August 28, 2017 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
We were in Buffalo on Monday as the Bisons fell to the Pawtucket Red Sox and the rest of the organization got just two more wins including a playoff win from the DSL Blue Jays.
Buffalo Bisons 0, Rochester Red Wings 2
The Buffalo Bisons opened their final home stand of the year facing former big leaguer Kyle Kendrick and the Pawtucket Red Sox and were shut out 2-0. The Bisons were held to just four hits including a double from Michael Saunders (Victoria, B.C.) and singles from Danny Jansen, Jon Berti and Roemon Fields. The one real opportunity the Bisons had to score was when Berti hit an infield single and Fields followed it up with a hit-and-run single through the right side, Fields was then thrown out trying to steal second, taking the wind out of the Bisons' sails.
Murphy Smith took the loss, giving up a lot of hits but just two runs in five innings. Smith was throwing strikes but giving up solid contact as the Red Sox got eight hits, only cashing two runners. Chad Girodo benefitted from some great defence, getting through three innings with four hits and two strikeouts without any runs and Chris Smith struggled with his control early, walking the first batter he faced, but he finished the ninth without any further damage.
Player of the Game: None
Roster Notes: Leonel Campos was promoted to Toronto.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3, Reading Fightin Phils 6
Thomas Pannone was victimized by the home run on the way to another New Hampshire Fisher Cats' loss, 6-3 to the Reading Fightin Phils. Pannone went six innings, giving up five runs (three earned) on seven hits (including two home runs) with three strikeouts. Shane Dawson (Drayton Valley, Alta.) provided a clean inning of relief and Francisco Rios gave up a run on a solo home run among two hits and a walk in the eighth.
Richard Urena was 1/4 with a double, an RBI and a run while Emilio Guerrero was 1/2 with a walk. Anthony Alford was 1/3 with a walk and a stolen base.
Player of the Game: None
Dunedin Blue Jays, Tampa Yankees
Game cancelled due to rain.
Lansing Lugnuts 6, Fort Wayne TinCaps 5
The Lansing Lugnuts won their second game in a row, beating the Fort Wayne TinCaps 6-5 thanks to a five-run fifth inning. J.B. Woodman led the charge, going 2/4 with a double, a home run and three RBI. Kevin Vicuna was on base three times, going 2/4 with a walk, scoring a run, stealing a base but a was also caught stealing. Rodrigo Orozco was 2/4 with a run and David Jacobs was 2/4 with an RBI and a run.
Dalton Rodriguez was the starter and allowed all five Fort Wayne runs, giving up five hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Bobby Eveld made his Lansing debut, walking one over two innings with a strikeout. Andrew Deramo and Jared Carkuff each contributed a scoreless inning, with Carkuff striking out two.
Player of the Game: J.B. Woodman
Vancouver Canadians 6, Boise Hawks 8
The Vancouver Canadians were defeated by the Boise Hawks 8-6 on Monday. Despite their six runs, the Canadians had just seven hits including two doubles from Logan Warmoth. Riley Adams was 1/4 with a double and an RBI while Mattingly Romanin (Burlington, Ont.) was 1/3 with a walk and two RBI.
Zach Logue started and gave up two runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings, striking out three while Brayden Bouchey relieved, finishing the fourth. Justin Dillon allowed two runs (one earned) on just one hit while striking out six in three innings. Joe DiBenedetto finished the game, throwing the last two innings and giving up four runs on four hits and three walks with one strikeout in two innings.
Player of the Game: Logan Warmoth
Bluefield Blue Jays 3, Danville Braves 6
The Bluefield Blue Jays lost again to the Danville Braves, 6-3 on Monday. Mc Gregory Contreras was a home run short of the cycle, going 3/4 with a double and a triple, scoring twice. Antony Fuentes was 3/4 with an RBI and Chavez Young hit a solo home run, going 1/4.
Joel Espinal went six innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Graham Spraker struck out four batters over two innings, surrendering just a hit. Ty Tice finished the game, giving up three unearned runs on two walks and a home run, striking out one to take the loss.
Player of the Game: McGregory Contreras
GCL Blue Jays 0, GCL Yankees West 2
The GCL Blue Jays got wet in a game that was delayed by 48 minutes, losing 2-0 to the GCL Yankees West. T.J. Zeuch started and threw three innings, giving up an unearned run on a hit and a walk with three strikeouts. Gaudy Ramirez went another two innings, giving up two hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Emmanuel Reyes didn’t get an out, giving up a run on two hits before Adams Cuevas came in, allowing one of his two inherited runners to score before moving along to throw three no-hit innings with two strikeouts. Yunior Hinojosa struck out one in the ninth.
The Blue Jays had just four hits, with singles from Otto Lopez, Jose Theran and Luis De Los Santos. Joseph Reyes was 1/2 with a single and two walks.
Player of the Game: None
Roster Notes: T.J. Zeuch was assigned to the GCL for a rehab stint while catcher Luis Liriano was assigned to the GCL after signing.
DSL Blue Jays 1, DSL Dodgers2 0
The DSL Blue Jays started their playoff run by beating the DSL Dodgers2 by a 1-0 score on Monday. Warnel Valdez was the hero, hitting a home run for the club while Leonicio Ventura was 2/3 with a double but didn't figure into the scoring.
The staff ace, Nathanael Perez, was dominant, pitching seven three-hit innings without walking anyone and striking out seven to get the win. Juan Diaz walked two and struck out two in 1 1/3 innings and Luis Mendoza saved it, striking out one in 2/3 of an inning.
Player of the Game: Nathanael Perez
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