September 3, 2017 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
The Bluefield Blue Jays lost in the playoffs, evening their series with Pulaski at one game apiece while the Vancouver Canadians finished off their season with a win. Buffalo and New Hampshire were rained out leaving Lansing and Dunedin as the only other two Toronto Blue Jays minor league clubs in action, and both lost on Sunday.
Buffalo Bisons, Syracuse Chiefs
Game cancelled because of inclement weather.
Roster Notes: Justin Shafer was sent to Buffalo from New Hampshire and Jared Carkuff was sent to Buffalo from Lansing while Chris Rowley was promoted to Toronto.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Pawtucket Red Sox
Game cancelled because of rain.
Roster Notes: Justin Shafer was promoted to Buffalo and Chris Hall and Ridge Smith were sent from Lansing to New Hampshire.
Dunedin Blue Jays 1, Clearwater Threshers 3
The Dunedin Blue Jays lost their penultimate regular season game of the year 3-1 to the Clearwater Threshers. Patrick Murphy had a decent start, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings, striking out four. Three pitchers combined for the final 3 1/3 innings with Nick Hartman retiring all four batters he faced, striking out one, Zach Jackson giving the Blue Jays a perfect eighth with a strikeout and Kirby Snead finishing the ninth, giving up a hit and striking out one.
The Blue Jays had just six hits with two from J.C. Cardenas. Vladimir Guerrero had one, as did Michael De La Cruz (who drove in the club's only run), Edward Olivares and D.J. Davis.
Player of the Game: None
Lansing Lugnuts 4, Dayton Dragons 5
In their second-to-last regular season game, the Lansing Lugnuts fell 5-4 to the Dayton Dragons who scored in the eighth and ninth to take over the lead. Yonardo Herdenez was solid, giving up two runs on two hits (including a home run) and two walks with five strikeouts through five innings. Bobby Eveld was credited with a blown save, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk over three innings, striking out two. Gaudy Ramirez gave up the winning run on two hits and a walk in the ninth.
The Lugnuts had 10 hits, getting two-hit games from Rodrigo Orozco (2/5, 2 2B, R), Joshua Palacios, (2/4, 2B, RBI, R), David Jacob (2/4, RBI, R) and Mitch Nay (2/4). Luis Silva also drove in a run, going 1/4.
Player of the Game: Rodrigo Orozco and Joshua Palacios
Roster Notes: Catcher Ridge Smith and reliever Chris Hall were sent up to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and reliever Jared Carkuff was promoted to Buffalo. Andy Ravel was placed on the 7-day DL. Gaudy Ramirez, Luis De Los Santos, Danilo Manzueta and Adams Cuevas were sent to Lansing from the GCL, likely in time for the Crosstown Showdown with Michigan State University on Tuesday.
Vancouver Canadians 5, Tri-City Dust Devils 0
While the Vancouver Canadians had a playoff spot locked up already, things weren't so clear for the Tri-City Dust Devils as they needed a Vancouver win and a Spokane loss in order to make the playoffs. Fortunately, they were playing Vancouver and ultimately the Canadians triumphed 5-0. Unfortunately, Spokane didn't comply, beating Everett 3-2, leaving Tri-City out of the running in the playoffs. Vancouver sent out all of their pitchers in their last regular season game, getting a combined shutout from seven hurlers. The Canadians marched to the hill Colton Laws (1 IP, 2 H), Juan Nunez (1 IP, 1 H, 2 K), Donnie Sellers (W, 1 IP, 2 H, 2 K), Wilfri Aleton (2 IP, 2 H, 1 K), Grayson Huffman ( 1 IP, 1 BB), Brayden Bouchey (1 IP, 1 K) and Joe DiBenedetto (2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K).
On the offensive side, Brandon Polizzi was 2/5 in the leadoff spot, driving in a run and stealing two bases. Deiferson Barreto was 2/4 with an RBI and Brock Lundquist was 1/4 with a walk, an RBI, two runs and a stolen base. Owen Spiwak (Mississauga, Ont.) had the club's only extra-base hit and Norberto Obeso was on base three times with a single, two walks, a run and a stolen base. Both Lundquist and Obeso had an outfield assist.
Player of the Game: Brandon Polizzi and Norberto Obeso
Bluefield Blue Jays 4, Pulaski Yankees 6
The Pulaski Yankees evened their playoff series with the Bluefield Blue Jays as the Jays lost 6-4. The Yankees got to Appalachian League Pitcher of the Year Randy Pondler who surrendered three runs on eight hits (including two home runs) and one walk with three strikeouts. In four innings to finish the game, Elio Silva allowed three runs on three hits (including a home run) and one walk.
Antony Fuentes was 3/4 with a double, a home run and two runs, leading the offence while Chavez Young was on base four times, going 2/2 with two walks and a run, adding an assist from the outfield. Ryan Gold continued to swing a hot bat, going 2/4 with a double and Brandon Grudzielanek was 1/4 with two RBI.
Player of the Game: Antony Fuentes
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