Buffalo Bisons (74-70)
The Buffalo Bisons made it a clean sweep of afternoon games being won on the final day of the regular season for the Jays’ minor league affiliates with a 4-2 win against the Syracuse Chiefs. Thad Weber scattered eight hits over his seven innings, giving up just two runs (one earned) with three strikeouts. Scott Gracey and John Stilson pitched the final two innings without giving up any runs with Stilson earning the save with two strikeouts over an inning and a third. Brad Glenn lit up Syracuse with his fifth home run in a Bisons uniform (his twenty-second of the year) and Luis Jimenez, Jack Murphy and Ricardo Nanita each had a pair of hits.
Mike McCoy – 1/5, R, K, SB
Jack Murphy – 2/4, 2 R, 2B, K
Mauro Gomez – 1/4, 2B, K, E
Luis Jimenez – 2/3, 2 RBI
Andy LaRoche – 0/4, 2 K, E
Ricardo Nanita – 2/4
Brad Glenn – 1/4, R, HR, RBI, 2 K
Ryan Langerhans – 0/4, K
Jim Negrych – 1/4, K
Thad Weber – W, 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 K
Scott Gracey – 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
John Stilson – S, 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Thad Weber
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (68-72)
Marcus Stroman punctuated his 2013 season by emphatically leading the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to an 8-1 win over the Binghamton Mets. Stroman, playing in his first full season after being drafted in the first round in 2012, nudged his record to 9-5 with an outstanding eight-inning, one-run (two hits and no walks), eleven-strikeout performance. Stroman got the job done with just 103 pitches and Alan Farina mopped things up, striking out another two in the ninth. In the eight-run, twelve-hit performance for the hitters, Andy Burns and Kevin Nolan went three-for-five with Nolan hitting a double and driving in three runs. Lance Zawadzki had a two-hit game and scored two runs and Adam Loewen had two hits, a run and an RBI. Jonathan Jones got on base three times with a single and two walks, scored twice and drove in a run.
Kenny Wilson – 0/4, R, BB, 2 K
Jonathan Jones – 1/3, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, PO
Andy Burns – 3/5, R, RBI, CS, PO
Adam Loewen – 2/5, R, RBI, K
Kevin Nolan – 3/5, 2B, 3 RBI
Ryan Schimpf – 1/3, 2 RBI, K, SF
Amadeo Zazueta – 0/4
Lance Zawadzki – 2/4, 2 R, K
Chris Schaeffer – 0/3, R, BB, K
Marcus Stroman – W, 8 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 11 K
Alan Farina – 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Marcus Stroman
Dunedin Blue Jays (63-68)
Scheduled Off Day. Playoffs Begin Tuesday, September 3
Lansing Lugnuts (61-78)
Catcher Daniel Klein led the Lansing Lugnuts to a 9-4 victory over the West Michigan Whitecaps to close out the 2013 season. Klein had three hits (including two doubles), scored a run and drove in two for the Lugnuts while Kevin Patterson and Santiago Nessy added two each. Kellen Sweeney ended the season on a positive note, going one for three with a walk, a run and an RBI. Kendall Graveman, the Blue Jays 2013 eighth round draft pick started and wasn’t at his best, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings. Ian Kadish was outstanding out of the bullpen, throwing three scoreless innings and giving up just 2 hits and striking out five.
Carlos Ramirez – 1/4, R, RBI, BB, 2 K, SB
Chris Hawkins – 1/5, 2 RBI, K, SB
Christian Lopes – 0/3, R, 2 BB
Jordan Leyland – 0/2, R, 3 BB, 1 K, E
Kevin Patterson – 2/5, R, RBI, K
Santiago Nessy – 2/5, 2 R, 2B, RBI
Daniel Klein – 3/4, R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, K
Jason Leblebijian – 1/4, R, RBI, K
Kellen Sweeney – 1/3, R, RBI, BB
Kendall Graveman – 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 4 K
Ian Kadish – W, 3 IP, 2 H, 5 K
Arik Sikula – 1 IP, 3 K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Ian Kadish and Daniel Klein
Vancouver Canadians (39-36)
September 1 Game:
The Vancouver Canadians assured themselves of a playoff spot with a 2-1 win over the Tri-City Dust Devils. Alonzo Gonzalez got the start and went five and a third innings of one-run ball, giving up just six hits and two walks while striking out five to bring his ERA down to 2.68 for his time in Vancouver. Drew Permison earned the win and Chuck Ghysels picked up another two strikeouts in a perfect inning to earn his eleventh save. The Canadians had only six hits over the entire game, with doubles from Seth Conner and David Harris and a triple from Chaz Frank.
Chaz Frank – 1/4, R, 3B, RBI
David Harris – 1/4, 2B, RBI
Andy Fermin – 0/3, BB
L.B. Dantzler – 0/3, BB
Dawel Lugo – 0/4
Brenden Kalfus – 1/4, K, OF Asst.
Dan Arcila – 1/2, 2 BB, CS
Seth Conner – 1/4, 2B, K
Ian Parmley – 1/4, R, K, SB, OF Asst.
Alonzo Gonzalez – 5 1/3 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K
Drew Permison – W, 1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Garrett Pickens – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Chuck Ghysels – S, 1 IP, 2 K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Alonzo Gonzalez
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