Jay Blue: Hernandez, Loveless
May 8, 2016 Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
The Blue Jays minor leaguers were 1-2 on Mother’s Day, getting a win in Buffalo while New Hampshire was on the receiving end of a lopsided loss and Dunedin couldn’t make the most of their opportunities to overcome a deficit.
Buffalo Bisons 4, Syracuse Chiefs 2
The Bisons doubled the Syracuse Chiefs for the second day in a row, getting a run in the first and three in the fourth to support Roberto Hernandez who earned his first win this season. Hernandez threw 5 2/3 innings, giving up only two unearned runs on two hits and no wlks while striking out six. Colt Hynes gave up a hit while striking out two in one inning while Ben Rowen (1 1/3 IP, 2 K) and Dustin Antolin (1 IP, 2 K) had scoreless outings with Antolin earning his first save in Triple-A.
The offense had eight hits including a single and a double from Dalton Pompey who drove in a pair. Jio Mier had a 2/3 game with a run and an RBI, adding a stolen base while Domonic Brown was 1/3 with a walk and a home run. Casey Kotchman continued his quiet consistency with a single and a walk.
Player of the Game: Roberto Hernandez
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 0, Hartford Yard Goats 10
After a couple of strong games, beating the first-place Hartford Yard Goats twice, the Fisher Cats were blanked in a one-hitter as they fell 10-0 on Mother’s Day. Casey Lawrence was victimized for six runs on nine hits in three innings while Daniel Schlereth allowed two runs on a hit and three walks in one inning. Bo Schultz, continuing to make his way back from hip surgery, only got two outs, giving up two runs (on a two-run home run). Chris Smith stranded an inherited runner from Schultz, striking out two and giving up only one hit in 2 1/3 innings while Danny Barnes finished the game with a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit and striking out a pair.
Wilkin Castillo had the Fisher Cats’ only hit while Dwight Smith, Jr. and K.C. Hobson each took a walk.
Player of the Game: None
Dunedin Blue Jays 3, Daytona Tortugas 6
Kyle Westwood managed to keep his runs allowed down to four but that was more than enough for him to register his fourth loss of the season despite throwing six innings with only five hits and three walks against and six strikeouts. Matt Dermody was charged with the other two runs, giving up three hits and allowing two of Westwood’s inherited runners to score despite striking out two in his inning of relief. Adonys Cardona pitched a scoreless eighth and Colton Turner threw a perfect ninth in his first Dunedin appearance in 2016.
Derrick Loveless had the game of the day, going 3/5 with two doubles and a run while Ryan McBroom (2/5, RBI), Jason Leblebijian (2/4, 2B, RBI) and Mike Reeves (2/4) had two hits apiece. D.J. Davis hit his first home run of the year and Richard Urena also hit a double.
Player of the Game: Derrick Loveless
Scheduled off day
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