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Injuries were the common theme over the weekend, but the minor league system looks good and will be further enhanced by the end of the day.
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Buffalo, New Hampshire and Lansing all went to extra innings. It worked for Buffalo and Lansing but not for New Hampshire. With the new "runner on second" rule, none of these extra inning games went long and indeed there have been few long games this season.
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Ryan Noda hit his first home run of the year in the eighth inning to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead and set Lansing up for the win. Maximo Castillo had his best start of the season. Buffalo won 7-3 with several good performances. New Hampshire came from behind to win thanks to a couple of late home runs from two of the lesser known players. Vlad did not reach base for the second time this season, cancel the promotion! Dunedin were rained out.
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A ninth-inning collapse spoiled a perfect Tuesday night on the farm for the #BlueJays affiliates. The three winning clubs combined to score 29 runs.
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The #BlueJays affiliates won two out of three on Memorial Day. Dunedin had the day off.
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Sean Reid Foley learned today that AAA hitters can take care of business if you can't hit your spots. He gave up eight runs in 2.1 innings. Buffalo lost but does scoring seven runs in the last four innings give them some hope? New Hampshire got home runs from Bo Bichette and Vlad Jr. but still lost. Randy Pondler came out of the woodwork to get the win for Dunedin. Lansing scored three in the ninth to come from behind and win.
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Baseball insiders say it is good for a player to have some adversity before they reach the major leagues. Players in the majors will struggle at some point and if you had gone through it before you reach the majors it leaves you more prepared to handle it. Bo Bichette is gaining experience at the moment. Bo was 0-4 on Wednesday and is now hitting around .200 for May. Pitchers have adjusted to Bo and now he needs to adjust too. His strikeout rate is 20% and he is walking, just running into some challenges getting hits. Cavan Biggio and Vlad picked up the slack and New Hampshire continued on their winning ways. Ryan Borucki pitched well but had some umpire trouble, the Bisons lost. Dunedin lost in extras while the Lansing hitters not named Kevin Smith were quiet. That left Zach Logue the loser after his best start as a pro.
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The top half of the #BlueJays farm system found the win column but bottom half did not as the affiliates went 2-3 Monday night.
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A perfect night on the farm for the #BlueJays affiliates as they went 2-0 on Monday. New Hampshire had the night off while Dunedin's game was rained out.
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We have a pretty good minor league system. Three of our four full season minor league teams are playing .500 baseball or better, we have arguably the best prospect in baseball, and most of our top prospects are playing at our AA or AAA affiliates. I'd like to see a bit more pitching in the system and high-end tools, but it's awfully difficult to be picky given the challenges of our big club. Hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend.
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Lansing won their ninth in a row. They are one win shy of their record for consecutive wins. Last year Lansing had Vlad and Bo and rode them to a playoff spot in the first half. This years team doesn't have someone like Vlad or Bo but they keep winning and are currently in a playoff spot. New Hampshire's pitchers gave up 21 hits, they lost. And Dunedin continued their slide.
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Jordan Romano was working on a no hitter through six innings and then pulled himself from the game with a cramp. The no hitter went bye bye in the eighth with a home run. Vlad Jr. was almost perfect himself, he was 4-4 before grounding out in his last at bat. Cavan Biggio homered. Buffalo had a nice win thanks to a run in the ninth. Devon Travis homered. Dunedin were poor at both ends while the Lugnut juggernaut kept going. Kevin Smith and Brock Lundquist homered.
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Two overtime wins and a doubleheader split for the #BlueJays affiliates Tuesday. Buffalo's game in Pawtucket was rained out.
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A walk-off win, a walk-off loss and a slugfest resulted in the #BlueJays affiliates winning two out of three Monday. Dunedin's game in Tampa was rained out. They will look to play two today.
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Here is your abbreviated, due to family commitments, minor league update. Rowdy Tellez had a big game but couldn't stop the Bisons from being walked off. New Hampshire also were walked-off despite the efforts of Vlad Jr. and Cavan Biggio. Dunedin had another come from behind win and Lansing also won.
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