July 11, 2012; Reading, PA USA; New Hampshire Fisher Cats infielder Ryan Goins (2) doubles in the bottom of the first inning during Eastern League AA All-Star game at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

May 29 Minor League Report

Buffalo Bisons (28-23)

The Buffalo Bisons were hammered by the Durham Bulls 10-2 on Wednesday night. Claudio Vargas and Bobby Korecky combined to give up the ten runs on fifteen of the sixteen hits that the Bulls got against Buffalo. The offense was quiet, getting only three hits with Ryan Goins’s inside-the-park home run in the third and Mike McCoy‘s RBI sac bunt in the fifth.  Catcher Josh Thole returned for his first start since getting hit on the hand by a pitch on Sunday.

Roster Notes: Pitchers Neil Wagner and Juan Perez had their contracts selected by the Toronto Blue Jays while Thad Weber was optioned back to the Bisons. Todd Redmond was also recalled by the Blue Jays and Joel Carreno promoted to the Bisons to take a bullpen spot there.

Hitting:

Mike McCoy – 0/2, RBI, BB, K
Eugenio Velez – 0/4, K
Moises Sierra – 1/3, BB, K, SB
Luis Jimenez – 0/4, K
Mauro Gomez – 0/4, 2 K
Josh Thole – 0/3, BB
Andy LaRoche – 0/2, R, BB
Ricardo Nanita – 1/3, K, E
Ryan Goins – 1/2, R, HR, RBI

Pitching:

Claudio Vargas – L, 4 1/3 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 4 K
Mickey Storey – 2 2/3 IP, 1 H, 4 K
Bobby Korecky – 1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 1 HR

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game:  Ryan Goins

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (26-28)

Starter Marcus Stroman didn’t make it out of the second inning and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats were clobbered 9-1 at the hands of the Portland Sea Dogs. Red Sox prospect Xander Bogaerts hit two home runs off of Stroman and added a triple on a phenomenal day and the Fisher Cats had no answer to seventeenth-ranked prospect (according to MLB.com) Anthony Ranaudo who gave up only one hit to the Fisher Cats while striking out eight.

Roster Moves: The Blue Jays promoted reliever Joel Carreno to the Buffalo Bisons to fill one of the spots vacated by Wagner and Perez. First baseman Clint Robinson was designated for assignment and I’m not sure if he’s allowed to play while he’s waiting to go through waivers.

Hitting:

Kevin Pillar – 1/4
Brian Van Kirk – 0/4
Kevin Nolan – 0/4
Ryan Schimpf – 1/3, K
Brad Glenn – 0/3, 2 K
Adam Loewen – 1/3, R, 2 K
Sean Ochinko – 0/3, K, E
Jon Talley – 1/3, RBI, 2 K
Kevin Ahrens – 0/3, K

Pitching:

Marcus Stroman – L, 1 IP, 7 H, 8 R (7 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR
Chorye Spoone – 4 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 6 K
Dustin Antolin – 2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
Tommy Hottovy – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Chorye Spoone

Dunedin Blue Jays (28-21)

The Dunedin Blue Jays beat the Lakeland Flying Tigers in another close match 3-2. Providing the sparks for the Blue Jays were first baseman K.C. Hobson who went three for four with his team-leading eighth home run of the season and right fielder Matt Newman who had two hits including a solo shot of his own. Starter Scott Copeland went five solid innings, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks and the bullpen was outstanding, giving up only a hit and two walks in four innings while striking out six. Designated hitter Nick Baligod went two for four bringing his batting average to .330 on the season while shortstop Peter Mooney also had a three hit night.

Hitting:

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

Pitching:

Scott Copeland – W, 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K
Shawn Griffith – 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
Tony Davis – 1 2/3 IP, 1 BB, 3 K
Blake McFarland – S, 1 IP, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game:  K.C. Hobson

Lansing Lugnuts (21-28)

The Lugnuts couldn’t match the Fort Wayne TinCaps’ offense and fell 7-1 on Wednesday. Starter Daniel Norris was fairly solid, pitching four innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks while striking out six. Reliever Kramer Champlin took the brunt of the damage, giving up five runs on five hits and a walk in his three and a third innings although Tucker Donahue came in with the bases loaded in the eighth and allowed all three runs to score. The Lugnuts scattered eight hits over the nine innings and third baseman Gustavo Pierre had a pair to push his batting average up to .302 but also made his team-leading seventeenth error on the season. Catcher Aaron Munoz continues to impress with his defense, throwing out two potential base stealers.

Hitting:

Dwight Smith, Jr. – 1/3, BB, K
Dalton Pompey – 0/4, 2 K
Christian Lopes – 1/3, RBI
Kevin Patterson – 0/4, 3 K
Gustavo Pierre – 2/4, E
Kellen Sweeney – 1/4
Carlos Ramirez – 1/4, 3B, K, OF Asst.
Aaron Munoz –1/4, K
Jorge Flores – 1/3, R, E

Pitching:

Daniel Norris – L, 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
Kramer Champlin – 3 2/3 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Tucker Donahue – 1/3 IP, 2 H

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Daniel Norris

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