Norris Strong Again: August 15 Minor League Report


Buffalo Bisons (65-61)

Despite a complete-game pitching performance, the Buffalo Bisons lost to the Rochester Red Wings 4-2 on Thursday afternoon. Starter Justin Germano was very solid for the Bisons, giving up just seven hits and one walk but the defense let him down allowing two of the four runs to score unearned. While the Bisons only had seven hits, one was particularly memorable. Brad Glenn, just called up from Double-A New Hampshire, homered in his first Triple-A at bat, driving in Ricardo Nanita to tally both of the Buffalo runs. Ryan Goins, playing second base, had three of the teams other hits.

Roster Note: Brad Glenn was called up to Buffalo from New Hampshire.


Mike McCoy – 0/4, BB, E
Anthony Gose – 0/1, BB
Jim Negrych – 0/4, K, E
Clint Robinson – 1/3, 2B, BB, 2 K
Moises Sierra – 0/3, 3 K, E
Ricardo Nanita – 1/4, R
Brad Glenn – 1/4, R, HR, 2 RBI
Ryan Goins – 3/4
Mike Nickeas – 1/2, 2B
Luis Jimenez – 0/1


Justin Germano – L, 9 IP, 7 H, 4 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Justin Germano

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (59-63)

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats continue to surge, getting a 9-3 victory over the New Britain Rock Cats. Chad Jenkins, still working his way back from an injury went four and a third innings, giving up just three hits with three strikeouts. He must have hit his pitch count but he threw only forty-four pitches in his outing. Chorye Spoone relieved him with two and two-thirds excellent innings and Dayton Marze, making his first Double-A appearance, was tagged for the only three runs the Fisher Cats gave up. The offense definitely got to the park on time, with sixteen hits overall. Gabe Jacobo had another monster game, going four for five with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Kevin Nolan and A.J. Jimenez each had three hits: Jimenez had two doubles and four RBI while Nolan had two singles and a double, three runs scored and a stolen base. Ryan Schimpf hit his team-leading twentieth home run while Andy Burns hit his seventh in New Hampshire, going two for five with two runs and a stolen base.

Roster Notes: With OF Brad Glenn promoted to Buffalo, the Fisher Cats activated IF Amadeo Zazueta from the disabled list.


Kenny Wilson – 1/5, K
Andy Burns – 2/5, 2 R, HR, RBI, 2 K, SB
Gabe Jacobo – 4/5, 2 R, 2B, RBI
Adam Loewen – 1/4, BB, 2 K
Kevin Nolan – 3/5, 3 R, 2B, SB
A.J. Jimenez – 3/4, R, 2 2B, 4 RBI, BB
Ryan Schimpf – 1/5, R, HR, 3 RBI, K
Lance Zawadzki – 1/4, K
John Tolisano – 0/4, BB, 3 K


Chad Jenkins – 4 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 K
Chorye Spoone – W, 2 2/3 IP, 1 H, 4 K
Dayton Marze – 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 K
Ryan Tepera – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K

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

Dunedin Blue Jays (59-58)

The Dunedin Blue Jays pitching staff had a rough night, taking a 14-9 loss to the Lakeland Flying Tigers. The defense didn’t help out, allowing five of Scott Copeland’s eleven runs to be unearned but Copeland still got hit hard, giving up twelve hits in three and two-thirds innings of work. Justin Jackson wasn’t bad, giving up one run in two and a third innings and Dustin Antolin had a scoreless inning. The offense was excellent, scoring nine runs on twelve hits including home runs from each of the Canadian outfielders on the club, Mike Crouse and Marcus Knecht. Crouse hit a three run shot and added another RBI for a four-RBI night. The top of the order was going strong too, with Jon Berti going three for four (and stealing his fifty-first base of the season) and Matt Newman going three for six. Knecht was two for four while catcher Chris Schaeffer got on base four times with a one for two day with three walks.


Jon Berti – 3/4, 2 R, 2B, RBI, BB, K, SB
Matt Newman – 3/6, R, 2B, RBI, SB, OF Asst.
Mike Crouse – 1/5, R, HR, 4 RBI, 2 K
K.C. Hobson – 1/5, RBI, K, E
Marcus Knecht – 2/4, R, HR, RBI, PO, CS, E
Gustavo Pierre – 0/5
Pierce Rankin – 0/4, R, BB, K
Chris Schaeffer – 1/2, 2 R, 3 BB, K
Jorge Flores – 1/2, R, 2B, 2 BB, K


Scott Copeland – L, 3 2/3 IP, 12 H, 11 R (6 ER), 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Justin Jackson – 2 1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 K
Tyler Ybarra – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Dustin Antolin – 1 IP, 1 H
Blake McFarland – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 B

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Jon Berti

Lansing Lugnuts (53-69)

The Lansing Lugnuts won a low-scoring game against the West Michigan White Caps 2-1 thanks to continued excellent pitching. Daniel Norris had another very good start controlling his walks this time out. He went five innings and gave up four hits and one walk and only one run on a solo home run by Dean Green. Norris also struck out eight White Caps. Efrain Nieves, Ian Kadish and Arik Sikula combined to finish off the game, giving up just two hits and one walk the rest of the way. The Lugnuts only got six hits but a two-RBI double from Kellen Sweeney was enough to top the White Caps. Dwight Smith, Jr. had two singles and a stolen base while Santiago Nessy (continuing to hit well towards the end of the season) had a pair of singles and threw out a runner stealing.

Daniel Norris pitches for the Lansing Lugnuts in Lansing, Michigan on August 9, 2013. Mandatory Credit: Jay Blue


Dwight Smith, Jr. – 2/5, 2 K, SB
Dalton Pompey – 0/4, BB, K, SB
Christian Lopes – 0/3, 2 K
Kevin Patterson – 0/2, R, 2 BB, K
Jordan Leyland – 0/3, K, E
Santiago Nessy – 2/4, K, E
Chris Hawkins – 0/3, BB, K, OF Asst.
Emilio Guerrero – 1/4, R, 3 K
Kellen Sweeney – 1/3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB


Daniel Norris – 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR
Efrain Nieves – W, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Ian Kadish – 1 IP, 1 H
Arik Sikula – S, 1 IP, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Daniel Norris

Vancouver Canadians (31-28)

August 14 Game:

The Vancouver Canadians pulled within a game of the first place Spokane Indians with a 10-1 victory over the Everett Aquasox on Wednesday night. 20 year old Canadian righty Tom Robson had another outstanding start for the Canadians, going five innings and giving up just one run on two hits and two walks while striking out four. True to form, Robson got eight groundouts to just two fly-outs in his appearance. Justin James threw three shutout innings followed by one from Brandon Dorsett to finish the game off. On the offensive side, the club notched fifteen hits including two each by Ian Parmley, L.B. Dantzler, Andy Fermin, Melvin Garcia, Christian Vazquez and David Harris. Fermin hit a double and L.B. Dantzler hit his eighth home run of the season (his first at the spacious confines of Nat Bailey Park) and Mike Reeves hit his first professional home run. Also of note was Guelph, Ontario native Shaun Valeriote picking up his first hit of the season last night, driving in two runs with a single.


Chaz Frank – 0/2, 2 R, BB, SB
Brenden Kalfus – 0/0, R, BB
Ian Parmley – 2/3, 3 R, BB, K
L.B. Dantzler – 2/4, R, HR, 2 RBI
Shaun Valeriote – 1/1, 2 RBI
Andy Fermin – 2/4, R, 2B, RBI, BB
Justin Atkinson – 1/5, RBI, K
Michael Reeves – 1/4, R, HR, 2 RBI
Matt Hitt – 0/1
Melvin Garcia – 2/5, RBI, 3 K
Christian Vazquez – 2/5, K, E
David Harris – 2/4, R, K, E


Tom Robson – W, 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K
Justin James – 3 IP, 3 K
Brandon Dorsett – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Tom Robson and Justin James

August 15 Game:

The Vancouver Canadians lost an extra-innings battle in a sloppily played game against the Everett Aquasox on Thursday. The Canadians probably didn’t deserve to win, committing four errors and only getting five hits while striking out thirteen times. Kyle Anderson had a solid start, going five innings and giving up two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out six and the bullpen was mostly solid and the game-winning run ended up being unearned against Joe Spano. Ian Parmley scored two runs, going one for five with a walk.


Chaz Frank – 0/6, 3 K
Ian Parmley – 1/5, 2 R, 2B, BB
L.B. Dantzler – 1/3, BB
Dan Arcila – 0/2, K
Andy Fermin – 0/5, BB, K
Justin Atkinson – 0/3, R, 2 BB, K
David Harris – 0/5, 2 K, 2 E
Melvin Garcia – 1/4, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 K
Christian Vazquez – 1/5, 2 K
Seth Conner – 1/4, BB, K, E


Kyle Anderson – 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 6 K
Drew Permison – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Scott Silverstein – 1 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 K
Garrett Pickens – 2/3 IP, 1 K
Chuck Ghysels – 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K
Joe Spano – L, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 3 K
Matt Johnson – 1 IP

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Kyle Anderson

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

Bluefield Blue Jays (35-17)

The Bluefield Blue Jays game was suspended due to a power outage and will be completed on Friday.

Gulf Coast League Blue Jays (21-27)

The GCL Blue Jays lost a close game to the GCL Yankees1 team 4-3 on Thursday, mainly due to the fact that they couldn’t capitalize more on the four errors the Yankees made. The club only managed to get five hits, one each from Thomas Collins III, Gabriel Cenas, Sean Hurley, Rolando Segovia and Andres De Aza. Cenas was on base three times, taking two walks as well as getting a hit. Undrafted free agent Cale Wine made the start and gave up three runs over his four innings on eight hits without walking a man. Oscar Cabrera followed with two innings and one run allowed and Jimmy Cordero struck out six batters in his two innings and gave up two hits.


Thomas Collins III – 1/5, R, K
Edwin Fuentes – 0/5, 3 K
Gabriel Cenas – 1/3, RBI, 2 BB, K
Rowdy Tellez – 0/5, 3 K
Dan Jansen – 0/3, BB
Sean Hurley – 1/4
Rolando Segovia – 1/3, R, BB, K
Andres De Aza – 1/4, R, 2 K, OF Asst.
Andrew Florides – 0/3, K


Cale Wine – L, 4 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 4 K
Oscar Cabrera – 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Jimmy Cordero – 2 IP, 2 H, 6 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Gabriel Cenas and Jimmy Cordero

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