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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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Buffalo won 7-0, New Hampshire lost 7-1. Dunedin won 6-2, Lansing came back from 4-0 down to win 9-4. Today's MLU features random observations coming out of today's games.
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The #BlueJays affiliates lost three of four Monday but the biggest concern is the injury suffered to the team's top pitching prospect. The good news was the team's top hitting prospect had an epic night in New Hampshire.
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Strong pitching performances at all levels as the usual suspects continued to hit.
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Justin Dillon has started four games for Dunedin this year and sports a 4.82 ERA. So when Buffalo needed pitching help with all the Blue Jays moves, they called on Dillon and he was thrown into his first AAA game to protect a 2-0 lead. Dillon pitched 2.2 innings, didn't allow a hit or a walk, and his first five outs came via the strikeout. Three pitchers combined on a shutout, including another newbie, Conor Fisk, up from AA. Jon Harris had another tough start and New Hampshire lost, despite another home run from Vlad Jr. Dunedin lost despite a good start from TJ Zeuch. Lansing won behind a strong outing by Maverik Buffo.
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Since Andrew Case became a closer the phrase "Case Closed" has been used by team broadcasters to signify the save. On Wednesday Case came into the game with a two run lead and turned it into a two run deficit. The Fisher Cats lost. The Bisons fought back from a two run deficit themselves to tie the game but lost in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the ninth. Dunedin had a lead but then had a nightmare inning and lost. Lansing cruised to their usual win scoring six times with their strong offense. It was the lone affiliate win on Wednesday.

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The #BlueJays affiliates needed a come-from-behind victory to avoid being shutout in the win column Tuesday.
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The #BlueJays affiliates had just two games but they won both Monday night. Dunedin and Lansing had the night off.
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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. continues to impress in AA and a number of stellar pitching performances dot your weekend MLU.
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Only Dunedin and Lansing were in action and both of them had the bullpen blow leads. Dunedin survived to win in extra innings. Lansing came back to win in the ninth. It was a hitters night, the Dunedin hitters had 18 hits, the Lansing hitters had 16. Both Buffalo and New Hampshire had a scheduled day off. Lansing second baseman Cullen Large had a five hit night. Dunedin's Rodrigo Orozco had four.
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