June 23 Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
The Bluefield Blue Jays got their season under way and became the final Blue Jays’ affiliate to start play in the 2015 season. While seven of the eight Blue Jays affiliates were supposed to be in action, weather prevented the Dunedin Blue Jays and the GCL Blue Jays from completing (or starting) their games.
Buffalo Bisons 4, Lehigh Valley IronPigs 5
The Bisons squandered Randy Wolf’s strong outing and lost the opener of their series with Lehigh Valley when the IronPigs scored twice off of Bobby Korecky to take the lead in the ninth inning. Wolf pitch 7 2/3 innings of three-run, six-hit, three-walk ball with seven strikeouts before Greg Infante stranded a pair of runners with two outs in the eighth. Korecky emerged for the ninth to nail down the save but ended up taking the loss, giving up three hits and two runs.
Devon Travis walked twice but was held hitless in three at bats while Ramon Santiago was 2/4 with a walk. Daric Barton was also 2/4 with a double while Alex Hassan was 2/3 with a double, a sac fly and four RBI.
Roster Notes: Outfielder Melky Mesa was activated from the DL while RHP Wilton Lopez was placed on the restricted list.
Player of the Game: Hassan
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 2, Portland Sea Dogs 7
Taylor Cole got the start for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats but was rocked for three home runs, allowing seven runs (six earned) over 5 2/3 innings, walking four batters but striking out seven. Luis Perez walked two over two innings but kept the Sea Dogs off the board while striking out three and Greg Burke struck out two in one inning of relief to finish the game.
Kevin Nolan led the offense with two hits including a double while driving in a run.
Player of the Game: Nolan
Dunedin Blue Jays, Tampa Yankees
Postponed due to weather
Five Lugnuts got into the Midwest League’s All-Star Game and helped the East power their way to the a 5-0. Anthony Alford walked, stole a base and scored while Ryan McBroom was 1/4 with a single, an RBI and a walk. Rowdy Tellez was 0/5 with a run and Richard Urena was 1/2 with a run. Shane Dawsom pitched 2/3 of an inning without registering a hit, a walk or a strikeout.
Scheduled Off Day (All-Star Break)
Vancouver Canadians 4, Tri-City Dust Devils 2
Clinton Hollon had another strong start, but Travis Bergen made his pro debut with a stellar outing in a Vancouver win. Hollon went five innings and allowed two runs on four hits with five strikeouts but Bergen came in and completely dominated the Dust Devils, pitching three innings with a walk being the only blemish on his record. He struck out eight of the 10 batters he faced. Joey Aquino earned the save, pitching the ninth.
Alexis Maldonado led the offense, going 4/5 with a triple, two stolen bases and three RBI. Sean Hurley hit a home run, going 2/4 while Earl Burl got only the board again with a 2/4 game that included a double and a stolen base.
Player of the Game: Bergen and Maldonado
Bluefield Blue Jays 5, Elizabethton Twins 9
The Blue Jays got their season under way with a loss. Nick Wells, the 2014 third round draft pick, made the start and was hit hard, surrendering three home runs, accounting for four runs. Miguel Burgos allowed three runs on two hits and three walks in 1/3 of an inning while Zak Wasilewski, who spent 2014 in Vancouver, went 2 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks. Stuart Holmes was the only pitcher to emerge unscathed as the 2015 draftee started his professional career with a scoreless inning.
Deiferson Barreto came out of the gate swinging, going 3/5 with a double and an RBI while Yeltsin Gudino (1/4, BB), D.J. McKnight (1/5, 2B, 2 RBI) and Andrew Guillotte (2/5, 2B, RBI) also hit doubles. Freddy Rodriguez was 2/5 and Matt Morgan was 2/4 with a home run.
Player of the Game: Barreto and Morgan
GCL Blue Jays 3, GCL Pirates 3
Game suspended due to rain.
DSL Blue Jays, DSL Reds
Information not available
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