August 22, 2017 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
The Buffalo Bisons had another near cycle as the Blue Jays' minor league clubs went 5-2 on Tuesday.
Buffalo Bisons 6, Pawtucket Red Sox 2
The Buffalo Bisons got a huge game from another prospect on their way to a 6-2 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox. This time, it was Teoscar Hernandez who just missed hitting for the cycle and, like Danny Jansen before him, instead of getting the double to complete the cycle, he hit another home run. Hernandez was 4/5 with a triple, two home runs, three RBI and three runs. Gregorio Petit was 2/5 with a double, a triple and a run while Rowdy Tellez was 2/5 with an RBI and a run. Jon Berti was 1/3 with a walk, an RBI and a stolen base and Jason Leblebijian was 1/3 with a walk but was picked off and caught stealing. Jansen was 1/4 with an RBI and he threw out the only runner who tried to steal.
Joe Biagini was very efficient, needing just 86 pitches to get through seven innings of two-run ball, allowing only five hits (including a home run) and striking out five. Leonel Campos got the save, striking out five in just two innings while giving up three hits and a walk.
Player of the Game: Teoscar Hernandez
Roster Notes: Tim Mayza was recalled by the Blue Jays. Alex Monsalve was sent back to the Fisher Cats from Buffalo.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Binghamton Rumble Ponies
Game postponed due to inclement weather.
Roster Notes: Alex Monsalve was sent to New Hampshire from Buffalo and Andres Sotillo was sent back to the Dunedin Blue Jays.
Dunedin Blue Jays 2, Florida Fire Frogs 5
The Dunedin Blue Jays lost the opener to their series with the Florida Fire Frogs 5-2. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was held hitless, going 0/3 with a walk while Jake Thomas was on base twice, going 1/3 with a walk and a run. Connor Panas stole a base, going 1/4 with a run.
Conor Fisk started, giving the club five innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on two hits (both home runs) and a walk with five strikeouts. Adonys Cardona provided two scoreless frames and Alonzo Gonzalez gave up two unearned run in the eighth. Kirby Snead finished it off, pitching a perfect ninth, striking out one.
Player of the Game: None
Roster Notes: Andres Sotillo was assigned to the Dunedin Blue Jays from New Hampshire and Nick Hartman joined Dunedin from Lansing. John Straka and Ryan Hissey were both placed on the 7-day DL.
Lansing Lugnuts 7, Great Lakes Loons 4
The Lansing Lugnuts finally brought home a win, defeating the Great Lakes Loons 7-4 on Tuesday. Nash Knight had another huge game, driving in five runs, going 2/5 with two doubles. Mitch Nay was also 2/5 and Joshua Palacios was on base four times, going 1/2 with three walks and three runs. Kevin Vicuna was 1/3 with a walk and two runs, adding a stolen base and Nick Sinay was 2/3 with a walk, a run and a stolen base.
Patrick Murphy had a very solid outing, giving up just one run on a solo home run (among six hits and two walks) with seven strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Denis Diaz allowed three runs (two earned) on a hit and two walks in an inning and Jared Carkuff earned the save, walking one and striking out two in 1 1/3 innings.
Player of the Game: Patrick Murphy and Nash Knight
Roster Notes: Miguel Burgos, Jake Fishman and Chris Hall were promoted to Lansing from Vancouver and Nick Hartman was promoted to Dunedin.
Vancouver Canadians 4, Everett AquaSox 1
The Vancouver Canadians played a solid game, beating the Everett AquaSox 4-1 at home. Brock Lundquist drove in two runs, going 1/2 with a double and a sacrifice fly and Riley Adams was on base twice, going 1/3 with a walk and an RBI. Reggie Pruitt was 1/3 with a walk but was picked off first base.
Justin Dillon went three innings, giving up a run on two hits and two walks and Zach Logue picked up the win with four one-hit innings, striking out five. Marcus Reyes and William Ouellette finished the game with an inning of perfect ball each.
Player of the Game: Zach Logue and Brock Lundquist
Roster Notes: Miguel Burgos, Chris Hall and Jake Fishman were all sent to Lansing.
Bluefield Blue Jays 3, Burlington Royals 13
Turnabout is fair play as the Bluefield Blue Jays got hammered by the Burlington Royals 13-3. Yorman Rodriguez and McGregory Contreras had two hits each while Jesus Severino, Jesus Navarro and Freddy Rodriguez each drove in a run.
Alvaro Galindo couldn't make it out of the first inning, giving up four runs on four hits and three walks before Tyler Olander took a beating, allowing four runs (three earned) in 1 2/3 innings. Joel Espinal allowed another four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings and Connor Law threw a scoreless eighth and Jonathan Cheshire gave up a solo home run in the ninth around striking out the side.
Player of the Game: None
GCL Blue Jays 14, GCL Pirates 2
The floodgates opened for the GCL Blue Jays as they dominated the GCL Pirates in a 14-2 victory. D.J. Neal led the club with five hits, going 5/6 with a double, an RBI and two runs and Davis Schneider hit his club-leading fourth home run, going 2/5 with a double, a walk, three RBI and three runs. Aldo Ovando drove in three, going 3/5 with two runs and Luis De Los Santos was 2/5 with an RBI and two runs. Jose Theran also drove in three, going 1/4 with a walk and a run.
The pitching was also very solid on Tuesday, with Claudio Galva getting the win with five innings of one-run, four-hit ball, striking out one. Danilo Manzueta pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits with one strikeout in two innings while Emerson Jimenez finished the game, striking out five batters over two innings and giving up a hit and two walks.
Player of the Game: D.J. Neal
DSL Blue Jays 5, DSL White Sox 3
The DSL Blue Jays turned the tables on the DSL White Sox, beating them 5-3. Rafael Lantigua and Steward Berroa had two hits each with Lantigua hitting a triple. Each scored a run and Berroa had an RBI. Warnel Valdez was 1/4 with a double and two RBI while Hugo Cardona was 0/1 with a run and three walks.
Nathanael Perez won his seventh game of the year, going 5 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up six hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Juan Jimenez went 1 1/3 scoreless innings and Adolfo Molina followed with a scoreless eighth. Geremy Jimenez allowed all three batters he faced to reach and all three eventually scored with Luis Mendoza earning the save and finishing off the game.
Player of the Game: Nathanael Perez
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