JB: Leblebijian, Orozco, Schimpf, Scott

Jason Leblebijian hit his sixth home run and knocked in three runs for class-A Lansing.

Jason Leblebijian hit his sixth home run and knocked in three runs for class-A Lansing.

July 5 Minor League Report
by Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away

The day July 5 wasn’t one for Jays’ affiliates to remember, although the Bisons split a double header, the Fisher Cats won and the Dunedin Blue Jays had their 16-inning game suspended.

Buffalo Bisons 0, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 4
In the first game of a double header, Joel Pineiro was promoted to start and he gave up four runs (three earned) on 10 hits in seven innings, striking out six without walking anyone. Greg Burke and Bobby Korecky combined to finish the game. The offense only generated four hits without scoring on Joel De La Cruz and James Pazos.

Roster Notes: Todd Redmond was sent to Buffalo outright, Joel Pineiro was promoted from New Hampshire, Miguel Castro was promoted from Dunedin and Andrew Albers was placed on the the Temporarily Inactive list to participate in the Pan-Am Games.

Player of the Game: None

Buffalo Bisons 6, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 4
Buffalo got going in Game 2, Randy Wolf who three five innings of one-run ball, giving up six hits without a walk while striking out three. Miguel Castro returned to Buffalo but gave up three runs including a home run in one inning of work. Chad Jenkins threw two innings, giving up three hits and two walks and Rob Rasmussen earned the save with a scoreless ninth.

Three batters had multi-hit games including Melky Mesa (2/5, R) and Munenori Kawasaki (2/4, 2B, SB, R). Luke Scott was 2/4 with two doubles, two RBI and a walk while Matt Hague was 0/2 with three walks and two runs. Andy Burns was 1/5 but drove in two runs in the victory.

Player of the Game: Scott

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, New Britain Rock Cats 3
The Fisher Cats evened their record at 40-40, scoring three runs in the first and tacking on a couple more to seal the victory. Ryan Schimpf drove in three runs with two hits (a single and a double) while Dwight Smith, Jr. had two hits, scoring twice. Dalton Pompey was 0/4 with a walk. Murphy Smith got the start and gave up three runs on four hits and three walks in five innings, striking out four. Dustin Antolin pitched two innings, striking out two and Wil Browning earned a two-inning save, striking out three.

Roster Notes: Roemon Fields was placed on the DL and Matt Newman was activated from the DL. Joel Pineiro was promoted to Buffalo.

Player of the Game: Schimpf

Dunedin Blue Jays 1, Lakeland Flying Tigers 1
In the suspended game, Rowdy Tellez has three hits (including a double) and two walks, Anthony Alford is 3/7 with a double, Emilio Guerrero is 2/7 and Martin Medina is 2/6. Sean Reid-Foley went five innings in his FSL debut, giving up just two hits and striking out two with no walks while Jeremy Gabryszwski pitched a game of his own, giving up the one run in six innings on four hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Brady Dragmire struck out six in three innings of relief and Alberto Tirado had two strikeouts in two innings with one walk and no hits allowed.

Game suspended after 16 innings.

Roster Notes: Castro was promoted to Buffalo.

Lansing Lugnuts 5, Lake County Captains 8
Connor Fisk wasn’t sharp, allowing two home runs in his first start of the season as the Lugnuts lost 8-5 to the Lake County Captains. Fisk gave up three runs over 5 2/3 innings on six hits (including the two home runs) while striking out three before Tim Mayza relieved him, surrendering another two runs on three hits and a walk in just 1/3 of an inning. Carlos Ramirez pitched two perfect innings, striking out three while Jose Fernandez gave up three more runs (one earned) in one inning thanks to a defensive error from D.J. Davis.

Davis and Dawel Lugo were the only ones who didn’t get a hit as the Lugnuts scored five runs. Jason Leblebijian continues to mash in Lansing, hitting his sixth home run of the season at the level and went 2/5 with three RBI. Chris Carlson also continues to swing a hot bat, going 2/5 with a double. Despite not getting a hit, Lugo took a walk, which is a rarity for the young Dominican shortstop.

Player of the Game: Leblebijian

Vancouver Canadians 0, Eugene Emeralds 6
The Canadians were two-hit by Canadian Ryan Kellogg and the rest of the Eugene Emeralds staff in a 6-0 loss on Sunday. Juan Kelly had both hits for the Cs. Francisco Rios got the start and allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings while striking out six. Bob Wheatley gave up three runs on three hits and two walks in his inning of work while Turner Lee settled things down, going 2 2/3 innings of one-hit ball, striking out two.

Player of the Game: Kelly and Lee

Bluefield Blue Jays 1, Burlington Royals 3
The pitching was much better, thanks to seven very strong innings form Dalton Rodriguez but the Blue Jays’ offense didn’t support him as they only scored one run despite 10 hits. Rodriguez only struck out one in his seven innings but got 12 ground ball outs and three double plays behind him but gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and one walk to take the loss. Josh DeGraaf struck out three in two innings but gave up an unearned run finishing the game.

Andrew Guillotte had three of the club’s 10 hits and drove in the only run while Rodrigo Orozco was 2/3 with a walk, a double and a sac bunt. Yeltsin Gudino was 1/3 with a double and a walk, as was Dean Bell.

Roster Notes: 1B Gabe Clark was assigned to Bluefield from the GCL.

Player of the Game: Guillotte, Orozco and Rodriguez

GCL Blue Jays
Scheduled Off Day
Roster Notes: Gabe Clark was assigned to Bluefield.

DSL Blue Jays
Scheduled Off Day

 

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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.