May 6, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals pitcher Tommy Hottovy (46) delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees during the seventh inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

May 22 Minor League Report

Buffalo Bisons (26-18)

Scheduled Off Day

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (23-24)

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats fought hard in a see-saw battle with the Portland Sea Dogs but ended up losing 5-4 after a walk-off single drove home the winning run in the bottom of the tenth inning. Starter Ryan Tepera wasn’t sharp, giving up four runs on five hits and four walks in his three and two-thirds innings, but Scott Gracey and Tommy Hottovy provided five innings of shutout ball between them. Kevin Nolan and Sean Ochinko each had two doubles while Brad Glenn, Adam Loewen and Brian Van Kirk all had two hits apiece in the eleven hit attack.

Hitting:

Kevin Pillar – 0/5, K
Kevin Nolan – 2/5, 2 2B, K
Ryan Schimpf – 1/5, R, 2 K
Clint Robinson – 0/3, 2 BB, K
Brad Glenn – 2/5, R, 2B, RBI, OF Asst.
Adam Loewen – 2/5, R, 3 K, SB
Brian Van Kirk – 2/5, R, 2B, RBI, K
Sean Ochinko – 2/4, 2 2B, RBI, K, PB
John Tolisano – 0/4

Pitching:

Ryan Tepera – 3 2/3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
Scott Gracey – 2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 K
Tommy Hottovy – 2 2/3 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K
Dustin Antolin – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Scott Gracey, Tommy Hottovy

Dunedin Blue Jays (26-17)

The Dunedin Blue Jays beat the St. Lucie Mets and former Blue Jays farmhand Noah Syndergaard 5-3 on Wednesday. Starter Jesse Hernandez out-pitched Syndergaard, giving up only three runs (one earned) in his five and a third innings despite walking four batters. The bullpen combined for three and two-thirds innings of shutout ball behind him with Blake McFarland nailing down his tenth save of the year. Andy Burns got the job done with both power and speed. Not only did he hit his sixth home run of the season as part of a three for four evening but he stole two bases as well. Nick Baligod ran his batting average up to .322 with a three-for-four night.

Hitting:

Jon Berti – 1/3, 2 R, 2 K, 2 SB
Matt Newman – 1/4, R, 2B, RBI, 2 K
Andy Burns – 3/4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 SB, CS, E
Jon Talley – 1/4, 2B, 2 RBI, E
K.C. Hobson – 0/4, K
Marcus Knecht – 0/3, BB, K
Nick Baligod – 3/4, 2B
Pierce Rankin – 0/4
Peter Mooney – 0/2, BB

Pitching:

Jesse Hernandez – W, 5 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
Tony Davis – 1 IP, 1 K
Marco Grifantini – 2/3 IP, 1 K
Ajay Meyer – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Blake McFarland – S, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Andy Burns

Lansing Lugnuts (20-23)

The Lugnuts managed to weather a Lake County Captains offensive storm in the top of the ninth inning to come out with a 9-8 win to make it seven wins in a row. Despite giving up two runs in the first inning, starter Ben White hung on and gave the team five innings of three-run ball, handing the game over the the bullpen. Efrain Nieves pitched three stellar shutout innings, giving up only two hits while striking out four taking the game to the ninth inning. Ian Kadish couldn’t get an out in the ninth, giving up five runs (three earned) on four hits. Arik Sikula closed the game out, but did allow his inherited runner from Kadish to score. Kevin Patterson had another great day with the bat, hitting a home run as part of a two-for-three day. Emilio Guerrero had two hits of his own while Carlos Ramirez hit his fifth home run of the season. While going oh for four, catcher Aaron Munoz continues to be a defensive force, throwing out one of three base stealers and picking another runner off.

Hitting:

Dalton Pompey – 1/4, R, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 K, SB
Kellen Sweeney – 1/4, R, 3 K
Christian Lopes – 1/3, 2 R, RBI, BB, 2 K
Kevin Patterson – 2/3, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, K
Gustavo Pierre – 1/4, R, 2B, RBI
Chris Hawkins – 1/4, RBI, K
Carlos Ramirez – 1/4, R, HR, 2 RBI
Aaron Munoz – 0/4, K
Emilio Guerrero – 2/4, R, SB

Pitching:

Ben White – W, 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
Efrain Nieves – 3 IP, 2 H, 4 K
Ian Kadish – 0 IP, 4 H, 5 R (3 ER)
Arik Sikula – S, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Efrain Nieves

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