Jay Blue: Boyd, Lopes, McBroom, Murphy

LHP Matt Boyd worked seven innings allowing one earned run in his debut with triple-A Buffalo. Photo: Jay Blue.

LHP Matt Boyd worked seven innings allowing one earned run in his debut with triple-A Buffalo. Photo: Jay Blue.

June 14 Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays From Away

It was a clean sweep on Sunday as the Blue Jays’ minor league teams lost all four games they played. New Bison Matt Boyd saw Buffalo and Buffalo liked what it saw in Matt Boyd on a rainy Sunday in the Queen City.

Buffalo Bisons 1, Charlotte Knights 2
After a three-hour rain delay, Matt Boyd finally made his Triple-A debut for the Bisons and was impressive. Boyd went seven innings and taking the loss but he only allowed one earned run (on a solo home run) while allowing another unearned run. He gave up just six hits and didn’t walk anyone while striking out eight on the evening. Boyd threw 97 pitches, 68 of them for strikes. Greg Infante went an inning and Bobby Korecky threw another scoreless frame to keep the Charlotte Knights to their two runs.

Unfortunately for Boyd and for the Bisons, the hitters couldn’t get much going against former Blue Jay (and Bison) Kyle Drabek who threw seven innings of one-run ball at his former club. Luke Scott was 2/4 with a double and an RBI while Andy Burns was 1/3 with a run and a walk.

Roster Notes: The Buffalo Bisons got pitcher Matt Boyd from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats while Melky Mesa went on the DL.

Player of the Game: Boyd

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 6, Altoona Curve 7
Dalton Pompey couldn’t continue his magic (he was 1/5 with three strikeouts) and, although the offense rallied late, it wasn’t enough to overtake the Altoona Curve. The bottom of the order was the motor that got the Fisher Cats running on Sunday as the bottom four hitters all had two hits each, including a single and a double for Jack Murphy and two singles each from Dwight Smith, Jr. (who scored three of the club’s six runs), Jorge Flores (who scored twice) and Shane Opitz.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx got the start after returning from Buffalo and allowed four runs in four innings but struck out four. Jimmy Cordero was roughed up to the tune of three runs over one inning while Luis Perez struck out three in two scoreless innings and Dustin Antolin finished the game off with a scoreless frame.

Roster Notes: Matt Boyd went up to Buffalo and Andy Fermin was activated off the DL.

Player of the Game: Murphy

Dunedin Blue Jays 7, Lakeland Flying Tigers 2
The Blue Jays completed a sweep of Lakeland and made it four wins in a row. Luis Santos struck out eight, allowing both runs over 5 2/3 innings while Alberto Tirado earned the save, finishing the game with 3 1/3 innings of shutout ball, giving up three hits.

Christian Lopes was the offensive star, going 3/5 with two doubles and two RBI while L.B. Dantzler continued to swing a hot bat, going 2/3 with a double and an RBI. Jorge Saez had another “interesting” game, going 1/2 but drove in two runs and walked twice.

Player of the Game: Lopes

Lansing Lugnuts 3, Cedar Rapids Kernels 8
The Lugnuts were in a close game until the bottom of the seventh inning when Cedar Rapids exploded for six runs in two innings. Shane Dawson can’t be blamed for some of it as three of his five runs allowed were unearned. Dawson allowed the five runs on 10 hits and two walks over six-plus innings with three strikeouts. Andrew Case relieved him in the seventh and allowed one inherited runner to score before getting out of the inning. Colton Turner allowed another three runs (two earned) to score in the eighth.

Ryan McBroom had the biggest day for the hitters, going 3/4 with a single, double, and a home run, scoring twice and driving in a run. Rowdy Tellez also hit his seventh home run of the season for the Lugnuts while Chris Carlson was 1/3 with a double, an RBI and a walk.

Player of the Game: McBroom

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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.