Jun 22, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang (67) throws against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning at the Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Fisher Cats Go Yard, Bisons Throw Hard: July 8 Minor League Report

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Buffalo Bisons (45-45)

The Buffalo Bisons climbed back to the .500 mark with a sweep of a double header against the Syracuse Chiefs on Sunday. Game 1 featured a complete-game (seven inning) performance from Dave Bush who was excellent, giving up only two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out eight. Kevin Pillar went two for three with his fourth home run and his tenth double with the Bisons while Andy LaRoche had a three-for-three game. Anthony Gose went one for three and drove in two runs.

In Game 2, the Bisons got an even better-pitched game from Chien-Ming Wang who went the distance, giving up just one run on three hits but only struck out one batter. Ryan Goins had a two-for-three game while Sean Ochinko drove in three of the four runs with his first Triple-A home run.

Game 1:

Hitting:

Mike McCoy – 0/3, BB, K, PO
Ryan Goins – 0/4, R
Kevin Pillar – 2/3, R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI
Mauro Gomez – 1/2, 2 R, BB
Jim Negrych – 0/2, R, BB, K
Andy LaRoche – 3/3, R, RBI
Eugenio Velez – 1/2, RBI, BB
Anthony Gose – 1/3, 2 RBI
Mike Nickeas – 1/3, 2B

Pitching:

Dave Bush – W, 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Dave Bush

Game 2:

Hitting:

Mike McCoy – 1/4, R, SB
Ryan Goins – 2/3, 2B, RBI
Kevin Pillar – 0/2, BB, K
Mauro Gomez – 0/3, K
Jim Negrych – 0/3, K
Andy LaRoche – 0/1, R, 2 BB, K, SB
Eugenio Velez – 1/1, R, 2 BB, CS
Anthony Gose – 1/3, K
Sean Ochinko – 1/3, R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 K

Pitching:

Chien-Ming Wang – W, 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Chien-Ming Wang

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (42-46)

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats brought their bats out to back up Marcus Stroman, beating the Binghamton Mets 16-5 on Sunday afternoon. Stroman went seven strong innings, but made a couple of mistakes, giving up his two runs on solo home runs. He only gave up four hits on the day and struck out eight without walking anyone. The offense, on the other hand, absolutely went bonkers, getting at least a hit from every starter except A.J. Jimenez and Adam Loewen. The club used the long ball early and often with five home runs on the game. Clint Robinson had a four-for-four day with a grand slam home run and three runs while Brad Glenn hit a three-run shot. Jon Talley went three for five with a three-run shot and another RBI (four on the game) while and Andy Burns (playing shortstop) made his two hits count, going deep twice, in the same inning no less. By comparison, Brett Lawrie didn’t have much of day by comparison, going one for three with two walks.

Hitting:

Adam Loewen –0/5, R, BB, K
Brett Lawrie – 1/3, R, 2 BB, K
A.J. Jimenez – 0/4, 2 R, BB, PB
Clint Robinson – 4/4, 3 R, HR, 4 RBI, BB
Brad Glenn –  1/4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, 2 K
Andy Burns – 2/5, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
Ryan Schimpf –1/3, 2 R, RBI, BB, 2 K, CS
Brian Van Kirk – 1/3, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, K
Jon Talley – 3/5, R, HR, 4 RBI

Pitching:

Marcus Stroman – W, 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 8 K, 2 HR
Randy Boone – 2 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Clint Robinson

Dunedin Blue Jays (43-38)

The Dunedin Blue Jays managed to win a game and take a decision by more than one run with a rain-shortened 5-2 win over the Daytona Cubs. Kyle Drabek started for Dunedin and had his best outing so far this year, going two scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out four. Sergio Santos followed him with a scoreless inning in which he gave up a hit and struck out a batter. Marco Grifantini came on for three and two-thirds and gave up two runs while Tyler Ybarra earned the save with one and a third shutout innings. Third baseman Shane Opitz drove the offense with two hits including a double and his first home run in the Florida State League while Mike Crouse drove in two runs and K.C. Hobson hit his team-leading twelfth home run.

Hitting:

Jon Berti – 1/4, R
Peter Mooney – 1/3, R, 2B, RBI, BB, SB
Mike Crouse – 1/3, 2 RBI, BB, SB
K.C. Hobson – 1/4, R, HR, RBI, K
Nick Baligod – 0/4
Derrick Chung – 1/3, BB, 2 SB
Oliver Dominguez – 0/4, 2 K
Matt Newman – 0/2, BB
Shane Opitz – 2/3, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI

Pitching:

Kyle Drabek – 2 IP, 1 H, 4 K
Sergio Santos – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Marco Grifantini – W, 3 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Tyler Ybarra – S, 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Shane Opitz

Lansing Lugnuts (34-52)

The Lansing Lugnuts took their losing streak into double-digits with a 7-1 loss to the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Sunday. The Hot Rods beat up on starter Ben White and reliever Justin Jackson. White gave up four runs on only two hits and three walks in his four and two-thirds innings while Jackson gave up three runs (two earned) in his inning of work. Efrain Nieves pitched two and a third shutout innings to complete the game. Emilio Guerrero had a good day with the bat, going two for four with two doubles but his teammates only managed to get two other hits.

Hitting:

Dwight Smith, Jr. – 0/4, K
Emilio Guerrero – 2/4, R, 2 2B
Dalton Pompey – 0/4, K
Christian Lopes – 0/4, RBI
Kevin Patterson – 0/3, BB
Santiago Nessy – 0/3, BB
Jason Leblebijian – 0/3, BB
Chris Hawkins – 1/2, K
Kellen Sweeney – 1/3, K

Pitching:

Ben White – L, 4 2/3 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 6 K
Justin Jackson – 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 ER), 3 BB
Efrain Nieves – 2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Efrain Nieves

Vancouver Canadians (14-10)

July 6 Game:

The Vancouver Canadians made a sacrifice to Jobu and awoke their bats in a 16-4 squaring of the Hillsboro Hops. Every starter had at least one hit and L.B. Dantzler led the way with a four-for-six night that included three doubles and three RBI. Andy Fermin and Dickie Thon each had three hits while Chaz Frank, Daniel Klein, Michael Reeves and Nico Taylor had two apiece. After Kyle Anderson’s solid 5 inning, four run (three earned) effort, the bullpen locked things down, giving up no runs on four hits and three walks in their combined four innings of work. Canadian catcher Michael Reeves is now hitting .426 in his first exposure to pro ball.

Hitting:

Chaz Frank – 2/4, 3 R, 3B, BB, K
Dickie Thon – 3/5, 3 R, K E
David Harris – 1/1, 2B, RBI
L.B. Dantzler – 4/6, 3 R, 3 2B, 3 RBI
Jordan Leyland – 1/3, R, 2B, 2 RBI, K
Daniel Klein – 2/3, R, 3B, 2 RBI
Andy Fermin – 3/5, 2 R, 2 RBI
Michael Reeves – 2/4, 2 R, BB, PB
Matt Hitt – 0/1, K
Nico Taylor – 2/5, R, 2B, 2 RBI, K, SB
Christian Vasquez – 1/4, 2 RBI, K
Ian Parmley – 1/5, RBI, K, SB

Pitching:

Kyle Anderson – W, 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 2 K
Joe Spano – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Tim Brechbuehler – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Bobby Brosnahan – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB
Jonathan Kountis – 1 IP

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: L.B. Dantzler

July 7 Game:

The Vancouver Canadians lost an epic nineteen-inning game 5-4 to the Hillsboro Hops on Sunday afternoon. The Hops scored four unearned runs off Jeremy Gabryszwski in the fourth inning and didn’t score again until they got to Chuck Ghysels in his third inning of relief with another unearned run (making all five runs they scored unearned). The bullpen featured outstanding efforts from Garrett Pickens, Matt Johnson and Justin James, combining for ten shutout innings. James in particular was excellent, pitching five innings and giving up only a walk and three hits while striking out four. The Canadians wished they had a lineup full of Ian Parmleys on Sunday. He had four of the team’s seven hits, going four for seven with two doubles, a run scored and a stolen base. Chaz Frank took four walks which must be some kind of record.

Hitting:

Chaz Frank – 0/4, 2 R, 4 BB
Dickie Thon – 1/3, R, 2 K, E
Christian Vasquez – 0/3, BB
L.B. Dantzler – 1/7, 2B, RBI, BB, 3 K
Jordan Leyland – 0/7, RBI, BB, 3 K
Brenden Kalfus – 0/8, 2 K
Andy Fermin – 0/8, 3 K
Justin Atkinson – 1/7, BB, 3 K
Daniel Klein – 0/6, 4 K, PB
Michael Reeves – 0/1, PB
Ian Parmley – 4/7, R, 2 2B, SB, CS

Pitching:

Jeremy Gabryszwski – 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R (0 ER), 2 K
Garrett Pickens – 2 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Matt Johnson – 3 IP, 3 H, 1 BB
Justin James – 5 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 4 K
Chuck Ghysels – L, 2 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 4 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Justin James

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

Bluefield Blue Jays (10-6)

The Bluefield Blue Jays were shutout on Sunday, losing 7-0 to the Johnson City Cardinals. The pitching tandem of Shane Dawson and Chase DeJong gave up a lot of hits (fourteen) between the two of them and accounted for all seven of the Cardinals’ runs. On the positive side, neither pitcher walked a man and they each struck out more than a batter an inning – Dawson with seven Ks in his four innings and DeJong with five in his four and two-thirds. The offense only had six hits, with two each from Mitch Nay and Melvin Garcia.

Hitting:

Derrick Loveless – 1/4, 2B, 2 K
Tim Locastro – 1/4
Jonathan Davis – 0/3, BB
Jorge Saez – 0/4, 2 K
Mitch Nay – 2/4
Dawel Lugo – 0/4, 2 K
Melvin Garcia – 2/4, 2B, K
Matt Dean – 0/2, 2 BB, 2 K
Jesus Gonzalez – 0/2, K
Eric Arce – 0/2, 2 K

Pitching:

Shane Dawson – L, 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 7 K
Chase DeJong – 4 2/3 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 5 K
Francisco Gracesqui – 1/3 IP, 1 H

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Melvin Garcia

Gulf Coast League Blue Jays (7-5)

Scheduled Off Day.

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