Sept. 6 Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
It’s the penultimate Minor League Report of the 2015 season and four of the five teams came away with victories.
Buffalo Bisons 7, Pawtucket Red Sox 0
The Bisons appear determined to go out with bang as they shut out the PawSox on Sunday. Todd Redmond threw six scoreless, allowing seven hits and two walks while Donn Roach (2 IP, 1 H) and Steve Delabar (1 IP, 1 K) finished out the game.
Alex Hassan continues to head into the offseason swinging a hot bat and went 4/5 with a double and four RBI while Andy Burns matched him with four hits of his own, driving in a run and scoring twice. Ryan Schimpf hit the game’s only home run, his 23rd of the season, going 2/5.
Roster Notes: Danny Dorn was DFA’ed to make room for new acquisition Matt Dominguez who was claimed on waivers and optioned to Buffalo.
Player of the Game: Hassan, Burns and Redmond
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, Trenton Thunder 1
The Fisher Cats were also winners on their second last day of the season, getting a great start for work horse Austin Bibens-Dirkx and multi-hit games from four players. Bibens-Dirkx went seven innings, allowing one run on a solo home run among five hits and one walk while striking out eight. Cory Burns earned the save with two innings of two-hit ball.
Roemon Fields (2/5, 3B, RBI, R), Dwight Smith, Jr. (2/4, BB, RBI), Jack Murphy (2/4, 2B, R) and Shane Opitz (2/4, 2B, 2 R, RBI) all had two hits.
Player of the Game: Bibens-Dirkx
Dunedin Blue Jays 1, Clearwater Threshers 2
The Blue Jays finished their season with a loss, going 61-76 after a 2-1 defeat to Clearwater. Jeremy Gabryszwski was solid, allowing just two runs on three hits and two walks with three Ks while Matt Dermody (1 IP, 1 K) and Lendy Castillo (2 IP, 3 K) combined for three scoreless innings. The offense had just five hits and three of them were at the hands of Boomer Collins who was 3/4 with a home run.
Player of the Game: Collins
Lansing Lugnuts 6, Dayton Dragons 2
The Lugnuts turned the tables and won their 73rd game of the season, beating Dayton by a 6-2 score. Shane Dawson, freshly returned to the Lugnuts for the playoffs, got an inning of work in, striking out a pair before Conor Fisk threw 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball. Jose Fernandez earned his 12th save of the season with 1 1/3 innings of one-hit ball, striking out two.
Jason Leblebijian hammered his way to a huge game, going 4/4 with a walk and finishing a triple short of the cycle and adding three RBI. Gunnar Heidt, just promoted back to Lansing, was 2/4 with a double and two runs while David Harris also had two hits.
Roster Notes: Gunnar Heidt was promoted back to Lansing from Vancouver. Instead of putting him on the DL, Josh Almonte was put on the roster of the Bluefield Blue Jays, likely in case he’s able to return to the club after recovering from an injury sustained on Saturday night.
Player of the Game: Leblebijian
Vancouver Canadians 11, Everett AquaSox 0
The Canadians finished out their season strongly despite a 34-42 record with an 11-0 win. The Canadians hit three home runs, getting blasts from Ryan Metzler, Connor Panas and Gabriel Cenas. Cenas, who has been short of playing time lately, was 2/4 with the home run, a walk and three RBI. Metzler drove in three, going 1/5 while Panas walked twice and was 1/3 and scored three times. Rodrigo Orozco was 1/3 with a double and two walks.
The Canadians got a lot of pitchers some work as Johnny Wholestaff was on call to pick up the shutout. Evan Smith started and gave up two hits over the first two innings while Ryan Cook shone for three innings, giving up two hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Bob Wheatley (1 IP, 1 BB), Sean Ratcliffe (1 IP, 1 K), Michael Kraft (1 1/3 IP, 1 BB, 1 K) and Andrew Case (2/3 IP) finished the game.
Roster Notes: Gunnar Heidt was promoted to Lansing.
Player of the Game: Cenas
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