Sept. 1 Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
September 1 had a big contingent of Buffalo Bisons returning to Toronto to help the club down the stretch and Dalton Pompey did just that, making an impact at the big league level as a pinch runner in the bottom of the eighth inning. Dunedin swept a double header but the day-time match up with the GCL Blue Jays who were trying to continue their Best-of-3 Final series with the GCL Red Sox was washed out.
Buffalo Bisons 1, Syracuse Chiefs 7
A depleted Bisons team couldn’t get any offense going and lost 7-1 to Syracuse on September 1. With just four hits, the Bisons didn’t do much with the bats to speak of but Andy Burns and George Kottaras were both 1/3 with a walk. On the mound, Todd Redmond gave up three home runs in 6 1/3 innings on a shorthanded squad, giving up five runs on 10 hits. Bobby Korecky surrendered another two runs over 1 2/3 innings and Chad Girodo pitched a scoreless ninth for his Triple-A debut.
Roster Notes: The Blue Jays promoted Dalton Pompey, Jeff Francis, Ryan Tepera, Aaron Loup, Munenori Kawasaki to the big league club. Chad Girodo and Melky Mesa were promoted to Buffalo from New Hampshire and Redmond was activated from the temporarily inactive list.
Player of the Game: None
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, Portland Sea Dogs 2
The Fisher Cats picked up a win thanks to strong work from Austin Bibens-Dirkx on the mound. ABD fired seven innings of seven-hit, two run ball while Cory Burns picked up the save with two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and striking out two. K.C. Hobson was 3/4, hitting a double and driving in two runs for the batters while Emilio Guerrero was 1/4 with two RBI and a run. Dwight Smith, Jr. (2/4, 2B, R) and Derrick Chung (2/3, 2B, BB, R) had two hits each.
Roster Notes: LHP Chad Girodo and OF Melky Mesa were moved up to Buffalo.
Player of the Game: Hobson
Dunedin Blue Jays 2, Tampa Yankees 0
In a pitching battle, Shane Dawson emered victorious, throwing a one-hitter over the full seven innings of the Blue Jays’ opening game of their double header with Tampa on Tuesday night. Dawson gave up just the one hit and struck out four without walking anyone. Jorge Saez provided the thump hitting his second home run of the year, going 1/1 with a walk, two RBI and a run.
Roster Notes: Conor Fisk was sent back to the Lansing Lugnuts, presumably to provide some help to the club in the upcoming playoffs.
Player of the Game: Dawson
Dunedin Blue Jays 3, Tampa Yankees 1
In Game 2 of the double header, Jeremy Gabryszwski followed in Dawson’s footsteps, throwing five strong innings, allowing four hits and two walks with four strikeouts and giving up just one run. Arik Sikula earned the save with two perfect innings of relief. The Blue Jays got five hits including an RBI from Boomer Collins and a double and walk from Derrick Loveless. Ian Parmley walked three times at the top of the order.
Player of the Game: Gabryszwski
Lansing Lugnuts 4, Fort Wayne TinCaps 6
Thanks to Franmil Reyes’s two home runs, the Lugnuts dropped their game with Fort Wayne on Tuesday. Righty Chase Mallard allowed both of those home runs as he threw 5 2/3 innings with four runs allowed on seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Tim Mayza struck out six in 3 1/3 innings, despite giving up two runs on five hits and a walk.
Jason Leblebijian was 2/3, hitting a double, a triple and adding a walk and two RBI. Josh Almonte also had two hits including a double and he drove in a run. Richard Urena was 1/3 with a walk and two runs scored.
Roster Notes: Jon Wandling was placed on the DL and Conor Fisk was sent to Lansing from Dunedin.
Player of the Game: Leblebijian
Vancouver Canadians 6, Tri-City Dust Devils 8
Canadian Connor Panas continues to swing a hot bat for the Canadians as he went 2/4 with a triple and a walk, scoring three times and driving in one despite the loss for the club. Gunnar Heidt (2/4, SB, 2 RBI) and Justin Atkinson (2/5, RBI) also had two hits for the Cs.
Evan Smith couldn’t get out of the first inning, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks. Michael Kraft stranded a pair and pitched the second without giving up any runs despite four walks. Ryan Cook walked three and gave up three runs (two earned) in three innings with three strikeouts. Daniel Young finished the game with three innings, allowing a run on three hits without walking anyone.
Player of the Game: Panas
Bluefield Blue Jays 0, Burlington Royals 10
The Blue Jays finished off their poor season with a stinker, giving up 10 runs on 18 hits to Burlington without managing to get on the scoreboard themselves. Juliandry Higuera was thrashed to the tune of six runs on eight hits and two walks in just four innings. Geno Encina emerged from the bloodbath unscathed, allowing three hits and striking out three in two scoreless innings. John Kravetz gave up a run in his inning and Joe Claver allowed three unearned runs in 2/3 of an inning before Zach Rodgers came in, allowing one of the three inherited base runners to score but getting through the ninth without giving up any more damage. The club had three hits including a triple from catcher Andres Sotillo who also walked twice.
Player of the Game: Sotillo
GCL Blue Jays, GCL Red Sox
Game postponed due to rain
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