Toronto Blue Jays' pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez has been nearly unhittable but is still dealing with control issues. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jays Minor League Report: Aaron Sanchez still struggling with control

Buffalo Bisons (23-18)

Darin Mastroianni continued his strong play with three hits and a stolen base while Brad Glenn had a three-run double as the Bisons won 8-4 over Leigh Valley. Mastroianni should have actually been credited with four hits after the umpires missed a call by ruling a catch that wasn’t in the third inning (h/t Bisons.com). Glenn has looked good since being promoted to Buffalo and is slashing .294/.335/.416 in his first five games. Ryan Goins and Jared Goedert had two-RBI games while Dan Johnson also scored a run with an sac fly in the first.

Chad Jenkins actually got to play some baseball for a change and on a limited pitch count went four and two-thirds, allowing two earns runs and striking out three. Ryan Rowland-Smith earned his first win of the season and has pitched well since joining Buffalo, holding opponents to just a .160 batting average. John Stilson finished the game and after a shaky start to the season has yet to allow a run during the month of May.

Darin Mastroianni – 3/5, SB
Ryan Goins – 1/4, 2 RBI, K
Jared Goedert – 1/3, 2 RBI, BB, K
Dan Johnson – 1/2, RBI
Brad Glenn – 1/4, 2B, 3 RBI
Matt Tuiasosopo – 0/4, K
Andy LaRoche – 0/3, BB, K
Mike Nickeas – 1/3, BB
Jonathan Diaz – 1/2, BB

Chad Jenkins – 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 K
Ryan Rowland-Smith – 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 K (W)
John Stilson – 2.0 IP, 2 H, BB, K

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (18-28)

Game 1

In a seven inning matinee, Aaron Sanchez continued to deal with command issues and walked four batters (one intentionally) while hitting two others. Only 47 of the 92 pitches he threw were for strikes but what he did throw near the zone was pretty much unhittable. Tyler Ybarra was credited with both the loss and blown save as he gave up three runs in sixth to hand Reading a 5-4 victory. Kenny Wilson was perfect at the plate reaching base three times while adding two steals. Ryan Schimpf had two hits while Matt Newman, A.J. Jimenez and Gabe Jacobo all plated RBIs.

Kenny Wilson – 1/1, 2 BB, 2 SB
A.J. Jimenez – 1/3, RBI
Ryan Schimpf – 2/3, K
Gabe Jacobo – 0/3, RBI
Matt Newman – 1/3, RBI, K
Andy Burns – 0/2, BB
Andy Fermin – 0/3
Kevin Nolan – 1/3, CS
Peter Mooney – 0/3, K

Aaron Sanchez – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, ER, 4 BB, 6 K
Tyler Ybarra – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, K (BS, L)

Game 2

The pitching staff combined to allow only three hits as New Hampshire won the second game 3-2, which was a makeup of April 7th postponement. Kenny Wilson capped off a perfect with an identical stat line (1 hit, 2 walks, 2 stolen bases) as he had in the afternoon game and scored the game’s winning run after drawing an errand throw to second, which was followed by a Gabe Jacobo sac fly. Kevin Nolan hit a triple while Jon Berti added two base knocks in the slightly shortened, eight inning affair.

Jon Berti – 2/4
Kenny Wilson – 1/1, 2 BB, 2 SB
Ryan Schimpf – 0/4 K
Gabe Jacobo – 0/2, RBI, BB
Andy Burns – 0/3, BB, 2 K
Kevin Nolan – 1/3, 3B,
Jonathan Jones – 0/2, RBI, CS
Pierce Rankin – 0/3, K
Matt Newman – 0/3, K

Richard Bleier – 4.0 IP, H, ER, 2 BB
Colton Murray – 3.0 IP, H, R, 0 ER, BB, 4 K
Austin Wright – 1.0 IP, H, 2 BB, K

Dunedin Blue Jays (31-12)

Derrick Chung led the offense with two doubles and Nick Baligod smashed his first home run of the season but it wasn’t enough as Dunedin fell 5-4 to Bradenton in extras. Ben White had a solid start and allowed three runs over five innings but just one run was earned. He also had six strikeouts. Dwight Smith Jr. and Gustavo Pierre also doubled while Dalton Pompey chipped in with a stolen base. Dunedin scored all four of their runs in the second inning but Chad Girodo and Danny Barnes couldn’t hold on to a one-run lead after White left the game.

Dwight Smith Jr. – 1/5, 2B
Dalton Pompey – 1/5, K, SB
Marcus Knecht – 0/5, 2 K
Kevin Patterson – 1/4
Derrick Chung – 2/4, 2 2B, K
Nick Baligod – 1/4, HR, 2 RBI
Christian Lopes – 0/2, 2 BB, CS
Gustavo Pierre – 1/4, 2B, RBI, K
Jorge Flores – 1/4, RBI, K

Ben White – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Efrain Nieves – 1.1 IP, H, K
Wil Browning – 0.2 IP, H, K
Chad Girodo – 1.0 IP, H, R, 0 ER, BB, K
Danny Barnes – 2.0 IP, 4 H, ER, 4 K

Lansing Lugnuts (21-22)

L.B. Dantzler and Santiago Nessy both had two hits nights while Dawel Lugo added an RBI double in Lansing’s 4-3 extra inning loss to Bowling Green. Jeremy Gabryszwski started and gave up three earned runs off nine hits but didn’t walk a batter and kept his team in the game after a two-run first inning. The bullpen pitched well in relief but it was Phil Kish who was the hard luck loser after the Hot Rods pushed across a run in the twelve, which came courtesy of two sacrifice bunts. Yeyfry Del Rosario pitched for the first time since hitting the seven-day DL after his May 1st outing. Del Rosario was added to the Lugnuts roster from extended spring training after Adonys Cardona went down with a broken elbow in late April and the 20-year-old is a player I’ll be trying to keep an eye on in Lansing.

D.J. Davis – 0/6, K
Justin Atkinson – 1/5, BB, K
Mitch Nay – 1/5
L.B. Dantzler – 2/3, BB, K
Chaz Frank – 0/0, BB
Dawel Lugo – 1/4, 2B, RBI, K
Derrick Loveless – 0/5, K
Santiago Nessy – 2/4, RBI
Jason Leblebijian – 0/1
Jorge Saez – 1/4
Dickie Thon – 2/5, 2 K

Jeremy Gabryszwski – 5.0 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 5 K
Adaric Kelly – 2.0 IP, BB
Yeyfry Del Rosario – 1.0 IP, K
Griffin Murphy – 2.0 IP, BB, K
Phil Kish – 2.0 IP, 3 H, ER, K (L)

All stats courtesy MiLB.com.

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