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Mar 18, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Dominican Republic left fielder Moises Sierra (14) holds up his glove after making a catch on a foul ball in the stands against Netherlands during the first inning of the World Baseball Classic semifinal at AT

A Big Bag of Woe: June 11 Minor League Report

The Toronto Blue Jays minor league affiliates had a horrible day, losing all five games they played. The starting pitchers all got beat up and they included Chad Jenkins, Todd Redmond, Marcus Walden, Casey Lawrence and Alonzo Gonzalez, with Gonzalez making it out with the least damage. On the bright side, one of the Jays top prospects, Catcher A.J. Jimenez was finally promoted back to New Hampshire today. He missed most of last year after elbow surgery and has been getting back up to speed (when not being set back with another stint on the DL) in Dunedin.

Buffalo Bisons (34-30)

The Buffalo Bisons lost both ends of a double header to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders, losing Game 1 6-5 and Game 2 6-2. Chad Jenkins got roughed up in the opener, only managing to get through four and two-thirds innings, giving up all six runs on ten hits. Several players had good games with the bat. Luis Jimenez got on base three times with a double and two walks, Anthony Gose had two hits and Ricardo Nanita and Ryan Goins also had two hits with each of them hitting a single and a double. Moises Sierra had a great game, going three-for-four with a home run and two RBI. Game 2 featured Todd Redmond getting roughed up for five runs in four innings of work, but on the bright side, he struck out seven batters. The night cap featured almost no offense outside of a two-run home run by Mauro Gomez (his team leading seventeenth) and a two-hit night from Luis Jimenez. Anthony Gose had a very good day overall, going three for seven but stuck out four times and was caught stealing.

Roster Notes: RHP Bobby Korecky was placed on the 7-day DL.

Game 1

Hitting:

Mike McCoy – 1/4, 2B, K
Anthony Gose – 2/4, R, RBI, 2 K, CS
Luis Jimenez –1/2, 2 R, 2B, 2 BB, K
Moises Sierra – 3/4, R, HR, 2 RBI, K
Jim Negrych – 1/3, BB
Ricardo Nanita – 2/4, 2B, 2 RBI
Eugenio Velez – 0/0, CS
Ryan Langerhans – 0/3, BB, K
Sean Ochinko – 1/4, K
Ryan Goins – 2/4, R, 2B, K

Pitching:

Chad Jenkins – L, 4 2/3 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2 HR
Tommy Hottovy – 1/3 IP, BB
John Stilson – 1 IP, 1 H

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Moises Sierra

Game 2

Hitting:

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

Pitching:

Todd Redmond – L, 4 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 7 K, 1 HR
Thad Weber – 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 K
Buddy Carlyle – 1/3 IP

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Mauro Gomez

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (31-34)

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats got blanked by the Akron Aeros 7-0 on Tuesday night. The team mustered only five hits behind starter Marcus Walden who gave up five runs in six innings on nine hits and two walks (including two home runs). Brad Glenn hit two singles and took a walk while A.J. Jimenez made his return to the Fisher Cats for the first time since had Tommy John surgery with a double in four at bats.

Roster Notes: P Evan Crawford was outrighted to New Hampshire after clearing waivers and C A.J. Jimenez was assigned to New Hampshire from Dunedin.

Hitting:

Kevin Pillar – 1/4, 2B, OF Asst.
Ryan Schimpf – 1/4, K
Kevin Nolan – 0/4, 2 K
Brad Glenn –2/3, BB
Clint Robinson – 0/2, 2 BB
A.J. Jimenez – 1/4, 2B, PB
Brian Van Kirk – 0/2, 2 BB
Kevin Ahrens – 0/4, 2 K
Tommy Manzella – 0/3

Pitching:

Marcus Walden – L, 6 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 HR
Shawn Griffith – 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Evan Crawford – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Brad Glenn

Dunedin Blue Jays (33-28)

The Dunedin Blue Jays continue to lose ground in their chase to the end of the season’s first half with a 5-4 loss to the Palm Beach Cardinals. Starting pitcher Casey Lawrence didn’t make it through five, going four and two-thirds, giving up all five on ten hits and two walks. Chuck Ghysels made his season debut with the Fisher Cats by pitching one and a third scoreless innings while Tyler Ybarra finished the last two, giving up only a hit and a walk while striking out four. Andy Burns, Mike Crouse and Marcus Knecht all had two-hit games with Knecht hitting an RBI triple and Burns stealing his twentieth base of the season. Catcher Derrick Chung, who was red-hot before getting injured, returned to hit an RBI double and take a walk in a one-for-three game. The Blue Jays have a half-game lead in the standings over the Daytona Cubs with the Cubs having a game in hand.

Roster Notes: C A.J. Jimenez was promoted to AA New Hampshire while C Derrick Chung was activated from the DL.

Hitting:

Jon Berti – 0/5, K
Peter Mooney – 1/5
Andy Burns – 2/3, R, BB, K, SB
Gabe Jacobo – 0/4, RBI
Mike Crouse – 2/4, 2 R, K, OF Asst.
Marcus Knecht – 2/4, R, 3B, RBI
Nick Baligod – 1/4, RBI, K
Derrick Chung – 1/3, 2B, RBI, BB
Chris Schaeffer – 0/4, 2 K

Pitching:

Casey Lawrence – L, 4 2/3 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Chuck Ghysels – 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Tyler Ybarra – 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Andy Burns

Lansing Lugnuts (28-35)

The Lansing Lugnuts lost another close game to the South Bend Silver Hawks 4-3 on Tuesday. Starting pitcher Alonzo Gonzalez wasn’t bad as he gave up three runs in five innings, scattering eight hits and two walks (including two home runs) and Colton Turner gave up another run in his season debut (at any level). Justin Jackson finished the game with two scoreless innings. On offense, Dalton Pompey is now officially hot, having a three-for-five game with a triple and a stolen base. Pompey is hitting .417 in his last ten games with seven stolen bases (without being caught). Chris Hawkins and Emilio Guerrero each went two for three with a double and a walk.

Hitting:

Dwight Smith, Jr. – 0/3, 2 BB
Dalton Pompey – 3/5, R, 3B, RBI, SB
Christian Lopes – 0/4, K, E
Gustavo Pierre – 0/4, K
Carlos Ramirez – 0/4
Chris Hawkins – 2/3, R, 2B, BB
Aaron Munoz – 0/3, PB
Seth Conner – 0/3, PB
Jorge Flores – 0/1
Emilio Guerrero – 2/3, R, 2B, RBI, BB, SB

Pitching:

Alonzo Gonzalez – L, 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR
Colton Turner – 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Justin Jackson – 2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Dalton Pompey

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