May 30 Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
While the Dunedin Blue Jays continued their slide and offensive drought, Buffalo and Lansing both came away winners. The Lugnuts extended their lead in the Eastern Division of the Midwest League to 2 1/2 games while the Fisher Cats went to extra innings.
Buffalo Bisons 3, Rochester Red Wings 2
Brad Glenn was the hero for the Bisons on Superhero Night, hitting a ninth-inning home run to walk off with the win. Glenn added a single and a walk to his evening while Dioner Navarro, rehabbing, also was 2/4 with a single and a home run. Matt Hague continued to swing a hot bat by going 2/4.
Felix Doubront got the start for Buffalo and had a great game, going seven innings and allowing two runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Chad Jenkins and Colt Hynes combined for an inning while Bobby Korecky earned the win with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Roster Notes: Melky Mesa was sent down to New Hampshire while Ryan Schimpf was put on the temporarily inactive list. Miguel Castro was put on the DL as he gets his finger looked at and Austin Bibens-Dirkx was activated from the DL. To take the place of Mesa and Schimpf, the Blue Jays promoted Alex Hassan from Dunedin and Daric Barton from New Hampshire.
Player of the Game: Glenn and Doubront
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, New Britain Rock Cats 6
The Fisher Cats took an early lead, got behind, tied it up again, only to see the club come away with a loss in the bottom of the 12th inning. Taylor Cole allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings on seven hits and two walks but the bullpen was very strong through six more innings. Greg Burke didn’t allow a hit (but two walks) over 1 1/3, Danny Barnes struck out three and surrendered just one hit over two innings and Blake McFarland threw two scoreless innings. Dustin Antolin was good in the 11th but gave up the winning run in the 12 with one out.
Melky Mesa, back in New Hampshire, continued to hit, going 3/6 with a double and two RBI. Pierce Rankin was 2/4 and Jorge Flores was 2/5 with a double.
Roster Notes: Melky Mesa was sent down from Buffalo and Daric Barton was sent up to Buffalo.
Player of the Game: Mesa
Dunedin Blue Jays 2, Tampa Yankees 5
Jeremy Gabryszwski took to the hill for the Dunedin Blue Jays, throwing seven innings and allowing all five runs but the Tampa Yankees and Rookie Davis cooled off the Blue Jay bats. Davis only allowed two hits and struck out ten batters but Matt Dean managed to hit two doubles and Dickie Joe Thon added two of his own while Mike Reeves drove home a run with a triple and Roemon Fields drove Reeves home with a ground out.
Gabryszwski allowed the five runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out four while Phil Kish finished the game strongly, giving up just a walk with three strikeouts.
Roster Notes: Alex Hassan was promoted to Buffalo.
Player of the Game: Thon and Dean
Lansing Lugnuts 4, Dayton Dragons 0
Saturday evening was the Sean Reid-Foley show as he went out and had his best outing as a Lugnut. The 19-year-old Reid-Foley dominated the Dragons, striking out 10 batters over 5 2/3 innings with just one hit and one walk allowed. Tim Mayza finished the sixth inning and Chase Mallard finished the game, earning a save with three scoreless innings and three strikeouts.
Anthony Alford continued his on-base streak with a single and a stolen base (although he was also picked off first base). Richard Urena (1/4, R, RBI), Ryan McBroom (1/4, 2B, R, RBI), D.J. Davis (1/4, RBI), and Michael De La Cruz (1/3, 2B, R, RBI) all drove in runs while Gunnar Heidt was on base twice with a double and a walk.
Roster Notes: RHP Andrew Case was activated off the seven-day DL and Dan Jansen was placed on the DL.
Player of the Game: Reid-Foley
DSL Blue Jays 0, DSL Reds 2
The Dominican Summer League Blue Jays got their season under way with a 2-0 loss to the Reds that gave fans little confidence in the offensive prowess of this team. Jose Nova, a 20-year-old lefty, got the start and threw four innings of one-run ball, allowing five hits with three strikeouts. Tommy Henriquez allowed an unearned run in an inning, walking two while Guillermo De La Cruz and Yonardo Herdenez added two scoreless innings each.
The offense had just three hits, one each from Victor Figuero, Norberto Obeso and Francisco Rodriguez.
Player of the Game: None
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