Bluefield Blue Jays Drop First Playoff Game, Buffalo Bisons eliminated: August 31 Minor League Report
Buffalo Bisons (72-70)
The Buffalo Bisons lost 6-5 to the Rochester Red Wings and were eliminated from playoff contention. Drew Hutchison got the start and had some trouble, giving up five runs (only three were earned) on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts in three and two-thirds innings. Joel Carreno and John Stilson gave up one run over a combined four and a third innings the rest of the way. Jim Negrych and Mauro Gomez each went two for five with an RBI and that was most of the scoring for the Bisons although Ryan Langerhans went oh for one with three walks and scored twice. Jack Murphy made his Triple-A debut and went oh for four with an RBI and a strikeout.
Mike McCoy – 1/4, R, BB, K
Jim Negrych – 2/5, RBI
Mauro Gomez – 2/5, RBI, K, E
Luis Jimenez – 1/4, R, BB
Andy LaRoche – 1/5, K, CS
Clint Robinson – 1/3, R, BB, 2 K, E
Brad Glenn – 1/4 , K, OF Asst.
Ryan Langerhans – 0/1, 2 R, 3 BB
Jack Murphy – 0/4, RBI, K
Drew Hutchison – L, 3 2/3 IP, 7 H, 5 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 5 K
Joel Carreno – 2 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 K, 1 HR
John Stilson – 1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Joel Carreno and John Stilson
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (67-71)
Game cancelled due to rain.
Dunedin Blue Jays (62-68)
Lefty Matt Boyd had a rough start, giving up four runs in the second inning on the way to a 6-0 loss by the Dunedin Blue Jays to the Clearwater Threshers. Other than that one inning, in which Boyd gave up two home runs, Boyd was solid, giving up only two other hits and a walk while striking out four over four innings. John Anderson gave up the other two runs over two innings of his own. Matt Newman and Oliver Dominguez had a pair of hits for the Blue Jays and Brian Compton had his first hit (a double) to go with three strikeotus. Jon Berti went oh for oh but actually walked three times and stole his league-leading fifty-fifth base.
Jon Berti – 0/0, 3 BB, SB
Gustavo Pierre – 0/1, E
Emilio Guerrero – 0/4, K, E
Matt Newman – 2/4, CS
Mike Crouse – 0/3, 3 K
K.C. Hobson – 0/1
Marcus Knecht – 0/4, 2 K
Oliver Dominguez – 2/4, K
Nick Baligod – 1/3, BB
Brian Compton – 1/4, 2B, 3 K
Jorge Flores – 0/4
Matt Boyd – L, 4 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR
John Anderson – 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Tyler Ybarra – 1 IP, 1 H
Wil Browning – 1 IP
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Jon Berti
Lansing Lugnuts (60-77)
The Lansing Lugnuts pulled off a walk-off win, beating the West Michigan Whitecaps 5-4. Christian Lopes led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk and he was followed a pair of singles by Dwight Smith, Jr. and Kevin Patterson to bring him home. Starter Eric Brown took a line drive off his forearm in the first inning and left the game and Tucker Donahue was stretched out to pitch four innings and gave up just one run on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Chad Girodo gave up another two runs in three and two thirds innings before Arik Sikula earned the win by finishing the game off (although he earned a blown save by allowing two of Girodo’s runners to score). The bats remained in gear, scoring five times on ten hits including three by Dwight Smith, Jr. (who also stole two bases) and two from Carlos Ramirez. Dalton Pompey was on base twice with a single and a walk and stole his thirty-eighth base of the season.
Dalton Pompey – 1/4, R, BB, 2 K, SB
Christian Lopes – 1/4, R, 2 RBI, BB, K
Dwight Smith, Jr. – 3/4, R, BB, K, 2 SB, E
Kevin Patterson – 1/4, RBI, BB, 2 K
Jordan Leyland – 1/3, RBI, BB, K
Daniel Klein – 0/3, RBI, 2 K, PB, SF
Carlos Ramirez – 2/4, R, 2B, K
Jason Leblebijian – 1/3, BB, K
Kellen Sweeney – 0/3, R, BB, K, E
Eric Brown – 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER)
Tucker Donahue – 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K
Chad Girodo – 3 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 5 K
Arik Sikula – W, 2/3 IP, 1 H
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Dwight Smith, Jr.
Vancouver Canadians (37-36)
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Bluefield Blue Jays (0-1)
The lopsided score didn’t reflect the close game as the Pulaski Mariners scored five times in the top of the tenth and took Game 1 of their three-game series with the Bluefield Blue Jays 9-4. Starter Jairo Labourt got hit hard, giving up four runs on seven hits and one walk in his five innings of work although Yeyfry Del Rosario pitched three excellent innings, giving up just two hits and striking out six. Phil Kish was charged for the fatal (and final) five runs in his two innings on four hits (including a home run) and two walks. The team’s two big bats, Mitch Nay and Matt Dean each had a pair of hits with Dean hitting a single and a double and Nay hitting a single and a three-run home run. Franklin Barreto also had a pair of hits and Jorge Saez and Derrick Loveless were each on base three times with a hit and two walks. Finally, the Blue Jays brought Rowdy Tellez up to Bluefield to get him some more at bats and he went 0/3 with a walk.
Roster Moves: The Blue Jays promoted Rowdy Tellez and Corey Gorman from the GCL Blue Jays and demoted Adonys Cardona to the GCL.
D.J. Davis – 1/4, R, 3 K, SB
Nico Taylor – 0/1
Tim Locastro – 0/5, K
Derrick Loveless – 1/3, R, 2B, 2 BB, K, E
Mitch Nay – 2/5, R, HR, 3 RBI
Matthew Dean – 2/5, R, 2B
Franklin Barreto – 2/4
Rowdy Tellez – 0/3, BB, K
Jorge Saez – 1/2, RBI, 2 K, PO
Jonathan Davis – 0/2, 2 BB, K
Jairo Labourt – 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K
Yeyfry Del Rosario – 3 IP, 2 H, 6 K
Phil Kish – 2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Mitch Nay and Yeyfry Del Rosario
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