August 30, 2017 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
The Toronto Blue Jays minor league affiliates went 5-3 on Wednesday as the Dominican Summer League Blue Jays lost their playoff series.
Buffalo Bisons 5, Pawtucket Red Sox 7
The Buffalo Bisons took the Pawtucket Red Sox to 12 innings but ended up falling 7-5. Brett Oberholtzer had one of his better starts, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts in six innings. Mike Bolsinger provided four innings of scoreless relief, giving up just two hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Wil Browning took the loss, giving up four runs in his second inning of relief, despite striking out three over two frames.
Dwight Smith Jr. was on base four times, going 2/4 with two walks, an RBI, two runs and a stolen base out of the leadoff spot. Teoscar Hernandez hit a home run in his second consecutive game, this one in the bottom of the 12th inning to come within two runs of the Red Sox, going 2/6 with three RBI and two runs, adding a stolen base. Rowdy Tellez was 2/3 with a walk and Jason Leblebijian was 2/5 with a run.
Player of the Game: Dwight Smith Jr. and Teoscar Hernandez
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 8, Reading Fightin Phils 2
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats' scored eight runs for the second consecutive game, beating the Reading Fightin Phils 8-2. Harold Ramirez (2/5, RBI, R), Lourdes Gurriel (2/5, 2B, RBI, R) and Gunnar Heidt (2/2, 2B, 2 BB, 2 R, SB) each had two hits while Tim Lopes was 1/2 with a double, two walks and three RBI. Jonathan Davis also walked twice, going 1/3 with a run.
Conner Greene started and went 4 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Kender Villegas gave up two hits over 1 1/3 innings, getting the win while Jose Fernandez had two strong innings, allowing a hit and striking out two with Andrew Case (Saint John, N.B.) finishing the game, giving up a hit and striking out one in the ninth.
Player of the Game: Gunnar Heidt and Tim Lopes
Roster Notes: Matt Dean was activated off the DL.
Dunedin Blue Jays 4, Florida Fire Frogs 13
The Dunedin Blue Jays got spanked by the Florida Fire Frogs, losing 13-4. The Blue Jays had just seven hits, getting two singles, a walk, an RBI and a run from Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Montreal, Que.) and a home run and two RBI from Juan Kelly. Andres Sotillo was 1/2 with a double and a walk and Bo Bichette was 1/4 with a double and an RBI.
Tayler Saucedo gave up four runs in his 6 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Adonys Cardona stranded two runners but gave up five runs (four earned) on three hits and a walk after failing to retire any of the first five batters to come to the plate in the eighth. Alonzo Gonzalez came in and allowed a run on a walk with a strikeout in 1/3 of an inning and Daniel Lietz finished the frame, giving up another three runs on four hits in 2/3 of an inning.
Player of the Game: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Juan Kelly
Lansing Lugnuts 10, Lake County Captains 3
The Lansing Lugnuts opened their series with the Lake County Captains by beating up on them 10-3. Ridge Smith had a triple and a home run, driving in five runs and scoring twice, going 2/5. Mitch Nay also hit a home run and drove in three, scoring twice, going 2/4. David Jacob was 2/3 with a double, two walks and two runs while Yeltsin Gudino was 2/5 with a double and two runs. Joshua Palacios was 2/4 with a walk and a run.
Mike Ellenbest gave up just four hits but three of them were solo home runs as he allowed three runs with three walks and three strikeouts over six innings. Griffin Glaude allowed just a hit over two innings and Chris Hall gave up two hits and struck out two in the ninth.
Player of the Game: Ridge Smith and Mitch Nay
Vancouver Canadians 5, Boise Hawks 2
The Vancouver Canadians picked up their 40th win of the season, beating the Boise Hawks 5-2. Nate Pearson proved to be human, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks with five strikeouts in three innings to start the game. Brayden Bouchey struck out four in two innings, walking one and picking up his first win of the year. Travis Bergen gave up three hits and two walks but struck out six in 3 2/3 innings and William Ouellette got the save, getting one out.
Deiferson Barreto was 2/3 with an RBI and two runs while Norberto Obeso was 2/3 with a double and two RBI and both were hit by a pitch. Brandon Polizzi went 2/4 with a double and an RBI. Riley Adams was on base twice, going 1/3 with a walk and a run.
Player of the Game: Deiferson Barreto and Norberto Obeso
Bluefield Blue Jays 5, Johnson City Cardinals 2
The Bluefield Blue Jays beat the Johnson City Cardinals 5-2 despite giving up two home runs and hitting none of their own. Randy Pondler just went one inning, giving up two runs (on both home runs), giving up three hits and striking out one. Josh Winckowski came on for five scoreless innings, allowing only two hits with two strikeouts. Connor Law got the win, striking out four in two innings, walking one and Ty Tice struck out the side in the ninth, walking one for the save.
Kevin Smith drove in three runs with a 2/5 day and Ryan Noda was 2/4. Chavez Young was 1/1 with a walk, an RBI and a run.
Player of the Game: Kevin Smith and Josh Winckowski
GCL Blue Jays 2, GCL Yankees West 1
The GCL Blue Jays edged the GCL Tigers West 2-1 on Wednesday. Felipe Castaneda allowed just one unearned run, going five innings and giving up four hits with three strikeouts. Emerson Jimenez gave up just one hit in two innings, striking out three. Brennan Price made his first appearance since August 1 and allowed two hits with one strikeout in a scoreless eighth and Rafael Monsion earned the save with a scoreless ninth.
The Blue Jays had just four hits including two from Luis De Los Santos who drove in a run and stole a base. Andres Guerra scored once, walking twice.
Player of the Game: Felipe Castaneda
DSL Blue Jays 4, DSL Dodgers2 7
The DSL Blue Jays lost their playoff series to the DSL Dodgers2 club after losing 7-4 on Wednesday. Emanuel Vizcaino started, giving up six runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Nicolas Medina allowed two hits with one strikeout over 2 1/3 innings and Jhon Victorino gave up a run on a solo home run over two innings. Jeison Contreras walked one in the ninth.
Warnel Valdez drove in a run and scored a run, going 2/4 while Hugo Cardona was also 2/4.
Player of the Game: None
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