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Blue Jays Minor League Report - April 20 & April 21

The affiliates went 5-3 on Monday & Tuesday

Anthony Alford makes his 2015 debut with a double in his first AB
Anthony Alford makes his 2015 debut with a double in his first AB
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Lansing is the first Blue Jay affiliate to reach double digit wins, as the organization goes 3-3 on Tuesday after going 2-0 on Monday.

First off, apologies for missing Monday's recap, but I have added it below as well.
Second, thank you for all of the feedback. If there is something else you would like to see, please let me know and I will see what I can do.

(8-4) - L 1-0 & W 3-1
NH (6-7) - L 4-3
DUN (6-7) - L 3-0 & W6-1
LAN (10-3) - W 8-1

Buffalo Recap
In the early game, Andrew Albers twirled a strong start but was the unlucky loser with no offense. Buffalo had 2 hits and a walk. Buffalo also had a runner thrown out at the plate prior to Pawtucket scoring their run.  In the second start, the Herd shut down Pawtucket's offense again, allowing only 4 hits while getting 9 hits themselves.

  • Andrew Albers threw 6 no-hit innings before allowing a single & a double with one out in the 7th to take the loss. Albers walked 2 and struck out 4 in a complete game.

  • Sean Ochinko & Jonathan Diaz had the 2 hits for Buffalo
  • Munenori Kawasaki had a walk

  • In game 2, Scott Copeland took the ball and had a good start. Copeland went 6 innings, allowing 4 hits and a walk. Copeland got 6 ground ball outs and struck out 6 in his start
  • Bo Schultz pitched a perfect inning to close the game out.

  • Matt Hague had 3 singles, took a walk and scored a run
  • Chris Dickerson had 3 singles in the game. He did get caught stealing as well
  • Andy Wilkins, Chris Colabello & Munenori Kawasaki each had a hit. Kawasaki added a stolen base
  • Josh Thole added a walk

New Hampshire Recap
Taylor Cole took the loss against Trenton. New Hampshire had 8 hits on the day, jumping out to a quick lead in the top of 1, that they let slip away. The Cats went 1-10 with runners in scoring position, which hurts in a 1-run game

  • Taylor Cole started, throwing 5.2 innings and allowing 10 hits. He didn't walk a batter and struck out 5
  • Greg Burke followed with 1.1 scoreless, striking out a batter and hitting a batter
  • Blake McFarland threw a scoreless inning as well, giving up a hit

  • Melky Mesa got the F-Cats started with a 2-run double in the 1st and added a single
  • Kevin Nolan had a single and a double
  • Dwight Smith picked up 2 singles. He also was picked off
  • Jake Fox had a single and took a walk
  • Matt Newman had a hit
  • Jon Berti took a walk

Dunedin Recap
In the first game, Dunedin held Daytona to only 5 hits, but couldn't manage to score on 5 hits of their own.  Daytona was able to go 4-5 in stolen bases in the first game. In the night cap, Dunedin was able to score some runs on 4 hits and 2 Daytona errors

  • Brad Allen took the loss, allowing 3 runs in 5 innings. Allen gave up 4 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 6
  • Chad Girodo pitched a scoreless inning, allowing a hit and getting 2 K's

  • Michael Saunders played again, picking up a single in 3 AB's, striking out once
  • Roemon Fields had a single and picked up his 5th stolen base on the year
  • Jorge Saez had a single and took a walk
  • Derrick Loveless & Matt Dean both had singles
  • Mitch Nay had a walk

  • Jayson Aquino put together his strongest start of the year, going 5.2 innings. He allowed 1 unearned run on 5 hits and 2 walks. Aquino struck out 2 and got 8 ground outs to 4 fly outs. He also was able to pick a runner off
  • Wil Browning shut the door in the last 1.1 innings. Browning didn't allow a baserunner and struck out 3

  • Matt Dean had a single & a double in the night cap
  • Roemon Fields had a double and a sac fly
  • Mitch Nay drove in 2 on a single and also added a walk
  • Dawel Lugo added a sac fly
  • Derrick Loveless, Christian Lopes & Mike Reeves all added walks. Reeves did have his 4th passed ball on the year

Lansing Recap
Lansing took a tight game and blew it open in the 7th inning, as they got a strong start from Shane Dawson. The offense had 12 hits and took advantage of 3 Fort Wayne Errors

  • Shane Dawson had a strong start, going 5 scoreless innings allowing only a hit. Dawson struck out 7 and also recorded 6 ground ball outs
  • Starlyn Suriel followed in the piggy back party with 3.2 innings. Suriel allowed a run on 3 hits. He struck out 1. Suriel got 5 ground outs and 1 fly ball.
  • Phil Kish threw the last 0.2 to shut the door

  • Anthony Alford made his 2015 debut and started it with a double in the 1st. He later added a single and a walk, while striking out twice. He also scored 2 runs
  • D.J. Davis also had a solid game, with a double and a triple. He was also hit by a pitch. Davis drove in 4 runs in this one. Davis also stole a base, but was caught stealing to keep his SB% at 60%
  • Tim Locastro was moved from leadoff to the 9-hole to accommodate Alford, and responded with 3 singles and scored a run. Locastro had a rougher day on the bases, stealing his 4th base, but getting caught twice as well
  • Dickie Joe Thon had a double and a walk, striking out once
  • Rowdy Tellez had a double in this one
  • Richard Urena, Danny Jansen & Justin Atkinson all had singles. Urena took a walk, while Atkinson had a walk and 2 K's
  • Ryan McBroom was able to score 2 runs on 2 walks

Baby Bird Brief - April 20

(7-3) - PPD
NH (6-6) - W 10-0
DUN (5-6) - PPD
LAN (9-3) - W 11-3

Buffalo Recap
Rained out

New Hampshire Recap
Matt Boyd had a strong start again and the Fisher Cat offense exploded late on their way to a 10-0 win. The pitching staff only allowed 2 hits and 4 walks for the day. The Cats scored 7 in the 8th and 3 more in the 9th. They had 15 hits as every starter picked up at one hit, with 6 guys having multi-hit games.

  • Matt Boyd continued his dominating ways at AA this year. He went 5 hitless innings, allowing only 3 walks. Boyd struck out 6 as well, his lowest number so far this year
  • Luis Perez followed with 1.2 innings of scoreless ball. He gave up a hit and a walk, striking out 2
  • Dustin Antolin threw the last 2.1 innings. He allowed a hit and struck out 4 in a solid outing

  • Matt Newman had the big hit in this one, hitting a grand slam for his 2nd HR of the year. He also added a single
  • Jon Berti, Jake Fox, Kevin Nolan and Jorge Flores each had a single and a double. Flores added a walk, while Nolan had a stolen base
  • K.C. Hobson had 2 singles and added a walk
  • Ryan Schimpf had a double
  • Dwight Smith & A.J. Jimenez each had a single in this one

Dunedin Recap
Postponed due to wet grounds

Lansing Recap
Lansing scored early and often in their victory over Dayton. The offense scored 11 runs on 15 hits and 3 walks. They struck out only 4 times, a great number for a team with high K rates. Defensively, the Lugs weren't great, making 3 errors and a passed ball, although they did turn 3 double plays. Only one Lug didn't have a hit and 5 guys had multi-hit games

  • Chase De Jong started for the third time and went 5 innings, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks plus a hit batter. De Jong struck out 4, recorded 7 ground ball outs and gave up a solo HR
  • Mark Biggs was decent in relief, going 3 scoreless innings. He gave up 2 hits and struck out 3
  • Chase Wellbrock pitched the 9th and gave up an unearned run on 1 hit

  • Ryan McBroom extended his hit streak to 6 games with 3 hits, including a double, in this one. He also scored 2 runs
  • Rowdy Tellez had 2 hits including his 2nd HR of the year, and scored 2 runs on the day
  • Danny Jansen had a single, a double and took a walk. He had an error and a passed ball in the field
  • Chris Carlson went 2-2 with a single, a double and 2 walks
  • Justin Atkinson had 2 singles to go with 2 K's. He also got caught stealing
  • Tim Locastro had a physical game. He had a double in 2 AB's, to go with 3 HBP. He had a stolen base and scored 2 runs. He also had a sac fly.
  • Dickie Joe Thon had a single, struck out once, was hit by a pitch, stole a base, scored 2 runs and made 2 errors in the field
  • Josh Almonte & D.J. Davis each had singles.
  • Gunnar Heidt was the only start without a hit, but had a sac fly and a strike out

Look Ahead

BUF - Randy Wolf takes on knuckleballer Steven Wright and Pawtucket (BOS)
NH - Continue their series at Trenton (NYY) with Casey Lawrence taking the ball
DUN - Luis Santos takes to the mound against Daytona (CIN)
LAN - Chase Mallard is the starter against Fort Wayne(SD)