JB: And the save goes to Schimpf ... Schimpf?

* INF Ryan Schimpf, former LSU Fightin' Tiger, doubled as the triple-A Buffalo Bisons edged Columbus Clippers 5-4 in 11 innings ... AND ... Schmimpf picked up the save: going walk, ground ball out, walk, walk, fly ball, fly ball. ....

May 19 Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Tuesday brought another three wins for the Blue Jays’ affiliates with only the Dunedin Blue Jays losing.

Buffalo Bisons 5, Columbus Clippers 4
The Bisons and Clippers played a pretty crazy game on Tuesday with Ryan Schimpf playing all over the place, hitting a double, taking a walk, making an error in the field and also earning the save in his first professional pitching appearance, throwing the bottom of the 11th inning and getting three outs (despite walking three). Felix Doubront had another strong outing, throwing 84 pitches over four innings, allowing just one unearned run on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Greg Infante followed with one inning and Bobby Korecky pitched after with two scoreless innings of relief. Colt Hynes allowed three runs (two earned) without retiring a batter while Bo Schultz came in for three innings, blowing the save (by allowing one of the runners he inherited from Hynes to score) but also picking up the win, allowing just one hit and one walk with one strikeout.

Sean Ochinko stood out on the offensive side of the ball, going 3/5 with a double and two RBI while Matt Hague (2/5, 2B, RBI) and Melky Mesa(2/5, 2 2B) each had two hits. Brad Glenn went deep for his third home run of the season and also took a walk.

Player of the Game: Ochinko

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 6, Reading Fightin Phils 4
The Fisher Cats moved above .500 to go to 20-19 with a 6-4 win over Reading, barely hanging on as the Fightins mounted put up a fight in the bottom of the ninth. Taylor Cole got the start and logged five strong innings, giving up just one solo home run (among four hits) and walked two with six strikeouts. Scott Barnes provided an inning of scoreless relief and Wil Browning followed, making his first appearance in Double-A this season, giving up one hit and one walk in 1 2/3 innings. Blake McFarland allowed three runs in the ninth (going 1 1/3 innings total) thanks to two home runs but he still earned the save.

On the offensive side, Kevin Nolan hit his third home run but K.C. Hobson (2/4, R), Jorge Flores (2/3, RBI), and Ian Parmley (2/3, R) all had two hits. Shane Opitz also drove in a pair of runs, going 1/3 with a walk.

Roster Notes: Jon Berti went on the 7-day DL for the Fisher Cats while Wil Browning was called up from Dunedin.

Player of the Game: Cole

Dunedin Blue Jays 2, Tampa Yankees 9
The Blue Jays didn’t have a great game and starter Justin Shafer was bombed by the Baby Bronx Bombers for six runs in 3 1/3 innings. Jonathon Wandling went 2 2/3 innings without giving up a run but Brady Dragmire allowed another three runs over two innings before Carlos Ramirez made his Dunedin debut with a scoreless inning, walking two and striking out one.

The offense only had four hits including two by L.B. Dantzler (a single and a double) who drove in both of the D-Jays’ runs.

Roster Notes: Wil Browning was sent up to New Hampshire and Carlos Ramirez was promoted to Dunedin from Lansing.

Player of the Game: Dantzler

Lansing Lugnuts 7, South Bend Cubs 3
The Lugnuts picked up another win to move to 22-17 and one game behind the first-place Bowling Green Hot Rods in the Eastern Division of the Midwest League. Conner Greene made the longest start of his season, going six strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits and one walk while striking out six. Tim Mayza relieved him and picked up a three-inning save, allowing two runs on five hits and one walk with two strikeouts.

Richard Urena (2/4, 3B, 2 RBI), Josh Almonte (2/4, 2R, SB) and Gunnar Heidt (2/4, RBI) all had two hits and Justin Atkinson and Michael De La Cruz each contributed a double.

Roster Notes: Michael Kraft was assigned to Lansing from extended spring training and Carlos Ramirez was sent up to Dunedin.

Player of the Game: Greene

 

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Jay Blue

A lifelong Toronto Blue Jays fan, Jay Blue started blogging about the Jays when he was living in Berlin, Germany. He founded his own blog, Blue Jays from Away, to write about developments with his home town team, focusing on the Jays' minor league system. When he's not watching baseball, he is usually on the diamond umpiring or he's pursuing his research interests in the field of ethnomusicology.