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It was a hitters night on the farm. Each team had double digit hits and no starter went more than five innings. Several hitters had three hits, Dwight Smith, Matt Hague, Derrick Loveless and Jake Fox.
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Minor League Update View Printable Version 3-1
Greetings from India. Iíll try to resist comparisons to cricket in this MLU. The Baby Jays went 3-1 on the night. Danny Jansen continued to control the strike zone and Chris Colabello continues to mash in AAA. The Fisher Cats came from behind to win and Dwight Smith Jr. ran his hit streak to eleven games.
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Two Canadian lefties had 11-1/3 shutout innings between them but only one found the win column as the other lost a no-hit bid and the game in the span of three batters. The other highlight involved a former first-round pick having an electrifying game at the plate and on the basepaths. In total, the affiliates picked up a split of their six games on Tuesday that included wins in the back-end of two doubleheaders.
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The affiliates went 2-0 Monday with solid starting pitching and 21 runs worth of offence. Buffalo's game in Pawtucket was rained out and the ground was too wet in Daytona for Dunedin to play ball. The Bisons and D-Jays will play two today.
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Buffalo scored four runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to score an improbable win. Lansing got shutout pitching from Justin Shafer and Sean Reid-Foley, plus twelve hits and won 4-0. Dunedin lost in extra innings and New Hampshire were well beaten.
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Andy Burns had four hits in his AAA debut. Buffalo were the only winners among the affiliates. Dickie Thon joined Burns in the four hit club in a losing cause. Here is your abbreviated weekend update.
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Lansing went 16 innings for the win, and that is tough to do early in the season. Rowdy Tellez hit a two run home run for the win and Andrew Case pitched well to get the win. Buffalo won as Scott Copeland was once again excellent. Copeland got 16 ground ball outs. New Hampshire and Dunedin lost.
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Jeff Francis and Andrew Albers combined to throw eleven shutout innings against Pawtucket on Wednesday. The Bisons swept the doubleheader. New Hampshire lost despite nine strikeouts from Matt Boyd, who kept his ERA at zero. Dunedin had a walk off hit from Roemen Fields. Lansing scored in the top of the ninth and held on for the win. Chase De Jong had another good start.
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Another two-homer performance in New Hampshire was the highlight of Tuesday's action on the farm which saw the affiliates post a 2-2 record.
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The affiliates were 3-0 Monday but a big comeback will be needed later today to go 4-0.
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The affiliates won four of five games. Both Dunedin and Lansing came from behind to win. David Harris led the offense for Dunedin, driving in three runs. Lansing scored in the ninth and tenth in a team effort. New Hampshire split a doubleheader with Matt Newman helping win game two. Danny Barnes is looking good. Buffalo recorded a shutout led by Randy Wolf, Chris Dickerson had two hits.
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Pitching continued to be the name of the game. New Hampshire scored five runs. The other Jays teams scored five runs between them in four games. Jays pitchers allowed ten runs in five games. Scott Copeland, Starlyn Sureil and Shane Dawson were the best of the starters. KC Hobson hit his second home run of the season. Dickie Jo Thon also homered.
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Here is your abbreviated weekend MLU. Two wins and one loss on Friday.
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One win, one loss and one snowout? That is how the affiliates fared on Opening Day in the minors.
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The minor league season starts on Thursday and the rosters were announced yesterday. As the season begins what should you look for with each team? Below I explain what I will be watching over the next couple of months. After that I tell you why you should buy the 2015 Toronto Blue Jays minor league handbook.
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