Before running through the levels, some notes:
- Buffalo has won 9 straight games to move to 46-34 and into a tie for the wild card, two games behind the division lead despite the fact they'd lead either of the other two divisions by (3 and 8.5 games). Basically, the four best teams are all in one division
- Brett Cecil and Franklin Morales each made another rehab appearance. Cecil pitched another clean inning, three fly balls on 11 pitches. Given the state of major league bullpen, he should be back ASAP. Morales gave up a hit but faced the minimum on 10 pitches. I guess he should be back soon, though it's much less exciting.
- If my math is correct, today's game should be the last of Clinton Hollon's second 50 game suspension, making him eligible to return tomorrow, presumably in Lansing. WIth Conner Greene apparently moving up to AA, a spot opens in Dunedin's rotation, and Angel Perdomo would be an obvious candidate for a promotion to open a spot in Lansing for Hollon
- Bo Bichette is is off to a great start in his professional career, hitting .474/.524/.632 over his first five games, with 3 doubles and two walks against 3 strikeouts in 21 plate appearances.
- New Hampshire destroyed Hartford last night 14-3, with Rowdy Tellez hitting a home run, his first extra base hit since missing a few games with a minor injury. After a rough start, he's pushed his season line to a strong .266/.376/.460. Dwight Smith Jr. hit two home runs of his own, pushing his season line to a solid .268/.323/.423 after a brutal start.
- Hutchison turned in a solid six shutout innings, sitting 91-93 on the stadium gun, not overpowering like he has been for most of the year, but also much more efficient. Most of the contact was in the air, but a lot of popups and routine FB, only a couple of hard hit balls. He could have like gone a couple more innings, but make way for the rehabbers.
- Neither of Rowley's or Reid-Foley's starts were broadcasted, so there's nothing contextual to add. Rowley was obviously very efficient, consistent with what he's done this year. Reid-Foley was dominant early, okay in the middle, and tailed off at the end, especially the control. Still, it's been much better than when he was promoted to Dunedin last year.
- Francisco Rios was very strong early, with all four strikeouts in the first 10 batters, struggled in the middle of his outing, and rebounded to not allow a hit to the last nine batters (the last 13 all put the ball in play). He touched 94 a couple times, and even a 96 in his last inning on the Clearwater gun.
- Perdomo dominated again, with a season and 2016 team high 12 punchouts, and beyond a remarkable 24 swinging strikes and 56% contact rate, the most impressive thing might be that he was better the second half of the start. He touched as high as 93, mostly high 80s and low 90s, but it was his splitter that was devastating and piled up the whiffs.
- Ryan Borucki turned in a second straight excellent outing, going 7 shutout innings. He was only mentioned around 87 on the stadium gun, so it seems he did that without his best velo. But he got a ton of swings and misses on his changeup, and his slider (high 70s was effective too). Just a clinic in pitching really: pounded the zone, worked ahead, missed bats, no free passes, mostly weak contact.
- Tom Robson finished off that game, struggling in the 8th but rebounding with a clean 9th. Multiple 94s on the stadium gun.
- Jordan Romano had a really messy first inning (28 pitches, a hit, 2 BB, 3 SB, WP), but rebounded to have a nice outing. His fastball velocity was all over, 88-94 on the stadium gun, even a 96 - but it was more high 80s/low 90s by the end.
|J. Maese (I)||7||25||0||5||0||4||0%||16%||65%||5%||73||49||7||36%||36%||29%||81%|
|D. Rodriguez (I)||7||29||2||5||1||3||3%||10%||42%||4%||65||47||7||21%||31%||33%||81%|
- Justin Maese turned in another very efficient start, going 7 innings on about 80 pitches. He's not missing many bats, including this time though it was a solid amount, but he's also only walked one batter over 18 innings while generating a ton of weak contact on the ground. This is basically the 2016 Aaron Sanchez formula, and it's looking like the Jays got great value with their 3rd round pick last year. His fastball ranged 89-93 on the Vancouver gun.
- Dalton Rodriguez worked deep, a very efficient outing in which only about a third of hitters saw more than three pitches, and most of them later in the outing. He used a lot of break balls, the primary one being a curveball apparently.
- Juliandry Higuera had a short outing last night because he had a lot of deep counts and had trouble finding the strike zone especially early (though that was nothing compared to later when Matt Smoral, Gabe Noyalis and Stuart Holmes combined to walk 8 batters in the 7th and 8th innings). Fastball 88-91 on stadium gun.
|Y. Diaz (I)||4||19||5||7||1||3||5%||16%||40%||13%||49||33||4||37%||26%||30%||85%|
|H. Rodriguez (I)||4.2||24||4||8||1||2||4%||8%||43%||14%||64||40||5||33%||25%||33%||82%|
- It would be really nice if Bluefield could make it so their online broadcasts actually worked, but alas. Overall, not a very good three days for the pitching. Hansel Rodriguez worked with his fastball in the low 90s, touching 92-93.