Jay Blue: Guerrero, Guzman, Kirwer, Panas, Spanberger, Young, Zeuch

 Sterling Guzman had four hits for the class-A Short-Season Vancouver Canadians on Friday. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

Sterling Guzman had four hits for the class-A Short-Season Vancouver Canadians on Friday. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

August 10, 2018 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away

The Toronto Blue Jays' affiliates were 5-2 on Friday.

Buffalo Bisons 5, Toledo Mud Hens 4

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Montreal, Que.) hit a home run in his third consecutive game, adding some offense as the triple-A Buffalo Bisons beat the Toledo Mud Hens 5-4. Guerrero was 1/4 with the solo blast he hit in the first inning while Danny Jansen was 2/2 with a double, a walk, a hit by pitch and an RBI. Anthony Alford was 2/4 with a double and a run and Jason Leblebijian was 2/4 with a double, a triple, two RBI and a run. Jonathan Davis also hit a triple, going 1/4 with a walk, an RBI and a run.

Zach Stewart started and didn't miss many bats, giving up four runs on 11 hits and a walk with one strikeout in 4 2/3 innings. Tim Mayza got the win, allowing a hit and striking out one, stranding the bases loaded relieving Stewart and pitching 1 1/3 innings. Jose Fernandez threw two perfect innings, striking out one while Justin Shafer picked up his 13th save, striking out one and giving up a hit in the 13th inning.

W: Tim Mayza (5-2)
S: Justin Shafer (13)
HR: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (3)

Player of the Game: Danny Jansen and Jason Leblebijian

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4, Richmond Flying Squirrels 1

The double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats scored three early and got an excellent performance from T.J. Zeuch to beat the Richmond Flying Squirrels 4-1. Zeuch tossed six innings and gave up just four hits with five strikeouts, hitting one batter, for his eighth win as a Fisher Cat. Zach Jackson tossed 1 2/3 innings, giving up a solo home run, walking two and striking out one, allowing just the one run. Corey Copping picked up his first Fisher Cats save, tossing 1 1/3 innings, allowing a hit and a walk, striking out one.

Santiago Espinal had three hits, going 3/5 with a run while Forrest Wall was 2/4 with a walk and an RBI. Max Pentecost hit his fifth home run of the season, going 2/5 with the solo shot.. Jon Berti was 2/5 with a stolen base and Connor Panas (Toronto, Ont.) was 1/2 with a walk, a run and was hit by a pitch.

W: T.J. Zeuch (8-4)
S: Corey Copping (1)
HR: Max Pentecost (5)

Player of the Game: T.J. Zeuch

Dunedin Blue Jays 6, Charlotte Stone Crabs 7

With a 6-2 lead after four innings, the class-A Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays couldn't get any relief, eventually losing 7-6 to the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Maverik Buffo struggled in his start, allowing six walks and six hits, leading to four runs in 4 1/3 innings, striking out one. Jonathan Cheshire allowed the runner he inherited to score, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk with a strikeout over two innings while Ty Tice took the loss, allowing a run on two hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings.

Chad Spanberger hit his first home run for the Dunedin Blue Jays, going 2/4 with the solo blast and Kevin Smith had three hits and an RBI, scoring a run and stealing a base. Ivan Castillo was on base twice, going 1/3 with a walk and a run while Rodrigo Orozco (1/4, 2B, RBI, R) and Yeltsin Gudino (1/4, RBI, SB) each drove in a run.

L: Ty Tice (6-4)
HR: Chad Spanberger (1)

Player of the Game: Kevin Smith and Chad Spanberger

Lansing Lugnuts 11, Dayton Dragons 4

The low-A Lansing Lugnuts brought out the bats to support Maximo Castillo as the 'Nuts beat the Dayton Dragons 11-4. Chavez Young drove in four runs, going 2/4 with a double, a home run, a walk, three runs and his 31st stolen base. Samad Taylor had another multi-hit game, going 2/5 with a double, two RBI, two runs and his 40th stolen base of the season. Reggie Pruitt was on base three times, going 1/3 with two walks, a double, two runs and his 29th stolen base. Freddy Rodriguez and Jesus Navarro each had two hits including a double and two runs while Navarro drove in a run. Vinny Capra was 1/3 with a double and two walks, driving in a run.

Maximo Castillo went six innings, giving up just one run on three hits without walking anyone (although he did hit three batters) and striking out five to pick up his ninth win. Brody Rodning allowed two runs on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings and Orlando Pascuall allowed a solo home run among two hits with three strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings.

W: Maximo Castillo (9-5)
HR: Chavez Young (7)

Player of the Game: Chavez Young and Maximo Castillo

Vancouver Canadians 10, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 7

Four runs in the top of the 10th were enough to secure the victory for the class-A Short-Season Vancouver Canadians after the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes came back to score three runs in the bottom of the ninth but the Canadians came out on top 10-7. Sterling Guzman was 4/5 with a double, an RBI, two runs and a stolen base while Yorman Rodriguez (3/5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R) and Jesus Severino (3/5, 2B, RBI, 2 R) had three hits each. Mc Gregory Contreras was 2/5 with an RBI and Otto Lopez (Montreal, Que.) was 1/5 but drove in a pair of runs with a double. Tanner Kirwer (Sherwood Park, Alta.) was 1/4 with a walk and two runs.

Nick Allgeyer started off strongly, striking out three and allowing only one hit in two innings. Juan Nunez gave up two home runs among six hits, accounting for three runs as he struck out six and walked one in 5 2/3 innings. Fitz Stadler finished the eighth inning, getting one out. Connor Law gave up two runs on a hit and a walk, leaving two runners on for Will McAffer (North Vancouver, B.C.) after getting two outs in the ninth while McAffer allowed both inherited runners to score, gave up a run of his own in the ninth and allowed an unearned run in the 10th, surrendering a home run, a walk and striking out one in 1 1/3 innings.

W: Will McAffer (4-2)

Player of the Game: Sterling Guzman

Bluefield Blue Jays, Elizabethton Twins

Game postponed due to rain.

GCL Blue Jays 8, GCL Phillies East 3

The GCL Blue Jays thumped out six runs in the top of the fourth to give them a 7-0 lead and it was more than enough as they defeated the GCL Phillies East 8-3. Joseph Reyes hit a home run, going 2/5 with two RBI while Steward Berroa was 2/4 with a double, a walk, an RBI, and a stolen base. Adrian Ramos was 2/5 with a triple and an RBI, scoring a run and Warnel Valdez drove in two runs, going 1/5 with a double and a run. Addison Barger was on base a couple of times, going 1/3 with a walk, an RBI and two runs. Jordan Groshans had a rough game, going 0/5 with four strikeouts.

Starter Alejandro Melean allowed three runs on two hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings while Franniel Polanco gave up a hit and a walk in 1 2/3 innings, allowing all three inherited runners to score and striking out two. Yunior Hinojosa pitched two clean innings to finish the game.

W: Alejandro Melean (1-3)
HR: Joseph Reyes (4)

Player of the Game: Steward Berroa and Joseph Reyes

DSL Blue Jays 1, DSL Orioles 2

The DSL Blue Jays and the DSL Orioles decided to play the waiting game and neither club scored until extra innings with each club scoring once in the 10th. It was the Orioles who walked off with the win scoring a run in the bottom of the 11th. Lazaro Estrada dropped his ERA to 1.98 with six scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and striking out seven. Jose Brito pitched two hitless innings, striking out three and Sergio Leon allowed a run on two hits in 1 1/3 innings. William Gonzalez gave up a run on two walks with one strikeout in 2/3 of an inning and he left a runner on for Pedro Padilla, who walked two batters and struck out one before making way for Christian Reyes who who allowed the final run to score despite striking out one.

The Blue Jays had a trio of players who had two hits each with Jhon Solarte (2/5, SB), Jose Rivas (2/5) and Alberto Rodriguez (2/5) each coming up with a pair. Geyber Jimenez was 1/3 with a double, a walk and an RBI.

L: Pedro Padilla (1-2)

Player of the Game: Lazaro Estrada

Jay's Jay of the Day: Sterling Guzman

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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.