May 6, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Darren Oliver (38) throws a pitch during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 8-7. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Black Magic skunks Blue Jays Affiliates: June 5 Minor League Report

It was a clean sweep on Wednesday night as all four of the Blue Jays minor league affiliates in action lost. There was some good news as Dustin McGowan and Darren Oliver pitched and C prospect Santiago Nessy returned to the Lansing lineup.

Buffalo Bisons (31-27)

Chad Jenkins’s first Triple-A start was a rough one as he bides his time before his recall to the majors on June 11. The Buffalo Bisons lost 5-3 to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs on Wednesday with Jenkins taking the loss after five innings in which he gave up all five runs. The bullpen trio of Joel Carreno, Dustin McGowan and Dave Bush all kept the Bisons in the game by pitching four scoreless innings but the bats weren’t able to get enough going despite knocking Canadian pitcher Phillippe Aumont around a bit in the eighth. The offense was quiet, only getting four hits including Mauro Gomez’s team-leading fifteenth home run.

Hitting:

Mike McCoy – 1/3, BB
Jim Negruch – 1/4, RBI
Luis Jimenez – 0/3, RBI, K, E
Mauro Gomez – 1/4, R, HR, RBI, 2 K
Josh Thole – 0/4, 2 K
Moises Sierra – 0/4, 3 K
Andy LaRoche – 0/4
Ryan Langerhans – 0/1, R, 2 BB, K
Ryan Goins – 1/3, K

Pitching:

Chad Jenkins – L, 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Joel Carreno – 1 IP, 2 K
Dustin McGowan – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 K
Dave Bush – 2 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Mauro Gomez

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (28-32)

Marcus Walden had a pretty good start for the Fisher Cats but the Akron Aeros got eight runs off of Tyson Brummett to hand the visitors an 11-2 loss. Walden went six innings and gave up only three runs (on six hits and four walks) but with the Fisher Cats only managing to score two runs off Akron starter Matt Packer, it was enough for Walden to get the loss. Akron’s bullpen was particularly frustrating to the Fisher Cats, throwing three perfect innings and striking out four batters. The hitters scattered eight hits with Kevin Pillar getting three and Brad Glenn getting two including a solo home run in the fourth inning.

Hitting:

Kevin Pillar – 3/4, RBI, K
Brian Van Kirk – 1/4,
Clint Robinson – 0/4, 2 K
Kevin Nolan – 0/4
Ryan Schimpf – 0/4
Sean Ochinko – 0/4, K
Brad Glenn – 2/4, 2 R, HR, RBI, K, CS
Kevin Ahrens – 1/3, K
Tommy Manzella – 1/3, E

Pitching:

Marcus Walden – L, 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 1 K
Tyson Brummett – 1 2/3 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR
Matt Wright – 1/3 IP, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Brad Glenn

Dunedin Blue Jays (31-24)

Rehabbing reliever Darren Oliver started (to ensure he got his work in early) but Casey Lawrence had a tough time in a 7-4 Dunedin Blue Jays loss to the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Despite a perfect first inning (with two strikeouts) from Oliver, Lawrence gave up six runs (four earned) on ten hits and a walk in his three and a third innings. Tyler Ybarra and Dayton Marze combined for three and two-thirds perfect innings before John Anderson gave up one more run in the ninth.

Despite getting eleven hits, the offense only managed to score four runs. Andy Burns was instrumental as he went two for three with two walks, two runs, a home run and an RBI. Mike Crouse and Chris Schaeffer each had two hits including a double.

Roster Notes and correction: LHP Darren Oliver was sent to Dunedin to begin a minor league rehab assignment. RHP Jesse Hernandez was also named to the Florida State League All-Star Game.

Hitting:

Jon Berti – 1/5, 2 K, E
Andy Burns – 2/3, 2 R, HR, RBI, 2 BB, K
K.C. Hobson – 1/4, 2B, 2 RBI
Gabe Jacobo – 1/5, R, K
Mike Crouse – 2/5, 2B, K
Marcus Knecht – 0/2, 2 BB, K
Chris Schaeffer – 2/4, 2B
Nick Baligod – 1/3, RBI
Jason Leblebijian – 1/3, 2K
Shane Opitz – 0/1

Pitching:

Darren Oliver – 1 IP, 2 K
Casey Lawrence – L, 3 1/3 IP, 10 H, 6 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 1 K
Tyler Ybarra – 2 2/3 IP, 4 K
Dayton Marze – 1 IP, 1 K
John Anderson – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Andy Burns

Lansing Lugnuts (25-30)

The Lansing Lugnut bullpen and defense couldn’t hold on to the lead after a good start from Javier Avendano and ended up losing 8-5 to the Fort Wayne Tin Caps on Wednesday night. Avendano gave up three runs (two earned) over his four and two-thirds innings but struck out six. Kramer Champlin followed up with two and a third scoreless innings before the defense failed Efrain Nieves and Tucker Donahue, making a total of four errors on the night. The offense was led by Christian Lopes who drove in two with a double, Kellen Sweeney who drove in three with two hits including a triple and Gustavo Pierre who remained hot, going two for five and scoring two runs.

Roster Notes: Catcher Santiago Nessy returned from the DL after sustaining a concussion in April (despite it not being listed yet in the Midwest League transactions). Named to the Midwest League All-Star Game: RP Wil Browning, 3B Gustavo Pierre, 2B Christian Lopes, OF Dalton Pompey

Hitting:

Dwight Smith, Jr. – 1/4, R, BB, K, SB, E
Emilio Guerrero – 1/4, R, BB, E, SB
Christian Lopes – 1/5, 2B, 2 RBI
Kevin Patterson – 0/5, K
Gustavo Pierre – 2/5, 2 R, K, PO
Santiago Nessy – 0/2, R, BB
Chris Hawkins – 1/4
Kellen Sweeney – 2/4, 3B, 3 RBI, K
Dalton Pompey – 1/3, BB, K, 2 SB

Pitching:

Javier Avendano – 4 2/3 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 6 K
Kramer Champlin – 2 1/3 IP, 2 K
Efrain Nieves – L, 2/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R (1 ER), 2 BB
Tucker Donahue – 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Kellen Sweeney

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