May 27, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Thad Weber (51) throws against the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning at the Rogers Centre. Toronto defeated Atlanta 9-3. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

A Bunch of Stuff Happened: July 24 Minor League Report

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Buffalo Bisons (52-51)

The Buffalo Bisons got just enough offense to go with their great pitching to defeat Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Columbus Clippers 3-2 on Wednesday. While Matsuzaka was very good, Thad Weber was better, going seven innings, giving up one run on four hits and striking out four to pick up his fourth win. Two of the Bisons runs were unearned as the Clippers made four errors. Kevin Pillar and Moises Sierra each had two hits and stole a base while Mike McCoy and Anthony Gose each drove in one run.

 

Hitting:

Kevin Pillar – 2/4, SB
Munenori Kawasaki – 0/3, BB
Moises Sierra – 2/4, R, SB
Mauro Gomez – 0/4, 3 K
Jim Negrych – 0/4, 2 K
Sean Ochinko – 1/4, R, 2B, 2 K
Ryan Goins – 1/2, R
Mike McCoy – 1/3, RBI, K
Anthony Gose – 0/2, RBI, SF

Pitching:

Thad Weber – W, 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 K
Sergio Santos – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 K
Neil Wagner – S, 1 IP, 3 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Thad Weber

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (52-50)

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats squandered a brilliant performance by Marcus Stroman to lose 3-2 to the Harrisburg Senators in ten innings. Stroman went six and two-thirds, throwing 106 pitches and gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out eleven. Scott Gracey ended up giving up the final run in the tenth after he ran into control troubles. Gabe Jacobo re-emerged after being quiet for a while, hitting three singles while Kevin Nolan hit a triple and A.J. Jimenez and Ryan Schimpf each hit a double.

Hitting:

Adam Loewen – 0/5, K
Andy Burns – 1/4, BB, K, SB
A.J. Jimenez – 1/4, 2B, BB, 2 K, PB
Brad Glenn – 0/4, K
Kevin Nolan – 1/3, R, 3B, BB
Gabe Jacobo – 3/4, R, RBI
Ryan Schimpf – 1/4, 2B, RBI, K
Brian Van Kirk – 0/3, BB, 2 K
Tommy Manzella – 1/4, K

Pitching:

Marcus Stroman – 6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 11 K, 1 HR
Dustin Antolin – 1 1/3 IP, 2 K
Scott Gracey – L, 1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 4 K
Chorye Spoone – 1/3 IP

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Marcus Stroman

Dunedin Blue Jays (48-48)

K.C. Hobson’s awakening continues as the Dunedin Blue Jays beat the Charlotte Stone Crabs 8-5 on Wednesday. Hobson not only posted his third consecutive multi-hit game (going three for three) but also homered in his third consecutive game, completely taking over the Dunedin offense by driving in six runs. Starting pitcher Austin Bibens-Dirkx wasn’t as dominant as he usually is but he did throw six and two-thirds innings of five-run (only three were earned), seven-hit ball while striking out five. Wil Browning got into his second game since his promotion from Dunedin and went an inning and two-thirds of scoreless ball. Also of note was Marcus Knecht’s two-hit game that included a double and a triple as well as Derrick Chung’s two-hit game. Shane Opitz, coming in for Peter Mooney went one for one with a double, a walk, two runs scored and two RBI.

Hitting:

Jon Berti – 0/4, R, BB
Peter Mooney – 0/1, R, BB
Shane Opitz – 1/1, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
Mike Crouse – 0/5, R, K
K.C. Hobson – 3/3, R, HR, 6 RBI, BB, E, SF
Marcus Knecht – 2/5, 2B, 3B
Gustavo Pierre – 1/4
Oliver Dominguez – 0/3, R, BB, E
Derrick Chung – 2/4, R
Matt Newman – 1/3, K

Pitching:

Austin Bibens-Dirkx – W, 6 1/3 IP, 7 H, 5 R (3 ER), 5 K
Wil Browning – 1 2/3 IP, 1 K
Ajay Meyer – S, 1 IP

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: K.C. Hobson

Lansing Lugnuts (42-58)

The Lansing Lugnuts offense erupted for a 7-1 victory over the Dayton Dragons in support of Ben White who continues to be the team’s most consistent starter since Roberto Osuna’s injury. White pitched seven innings, surrendering just one run on five hits and one walk (with two strikeouts) to earn his sixth win of the season. Griffin Murphy pitched two scoreless, one-hit innings to close out the game. Mississauga native Dalton Pompey had another big game, going two for four with his first home run of the season, a grand slam. Kevin Patterson also had two hits (a double and a triple) as well as an RBI and a walk.

Roster Moves: There were some new faces in Lansing as two promoted players from the Vancouver Canadians arrived and were put on the roster. 1B Jordan Leyland and C Daniel Klein were promoted and C Seth Conner was demoted to Vancouver. SS Jason Leblebijian was put on the 7-day DL. More moves are coming soon.

Hitting:

Dalton Pompey – 2/4, R, HR, 4 RBI, K
Emilio Guerrero – 1/3, R, 2B, BB, 2 K
Christian Lopes – 1/4, R, 2B, K, E
Jordan Leyland – 0/4, RBI
Kevin Patterson – 2/3, R, 2B, 3B, RBI, BB
Santiago Nessy – 1/4, R, RBI, 2 K
Chris Hawkins – 1/3, R, BB, K, SB
Carlos Ramirez – 0/3, K
Kellen Sweeney – 0/2, R, BB, K

Pitching:

Ben White – W, 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Griffin Murphy – 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Dalton Pompey

Vancouver Canadians (22-16)

July 23 Game:

The Vancouver Canadians only scored two runs but made that number stand up after getting another great game from Jeremy Gabryszwski. Gaby was outstanding in picking up his fourth win, going six shutout innings and facing only one batter above the minimum and giving up one hit. He struck out two in the process. Gabryszwski’s ERA is now 0.99 and his WHIP is 0.832. Alonzo Gonzalez continued his success in Vancouver, pitching two strong innings also giving up one hit and striking out two. Chuck Ghysels made the ninth interesting but picked up his fifth save pitching a scoreless ninth. First baseman L.B. Dantzler continues to slug his way through the Northwest League, raising his batting average to .313 with a two-for-four game (plus a walk) that included his fourth home run of the season. Andy Fermin also went two for four and added a walk.

Roster Notes: C Seth Conner was demoted to Vancouver from Lansing while 1B Jordan Leyland and C Daniel Klein were promoted to Lansing.

Hitting:

Chaz Frank – 1/5, 2 K
Dickie Thon – 0/5, 3 K, E
L.B. Dantzler – 2/4, R, HR, RBI, BB
Andy Fermin – 2/4, R, BB, K
Justin Atkinson – 0/2, 2 BB, 2 K
Michael Reeves – 1/3, 2B, RBI, K
Brenden Kalfus – 0/3, BB, 2 K
David Harris – 0/4, 2 K
Ian Parmley – 0/3, BB, 2 K

Pitching:

Jeremy Gabryszwski – W, 6 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Alonzo Gonzalez – 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Chuck Ghysels – S, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Jeremy Gabryszwski

Bluefield Blue Jays (21-11)

The Bluefield Blue Jays piled on the runs against the Danville Braves’ bullpen to take another victory 11-3 on Wednesday. The pitching staff combined for a fine performance with starter Mark Biggs going four innings and giving one run and piggy-back partner Brady Dragmire going three innings and giving up two runs (only one was earned). Joe Lovecchio and Alvido Jimenez pitched an inning each and each struck out two batters. The offense went out and hit the ball, knocking in eleven runs on twelve hits and taking five walks. Particularly outstanding was Mitch Nay who continues his hot streak with three hits and a walk and two RBI. Tim Locastro also had two hits and two RBI while Alexis Maldonado and Jonathan Davis also had two hits each while Davis walked twice. Nico Taylor and Jonathan Davis each had a double for the only extra base hits of the game while Jorge Saez walked and scored twice (without striking out) despite an oh-for-three day at the plate.

Hitting:

Timothy Locastro – 2/4, 2 R, 2 RBI, E
Alexis Maldonado – 2/5, 2 R, RBI, K
Jonathan Davis – 2/3, R, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, K
Mitch Nay – 3/4, 2 RBI, BB
Dawel Lugo – 0/4, BB
Jorge Saez – 0/3, 2 R, 2 BB
Nico Taylor – 1/2, R, 2B, BB, K
Derrick Loveless – 1/2, R
Jesus Gonzalez – 1/5, R, 2 RBI, 2 K
Lydell Moseby – 0/3
John Silviano – 0/0, BB
D.J. Jones – 0/0, R
Angel Rojas – 0/1

Pitching:

Mark Biggs – 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K
Brady Dragmire – W, 3 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K
Joe Lovecchio – 1 IP, 2 H, 2 K
Alvido Jimenez – 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Mitch Nay

Gulf Coast League Blue Jays (13-14)

The GCL Blue Jays beat the GCL Phillies in a slugfest that ended 10-9 for the Jays in ten innings. Some young pitchers were in the game for the Blue Jays including starter Daniel Lietz who got hit a fair bit but showed some excellent signs of great things to come. Lietz pitched four innings and gave up six runs (three earned) on six hits but only walked one batter and struck out six. Conner Greene relieved him and wasn’t very effective, giving up three runs on three hits and four walks in just one and two-thirds innings. Canadian Sean Ratcliffe pitched an inning and a third facing just five batters and striking out three. Finally, Oscar Cabrera threw a scoreless eighth while Phil Kish pitched two scoreless innings to pick up the win.

On the offense, Kenny Wilson continued his return to baseball games with a two-for-four game in which he also took a walk and was caught stealing. Thomas Collins III continues to make his case for a promotion with a three-for-six night with two doubles, two runs scored, three RBI and a stolen base. Gabriel Cenas also had two hits and Franklin Barreto had the team’s only triple but also made three errors.

Hitting:

Kenny Wilson – 2/4, R, RBI, BB, CS
Sean Hurley – 0/0, R, BB
Franklin Barreto – 1/5, 2 R, 3B, K, 3 E
Thomas Collins III – 3/6, 2 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, SB
Rowdy Tellez – 0/4, BB, K
Edwin Fuentes – 0/4, R, BB, 2 SB
Dan Jansen – 1/2, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, SF
Gabriel Cenas – 2/3, R, RBI, 2 BB
Andres De Aza – 1/5, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 K
Koby Kraemer – 1/5, RBI, 2 K

Pitching:

Daniel Lietz – 4 IP, 6 H, 6 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
Conner Greene – 1 2/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 2 K
Sean Ratcliffe – 1 1/3 IP, 3 K
Oscar Cabrera – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB
Phil Kish – W, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Thomas Collins III

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