Romero Roughed Up, But He Recovers: August 12 Minor League Report


Buffalo Bisons (63-58)

The Buffalo Bisons split a double header with the Syracuse Chiefs on Monday.

In Game 1, Ricky Romero got tagged for four runs in the first but only gave up one more in a 5-3 loss. Romero went the whole game (seven innings) and gave up the five runs on nine hits and two walks but struck out seven. Anthony Gose stole two bases in the game and Moises Sierra had two of the team’s four hits (including a triple).

In Game 2, the spot starters got it done as the Bisons beat the Chiefs 3-2 despite getting outhit. Bobby Korecki gave up the first run on three hits and five walks in two and two-thirds innings while Joel Carreno shut things down with no runs in two innings. Buddy Carlyle faced four batters and struck out three of them while Jeremy Jeffress gave up the final, unearned run in the seventh. With only three hits, the Bisons got a hit, a stolen base and a run from Kevin Pillar, a sac fly from Moises Sierra, and an Andy LaRoche RBI single of note.

September 26, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Joel Carreno (34) pitches in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles defeated the Blue Jays 12 – 2. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Game 1


Mike McCoy – 1/3, R
Anthony Gose – 1/3, R, K, 2 SB
Kevin Pillar – 0/2, RBI, SF
Clint Robinson – 0/2, RBI, SF
Moises Sierra – 2/3, R, 3B, K
Luis Jimenez – 0/2, RBI, SF
Ryan Goins – 0/3
Munenori Kawasaki -0/1, BB
Mike Nickeas – 0/2, K


Ricky Romero – L, 7 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 7 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Moises Sierra

Game 2


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


Bobby Korecky – 2 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 5 BB, 1 K
Joel Carreno – W, 2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K
Buddy Carlyle – 1 1/3 IP, 3 K
Jeremy Jeffress – S, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Joel Carreno and Buddy Carlyle

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (56-62)

Scheduled Off Day

Dunedin Blue Jays (56-57)

The Dunedin Blue Jays defeated the Brevard County Manatees 1-0 in an epic pitching duel. John Anderson got the spot start and went three innings, giving up only a hit and two walks and Shawn Griffith took over for three even better innings (just one hit and three strikeouts). Justin Jackson came in for two innings of two-hit, three-strikeout ball while Ajay Meyer nailed down his eighth save despite giving up three hits in his one inning. The offense only had six hits but they made them count with Derrick Chung driving in Gustavo Pierre with a sacrifice fly after Pierre hit a double.


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


John Anderson – 3 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K
Shawn Griffith – W, 3 IP, 1 H, 3 K
Justin Jackson – 2 IP, 2 H, 3 K
Ajay Meyer – S, 1 IP, 3 H, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: John Anderson, Shawn Griffith and Justin Jackson

Lansing Lugnuts (51-69)

The Lansing Lugnuts lost another close game to the Great Lakes Loons 3-1 although this one wasn’t a walkoff. Starter Taylor Cole had a very solid outing, striking out seven Loons but still gave up two runs on four hits and two walks in five and two-thirds innings. Griffin Murphy gave up an unearned run and struck out three in an inning and a third while Chad Girodo pitched a scoreless eighth. The offense didn’t get much going against the Dodgers’ 2013 first-round pick Chris Anderson (who has been dominating Midwest League hitters). The Lugnuts only had five hits and two were by Chris Hawkins. The team’s only run  came in on Emilio Guerrero’s sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.


Dalton Pompey – 0/3, BB, 2 K
Emilio Guerrero – 1/3, RBI, SF
Christian Lopes –  1/4, PO, CS
Kevin Patterson – 0/4, 4 K
Carlos Ramirez – 0/4, K
Santiago Nessy – 0/3, BB, 3 K
Chris Hawkins – 2/4, E
Jason Leblebijian – 1/3, R, K
Kellen Sweeney – 0/2, K
Jordan Leyland – 0/1


Taylor Cole – L, 5 2/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K
Griffin Murphy – 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 3 K
Chad Girodo – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Taylor Cole

Vancouver Canadians (27-22)

August 11 Game 2:

The Vancouver Canadians came back to win Game 2 of their double header 6-5 over the Boise Hawks on Sunday night. After starter Jeremy Gabryszwski got hit around and tagged for all five runs in his four innings of work, the bullpen came in to pick up the pieces, shutting down Boise the rest of the way. Matt Dermody went two and two-thirds innings, giving up four hits and a walk to pick up the win while Garrett Pickens went an inning and a third with just a walk and Chuck Ghysels struck out two of the three batters he faced to pick up his seventh save. David Harris and L.B. Dantzler led the offense with two hits apiece but Harris had more “added value” to those hits, hitting two doubles, driving in a run and scoring another. Chaz Frank had an outstanding all around game, going one for three with a double, two walks, a stolen base and an outfield assist.

Game 2


Chaz Frank – 1/3, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, K, SB, OF Asst.
Ian Parmley – 1/4, RBI, K
L.B. Dantzler – 2/5, K
Justin Atkinson – 0/3, R, 2 BB, K
Michael Reeves – 1/5, R, 2B
Brenden Kalfus – 1/4, RBI, BB, K, SB
Dan Arcila – 1/3, R, 3B, RBI, BB, K
Andy Fermin – 0/1
Christian Vazquez – 1/4, 2 R, RBI, 2 K, SB
David Harris – 2/4, R, 2 2B, RBI, K


Jeremy Gabryszwski – 4 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Matt Dermody – W, 2 2/3 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 K
Garrett Pickens – 1 1/3 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
Chuck Ghysels – S, 1 IP, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Chaz Frank

Late night Vancouver Canadians recaps will appear two days following the game.

Bluefield Blue Jays (33-17)

Game postponed due to rain.

Gulf Coast League Blue Jays (20-25)

The GCL Blue Jays took a 2-1 victory over the GCL Pirates thanks to the strong pitching of 2013 second-round draft pick Clinton Hollon. Hollon has been impressing scouts since signing, both with his velocity (in the 92-94 mph range) as well as his makeup on the mound and his excellent slider. Hollon went four innings on Monday, giving up just one hit and two walks while striking out three and getting an impressive 8 ground outs to just one fly out. Chad Beck, still rehabbing, picked up the win for a clean inning, getting three ground outs. Miguel Castro, who was tearing up the Dominican Summer League, made his US debut, throwing four innings and giving up just one run on three hits and walk and striking out five batters. The batters spread eight hits around and Koby Kraemer had three of them (including the team’s only extra-base hit). Kraemer, an undrafted free agent, also drove in a run and took a walk. Franklin Barreto had a fairly ordinary day, going one for four with a walk and a stolen base.

Roster Notes: Pickering, Ontario native Sean Ratcliffe was assigned to the Vancouver Canadians and 6’5” 18-year-old righty Miguel Castro came over to the GCL from the Dominican Summer League team.


Franklin Barreto – 1/4, R, BB, 2 K, SB
Edwin Fuentes – 0/3, BB
Thomas Collins III – 1/5
Rowdy Tellez – 1/3, K
Rolando Segovia – 0/1
Gabriel Cenas – 1/3, K
Michael De La Cruz – 0/3, R, BB, K
Sean Hurley – 1/2, BB
Andres De Aza – 0/1, K
Josh Almonte – 0/4, K
Koby Kraemer – 3/3, 2B, RBI, BB


Clinton Hollon – 4 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K
Chad Beck – W, 1 IP
Miguel Castro – S, 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Clinton Hollon and Miguel Castro

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