Jay Blue: Bichette, Case, Guerrero, Kelly, Rowley, Smith, Warmoth

 Dwight Smith Jr. had two doubles and scored the triple-A Buffalo Bisons' only run in the club's 3-1 loss to the Durham Bulls on Thursday. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

Dwight Smith Jr. had two doubles and scored the triple-A Buffalo Bisons' only run in the club's 3-1 loss to the Durham Bulls on Thursday. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

July 27, 2017 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away

The higher level minor league teams in the Toronto Blue Jays' system were a little sluggish on Friday night as the Lugnuts were the only full-season team to win. With wins by the the GCL and DSL Blue Jays, the organization's overall record was brought up to 3-4 with a rain out for Bluefield.

Buffalo Bisons 1, Durham Bulls 3

Chris Rowley held the Durham Bulls to just three runs but that was too much of an obstacle for the Buffalo Bisons to overcome in a 3-1 loss. Rowley went 7 2/3 innings, allowing a three run home run among five hits and one walk with three strikeouts. John Stilson came on to strand two runners and strike out two batters over the final 1 1/3 innings.

The offence had just five hits including a pair of doubles from Dwight Smith Jr. who scored the club's only run and two singles from Rob Refsnyder who drove in the Bisons' run.

Player of the Game: Dwight Smith Jr.

Roster Notes: Andrew Case (Saint John, N.B.) was sent back to Buffalo from New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4, Portland Sea Dogs 6

Despite Emilio Guerrero's home run, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (42-62) fell 6-4 to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. Guerrero was 2/4 with a double and the home run while Tim Lopes (3/5, 2B, R) and Harold Ramirez (3/5, R) both had three hits. Lourdes Gurriel drove in two runs with a single and a walk and Matt Dean had two singles. Anthony Alford was on base three times, going 1/3 with two walks.

Conner Greene got into trouble early thanks to his walks: he walked six batters over five innings, allowing just two runs on three hits with three strikeouts. Kender Villegas allowed the other four runs on two hits (including a home run) and a walk. Griffin Glaude, who has probably traveled more miles this year than anyone in the system serving as a "utility reliever," tossed two scoreless innings, walking one and striking out three in his double-A debut (although he made one appearance in triple-A Buffalo earlier this year).

Player of the Game: Emilio Guerrero

Roster Notes: Andrew Case (Saint John, N.B.) was promoted to Buffalo and Griffin Glaude was sent from Lansing to New Hampshire.

Dunedin Blue Jays 1, Charlotte Stone Crabs 7

The Dunedin Blue Jays lost again to the Charlotte Stone Crabs, dropping their Friday night game 7-1. Bo Bichette continued his mastery of A-ball pitching by going 2/3 with a walk and bringing his average to an even .400 for his time in Dunedin. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had one of the D-Jays' other two hits, going 1/2 with two walks. Juan Kelly drove in the club's only run, hitting a double.

Leonel Campos started the game by making a rehab appearance, giving up a solo home run but striking out two in an inning of work. Tayler Saucedo took over and tossed 4 2/3 innings, giving up five runs on six hits and four walks. Daniel Lietz struck out one over 1 1/3, facing just four batters and Adonys Cardona was charged with a run, giving up a hit and two walks and just getting one out. Danilo Manzueta made his FSL debut with 2/3 of an inning of scoreless work, striking out one and stranding the bases loaded.

Player of the Game: Bo Bichette

Roster Notes: Leonel Campos was sent to the D-Jays for a rehab assignment and Danilo Manzueta was promoted to Dunedin from the GCL.

Lansing Lugnuts 8, Dayton Dragons 7

The Lansing Lugnuts held on to win an offensively charged game by an 8-7 score against the visiting Dayton Dragons. With some speculation that Edward Olivares was held out of the lineup due to trade talks heating up, the Lugnuts still managed to score eight times on 14 hits. Ridge Smith led the way with three hits including two doubles, with one RBI and a run. Nick Sinay was 2/4 with a double, an RBI and two runs while Joshua Palacios (2/4, 3B, 3 RBI, R, SB, CS) and Nash Knight (2/4, BB, RBI) also had two hits. J. B. Woodman returned from the DL to go 1/3 with an RBI (on a sac fly) and a run and Mitch Nay hit a home run, going 1/4 with a walk.

Osman Gutierrez allowed five runs over five innings but two were earned as he gave up six hits and walked two, striking out four. Nick Hartman gave up two runs, walking four and allowing a hit with two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings and Jared Carkuff got the save, pitching 2 1/3 innings and allowing two hits.

Player of the Game: Ridge Smith

Roster Notes: Griffin Glaude was promoted to New Hampshire and J.B. Woodman was activated off the DL.

Vancouver Canadians 3, Tri-City Dust Devils 12

The Vancouver Canadians were beaten up by the Tri-City Dust Devils, falling 12-3. Juan Nunez allowed seven runs (five earned) on five hits and three walks in three innings, striking out two to start the game. Chris Hall allowed two unearned runs on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts in two innings and Orlando Pascual gave up two runs in the sixth. Bobby Eveld allowed a run on a solo home run (among three hits) in the seventh and Jake Fishman pitched a perfect eighth to finish the game.

Logan Warmoth drove the offence, going 2/4 with a double and a home run, driving in two runs. Deiferson Barreto had a double in four at bats and scored a run.

Player of the Game: Logan Warmoth

Bluefield Blue Jays, Bristol Pirates

Game postponed due to rain.

GCL Blue Jays 7, GCL Yankees West 2

The GCL Blue Jays beat up the GCL Yankees West, defeating them 7-2 on Thursday. A day after going 4/4, Yhordegny Kelly broke out the big bats, going 2/3 with a triple, a home run, a walk and four RBI in the win. Luis De Los Santos was 3/4 with a run and Davis Schneider was 1/3 with a home run, two walks, two RBI and three runs. D.J. Neal also had a pair of hits and a walk and scored twice but was also caught stealing.

Patrick Murphy had a strong rehab outing, going four innings and giving up four hits with six strikeouts and no walks. Angel Alicea struck out five in two innings but gave up a run on just one hit. Connor Law allowed a run in two innings, allowing three hits and striking out two and Justin Watts finished the game, striking out the side in the ninth, giving the Blue Jays 16 strikeouts for the pitching staff in the game.

Player of the Game: Yhordegny Kelly

Roster Notes: Danilo Manzueta was promoted to the Dunedin Blue Jays.

DSL Blue Jays 6, DSL Giants 4

The DSL Blue Jays got back on the winning trail, beating the DSL Giants by a 6-4 score. Three Blue Jays had two hits including Hugo Cardona (2/5, 2 R), Leonicio Ventura (2/3, 3B, RBI, R) and Victor Figuereo (2/4, 2B, RBI). Andres Martinez was 1/4 with a double, a walk and an outfield assist and Kenny Mauricio was 1/3 with a walk.

Emanuel Vizcaino threw three innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks with one strikeout. Nicolas Medina got the win, tossing two innings and giving up a run on four hits and a walk with a strikeout. Juan Jimenez allowed two unearned runs on a hit and a walk over 1 2/3 innings and Adolfo Molina pitched a scoreless inning, striking out three and allowing a hit and a walk. Yunior Hinojosa reached the double-digit mark in saves, tossing the final 1 1/3 innings.

Player of the Game: Leonicio Ventura, Victor Figuereo and Hugo Cardona

Roster Notes: RHP Luis Pena was assigned to the DSL Blue Jays.

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Jay Blue

A lifelong Toronto Blue Jays fan, Jay Blue started blogging about the Jays when he was living in Berlin, Germany. He founded his own blog, Blue Jays from Away, to write about developments with his home town team, focusing on the Jays' minor league system. When he's not watching baseball, he is usually on the diamond umpiring or he's pursuing his research interests in the field of ethnomusicology.