February 14, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Ricky Romero (24) works out during spring training at Bobby Mattick Training Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

June 24 Minor League Report

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Buffalo Bisons (39-37)

Jose Reyes had two hits but the Buffalo Bisons lost a lopsided 7-1 game to the Durham Bulls. Starting pitcher Ricky Romero got hit hard, being tagged with 5 runs on six hits and walked five in three and a third innings. The Bisons had only six hits off of Tampa Bay Rays prospect Mike Montgomery who gave up just one run in his seven innings of work. Eugenio Velez had a great game, going one for one with a triple, three walks and a stolen base, but other than Reyes, no other Bison had more than a base hit.

 

Hitting:

Jose Reyes – 2/4, RBI
Kevin Pillar – 1/3, BB, K, OF Asst.
Mauro Gomez – 0/4
Luis Jimenez – 0/4, 2 K
Moises Sierra – 0/4, K
Eugenio Velez – 1/1, 3B, 3 BB, SB
Mike McCoy – 0/4
Anthony Gose – 1/3, R, BB, 2 K, OF Asst.
Mike Nickeas – 1/3, K

Pitching:

Ricky Romero – L, 3 1/3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 BB, 2 K
Claudio Vargas – 3 2/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K
John Stilson – 2 IP, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Eugenio Velez

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (36-40)

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats defeated the Reading Fightin Phils 6-3, playing a very good all around game. Starter Deck McGuire went six strong innings, giving up only three runs on seven hits while striking out five. The Fisher Cats got eight hits, including home runs from Brian Van Kirk and Ryan Schimpf and another two hits from Adam Loewen and A.J. Jimenez. Van Kirk had an outstanding night, adding a triple, a walk, two runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base to the home run.

Hitting:

Adam Loewen – 2/4, 2B, RBI, BB
Andy Burns – 0/4
Brad Glenn – 1/3, R, BB, K
A.J. Jimenez – 2/4, K
Clint Robinson – 0/3
Kevin Nolan – 0/3, RBI, K, SF, E
Ryan Schimpf – 1/3, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB
Brian Van Kirk – 2/3, 2 R, 3B, HR, BB, SB
Jon Talley – 0/4, K

Pitching:

Deck McGuire – W, 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
Evan Crawford – 1 IP, 2 H
Alan Farina – S, 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Brian Van Kirk

Dunedin Blue Jays (38-33)

Dunedin couldn’t get the offense going in a 4-3 loss to the Brevard County Manatees. Starter Scott Copeland gave up all four runs on seven hits in five innings but the bullpen was outstanding, with Tyler Ybarra particularly good, going two innings and giving up only a walk while striking out four. The offense only scraped out six singles, spread out up and down the lineup with six different players having one hit each.

Hitting:

Jon Berti –1/4, PO
Nick Baligod – 1/4
Gabe Jacobo – 1/3, R, BB, K
K.C. Hobson – 0/4, RBI, K
Marcus Knecht – 1/4, R, 2 K
Gustavo Pierre – 1/4, R, 2 K
Matt Newman – 0/3, BB
Pierce Rankin – 1/2, RBI, BB, K, 2 E, PB
Shane Opitz – 0/2, RBI, BB

Pitching:

Scott Copeland – L, 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
Tyler Ybarra – 2 IP, 1 BB,  4 K
Dayton Marze – 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Tyler Ybarra

Lansing Lugnuts (33-41)

The Lansing Lugnuts were on the wrong end of the hit parade as the Dayton Dragons defeated them 7-3 with sixteen hits on the night. Starter Alonzo Gonzalez gave up eleven of them but, on the bright side, only walked two batters and struck out five in his four innings of work. Justin Jackson also suffered a case of the walk disease, walking three batters in two innings. Dwight Smith, Jr. had a great day in the losing cause, hitting a double and a home run in four at bats. Chris Hawkins hit a triple and had an outfield assist while Christian Lopes and Jason Leblebijian each hit doubles.

Hitting:

Dwight Smith, Jr. – 2/4, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI, K
Jorge Flores – 0/4
Christian Lopes – 1/4, 2B, 2 K
Kevin Patterson – 0/4, 2 K
Jason Leblebijian – 1/4, R, 2B
Chris Hawkins – 1/4, 3B, RBI, OF Asst.
Carlos Ramirez – 1/3, BB, PO, CS
Aaron Munoz – 0/4, 2 PB
Kellen Sweeney – 1/3, E

Pitching:

Alonzo Gonzalez – L, 4 IP, 11 H, 5 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 5 K
Justin Jackson – 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 1 K
Griffin Murphy – 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), BB

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Dwight Smith, Jr.

Vancouver Canadians (6-4)

Roster Moves: 1B L.B. Dantzler was assigned to Vancouver from the GCL Blue Jays.

Late night game summaries for the Vancouver Canadians will appear two days after the game day.

Bluefield Blue Jays (2-2)

The Bluefield Blue Jays put newly signed draftee Scott Silverstein to work in a 4-2 victory over the Pulaski Mariners on Monday night. Silverstein made his pro debut, going six innings for the Blue Jays and giving up only one run on four hits while striking out four. He was followed by two solid innings from Francisco Gracesqui and one from Brady Dragmire. Third baseman Mitch Nay had three hits and scored a run while John Silviano had a two hit day that including a double, a home run and three RBI. Derrick Loveless followed up his big, two-home-run game yesterday with a double and a triple today.

Roster Move: IF Daniel Arcila was assigned to the Bluefield Blue Jays from the GCL Blue Jays.

Hitting:

D.J. Davis – 0/4, 2 K
Derrick Loveless – 2/4, R, 2B, 3 B
Jorge Saez – 0/4, 3 K
Mitch Nay – 3/4, R
Dawel Lugo – 1/4, R, K
John Silviano – 2/4, R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, K
Matthew Dean – 0/4, K
Eric Arce – 0/2, 2 K
Jesus Gonzalez – 1/2
Alexis Maldonado – 0/2, BB

Pitching:

Scott Silverstein – 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K
Francisco Gracesqui – W, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 K
Brady Dragmire – S, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: John Silviano

Gulf Coast League Blue Jays (2-1)

It was a case of “too-little, too-late” as the GCL Blue Jays fell 6-5 to the GCL Pirates. The Baby Jays scored three times in the eighth (including a solo home run from Andres De Aza) and once in the ninth but those four runs weren’t enough to beat the Pirates. On the mound, Jesus Tinoco got roughed up for three runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks in two and two-thirds innings while the game marked the pro debuts of two new Blue Jays. Daniel Lietz, the fifth rounder, pitched two and a third, giving up one run on one hit while Cale Wine, an undrafted free agent gave up a run on two hits in two innings. Tyler Gonzales pitched a scoreless sixth inning. Andres De Aza was the offensive start, going two for four with a double and a home run, picking up two RBI while also taking a walk. Anthony Alford hit a triple while Edwin Fuentes hit a double. In his pro debut, 24th round pick Sean Hurley had a rough day, going oh for four with a walk and three strikeouts.

Roster Moves: RHP Cale Wine and LHP Daniel Lietz were added to the GCL Blue Jays roster and IF Daniel Arcila was promoted to the Bluefield Blue Jays while L.B. Dantzler was assigned to the Vancouver Canadians.

Hitting:

Anthony Alford – 1/4, 3B, RBI, BB, K, E
Christian Vasquez – 1/3, RBI, BB, K, E
Franklin Barreto – 1/4, BB, E
Sean Hurley – 0/4, BB, 3 K
Josh Almonte – 1/4, BB, 3 K
Andres Sotillo – 1/4, R, BB, 2 K
Andres De Aza – 2/4, R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB, K, CS, E
Koby Kraemer – 0/1, 2 R, 3 BB, K
Edwin Fuentes – 1/4, R, 2B, RBI, BB, K

Pitching:

Jesus Tinoco – L, 2 2/3 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 3 K
Daniel Lietz – 2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R
Tyler Gonzales – 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
Cale Wine – 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 K
Myles Duvall – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Andres De Aza

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