Lansing Lugnuts' catcher Santiago Nessy hits a ball under a spectacular sky in Lansing, Michigan on August 9, 2013. Mandatory Credit: Jay Blue

August 11 Minor League Report


It was a busy day for the Blue Jays’ affiliates on Sunday with both the Vancouver Canadians and the Bluefield Blue Jays playing double headers. All the other teams (except for the GCL Blue Jays) were also in action.

Buffalo Bisons (63-58)

The Buffalo Bisons followed a Saturday win with another on Sunday as they defeated the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders 8-5 on Sunday. Chien-Ming Wang had an excellent start, going six scoreless innings and giving up five hits and three walks to go along with three strikeouts. The bullpen, however, almost squandered the lead the offense had given them. John Stilson gave up three runs in his two innings and Scott Gracey, making his Triple-A debut, gave up two runs on three hits but struck out two. Kevin Pillar had the big game again, with two doubles and a triple and drove in four of the Bisons runs. Andy LaRoche had a pair of singles and Mike McCoy was on base three times with a double and two walks. Anthony Gose went one for five with a stolen base and two strikeouts.

Roster Notes: SP Drew Hutchison was optioned to Buffalo while RP Mickey Storey was promoted to the Blue Jays (after Juan Perez went on the DL). RP Scott Gracey was promoted to Buffalo from New Hampshire and SP Chad Jenkins was assigned to New Hampshire after the completion of his rehab assignment.

Hitting:

Mike McCoy – 1/3, R, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, K
Anthony Gose – 1/5, R, 2 K, SB
Kevin Pillar – 3/5, R, 2 2B, 3B, 4 RBI, K
Clint Robinson – 1/5, 2 K
Moises Sierra – 0/4, RBI, 2 K, SF
Andy LaRoche – 2/5, R, K
Jim Negrych – 1/3, 2 R, BB
Sean Ochinko – 1/3, R, 2B, RBI, BB
Ryan Goins – 1/4, R, RBI

Pitching:

Chien-Ming Wang – W, 6 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 5 K
John Stilson – 2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
Scott Gracey – 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Kevin Pillar

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (56-62)

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats fell to the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-1. Marcus Stroman had one of those rough starts that every pitcher has giving up five runs on eleven hits and one walk in six and a third innings of work. Chad Jenkins and Ryan Tepera combined to keep Richmond off the board the rest of the way. On offense, the only run came on Brad Glenn’s seventeenth home run of the season and Gabe Jacobo had a pair of hits. Andy Burns had a single and a pair of stolen bases.

Roster Notes: Reliever Scott Gracey was called up to Triple-A Buffalo and Chad Jenkins was sent to New Hampshire.

Hitting:
Kenny Wilson – 1/4, 2B, K, OF Asst.
Andy Burns – 1/4, 2 SB
Kevin Nolan – 0/4, K
Brad Glenn – 1/4, R, HR, RBI, K
Adam Loewen – 1/3, 2B, BB
Gabe Jacobo – 2/4, 2B, K
Kevin Ahrens – 0/4
Jack Murphy – 0/3
John Tolisano – 1/3

Pitching:

Marcus Stroman – L, 6 1/3 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR
Chad Jenkins – 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Ryan Tepera – 1 IP, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Brad Glenn

Dunedin Blue Jays (55-57)

The Dunedin Blue Jays won their second in a row 4-2 over the Brevard County Manatees. Jesse Hernandez took the ball for the Blue Jays and had an excellent outing, going six and two-thirds scoreless innings giving up just three hits and one walk while striking out two. Tony Davis got into trouble in the ninth, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk but Blake McFarland (after allowing one of Davis’s runners to score) finished off the Manatees to pick up his sixteenth save of the season. Toronto’s own Marcus Knecht had the big game for the offense with a pair of hits (a single and a double) while B.C.’s Mike Crouse went one for four with a home run and stole his nineteenth base of the season. Jon Berti hit the fifty stolen base mark as well.

Roster Notes: RP Wil Browning was called back up to Dunedin and RP Kramer Champlin was sent back to Lansing.

Hitting:

Jon Berti – 0/3, R, K, SB
Shane Opitz – 0/2, BB, SB
Mike Crouse – 1/4, R, HR, RBI, K, SB
K.C. Hobson – 1/4, R, K
Marcus Knecht – 2/4, R, 2B, K
Gustavo Pierre – 0/2, RBI, 2 K
Matt Newman – 0/3, K
Chris Schaeffer – 1/3, RBI, PB
Jorge Flores – 1/3, CS

Pitching:

Jesse Hernandez – W, 6 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K
Tyler Ybarra – 1 1/3 IP
Tony Davis – 0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB
Blake McFarland – S, 1 IP

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Jesse Hernandez

Lansing Lugnuts (51-68)

The Lansing Lugnuts lost another walk-off game to the Great Lakes Loons 3-2 on Sunday afternoon. Kendall Graveman and Kramer Champlin split the game, each throwing four innings and both were very good against 17-year-old Mexican phenom Julio Urias. Urias is being handled carefully down the stretch and only threw two innings in which the Lugnuts scored their only two runs on a home run by catcher Santiago Nessy. Graveman gave up two runs (although only one was earned) in his four innings and Champlin was perfect over his first four innings before giving up back-to-back doubles to start the ninth.

Roster Notes: RP Wil Browning was called back up to Dunedin and RP Kramer Champlin was sent back to Lansing.

Hitting:

Dwight Smith, Jr. – 1/4, K, SB
Emilio Guerrero – 1/4, SB, 2 E
Dalton Pompey – 0/3, BB, CS
Christian Lopes –  0/3, BB, K
Kevin Patterson – 1/4, R, K
Santiago Nessy – 1/3, R, HR, 2 RBI, K, E
Jordan Leyland – 0/3, 2 K
Kellen Sweeney – 0/3, 2 K
Jason Leblebijian – 0/3, 2 K

Pitching:

Kendall Graveman – 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 3 K
Kramer Champlin – L, 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Santiago Nessy

Vancouver Canadians (27-22)

August 10 Game:

The Vancouver Canadians got spanked by the Boise Hawks 9-2 on Saturday night. Starter Kyle Anderson and reliever Justin James just couldn’t fool the Hawks as Anderson gave up five runs over four innings and James gave up four over his three innings. Only Chuck Ghysels was able to get through his inning without giving up a run. Ian Parmley had a multi-hit game for the Canadians while Justin Atkinson and Michael Reeves were the only starters who didn’t get a hit. The power-outage continues for the Canadians as there weren’t any extra-base hits.

Hitting:

Chaz Frank – 1/4, RBI, 2 K, SB, OF Asst.
Ian Parmley – 2/4, R, K, OF Asst.
Andy Fermin – 1/3, BB, K
L.B. Dantzler – 1/3
Dan Arcila – 1/1
Justin Atkinson – 0/3, K
Shaun Valeriote – 0/1, RBI
Michael Reeves – 0/4
Melvin Garcia – 1/3, K
Christian Vazquez – 1/4, R, K
David Harris – 1/4

Pitching:

Kyle Anderson – L, 4 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 K, 1 HR
Justin James – 3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Chuck Ghysels – 1 IP, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Ian Parmley

August 11 Games:

In Game 1 of Sunday’s double-header, Alberta born Shane Dawson was very good but Scott Silverstein took the loss in a 3-1 game. Dawson went five innings and gave up just one run on six hits with four strikeouts but Silverstein was let down by his defense and gave up two runs (one unearned) in his three innings. The offense only managed to get six hits, two from second baseman Andy Fermin and two from shortstop Christian Vazquez.

*Note: 2nd game of the double header finished after this report was filed.

Game 1

Hitting:

Ian Parmley – 1/5, K, SB
Brenden Kalfus –0/5
Andy Fermin – 2/3, RBI, BB
L.B. Dantzler – 0/3, BB
Justin Atkinson – 1/4, K
Melvin Garcia – 0/3, E
Chaz Frank – 0/1, K
Seth Conner – 0/4, 2 K
Christian Vazquez – 2/4, K
Shaun Valeriote – 0/1, R, 2 BB, K

Pitching:

Shane Dawson – 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K
Scott Silverstein – L, 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 4 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Shane Dawson

Late night Vancouver Canadians recaps will appear two days following the game.

Bluefield Blue Jays (33-17)

The Johnson City Cardinals seem to have the Bluefield Blue Jays’ number as the Jays lost both ends of a double header on Sunday.

In Game 1, the Blue Jays fell 8-3 after starting pitcher Tim Mayza had a rough night. Mayza went only two innings and gave up seven runs on nine hits and one walk with three strikeouts. The bullpen was pretty solid the rest of the way with Mark Biggs and Adaric Kelly putting up some zeros but Justin D’Alessandro gave up a run and flirted with disaster in his appearance, walking four over two and two-thirds innings. On the offense, left fielder Derrick Loveless had a big night, going three for three with a triple and a stolen base and D.J. Davis had a double, a walk and a stolen base for a solid game of his own.

Game 2 featured a similar result with the Blue Jays losing by a 5-2 score. Starter Chase DeJong took the loss but his line was much better than Mayza’s. DeJong went five and two-thirds innings and gave up three runs on only five hits and one walk while striking out six. Brett Barber came into the game with one out and two of DeJong’s runners on base in the sixth and allowed them both to score before being able to escape the sixth inning. Alexis Maldonado had two of the Blue Jays five hits while Matt Dean hit a triple and Mitch Nay and D.J. Davis each had a single. Catcher Jorge Saez had an interesting line with an oh-for-oh game, walking twice and hitting a sacrifice fly in his other plate appearance.

Game 1

Hitting:

D.J. Davis – 1/3, R, 2B, BB, K, SB
Alexis Maldonado – 0/3, K
Angel Rojas – 0/0, BB
Jorge Saez – 0/4, 2 K
Mitch Nay – 1/3, R, RBI
Dawel Lugo – 1/3
Matt Dean – 0/3
Derrick Loveless – 3/3, R, 3B, RBI
Jesus Gonzalez – 0/2, RBI, 2 K, SF
Andres Sotillo – 0/2, BB, PB

Pitching:

Tim Mayza – L, 2 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Mark Biggs – 1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K
Justin D’Alessandro – 2 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Adaric Kelly – 1/3 IP

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Derrick Loveless

Game 2

Hitting:

D.J. Davis – 1/3, R, BB
Alexis Maldonado – 2/4, K, E
Derrick Loveless – 0/4, RBI, K, E
Mitch Nay – 1/3
Dawel Lugo – 0/3
Matt Dean – 1/3, R, 3B, K
Jorge Saez – 0/0, RBI, 2 BB, SF
Lydell Moseby – 0/3
D.J. Jones – 0/2, 2 K
John Siliviano – 0/1, K

Pitching:

Chase DeJong – L, 5 1/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 6 K
Brett Barber – 2/3 IP, 1 H, 2 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Chase DeJong

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  • natcol

    Chien-Ming Wang gave 5 strike outs to Scranton on Aug. 11. Please make a note of it.