11:42 AM EDT (#429374) #
Less encouraged than others about Orelvis. Last year and especially this year he's had pretty large platoon splits. 1.125 OPS vs LH, .652 OPS vs RH so far.

Yesterday case in point.
vs LHP 6 PA, 2 H, 3 BB, 0 K.
vs RHP 3 PA, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K.

hypobole - Sunday, May 28 2023 @ 12:47 PM EDT (#429375) #
To me, the most pleasantly surprising batter so far has been Rafael Lantigua.

130 qualified in the IL.

BB% - 21.4% - 3rd
K% - 14.5% - 9th
LD% - 31.5% - 6th
wRC+ - 162 - 5th
BA - .328 - 16th
Doubles - 16 - 3rd

He's only 5'7" and I'm guessing not a plus fielder, but what he's done at the plate has been rather impressive.
Nigel - Sunday, May 28 2023 @ 01:06 PM EDT (#429376) #
Im with you hypobole. To me, Lantigua and Schneider are essentially the same player - neither of them can really play any position defensively but their offensive profiles have always shown a decent mix of power and patience at every level. If the back end of your bench could use an occasional RH DH/PH and an emergency LF/2B you could do a lot worse. Frankly, with Espinal down the Jays might make use of such a player.
GabrielSyme - Sunday, May 28 2023 @ 02:05 PM EDT (#429381) #
I can't really get worked up about batter splits in the minors. It takes a huge sample for splits to be usefully predictive.

The more significant thing about Orelvis is that a week ago he looked like he had the same fundamental problems he had a year ago - high Ks, low BBs, lots of power, no apparent strike zone judgement. His babip was in the toilet, but it was terrible last year too.

Then, this past week, he's walked in over a third of his plate appearances and he's put the ball in play (and got some hits doing so). It's an entirely different approach that he's shown. He just worked a nine-pitch walk after falling behind 1-2, and I think that counts for more than the home run he hit in the first inning.
bpoz - Sunday, May 28 2023 @ 06:21 PM EDT (#429398) #
Vancouver is playing a doubleheader today. Game 1 they are ahead 19-2 going into the last inning.
Kelekin - Sunday, May 28 2023 @ 07:01 PM EDT (#429399) #
Ryan Jennings with a nice recovery performance after a rough stretch, 7 IP - 7 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K on 83 pitches.
Ducey - Sunday, May 28 2023 @ 07:12 PM EDT (#429400) #
Doughty looking less doughy after the last 2 games
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