Baby Jays Break Some Hearts: July 6 Minor League Report


Buffalo Bisons (43-45)

The Buffalo Bisons made a late charge but couldn’t close the gap on the Syracuse Chiefs, losing 4-3 on Saturday night. Thad Weber made a solid start, going seven innings and giving up all four runs on eight hits without walking anyone and striking out six while Mickey Storey closed out the game with two shutout innings, striking out three and giving up only one hit. Mike McCoy and Sean Ochinko had two hits apiece while Andy LaRoche had the big hit of the game for the Bisons, a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth. Anthony Gose had a double and two outfield assists (playing right field) but struck out once and was caught stealing. After going hitless for the first time since joining the Bisons, Kevin Pillar got right back on the hit parade, going one for four on Saturday.

Mar 5, 2013; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Andy LaRoche (left) tags out Baltimore Orioles base runner Luis Exposito during the top of the third inning of a spring training game at Florida Auto Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports


Mike McCoy – 2/4, RBI
Ryan Goins – 0/5, 3 K
Kevin Pillar – 1/4, K
Mauro Gomez – 1/3, BB, K
Jim Negrych – 1/4, R, K
Andy LaRoche – 1/4, R, HR, 2 RBI, K
Eugenio Velez – 0/2, R, 2 BB
Anthony Gose – 1/4, 2B, K, CS, 2 OF Asst.
Sean Ochinko – 2/4, K


Thad Weber – 7 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 6 K
Mickey Storey – 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Andy LaRoche

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (41-46)

The Fisher Cats faced a former Blue Jays farmhand and got shut down by the Binghamton Mets 14-3 on Saturday. Former Lansing Lugnut Noah Syndergaard started for the Mets and went seven innings, striking out seven and giving up three unearned runs (on Clint Robinson’s home run). Ryan Tepera was no match for Syndergaard. Despite topping his strikeout total with nine of his own, Tepera gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits (including three home runs) in five innings of work. Matt Wright gave up another two runs while Dustin Antolin was charged with six runs in a third of an inning to account for the rest. Brett Lawrie had two hits for the Fisher Cats while Ryan Schimpf had two more and Robinson had two including his home run.

Roster Moves: 3B Brett Lawrie was assigned to New Hampshire on a rehab assignment while LHP Evan Crawford was placed on the DL and IF Tommy Manzella was activated. SP Marcus Walden was added to the Eastern League All-Star game in place of Sean Nolin. Nolin is scheduled to pitch immediately afterwards and won’t participate in the game.


Adam Loewen –0/5, 2 K
Brett Lawrie – 2/4, R, K
A.J. Jimenez – 1/3, R, K
Jon Talley – 0/1
Brad Glenn –  0/4, 2 K
Clint Robinson – 2/3, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB
Kevin Nolan – 1/4, K, E
Ryan Schimpf – 2/4
Andy Burns – 1/3, BB, K
Brian Van Kirk – 1/4, 2 K


Ryan Tepera – L,5 IP, 7 H, 6 R (5 ER), 1 BB, 9 K, 3 HR
Matt Wright – 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
Dustin Antolin – 1/3 IP, 3 H,  6 R, 3 BB, 1 HR
Chorye Spoone – 1 2/3 IP, 3 BB, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Clint Robinson

Dunedin Blue Jays (42-38)

The Dunedin Blue Jays once again dug a hole they couldn’t get out of in time, losing 6-5 to the Daytona Cubs despite mounting a valiant comeback in the bottom of the eighth. The offense kicked in the hits – thirteen of them – but could only score five runs, helped by Gabe Jacobo’s three-run home run in the eighth inning. Jon Berti had three hits and stole a base while Gustavo Pierre, Matt Newman and Pierce Rankin all had two hits for the Blue Jays. Starter Scott Copleand gave up five of the runs (four earned) over his five and two-thirds innings on seven hits and three walks while Dayton Marze gave up the final run. Shawn Griffith closed out the game with one and a third scoreless innings.

Roster Moves: RHP Kyle Drabek was optioned to Dunedin of the FSL. Sergio Santos was sent to Dunedin on a rehab assignment.


Jon Berti – 3/5, R, SB
Peter Mooney – 0/5, 2 K, E
Mike Crouse – 1/4, R, BB, K, SB, CS
K.C. Hobson – 1/4, R, RBI, K
Gabe Jacobo – 1/3, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB
Gustavo Pierre  – 2/4, K, PO
Marcus Knecht – 1/4, 2 K, SB
Matt Newman – 2/3, BB
Pierce Rankin – 2/4, R, 2B


Scott Copeland – L, 5 2/3 IP, 7 H, 5 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 6 K
Dayton Marze – 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB
Shawn Griffith – 1 1/3 IP, 1 H

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Gabe Jacobo

Lansing Lugnuts (34-51)

The Lansing Lugnuts lost their ninth game in a row, 1-0 to the Bowling Green Hot Rods. Starter Taylor Cole didn’t have his best stuff, walking four and giving up five hits over five innings (and giving up one unearned run) but he was more than able to minimize the damage. Ian Kadish did a heroic job finishing the final three innings, scattering three hits and a walk while striking out three. Offensively, Emilio Guerrero had the Lugnuts’ only hit while Seth Conner walked twice.


Dalton Pompey – 0/3, BB, 2 K, OF Asst.
Chris Hawkins – 0/4, K
Christian Lopes – 0/4, 3 K
Kevin Patterson – 0/4, 2 K
Jason Leblebijian – 0/4, K
Emilio Guerrero – 1/3
Seth Conner – 0/1, 2 BB, PB
Carlos Ramirez – 0/3, K
Kellen Sweeney – 0/3


Taylor Cole – L, 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R (0 ER), 4 BB, 4 K
Ian Kadish – 3 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Ian Kadish

Vancouver Canadians (13-9)

July 5 Game:

The Vancouver Canadians lost in walkoff fashion to the Hillsboro Hop 5-4 in ten innings. Scott Silverstein, the big lefty, was very effective in four innings, giving up one run on only one hit and striking out four in four innings but it was Chuck Ghysels and Garrett Pickens who gave up the tying and winning runs in the ninth and tenth innings (respectively). David Harris launched a home run (only the fifth for the Canadians all season) but Jordan Leyland went three for five with two doubles and Michael Reeves continued his “death by paper cuts” attack with three more singles. L.B. Dantzler went two for four with a walk, a double, a run and an RBI while Chaz Frank went one for two with three walks (for the second consecutive night).


Chaz Frank – 1/2, R, 3 BB, K, CS
Ian Parmley – 0/4, 2 K
L.B. Dantzler – 2/4, R, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 K
Jordan Leyland – 3/5, R, 2 2B, K
Brenden Kalfus – 1/4, RBI, 2 K
Michael Reeves – 3/5, RBI
Justin Atkinson – 1/5, 3 K
Christian Vasquez – 1/4, BB
David Harris – 1/4, R, HR, RBI, BB


Scott Silverstein – 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K
Matt Dermody – 3 1/3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 K
Matt Johnson – 2/3 IP
Chuck Ghysels – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 K, 1 HR
Garrett Pickens – L, 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Scott Silverstein

Late night game summaries for the Vancouver Canadians will appear two days after the game day.

Bluefield Blue Jays (10-5)

The Bluefield Blue Jays couldn’t get anything going offensively, losing 3-0 to the Elizabethton Twins. Brady Dragmire gave up all three runs, but only one of them was earned and Dragmire struck out seven in his four innings. Joe Lovecchio also threw four innings, giving up five hits and walking two but holding the Twins off the scoreboard and striking out a pair. Only Derrick Loveless distinguished himself on offense, getting a pair of base hits.


D.J. Davis – 0/3, BB, 2 K
Alexis Maldonado – 1/3
Eric Arce – 1/1
Derrick Loveless – 2/4, K
Mitch Nay – 0/4
Jorge Saez – 0/4, K
Dawel Lugo – 0/4, K
John Silviano – 0/3, BB, K
Matt Dean – 0/3
Melvin Garcia – 1/3, OF Asst.


Brady Dragmire – 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 7 K
Joe Lovecchio – 4 iP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K
Justin D’Alessandro – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Brady Dragmire and Joe Lovecchio

Gulf Coast League Blue Jays (7-5)

The GCL Blue Jays won both halves of a double header against the GCL Astros on Saturday.

The Jays won the first game 8-3, a continuation of the suspended game from Friday, getting outstanding pitching from Daniel Lietz, who threw three innings, struck out six and gave up one run, and Jesus Tinoco, who threw four shutout innings, giving up only three hits and a walk while striking out three. The batters scattered fourteen hits, getting three apiece from Thomas (Boomer) Collins III, who had two triples in the game, and catcher Dan Jansen, who also scored a pair of runs. Andres De Aza and Gabriel Cenas each had two hits with Cenas hitting a pair of doubles.

The GCL Jays won the seven-inning Game 2 7-2 getting three solid innings from Tim Mayza who only gave up a walk while striking out six. The offense knocked out another ten hits, getting three from Sean Hurley (two singles and a triple) and two each from Franklin Barreto, Will Dupont and Daniel Devonshire.

Roster Notes: RHP Myles Duvall was released by the Blue Jays and RHP (and Canadian) Sean Ratcliffe was assigned to the GCL Blue Jays.

Game 1:


Franklin Barreto – 1/4, RBI
Rolando Segovia – 0/4, R, BB, 2 K
Thomas Collins III – 3/4, R, 2 3B, RBI, BB, OF Asst.
Andres De Aza – 2/5, R, RBI, 2 K
Dan Jansen – 3/5, 2 R, E, PB
Edwin Fuentes – 1/5, R
Nathan DeSouza – 1/5, R, RBI
Josh Almonte – 1/5, R, RBI, K
Gabriel Cenas – 2/3, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB


Francisco Diaz – 2/3 iP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Tyler Gonzales – 1 1/3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Daniel Lietz – W, 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K
Jesus Tinoco – S, 4 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Thomas Collins III

Game 2:


Franklin Barreto – 2/4, R, K, SB, CS
Will Dupont – 2/4, 2 R, RBI, SB
Thomas Collins III – 1/2, R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
Sean Hurley – 3/3, R, 3B
Josh Almonte – 0/2, RBI, 2 K
Andres Sotillo – 0/3, K
Daniel Devonshire – 2/3, R, 2B, 2 RBI
Koby Kraemer – 0/3
Andrew Florides – 0/2, R, BB


Tim Mayza – 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K
Conner Greene – W, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Zak Adams – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Jose Fernandez – 1 IP, 2 H

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Tim Mayza

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