Bluefield Makes it Four: July 21 Minor League Report


The Bluefield Blue Jays were the only Toronto minor league affiliate to win on Sunday, running their winning streak to four games.

Buffalo Bisons (50-50)

Despite scoring a run in the bottom of the ninth, the Buffalo Bisons succumbed to the Toledo Mud Hens 7-6 on Sunday. Starter Chien-Ming Wang wasn’t very effective, giving up nine hits in his four and a third inning to give up the first six of Toledo’s runs. Mickey Storey only gave up a run in his two and two-thirds innings and also struck out four. Kevin Pillar had his first multi-hit game since July 11 with a three-for-five day that included two doubles. Mauro Gomez also had a pair of hits and drove in three while Anthony Gose had a pair of singles and scored twice. Ryan Goins contributed his fourth home run of the season, driving in three runs.

Roster Notes: Melky Cabrera was activated off the Blue Jays’ disabled list and Neil Wagner was optioned back to Buffalo. RHP Dave Bush was placed on the DL while Bobby Korecky was activated.


Kevin Pillar – 3/5, R, 2B, K
Munenori Kawasaki – 0/2, BB
Mauro Gomez – 2/5, R, 3 RBI, K
Jim Negrych – 0/4, BB, 2 K, E
Andy LaRoche – 0/3, R, 2 BB
Sean Ochinko – 1/4, K
Ryan Goins – 1/4, R, HR, 3 RBI, K
Mike McCoy – 0/4
Anthony Gose – 2/4, 2 R


Chien-Ming Wang – L, 4 1/3 IP, 9 H, 6 R (4 ER), 4 K, 1 HR
Mickey Storey – 2 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 4 K
Jeremy Jeffress – 2/3 IP, 2 BB
Tommy Hottovy – 1/3 IP
Brad Lincoln – 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Kevin Pillar

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (51-48)

The Trenton Thunder beat up on Chorye Spoone, running away with a game that was fairly close until the bottom of the seventh inning in an 8-2 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Starter Marcus Walden wasn’t at his best, needing ninety pitches to get through five innings of work, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks but striking out seven. Spoone gave up another four runs in his two innings of work to allow Trenton to put the boots to the Fisher Cats. The offense didn’t help, getting only five hits with Brian Van Kirk having the only multi-hit game with two singles as a couple of regulars (Adam Loewen and A.J. Jimenez) were given the day off.


Brian Van Kirk – 2/4, 2 K
Andy Burns – 1/4, 2B, K
Gabe Jacobo – 0/4, K
Brad Glenn – 0/4, 2 K
Kevin Nolan – 0/2, R, 2 BB, K
Ryan Schimpf – 0/3, R, BB
Jack Murphy – 1/3, BB, K, PB
Tommy Manzella – 1/2, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
Amadeo Zazueta – 0/3, K


Marcus Walden – L, 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 7 K
Chorye Spoone – 2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 K
Dustin Antolin – 1 IP, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Tommy Manzella

Dunedin Blue Jays (46-46)

Dunedin got the bats out but their six runs weren’t enough to beat the Charlotte Stone Crabs in a 9-6 loss. Jesse Hernandez started but only made it through two innings, getting hammered for six runs on eight hits and walk. Reliever Wil Browning made his Florida State League debut with two and a third shutout innings, allowing only one hit and striking out two. On the offense, Matt Newman had a big game, going three for four with two runs scored while Jon Berti drove in two runs and scored another and added his forty-third stolen base.


Jon Berti – 1/4, R, 2 RBI, BB, K, SB
Peter Mooney – 1/5
Mike Crouse – 1/4, RBI, BB, 2 K
K.C. Hobson – 0/4, K
Marcus Knecht – 1/4, 2B
Gustavo Pierre – 0/4, 2 K
Matt Newman – 3/4, 2 R, 2B
Derrick Chung – 1/3, 2 R, 2B, BB
Nick Baligod – 1/3, R, RBI, BB


Jesse Hernandez – L, 2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Marco Grifantini – 2 2/3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K
Wil Browning – 2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Dayton Marze – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Matt Newman

Lansing Lugnuts (40-58)

The Lansing Lugnuts lost a heart-breaker in the bottom of the 10th inning, 6-5 to the Kane County Cougars. There was lots of hitting on display as the Cougars had sixteen hits and the Lugnuts fifteen. Dalton Pompey had a monster day, going two for four with two walks, two runs and a pair of stolen bases. Dwight Smith, Jr. almost matched him but in a different way. Smith went three for six and was just a home run short of the cycle to go with his three runs batted in. Chris Hawkins had two hits while Jorge Flores had a pair of doubles and an RBI. Javier Avendano started the game and got through just three and a third innings giving up three runs but they were on seven hits and four walks despite his five strikeouts. Ninth round draft pick Chad Girodo threw two scoreless innings in his second outing for the Lugnuts.


Dalton Pompey – 4/4, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 SB
Emilio Guerrero – 0/6
Dwight Smith, Jr. – 3/6, R, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, K
Kevin Patterson – 1/5, 2B, RBI
Jason Leblebijian – 1/4, BB, K
Chris Hawkins – 2/5, R, K
Jorge Flores – 2/5, 2 2B, RBI
Seth Conner – 1/3, R, BB, E
Kellen Sweeney – 1/3


Javier Avendano – 3 1/3 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
Efrain Nieves – 3 2/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Chad Girodo – 2 IP, 2 H, 1 K
Ian Kadish – L, 1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Dalton Pompey

Vancouver Canadians (21-16)

July 20 Game:

Vancouver lost a tough one on Saturday night 2-1 to the Eugene Emeralds. Eugene socred a run in the top of the ninth to take the lead after the Canadians had tied it up in the bottom of the eighth. L.B. Dantzler drove home the only Canadians run in the eighth with one of his two doubles to score Chaz Frank and had another single for a big three-for-four day. Eric Brown certainly pitched well enough to win, scattering eight hits and allowing them to translate into only one run over six innings.


Chaz Frank – 1/4, R, K
Dickie Thon – 0/4, 2 K, E
L.B. Dantzler – 3/4, 2 2B, RBI
Jordan Leyland – 0/3, BB, K
Andy Fermin – 0/3, BB
David Harris – 0/4, 2 K
Brenden Kalfus – 1/3, BB, SB
Daniel Klein – 1/4, K
Ian Parmley – 0/4, 2 K, OF Asst.


Eric Brown – 6 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K
Joe Spano – 1 2/3 IP, 1 BB, 3 K
Brandon Dorsett – 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB
Chuck Ghysels – L, 1 IP, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K

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

July 21 Game:

The Vancouver Canadians lost their second game in a row by a score of 8-4 to the Eugene Emeralds. Matt Dermody handed a 2-0 lead over to the bullpen after five scoreless innings of four-hit, seven strikeout ball. Tim Brechbuehler allowed six runs without recording an out (one run was unearned) while Scott Silverstein gave up another two over his three innings. L.B. Dantzler had both the only multi-hit game (two for four) and the only extra base hit of the game (a double).


Chaz Frank – 1/2, R, 3 BB
Ian Parmley – 1/4, R, BB, K
Dickie Thon – 0/4, BB, K
L.B. Dantzler – 2/4, R, 2B, RBI, BB, K
Justin Atkinson – 1/4, R, 2 K, E
Michael Reeves – 1/4, 2 RBI
Melvin Garcia – 0/4
Christian Vazquez – 0/4
Dan Arcila – 0/4, 2 K


Matt Dermody – 5 IP, 4 H, 7 K
Tim Brechbuehler – 0 IP, 4 H, 6 R (5 ER), 1 BB
Scott Silverstein – 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Garrett Pickens – 1 IP, 1 BB

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Matt Dermody

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

Bluefield Blue Jays (19-10)

The Bluefield Blue Jays won their fourth game in a row, defeating the Bristol White Sox by a 7-5 score. Starter Zak Wasilewski was good, going four innings and giving up one run on just one hit but walked three. Tim Mayza got the win but didn’t have the best outing, surrendering four runs on four hits and two walks in four innings. Yeyfry Del Rosario had probably the most impressive outing, striking out five in his two shutout innings of work.

The offense rapped out thirteen hits in the win, getting a three-hit day from Mitch Nay (who drove in three runs) as well as two-hit games from D.J. Davis, Tim Locastro and Dawel Lugo. Davis and Derrick Loveless each hit a triple.

Bluefield Blue Jays 3B Mitch Nay follows up a swing in Bluefield, VA on July 19, 2013. Mandatory Credit: Jay Blue


D.J. Davis – 2/5, R, 3B, 2 K, SB, OF Asst.
Tim Locastro – 2/3, 3 R, RBI, BB, SB
Derrick Loveless – 1/2, 3B, 2 BB, SB
Mitch Nay – 3/5, 2B, 3 RBI
Jonathan Davis – 1/4, R, HR, RBI, 2 K
Dawel Lugo – 2/5, R, SB
Matt Dean – 1/3, R, BB, K, SB
Garrett Custons – 1/2, SB
Jorge Saez – 1/1, 2 RBI
Angel Rojas – 0/3, RBI


Zak Wasilewski – 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 K
Tim Mayza – W, 3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Yeyfry Del Rosario – S, 2 IP, 1 H, 5 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Mitch Nay

Gulf Coast League Blue Jays (11-13)

Scheduled Off Day

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