Feb 18, 2013; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Ricky Romero (24) during photo day at Florida Auto Exchange Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Romero Solid as a Bison: June 7 Minor League Report

Buffalo Bisons (32-28)

Game 1

Ricky Romero had the best start of his season in a 4-3 Buffalo Bisons win against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Romero went five and two-thirds innings giving up only three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three. Anthony Gose went one for four in his return to Buffalo while Luis Jimenez hit his thirteenth home run of the season.

Roster Notes: Both Josh Thole and Andy LaRoche were called up to the Blue Jays while Henry Blanco was DFA’ed. Catcher Sean Ochinko was called up to replace Thole.

Hitting:

Anthony Gose – 1/4, 2B, RBI, 2 K
Ryan Goins – 1/2, RBI, BB
Mauro Gomez – 0/3, 2 K
Luis Jimenez – 1/2, R, HR, RBI, BB, K
Moises Sierra – 1/2, 2 R, CS, PO
Jim Negrych – 1/1, 2B, RBI, BB
Ryan Langerhans – 0/1, 2 BB, K
Mike McCoy – 1/2, R, RBI, BB, E
Mike Nickeas – 1/2

Pitching:

Ricky Romero – 5 2/3 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K
John Stilson – W, 1 1/3 IP, 1 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Luis Jimenez

Game 2

The Bisons were blanked in the second half of the double header 4-0 by the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Starting pitcher Justin Germano allowed all four runs in his six innings although only two runs were earned. The bats were held to three hits in the game with Anthony Gose  getting on base twice via a walk and a single but getting picked off.

Hitting:

Anthony Gose – 1/2, BB, K, PO, CS
Eugenio Velez – 0/3, K
Mauro Gomez – 1/3, 2B, K
Luis Jimenez – 0/3
Moises Sierra – 0/3, K, E
Jim Negrych – 0/3
Sean Ochinko – 0/2
Ricardo Nanita – 0/2
Ryan Goins – 1/2

Pitching:

Justin Germano – L, 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K
Tommy Hottovy – 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 K
Buddy Carlyle – 2/3 IP, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Anthony Gose

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (29-33)

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats picked up their first win in six games, beating the Erie Sea Wolves 2-0 in a well pitched game on both sides. Starter Ryan Tepera pitched five scoreless innings, striking out 7 while Randy Boone and Dustin Antolin combined for four shutout innings in relief. Despite only getting five hits, the offense got just enough for the win with Brad Glenn leading the way. Glenn had a single and a home run while second baseman Amadeo Zazueta hit his first home run of the season to account for the second run.

Roster Note: Sean Ochinko was assigned to Buffalo. No corresponding move has been made.

Hitting:

Kevin Pillar – 0/4
Ryan Schimpf – 0/3, BB, CS
Kevin Nolan – 0/4
Brad Glenn – 2/4, R, HR, RBI
Clint Robinson – 1/4, K
Brian Van Kirk – 1/2, 2 BB
Kevin Ahrens – 0/3, BB, 2 K
Jack Murphy – 0/4, K
Amadeo Zazueta – 1/3, R, HR, RBI

Pitching:

Ryan Tepera – W, 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 H, 7 K
Randy Boone – 2 IP
Dustin Antolin – S, 2 IP, 2 BB, 3 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Ryan Tepera

Dunedin Blue Jays (32-24)

The Dunedin Blue Jays played a strong all-around game, defeating the Clearwater Threshers 7-1 on Friday night. Darren Oliver started, facing only three batters and striking out two of them before handing the game over to Austin Bibens-Dirkx who absolutely dominated, giving up only one run on six hits and a walk in seven innings while striking out twelve. Ajay Meyer pitched the ninth and contributed two strikeouts of his own to bring the game total to sixteen Ks by the Blue Jay pitchers. The batters had an outstanding day as well, rapping out thirteen hits including K.C. Hobson’s ninth home run and an all around banner day for catcher A.J. Jimenez who returned from the DL with a four-for-five game in which he hit two doubles and drove in four. Jon Berti, Andy Burns and Marcus Knecht also contributed with a pair of hits apiece.

Roster Moves: C A.J. Jimenez returns from the disabled list while IF Jason Leblebijian was assigned to Vancouver.

Hitting:

Jon Berti – 2/3, 2 R, SB
Andy Burns – 2/5, 2 R, 2B, SB
A.J. Jimenez – 4/5, R, 2 2B, 4 RBI
Gabe Jacobo – 0/4, RBI, BB, K
K.C. Hobson – 1/4, R, HR, 2 RBI
Mike Crouse – 0/4, 2 K
Marcus Knecht – 2/4, K
Matt Newman – 1/4, SB
Peter Mooney – 1/4, R, 2 K

Pitching:

Darren Oliver – 1 IP, 2 K
Austin Bibens-Dirkx – W, 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 12 K
Ajay Meyer – 1 IP, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game:  Austin Bibens-Dirkx

Lansing Lugnuts (25-32)

The Lansing Lugnuts lost again to the Fort Wayne Tin Caps in a slugfest 10-6. The defense made another two errors and Taylor Cole had a rough start, giving up seven runs (four earned) on nine hits and one walk in five innings. Matthew Johnson gave up another two unearned runs while Justin Jackson gave up a run in his two innings. Only Wil Browning kept the slate clean in his appearance. The Lugnuts scored their six runs on only seven hits but were helped out by the Tin Caps pitching staff which surrendered five walks. Dalton Pompey led the way with two singles, scoring a run and driving in two. Gustavo Pierre was held off the board but Chris Hawkins stole two runs getting two walks.

Roster Notes: C Santiago Nessy was placed back on the disabled list while C Seth Conner was assigned to Lansing from Vancouver.  This reverses moves that were made on June 5.

Hitting:

Dalton Pompey – 2/5, R, 2 RBI, K
Emilio Guerrero – 0/4, BB, SB
Gustavo Pierre – 0/3, K, SB
Kevin Patterson – 1/4, K
Carlos Ramirez – 1/3, 2B, BB, OF Asst.
Kellen Sweeney – 1/3, R, BB, E
Chris Hawkins – 0/2, 2 R, 2 BB, CS
Aaron Munoz – 1/4, R, RBI, PB
Jorge Flores – 1/4, R, RBI, E

Pitching:

Taylor Cole – L, 5 IP, 9 H, 7 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 2 K
Matthew Johnson – 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R (0 ER), 1 BB
Justin Jackson – 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Wil Browning – 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Dalton Pompey

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