June 19 Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
The Blue Jays’ affiliates got some solid outings from their starting pitchers as the top two clubs and the DSL team won and the Lugnuts and Canadians lost their games.
Buffalo Bisons 8, Syracuse Chiefs 6
Despite getting out to a 5-2 lead in the third inning, the Bisons got the insurance they needed and held off Syracuse for an 8-6 win, getting Matt Boyd his first victory in Triple-A. Boyd was roughed up for two runs on three hits in the first inning (including a solo home run by Darin Mastroianni) but he only allowed three more hits in the rest of his outing and wound up going five innings, allowing just the two runs on six hits without walking anyone and striking out four. Rob Rasmussen was charged with another three runs in 1 1/3 innings while Chad Jenkins went 2/3 of an inning, allowing Rasmussen’s inherited runner to score. Greg Infante allowed the other run while Bobby Korecky picked up his fourth save with a scoreless ninth.
The Bisons knocked out 11 hits including two home runs, one each by Luke Scott and Daric Barton. For Scott, it was a grand slam and he added a walk to his only hit of the game while for Barton, he drove in two runs and added a single. Matt Hague was 3/4 with a walk and an RBI and Caleb Gindl also had a pair hits and a walk. Devon Travis was 1/5 in a rehab game while Andy Burns’s batting average has settled at exactly .300 after a 1/4 game with a walk.
Roster Notes: With R.A. Dickey going on the bereavement list, Munenori Kawasaki was called up to Toronto and Ryan Schimpf was called back up to Buffalo.
Player of the Game: Boyd and Barton
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3, Binghamton Mets 2
John Anderson retired the first nine batters he faced and had a very strong game, limiting Binghamton to just two runs over six innings, giving up five hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Greg Burke threw a scoreless inning while Jimmy Cordero earned his first Double-A save with two more perfect innings, striking out one.
The offense didn’t help out much, getting just seven hits but they made the most of them, scoring just enough to win. Seven different players had hits, all except for DH Andy Fermin and right fielder Matt Newman, who drove in a run on a sac fly and picked up an assist from the outfield. Kevin Nolan picked up the only other RBI, going 1/4.
Roster Notes: Ryan Schimpf was promoted to Buffalo.
Player of the Game: Anderson
Dunedin Blue Jays
Scheduled Off Day (All-Star Break)
Lansing Lugnuts 1, Great Lakes Loons 6
Despite a great start by Jesus Tinoco, the Lugnuts lost the bullpen war and surrendered five runs in the eighth inning. Tinoco lasted six innings and gave up a run on seven hits and a walk while striking out four before Colton Turner relieved him. While Turner’s seventh inning was fine but in the eighth, the wheels fell off, thanks to a couple of fielding miscues including an error by Josh Almonte which put the leadoff man on second base. After a strikeout, Turner intentionally walked a batter, surrendered a double off the glove of Gunnar Heidt, intentionally walked another batter, gave up a single, struck out a man and was removed for Mark Biggs who uncorked a wild pitch, scoring the fourth run and gave up a run-scoring single before getting a line drive to finish the inning. Biggs threw a clean ninth inning to end the game.
The Lugnuts batters were mostly quiet, getting just eight hits including two from Ryan McBroom (a single and a double) and D.J. Davis who also got on via the walk, pushing his batting average this season to .287.
Player of the Game: Tinoco
Vancouver Canadians 3, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 4
The Canadians couldn’t follow up their season-opening win with another victory, falling just short in their comeback attempt and dropping a game to Salem-Keizer 4-3. The top of the lineup was very quiet for the Cs, with none of the first four batters getting a hit but the number-nine hitter, Austin Davis, went 4/4 with a double and an RBI to lead the way. Christian Vazquez, another unlikely source of power was 2/4 with a double while Sean Hurley and Kevin Garcia added two hits each.
As porous as the defense was (making five errors), none of them resulted in unearned runs. Evan Smith got the start and allowed two runs over five innings on four hits (including a home run) and one walk, striking out three. Daniel Lietz was charged with a run on three hits in just 1/3 of an inning while Joey Aquino gave up a run on a hit and a walk over 1 2/3 innings, striking out two. Michael Kraft finished the game with a scoreless frame, allowing one hit and striking out a batter.
Player of the Game: Davis
DSL Blue Jays 6, DSL Padres 3
The DSL Blue Jays made it a sweep of the DSL Padres with a 6-3 win on Friday. Wilfri Aleton was strong, going five scoreless innings, allowing only four hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Jose Dominguez allowed a run on three walks but no hits over 2 2/3 innings, striking out three while Jose Agrinzones went just 1/3 of an inning but was charged with two runs (and let one of Dominguez’s inherited runners score). Wilmin Lara finished the game with a perfect ninth.
The batters only had seven hits but ran wild on the bases, stealing six bases. Kevin Vicuna had two hits and an RBI while Antony Fuentes also had a pair of hits, three RBI and a stolen base. Manuel Herazo was 1/2 with a walk.
Player of the Game: Fuentes and Aleton
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