Feb 25, 2013; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Sean Nolin (71) against the Boston Red Sox during a spring training split squad game at Florida Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

A Couple of Walkoffs: August 18 Minor League Report

Buffalo Bisons (67-62)

Sean Nolin and A.J. Jimenez made their Triple-A debuts in Sunday’s 3-1 loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox on Sunday. Nolin started strong but struggled with his control, pitching five and a third innings and giving up two runs on seven hits and four walks with four strikeouts. Joel Carreno gave up a solo home run in his inning and two-thirds of work and Tommy Hottovy and Scott Gracey combined to finish off the final inning of the game. The offense couldn’t get anything going off of knuckleballer Charlie Haeger except for Clint Robinson who went two for three with a solo home run. Jimenez had a hit in four at bats in his first Triple-A game and also showed off his defense, throwing out two of three would-be base stealers.

 

Hitting:

Mike McCoy –0/4, K
Ryan Goins – 0/3, BB, 3 K
Moises Sierra – 0/3, BB, 2 SB
Clint Robinson – 2/3, R, HR, RBI, BB
Andy LaRoche – 1/4
Ricardo Nanita – 1/4, K
Brad Glenn – 1/4
Jim Negrych – 0/4, K
A.J. Jimenez – 1/4

Pitching:

Sean Nolin – L, 5 1/3 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 4 K
Joel Carreno – 1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
Tommy Hottovy – 1/3 IP, 1 K
Scott Gracey – 2/3 IP

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Clint Robinson

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (62-63)

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats came back to win a tightly played ball game 2-1 over the Trenton Thunder. After seven scoreless innings, each team exchanged home runs (Kenny Wilson hit the Fisher Cats’) and, with one out in the bottom of the ninth, New Hampshire got a walk and a single, followed by a double from Amadeo Zazueta. Zazueta was the only Fisher Cat with two hits although Adam Loewen went one for one with three walks. Austin Bibens-Dirkx made his return to New Hampshire with seven shutout innings and Ryan Tepera picked up the win giving up one run in his two innings pitched.

Hitting:

Kenny Wilson – 1/3, R, HR, RBI, BB, SB
Andy Burns – 1/4
Kevin Nolan – 0/4
Adam Loewen –1/1, 2B, 3 BB
Kevin Ahrens – 0/4
Ryan Schimpf – 0/4, K
Jack Murphy – 0/2, R, 2 BB, K
Lance Zawadzki – 1/4, 2 K
Amadeo Zazueta – 2/4, 2B, RBI

Pitching:

Austin Bibens-Dirkx – 7 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K
Ryan Tepera – W, 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 HR

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Austin Bibens-Dirkx

Dunedin Blue Jays (59-61)

The Dunedin Blue Jays had a good day with the bats but couldn’t overcome the Clearwater Threshers who scored two runs in the ninth off closer Blake McFarland to take a 7-6 win. The Blue Jays scored early to overcome a quick three-run deficit, getting an excellent game from K.C. Hobson who hit his team-leading eighteenth home run and a double. Marcus Knecht also had a solid game going two for four with an outfield assist and Gustavo Pierre went two for four with a double but made two errors. Starter Casey Lawrence had a rough start, giving up five runs in five innings on eleven hits but Tyler Ybarra went two shutout innings and Dustin Antolin added a scoreless one of his own.

Hitting:

Jon Berti – 1/5, K
Shane Opitz – 0/1
Jorge Flores – 1/4, R, 2B, K
Mike Crouse – 1/3, BB, SB
K.C. Hobson – 2/4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI
Marcus Knecht – 2/4, 2 R, OF Asst.
Gustavo Pierre – 2/4, R, 2B, 2 K, 2 E
Matt Newman – 1/2, 2 RBI, BB, SB, OF Asst.
Oliver Dominguez – 1/4, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 K
Pierce Rankin – 1/4, 2B, CS

Pitching:

Casey Lawrence – 5 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 4 K
Tyler Ybarra – 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Dustin Antolin – 1 IP, 1 K
Blake McFarland – L, 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB

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

Lansing Lugnuts (55-70)

The Lansing Lugnuts walked one off against the Lake County Captains with a 7-6 win in twelve innings. Catcher Daniel Klein was the hero, singling with Kevin Patterson on second base to drive home the winning run. Starter Taylor Cole had some excellent moments, striking out a career high eight over his five innings but he also gave up four runs on five hits and two walks. Efrain Nieves and Ian Kadish gave up a run each over a combined five and a third innings and Arik Sikula picked up the win for his inning and two-thirds of shutout ball. On the offensive side, Dwight Smith, Jr. had an outstanding game, going three for six with a double, a run scored and two RBI. Christian Lopes also drove in two runs with a triple and Kellen Sweeney got on base three times with a single and two walks.

Hitting:

Dalton Pompey – 1/4, R, BB, K, CS
Carlos Ramirez – 0/1
Emilio Guerrero – 1/6, R, K, E
Dwight Smith, Jr. – 3/6, R, 2B, 2 RBI, K
Christian Lopes – 1/6, R, 3B, 2 RBI, K
Kevin Patterson – 0/4, R, 2 BB, 2 K
Jordan Leyland – 1/3, RBI, BB, 2 K, SB
Daniel Klein – 1/4, RBI
Chris Hawkins – 1/3, RBI, BB, SB
Kellen Sweeney – 1/3, R, 2 BB

Pitching:

Taylor Cole – 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 8 K
Efrain Nieves – 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K
Ian Kadish – 2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Arik Sikula – W, 1 2/3 IP, 1 BB

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Dwight Smith, Jr.

Vancouver Canadians (32-30)

August 18 Game:

The Vancouver Canadians got shellacked by the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 15-5 on Sunday. The Canadians played a sloppy game, making four errors resulting in four of the runs being unearned against starter Colton Turner. Turner went only four and two-thirds innings and gave up seven runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks. Drew Permison gave up three runs of his own and Brandon Dorsett got lit up for five runs in his inning of work despite striking out the side. Brenden Kalfus had an outstanding game, going three for five with a double, two runs scored and a stolen base, but made one of the team’s errors. Seth Conner showed some life with the bat, going two for four with a walk and two RBI and Christian Vazquez had three hits, a walk and 2 RBI while playing second base.

Hitting:

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

Pitching:

Colton Turner – L, 4 1/3 IP, 5 H, 7 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
Joe Spano – 2/3 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
Drew Permison – 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 K
Justin James – 2 2/3 IP, 2 H, 2 K
Brandon Dorsett – 1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 K, 1 HR

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Christian Vazquez

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

Bluefield Blue Jays (38-18)

The Bluefield Blue Jays took a rare loss 5-2 to their division rivals Pulaski Mariners. Starter Clinton Hollon encountered his first bit of resistance to his great stuff in giving up four runs over four and a third innings despite striking out five batters. Both of the batters that he left on base scored after Adaric Kelly came into the game. Kelly gave up a run of his own before making way for Francisco Gracesqui who pitched the final two innings without giving up a run. The offense was mostly quiet, getting a pair of hits from Tim Locastro (including a double) and Lydell Moseby also had a pair of hits.

Hitting:

D.J. Davis – 1/5, R, 3 K
Tim Locastro – 2/4, R, 2B
Franklin Barreto – 0/3
Mitch Nay – 1/3, RBI, SF, E
Matt Dean – 1/4, RBI
Derrick Loveless – 0/4
Jorge Saez – 1/4, K
Lydell Moseby – 2/4
Jesus Gonzalez – 1/4, K

Pitching:

Clinton Hollon – L, 4 1/3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
Adaric Kelly – 2 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Francisco Gracesqui – 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Tim Locastro

Gulf Coast League Blue Jays (22-28)

Scheduled Off Day

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