D-Jays Clinch: June 19 Minor League Report


Buffalo Bisons (36-35)

The Buffalo Bisons bullpen couldn’t hold on to a 4-1 lead and gave up four runs in the last two innings to lose 5-4 to the Gwinnett Braves. Starter Ricky Romero pitched seven strong innings, giving up only an unearned run on five hits and three walks while striking out six. Joel Carreno and John Stilson eached pitched an inning but gave up two runs each in the loss. Mauro Gomez hit his team-leading nineteenth home run for the Bisons while Anthony Gose had a two-for-four game with a stolen base (his first since June 8) and only struck out once.

August 4, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Ricky Romero (24) throws the ball to second base against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


Mike McCoy – 0/4, BB, 2 K
Anthony Gose – 2/4, R, 2B, K, SB, E
Luis Jimenez – 0/1, K
Mauro Gomez – 1/5, R, HR, RBI, 3 K
Moises Sierra – 1/3, R, 3B, RBI, BB, SB
Jim Negrych – 1/3, R, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 K
Ricardo Nanita – 1/4
Sean Ochinko – 1/4, 2 K
Ryan Goins – 0/2, 2 BB
Mike Nickeas – 0/4, PB


Ricky Romero – 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 6 K
Joel Carreno – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 K, 1 HR
John Stilson – L, 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Ricky Romero

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (33-38)

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats couldn’t get the bats going against the Altoona Curve and lost 5-2 on Wednesday night. Starter Deck McGuire gave up a double, a triple and a sac fly in the fourth and then faced the minimum for two more innings before giving up a double, a home run and a triple to the three batters he faced in the seventh before being lifted for Randy Boone. Boone allowed the triple to score, before pitching the remaining two innings of the game which closed the book on McGuire who was charged with all five Altoona runs. Adam Loewen had the big game on offense with a solo home run in the fourth to go along with a base hit. A.J. Jimenez had two more hits and caught a runner stealing and is now hitting .448 in the seven games he’s played in AA.


Kevin Pillar – 0/3, R, BB, SB
Ryan Schimpf – 0/4
A.J. Jimenez – 2/4, 2 K
Brad Glenn – 0/4, 3 K
Clint Robinson – 0/4
Kevin Nolan – 1/4
Adam Loewen – 2/4, R, HR, RBI, K
Brian Van Kirk – 0/3, BB
Tommy Manzella – 1/3
Jon Talley – 0/1, K


Deck McGuire – L, 6 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
Randy Boone – 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Adam Loewen

Dunedin Blue Jays (37-29)

The Dunedin Blue Jays hung on to win the Florida State League North Division First-Half championship (and an automatic berth in the playoffs at the end of the season) with an 8-4 win over the Tampa Yankees on Wednesday afternoon. Casey Lawrence wasn’t at his best, but he was still able to hold the Yankees to only three runs in six innings (despite giving up two home runs) while the offense churned away, taking advantage of a Tampa error. Andy Burns led the way again with three hits and two runs scored while Mike Crouse hit two doubles for the Blue Jays. Nick Baligod contributed with two more hits and an outfield assist while Jose Reyes (continuing his rehab assignment) had two base hits and a stolen base.


Jose Reyes – 2/4, R, RBI, K, SB
Peter Mooney – 0/1
Jon Berti – 0/4, R, BB
Andy Burns – 3/5, 2 R, RBI, CS
Gabe Jacobo – 1/2, 2 R, 2B, RBI, BB, K
Oliver Dominguez – 0/1
Mike Crouse – 2/3, R, 2 2B, RBI
K.C. Hobson – 0/3, RBI, RBI, BB, 2 K
Marcus Knecht – 1/4, RBI
Derrick Chung – 0/4
Nick Baligod – 2/4, R, 2B, K, OF Asst.


Casey Lawrence – W, 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR
Tony Davis – 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Ajay Meyer – 1 IP
Alan Farina – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 3 K, 1 HR

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Andy Burns

Lansing Lugnuts (32-37)

On All-Star Break

Vancouver Canadians (3-3)

June 18 Game:

The Vancouver Canadians kept coming back and finally scored enough to defeat the Spokane Indians with a walk-off single by Jason Leblebijian 5-4 in twelve innings. Colton Turner didn’t get a decision after pitching six strong innings, giving up only one run on four hits and a walk while striking out five after Jonathan Kountis gave up two runs in the eighth erasing the 3-1 lead that Vancouver had gotten out to. The bats only contributed seven hits with two each from Ian Parmley and Jason Leblebijian (each drove in two runs) while Leblebijian also had a walk. Newly drafted Michael Reeves started behind the plate and went one for three with a walk while his draft-mate Brenden Kalfus went one for five with a walk.


Ian Parmley 2/6, R, 2 RBI, K, 2 SB
Brendan Kalfus – 1/5, BB, 2 K, CS
Jason Leblebijian – 2/5, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K, SB
Jordan Leyland – 0/5, 2 K
Andy Fermin – 0/5
Justin Atkinson – 0/5, 3 K
Michael Reeves – 1/3, R, BB, 2 K, PB
Ronnie Melendez – 0/0, R
Daniel Klein – 0/0, BB
Jorge Vega-Rosado – 1/5, R, K, E
Nico Taylor – 0/4, R, BB, 2 K


Colton Turner – 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K
Matthew Johnson – 1 IP
Jonathan Kountis – 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB
Chuck Ghysels – 1 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K
Joe Spano – 2 IP, 1 H, 4 BB, 4 K
Justin D’Alessandro – W, 1 IP, 2 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Jason Leblebijian

June 19 Game:

The Vancouver Canadians took their Wednesday afternoon game 8-3 over the Spokane Indians. The C’s got a great start out of Canadian-born Eric Brown who moves to 2-0 with a six and two-thirds inning, one-run performance. He gave up five hits and two walks and struck out five with his high-80s stuff. On offense, 2013-draftee Brenden Kalfus went three for four, scored two runs and stole two bases to lead the attack while center fielder Ian Parmley had two hits, as did Jordan Leyland. Dickie Thon, Jr. hit a two run double (but also struck out three times) and Ronnie Melendez drove in three runs for the Canadians.


Ian Parmley – 2/5, K, SB
Dickie Thon, Jr. – 1/5, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 K
Andy Fermin – 1/5, K
Jordan Leyland – 2/3, R, BB
Justin Atkinson – 1/4, R, K, E
Brenden Kalfus – 3/4, 2 R, 2 SB
Matt Hitt – 1/3, 2 R, BB, 2 K
Jorge Vega-Rosado – 0/3, R, K
Ronnie Melendez – 1/4, R, 3 RBI, SB


Eric Brown – W, 6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K
Alvido Jimenez – 2/3 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 1 K
Matthew Johnson – 2/3 IP
Justin James – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Eric Brown

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