Romero, Stroman Roughed Up, D-Jays No-Hit: August 27 Minor League Report


Buffalo Bisons (70-68)

Ricky Romero had another rough start as the Bisons lost 5-3 to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, further dousing the club’s playoff hopes. Romero struggled through six and a third innings in which he gave up five runs (four were earned) on five hits and six walks with five strikeouts. Brad Lincoln came in with the bases loaded in the seventh and ended up allowing two of Ricky Romero’s runs to score. The Bisons each got a hit (totalling nine hits as a team) but it was Mauro Gomez’s twenty-ninth home run that was the biggest blow. Gomez also took a walk.


Mike McCoy – 1/5, R, 2B, K, E
Blake Gailen – 1/5, SB
Mauro Gomez – 1/2, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, K
Ricardo Nanita – 1/3, BB, OF Asst.
Andy LaRoche – 1/4, K
Clint Robinson – 1/3, R, BB
A.J. Jimenez – 1/4
Ryan Langerhans – 1/4, K
Jim Negrych – 1/4, RBI, K


Ricky Romero – L, 6 1/3 IP, 5 H, 5 R (4 ER), 6 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
Brad Lincoln – 1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Mauro Gomez

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (66-69)

Marcus Stroman had a rough outing as the Portland Sea Dogs put a hurting on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 9-2. Stroman only made it through three innings and gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks and struck out just one batter. Only Evan Crawford made it through the game unscathed while the Red Sox’ top pitching prospect, Henry Owens, gave up just two hits and walk through six and two thirds. One of the hottest hitting Fisher Cats, Andy Burns, had two of New Hampshire’s six hits as well as an RBI. It appears from the box score that John Tolisano was injured when he was hit by one of Owens’s pitches. He was replaced by Lance Zawadzki.


Kenny Wilson – 1/3, BB, K
Andy Burns – 2/4, RBI, K, E
Kevin Nolan – 1/4, RBI, CS
Adam Loewen – 0/4, 3 K
John Tolisano – 0/0, HBP
Lance Zawadzki – 0/3, SB
Kevin Ahrens – 0/4, 2 K
Ryan Schimpf – 0/4, 2 K
Jack Murphy – 1/3, R, K, PB
Amadeo Zazueta – 1/3, R, K, E


Marcus Stroman – L, 3 IP, 7 H, 5 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 1 K
Matt Wright – 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 3 K
Evan Crawford – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB
Dayton Marze – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 K
Ryan Tepera – 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Andy Burns

Dunedin Blue Jays (60-65)

The Dunedin Blue Jays played a double header to get all caught up with games lost due to rain.

Game 1 was the completion of Monday’s game that was suspended and ended up with the Blue Jays losing to the Daytona Cubs 6-4. Matt Boyd only went two innings (before the game was suspended) and gave up two runs on three hits and a walk. All of the relievers gave up at least one run following up. Matt Newman had the best day at the plate with three singles and an RBI while Oliver Dominguez had a pair of hits and a run.

Game 1 was the better of the two games for the D-Jays as the club was no-hit in the second game by a 1-0 final score. Luis Perez, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, made the start with a scoreless inning but it was Jesse Hernandez who was excellent in taking the loss with just one run against in five and two-thirds innings. This game was actually considered a make-up of a game from August 21.

Game 1


Jon Berti – 1/4, RBI, BB, K, PO, E
Jonathan Jones – 1/4, RBI, BB, K
Mike Crouse – 1/5, 2B, 2 K
K.C. Hobson – 1/5, R, K
Marcus Knecht – 1/4, K
Matt Newman – 3/4, R, RBI
Oliver Dominguez – 2/4, R
Derrick Chung – 1/3, R, BB
Jorge Flores – 0/4, RBI, K


Matt Boyd – 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Shawn Griffith – 3 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Tony Davis – 1 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Justin Jackson – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 HR

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Matt Newman

Game 2


Jon Berti – 0/2, BB, SB
Shane Opitz – 0/1
Oliver Dominguez – 0/2, 2 K
Mike Crouse – 0/2, BB, 2 K
K.C. Hobson – 0/3
Marcus Knecht – 0/3, K
Gustavo Pierre – 0/2, 2 K
Matt Newman – 0/2, OF Asst.
Derrick Chung – 0/0
Chris Schaeffer – 0/2
Jorge Flores – 0/2


Luis Perez – 1 IP, 1 BB
Jesse Hernandez – L, 5 2/3 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Dustin Antolin – 1/3 IP

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Jesse Hernandez

Lansing Lugnuts (57-76)

Scheduled Off Day

Vancouver Canadians (36-34)

August 26 Game:

The Vancouver Canadians won their game Monday night against the Spokane Indians by a score of 3-1. Alfonzo Gonzalez had a great start, going five and a third innings and just giving up two hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Scott Silverstein picked up the win but gave up a run on a hit and two walks in his inning and two-thirds while Garrett Pickens and Chuck Ghysels each pitched a scoreless frame to nail down the victory. The batters only managed seven hits but it was enough, getting two hits each from Chaz Frank and Dawel Lugo.

Pitcher Alonzo Gonzalez warms up before a game on May 4, 2013 for the Lansing Lugnuts. Mandatory Credit: Jay Blue


Chaz Frank – 2/4, 2B, RBI, OF Asst.
Michael Reeves – 0/4
Andy Fermin – 0/4, K
L.B. Dantzler – 0/2, 2 BB, K
Justin Atkinson – 1/3, R, BB, K
Brenden Kalfus – 1/3, R, BB, SB
Dawel Lugo – 2/4, R, RBI
Melvin Garcia – 0/3, BB, 2 K
Ian Parmley – 1/3


Alonzo Gonzalez – 5 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K
Scott Silverstein – W, 1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Garrett Pickens – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Chuck Ghysels – S, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Alonzo Gonzalez

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

Bluefield Blue Jays (40-24)

The losing continues for the Bluefield Blue Jays who lost a 2-1 game to the Greeneville Astros. The game was a 1-1 tie until the eighth when the normally solid closer Brett Barber gave up the game winning run. Brady Dragmire had a solid start, going five innings and giving up just one unearned run on four hits and a walk while striking out two. Francisco Gracesqui continued to be very reliable out of the pen with two scoreless innings in which he gave up two hits and a walk and struck out three. The offense was quiet, getting just four hits including two from Matt Dean and a double from Franklin Barreto.


Franklin Barreto – 1/3, R, 2B, BB, K
D.J. Davis – 0/4, K
Derrick Loveless – 1/4, K
Mitch Nay –  0/2, 2 BB, E
Matthew Dean – 2/4, K, CS
John Silviano – 0/2, K
Nico Taylor – 0/2, K
Andres Sotillo – 0/2
Jorge Saez – 0/1, K
Angel Rojas – 0/2, K
Alexis Maldonado – 0/1
Jesus Gonzalez – 0/3, 2 K


Brady Dragmire – 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 2 K
Francisco Gracesqui – 2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K
Brett Barber – L, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Brady Dragmire

Gulf Coast League Blue Jays (27-30)

With the season’s schedule winding down, the GCL Blue Jays lost a rain-shortened 5-2 game to the GCL Pirates. Rowdy Tellez continued to show signs of life, going three for three with a triple and an RBI to account for three of the club’s five hits for the game. Corey Gorman had another strong start, shutting down the Pirates in four innings of work, but they managed to score five runs against 2013 fourth rounder Evan Smith. Cale Wine stranded two of Smith’s runners and ended up finishing the game with one and a third perfect innings.


Richard Urena – 0/3, 2 K
Koby Kraemer – 0/2, R
Rowdy Tellez – 3/3, R, 3B, RBI
Sean Hurley – 0/3, RBI, K
Daniel Devonshire – 1/3
Andres De Aza – 0/3, K
Michael De La Cruz – 1/3, 3B, K
Josh Almonte – 0/2, BB, K
Trey Pascazi – 0/3, 3 K


Corey Gorman – 4 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Evan Smith – L, 1 1/3 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 1 K
Cale Wine – 1 1/3 IP

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Rowdy Tellez

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