Buffalo Bisons (71-69)
The Buffalo Bisons won their final home game of the season by a 3-2 score over the Rochester Red Wings. Sean Nolin got the start and went five and two-thirds innings, giving up just one run on one hit (a solo home run) and three walks with five strikeouts. John Stilson picked up the win but gave up a run in his inning and Jeremy Jeffress struck out the side in the ninth to earn the save. The ailing Luis Jimenez hit a pinch-hit two-run home run to give the club the victory and the Bisons only got four other hits on the night.
Mike McCoy – 1/4, K
Blake Gailen – 1/4, R, 2B
Mauro Gomez – 1/4, 2B, RBI, K
Clint Robinson – 0/4, 2 K
Andy LaRoche – 1/3, 2B
Ryan Langerhans – 0/3, K
Brad Glenn – 0/3, 2 K
Jim Negrych – 0/2, R, BB
Mike Nickeas – 0/1, BB
Luis Jimenez – 1/1, R, HR, 2 RBI
Sean Nolin – 5 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
Mickey Storey – 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K
John Stilson – W, 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 K
Jeremy Jeffress – S, 1 IP, 3 K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Sean Nolin
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (67-70)
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats were pretty much eliminated from the playoffs with a 9-3 loss to the Portland Sea Dogs. Starter Casey Lawrence kept the team in the game by giving up three runs (two were earned) over his five innings but both Tyson Brummett and Evan Crawford gave up another three runs each. Adam Loewen led the offense by going two for four with a double and he also threw out a runner at the plate. Andy Burns made two errors in the field but went one for three with a walk. Jonathan Jones threw out a runner at the plate and went one for three with a stolen base in his Double-A debut.
Kenny Wilson – 0/4, 2 K
Andy Burns – 1/3, R, BB, SB, 2 E
Ryan Schimpf – 1/4, 2 K
Adam Loewen – 2/4, R, 2B, RBI, OF Asst.
Kevin Nolan – 1/3, R, RBI, BB, K
Jon Talley – 0/3, K, E
Kevin Ahrens – 0/1
Pierce Rankin – 1/4, RBI, K
Lance Zawadzki – 1/4, CS
Jonathan Jones – 1/3, SB, OF Asst.
Casey Lawrence – 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Tyson Brummett – L, 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 BB
Evan Crawford – 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Adam Loewen
Dunedin Blue Jays (61-67)
The Dunedin Blue Jays are getting some reinforcements and trying to get on a roll before the playoffs with an 8-0 win over the Clearwater Threshers. Top prospect Aaron Sanchez was absolutely dominant in this start, pitching seven innings (his longest start this season) and giving up just four hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Ajay Meyer and Blake McFarland each pitched an inning to bring the game home. The offense was really clicking on Thursday getting two hits games from Jon Berti (including a home run), Derrick Chung (including a double), Mike Crouse (a double and a grand slam), Marcus Knecht and Gustavo Pierre.
Roster Notes: C Brian Compton was assigned to Dunedin (a minor league free agent signed on Wednesday) and Emilio Guerrero was promoted from Lansing. OF Nick Baligod was also activated off the DL while Jonathan Jones and Chris Schaeffer were promoted to New Hampshire. RHP Taylor Cole was placed on the DL.
Jon Berti – 2/4, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB, PO, CS
Derrick Chung – 2/4, R, 2B, BB
Mike Crouse – 2/4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 4 RBI
Marcus Knecht – 2/4, R, RBI
K.C. Hobson – 0/3, BB, K
Gustavo Pierre – 2/4, R, RBI, K
Oliver Dominguez – 1/4, 2B, RBI, 2 K
Matt Newman – 0/4, 2 K, OF Asst.
Jorge Flores – 0/3, R, BB
Aaron Sanchez – W, 7 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 4 K
Ajay Meyer – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Blake McFarland – 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Aaron Sanchez
Lansing Lugnuts (58-77)
The Lansing Lugnuts lost 6-2 to the Lake County Captains despite an outstanding performance from Efrain Nieves out of the bullpen. Starter Ben White had a very rough game, not making it out of the fifth inning and giving up all six of Lake County’s runs on ten hits and two walks. White did not have his control at all as he hit two batters and set a team record with four wild pitches in the game. Efrain Nieves, on the other hand, was spectacular, pitching three and two-thirds innings (finishing the game) and giving up just one walk while striking out four. The offense was without Emilio Guerrero, who was promoted to Dunedin and the club just had seven hits. Dalton Pompey continues to be red hot, getting on base three times by going one for three with a double, getting hit by a pitch and taking a walk. He also threw out a runner at third base. Jordan Leyeland had a pair of hits and Santiago Nessy hit his fifth home run of the season.
Roster Note: SS Emilio Guerrero was promoted to the Dunedin Blue Jays.
Dalton Pompey – 1/3, R, 2B, BB, OF Asst.
Christian Lopes – 1/2, 2B, RBI, BB, SF
Dwight Smith, Jr. – 0/5, 2 K
Kevin Patterson – 1/4, 3 K
Jordan Leyland – 2/4, K
Santiago Nessy – 1/4, R, HR, RBI, K
Carlos Ramirez – 0/3, BB
Jason Leblebijian – 1/3, BB, 2 K
Kellen Sweeney – 0/3, BB, K
Ben White – L, 4 1/3 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
Efrain Nieves – 3 2/3 IP, 1 BB, 4 K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Efrain Nieves
Vancouver Canadians (36-34)
August 28 Game:
The Vancouver Canadians and Tri-City Dust Devils played a marathon fourteen inning game on Wednesday but the Canadians ended up losing 4-3. Starter Jeremy Gabryszwski was solid, going five and two-thirds innings and giving up three runs on eight hits and one walk with two strikeouts but it was the bullpen that shouldered the burden. They pitched eight and a third innings and gave up only the one unearned run that lost the game. With two outs in the fourteenth, errors by second baseman Christian Vazquez and third baseman Justin Atkinson on back to back plays allowed the winning run to score. On offense, Ian Parmley had the best game, going three for six with a stolen base. Andy Fermin went two for four with a double and Dawel Lugo had his best game for the Canadians, going two for six and hitting his first Northwest League home run.
Chaz Frank – 1/5
Melvin Garcia – 1/2, K
Michael Reeves – 0/6, K, 2 E
Andy Fermin – 2/4, 2B, BB
Dan Arcila – 1/1
L.B. Dantzler – 0/6, 2 K
Justin Atkinson – 1/6, K, E
Brenden Kalfus – 0/6, R, 2 K
Dawel Lugo – 2/6, R, HR, 2 RBI
Christian Vazquez – 1/6, R, E
Ian Parmley – 3/6, SB
Jeremy Gabryszwski – 5 2/3 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Joe Spano – 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB
Alvido Jimenez – 1 2/3 IP, 3 K
Matt Johnson – 1 IP, 1 H
Chuck Ghysels – 1 IP, 2 K
Matt Dermody – 3 IP, 5 K
Justin James – L, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER)
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Matt Dermody and Ian Parmley
Late night Vancouver Canadians recaps will appear two days following the game.
Bluefield Blue Jays (40-26)
The Bluefield Blue Jays only managed three hits to go along with three errors in a 9-1 loss to the Kingsport Mets. Zak Wasilewski didn’t get out of the third innings, giving up four runs (three were earned) on four hits and four walks. Francisco Gracesqui also gave up a pair of runs in his inning and a third and Yeyfry Del Rosario gave up another run in the eighth inning. The biggest news was the Appalachian League debuts of Dominican pitchers Miguel Castro and Jimmy Cordero. Castro threw two innings and gave up two unearned runs on just one hit while striking out three. Cordero pitched an inning and gave up just a walk. Matt Dean continues to be on fire and hit his sixth home run of the season to go along with a single to account for two of the team’s three hits, pushing his batting average to .340. D.J. Davis had the other one, took a walk and stole two bases in the game.
Roster Notes: Pitchers Jimmy Cordero and Miguel Castro were promoted from the GCL and C Garrett Custons was placed on the military leave list.
Franklin Barreto – 0/4, K, E
D.J. Davis – 1/3, BB, 2 K, 2 SB
Tim Locastro – 0/3, E
John Silviano – 0/1
Mitch Nay – 0/4, E
Matthew Dean – 2/3, R, HR, RBI, K
Lydell Moseby – 0/1
Jonathan Davis – 0/3, 2 K
Derrick Loveless – 0/2, BB
Jorge Saez – 0/2, BB, PB
Jesus Gonzalez – 0/2, BB, K
Zakery Wasilewski – L, 2 2/3 IP, 4 H, 4 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Francisco Gracesqui – 1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R
Miguel Castro – 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (0 ER), 3 K
Jimmy Cordero – 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
Yeyfry Del Rosario – 1 IP, 1 2 H, 1 R, 2 K, 1 HR
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Matt Dean
Gulf Coast League Blue Jays (28-32)
The GCL Blue Jays finished out their season with an 8-3 victory over the Yankees #1 squad. The offense really started to click, exemplified by Rowdy Tellez who hit a triple and a home run and drove in five of the Blue Jays’ 8 runs. Richard Urena went two for three with a double, two walks, two runs scored and an RBI while Sean Hurley and Andres De Aza each went two for four with a double and a run batted in. Matt Smoral gets mixed reviews for his three-inning outing where he gave up two runs on two hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Francisco Diaz gave up only a hit in pitching to one batter over the minimum in his three innings with three strikeouts. Jose Fernandez pitched two perfect innings and struck out four.
Roster Notes: The Blue Jays promoted pitchers Miguel Castro and Jimmy Cordero to Bluefield to get some experience in the playoffs.
Richard Urena – 2/3, 2 R, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, K
Koby Kraemer – 1/4, R, BB, K
Gabriel Cenas – 0/3, R, 2 BB, K
Rowdy Tellez – 2/5, R, 3B, HR, 5 RBI, 2 K
Dan Jansen – 0/3
Michael De La Cruz – 1/2, R, K
Sean Hurley – 2/4, 2B, RBI, K
Edwin Fuentes – 0/3, BB, 2 K
Josh Almonte – 0/3, R, BB, 2 K
Andres De Aza – 2/4, R, 2B, RBI, K
Matthew Smoral – 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K
Francisco Diaz – 3 IP, 1 H, 3 K
Oscar Cabrera – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K
Jose Fernandez – S, 2 IP, 4 K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Rowdy Tellez
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