Jay Blue: Biggio, Bouchey, Guerrero Jr., Neal, Romano, Smith, Taylor, Waguespack

 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Montreal, Que.) hit his first triple-A home run for the Buffalo Bisons on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Montreal, Que.) hit his first triple-A home run for the Buffalo Bisons on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

August 8, 2018 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away

With the Vancouver Canadians still off for the All-Star Break, the rest of the Toronto Blue Jays' minor league teams were 4-3 in seven games.

Buffalo Bisons 6, Gwinnett Stripers 1

The Great Vlad hit his first triple-A home run as the Buffalo Bisons beat the Gwinnett Stripers 6-1 on Wednesday night.

Guerrero (Montreal, Que.) was 3/4 with a double, single and home run, driving in two and scoring twice for a terrific day. Reese McGuire also hit a home run, going 2/4 with a double and three RBI. Danny Jansen was 1/3 with a walk, an RBI and a run and Rowdy Tellez was 1/4 with a run. Dwight Smith Jr. was 1/3 with a walk and a run.

Jacob Waguespack struck out six in 5 1/3 innings to pick up the win, giving up one unearned run on four hits with a walk. Jose Fernandez tossed 1 2/3 innings, stranding two runners and walking one batter, striking out two. Tim Mayza finished the game, striking out three in two innings, giving up two hits.

W: Jacob Waguespack (4-6)
HR: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (1), Reese McGuire (6)

Roster Notes: Jason Leblebijian was activated off the DL.

Player of the Game: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 6, Bowie Baysox 12

Despite a couple of home runs and 12 hits, the double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats were beaten by the Bowie Baysox who scored 13 runs in a 13-6 victory.

Cavan Biggio was 2/3 with two walks and a solo home run while Eduard Pinto was 2/4 with a run. Harold Ramirez was 2/5 with a double and a solo home run, scoring twice and Bo Bichette was 2/5 with an RBI. Max Pentecost and Forrest Wall were each 1/5 with an RBI and Gunnar Heidt walked twice and scored a run.

Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) was hit for seven runs (four earned) on nine hits (including two home runs) but didn't walk anyone and struck out seven in four innings. Andrew Case (Saint John, N.B.) allowed another five runs on six hits (including a home run), striking out one in two innings and Danny Young gave up a single run on three hits and a walk in the final two innings.

L: Jordan Romano (10-6)
HR: Cavan Biggio (24), Harold Ramirez (9)

Player of the Game: Cavan Biggio

Dunedin Blue Jays 3, Daytona Tortugas 10

The class-A Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays couldn't score more than three runs with 10 hits and they lost 10-3 to the Daytona Tortugas.

Kevin Smith (2/4, RBI, R), Alberto Mineo (2/4) and Chad Spanberger (2/3, BB, RBI) had two hits apiece and Brock Lundquist was 1/4 with a double and a walk. Nash Knight was 1/2 with a walk, a run and was hit by a pitch. Ivan Castillo was 1/4 with a solo home run.

Zach Logue was tagged for nine runs in two-plus innings, giving up 10 hits with two strikeouts. William Ouellette came on in the third with one on and no outs and stranded that runner, allowing just one run on three hits and a walk in three innings. Ty Tice gave up a hit and struck out a batter in one inning and Jackson McClelland struck out three batters in the seventh, walking one. Nash Knight came on to pitch and threw a scoreless eighth, giving up a hit and throwing a wild pitch.

L: Zach Logue (7-3)
HR: Ivan Castillo (2)

Player of the Game: Kevin Smith, Alberto Mineo and Chad Spanberger

Lansing Lugnuts 5, Dayton Dragons 4

The low-A Lansing Lugnuts scored an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth (and boy, did they need it as Dayton scored one in the top of the ninth) and held off the Dayton Dragons to win 5-4.

Samad Taylor (3/5, 2B) and Jesus Navarro (3/4, 2B, RBI, R) had three hits each while Norberto Obeso (2/5, RBI) and Brandon Grudzielanek (2/4, 2 R) had two hits each. Ryan Noda walked three times and stole two bases, going 0/1 with a run while Chavez Young was 1/4 with two stolen bases.

Matt Gunter tossed six solid innings, scattering eight hits and giving up three runs with two strikeouts. Brayden Bouchey (White Rock, B.C.) pitched two perfect innings, striking out one and Dany Jimenez surrendered a solo home run in the ninth, walked one and struck out one to get his 10th save.

W: Matt Gunter (4-4)
S: Dany Jimenez (10)

Roster Notes: Bryan Lizardo was assigned to Lansing from Vancouver and Kevin Vicuna was placed on the DL.

Player of the Game: Samad Taylor and Jesus Navarro

Vancouver Canadians

Scheduled off day.

Roster Notes: Bryan Lizardo was promoted to Lansing.

Bluefield Blue Jays 12, Greeneville Reds 7

The rookie-class Bluefield Blue Jays spread out their offence and beat the Greeneville Reds 12-7.

D.J. Neal hit his second home run of the year, going 2/5 with three RBI and three runs and three stolen bases while D.J. Daniels hit his second home run, going 1/3 with a solo shot. Luis De Los Santos also went deep, going 2/5 with his fifth home run and stole a base. Rafael Lantigua was 1/3 with a double, a walk, two runs and two RBI and Dominic Abbadessa was 1/3 with an RBI and three runs, adding three stolen bases. Hagen Danner was 2/4 with two doubles and an RBI with a run while Alejandro Kirk was on base twice, going 1/4 with a walk.

Felipe Castaneda allowed three runs on four hits and five walks with three strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings and Cre Finfrock stranded the bases loaded but gave up three runs of his own (two earned) on two hits with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings. Nicolas Medina picked up the win, giving up a run on three hits with two strikeouts in two innings and Josh Almonte had a walk and a strikeout over two innings. Brad Wilson finished the game with one strikeout in the ninth.

W: Nicolas Medina (3-1)
HR: D.J. Daniels (2), D.J. Neal (2), Luis De Los Santos (5)

Player of the Game: D.J. Neal

GCL Blue Jays 3, GCL Braves 4

The GCL Blue Jays couldn't quite come all the way back and ended up falling 4-3 to the GCL Braves. Troy Squires and Aldo Ovando each hit a single and a triple with both players scoring once and Ovando driving in a run. Joseoph Reyes was 1/4 with a double and Jordan Groshans went 0/4 but played the whole game as a DH.

Shawn Morimando started, giving up just a hit and striking out two in two innings. Rafael Monsion took the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Eliezer Bello finished the game off, giving up a hit and a walk in 1 2/3 innings.

L: Rafael Monsion (4-2)

Player of the Game: Aldo Ovando and Troy Squires

DSL Blue Jays 8, DSL Padres 5

The DSL Blue Jays rode an offence that scored five runs over the last two innings to beat the DSL Padres 8-5 on Wednesday. Jhon Solarte had three of the club's 11 hits, going 3/5 and Geyber Jimenez hit his first home run, going 1/3 with a walk and three RBI. Jose Rivas was 2/5 with two runs and Pedro Hurtado was 2/4 with a walk, a double, three RBI and a run. Miguel Hiraldo was on base twice, going 1/4 with a double and a walk, scoring twice.

Adrian Hernandez started, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. William Gonzalez stranded one of the two runners he inherited but only walked one and struck out one in 1 2/3 innings. Nelfi Santos allowed two runs on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in the seventh and Pedro Guzman got the win with two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk with two strikeouts.

W: Pedro Guzman (1-0)
HR: Geyber Jimenez (1)

Player of the Game: Jhon Solarte and Pedro Hurtado

Jay's Jay of the Day: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

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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.