July 7 Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
The Blue Jays and their minor league teams are starting to get some players back from the injured list, sending three pitchers to GCL to get them some work while the minor league affiliates had a generally good day.
Buffalo Bisons 15, Rochester Red Wings 1
It’s difficult to know where to start in the summary of the Bisons’ blowout victory over Rochester on Tuesday. Daniel Norris was outstanding, allowing just four hits (including a solo home run) in seven innings with eight strikeouts and no walks. He threw 62 of his 92 pitches for strikes and got seven outs on the ground with just only two fly outs. Jeff Francis pitched two innings, giving up one hit and striking out three.
On the other side of the ball, the Bisons blistered the Red Wings for 21 hits and 15 runs. Catcher Sean Ochinko had a monster game, going 4/6 with two doubles and a home run, driving in three and scoring three. Melky Mesa (3/6, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R), Caleb Gindl (3/6, 2B, RBI), Alex Hassan (3/5, 2B, RBI, 2 R) and Jonathan Diaz (3/5, 2 R, RBI) each had three hits while Matt Hague (2/5, 2B, HR, BB, 2 RBI, 2 R) and Andy Burns (2/6, 2 R, RBI) also contributed with multi-hit games.
Roster Notes: Steve Tolleson was placed on the temporarily inactive list.
Player of the Game: Norris and Ochinko
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 6, Trenton Thunder 8
Austin Bibens-Dirkx got another start for the Fisher Cats but got hit hard, giving up four runs on four hits over 1 1/3 innings, striking out four without walking anyone. Cory Burns allowed one of Bibens-Dirkx’s runner to score and surrendered two of his own over 2 2/3 innings while Scott Barnes gave up a solo home run over three innings, striking out four and not walking anyone. Jimmy Cordero gave up a run in an inning while Danny Barnes was perfect in his inning.
Kevin Nolan led the offense, going 2/4 with a double and a triple, taking a walk, driving in a run and scoring twice. Ryan Schimpf continues to swing a hot bat, going 2/5 with a double and two RBI. Dalton Pompey was 0/4 with a walk while Jon Berti was 1/4 with a triple, a stolen base and two runs.
Player of the Game: Schimpf and Nolan
Dunedin Blue Jays
Scheduled Off Day
Lansing Lugnuts 5, Great Lakes Loons 3
On Tuesday, five runs were enough for the Lugnuts who turned the tide on Great Lakes. Chase Mallard, back in a starting role, went 4 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits without walking anyone and striking out five. Dusty Isaacs earned the win, going another 3 1/3 innings and giving up just one run on three hits with four strikeouts. Carlos Ramirez got the save, pitching a scoreless ninth.
Despite scoring five runs, the Lugnuts only had five hits including a pair from Chris Carlson who went deep for his fourth home run of the season, drove home two runs, scored twice and drew a walk. D.J. Davis was 1/4 with his fourth home run of the year, adding two RBI. Ryan McBroom was 1/3 with a double and a walk.
Roster Notes: Tom Robson was sent to the GCL Blue Jays for a rehab assignment.
Player of the Game: Carlson
Vancouver Canadians 4, Eugene Emeralds 6
The Canadians took another close loss to Eugene, this time losing by two runs, 6-4. Daniel Young, the Blue Jays’ eighth round pick out of Florida, pitched only an inning allowing four runs on three hits and two walks. Brandon Hinkle relieved him, allowing a run in three innings on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts and Daniel Lietz finished the game with four excellent innings, allowing one run on four hits with six strikeouts and no walks.
On the offense, the club only had six hits, getting two singles from Rolando Segovia, who scored and drove in a run while Sean Hurley was 1/2 with a triple, two walks and an RBI.
Roster Notes: LHP Daniel Young was assigned to Vancouver.
Roster Notes: Ryan Borucki was assigned to the GCL Blue Jays on a rehab assignment.
Player of the Game: Lietz and Hurley
Bluefield Blue Jays 5, Burlington Royals 1
The Blue Jays continued their win streak, getting outstanding performances on the mound and at the plate. Juliandry Higuera raised his ERA to 0.60, giving up one run on six hits with five strikeouts and no walks in five innings. Taylor Saucedo picked up a four-inning save, allowing only one hit with four strikeouts.
Four batters had multi-hit games with Nick Sinay hitting a home run and going 2/3 with two runs, a walk, two stolen bases and two RBI. Christian Williams was 2/4 while Rodrigo Orozco had a pair of hits with a stolen base. Deiferson Barreto was 2/4 with a double and two RBI.
Player of the Game: Sinay, Higuera and Saucedo
GCL Blue Jays 4, GCL Phillies 5
The GCL Blue Jays dropped an extra-inning game in the 11th with Ryan Cook picking up the loss. Despite that, three rehabbing pitchers got their work in with Aaron Sanchez getting the start, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk. Ryan Borucki pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and striking out one batter while Tom Robson allowed a hit and struck out two in his inning of work. Hansel Rodriguez then followed with four innings of two run (one earned) ball, giving up five hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Griffin Glaude threw another two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and striking out three.
Lance Jones had a pair of hits and a stolen base while Javier Hernandez was 2/4 with his first home run of the year, driving in three. Kalik may hit a triple.
Roster Notes: Tom Robson, Aaron Sanchez and Ryan Borucki were assigned to the GCL Blue Jays for rehab assignments. Reggie Pruitt was assigned to the GCL after signing.
Player of the Game: Hernandez
DSL Blue Jays 2, DSL White Sox 3
In a close game that appeared to be well played, the Blue Jays lost to the DSL White Sox by a 3-2 score. Yennsy Diaz started and gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Tommy Henriquez allowed one unearned run on two hits, striking out five over 2 2/3 innings.
Enmanuel Moreta was 2/3 while Antony Fuentes was 2/4 with a double. Jesus Navarro drove in two runs with a single.
Player of the Game: Diaz, Moreta and Fuentes
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