Jay Blue: LeBlanc, Rios, Saucedo, Smith

Dwight Smith enjoyed a 3-for-4 day with a pair of homers knocking in three runs in a win at double-A New Hampshire. Photo: Jay Blue. 

Dwight Smith enjoyed a 3-for-4 day with a pair of homers knocking in three runs in a win at double-A New Hampshire. Photo: Jay Blue. 

    
May 22, 2016 Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away

A day after logging a 1-3 day, the Blue Jays’ affiliates turned around their record, winning three games, with just the Dunedin Blue Jays taking a loss.


Buffalo Bisons 2, Pawtucket Red Sox 1
The Bisons squeaked out a 2-1 walk-off victory after Casey Kotchman drove Alexi Casilla home in the bottom of the ninth. For Kotchman, it was his second hit and he added a walk and a double to go with the game-winning RBI. Matt Dominguez also had two hits including a double and an RBI. Darrell Ceciliani was 1/3 with a double and a walk, adding a stolen base while Devon Travis (a.k.a., “The Savior”) was 1/4.

Wade LeBlanc continued his tremendous season with seven innings of one-run (unearned) ball. he walked two and gave up five hits with six strikeouts. Aaron Loup pitched to four batters, giving up a hit and finishing a scoreless inning while Ryan Tepera picked up the win with a scoreless ninth, striking out a pair.

Player of the Game: Wade LeBlanc

Roster Notes: David Aardsma was assigned to extended spring training, making room for Bo Schultz.

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 13, Hartford Yard Goats 7
The Fisher Cats beat the Hartford Yard Goats in a good, old-fashioned slugfest, getting 13 runs on 16 hits off Yard Goats pitching. Dwight Smith, Jr. led the hit parade, going 3/4 wtih two home runs, a walk, three RBI and three runs while Jon Berti (3/4, 2B, 3B, BB, 3 RBI, 2 R, PO) and Ian Parmley (3/4, 3 R, BB, SB) also added three hits each. Jorge Flores drove in three runs, going 2/5, Wilkin Castillo was 2/5 with a run and Christian Lopes was 2/5 with two runs and a stolen base.

Jeremy Gabryszwski gave up five runs on eight hits and a walk with one strikeout over five innings while Jason Berken allowed the other two runs over two innings on four hits. Brady Dragmire (1 IP, 2 H) and Wil Browning (1 IP, 1 H, 1 K) finished off the game for the Fisher Cats.

Player of the Game: Dwight Smith, Jr.


Dunedin Blue Jays 8, Bradenton Marauders 2
Francisco Rios was solid for Dunedin but the Bradenton Marauders put the game out of reach by scoring five runs in the eighth inning, giving them an 8-2 win over the visiting Blue Jays. Rios took the loss, allowing three runs on nine nits in seven innings but only walked one and struck out seven. Brad Allen couldn’t hold back the tide, giving up four walks and two hits in just 2/3 of an inning, leaving the bases loaded for Colton Turner who allowed two of those runners to score. In the end, Allen was charged with five runs and Turner finished the game by getting a strikeout and giving up a hit.

The Blue Jays had seven hits by seven different players, including a solo home run by Richard Urena and a double by Ryan McBroom.

Player of the Game: Francisco Rios

 
Lansing Lugnuts 4, Great Lakes Loons 3
The Lugnuts made their four runs count, getting one in the top of the 10th inning to beat the Great Lakes Loons and move back over the .500 mark. Tayler Saucedo was very strong, throwing six innings of one-hit ball, allowing just one walk with four strikeouts and one run. Josh DeGraaf gave up two unearned runs on a hit and two walks in 1 2/3 innings, striking out two while Daniel Lietz stranded two inherited runners and didn’t allow a hit in 1 1/3 innings with a strikeout to earn the win. Dusty Isaacs picked up his seventh save of the season, striking out two and giving up a hit in the 10th inning.

For the Lugnuts, it was playing small ball that manufactured their fourth run. Andrew Guillotte (1/5) got a single and stole second. He moved to third on Juan Kelly’s (2/5, 2B) single and scored on Max Pentecost’s sacrifice fly. While he didn’t have a hit, Pentacost scored twice, going 0/3 with a walk and a stolen base. Gunnar Heidt also had two hits and a walk, stealing a base and driving in a run. Lane Thomas was also 0/2 but stole two bases, driving in a run and walking twice.

Player of the Game: Tayler Saucedo

 

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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.