July 27 Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
Rumours were swirling as to which prospects the Blue Jays dealt to acquire Troy Tulowitzki and the minor leaguers managed to split their day’s worth of games 3-3.
Buffalo Bisons 5, Syracuse Chiefs 6
In a battle between a current and a former Bison, the former Bison, Richard Bleier, came up winning as Daniel Norris allowed five runs (four earned) in five innings. Norris threw 98 pitches over the five innings while getting 10 groundouts (and only three flyouts) but walked four and only struck out two. Greg Burke struck out three in his scoreless inning of releif while Joba Chamberlain struck out a pair in a perfect inning. Miguel Castro, who is rumoured to be on the way to Colorado in the Tory Tulowitzki deal, allowed a run in his inning of work, taking the loss.
Alex Hassan had three singles while Dalton Pompey was 2/4 with a double and a walk, Andy Burns was 2/5 with a double and two RBI and Melky Mesa was 2/4 with a triple, an RBI and two runs.
Roster Notes: Andrew Albers was placed on the seven-day DL.
Player of the Game: Hassan
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 8, Harrisburg Senators 6
The wind must have been blowing out at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, New Hampshire because the two teams accounted for four home runs combined. Taylor Cole, starting for the Fisher Cats, allowed one of them, along the way to giving up four runs in five innings but also struck out seven despite walking three. Colt Hynes struck out a pair, giving up one run in 2 2/3 innings while Danny Barnes surrendered another home run, striking out three in 1 1/3 innings.
Big blasts came from the bats of Matt Newman (1/3, HR, BB) and Ryan Schimpf (2/3, BB, HR, 3 RBI) while Roemon Fields was 3/4 with two runs. Kevin Nolan also contributed two hits including a double.
Player of the Game: Schimpf and Fields
Dunedin Blue Jays, Charlotte Stone Crabs
Postponed due to rain.
Scheduled Off Day
Vancouver Canadians 0, Everett AquaSox 6
After getting 15 hits in a loss, Everett managed to tame the Canadians’ pitching to the tune of six runs and a victory. Evan Smith allowed the first five AquaSox runs over three innings while Josh DeGraaf accounted for the final run on a solo home run over four innings of solid relief. Turner Lee finished the game with a perfect eighth. The Canadians had only four hits including a double from Ryan Hissey.
Roster Notes: Catcher Brett Wellman was assigned to Bluefield from Vancouver while Josh Reavis was promoted to Vancouver.
Player of the Game: DeGraaf
Bluefield Blue Jays 6, Princeton Rays 7
Nick Wells wasn’t able to keep his success going and allowed five runs in five innings against Princeton on Monday. Daniel Lietz followed and gave up two more runs in three innings of relief.
Aaron Attaway led the offense, going 4/4 with a home run and three RBI, scoring twice while Deiferson Barreto was 3/4 with a double, an RBI and two runs.
Roster Notes: Brett Wellman came down from Vancouver while Josh Reavis went up.
Player of the Game: Attaway
GCL Blue Jays 10, GCL Yankees1 2
The GCL Blue Jays dominated with Jose Nova on the mound throwing four scoreless innings at the Yankees1 GCL team. Nova allowed just one hit and two walks with three strikeouts. Nate Abel picked up the win with two innings of one-hit, two-walk baseball, striking out a pair. Jackson Lowery gave up a run in an inning and he was followed by Gunner Eastman who gave up just a hit in his inning of work. Ryan Cook finished the game, allowing a run on three hits with two strikeouts.
The Blue Jays rapped out ten hits but also took nine walks in picking up the victory. Levi Scott (2/5), Bryan Lizardo (2/4, 2B, BB, RBI, 2 R) and Javier Hernandez (2/5, 2B, 2 RBI, R) had two hits each. Jake Thomas (1/2, 2 BB, 2 RBI) and Lance Jones (1/3, 2B, 2 BB, RBI, 2 R) were also on base three times.
Roster Notes: Jonathan Torres was sent down to the DSL while Yennsy Diaz was promoted to the GCL.
Player of the Game: Lizardo, Jones and Nova
DSL Blue Jays 9, DSL Orioles1 7
Despite a rough day for the pitchers, the DSL Blue Jays’ offense got the job done, picking up the club’s 30th win of the season. Combining for 14 hits, six different Blue Jays had multi-hit games including Jesus Navarro (2/5, 2B, RBI, 2 R), Sterlin Guzman (2/5, 3B, 2 RBI, R), Yorman Rodriguez (2/3, 3B, 2 BB, 2 RBI, R, SB), Francisco Rodriguez (2/4), Antony Fuentes (2/4, BB, RBI, R) and Anderson Green (2/5, RBI, R).
Wilfri Aleton gave up three runs over four innings while Tommy Henriquez surrendered another three runs (two earned) over three innings. Jose Acosta finished the game with a run over two innings.
Player of the Game: Rodriguez
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