Anderson throws Altoona a curve

May 22 Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays From Away

The Toronto Blue Jays’ minor league affiliates only won one game on Friday, thanks to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and starter John Anderson. Daniel Norris and Jairo Labourt also made starts while Jesus Tinoco was in action for the Lansing Lugnuts.

Buffalo Bisons 2, Toledo Mud Hens 3
Daniel Norris got the start and while he didn’t have his command, he limited the damage well in the 3-2 loss. Norris racked up pitches, throwing 88 times with only 46 strikes over four innings, walking four batters and giving up three runs on five hits with three strikeouts. The bullpen was excellent, throwing another four scoreless innings, getting 1 1/3 frames from Bobby Korecky, Austin Bibens-Dirkx and Luis Perez.

The offense was quiet, getting only seven hits on the night. Jose Reyes got into the game on his rehab assignment, going 1/3 with two walks as the DH. A.J. Jimenez and Jonathan Diaz each had a double and a triple with an RBI while Jimenez also picked up a walk.

Roster Notes: Munenori Kawasaki was promoted to the Blue Jays with Devon Travis going on the DL while Luis Perez was activated off the DL.

Player of the Game: Jimenez and Diaz

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 6, Altoona Curve 3
The Fisher Cats went to 21-20 with a 6-3 win over Altoona thanks to some timely hitting and another strong performance from lefty John Anderson. Anderson went five innings, throwing 99 pitches, allowing just two runs despite giving up seven hits and one walk. Anderson had a big night with the strikeout, notching 9 Ks on the evening. Cory Burns allowed the other run while the Barneses finished the game. Lefty Scott Barnes went an inning of scoreless relief and Danny Barnes picked up his second save with two scoreless innings and four strikeouts.

The offense cashed their six runs on eight hits including a solo shot from K.C. Hobson and a double (and three RBI) from new Fisher Cat Ronald Torreyes who made that double his first hit in the Blue Jays’ organization. Ian Parmley had two hits and scored twice while Dwight Smith, Jr. was 1/3 with a walk, a run and an RBI. Jack Murphy was also on base twice with a single and a walk and he also drove in a run.

Player of the Game: Anderson

Dunedin Blue Jays 1, St. Lucie Mets 3
The pitching was on for the St. Lucie staff as it threw a three hitter at the Blue Jays. Dickie Joe Thon had a double and an outfield assist with Matt Dean and Mitch Nay each contributing a single. Jairo Labourt threw five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks with six strikeouts and Phil Kish followed with two innings, surrendering a run on four hits. Alberto Tirado walked three and struck out three without giving up a run over two innings.

Player of the Game: None

Lansing Lugnuts 4, Fort Wayne TinCaps 5
The Lugnuts couldn’t follow up their 17-run explosion but avoided getting white-washed by Fort Wayne on Friday night, scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth but still failing to overcome their five-run deficit. Tim Locastro was 3/4 with a walk and a stolen base while Rowdy Tellez added another two singles and Ryan McBroom was 2/4 with two doubles, a walk and two RBI. Gunnar Heidt was also on base twice with a single and a walk. Michael De La Cruz didn’t get a hit but he took a walk and he caught both of the runners try to steal against him.

Jesus Tinoco got the start and went 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on a two-run home run. Tinoco allowed three other hits and one walk and struck out three. Jose Fernandez finished off the game, pitching 3 1/3 innings and surrendering three runs on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

Player of the Game: Locastro

 

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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.