Aug. 27 Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
The Blue Jays’ minor league affiliates are in a horrible slump at the moment and all six lost their games on Thursday.
Buffalo Bisons 0, Pawtucket Red Sox 1
In a pitchers’ duel, the Bisons couldn’t muster any offense and took the loss, falling one game below .500 and further away in the chase for the wild card spot. Todd Redmond took the loss despite a great start in which he allowed just one run on six hits in six innings with five strikeouts. Greg Burke threw scoreless, hitless innings while Ben Rowen finished the game with a perfect ninth. Dalton Pompey was 2/3 with a walk but was caught stealing.
Player of the Game: Pompey and Redmond
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, Binghamton Mets 9
Falling two games below .500, the Fisher Cats are limping towards the end of the season. Austin Bibens-Dirkx allowed eight runs in 4 2/3 innings but only three of those runs were earned on five hits and five walks. Danny Barnes had his first scoreless outing since the end of July, going 2 1/3 innings and allowing just two hits and a walk with three strikeouts and Luis Perez allowed a run in his inning of work. Roemon Fields was all of the place, going 2/4 with a walk, two runs and three stolen bases and Emilio Guerrero had another multi-hit game, going 2/5 with two RBI and bringing his batting average up to .264 with New Hampshire. Dwight Smith walked and hit a double while Ryan Schimpf was 1/2 with two walks and an RBI.
Player of the Game: Fields
Dunedin Blue Jays 8, Lakeland Flying Tigers 9
In a see-saw battle, the Blue Jays couldn’t make the final push to overcome a one run lead at the end of the game, falling to Lakeland. Jeremy Gabryszwski allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings and Brady Dragmire (1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 K), Griffin Murphy (1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) and Lendy Castillo (1 IP, 1 H, 3 K) finished off the game.
Anthony Alford had a great game, getting on base four times and generally creating havoc for Lakeland pitchers. He was 2/3 with a triple, two walks, two RBI, two runs and added a stolen base despite making an error. L.B. Dantzler was 2/5 with a run and an RBI while Andy Fermin was 2/5 with a double and two runs and Christian Lopes hit his second home run with the Blue Jays, going 2/5 with the dinger and three RBI.
Player of the Game: Alford
Lansing Lugnuts 5, West Michigan Whitecaps 7
Despite learning that Marcus Stroman would be visiting this week to make a rehab start, the Lugnuts dropped their fourth straight game, this time to West Michigan 7-5. Chase Mallard had a rough start allowing six runs (five earned) on 11 hits over five innings. Mark Biggs allowed a run on four hits and two walks over the final three innings. Josh Almonte led the offense, going 3/4 with a double, an RBI and two runs while Danny Jansen was 2/4 and David Harris was 2/4 with a walk, an RBI and a run.
Player of the Game: Almonte
Vancouver Canadians 3, Boise Hawks 5
The Canadians got a run closer to Boise when the game ended but it still wound up as another loss for the hometown Cs. Evan Smith made his first appearance in almost two weeks, throwing three strong innings and allowing just one unearned run on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Ryan Cook allowed two runs (one earned) in three innings with three strikeouts and Brandon Hinkle took the loss, allowing two runs (one earned) ovre three innings.
Three Canadians had two hits each with actual Canadians Justin Atkinson (2/4, R) and Connor Panas (2/4, 2B, R) contributing. Rolando Segovia was the third C to get two hits, smashing a double and a triple and driving home two runs.
Player of the Game: Segovia
Bluefield Blue Jays 3, Danville Braves 6
The Blue Jays continue to scuffle towards the finish, falling to 23-39 after a 6-3 loss to Danville. Starter Juliandry Higuera was solid, throwing six innings and allowing two runs on six hits and two walks eight strikeouts. Newcomer Christian Cox gave up two runs in 1/3 of an inning while Alberto Guzman allowed those two inherited runners from Cox to score and gave up two more runs of his own. Nick Sinay had another good game, going 2/3 with a double and a walk, scoring twice.
Player of the Game: Sinay
GCL Blue Jays, GCL Yankees1
Game cancelled due to rain
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