Watching the Marlins play defense felt like I was watching a minor league team.? It's telling that that cheapo Marlins and the awful Nationals, have committed the most errors in the NL.
AAA: @ Buffalo Bisons 9, Syracuse Chiefs 4Tobi Stoner (4-7, 5.28) picked up the win here, more for pitching five innings on a day when the offense was potent than for being really effective himself.? His line: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.? Dylan Owen and his 6.17 ERA came on in relief to throw the final two innings.
LF Lucas Duda homered for the third straight game to run his season line between AA and AAA to .291/.379/.654 with 21 doubles and 10 HR.? For the year, the 24-year-old has drawn 35 walks and struck out just 35 times in 59 games.? Per minorleague splits, his cumulative line vs. RHP: .340/.440/.617 with 21 doubles and 8 HR;? Vs. LHP: .130/.255/.239.? Obviously, they don't have Wednesday's stats in yet, but any questions??? With that line, he just shouldn't play against lefties on the corners, but he really would be a tremendously valuable part of a straight platoon in LF with some right-handed batter.? Duda's 10 HR this year are one off his career high set two years ago in St. Lucie when he had 11.? Duda hit an underwhelming .281/.380/.428 for Binghamton last year.? I left him off my Top 41 this past off-season because of 1. his significant platoon split, 2. his inability to hit LHP and 3. he'd never gone yard more than 11 times, which from a 1B or LF just isn't enough.