Sept. 4 Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
As the minor league season winds down, the Jays’ affiliates were 3-2, getting wins from Dunedin, Lansing and Vancouver while Buffalo and New Hampshire had trouble getting their offense going.
Buffalo Bisons 0, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 2
The Bisons had another slow day at the office for its offense, getting just two hits, wasting a strong performance by Chad Jenkins. Jenkins went six innings and allowed just three hits and two walks but the two runs were plenty for the RailRiders who won by a 2-0 score. Chad Girodo threw another scoreless inning for Buffalo while Steve Delabar walked two in his scoreless inning.
Player of the Game: Jenkins
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 1, Trenton Thunder 3
Kicking off their final series of the season, the Fisher Cats lost 3-1 to Trenton on Friday. Casey Lawrence battled through seven innings, giving up an incredible 16 hits but only three runs, using 92 pitches. Chris Smith made his New Hampshire debut by striking out the side in his inning of relief. Like the Buffalo Bisons, the Fisher Cats only had two hits although Roemon Fields walked and stole two bases including home in the first inning.
Roster Notes: Chris Smith was promoted to New Hampshire from Dunedin.
Player of the Game: None
Dunedin Blue Jays 7, Clearwater Threshers 6
The D-Jays took 13 innings to get the win but they managed to hold off Clearwater after giving up a lead in the ninth and again in the 11th. Derek Blacksher had the start and allowed four runs (three earned) over six innings. Matt Dermody (1 H, 2 K) and Lendy Castillo (1 K), each threw a scoreless inning before Arik Sikula gave up an unearned run in the ninth. Nate Abel, freshly promoted from the GCL, made his Florida State League debut, allowing a run on four hits and a walk over three innings. Griffin Murphy earned his first save of the season with a scoreless 13th.
Anthony Alford was 2/7 with a double and two runs while Boomer Collins was the man of the match, falling a triple short of the cycle and going 3/5 with a home run, a double and two RBI. Matt Dean also went deep, going 1/6 with a walk and L.B. Dantzler hit a double and walked twice, driving in a run and scoring one. Derrick Loveless was also on base three times with a hit and two walks.
Roster Notes: Nate Abel and Griffin Glaude were promoted from the GCL Blue Jays, Shane Dawson was sent back to Lansing to anchor their rotation for the playoffs and Chris Smith was sent up to New Hampshire.
Player of the Game: Collins
Lansing Lugnuts 4, Great Lakes Loons 1
Justin Shafer had his best outing in a while, holding steady on the mound to help the Lugnuts to a 4-1 win over their playoff opponent, Great Lakes. Shafer went six innings and gave up just one run on two hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Dusty Isaacs picked up a three-inning save, allowing just one more hit and two walks with three strikeouts.
The top five batters in the order contributed on this day with Ryan McBroom dealing the big blow, a three-run home run as part of a 2/3 game. D.J. Davis was 1/2 with a sac fly, Jason Leblebijian scored twice and was 1/4 and Richard Urena was also 1/4. Chris Carlson was on base twice via walks and scored a run.
Roster Notes: IF Justin Atkinson returned to Lansing from the Vancouver Canadians while Sean Reid-Foley was placed on the DL and Shane Dawson returned from Dunedin.
Player of the Game: McBroom and Shafer
Vancouver Canadians 12, Everett AquaSox 5
The Canadians found their bats, scoring in the first four innings on their way to a 12-5 romp over Everett. Smashing their way to 15 hits, the Cs featured four from Ryan Metzler including a double and two RBI, three from Juan Kelly (also including a double and an RBI) and two from Carl Wise (2/4, 2 RBI) and Andrew Guillotte (2/4) who also walked and hit his third home run of the year, driving in three. Connor Panas had three RBI to help out.
Francisco Rios allowed five runs (four earned) in five innings despite striking out seven while Stuart Holmes allowed two hits and struck out three in two innings. Turner Lee (1 H, 1 K) and Bob Wheatley (1 H, 2 K) each threw a scoreless inning for the home side.
Roster Notes: Justin Atkinson was promoted back to Lansing while Tyler Burden and Rodrigo Orozco arrived in Vancouver from the Bluefield Blue Jays.
Player of the Game: Metzler and Guillotte
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