Hutch, Melky, Moises on the Mend: July 20 Minor League Report

Buffalo Bisons (50-49)

The Buffalo Bisons pitching staff did not have a great day in a 12-3 loss to the Toledo Mud Hens on Saturday. Claudio Vargas got the start and gave up five runs on eight hits in three innings while Sergio Santos got lit up for four runs (two earned) in one inning and Joel Carreno got hit for another two in his inning. The offense had ten hits including a pair from Melky Cabrera, Mauro Gomez, Sean Ochinko and Ryan Goins. Ochinko, who started off slowly after his promotion to Buffalo has really come around and is getting into the lineup even with Mike Nickeas doing the catching on Saturday.

 

Jun 26, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera (53) hits a RBI single during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Hitting:

Kevin Pillar – 1/5, RBI, K
Melky Cabrera – 2/2, R, RBI, SF
Munenori Kawasaki – 0/0, 2 BB
Mauro Gomez – 2/4, 2B, BB
Andy LaRoche – 0/4, RBI, K, SF
Sean Ochinko – 2/4, K
Mike McCoy – 0/4, E
Ryan Goins – 2/4, R, E
Anthony Gose – 1/4, R, 2 K
Mike Nickeas – 0/4

Pitching:

Claudio Vargas – L, 3 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 1 HR
Buddy Carlyle – 1 IP, 1 H, 3 K
Sergio Santos – 1 IP, 3 H, 4 R (2 ER), 1 BB
Joel Carreno – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB
Bobby Korecky – 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Tommy Hottovy – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Melky Cabrera

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (51-47)

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats continue to win as they scored four runs in the sixth inning to go ahead of the Trenton Thunder for good and win by a 7-4 score. Starter Sean Nolin may not have been at his best, going five innings and giving up all four runs on six hits and four walks with three strikeouts, but he managed to limit the damage. The bullpen was outstanding, particularly Tyson Brummett who has had his struggles this year. On Saturday, Brummett went three shutout innings, giving up only one hit and striking out four. The Fisher Cats rapped out twelve hits including three for Adam Loewen, two for A.J. Jimenez and two for Gabe Jacobo.

Hitting:

Adam Loewen – 3/4, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, SB
Andy Burns – 1/4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, K
A.J. Jimenez – 2/5, K
Brad Glenn – 1/4, BB
Kevin Nolan – 1/5, R
Gabe Jacobo – 2/3, 2 R, K
Brian Van Kirk – 0/3, R, BB, CS, OF Asst.
Kevin Ahrens – 1/4, 2B, K, E
Tommy Manzella – 1/2, R, 2 RBI, BB, K, E, SF

Pitching:

Sean Nolin – W, 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 3 K
Tyson Brummett – 3 IP, 1 H, 4 K
Alan Farina – S, 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Tyson Brummett

Dunedin Blue Jays (46-46)

The Dunedin Blue Jays fell to .500 despite Drew Hutchison continuing to work his way back from Tommy John surgery in a 3-1 ten-inning loss to the Fort Myers Miracle. Hutchison went two and two-thirds innings without giving up a run or a hit but he did walk two while striking out another two. Scott Copeland picked up afterwards and went five and a third excellent innings, giving up only one run on five hits and striking out seven. Tyler Ybarra was charged with the loss: he gave up two runs (only one was earned) but didn’t give up a hit and registered three walks. On the offense, the Jays only had four hits, including a pair from Marcus Knecht and a double from Gustavo Pierre but they weren’t able to get anything going against Matthew Summers or the two relievers for Fort Myers.

Hitting:

Jon Berti – 0/4, R, BB, 2 K, SB, E
Peter Mooney – 0/3, BB, 2 K
Mike Crouse – 0/4
K.C. Hobson – 0/4, K
Marcus Knecht – 2/4, K
Gustavo Pierre – 1/4, 2B
Matt Newman – 1/4
Derrick Chung – 0/3, BB
Shane Opitz – 0/3, BB, K

Pitching:

Drew Hutchison – 2 2/3 IP, 2 BB, 2 K
Scott Copeland – 5 1/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 7 K
Tyler Ybarra – L, 1 1/3 IP, 0 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 2 K
Blake McFarland – 2/3 IP, 1 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Scott Copeland

Lansing Lugnuts (40-57)

The Lansing Lugnuts lost to the Kane County Cougars 8-4 on Saturday night in a game that was called after six innings due to rain. While the offense got going a little bit and included a big, three-run home run by Kevin Patterson, it just wasn’t enough to overcome the hole that the pitchers put the team in right off the bat. Kendall Graveman made his second professional start, but only lasted two-thirds of an inning before his pitch count caught up with him. He gave up the team’s first four runs (three were earned) on three hits and a walk. Griffin Murphy relieved Graveman and allowed two runs to score but otherwise he pitched three no-hit innings but walked four batters.

Hitting:

Dwight Smith, Jr. – 1/3
Jorge Flores – 2/3, R, RBI, E
Christian Lopes – 0/2, R
Kevin Patterson – 2/3, R, HR, 3 RBI, K
Santiago Nessy – 0/3, K, E
Jason Leblebijian – 1/3
Carlos Ramirez – 1/3, 2 K
Chris Hawkins – 0/3
Kellen Sweeney – 1/2, R, E

Pitching:

Kendall Graveman – 2/3 IP, 3 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB
Griffin Murphy – 3 IP, 4 BB, 1 K
Tucker Donahue – L, 1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 4 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K
Justin Jackson – 0 IP, 2 BB

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Kevin Patterson

Vancouver Canadians (21-14)

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Bluefield Blue Jays (18-10)

The Bluefield Blue Jays saw fireworks on Saturday night as they defeated the Briston White Sox 5-1 to start their series. Playing to a crowd that included Blue Jays Vice President and Assistant GM Tony LaCava, Director of Minor League Operations Charlie Wilson and Minor League Field Coordinator Doug Davis as well as roving instructors Paul Quantrill and Tim Raines, the team impressed in all aspects of the game. Jumping on White Sox starter Jordan Guerrero, Nico Taylor hit a home run in the first inning while both Jonathan Davis and Mitch Nay went yard in the third. For Davis, it was his first professional home run and Nay’s shot was a towering blast after a day in which he had hit several balls out in batting practice. After the third, the offense was quiet and the pitching staff took over.

Alberta-born Shane Dawson started the game and went three and a third solid innings, giving up only one run on one hit and two walks and striking out three before coming out of the game due to his pitch count. Chase DeJong, Dawson’s piggy-back partner, came out blazing his 90 mph fastball and devastating curve ball, pitching four shutout innings, giving up only three hits and striking out four to pick up his second win of the season. Brett Barber pitched a shutout ninth to earn the save.

Hitting:

D.J. Davis – 0/3, BB, K, SB, PO, CS
Jonathan Davis – 1/4, R, HR, RBI, 2 K
Nico Taylor – 1/3, R, HR, RBI
Derrick Loveless – 0/1
Mitch Nay – 1/4, R, HR, RBI, K
Dawel Lugo – 0/2
Alexis Maldonado – 0/1
Jorge Saez – 1/2, BB, K
Matt Dean – 1/3, R, 2B
Tim Locastro – 1/2, BB, SB
Jesus Gonzalez – 1/3, 2 RBI, K, PO, CS

Pitching:

Shane Dawson – 3 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K
Adaric Kelly – 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 K
Chase DeJong – W, 4 IP, 3 H, 4 K
Brett Barber – S, 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Chase DeJong

Gulf Coast League Blue Jays (11-13)

The GCL Blue Jays lost their second straight game to the Yankees2 squad 4-3 on Saturday. Chris Rowley made the start and was impressive, getting stretched out to five and two-thirds innings, striking out nine and giving up two runs on three hits. Batting in the leadoff spot, Thomas Collins III had two of the team’s four hits and Moises Sierra drove in two runs with a double on the rehab trail.

Hitting:

Thomas Collins III – 2/4, 2 R
Franklin Barreto – 1/4, 3B, RBI, 2 K
Moises Sierra – 1/2, 2B, 2 RBI, SB
Sean Hurley – 0/3, BB
Edwin Fuentes – 0/4
Andres De Aza – 0/3, BB, 3 K
Dan Jansen – 0/4, K
Daniel Devonshire – 0/2, BB
Will Dupont – 0/0, R
Lydell Moseby – 0/1
Andrew Florides – 0/3, K
Nathan DeSouza – 0/1

Pitching:

Chris Rowley – 5 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 9 K
Jimmy Cordero – L, 1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 K
Kamakani Usui – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Chris Rowley

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