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Big Day for Gabe: July 11 Minor League Report


Buffalo Bisons (48-45)

Despite failing to capitalize on a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the top of the ninth, the Bisons scored three in the top of the tenth to beat the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 4-1 on Thursday. Andy LaRoche, Kevin Pillar and Sean Ochinko each had two-hit nights and Pillar drove in the team’s first run and scored the go-ahead run in the tenth. Jim Negrych took a bases-loaded, pinch-hit walk in the tenth to get Pillar in after he had singled to lead off the inning. Starter Thad Weber was very good, going six innings, giving up one run on seven hits and one walk while striking out five. He got excellent relief from Buddy Carlyle, Tommy Hottovy and Joel Carreno who picked up the win by pitching two shutout innings and racking up four strikeouts. Brett Lawrie had a rough night, going oh for four with a walk and four strikeouts.

Roster Moves: Catcher Mike Nickeas was placed on the Temporary Inactive List while catcher Jack Murphy was called up from New Hampshire to take his place.

May 2, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Joel Carreno (34) delivers a pitch against the Texas Rangers at the Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays beat the Rangers 11-5. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports


Kevin Pillar –2/4, R, RBI, PO, CS
Ryan Goins – 1/3, BB
Brett Lawrie – 0/4, R, BB, 4 K
Mauro Gomez – 1/4, 3 K
Eugenio Velez – 0/1
Andy LaRoche – 2/4, R, BB, K
Clint Robinson – 0/4, 2 K
Jim Negrych – 0/0, RBI, BB
Mike McCoy – 0/2, RBI, 3 BB
Anthony Gose – 1/5, R, K
Sean Ochinko – 2/4, K


Thad Weber – 6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
Buddy Carlyle – 1 2/3 IP, 4 K
Tommy Hottovy – 1/3 IP
Joel Carreno – W, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Kevin Pillar

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (44-46)

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats came out of their All-Star break firing on all cylinders with their latest roster addition playing the role of hero in a 5-1 win over the Reading Fightin Phils. Gabe Jacobo celebrated his promotion to New Hampshire (where he played twenty-five games last year) with a three-for-four performance that included a home run. All-Star shortstop Kevin Nolan had a two-for-four day and drove in two runs. Starter Ryan Tepera struggled with his control, walking four batters and giving up three hits in his six innings of work but was only charged with one run and picked up his seventh win.

Roster Moves: 1B/DH Gabe Jacobo was promoted from Dunedin and C Jack Murphy was sent up to Buffalo.


Adam Loewen – 1/4, R, BB, 2 K
Andy Burns – 1/5, R, 2B
A.J. Jimenez – 0/4, R, BB
Brad Glenn –  1/3, RBI, BB, K
Kevin Nolan – 2/4, 2 RBI
Brian Van Kirk – 0/3, R, BB, 2 K
Ryan Schimpf – 0/3, BB, K
Gabe Jacobo – 3/4, R, HR, 2 RBI, K
Kevin Ahrens – 1/4, 2B, K


Ryan Tepera – W, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Chorye Spoone – 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Scott Gracey – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Gabe Jacobo

Dunedin Blue Jays (45-40)

Games postponed and cancelled due to rain.

Roster Notes: RHP Drew Hutchison was sent to Dunedin for his Rehab Assignment while Gabe Jacobo was promoted to New Hampshire.

Lansing Lugnuts (36-53)

Poor defense scuttled the Lansing Lugnuts’ attempt to win two games in a row, resulting in a 10-3 loss to the Peoria Chiefs. Starter Taylor Cole had a decent night, but only got through four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out four. Griffin Murphy pitched two scoreless innings to take the team into the seventh inning tied trailing 3-2. Peoria then scored seven runs in the top of the eighth off Wil Browning and Justin Jackson but they were aided by errors by first baseman Kevin Patterson and Browning himself resulting in only one of the seven runs being earned. Dwight Smith had three hits and an RBI on the night while red-hot shortstop Emilio Guerrero hit another home run. It was his fifth on the season but he has hit four of them in his last ten games. Infielder Kellen Sweeney’s swoon continues, going oh for four with three strikeouts. Sweeney is hitting .103 in his last ten games, dropping his batting average over the entire season to .177.


Dalton Pompey – 1/4, R, 3B, BB, K, CS
Emilio Guerrero – 1/3, R, HR, 2 RBI, K
Dwight Smith, Jr. – 3/4, RBI
Kevin Patterson – 0/4, K, 2 E
Christian Lopes – 1/4, K
Santiago Nessy – 1/4, 2B, 3 K
Chris Hawkins – 0/4, K
Carlos Ramirez – 1/3, R, 2B, BB, K
Kellen Sweeney – 0/4, 3 K


Taylor Cole – L, 4 2/3 IP, 7 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 4 K
Griffin Murphy – 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K
Wil Browning – 2/3 IP, 1 H, 6 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 2 K
Justin Jackson – 1 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Dwight Smith, Jr.

Vancouver Canadians (16-10)

July 10 Game:

The Vancouver Canadians scored a run on a Michael Reeves sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to beat the Boise Hawks 6-5 on Wednesday. After striking out in his first four at bats of the game, first baseman L.B. Dantzler opened the bottom of the eighth with a single and was removed for pinch runner David Harris after the next batter, Jordan Leyland, walked. After the pitching change, a pair of Canadians went to work with third baseman Justin Atkinson taking another walk and catcher Mike Reeves driving home the winning run.

Eric Brown made another strong start for the C’s, going five innings and giving up two runs on only three hits (including a home run) and no walks while striking out six. On the offense, Dickie Thon continues his strong hitting, pushing his batting average up over .300 (to .308) with a pair of hits, a walk and two RBI. Jordan Leyland walked twice, scored a run, drove in a run and hit a double while Michael Reeves went two-for three with a walk, two runs scored and the game-winning RBI.


Chaz Frank – ½, R, 2 BB
Dickie Thon – 2/4, 2 RBI, BB, K, E
L.B. Dantzler – 1/5, 4 K
David Harris – 0/0, R
Jordan Leyland – 1/3, R, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, K
Justin Atkinson – 0/4, BB, K
Michael Reeves – 2/3, 2 R, RBI, BB, SF
Brenden Kalfus – 1/4, BB, 2 K
Christian Vasquez – 0/5, RBI, K
Ian Parmley – 1/3, R, RBI, K, SF


Eric Brown – 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
Bobby Brosnahan – 2 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R ( 2 ER), 1 BB
Garrett Pickens – W, 1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Michael Reeves

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

Bluefield Blue Jays (10-8)

Game postponed due to rain.

Gulf Coast League Blue Jays (8-7)

Game postponed due to rain.

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