Apologies for the abbreviated Minor League Report today, real life gave me a late night and an early morning.
Buffalo Bisons (54-51)
The Buffalo Bisons beat the Toledo Mud Hens thanks to a big swing from Mauro Gomez and a very solid outing from Chien Ming Wang. Wang threw seven innings and gave up two runs on four hits and a walk to pick up the win while Gomez went two for four with his team-leading twenty-eighth home run. Kevin Pillar raised his Triple-A batting average to .349 with two hits including a double.
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Mauro Gomez
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (52-52)
The playoff-hunting New Hampshire Fisher Cats got hammered by the Altoona Curve 13-6 on Friday night. Marcus Walden gave up six runs in five innings, Tyson Brummett gave up another four runs in two innings and Dustin Antolin surrendered the final three in his two innings of work. Not all was depressing on the night. Brad Glenn went three for five with a double and Andy Burns continues to work his way out of a slump, going two for five with two doubles and a stolen base.
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Brad Glenn
Dunedin Blue Jays (49-49)
The Dunedin Blue Jays were downed by the long ball and the error as they fell 9-4 to the Jupiter Hammerheads. The pitchers gave up three home runs and Jesse Hernandez, despite only one of them being earned, gave up five runs in his six innings. Jon Berti (who stole his forty-fifth base of the season) made two errors and Michael Crouse made his first of the season. Berti tried to make up for it with two hits and Shane Opitz and Matt Newman joined the two-hit club with Newman tallying the Blue Jays’ only double of the game. K.C. Hobson, on a tear lately, had only one hit for a relatively quiet night.
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Matt Newman
Lansing Lugnuts (43-59)
The Lansing Lugnuts got a long ball from one of their new faces in beating the Dayton Dragons 6-3. 2013 eighth-round pick Kendall Graveman had another rough start in Lansing, giving up three runs in three and two-thirds innings but Kramer Champlin came out with four and a third no-hit innings to pick up the win. Catcher Daniel Klein, recently called up from Vancouver went two for four with a double and a home run while Kevin Patterson also had two hits for the Lugnuts.
Roster Note: The Lugnuts sent RHP Drew Permison to the GCL Blue Jays for a rehab assignment.
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Daniel Klein
Vancouver Canadians (24-17)
July 25 Game:
Despite a very good pitching performance from Eric Brown, the Vancouver Canadians only managed five hits and struck out ten times as a team in a 2-1 loss to the Spokane Indians. Brown went six innings and gave up just two runs (one earned) and was picked up by two teammates to complete the game but the offense couldn’t get anything going against Spokane. Michael Reeves had two hits and is now officially leading the Northwest League batting race with a .363 average.
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Michael Reeves
Bluefield Blue Jays (22-12)
The duo of Tim Mayza and Zakery Wasilewski combined for seven and two-thirds innings in giving the Bluefield Blue Jays a 6-3 win over the Princeton Rays. Mayza went four and gave up just one run on three hits and two walks while Wasilewski gave up two runs, struggling with his control by walking four in his three and two-thirds innings. Brett Barber pitched an inning and a third, with the only runner reaching via a hit batter. It was either sink or swim for the hitters as only five batters conbined for the twelve hits. Matt Dean went two for four with a home run while Nico Taylor continues to blister Appy League pitching with two doubles in four at bats and Mitch Nay had a single and a double and Tim Locastro picked up two singles and a stolen base. Dawel Lugo had the biggest day, going four for four with two runs batting in.
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Dawel Lugo
Gulf Coast League Blue Jays (14-15)
It was kind of a weird day for the GCL Blue Jays who actually got no-hit in their first game of a double header but still won the game 1-0 over the GCL Pirates and then they lost a 2-1 game in nine innings for the second half. Chris Rowley continues to power through the GCL, going four innings and giving up just two hits and striking out four. Clinton Hollon earned his first professional win (in his first pro appearance), going two perfect innings for the Blue Jays and striking out three. Kenny Wilson and Lance Zawadzki were both in the lineup as they are working their way back to the upper minors after injuries.
In Game 2, the Blue Jays only managed to get three hits (one each for Franklin Barreto, Gabriel Cenas and Will Dupont) in the 2-1 loss. Matthew Smoral pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit and two walks with one strike out. Francisco Diaz had the best outing, giving up only a hit and striking out three.
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