July 21 Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
Tuesday was all evens for the Blue Jays’ minor league affiliates, going 4-4 but getting strong pitching performances in New Hampshire, Lansing, Vancouver, Bluefield and the GCL.
Buffalo Bisons 5, Syracuse Chiefs 7
Despite 14 hits for the offense, Joel Pineiro wasn’t on his game, allowing four runs on six hits and five walks, taking the loss to Syracuse. Todd Redmond was excellent in relief, cutting through two-thirds of the Chiefs’ lineup and striking out four while Aaron Sanchez struggled through 2/3 of an inning, allowing two unearned runs and walking two. Blake McFarland pitched a scoreless 1 1/3, stranding Sanchez’s runner and Greg Infante gave up a run in the ninth.
Dalton Pompey had a strong game, going 2/5 with an RBI, a run and an outfield assist while new Bison Jon Berti was 3/5 with a run. Caleb Gindl had the best offensive day, going 3/3 with a walk, a double, two RBI and two runs while Sean Ochinko (2/4, 2B, R, RBI) and Munenori Kawasaki (2/4) also had multi-hit games.
Player of the Game: Gindl
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 7, Harrisburg Senators 1
The Fisher Cats are surging with another win in July and now 1 1/2 games back of the Eastern Division leading Reading in the Eastern League after a 7-1 win. Casey Lawrence was stellar, going eight innings and allowing just one run with four hits against and three strikeouts. Jimmy Cordero finished the game with two strikeouts in the ninth.
Ian Parmley drove in two runs with a 2/4 game, scoring a run while Matt Newman (2/4, 2 2B, BB, R), Jack Murphy (2/4, R, BB) and Shane Opitz (2/5, 2B) all had two-hit games.
Player of the Game: Lawrence
Dunedin Blue Jays 1, Daytona Tortugas 7
The Blue Jays’ offense couldn’t get in gear again, falling to Daytona and mustering just three hits. L.B. Dantzler was responsible for the club’s only offense, hitting his fourth home run of the year in the eighth inning. Sean Reid-Foley struck out six in 4 2/3 innings but allowed three runs on four hits and three walks. Matt Dermody allowed another three runs on four hits while Brad Allen gaveu p the last run in 1 1/3 innings, striking out three.
Player of the Game: Dantzler
Lansing Lugnuts 2, Bowling Green Hot Rods 1
The Lugnuts returned to the win column with a 2-1 win over Bowling Green. Conor Fisk was very good in victory, going 6 2/3 innings and allowing just one run on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Tim Mayza finished the game, earning his third save with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless ball, allowing two hits and one walk with four strikeouts.
Ryan McBroom provided the boom with a two-run home run while D.J. Davis (2/4, 2B, CS), Josh Almonte (2/3), Michael De La Cruz (2/3) all had two-hit games.
Roster Notes: Pan-Am gold-medal winning Shane Dawson was activated off the temporarily inactive list.
Player of the Game: Fisk
Vancouver Canadians 3, Eugene Emeralds 1
Evan Smith continues to pitch well for the Vancouver Canadians, lowering his ERA to 2.67 with six scoreless innings in a 3-1 win over the Eugene Emeralds who have had the Canadians’ number this year so far. Smith only allowed four hits with five strikeouts and no walks in the winning effort. Brandon Hinkle gave up just a walk in two innings while Andrew Case allowed the Emeralds’ only run (on a solo home run) in the ninth inning despite striking out two batters.
The Canadians’ offense didn’t do much, but it was enough for the win. The top six batters in the order had hits with Gunnar Heidt getting on base twice (and scoring twice) with a single, a walk and two stolen bases. Lane Thomas was 1/4 with an RBI and a stolen base while Justin Atkinson, Andrew Guillotte and Ryan Hissey all hit doubles.
Player of the Game: Smith
Bluefield Blue Jays 1, Greeneville Astros 6
The Astros stimied the Blue Jays’ bats but Nick Wells was very good, pitching four scoreless innings with five hits and one walk against, striking out four. John Kravetz provided two innings of one-run relief but the Astros got to Zak Wasilewski in a big way, getting five runs off of him in two innings of work.
The batters had five hits including two from Rodrigo Orozco (who is hitting .365) and a triple from catcher Andres Sotillo.
Player of the Game: Orozco and Wells
GCL Blue Jays 0, GCL Astros 5
After beating the Astros on Monday, the Astros whitewashed the Blue Jays on Tuesday, taking a 5-0 victory. Jose Espada was excellent as the starter, throwing four scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and striking out four. Jackson Lowery kept his ERA at 0.00, going another three scoreless innings, giving up four hits and striking out two. Ryan Cook gave up the first run over one inning and Gunner Eastman allowed four more runs (three earned) over 2/3 of an inning before Jonathan Torres finished the game with one out. The offense had four hits including a double from Edward Olivares.
Player of the Game: Espada and Lowery
DSL Blue Jays 9, DSL White Sox 4
Now 10 games over .500, the Blue Jays had another convincing win over the White Sox in DSL action on Tuesday. Jesus Navarro had a good day at the plate, going 3/5 with a run. Norberto Obeso was 2/4 with a walk, an RBI and a run while Enmanuel Moreta piled up stats with a 2/2 game including two walks, three runs and an RBI. Francisco Rodriguez also put up some numbers, going 2/2 with a walk, a double, a triple, a run and three RBI. Antony Fuentes was 1/3 with two RBI, a run and a stolen base.
Wilfri Aleton went 5 2/3 innings, allowing one earned run (but three runs overall) on five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts. Tommy Henriquez gave up just one hit in 2 1/3 innings with three strikeouts and Jose Acosta allowed the final run in the ninth inning.
Player of the Game: Aleton, Moreta and Rodriguez
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