August 11, 2017 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
It wasn't exactly a banner day at the office for the Blue Jays' minor league affiliates, losing six of eight games on Friday.
Buffalo Bisons 5, Toledo Mud Hens 2
The Buffalo Bisons beat the Toledo Mud Hens 5-2, getting a solid start from Brett Oberholtzer. The big lefty went six innings, giving up two runs on nine hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Tim Mayza allowed a hit and a walk in two innings and John Stilson walked one and struck out two in the ninth to earn the save.
Roemon Fields was on base three times, going 3/4 with a run while Danny Jansen also reached three times, going 2/3 with a walk and an RBI. Christian Lopes drove in three runs, going 2/4 with a double, a walk and a run and Rowdy Tellez was 1/4. Jon Berti was 2/4 with a triple and two runs.
Player of the Game: Christian Lopes, Roemon Fields and Danny Jansen
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3, Erie SeaWolves 4
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats lost a heartbreaker, dropping the opener of their series with the Erie SeaWolves 4-3. The Fisher Cats got out to a 3-0 start and lefty Thomas Pannone gave the club 5 2/3 solid innings that were punctuated by three solo home runs, two by Gabriel Quintana (who has 20 on the year) and one by monster-sized human Steven Moya. In the end, Pannone was charged with three runs on four hits and two walks over the 5 2/3 innings. Danny Young pitched well over his 1 1/3 innings, giving up just one hit and striking out one. Griffin Glaude got into trouble in the eighth, giving up two cheap hits on weak contact, followed by an intentional walk and a sacrifice fly which gave the SeaWolves the lead. Shane Dawson (Drayton Valley, Alta.) came out to retire the next two batters, striking out one of them to end the inning and the threat.
Jonathan Davis opened the game on a positive note, hitting a solo home run and went 2/5. Reese McGuire was 3/4 with two doubles and two RBI and also took a walk but was thrown out at home in the top of the ninth inning trying to tie up the game. Lourdes Gurriel and Derrick Loveless each had a hit.
Player of the Game: Reese McGuire and Jonathan Davis
Dunedin Blue Jays 4, Fort Myers Miracle 6
The Dunedin Blue Jays lost the opener of their doubleheader with the Fort Myers Miracle, getting sunk by a rough first inning in a 6-4 loss. Josh DeGraaf was on the mound, giving up five runs in the first inning and six overall (five earned) in 4 2/3 innings on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Philip Walby came on to end the game, tossing 1 1/3 innings.
D.J. Davis continues to be hot, going 2/4 with two RBI and a stolen base. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Montreal, Que.) was 2/3 with a walk and Chris Coghlan was 2/4 with a double. Michael De La Cruz and Jake Thomas each had a hit and an RBI while Bo Bichette was 1/4.
Player of the Game: D.J. Davis, Vladimir Guerrero and Chris Coghlan
Roster Notes: Geno Encina was sent back to the Lansing Lugnuts and Ryan Hissey was sent to the GCL on a rehab assignment. Ryan Cook was activated off the DL. Going back to Thursday, Max Pentecost was placed on the DL and T.J. Zeuch was returned from his rehab assignment in the GCL.
Dunedin Blue Jays 0, Fort Myers Miracle 1
The Dunedin Blue Jays lost the nightcap of their doubleheader with the Fort Myers 1-0 in a tightly contested game. The Miracle walked it off in the bottom of the seventh with a run off Conor Fisk, who threw 6 2/3 innings and gave up just the one run on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
The Blue Jays had just three hits including a single, a walk and a stolen base from Bo Bichette and singles from Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Connor Panas (Toronto, Ont.).
Player of the Game: Conor Fisk
Lansing Lugnuts 5, Lake County Captains 6
The Lansing Lugnuts tried to claw back from behind but fell just short in a 6-5 loss to the Lake County Captains. Mitch Nay went deep for the Lugnuts, going 1/5 with a two-run home run, giving him a new single-season home run high for his career, playing just 42 games so far this year. J.B. Woodman was 2/4 with a triple and an RBI while Yeltsin Gudino was 2/4. Nash Knight had the most total bases, going 2/4 with a double and a triple, taking a walk and scoring twice.
Yennsy Diaz had a solid outing, allowing just two runs on two hits (including a home run) and two walks with four strikeouts in five innings. Andy Ravel took the loss, giving up three runs on four hits (including a home run) and a walk with two strikeouts in two innings. Denis Diaz gave up an unearned run on a hit and a walk with two strikeouts in his inning and Nick Hartman pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up just a hit and striking out two.
Player of the Game: Nash Knight
Roster Notes: Geno Encina was assigned to Lansing from Dunedin and Andrew Deramo was sent back to Lansing.
Vancouver Canadians 2, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 6
The Vancouver Canadians opened their series with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes on the wrong foot, losing 6-2. Juan Nunez gave up four runs (two earned) on three hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings with four strikeouts to take the loss. Jake Fishman allowed two runs on four hits (including a home run) and a walk over 1 2/3 before Orlando Pascual pitched two scoreless innings, giving up three hits, to finish the game.
Riley Adams had a great game, going 3/5 with an RBI at the plate (but a throwing error from behind it) while Reggie Pruitt continued his hot second half, going 2/5 with two runs and Norberto Obeso was 2/4 with a walk.
Player of the Game: Riley Adams, Reggie Pruitt and Norberto Obeso
Roster Notes: Bobby Eveld was sent down to the GCL Blue Jays and Andrew Deramo was sent to Vancouver from Lansing.
Bluefield Blue Jays 1, Danville Braves 0
The Bluefield Blue Jays (33-16) got a gem from the pitching staff to shut out the Danville Braves 1-0. Josh Winckowski had the start of his career, throwing six innings, giving up just two hits and a walk and hit double digits, striking out 10 batters. Miguel Burgo, Kelyn Jose and Graham Spraker each pitched a scoreless inning.
The Blue Jays managed to get just one run off of their 11 hits with Chavez Young scoring after his triple. Freddy Rodriguez was 2/4 with a walk and Brandon Grudzielanek was 2/4 with a double. Francisco Rodriguez was 3/4.
Player of the Game: Josh Winckowski
GCL Blue Jays 2, GCL Yankees West 3
The GCL Blue Jays (27-14) faced off against the GCL Yankees West squad and, despite getting two solo home runs, the Blue Jays dropped the match 3-2. Ryan Hissey was rehabbing with the Jays and went 2/4 with a solo blast in his first game back while D.J. Daniels was 1/4 with his solo home run. D.J. Neal hit a double and Jose Theran was 2/4 with a stolen base.
Matthew Gunter was solid on the mound, allowing just one run on three hits with five strikeouts over five innings. Emmanuel Reyes gave up a run on three hits over two innings while Connor Law took the loss, allowing a run on, you guessed it, three hits in the eighth.
Player of the Game: Matthew Gunter and Ryan Hissey
Roster Notes: Ryan Hissey was sent to the GCL for a rehab assignment and Bobby Eveld was sent to the GCL from Vancouver.
DSL Blue Jays, DSL Giants
Game postponed due to rain.
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