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Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Recap: So Good, Let's Play 12

Buffalo Bisons (27-26)

The Bison loss 8-5 and the Bisons use 6 pitchers as Ricky Romero only goes 3 innings. Dan Johnson hit his 10th home run and drove in 3 of the Bisons 5 runs on the day. The Bisons were leading heading into the top of the 9th but Neil Wagner was unable to convert his 5th save in 5 tries as he was tagged for 4 runs. Wagner was credited with a BS and the loss.

Darin Mastroianni- 1/5, R, 2B(13), RBI(11), 2K

Ryan Goins- 0/2, RBI(14), BB

Jared Goedert- 1/3, R, BB, K

Dan Johnson- 1/3, R, HR(10), 3RBI(38), BB, K

Matt Tuiasosopo- 0/4, K

Andy LaRoche- 0/4, K

Mike Nickeas- 0/4, K

Kenny Wilson- 1/3, R, BB, SB(2)

Jonathan Diaz- 0/0, R, 3BB, CS(1)

A.J. Jimenez- 0/1, K


Ricky Romero- 3.0IP, 4H, R, 3BB, 2K

Mike Zagurski- 2.2IP, 2H, R, BB, 4K

Rob Rasmussen- 1.1IP, 2H, 2R, BB

Ryan Tepera- 1.0IP

Neil Wagner (BS, 1) (L, 0-1)- 0.2IP, 3H, 4R, BB, 2K

Ryan Rowland-Smith- 0.1IP, H, K


New Hampshire Fisher Cats (21-35)

The Fisher Cats started June off on the right foot. Now let’s hope they don’t go back to they way they played in a dreadful month of May. The Fisher Cats offence was still silent but the pitchers bailed them out by only allowing 1 run as the Fisher Cats won 2-1 in 12 innings.

Kevin Nolan looks to be breaking out a season long drought by hitting .278 over his last 10 games. He hit his 3rd HR and got help from Ryan Schimpf with a 2-hit day and Melky Mesa drove in the clubs second run.

Arik Sikula came on in the 9th and blow his first Double-A save to send the game into extras. Over the next 4 innings the bullpen would hold the Curve to 3 hits, no walks, and struck out 3…..solid relief work boys.

Melky Mesa- 2/6, RBI(2), CS(1)

Jon Berti- 0/5, 2K

Ryan Schimpf- 2/5, 2B(14), K

Hector Gimenez- 1/5, K

Andy Burns- 1/5, K

Mike McDade- 0/4, BB, 2K

Kevin Nolan- 1/4, R, HR(3), RBI(13), BB, K, CS(3)

Mike Crouse- 2/5, SB(6)

Jonathan Jones- 1/4, BB, K, SB(5)


Austin Bibens-Dirkx- 5.0IP, 3H, 6K

Tyler Tbarra- 1.2IP, 2BB, K

Arik Sikula (BS,1)- 1.1IP, 2H, R, K

Dustin Antolin- 2.0IP, 2H, K

Scott Copeland (W, 4-5)- 1.0IP, H

Randy Boone (S,5)- 1.0IP, 2K


Dunedin Blue Jays(38-17)

In another extra inning game for one of the Blue Jays minor league teams. The D-Jays loss a 12 inning affair 4-3. Chad Girodo had his 2nd BS and blow a good outing by Matt Boyd. Jesse Hernandez pitched well over the final 4.1IP but got tagged with the loss.

Dalton Pompey, Marcus Knecht, and Derrick Chung continue to swing hot bats. Knecht and Chung drove in all the D-Jays runs.

Dwight Smith Jr.- 0/6, K

Dalton Pompey- 1/4, R, 2B(9), BB, K

Marcus Knecht- 1/4, R, RBI(23), BB

K.C. Hobson- 0/5

Derrick Chung- 2/5, 2RBI(11), 2K

Nick Baligod- 1/5, K

Emilio Guerrero- 1/4, BB, K, E(15)

Kellen Sweeney- 2/5, K

Peter Mooney- 0/4


Matt Boyd- 5.2IP, 4H, R, BB, 9K

Wil Browning- 1.0IP, 2H, 2K

Chad Girodo (BS,2)- 0.2IP, 3H, 2R, K

Jesse Hernandez (L, 3-4)- 4.1IP, 4H, R, 3BB, 2K


Lansing Lugnuts (27-29)

The Lugnuts won 7-3 on the hot bats of Derrick Loveless and Dawel Lugo. Alberto Tirado continues to struggle, but was picked up by Phil Kish and Brady Dragmire. It was good to see Matt Dean back in the Lugnuts lineup.

Derrick Loveless- 2/4, R, 2RBI(24), BB, E(2)

Dickie Joe Thon- 1/4, RBI(23), K

Dawel Lugo- 2/5, 2B(8), 3RBI(16), K

L.B. Dantzler- 0/5, K

Matt Dean- 1/4, R, 2K

Mitch Nay- 1/2, R, RBI(30), BB, E(10)

Santiago Nessy- 0/4, 2K

Chaz Frank- 2/3. 3R, BB, SB(2)

Jason Leblebijian- 0/3, R, BB


Alberto Tirado- 4.0IP, 6H, 3R, 4BB, K

Phil Kish- 3.0IP, 4H

Bardy Dragmire (W, 2-3)- 2.0IP, 2H


Monday’s Starters

Bisons-Kyle Drabek (4-4, 4.19 ERA)

D-Jays- Daniel Norris (4-0, 0.72 ERA)

Lugnuts- Matt Dermody (3-1, 4.31 ERA)


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  • Andrew van Laar

    I seriously think its time to try Romero in the bullpen. I don’t think he is going to cut it as a starter in the near future. Maybe letting him focus on throwing with max effort from the bullpen may help him sort something out? I just don’t think continuing to throw him to the wolves every fifth game is doing anything.

    • RyanMueller

      Andrew you always make comments that are so hard to argue with. I agree that they need to do something different. I am starting to lean toward releasing him like 70-92 suggested above but only a slight lean. I just don’t understand why he has so much trouble with his command and why management continues to hand him the ball every fifth day in AAA. Put him down in Lansing or dunedin and tell him to just focus on throwing strikes. What’s the worse that can happen?
      As always thanks for commenting.

      • Andrew van Laar

        Thanks Ryan :) Do you have any idea what the Jays would owe on Romero’s contract if they were to release him? I’ve always been a bit foggy on the rules with that…

        • RyanMueller

          As far as I know the jays are on the hook for 7.75 mill this year and next, that includes rickys signing bonus. If RR was performing well than the club would have an option year that would pay RR 13.1 mill. The buyout for the options year is 600K. Needless to say the jays will not be picking that option up. I know nothing about buying a guy out of his contract. Sorry

          • Michael Wray

            They would have to pay him all of the money they still owe him, plus the buyout. So not counting what they have already paid him this year it’s something like $15.6M. Hence the hesitation to release him, Jays don’t really gain anything by doing so. @andrewvanlaar:disqus

          • Andrew van Laar

            Oh ya then no wonder he’s not released. Might as well pay him to see if there is that slim chance that he can turn something around. S0 2016 may be the year the Ricky Romero Era ends…

          • Michael Wray


  • 70-92

    I don’t think the Fisher Cats play Monday at all . . . Romero could have been released in the off-season and no one would have noticed. He made his cash. Please go away Ricky, you’re an embarrassment to the sport.

    • RyanMueller

      you are right the NH don’t play today. My mistake. Well now you know who is pitching for the Fisher Cats on tuesday. Look how well I am keeping you informed.
      I think people would have noticed if RR was released because I for one would have written something about it. All kidding aside though, the RR show is one that puzzles me. If he continues to struggle why leave him at AAA? Why not send him further down the minors and maybe he won’t suck so much? Clearly working with the Bisons staff isn’t the solution.
      Thanks for the comment and try to stay positive with RR and the blue jays.