July 31, 2017 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
With five teams in action, the Toronto Blue Jays' minor league affiliates had a clean sweep winning all five games on trade deadline day.
Scheduled Off Day
Roster Notes: Brett Oberholtzer had his contract selected by the Blue Jays.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Scheduled Off Day
Roster Notes: Reese McGuire was assigned to the Dunedin Blue Jays to continue his rehab assignment.
Dunedin Blue Jays 11, Florida Fire Frogs 2
A day after scoring 17 runs against the Florida Fire Frogs, the Dunedin Blue Jays scored another 11, beating the Fire Frogs 11-2. Bo Bichette brought his batting average back up to .400, going 4/4 with a walk, a double, four runs and two stolen bases. Max Pentecost drove in five runs, going 2/5 with a triple and a run while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Montreal, Que.) was 2/4 with a walk, three RBI and a run. Moving up to Dunedin to continue his rehab, Reese McGuire was 2/5 with a double, an RBI and a run. Jake Thomas was 1/2 with two walks and three runs.
Conor Fisk had another strong outing for the D-Jays, going seven innings and giving up one run on a solo home run among five hits and striking out three. Philip Walby allowed an unearned run without giving up a hit and walking one in the eighth and Alonzo Gonzalez finished the game off, giving up a hit and striking out one in the ninth.
Player of the Game: Bo Bichette
Roster Notes: Reese McGuire was moved to the Dunedin Blue Jays. Eduard Pinto was placed on the 7-day DL.
Lansing Lugnuts 13, Great Lakes Loons 7
The Lansing Lugnuts, like the Dunedin Blue Jays, got a big explosion of offense, beating the Great Lakes Loons 13-7 on Monday. Canadian Mattingly Romanin (Burlington, Ont.) led the attack with a 3/4 game, hitting a double and driving in two runs while scoring twice. Joshua Palacios was 2/4 with an RBI and two runs while Edward Olivares was 2/5 with two RBI and two runs. Mitch Nay was 2/5 with an RBI and Yeltsin Gudino was 2/4 with a walk, an RBI and two runs. Nick Sinay drove in a pair, going 1/3 with a double, a walk and two runs.
Yennsy Diaz didn't have his best start, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks with just one strikeout in five innings. Geno Encina gave up three more runs on five hits and two walks in 2 2/3 and Nick Hartman, returning from his suspension, allowed just a hit and struck out two in 1 1/3 innings to finish the game.
Player of the Game: Mattingly Romanin
Roster Notes: Nick Hartman was activated off of the temporarily inactive list having served his suspension.
Scheduled Off Day
Bluefield Blue Jays 7, Princeton Rays 2
The Bluefield Blue Jays kept their win streak alive, winning their second in a row against Princeton and their eighth of their last 10, beating the Princeton Rays 7-2. Yorman Rodriguez continues to swing a hot bat, going 2/3 with two RBI and a run while Ryan Noda was 2/4 with a double and a walk, scoring once. Antony Fuentes was 2/3 with a double and two RBI, scoring twice. Reilly Johnson was 1/2 with two walks and an RBI.
Randy Pondler went five strong innings, giving up just three hits and striking out four without allowing a run. Tyler Olander was hit for two runs (one earned) on three hits with three strikeouts in two innings while Mitch McKown walked two in the eighth but emerged unscathed. Miguel Burgos struck out the side in the ninth, giving up a hit.
Player of the Game: Randy Pondler
GCL Blue Jays 5, GCL Phillies 4
The GCL Blue Jays barely held on to their lead, beating the GCL Phillies 5-4 on Monday. Travis Bergen continued his rehab, walking one in two innings but he didn't have anything else on the scoresheet. Elieser Medrano allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings and Connor Law pitched 2 1/3 perfect innings to get the win. Justin Watts allowed a run in the ninth but still got the save.
Dominic Abbadessa continues to put fear into the hearts of GCL pitchers, bringing his season's batting average up to .390 with a 3/3 game that included a walk, two stolen bases and two runs. Hagen Danner, the Jays' second round pick this year, was 2/4 with a home run and four RBI. Otto Lopez was 1/3 with a walk and an RBI.
Player of the Game: Dominic Abbadessa and Hagen Danner
Roster Notes: Minor league free agent Brennan Price was assigned to the GCL Blue Jays after signing.
DSL Blue Jays 5, DSL Reds 4
The DSL Blue Jays beat the DSL Reds by scoring a run in the bottom of the 10th to walk off with a 5-4 victory. The Blue Jays had just six hits as a team, getting two each from Steward Berroa (2/5, SB, CS) and Leonicio Ventura (2/4, RBI, R) while Andres Martinez was on base four times, going 1/2 with three walks, an RBI and two runs.
Juan Diaz started and gave up two runs on a hit and four walks with three strikeouts in three innings. Luis Pena threw four innings, allowing a run on four hits with three strikeouts. Jeison Contreras also struck out three, throwing three innings and allowing a run on three hits and two walks.
Player of the Game: Andres Martinez
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