Ricky and Brett Get the “W”: July 9 Minor League Report


Buffalo Bisons (46-45)

The Buffalo Bisons rode a strong start by Ricky Romero and big games from Kevin Pillar and Brett Lawrie to a 6-2 win over the Syracuse Chiefs. Romero pitched seven innings, giving up only two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out seven on the night. He was relieved by John Stilson who pitched two perfect innings to finish the game. On the offense, Kevin Pillar went three for four with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI, while Brett Lawrie, making his first rehab start in Triple-A, went two for four with a home run, three RBI and a stolen base while playing second base.

Roster Notes: The Bisons released C Ramon Hernandez and put 1B Luis Jimenez on the DL. To replace Jimenez, the Jays promoted Clint Robinson from New Hampshire. Brett Lawrie was also assigned to Buffalo for his rehab.

May 9, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie (13) at bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Kevin Pillar –3/4, 2 R, 3B, RBI, CS
Ryan Goins – 1/3, R, RBI, SF
Brett Lawrie – 2/4, R, HR, 3 RBI, K, SB
Andy LaRoche – 0/4, K
Clint Robinson –  0/4, 2 K
Eugenio Velez – 0/2, R, 2 BB, SB
Mike McCoy – 0/1, 2 BB
Anthony Gose – 1/4, 2B, RBI, K, CS
Mike Nickeas – 1/4, R, 2B, K


Ricky Romero – W, 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Ricky Romero

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (43-46)

On All-Star Break

Dunedin Blue Jays (44-40)

The Dunedin Blue Jays split their double-header with the Tampa Bay Yankees on Tuesday. The first game, the completion of a game suspended after one inning on June 30, had Jesse Hernandez taking the reins with six and two-thirds strong innings, giving up three unearned runs on five hits while striking out seven in the 8-4 victory. The offense erupted for thirteen singles and two doubles with two-hit performances by six different players and Shane Opitz leading the way with a three-for-four game.

In the seven-inning Game 2, The Blue Jays fell were one-hit and fell 7-0 to the Yankees. Shawn Griffith made the spot-star and got hit hard for five runs in two innings while Marcus Knecht had the only hit.

Game 1:


Jon Berti – 2/3, 4 R, BB, SB, E
Shane Opitz – 3/4, 2 R, BB, CS
Mike Crouse – 2/4, 2 RBI, K, CS
K.C. Hobson – 0/3, 2 RBI, K 2 SF
Peter Mooney – 2/4, 2B, 3 RBI
Gustavo Pierre – 2/4, RBI, K
Marcus Knecht – 2/4
Derrick Chung – 0/4, K
Nick Baligod – 2/4, 2 R, 2B


Marco Grifantini – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB
Jesse Hernandez – W, 6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R (0 ER), 7 K
Tyler Ybarra – 1 1/3 IP, 2 BB, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Jesse Hernandez

Game 2:


Jon Berti – 0/2, BB, 2 K
Shane Opitz – 0/3, K
Mike Crouse – 0/3, K
K.C. Hobson – 0/3
Marcus Knecht – 1/3
Nick Baligod – 0/3, K
Oliver Dominguez – 0/3
Pierce Rankin – 0/3, K
Matt Newman – 0/2


Shawn Griffith – L, 2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 3 K
Marco Grifantini – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB
Tony Davis – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 K
Blake McFarland – 1 IP, 1 BB
Ajay Meyer – 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Ajay Meyer and Blake McFarland

Lansing Lugnuts (35-52)

Scheduled Off Day

Vancouver Canadians (15-10)

July 8 Game:

The Vancouver Canadians finished off their series with an 8-6 victory over the Hillsboro Hops. While Vancouver starter Colton Turner and the first reliever, Tim Brechbuehler, struggled somewhat, Brandon Dorsett and Jonathan Kountis limited the damage enough for the offense to pull the win out of the bag. The pitching staff was bailed out by the offense who hit two home runs, showing more power than they have in a while. L.B. Dantzler went deep for his first professional home run and drove in two runs while David Harris hit his second of the year and also drove in two runs (making Harris the first Canadian to reach two home runs). Dickie Thon and Justin Atkinson also contributed two-hit games with Thon driving in two runs.


Ian Parmley – 1/5, R, RBI, K
Dickie Thon – 2/4, 2 R, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 K, E
L.B. Dantzler – 2/4, R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB
Jordan Leyland – 0/3, RBI, BB, SF
Justin Atkinson – 2/4, BB
Brenden Kalfus – 1/3, 2 BB, K
Nico Taylor – 0/5, R, K
Matt Hitt – 0/1, R, 2 BB
Michael Reeves – 0/1, R, BB
David Harris – 1/4, R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 K, E


Colton Turner – 4 2/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 4 K
Tim Brechbuehler – 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB
Brandon Dorsett – W, 2 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB
Jonathan Kountis – S, 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: L.B. Dantzler

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

Bluefield Blue Jays (10-8)

After a seven game winning streak, the Bluefield Blue Jays have followed it with a four-game losing streak, losing 7-2 to the Johnson City Cardinals. Alberto Tirado had a strong start, going three shutout innings but Jairo Labourt got hit hard in his fifth inning of work, giving up four of his six hits and all four of his runs in that one frame. Brett Barber got out of the inning but got into trouble himself in the ninth, giving up another three runs although two of them were surrendered by reliever Francisco Gracesqui who allowed his two inherited runners to score. The offense got two hits from shortstop Dawel Lugo but that was the only multi-hit game of the day.

Roster Note: IF Daniel Arcila was assigned to Vancouver from Bluefield and P Tim Mayza was promoted from the GCL Blue Jays.


D.J. Davis – 1/4, SB
Jonathan Davis – 0/3, BB
Derrick Loveless – 0/4, 2 K
Mitch Nay – 0/2, 2 BB
Dawel Lugo – 2/4, R, K
Jorge Saez – 1/4
Matt Dean – 1/3, 2 K, E
Jesus Gonzalez – 1/2, RBI
D.J. Jones – 1/1, R
Melvin Garcia – 0/1, K
Alexis Maldonado – 1/3, RBI, E
John Silviano – 0/1, K


Alberto Tirado – 3 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K
Jairo Labourt – L, 4 1/3 IP, 6 H, 4 R ( 2 ER), 2K, 1 HR
Brett Barber – 1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Francisco Gracesqui – 1/3 IP, 2 H

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Alberto Tirado

Gulf Coast League Blue Jays (8-6)

The GCL Blue Jays dropped a tough game to the Phillies 8-7 on Tuesday. Starter Matthew Smoral only lasted two-thirds of an inning, giving up five runs on four hits and two walks. Corey Gorman, Francisco Diaz and Phil Kish each pitched at least two innings and gave up one run each. Thomas “Boomer” Collins III had a two-hit day while Gabriel Cenas also had two hits that drove in two runs. Catcher Dan Jansen contributed with two doubles and a walk while Lydell Moseby notched his first professional hit with a single and two RBI.

Roster Notes: LHP Evan Smith was assigned to the GCL Blue Jays while Tim Mayza was promoted to Bluefield.


Franklin Barreto – 1/4, R, 2B, BB, 2 K
Koby Kraemer – 0/5, 2 K
Thomas Collins III – 2/5, 2 R, RBI
Sean Hurley – 1/2, R, 2 BB, E
Dan Jansen – 2/4, 2 R, 2 2B, RBI, BB
Gabriel Cenas – 2/3, R, 2 RBI, BB, K
Andres De Aza – 1/3, K
Josh Almonte – 0/1
Lydell Moseby – 1/4, 2 RBI, K
Edwin Fuentes – 0/1, K


Matthew Smoral – 2/3 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 BB
Corey Gorman – 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Jose Fernandez – 1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K
Francisco Diaz – 2 1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 4 K
Phil Kish – L, 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Dan Jansen

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