JB: Bibens-Dirkx, Higuera, Panas, Pompey, Smith, Tinoco
July 25 Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
In an epic minor league transaction, Jake Anderson was activated off the DL for the Bluefield Blue Jays.
Buffalo Bisons 6, Pawtucket Red Sox 0
The Bisons got their second strong pitching performance in a row with Randy Wolf throwing zeroes at Pawtucket through six innings, giving up five hits and two walks. Rob Rasmussen threw two perfect innings in relief while Chad Jenkins finished off the game with an inning of scoreless ball, completing the shutout.
Dalton Pompey led the 15-hit attack, getting five of his own and missing the cycle by a home run. He was 5/6 with three singles, a double and a triple, scoring once and driving in two. Newcoming Ty Kelly was 3/5 in his first game as a Bison, scoring a run. Matt Hague was 2/5 with a double and two RBI and Andy Burns was 2/5 with a double and a run.
Roster Notes: Blake McFarland was sent down to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats while Joba Chamberlain was promoted from Dunedin.
Player of the Game: Pompey
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 1, Portland Sea Dogs 2
Despite a strong outing from Austin Bibens-Dirkx, the Fisher Cats lost another game to Portland. Bibens-Dirkx went 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Blake McFarland retired all four batters he faced, striking out two to finish the game. Kevin Nolan was the only player with more than one hit as he went 2/5 with the Fisher Cats’ only RBI.
Roster Notes: Blake McFarland was sent back down to Double-A while Wil Browning was sent back down to Dunedin. Catcher Derrick Chung was assigned to Dunedin as he works his way back from injury.
Player of the Game: Bibens-Dirkx
Dunedin Blue Jays 1, Bradenton Marauders 1
The Blue Jays tried to finish a suspended game with the Bradenton Marauders but only managed to go six innings before the game was called a tie at a 1-1 score. The Second game was cancelled. L.B. Dantzler had two hits and Matt Dean provided the only run with a solo home run. Murphy Smith went five innings and allowed one run on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Brad Allen finished the game with a scoreless inning.
Roster Notes: Joba Chamberlain was promoted to Buffalo while Luis Santos was placed on the DL. Derrick Chung and Wil Browning were both assigned to Dunedin from New Hampshire.
Player of the Game: Smith
Lansing Lugnuts 3, Dayton Dragons 4
The Lugnuts couldn’t keep up the momentum of their previous game in which they scored 18 times, losing to the Dayton Dragons 4-3 on Saturday. All of the Lugnuts hitters got a hit with D.J. Davis (2/5) and Jason Leblebijian (2/5, 2B, RBI) getting two each but it wasn’t enough offense to beat the Dragons. Jesus Tinoco allowed three runs but only one was earned thanks to an error from Leblebijian. Tinoco went seven innings, allowing just six hits and no walks, striking out four. Dusty Isaacs allowed another run over the final two innings with three strikeouts.
Player of the Game: Tinoco
Vancouver Canadians 4, Tri-City Dust Devils 5
In Game 1 of a double header the Dust Devils took the Cs to extra innings before winning in the eighth. Clinton Hollon struggled with his control, walking four batters in five innings but allowing just one unearned run and two hits with three strikeouts. Turner Lee couldn’t get anyone out in the sixth, giving up two hits to the two batters he faced and Sean Ratcliffe allowed both runners to score before he went on to throw 2 2/3 innings while striking out six. Ratcliffe left two runners on in the eighth when Josh DeGraaf came in and allowed the winning run to score.
The club had nine hits with Lane Thomas getting two of them (2/4). Connor Panas, playing right field, was 1/2 with two walks and two RBI.
Player of the Game: Panas
Vancouver Canadians 2, Tri-City Dust Devils 4
Tom Robson started Game 2 of the double header and wasn’t good, giving up three runs on two hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings with four strikeouts. Brandon Hinkle walked six in his one inning of work before Daniel Young came in to try to clean up the mess, going 2 2/3 innings of scoreless ball with one walk and two hits against. Stuart Holmes pitched the final inning. Andrew Guillotte had two of the club’s four hits, adding a walk, a run and a stolen base. Gunnar Heidt hit a double and drove in a run.
Player of the Game: Guillotte
Bluefield Blue Jays 3, Danville Braves 1
The Blue Jays continue to roll, beating Danville for the second consecutive game. Juliandry Higuera continues to pitch well, throwing six innings of one-run, four-hit ball, walking two and striking out three. Matt Smoral allowed two hits and a walk with three strikeouts in two innings and Alberto Guzman walked one and struck out one in his inning to earn the save. Rodrigo Orozco was 2/3 with a walk, a home run and an RBI while Deiferson Barreto was 2/3.
Roster Notes: Jacob Anderson was activated off the DL.
Player of the Game: Orozco and Higuera
GCL Blue Jays, GCL Pirates
Games postponed due to rain
DSL Blue Jays 4, DSL Padres 7
The DSL Padres scored seven runs again but this time, the DSL Blue Jays couldn’t match them, scoring only once before the eighth inning and by then it was too little, too late. Yennsy Diaz got the start and allowed two runs in his inning of work before Juan Meza allowed five walks and three runs (but just one hit) in three innings. Guillermo De La Cruz allowed an unearned run and Jose Agrinzones pitched two scoreless innings but allowed an inherited runner to score. Manuel Dominguez and Joel Espinal combined to allow the final run in the ninth inning with Dominguez getting one out and walking three.
Jesus Navarro and Francisco Rodriguez had two hits while Sam Buelens was 1/4.
Player of the Game: Rodriguez and Navarro
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