July 8, 2018 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
The Toronto Blue Jays' affiliates had seven games on the docket with a doubleheader in Dunedin and the two lowest-level clubs off and went 4-3.
Buffalo Bisons 0, Syracuse Chiefs 3
The triple-A Buffalo Bisons couldn't keep their winning streak going, losing 3-0 to the Syracuse Chiefs.
The Bisons were held to just five hits including a double from Roemon Fields who also walked and stole two bases and a triple from Richard Urena. Gio Urshela was 1-for-3 with a walk.
Chris Rowley had a strong start, going six innings and allowing just two runs on seven hits with one walk and six strikeouts. Matt Tracy threw a clean seventh and Murphy Smith gave up just a hit in the eighth, striking out one and Craig Breslow allowed a run on a hit and a walk to start the ninth, getting two outs before Zach Stewart finished the inning by retiring the only batter he faced.
L: Chris Rowley (5-6)
Roster Notes: Tim Mayza was called up to Toronto with Rhiner Cruz going on the DL.
Player of the Game: Chris Rowley
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 14, Reading Fightin Phils 2
The double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, becoming the "Granite State Mountain Men" in a "What If?" promotion that saw the Fisher Cats taking on the name that was a finalist in the "Name the Team" contest back in 2004, snapped their losing streak by demolishing the Reading Fightin Phils 14-2.
Harold Ramirez and Eduard Pinto had three hits each with Ramirez slamming a double, drawing a walk, driving in a run and scoring a run. Pinto was 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, two runs and a stolen base. Jon Berti was 2-for-4 with two RBI, a run and a stolen base and Gunnar Heidt was on base three times, going 1-for-3 with two walks, a home run two RBI and two runs. Jonathan Davis was 1-for-4 but also added a walk, a home run and drove in four while scoring twice. Ryan Hissey was 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, an RBI and a run.
Jon Harris went four innings, giving up two solo home runs among six hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Nick Hartman picked up the win, going two innings and striking out three. Justin Dillon walked one and struck out one in two innings and Travis Bergen finished the game, striking out one and walking one in the ninth.
W: Nick Hartman (2-1)
HR: Gunnar Heidt (2), Jonathan Davis (5)
Player of the Game: Gunnar Heidt and Jonathan Davis
Dunedin Blue Jays 5, St. Lucie Mets 2
The class-A Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays got their doubleheader against the St. Lucie Mets off to a great start with a 5-2 win in the opener. Santiago Espinal was 1-for-4 with a three-run home run while Kacy Clemens, Ivan Castillo and Brock Lundquist were each 2-for-3.
Andy Ravel started, giving up two runs on two hits and three walks with one strikeout over 3 1/3 innings and Juliandry Higuera cleaned up the fourth inning, allowing two of three inherited runners to score and giving up two hits in 2/3 of an inning. Claudio Custodio went two strong innings for the win, allowing a hit with two strikeouts and Ty Tice picked up his third save, with a clean seventh.
W: Claudio Custodio (1-0)
S: Ty Tice (3)
HR: Santiago Espinal (1)
Player of the Game: Kacy Clemens, Ivan Castillo and Brock Lundquist
Dunedin Blue Jays 2, St. Lucie Mets 1
The Dunedin Blue Jays cleaned up the St. Lucie Mets in the second game of their double header, behind a strong pitching performance from Yennsy Diaz in a 2-1 win. Diaz went six innings, allowing just a run on three hits with out walking anyone and striking out four batters. William Ouellette got his fourth save with a clean seventh.
Kevin Smith was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run while Brock Lundquist had two more hits (giving him four for the day), pushing his average to .615 with the Dunedin Blue Jays. David Jacob was 2-for-2 with a walk and Joshua Palacios was 2-for-3. Santiago Espinal was 1-for-4 with a double.
W: Yennsy Diaz (2-2)
S: William Ouellette (4)
Player of the Game: Yennsy Diaz
Lansing Lugnuts 0, South Bend Cubs 10
The low-A Lansing Lugnuts got shellacked by the South Bend Cubs, losing 10-0 on Sunday. Maximo Castillo allowed three of the runs (two earned), going four innings and giving up seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Orlando Pascual went two frames, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Dalton Rodriguez allowed four runs on two hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings and Brayden Bouchey (White Rock, B.C.) allowed both inherited runners to score, giving up a run of his own on three hits with one strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings.
Freddy Rodriguez had two of the Lugnuts' four hits with Chavez Young and Ryan Noda getting one each.
L: Maximo Castillo (7-3)
Player of the Game: None
Vancouver Canadians 5, Spokane Indians 4
The class-A Short-Season Vancouver Canadians scored early and hung on to beat the Spokane Indians 5-4 on Sunday.
Joey Murray started, going two innings and striking out four batters, giving up just one hit. Sean Wymer followed, allowing just a hit with two strikeouts in three innings. Nick Allgeyer followed, giving up two runs on a walk and a home run with three strikeouts in the sixth. Cobi Johnson faced the minimum over two innings, striking out one and Connor Law earned the save but allowed two runs on four hits with two strikeouts in the ninth.
Vinny Capra was on base three times, going 2-for-3 with a double, a hit by pitch, an RBI and a run, adding a stolen base. All of the other Canadians had a hit including Griffin Conine who was 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs, and Jake Brodt, who was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and an RBI. Sterling Guzman and Brett Wright each had a single and an RBI.
W: Sean Wymer (1-1)
S: Connor Law (2)
Roster Notes: Fitz Stadler was promoted from Bluefield to Vancouver.
Player of the Game: Vinny Capra
Bluefield Blue Jays 3, Kingsport Mets 16
The rookie-class Bluefield Blue Jays lost just their fourth game all season, getting hammered by the Kingsport Mets 16-3.
Alvaro Galindo allowed five runs over three-plus innings, giving up six hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Mike Pascoe came in with the bases loaded and allowed all three runners to score, giving up three runs of his own on two hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings. Joe DiBenedetto also came in with the bases loaded and let just one runner score but allowed four runs (three earned) of his own over one inning, walking two and giving up a home run. Josh Almonte also allowed four runs (three earned) in just 1/3 of an inning, also coming in with the bases loaded and letting all three runners come in. Joey Pulido walked one in 2 1/3 innings, striking out three and, normally a second baseman, Jose Theran finished the game, walking one and giving up a hit but no runs in the ninth.
Luis De Los Santos was 2-for-4 with a triple and Davis Schneider was 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run. Dominic Abbadessa was 1-for-4 with an RBI and Patrick Morris was 1-for-2 with two walks.
L: Alvaro Galindo (0-1)
Roster Notes: Fitz Stadler was promoted to Vancouver and Brennan Price was promoted to Bluefield from the GCL.
Player of the Game: Luis De Los Santos and Patrick Morris
GCL Blue Jays
Scheduled off day.
Roster Notes: Brennan Price was promoted to Bluefield.
DSL Blue Jays
Scheduled off day.
Jay's Jay of the Day: Yennsy Diaz
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