Here's your Earth Day minor league, alliterative recap in a great day for the Jays' system, where they not only swept at each level, but actually won more games than they had minor league affiliates that played!
Las Vegas Laid Down the Smack On Salt Lake 7-5:
Brett Lawrie had a huge game, going 3-4 with two home runs. Brett also stole a base. .431/.471/.754. The minors won't hold him for long at this rate.
Darrin Mastroianni was 0-5. The PCL hasn't been kind to him so far (.254/.284/.310)
David Cooper is another guy who, like Lawrie, is loving his first taste of the PCL. Cooper was 2-4 with a double and is hitting .364/.408/.576 with 10 extra-base hits already. Cooper did strike out twice yesterday, but on the season has just 6 Ks to 5 walks.
Adam Loewen was 0-4. .232/.274/.375
Brian Jeroloman was 0-2 and walked twice. .306 OBP despite just a .194 average and no extra-base hits.
Jesse Litsch made the start but threw just 44 pitches before being pulled (3 innings). Assuming no health issues, and I didn't hear of any, it could mean he's on his way back.
Chad Cordero threw a scoreless inning.
New 51 Danny Farquhar had a rough outing, giving up 4 runs in his inning on 4 hits. Only one run was earned, but 4 hits in one inning is never good.
New Hampshire Nosed Binghamton 2-0 for its 4th straight win.
Rajai Davis made a rehab start in center and was 1-3.
Moises Sierra was 0-2 with a walk and a steal. .306/.375/.389. Some more power would be nice but he's off to a great start after missing almost all of 2010.
Marc Sobolewski was 2-3 with two singles. .214/.283/.214. It's his first taste of AA but at 24, you'd like to see him start hitting soon.
Mike McDade was 1-4 with his first home run of the season. Yes, he has struck out more than 25% of the time and has just 3 walks, but he's also hitting .327/.362/.473.
Travis d'Arnaud was 1-4 with a double. He's maybe starting to pick it up after a slow start. .195/.245/.326.
Adeiny Hechavarria was 1-2 with a single. .232/.246/.268 so still some work to do.
Anthony Gose was 0-3 with 2 Ks. Hitting just .179/.233/.214, but you have to cut slack to guys in AA for the first time, particularly the younger guys.
Chad Beck made the start and was great - 7 scoreless, 4-hit innings, with 6 Ks and 2 walks. Alan Farina pitched a good 9th for the save.
Dunedin Defeated Tampa 11-4:
Scott Podsednik made a rehab start in center field and went 1-5 with a single. Dewayne Wise, making his rehab start in right, was 1-5 with a double.
A.J. Jimenez was 4-5 with 4 singles. A.J. is now hitting .412/.434/.627. More walks would be nice, but he's off to a great start.
Kenny Wilson was 1-5 with a double. .244/.358/.400, with 5 steals. Doing a nice job setting the table.
Ryan Goins was 1-2 with a double and a walk. .255/.296/.431, and for the type of hitter he is, he needs to make better contact at this level (3 walks, 15 Ks)
Sean Ochinko was 1-4 with a double. Off to a slow start - .157/.218/.255.
Ryan Tepera made the start and was ok. 5 2/3 innings, 3 runs on 5 hits, but 4 Ks and just 1 walk. No home runs today, but way too many balls were in the air. 7.11 ERA on the season.
Lansing Looted West Michigan in a doubleheader, winning 5-1 and 4-1 (the 2nd game was 7 innings):
Carlos Perez was 2-4 with two singles. .356/.412/.511. Have to love that approach (5 walks, 7 Ks).
Jake Marisnick was 4-7 with a triple. .321/.400/.528, and 5/6 on the bases this season.
K.C. Hobson was 2-7 with two doubles. .212/.293/.269.
Michael Crouse was 0-6 with a walk. .255/.352/.511.
Balbino Fuenmayor was 2-5 with a walk. .387/.472/.484, but repeating Lansing for the third straight season, though still only 21. He'll probably move up quite soon.
Egan Smith started one game and made it through 5 1/3 innings with just one run on four hits. 4 Ks and 3 walks, but he was keeping the ball on the ground (4 groundouts, 1 flyout). 3.77 ERA on the season, with 11 Ks and 5 walks in 14 1/3 innings.
Drew Hutchison started the other game and was even better, with 6 1-run innings, and 6 Ks to 1 walk. Hutchison had 9 groundouts, so he was really working the bottom of the zone well. He's off to a terrific start, with a 2.25 ERA and 21/4 K/BB ratio in 19 innings, not to mention twice as many groundouts as air outs.
Well, that's it for today. Today's title comes from the amazing Jonathan Richman song "City vs. Country."