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Daniel Norris Dominates: August 20 Minor League Report


Buffalo Bisons (67-64)

The Bisons faced one of the Red Sox’ best pitching prospects on Tuesday and fell in a 1-0 loss. Drew Hutchison was quite good, pitching four and a third innings and giving up just one run on five hits and two walks while striking out five but Anthony Ranaudo was better. He threw six and two-thirds shutout innings against the Bisons. Justin Germano came in for the game’s final three innings and was almost perfect, only hitting one batter and striking out three. The offense only strung together five singles, two of which came from Andy LaRoche.

June 9, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Drew Hutchison (36) pitches in the second inning of the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports


Mike McCoy – 0/3, BB
A.J. Jimenez – 1/4, K
Moises Sierra – 0/4, 2 K, OF Asst.
Clint Robinson – 1/3, 2 K
Andy LaRoche – 2/3, CS
Ricardo Nanita – 1/3, K
Brad Glenn – 0/2, BB
Jim Negrych – 0/2, BB, K
Ryan Goins – 0/3


Drew Hutchison – L, 4 1/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K
Scott Gracey – 2/3 IP
Justin Germano – 3 IP, 3 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Drew Hutchison and Justin Germano

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (63-64)

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats continue to roll getting a late rally to break a 5-5 tie on their way to an 8-6 win over the Portland Sea Dogs. Starting pitcher Deck McGuire wasn’t at his best, needing ninety-six pitches to get through five innings in which he gave up four runs on four hits and four walks while striking out four. The Fisher Cats got two great relief innings from Ryan Tepera who only walked one and struck out five. Jack Murphy led the offense, driving in three runs with two hits. John Tolisano had his best game in a while, going three for four and Kevin Nolan went two for five with a triple, two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base. Andy Burns also had a very good game, going one for three with two sacrifice flies.

Roster Notes: The New Hampshire Fisher Cats received C Pierce Ranking from the Dunedin Blue Jays and placed Gabe Jacobo on the 7-day DL.


Kenny Wilson – 1/5, R, 2B
Andy Burns – 1/3, 2 RBI, K, 2 SF
Kevin Nolan – 2/5, 2 R, 3B, RBI, K, SB
Adam Loewen – 1/4, R, BB, K
Ryan Schimpf – 1/4, 2 R, 2B, RBI, BB, K
Kevin Ahrens – 1/4, 2B, RBI, BB
Jack Murphy – 2/4, 2B, 3 RBI, K, E
Lance Zawadzki – 0/3, R, BB, K
John Tolisano – 3/4, R, 2B


Deck McGuire – 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 4 K
Dayton Marze – W, 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 K
Ryan Tepera – 2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
Alan Farina – S, 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Jack Murphy

Dunedin Blue Jays (59-61)

Game postponed due to rain.

Lansing Lugnuts (56-71)

The Lansing Lugnuts got outstanding pitching and a six-spot of offense in the seventh inning to beat up the Lake County Captains 6-0. Daniel Norris put together another outstanding start, going six dominant innings, shutting down the Captains on just two hits and one walk while striking out four. Despite the low strikeout totals, he was effective in keeping his pitch count down and got ten ground-ball outs without any fly-ball outs at all. Javier Avendano, working out of the bullpen for the rest of the year, threw another three scoreless innings at Lake County walking only one batter and striking out four. In the seventh innings, the Lugnuts sent ten men to the plate, getting big hits from Chris Hawkins (who opened the scoring with an RBI double), Carlos Ramirez, Dalton Pompey and Dwight Smith, Jr. Hawkins had a great game with two hits and Dalton Pompey was on base three times on a hit and two walks and also stole a base. Emilio Guerrero‘s hitting streak came to an end with an oh-for-three game but contributed with a sacrifice fly.


Dalton Pompey – 1/2, R, RBI, 2 BB, SB
Emilio Guerrero – 0/3, RBI, SF
Dwight Smith, Jr. – 1/4, RBI, 2 K
Christian Lopes – 1/4
Santiago Nessy – 0/3, R, BB, K, E
Jordan Leyland – 0/2, R, 2 BB, K
Chris Hawkins – 2/4, R, 2B, RBI
Carlos Ramirez – 1/4, R, 2 RBI, 2 K
Jason Leblebijian – 0/3, R


Daniel Norris – 6 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K
Javier Avendano – W, 3 IP, 1 BB, 4 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Daniel Norris

Vancouver Canadians (33-30)

August 19 Game:

B.C. native Tom Robson continues to sparkle in Vancouver, leading the Canadians to an 8-4 victory over the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes on Monday. Robson had a typical outing, going five innings and surrendering just one run on five hits and one walk with five strikeouts. He also induced six ground-outs to two fly-outs. Scott Silverstein gave up the other three runs (two earned), picking up the win by going two and a third innings. The top four hitters all had excellent games Chaz Frank, Dawel Lugo, L.B. Dantzler and Andy Fermin each getting a pair of hits and Frank Dantzler and Fermin also taking a pair of walks. Melvin Garcia had three hits including the team’s only extra-base hit (a double) and two RBI.


Chaz Frank – 2/3, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, SB
Dawel Lugo – 2/5, R, E
L.B. Dantzler – 2/3, 2 R, 2 BB, K
Andy Fermin – 2/3, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Brenden Kalfus – 0/4, BB, 2 K
Michael Reeves – 0/4, R, BB, K
Justin Atkinson – 0/3, R, 2 BB
Melvin Garcia – 3/5, R, 2B, 2 RBI, K
David Harris – 1/4


Tom Robson – 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K
Scott Silverstein – W, 2 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K
Matt Johnson – 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Chuck Ghysels – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Tom Robson and Chaz Frank

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

Bluefield Blue Jays (39-19)

The Bluefield Blue Jays couldn’t get anything going against the Pulaski Mariners’ outstanding young prospect Edwin Diaz who struck out ten Blue Jays on the way to a 5-1 Pulaski victory. Bluefield starter Jairo Labourt gave up three runs in his four innings on five hits that included two home runs while Alberto Tirado had a better outing in the back half of the piggy-back, throwing five innings and giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk while racking up six strikeouts. The offense only had seven hits including a double by Franklin Barreto, a triple by Jesus Gonzalez and a pair of singles by Mitch Nay.


D.J. Davis – 0/4, 2 K, E
Alexis Maldonado – 1/3, 2 K, E
Franklin Barreto – 1/4, 2B
Mitch Nay – 2/4, K, E, PO
Matt Dean – 1/3, R, 2 K, CS
Derrick Loveless – 0/4, K, E
Jorge Saez – 1/3, RBI, BB, PB
John Silviano – 0/4, 3 K
Jesus Gonzalez – 1/3, 3B, K


Jairo Labourt – L, 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR
Alberto Tirado – 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Alberto Tirado

Gulf Coast League Blue Jays (23-29)

The GCL Blue Jays lost at home to the GCL Tigers 6-1 on Tuesday. Jesus Tinoco took the loss but had a solid outing going five innings, giving up just one run on four hits and struck out six without walking a man. 2013 fourth-rounder Evan Smith had a solid outing as well, going two innings and giving up a run on a hit and a walk and had two strikeouts. Jacob Brentz gave up the other four runs in his inning of work surrendering two hits (including a home run) and two walks. The offense only had six hits including two from Josh Almonte. Boomer Collins had a one-for-three day but added two walks.


Thomas Collins III – 1/3, 2 BB
Koby Kraemer – 0/4, K
Gabriel Cenas – 0/4, 3 K
Rowdy Tellez – 1/4
Dan Jansen – 1/4, K
Sean Hurley – 0/3, BB, K
Edwin Fuentes – 0/3, R, BB, K
Josh Almonte – 2/4, 2 K
Trey Pascazi – 1/4, RBI, 3 K


Jesus Tinoco – L, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 6 K
Evan Smith – 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Jacob Brentz – 1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 1 HR
Kamakani Usui – 1 IP, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Jesus Tinoco

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