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Blue Jays Minor League Report: Dickie Thon slams, re-Happ assignment

Buffalo Bisons (1-0)

Postponed due to rain.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (2-1)

Andy Burns had a big game with two hits including a home run and two RBIs and Austin Bibens-Dirkx pitched seven solid innings but the bullpen couldn’t hold on as the Fisher Cats lost on a walk off single in the ninth. Ryan Schimpf also homered for the Cats while Brad Glenn and Mike Crouse both had extra base hits of their own.

Kenny Wilson – 1/5, K
Jon Berti – 0/4, BB, K
Andy Burns – 2/4, HR, 2 RBI, CS
Brad Glenn – 2/4, 2B, K
Gabe Jacobo – 0/4, 3 K
Ryan Schimpf – 1/3, HR, RBI, BB, K
Kevin Nolan – 0/2, 2 BB, K
Mike Crouse – 2/4, 3B, K
Aaron Munoz – 0/3, 2 RBI, K, SF

Austin Bibens-Dirkx – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Tony Davis – 0.0 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 1 BB
Randy Boone – 1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 2 K, (BS, L)

Dunedin Blue Jays (2-1)

The D-Jays did not strike out once as a team and abused opposing catcher Logan Moore for five stolen bases en route to an 8-2 thrashing of the Clearwater Threshers. J.A. Happ threw his first rehab assignment since hitting the DL at the end of March and allowed two earned runs in the third. An eight-pitch walk, which was followed by a double, ground out and line drive base hit, tied the score but Dunedin quickly answered back with Derrick Chung and K.C. Hobson answering with RBIs in the bottom of the frame. Hobson, Matt Newman, Dalton Pompey and Jorge Flores all had three hit afternoons.

Dwight Smith Jr. – 2/5, SB
Dalton Pompey – 3/5, RBI, SB
K.C. Hobson – 3/5, 2B, 2 RBI
Kevin Patterson – 1/4, 2B, 2 RBI, SF
Matt Newman – 3/5, 2B
Gustavo Pierre – 0/4, RBI, SB
Derrick Chung – 1/3, 2B, RBI, BB, SB
Emilio Guerrero – 1/4
Jorge Flores – 3/4, 2B, RBI, SB

J.A. Happ – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 K (W)
Justin Jackson – 1.0 IP, 1 H, BB
Wil Browning – 1.0 IP, 1 H
Kramer Champlin – 1.0 IP, K
Arik Sikula – 1.0 IP, 2 K

Lansing Lugnuts (1-2)

Dickie Thon hit a grand slam but also cost the Lugnuts the game on error in the first game of a doubleheader against Lake County. Chase De Jong started off strong but was chased in the third after four earned runs. Adonys Cardona couldn’t find the strike zone and took the loss in what was a bit of a disappointing afternoon for the Lugs staff. Jorge Saez continued to swing a hot bat with a double while Matt Dean and Carlos Ramirez also had two-baggers.

D.J. Davis – 1/4, 2 K
Dickie Thon – 1/4, HR, 4 RBI
Carlos Ramirez – 1/2, 2B, BB, K
Mitch Nay – 1/3, K, CS
Dawel Lugo – 0/2, RBI, SF
Matthew Dean – 1/3, 2B, K
Justin Atkinson – 0/2, BB
Jorge Saez – 1/3, 2B
Derrick Loveless – 0/2, BB, K

Chase De Jong – 2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, BB, 2 K
Roberto Espinosa – 1.1 IP, BB, K
Adonys Cardona – 2.0, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K (L)

In game two, Lansing was shut down by Jordan Milbrath who pitched a complete game shutout. Thon and Jason Leblebijian were the only two players to manage a base hits, both with singles. Jeremy Gabryszwski started but was roughed up for five earned runs including a home run to Lake County’s number nine hitter.

D.J. Davis – 0/3, K
Dickie Thon – 1/3
Carlos Ramirez – 0/3, 2 K
Mitch Nay – 0/3, K
Json Leblebijian – 1/3
Matthew Dean – 0/3, K
Justin Atkinson – 0/2
Santiago Nessy – 0/2
Ian Parmley – 0/0, 2 BB

Jeremy Gabryszski – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (L)
Scott Silverstein – 1.1 IP, 1 H, K

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