July 29, 2018 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
In eight games (including doubleheaders for the triple-A Buffalo Bisons and rookie-class Bluefield Blue Jays), the Toronto Blue Jays' minor league affiliates were 4-4.
Buffalo Bisons 2, Indianapolis Indians 1
In the first game of a doubleheader against the Indianapolis Indians, the triple-A Buffalo Bisons came away with a 2-1 win. Zach Stewart threw five innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Roberto Osuna allowed two hits and struck out two in the eighth and Justin Shafer pitched a clean ninth to pick up his ninth save.
Dalton Pompey (Mississauga, Ont.) and Gio Urshela started but both came out of the game early (perhaps to join the Blue Jays after the trade deadline?). Billy McKinney went 2-for-3 in Pompey's stead and Anthony Alford was 1-for-2 with a double and a walk, scoring a run. Tim Lopes was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
W: Zach Stewart (1-0)
S: Justin Shafer (9)
Roster Notes: Jason Leblebijian was placed on the 7-day DL and Gift Ngoepe was activated off the DL.
Player of the Game: Zach Stewart
Buffalo Bisons 0, Indianapolis Indians 2
The Buffalo Bisons had just one hit in the second game of their doubleheader with the Indianapolis Indians, losing 2-0.
Billy McKinney had the Bisons' only hit, adding a walk for a solid day and Gift Ngoepe was 0-for-2 but walked twice.
Matt Tracy was very strong, allowing just one hit and four walks through six innings, striking out four before Craig Breslow took the loss, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts in the seventh.
L: Craig Breslow (0-1)
Player of the Game: Matt Tracy
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 8, Hartford Yard Goats 1
T.J. Zeuch had another strong start for the double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats as the 'Cats defeated the Hartford Yard Goats 8-1 in Sunday action.
Zeuch tossed six innings, allowing only five hits with five strikeouts, getting just two fly outs and seven ground outs. Nick Hartman allowed the Yard Goats' only run, giving up two hits and a walk over two frames and Zach Jackson struck out two in a perfect ninth.
Max Pentecost was 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs while Eduard Pinto drove in four runs, hitting a home run (a two-run shot) and a double, going 2-for-4. Jon Berti was 2-for-4 with a run and Harold Ramirez was 1-for-5 with a solo home run. Santiago Espinal was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI and Connor Panas (Toronto, Ont.) was 1-for-2 with a walk, two runs and was hit by a pitch.
W: T.J. Zeuch (7-4)
HR: Eduard Pinto (2), Harold Ramirez (7)
Player of the Game: T.J. Zeuch and Eduard Pinto
Dunedin Blue Jays 3, Jupiter Hammerheads 2
The class-A Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays scored two runs in the ninth inning, getting an RBI single from Kacy Clemens and an RBI walk by David Jacob to come away with a 3-2 win over the Jupiter Hammerheads.
Joshua Palacios had two of the Blue Jays' four hits, going 2-for-4 with a double. Kevin Smith was 1-for-4 with a solo home run, his 12th of the season with Dunedin and David Jacob was 0-for-2 with two walks. Logan Warmoth was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run and Brock Lundquist was 1/4 with a run.
Yennsy Diaz had a strong outing, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk with one strikeout over six innings. Ty Tice got the win, throwing two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and striking out two and Jake Fishman earned his seventh save, walking one and striking out two in the ninth.
W: Ty Tice (4-3)
S: Jake Fishman (7)
HR: Kevin Smith (12)
Player of the Game: Yennsy Diaz and Joshua Palacios
Lansing Lugnuts 2, Dayton Dragons 8
The low-A Lansing Lugnuts could just muster two runs against the Dayton Dragons, falling 8-2.
The Lugs had just four hits (but seven walks) with Chavez Young (1-for-3, BB, RBI), Chad Spanberger (1-for-4), Ryan Gold (1-for-4, R) and Jesus Navarro (1-for-4) getting singles. Samad Taylor walked twice, drove in a run and stole his 33rd base of the year.
Jordan Barrett allowed four runs in 3 1/3 innings, giving up nine hits and one walk. Brayden Bouchey (White Rock, B.C.) came in with the bases loaded in the fourth and allowed just one of those runners to score, walking a batter and striking out four in 1 2/3 innings. Emerson Jimenez gave up four runs on seven hits with one strikeout in 1 2/3 innings and Orlando Pascual finished it, walking one and striking out one in 1 1/3 innings.
L: Jordan Barrett (1-2)
Player of the Game: None
Vancouver Canadians 8, Eugene Emeralds 1
The class-A Short-Season Vancouver Canadians saved their scoring for the late innings but supported Josh Winckowski so that he could get his third win of the year, beating the Eugene Emeralds 8-1.
Winckowski went seven innings, giving up a run on nine hits without walking anyone and striking out four. Fitz Stadler allowed a hit and a walk with one strikeout in the eighth and Denis Diaz allowed a walk with one strikeout in the ninth.
Griffin Conine was 2-for-4 with a double and a run while Chrisopher Bec was 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs. Nick Podkul drove in three runs, going 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run and Jake Brodt hit a grand slam in the eighth inning, going 1-for-4 with the salami.
W: Josh Winckowski (3-4)
HR: Jake Brodt (2)
Player of the Game: Josh Winckowski
Bluefield Blue Jays 5, Princeton Rays 6
The rookie-class Bluefield Blue Jays completed their suspended game from Saturday night against the Princeton Rays, losing 6-5.
Five different Blue Jays had two hits each, accounting for all 10 of the club's hits. Cal Stevenson was 2-for-3 with two walks, a home run and two RBI while Rafael Lantigua was 2-for-4 with a triple, a walk, an RBI and a run. Jose Theran also hit a home run, going 2-for-3 with a blast, two RBI and two runs while Dominic Abbadessa and D.J. Neal each had two singles.
Eric Pardinho started and allowed five runs on eight hits with four walks and two strikeouts in just 2 2/3 innings before Nicolas Medina threw 2 1/3 innings, stranding the bases loaded and giving up just one walk with four strikeouts. Andy McGuire took the loss, giving up an unearned run on two walks with one strikeout in one inning and Brad Wilson allowed a walk in his two innings, striking out one.
L: Andy McGuire (0-1)
HR: Cal Stevenson (1), Jose Theran (1)
Player of the Game: Cal Stevenson and Jose Theran
Bluefield Blue Jays 5, Princeton Rays 8
The Bluefield Blue Jays completed their double header with the Princeton Rays with an 8-5 loss on Sunday.
Alejandro Kirk was on base three times, going 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and a double while Luis De Los Santos was 2-for-4 with a double and a run. Cal Stevenson was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run and Patrick Morris (1-for-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R), Rafael Lantigua (1-for-4, RBI) and Andres Guerra (1-for-3, RBI) each drove in a run.
Claudio Galva allowed six runs over 3 2/3 innings, giving up eight hits (including a home run) and two walks. Grant Townsend gave up two runs on two walks, leaving two runners on for Sean Rackoski who let both runners score, giving up a hit and striking out one in the final inning and a third.
L: Claudio Galva (3-2)
Player of the Game: Alejandro Kirk
GCL Blue Jays
Scheduled off day.
DSL Blue Jays
Scheduled off day.
Jay's Jay of the Day: T.J. Zeuch, Eduard Pinto and Matt Tracy
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