Stroman Strong, New Hampshire still loses: June 4 Minor League Report


Buffalo Bisons (31-26)

Thad Weber started for the Bisons and let in three runs in his four innings which was more than enough for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs to beat Buffalo 4-0 on Tuesday. Weber gave up his runs on two home runs but was otherwise pretty strong, striking out four and not walking anyone. The final three pitchers for Buffalo on the night were excellent, including a recently promoted Tommy Hottovy who struck out three of the four batters he faced. Dustin McGowan threw a scoreless inning of his own in what might be his final rehab appearance while Buddy Carlyle continues to be very hot for the Bisons with a scoreless, two-strikeout inning. The offense had eight hits with five of them coming from Mike McCoy and Eugenio Velez. Velez had another excellent game, going three for five with a double and stolen base, raising his batting average to .304.

Roster Note: RP Tommy Hottovy was promoted to Buffalo from AA New Hampshire.

May 27, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Thad Weber (51) throws against the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning at the Rogers Centre. Toronto defeated Atlanta 9-3. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports


Mike McCoy – 2/4, 2B, BB, K
Eugenio Velez – 3/5, 2B, K, SB
Moises Sierra – 1/4, K
Luis Jimenez – 1/3, BB, K
Mauro Gomez – 0/4, K
Andy LaRoche – 0/2, 2 BB, SB
Ricardo Nanita – 1/4
Mike Nickeas – 0/4, 2 K
Ryan Goins – 0/4, 2 K


Thad Weber – L, 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR
Mickey Storey – 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 4 K
Tommy Hottovy – 1 1/3 IP, 3 K
Dustin McGowan – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Buddy Carlyle – 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Eugenio Velez

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (28-31)

Marcus Stroman had an excellent start but the New Hampshire Fisher Cats couldn’t hold on to the tie as the Akron Aeros won with a 3-2 walk-off in the twelfth. Stroman only gave up a solo home run as part of the three hits and one walk he was touched for. He also struck out three Aeros in his five innings in which he threw 84 pitches (46 strikes). Adam Loewen provided the offense, hitting a two-run home run in the top of the fifth and Kevin Pillar had a two hit game.

Roster Notes: RP Tommy Hottovy was promoted to AAA Buffalo and 2B Tommy Manzella was signed to a minor league contract and assigned to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.


Kevin Pillar – 2/5, K, CS
Brian Van Kirk – 0/4, BB, K
Ryan Schimpf – 1/5
Clint Robinson – 0/4, BB, CS
Kevin Nolan – 1/5, 2B, 2 K
Adam Loewen – 1/4, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB
Brad Glenn – 0/4, BB, 2 K
Sean Ochinko – 1/4, 2 K
Tommy Manzella – 0/4, 4 K


Marcus Stroman – 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Chorye Spoone – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K
Evan Crawford – 2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
Randy Boone – 3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K
Matt Wright – L, 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Adam Loewen

Dunedin Blue Jays (31-23)

Down 5-3 after the first four innings, the Dunedin bullpen held the fort long enough for the offense to explode for five runs in the eighth on the way to an 8-5 win over the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Starter Jesse Hernandez was tagged for all five runs but Dayton Marze, Tony Davis and Alan Farina threw four perfect innings to finish off the game. Andy Burns and Gabe Jacobo led the way on offense with Burns going three for five with a double and two RBI and Jacobo going two for four with a double, a walk and three RBI.  Catcher Chris Schaeffer also had an outstanding game, getting on base four times with two singles and two walks.

Roster Notes: 3B Andy Burns, RP Tony Davis, SP Scott Copeland and RP Blake McFarland were named to the Florida State League North Division All-Star team.


Jon Berti – 1/3, 2 R, 3B, RBI, 2 BB
Andy Burns – 3/5, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, K
K.C. Hobson – 1/5, 2 K
Gabe Jacobo – 2/4, R, 2B, 3 RBI, BB, K
Mike Crouse – 1/5, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Matt Newman – 1/5
Marcus Knecht – 1/4, R, 2B
Chris Schaeffer – 2/2, 2 BB
Nick Baligod – 0/1, R
Peter Mooney – 1/2, R, BB


Jesse Hernandez – 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
Dayton Marze – 2 IP
Tony Davis – W, 1 IP, 2 K
Alan Farina – S, 1 IP

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game:  Gabe Jacobo

Lansing Lugnuts (25-29)

Scheduled Off Day

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