Sep 18, 2012; Durham, NC, USA; Pawtucket Red Sox player Andy LaRoche (7) tries to tag out Reno Aces player Tyler Kuhn (8) at first base in the 2012 Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game. Mandatory Credit: Liz Condo-USA TODAY Sports

Drabek, Norris Strong, McGuire Solid: August 30 Minor League Report

Buffalo Bisons (71-69)

The Buffalo Bisons kept their playoff hopes alive and picked up a game on the Norfolk Tides with a 6-3 victory over the Rochester Red Wings. Kyle Drabek had a very strong start for the Bisons, going four innings and giving up one run on four hits (no walks) with six strikeouts. Chien-Ming Wang gave up the other two runs in two-thirds of an inning while Scott Gracey, Brad Lincoln and Jeremy Jeffress all kept Rochester off the board. Andy LaRoche had the big game for the Bisons, going two for four with a home run and three RBI while Luis Jimenez drove in two more with a single and two walks.

 

Hitting:

Mike McCoy – 1/4, R, 2 K
Blake Gailen – 0/3, K
Clint Robinson – 0/0, R, RBI, SF
Mauro Gomez – 2/5, K
Luis Jimenez – 1/3, R, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Andy LaRoche – 2/4, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, K
Ryan Langerhans – 1/3, 2 BB
Brad Glenn – 0/5
Jim Negrych – 0/3, K
Mike Nickeas – 0/2, 2 R, 3 BB

Pitching:

Kyle Drabek – 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 6 K
Chien-Ming Wang – 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R
Scott Gracey – W, 2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 3 K
Brad Lincoln – 1 IP
Jeremy Jeffress – S, 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Andy LaRoche

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (67-71)

Despite a solid pitching performance from starter Deck McGuire, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats couldn’t muster any offense and fell to the Binghamton Mets 3-0. McGuire threw six and two-thirds innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on just two hits and four walks with seven strikeouts. Adam Loewen hit the only extra base hit for the club and Andy Burns, Kevin Ahrens and Amadeo Zazueta picked up the other hits.

Hitting:

Kenny Wilson – 0/4, K
Andy Burns – 1/4, K, E
Adam Loewen – 1/3, 2B
Kevin Nolan – 0/3, K
Ryan Schimpf – 0/3, K
Kevin Ahrens – 1/3
Jonathan Jones – 0/3
Amadeo Zazueta – 1/3
Chris Schaeffer – 0/2, 2 K
Lance Zawadzki – 0/1, K

Pitching:

Deck McGuire – L, 6 2/3 IP, 2 H, 3 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 7 K
Randy Boone – 1 1/3 IP

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Deck McGuire

Dunedin Blue Jays (62-67)

Two players made the jump from Lansing to the Dunedin Blue Jays in their 3-0 win over the Clearwater Threshers. Daniel Norris made an impressive start, going five innings and giving up just one hit and two walks with one strikeout. Emilio Guerrero was the other former Lugnut in the lineup and he played shortstop and went one for three with a double and a run. Matt Newman had a two-for-four game with a double and an RBI while Mike Crouse hit a triple and drove a run in. Two Blue Jays made rehad appearances with both Dustin McGowan and Steve Delabar throwing a scoreless inning before Tony Davis and Dustin Antolin finished off the game with an inning each.

Roster Notes: Daniel Norris was officially promoted to Lansing and Shawn Griffith was placed on the DL. Dustin McGowan and Steve Delabar were assigned to Dunedin for rehab.

Hitting:

Jon Berti – 1/4, R, 2B
Derrick Chung – 1/4, R, 2B, RBI, K
Matt Newman – 2/4, 2B, RBI
Mike Crouse – 1/4, 3B, RBI, 2 K
K.C. Hobson – 0/3
Gustavo Pierre – 0/3, E
Marcus Knecht – 0/3, 2 K
Nick Baligod – 1/3
Emilio Guerrero – 1/3, R, 2B, K

Pitching:

Daniel Norris – W, 5 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K
Dustin McGowan – 1 IP, 1 K
Steve Delabar – 1 IP
Tony Davis – 1 IP, 1 K
Dustin Antolin – S, 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Daniel Norris

Lansing Lugnuts (59-77)

The Lansing Lugnuts cranked up the offensive machine, beating the Lake County Captains 8-5 on the basis of seventeen htis. Carlos Ramirez had the high number on Friday night, going four for five with three runs scored and a solo home run. Jason Leblebijian was on base five times after going three for three with a double, two walks and two RBI. Santiago Nessy and Dwight Smith, Jr. also had three hits apiece including a double while Dalton Pompey went one for two with two walks and three RBI coming in part from two sacrifice flies. Javier Avendano started the game and gave up four runs (although all were unearned) on four hits and four walks despite striking out five. Griffin Murphy earned the win despite giving up another run (also unearned) and walking three in his two innings. Ian Kadish threw two shutout innings and Arik Sikula struck out the side in the ninth for his nineteenth save.

Hitting:

Dalton Pompey – 1/2, 3 RBI, 2 BB, K, 2 SF
Christian Lopes – 0/6, E
Dwight Smith, Jr. – 3/4, R, 2B, BB, CS
Jordan Leyland – 1/5, K, E
Santiago Nessy – 3/5, 2 R, 2B, RBI
Chris Hawkins – 1/4, 2 R, BB, K
Carlos Ramirez – 4/5, 3 R, HR, RBI
Jason Leblebijian – 3/3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Kellen Sweeney – 1/4, RBI, BB

Pitching:

Javier Avendano  – 4 IP, 4 H, 4 R (0 ER), 4 BB, 5 K
Griffin Murphy – W, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 2 K
Ian Kadish – 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Arik Sikula – S, 1 IP, 3 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Carlos Ramirez

Vancouver Canadians (37-36)

August 29 Game:

Tom Robson made a typical start and the Vancouver Canadians blanked the Tri-City Dust Devils 2-0 on Thursday night. Robson threw six innings and gave up just four hits and one walk while striking out three. He also got ten ground-ball outs to just one fly-ball out maintaining an incredible ratio for the entire season. On offense, Dawel Lugo went two for three with a double and Michael Reeves had a pair of base hits.

Hitting:

Ian Parmley – 0/2, R, 2 BB
Michael Reeves – 2/4, RBI, 2 K
Andy Fermin – 1/4, K
L.B. Dantzler – 0/3, RBI, K, SF
Brenden Kalfus – 0/4, 2 K
Dawel Lugo – 2/3, 2B, E
Dan Arcila – 0/3, 2 K
Melvin Garcia – 0/2, BB, 2 K, SB
David Harris – 1/3, R, K

Pitching:

Tom Robson – W, 6 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 3 K
Drew Permison – 1 IP, 1 K
Garrett Pickens – 1 IP
Chuck Ghysels – 1 IP, 3 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Tom Robson

August 30 Game:

The Vancouver Canadians lost 5-3 to the Tri-City Dust Devils on Friday afternoon. Starter Kyle Anderson gave up three runs (two were earned) on six hits but struck out six batter in his five innings. Scott Silverstein gave up another two run in two and a third innings. Playing second base, David Harris had a very good game, going two for four with a stolen base and scoring twice.

Hitting:

Ian Parmley – 0/4, K, E
Michael Reeves – 1/4, BB, K
Andy Fermin – 1/5, RBI
L.B. Dantzler – 1/5, R
Brenden Kalfus – 0/3, BB
Dawel Lugo – 0/3, BB
Melvin Garcia – 1/3, BB, 2 K
Seth Conner – 1/3, RBI, BB, K
David Harris – 2/4, 2 R, K

Pitching:

Kyle Anderson – L, 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 6 K
Scott Silverstein – 2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Matt Johnson – 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Alvido Jimenez – 1 IP, 1 H

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: David Harris

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

Bluefield Blue Jays (40-26)

In their last game before the playoffs begin, the Bluefield Blue Jays lost to the Kingsport Mets 8-5. In order to set the pitching rotation for the playoffs, Joe Lovecchio got the start and was fairly solid, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk (including a home run) in five innings with six strikeouts. Justin D’Alessandro was charged with the other five runs on six hits (including a home run) and a walk in just an inning and two-thirds. Tim Mayza allowed two of D’Alessandro’s runs to score before getting out of the seventh inning and pitching a scoreless eighth. The batters only provided five hits (although they did take seven walks) including a pair of hits for Franklin Barreto. Nico Taylor went one for two with a pair of walks and Appalachian League batting champ Matt Dean pinch hit and flied out, dropping his average to .338.

Hitting:

D.J. Davis – 0/4, BB, 3 K, SB
Angel Rojas – 1/4, 2B, BB, K
Tim Locastro – 0/2, RBI
John Silviano – 0/2, K
Jonathan Davis – 0/1
Mitch Nay –  0/3, K
Alexis Maldonado – 0/2
Nico Taylor – 1/2, R, 2 BB
Franklin Barreto – 2/4, R, 3B, 2 RBI
D.J. Jones – 0/3, K
Matthew Dean – 0/1
Lydell Moseby – 0/2, R, 2 BB, K
Andres Sotillo – 1/2, R, BB
Jorge Saez – 0/1, K

Pitching:

Joe Lovecchio – 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
Justin D’Alessandro – L, 1 2/3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
Tim Mayza – 1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Franklin Barreto and Joe Lovecchio

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