Bisons Sweep: August 8 Minor League Report


Buffalo Bisons (61-57)

The Buffalo Bisons swept their double header against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders, helping their push for the playoffs.

In Game 1, Thad Weber went all seven innings in a 5-2 victory, giving up the two runs on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. Moises Sierra blasted two home runs in probably his best offensive game this year, going three for three, scoring three times and driving in four.

Game 2 was a closer affair, ending in a 2-1 victory for the Bisons. Bobby Korecky made a very solid spot start, giving up just one run in four and two-thirds innings on four hits. John Stilson picked up the win with an inning and a third of shutout ball and Mickey Storey earned his second save of the season. Anthony Gose drove the offense bus in this game, going two for three with two doubles, but the two RBI came from Andy LaRoche who drove in Kevin Pillar and Moises Sierra with a single in the fourth.

Moises Sierra takes a swing in Buffalo, NY on May 26, 2013. Mandatory Credit: Jay Blue

Game 1:


Mike McCoy – 1/2, BB, SB
Anthony Gose – 0/3, K
Kevin Pillar – 0/3
Clint Robinson – 1/2, BB
Andy LaRoche – 0/3, K
Ryan Goins – 0/2, 2 R, BB, K, E
Moises Sierra – 3/3, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Jim Negrych – 1/3, K
Sean Ochinko – 1/3, 2B, RBI


Thad Weber – W, 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Moises Sierra

Game 2:


Mike McCoy – 1/2, BB, PO, CS
Anthony Gose – 2/3, 2 2B, K
Kevin Pillar – 1/3, R
Clint Robinson – 0/2, 2 K, E
Luis Jimenez – 1/1, 2B
Moises Sierra – 0/2, R, K
Ricardo Nanita – 0/3
Andy LaRoche – 1/3, 2 RBI, K
Sean Ochinko – 0/1, BB, K
Munenori Kawasaki – 1/2


Bobby Korecky – 4 2/3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 K, 1 HR
John Stilson – W, 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Mickey Storey – S, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Anthony Gose

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (55-60)

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats lost their sixtieth game of the season 9-2 to the Bowie Baysox behind starter Kyle Drabek. Drabek took the loss but wasn’t all that bad, giving up two runs on three hits (including a solo home run) in four innings. Tyson Brummett followed and surrendered a single run in two innings and Evan Crawford gave up four in his inning of work. Dustin Antolin also gave up two runs pitching the final two innings. Adam Loewen, Gabe Jacobo and John Tolisano each had a pair of singles and A.J. Jimenez had the big blast, a two-run home run to give the Fisher Cats their only two runs of the game.


Kenny Wilson – 0/4
Andy Burns – 0/3, BB, 3 K
Kevin Nolan – 0/4, K
Adam Loewen – 2/4, R, K
A.J. Jimenez –  1/4, R, HR, 2 RBI, K
Ryan Schimpf – 0/2, BB, 2 K, CS
Gabe Jacobo – 2/3
Jon Talley – 0/2, K
Brad Glenn – 0/1
John Tolisano – 2/3


Kyle Drabek – L, 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 HR
Tyson Brummett – 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R
Evan Crawford – 1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
Dustin Antolin – 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: A.J. Jimenez

Dunedin Blue Jays (53-57)

The proportions remained the same, but a loss for the Dunedin Blue Jays is still a loss as they fell 4-3 (and not 16-9) to the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx wasn’t as sharp as he has been this year and gave up all four runs (two were earned) on six hits and three walks over four and two-thirds innings. Tyler Ybarra and Tony Davis combined for three and a third scoreless innings to keep the Blue Jays in the game. The offense couldn’t do much against Kevin Eichhorn (Mark’s son) but they did manage eight hits, three of which came from the bat of Matt Newman. Shane Opitz hit a double and drove in two runs while Marcus Knecht drove in the third. Catcher Derrick Chung had a very good game, going one for four and scoring a run but also threw out the only runner who tried to steal and picked off a runner at first base.


Jon Berti – 1/3, 2 SB, CS
Shane Opitz – 1/4, R, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 E
Marcus Knecht – 1/3, RBI, BB, SB
K.C. Hobson – 0/4, K
Matt Newman – 3/4, SB, CS
Gustavo Pierre – 0/4
Oliver Dominguez – 0/3, BB
Derrick Chung – 1/4, R
Nick Baligod – 1/3, R


Austin Bibens-Dirkx – L, 4 2/3 IP, 6 H, 4 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 3 K
Tyler Ybarra – 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
Tony Davis – 2 IP, 3 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Matt Newman

Lansing Lugnuts (50-66)

The Lansing Lugnuts lost a close game 5-4 to the West Michigan Whitecaps. Starter Ben White struggled through his five innings, giving up three runs on four hits and four walks and struck out three. Griffin Murphy took the loss after blowing the save, giving up two runs to the Whitecaps in his two and two-thirds innings of work. Dwight Smith, Jr., Christian Lopes and Emilio Guerrero had two-hit games for the Lugnuts, but they were never able to capitalize on a big inning despite ten hit for the Lugnuts as a team.


Dwight Smith, Jr. – 2/5, R, 2B, K
Dalton Pompey – 0/4, 3 K
Christian Lopes –  2/5, R, RBI, 2 K
Kevin Patterson – 1/4, RBI, K
Carlos Ramirez – 0/3, R, BB, K
Santiago Nessy – 1/4, K, PB
Jordan Leyland – 1/3, RBI, BB, K, CS
Emilio Guerrero – 2/4, RBI, K, E
Kellen Sweeney – 1/3, R


Ben White – 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Efrain Nieves – 1 IP, 2 H
Griffin Murphy – L, 2 2/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Ian Kadish – 1/3 IP, 1 K

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

Vancouver Canadians (27-22)

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Bluefield Blue Jays (33-14)

The Bluefield Blue Jays rolled over the Princeton Rays once again, this time in a closer game that ended 3-1 for Bluefield. It was a 1-1 tie going into the top of the ninth when the Bluefield Blue Jays when Andres Sotillo, just called up from the GCL Blue Jays doubled to right field scoring Mitch Nay to break the tie. Alexis Maldonado drove Sotillo in to add some insurance. The Blue Jays pitching did the real heavy work in this game though, with starter Jairo Labourt having another strong game, going six innings (his season high) and giving up just one run on one hit and one walk while striking out four. Adaric Kelly picked up the win with two innings (no hits or walks, only one runner got on via a fielding error) and Brett Barber gave up a hit in his inning for the save. Matt Dean is now challenging Mitch Nay for the best batting average on the team after a two-for-four game, and Jonathan Davis hit a triple.


D.J. Jones – 1/4, K
Alexis Maldonado – 1/5, RBI, E
Jonathan Davis – 1/4, R, 3B, K
Nico Taylor – 0/3, BB, 2 K
Tim Locastro – 0/1
Matt Dean – 2/4, RBI, K
Jesus Gonzalez – 1/3, K, E
Derrick Loveless – 0/1, K
Lydell Moseby – 1/3
Mitch Nay – 0/1, R
Andres Sotillo – 1/3, R, 2B, RBI
Angel Rojas – 0/4


Jairo Labourt – 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K
Adaric Kelly – W, 2 IP, 2 K
Brett Barber – S, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Jairo Labourt

Gulf Coast League Blue Jays (18-22)

The GCL Blue Jays’ bats carried the day in a 13-9 win over the GCL Astros. Franklin Barreto, the top prospect on this team, had another banner day, going three for five with a double and a home run, scoring four runs and stealing a base. Koby Kraemer, an undrafted free agent, went four for five with a double, two runs scored and two RBI. Catcher Dan Jansen followed his three-for-four day yesterday with another one and added two walks in the mix. Gabriel Cenas hit the team’s other home run and drove in four runs as part of a two-for-six afternoon. Thomas Collins III also had a three-hit game with two doubles, three runs scored and two RBI. Jesus Tinoco and Jose Fernandez had particularly rough outings but Francisco Diaz didn’t give up any over his three innings.


Franklin Barreto – 3/5, 4 R, 2B, HR, RBI, K, SB, E
Koby Kraemer – 4/5, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
Thomas Collins III – 3/6, 3 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, K
Rowdy Tellez – 0/5, R, RBI, BB, K
Gabriel Cenas – 2/6, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI, K
Dan Jansen – 3/4, RBI, 2 BB
Sean Hurley – 1/4, BB, 2 K, E
Josh Almonte – 0/4, BB, K, SB
Trey Pascazi – 1/5, R, 2 K, E


Jesus Tinoco – 3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K
Francisco Diaz – W, 3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K
Tyler Gonzales – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K
Jose Fernandez – 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R
Sean Ratcliffe – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Franklin Barreto

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