Feb 28, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays Andy LaRoche celebrates with teammate catcher Mike Nickeas (15) after hitting a sole homerun against the New York Yankees during the top of the seventh inning of a spring training game at George Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

May 14 Minor League Report

 Buffalo Bisons (23-14)

The Indianapolis Indians downed the Buffalo Bisons 10-4 on Tuesday despite the Herd’s breakout for three home runs and nine hits. The Indians (the Pittsburgh Pirates’ AAA squad) busted out early against starter Miguel Batista, scoring ten runs in the first four innings, eight off Batista and two (one earned) off reliever Bobby Korecky. Those ten runs were more than enough for Indians starter Gerrit Cole, the Pirates top prospect, who won the game despite giving up all three home runs to the Bisons. Nine different Bisons accounted for the nine hits and it was Moises Sierra, Josh Thole and Andy LaRoche who provided the fireworks, each with a solo home run.

Hitting:

Anthony Gose – 1/4, K, E
Jim Negrych – 1/4, RBI
Moises Sierra – 1/4, R, HR, RBI, 2 K
Luis Jimenez – 1/4, K
Mauro Gomez – 1/3, 2B, BB, 2 K
Josh Thole – 1/4, R, HR, RBI
Andy LaRoche – 1/3, R, HR, RBI
Mike McCoy – 1/1
Ryan Langerhans – 1/4, K, OF Asst.
Ryan Goins – 0/3, R

Pitching:

Miguel Batista – L, 3 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
Bobby Korecky – 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 3 K
Michael Schwimer – 1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 2 BB
Clint Everts – 1/3 IP

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Andy LaRoche

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (18-21)

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats got outstanding pitching and just enough offense to beat the Portland Sea Dogs 3-0 on Tuesday. Marcus Walden had his best start of the year, going seven and two-thirds shutout innings and giving up only two hits and two walks while striking out six. John Stilson, who was just activated from the Disabled List, was outstanding, throwing one and a third innings and giving up only a hit and striking out four batters. Kevin Pillar led the way for the hitters, going three for four with a double and Brad Glenn and Kevin Nolan each had two hits in the nine-hit effort for the Fisher Cats.

Roster Notes: The New Hampshire Fisher Cat pitching staff gained another member on Tuesday with John Stilson being activated from the disabled list.

Hitting:

Kevin Pillar – 3/4, R, 2B, RBI
Brian Van Kirk – 1/3, R, RBI, BB< K
Clint Robinson – 0/3, BB
Brad Glenn –2/4, RBI, 2 K
Ryan Schimpf – 0/4, K
Kevin Nolan – 2/3, BB, K
Sean Ochinko – 1/4
Kevin Ahrens – 0/1, 2 BB
Ricardo Nanita – 0/1
John Tolisano – 0/4, 2 K

Pitching:

Marcus Walden – W, 7 2/3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K
John Stilson – S, 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 4 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Marcus Walden

Dunedin Blue Jays (21-14)

The Dunedin Blue Jays beat the Fort Myers Miracle 9-3 on Tuesday after some great pitching and an outstanding appearance by a major leaguer. Scott Copeland had another strong start, giving up just two unearned runs in his six innings of work and Dustin McGowan followed him with a shutout inning in which he only gave up one run while striking out the side. Andy Burns made the fielding error leading to the two runs but partially made up for it, driving in one of his own and scoring one. Catcher Derrick Chung continues his hot hitting, going three for four while Jon Talley and K.C. Hobson each drove in two runs. Matt Newman had another two hits for the Blue Jays as did Shane Opitz in his debut in the Florida State League.

Roster Note: Pitcher Dustin McGowan was sent to Dunedin on a rehab assignment.

Hitting:

Jon Berti – 1/5, 2 R, K
Matt Newman – 2/5, 2 R, 3 K
Andy Burns – 1/5, R, RBI, E
Jon Talley – 1/4, R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
K.C. Hobson – 2/4, R, 2 RBI, BB
Derrick Chung – 3/4, RBI, BB, K
Nick Baligod – 1/5, RBI
Jonathan Jones – 0/4, R, BB
Shane Opitz – 2/4, R, 2B, K

Pitching:

Scott Copeland – W, 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 3 K
Dustin McGowan – 1 IP, 1 H, 3 K
Ajay Meyer – 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R
Efrain Nieves – 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB
Blake McFarland – 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Derrick Chung

Lansing Lugnuts (13-22)

Starter Javier Avendano picked up his third win despite an unimpressive outing in a 7-4 Lansing win over the Lake County Captains. Avendano went five innings but gave up eight hits and two walks leading to four runs while strikingout five. The bullpen, which has been really coming around lately, gave the team four shutout innings by Tucker Donahue, Wil Browning and Arik Sikula to close out the game. Balbino Fuenmayor, Aaron Munoz and Emilio Guerrero contributed on offense with two RBI each while Dalton Pompey, Munoz and Guerrero had multi-hit games. Pompey also stole two bases and Dwight Smith, Jr. swiped a bag as well.

Hitting:

Dalton Pompey – 2/5, R, 2B, K, 2 SB
Dwight Smith, Jr. – 1/5, 2 R, K, SB
Carlos Ramirez – 0/4, RBI, BB, 2 K, OF Asst.
Balbino Fuenmayor – 1/4, R, 2 RBI
Kellen Sweeney – 0/4, R, BB
Kevin Patterson – 0/4, R, BB, 2 K
Gustavo Pierre – 1/4, R, K, E
Aaron Munoz – 2/4, 2 RBI
Emilio Guerrero -3/4, 2 RBI, K, E

Pitching:

Javier Avendano – W, 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 5 K
Tucker Donahue – 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Wil Browning – 1 1/3 IP, 3 K
Arik Sikula – 1 IP

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Emilio Guerrero

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