Dunedin Blue Jays (0-2)
The offensively challenged Dunedin Blue Jays succumbed to the same problem that plagued them throughout most of the season in a 4-0 loss to the Daytona Cubs, eliminating them from the playoffs. The Cubs scored all four runs (three were earned) off of Blue Jays top prospect Aaron Sanchez who went five and a third innings and gave up seven hits and one walk while striking out four. Tyler Ybarra and Dustin Antolin combined for another three and two-thirds innings. The offense only managed to get two hits against the Daytona combination of C.J. Edwards and Ryan Searle and the club racked up thirteen strikeouts in the process. Only second baseman Jon Berti and catcher Derrick Chung got base hits and Chung added a walk and threw out two runners on the bases. Chung hit went three for six with a walk over the course of the two games.
Jon Berti – 1/4, 2 K, E
Derrick Chung – 1/3, BB, K
Matt Newman – 0/4, 2 K
Jonathan Jones – 0/3, BB, 2 K
K.C. Hobson – 0/3
Marcus Knecht – 0/3, 2 K
Nick Baligod – 0/3
Gustavo Pierre – 0/3, 3 K
Jorge Flores – 0/3, K
Aaron Sanchez – L, 5 1/3 IP, 7 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 4 K
Tyler Ybarra – 2 IP
Dustin Antolin – 1 2/3 IP, 2 H
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Derrick Chung
Vancouver Canadians (2-0)
The Vancouver Canadians became the last Blue Jays affiliate standing with an 11-4 victory over the Everett Aquasox to seal their first round playoff victory. Three players who, just recently, were with the Bluefield Blue Jays contributed to the victory for the Canadians. Mitch Nay, playing as the DH, announced his presence with authority by hitting (by all accounts) a massive three-run home run in the fourth inning and teammates Chase DeJong and Brady Dragmire each pitched a shutout inning in relief. Jeremy Gabryszwski started and gave up a lot of hits (eight of them) that led to four runs but the bullpen was outstanding the rest of the way. In addition to Nay’s three run blast, Andy Fermin had two RBI coming from three hits, Chaz Frank drove in a pair, scored a pair and stole a base after going one for four with two walks and Peterborough native Michael Reeves went three for four with a double, a walk, two runs scored an RBI.
Vancouver Canadians Notes: 1B L.B. Dantzler was named the Northwest League MVP for the year.
Chaz Frank – 1/4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, K, SB
Andy Fermin – 3/4, R, 2 RBI
Mitch Nay – 1/5, R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 K
L.B. Dantzler – 0/4, BB, 2 K
Dawel Lugo – 0/4, 2 R, K
Justin Atkinson – 0/3, BB
Christian Vazquez – 0/1
Michael Reeves – 3/4, 2 R, 2 B, RBI, BB, K
Brenden Kalfus – 0/3, R, BB, K
Melvin Garcia – 1/1
Ian Parmley – 2/5, 2 R
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Michael Reeves
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