August 4 Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
Greetings from Berlin-Tegel Airport, the second best airport in Berlin! Today is a travel day for me but, with all likelihood, you’ll be reading this minor league report as I jet across the Atlantic to arrive back in Toronto, where the excitement around the Blue Jays builds daily!
Buffalo Bisons 7, Charlotte Knights 3
The Bisons rallied for two runs in each the eighth and ninth innings, getting past Charlotte. Scott Copeland’s strong start was almost wasted as Steve Delabar allowed two runs to score. Copeland went five innings, allowing only a solo home run to cross the plate, giving up five hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Delabar struck out three over two innings but gave up two runs, blowing the save but also earning the win when the Bisons rallied to take the lead. Colt Hynes (1/3 IP) and Ryan Tepera (1 2/3 IP, BB, 2 K) combined to finish the game.
Jon Berti drove home three runs, going 2/3 with a bases-clearing double and a walk to lead the way. Matt Hague was 2/4 with a walk and an RBI while Roemon Fields, newly promoted to Buffalo, was 1/4. Dalton Pompey walked twice and stole a base.
Player of the Game: Berti and Copeland
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 0, Richmond Flying Squirrels 3
Normally a reliever, Scott Barnes had a decent start but allowed three runs over five innings to take the loss as the Fisher Cats couldn’t get their offense going. Dustin Antolin (1 IP, 2 H, 1 K) and Luis Perez (2 IP, 2 H, 2 K) finished off the game. “Mighty Mouse” Jorge Flores had a pair of hits and a walk, pushing his batting average over .300 for the year while Martin Medina had a pair of singles.
Player of the Game: Flores
Dunedin Blue Jays 4, Daytona Tortugas 6
Jeremy Gabryszwski struck out five over 4 2/3 innings but walked three and gave up two runs on six hits in a no decision. Brady Dragmire allowed an unearned run over 2 1/3 innings of excellent relief and Arik Sikula took the goat’s horns, giving up three unearned runs and getting the blown save and loss hung on him.
Dickie Joe Thon was 2/4 with a double and a home run, driving in a pair of runs while L.B. Dantzler was 2/4 with two doubles. Richard Urena also had a pair of hits, going 2/5 with an RBI.
Player of the Game: Thon
Lansing Lugnuts 5, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 0
The Lugnuts’ pitching was on point as they shut out the hapless Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5-0. Chase Mallard had a fantastic game, going seven innings and allowing just four hits and striking out nine without walking anyone. Dusty Isaacs finished the game, allowing two hits with two strikeouts. D.J. Davis drove in two runs with a double while Chris Carlson hit his sixth home run of the year.
Player of the Game: Mallard
Scheduled off day (All-Star Break)
Bluefield Blue Jays 3, Greeneville Astros 2
The Blue Jays had a great game from their pitching as Angel Perdomo struck out eight and didn’t walk anyone, giving up just two hits and one run over five innings. Tyler Burden went three innings, allowing one hit and striking out a pair. Alberto Guzman gave up a run, walking two and striking out one, blowing the save but was made a winner by the offense.
Deiferson Barreto had a big game, missing the cycle by a triple, going 3/4 and driving in two runs. Freddy Rodriguez drove home the game winner, going 1/2 after coming into the game for Nick Sinay.
Player of the Game: Perdomo and Barreto
GCL Blue Jays 3, GCL Yankees2 2
The GCL Blue Jays took game one of their double header with the #2 Yankees team, beating them 3-2 after scoring in the first two innings. With only six hits (including two singles by Owen Spiwak), the GCL Jays rode a home run by Juandy Mendoza who was 1/2. Griffin Murphy made his season debut, throwing a perfect inning and striking out two. Denis Diaz allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Mike Estevez earned his fifth save, striking out five, giving up one hits and one walk over 2 2/3 innings.
Player of the Game: Estevez
GCL Blue Jays 5, GCL Yankees2 3
The second half of the double header took eight innings as the Blue Jays rolled to a sweep by a 5-3 margin. Kalik May drove in a pair and walked while Levi Scott was 1/3 with a walk. Javier Hernandez was 2/3 with a run while Lance Jones, Nash Knight and Juandy Mendoza each drove in a run. Osman Gutierrez had a solid start, going five innings and allowing one run on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Jose Nova allowed two runs in 1/3 of an inning while Juan Nunez earned the win, throwing 1 2/3 frames without allowing a run. Griffin Glaude picked up his second save of the year with a scoreless eighth.
Player of the Game: Gutierrez
DSL Blue Jays 3, DSL D-backs 5
Both teams scored in the first and third innings but the DSL D-backs scored after that to take the win. Joel Espinal gave up four of the five runs (three earned) over 4 2/3 innings on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Jonathan Torres walked two over three innings but allowed just one hit, giving up an unearned run with three strikeouts. Jose Acosta finished the game with 1/3 of an inning. Sterling Guzman was 3/4 with two runs for the Jays while Andres Guerra was 2/4.
Player of the Game: Guzman
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