Jay Blue: Bichette, Dean, Fisk, Gunter, Gurriel, Higuera, Rodning, Smith
September 1, 2017 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
In six games on Friday night, the Toronto Blue Jays' minor league clubs went 4-2.
Buffalo Bisons 4, Syracuse Chiefs 0
The Buffalo Bisons took to the road for their final series of the season, beating the Syracuse Chiefs 4-0 on Friday. Chris Rowley started and provided three one-hit innings, walking one and striking out two. Chad Girodo also threw three one-hit innings, walking two and striking out two to get the win. Griffin Glaude threw a scoreless frame and gave up a hit and a walk to the first two batters he faced in the eighth before Jeff Beliveau tossed two perfect innings, striking out three to earn a six-out save.
Dwight Smith Jr. was 2/4 with a walk and three RBI and Anthony Alford made his Triple-A debut, getting two hits for the Bisons. Christian Lopes was 1/4 with a walk, a run and an RBI, stealing a base and Roemon Fields stole two bases, giving him 42 with Buffalo and setting the club's single-season stolen base record, going 1/3 with a walk and a run. Jason Leblebijian was 1/2 with two walks and two runs.
Player of the Game: Dwight Smith Jr.
Roster Notes: Griffin Glaude and Anthony Alford were promoted to Buffalo with Glaude coming from Lansing and Alford coming from New Hampshire. The Toronto Blue Jays promoted Teoscar Hernandez, Carlos Ramirez, Luke Maile and Michael Saunders from Buffalo.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 2, Portland Sea Dogs 7
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats opened their final series on the road against the Portland Sea Dogs, losing 7-2. Jon Harris went 6 1/3 innings for New Hampshire in the loss, giving up five runs on nine hits with six strikeouts. Danny Young allowed two runs on a home run to Jeremy Barfield and pitched 1 2/3 innings.
Matt Dean made his return from the DL with two hits while Jonathan Davis was 1/3 with an RBI courtesy of a sacrifice fly. Lourdes Gurriel was 1/3 with a walk and a run and Derrick Loveless drove in the club's other run, going 1/3.
Player of the Game: Matt Dean and Lourdes Gurriel
Roster Notes: Richard Urena was promoted to Toronto and Anthony Alford was promoted to Buffalo. Ryan Hissey was assigned to New Hampshire from Dunedin.
Dunedin Blue Jays 2, Clearwater Threshers 1
The Dunedin Blue Jays, already guaranteed a playoff spot, beat the Clearwater Threshers 2-1 on Friday. Bo Bichette led off the game with a home run, going 1/4 and Connor Panas (Toronto, Ont.) was 1/4 with a double. Jake Thomas had the club's only other hit and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Montreal, Que.) took the Blue Jays' only walk.
Conor Fisk had a strong outing, allowing just four hits and one unearned run over 6 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking one. Philip Walby gave up a hit over 1 2/3 innings, striking out one and Nick Hartman got his first save in Dunedin, striking out one in the ninth.
Player of the Game: Conor Fisk
Roster notes: Ryan Hissey was moved up to New Hampshire from Dunedin and Daniel Lietz was sent back to Lansing from Dunedin.
Lansing Lugnuts 2, Lake County Captains 3
The Lansing Lugnuts were denied a win by the Lake County Captains who used a couple of home runs to beat the Lugnuts 3-2. Juliandry Higuera had a strong start, allowing only two runs on four hits (including a home run) and a walk with seven strikeouts over six innings. Jake Fishman took the loss, allowing a solo home run among three hits without walking anyone and striking out three in two innings of relief.
The Lugnuts had just four hits with two from Rodrigo Orozco who also stole a base. Joshua Palacios was 1/3 with a walk, a double and an RBI. Nick Sinay walked three times, scored twice and stole two bases and was caught once.
Player of the Game: Juliandry Higuera and Nick Sinay
Roster Notes: Griffin Glaude was moved up to Buffalo and Daniel Lietz took his spot on the roster, coming from Dunedin.
Vancouver Canadians 1, Tri-City Dust Devils 0
The Vancouver Canadians shut out the Tri-City Dust Devils 1-0 in a tightly contested game on Friday night. Brody Rodning provided five shutout innings, allowing six hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Dany Jimenez got the win with two hitless innings, striking out four while Marcus Reyes walked one and gave up a hit in the eighth. William Ouellette struck out the side around a walk in the ninth.
Norberto Obeso (2/4), Logan Warmoth (2/4, RBI) and Kacy Clemens (2/4, 2B) each had two hits while Reggie Pruitt scored the club's only run, going 1/4.
Player of the Game: Brody Rodning
Bluefield Blue Jays
Scheduled off day
GCL Blue Jays 5, GCL Phillies 1
The GCL Blue Jays beat their divisional rival, the GCL Phillies, 5-1 but it wasn't enough to prevent being eliminated from the playoffs as the Blue Jays are a game behind with one to play and the Phillies hold the tie breaker. Otto Lopez had a huge game, going 3/3 with two walks and two runs while Luis De Los Santos was 2/4 with a double, a walk, two RBI and a run. Aldo Ovando drove in two runs, going 1/3 with a triple and a sac fly.
Matthew Gunter threw six scoreless innings, giving up six hits and striking out three to get his first professional win. Adams Cuevas followed with 1 1/3 innings of one-hit, one-walk ball, striking out two and Yunior Hinojosa allowed a run on three hits in 1 2/3 innings.
Player of the Game: Otto Lopez and Matthew Gunter
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