The Las Vegas game was postponed, so there’s nothing to look into game review wise for them. However, I would point out that Brett Wallace is now hitting .172 over his last 10 games….not exactly what fans are hoping for. That, combined with Lyle Overbay’s play turning up a notch and the Jays well within the AL East lead race, is enough to ensure that we won’t see Brett in Toronto until at least July.
The most interesting part of the New Hampshire game yesterday was the fact that Ronald Uviedo, recently acquired from the Pirates, was the starter! It was the first start of his 2010 season as he was expected by most to remain in the pen, where he has been more than effective. Ronald did well as a starter in 2009 with 21 GS for a season total of 110 IP, 89 Ks, 30 BB, and a 3.35 ERA. It’ll be interesting to see if he continues to start and how well he does as he stretches himself out. Yesterday’s game had his struggling with control, but also mostly unhittable as he walked 3 and allowed only 1 hit over 3 IP. He allowed 3 ERs in the game and was relieved by Bubbie Bzachero who threw 4 stellar shut out innings. Daniel Farquhar picked up his 14th save of the season in this one, a 5-4 win over Altoona.
Dunedin lost a close one to St-Lucie 3-2. Henderson Alvarez only allowed 1 ER in the game but still got a no decision as Dunedin struggled to get any hits (4) and couldn’t score many runs as a result. Adeiny Hechavarria was 1 for 6 in the game, lowering his AVG to .228 on his short season. John Tolisano, recently moved to 3B, was 1 for 4 in the game, is now hitting .295 on the year (much higher than the rest of his minors career) and stole 2 bases in this game as well, showing off his average speed. If John continues his hot play he could put himself into contention for a promotion to AA by July.
Ryan Tepera had the shortest start to his season yesterday as he lasted only 2 innings, but the Lugnuts were able to pull this one out with an 8-6 win over Quad Cities. Egan Smith, pitching his first game ever for Lansing, got the win after a 4 inning effort where he allowed 2 ER, struck out 3 and walked 1. Marc Sobolewski (4th), Balbino Fuenmayor (4th) and Sean Ochinko (3rd) all homered in this one, while Ryan Schimpf went 3 for 4 to raise his season’s average to .251. Fellow infielder Ryan Goins was 2 for 4 and now holds the highest average on the team at .316.