Double Header Day: August 13 Minor League Report


It’s double header day for the Blue Jays affiliates! The New Hampshire Fisher Cats and Dunedin Blue Jays played double headers and the Bluefield Blue Jays were supposed to play two games but they were cancelled due to rain.

Buffalo Bisons (63-59)

The Buffalo Bisons and a short-handed pitching staff were humbled by the Syracuse Chiefs in a 13-4 loss on Tuesday. Buddy Carlyle stepped in for a spot start after Thad Weber was recalled by the Blue Jays and gave up two runs in his two innings. Tommy Hottovy gave up five and Scott Gracey gave up another three. John Stilson was the only pitcher that didn’t give up any runs and Mike McCoy made his season pitching debut giving up three unearned runs in his inning of work. Anthony Gose continues his hot streak, going two for five with a run scored and a stolen base and Munenori Kawasaki had a pair of hits, a walk and a stolen base. Andy LaRoche had the game of the day with three hits (including two doubles), a run scored and an RBI.

Roster Notes: The Blue Jays have recalled both Todd Redmond and Thad Weber to replace injured pitchers on the major league squad.

Mar 5, 2013; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Andy LaRoche (left) tags out Baltimore Orioles base runner Luis Exposito during the top of the third inning of a spring training game at Florida Auto Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports


Anthony Gose – 2/5, R, K, SB
Kevin Pillar – 0/3, R, BB, K
Clint Robinson – 0/4, RBI, K, SF
Luis Jimenez – 1/2, R, BB, K
Ricardo Nanita – 0/2
Andy LaRoche – 3/4, R, 2 2B, RBI, BB, E
Jim Negrych – 2/5, RBI, K
Moises Sierra – 1/5, RBI, 2 K, CS
Sean Ochinko – 1/4, 2 K
Munenori Kawasaki – 2/3, BB, K, SB, E


Buddy Carlyle – L, 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Tommy Hottovy – 2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Scott Gracey – 2 1/3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K
John Stilson – 1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Mike McCoy – 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 HR

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Andy LaRoche

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (57-63)

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats followed their off-day by splitting a double header against the New Britain Rock Cats.

Sean Nolin and some power bats took control of Game 1, giving the Fisher Cats a 5-4 win. Nolan threw all seven innings and gave up the Rock Cats’s four runs on nine hits and a walk. The wind must have been blowing out because there were five home runs in the seven inning game, including three by the Fisher Cats. Ryan Schimpf hit his team leading nineteenth home run (and his first since July 28) and Adam Loewen hit his fourteenth. Andy Burns had another very good game, going two for four with a double, a home run and two RBI to bring his batting average up to .230. Kenny Wilson also had a very good game, going two for four with a stolen base.

In Game 2, the Fisher Cats made some errors behind Tyson Brummett and the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead in a 6-5 loss. Brummett got the spot start and went four innings giving up three runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk while striking out four. Randy Boone threw two perfect innings to start his outing but ran into trouble in the seventh, giving up three doubles with a sac bunt in between to start the inning. Alan Farina came and intentionally walked Miguel Sano and a wild pitch got the winning run to third base. After striking out Evan Bigley, Sano stole third and Farina then intentionally walked Reynaldo Rodriguez, throwing a wild pitch that allowed the winning run to score. Gabe Jacobo had a huge game, hitting two home runs and driving in all five runs for the Fisher Cats and Kevin Ahrens had a pair of hits.

Roster Notes: RHP Dustin Antolin was returned to Dunedin and RHP Dayton Marze was promoted to New Hampshire (from Dunedin).

Game 1


Kenny Wilson – 2/4, R, SB
Andy Burns – 2/4, R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI
Adam Loewen – 1/3, R, HR, RBI, K
Brad Glenn – 1/3, R
A.J. Jimenez – 1/3, 2B, K
Kevin Nolan – 0/3, K
Ryan Schimpf – 1/2, R, HR, RBI, BB
Lance Zawadzki – 0/3, K
John Tolisano – 0/3, 2 K


Sean Nolin – W, 7 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Andy Burns

Game 2


Kenny Wilson – 1/4, R, 2B, K
Lance Zawadzki – 0/2, E
Adam Loewen – 0/1, 2 R, 2 BB
Brad Glenn – 0/2, K
Gabe Jacobo – 2/3, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI
Andy Burns – 1/3, E
Ryan Schimpf – 0/3, K
Kevin Ahrens – 2/3
Jack Murphy – 0/3


Tyson Brummett – 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 4 K
Randy Boone – 2 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 K
Alan Farina – 1/3 IP, 2 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Gabe Jacobo

Dunedin Blue Jays (58-57)

The Dunedin Blue Jays worked their way back over the .500 mark with a pair of wins over the Lakeland Flying Tigers.

Game 1 featured a very good start from Austin Bibens-Dirkx who gave up just one run over five innings on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Getting the job done for the offense were Matt Newman who went two for two with a double, a triple and two runs scored and K.C. Hobson who hit his team leading seventeenth home run of the season.

In Game 2, Casey Lawrence got the start and gave up both runs in a 4-2 victory. Lawrence went three and a third innings, giving up the two runs on four hits and a walk while Tony Davis struck out four over an inning and two-thirds and Dustin Antolin earned the win by finishing off the game’s last two innings. The Blue Jays managed to score four runs on just three hits and four walks and took advantage of a pair of Lakeland errors.

Roster Moves: Dustin Antolin was demoted back to Dunedin and Dayton Marze was promoted to New Hampshire. Nick Baligod and Shawn Griffith went on the 7-day DL and Casey Lawrence and Pierce Rankin were activated off the DL.

Game 1


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


Austin Bibens-Dirkx – W, 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K
Tyler Ybarra – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Blake McFarland – S, 1 IP

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Matt Newman

Game 2


Jon Berti – 0/3, K
Shane Opitz – 1/3, R
Mike Crouse – 1/2, R, BB, K, SB
K.C. Hobson – 0/2, BB
Gustavo Pierre – 0/0, R
Marcus Knecht – 0/2, R, RBI, BB
Matt Newman – 0/2, RBI, SF
Pierce Rankin – 1/2, RBI, BB
Chris Schaeffer – 0/3, K
Jorge Flores – 0/2, K


Casey Lawrence – 3 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Tony Davis – 1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 K
Dustin Antolin – 2 IP, 3 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Tony Davis and Dustin Antolin

Lansing Lugnuts (51-69)

Scheduled Off Day

Vancouver Canadians (27-22)

Roster Moves: There was lots of activity for the Vancouver Canadians, mostly for pitchers. First of all, Drew Permison was activated off the DL and Tim Brechbuehler was placed on the DL. Canadian righty Sean Ratcliffe was promoted to Vancouver from the GCL Blue Jays and LHP Colton Turner came down from Lansing.

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 (21-25)

Led by their top pitcher this season, the GCL Blue Jays took a 6-1 victory over the GCL Pirates. Chris Rowley, the West Point grad, went six innings, giving up just four hits and one unearned run for the Blue Jays. Danny Barnes made an appearance, his first since May 23 in an injury decimated season, and struck out all three batters he faced.. Last year’s dominant closer for the Dunedin Blue Jays is on his way back after only three previous appearances this season. Jake Brentz also threw a shutout inning with one walk and a strikeout. Franklin Barreto hit another double and Sean Hurley had the only two-hit game with a single and a double to go along with a run scored and three RBI.

Roster Note: RHP Danny Barnes begins his rehab assignment with the GCL Blue Jays.


Franklin Barreto – 1/4, R, 2B, E
Edwin Fuentes – 1/4, R
Thomas Collins III – 1/3, R, 2B, BB, K
Gabriel Cenas – 0/3, R, BB
Dan Jansen – 0/2, R, RBI, 2 BB, K
Sean Hurley – 2/4, R, 2B, 3 RBI, K, PO, CS
Koby Kraemer – 0/3, BB, K
Nathan DeSouza – 1/4, 2B
Josh Almonte – 0/3, K


Chris Rowley – W, 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 K
Danny Barnes – 1 IP, 3 K
Jacob Brentz – 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
Kamakani Usui – 1 IP, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Chris Rowley

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