Blue Jays Minor League Report: Romero & Stroman Lack Control


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Buffalo Bisons (4-1)

The Bisons played a double header against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs this evening. Buffalo took game one 5-3 and dropped the second 1-0.

Game 1- Ricky Romero started the first game. He went 4 innings and gave up 3 earned runs. Romero is still struggling with his control. In 81 pitches, only 38 were thrown for strikes. He gave up 3 walks. Chad Jenkins took over and threw 4 innings of one hit shutout goodness. Unlike Romero, Jenkins only needed 46 pitches, 35 of which were strikes. Bobby Korecky came in for two innings and got the win. Rob Rasmussen held down the save.  Former Toronto Blue Jays Shawn Camp took the loss.  Juan Francisco led the charge with 3 hits while Chris Gets and Steve Tolleson each  drove in 2. The game might not have gone to extras if the Bisons could have cashed in some of the 14 runners left on base.

W: Bobby Korecky (2-0) L: Shawn Camp (0-1) SV: Rob Rasmussen

Anthony Gose-CF  1/5 1R

Steve Tolleson-SS   2/5 2RBI, BB

Juan Francisco-3B 3/5  R, K

Dan Johnson-1B 1/6 R, 2K

Matt Tuiasosopo-LF 0/3 2BB, 3K

Chris Getz-2B 1/4 2RBI

Jared Goedert-DH  1/4 BB,K

Brett Carroll-RF 0/3 RBI,BB,3K

Mike Nickeas-C 0/4

Game 2Marcus Stroman started his second game of the season. He went 6 innings, only giving up 3 hits and 1 run. He struck out 8 (!) and walked 5. He only needed 89 pitches to get through his 6 innings. His strike out total is sexy, but those free passes will have to come down. Cesar Jimenez and Hector Neris combined to shutout the Bisons. There isn’t much offense to speak of. But, Juan Francisco picked up a hit again. As did Jack Murphy and Andy LaRoche.

W: Hector Neris (1-0)  L: Marcus Stroman

Kevin Pillar– CF 0/4, K

Chris Getz-2B 0/3, K

Juan Francisco 1/2, BB, K

Dan Johnson-1B 0/1, 2BB

Matt Tuiasosopo-LF 0/2, BB

Andy LaRoche-3B 1/3, 2B

Brett Carroll-RF 0/2, 2K

Jack Murphy-C 1/3, K

Munenori Kawasaki-SS 0/2, K

New Hampshire FisherCats (2-4)

Deck McGuire started for the FisherCats against the Reading Phillies. The Cats lost 4-1. McGuire was roughed up over 4 2/3 innings. The Phils struck for 10 hits. McGuire also gave up 4 earned runs and 4 strikeouts. Wil Browning took over and struck out 2, walked one over 1 1/3 innings. Tony Davis took the last 2 innings and gave up 2 walks while striking out 1. The offense was led by Kenny Wilson who chipped in 2 hits and Jon Berti drove in the FisherCats’ only run of the game.

W: Severino Gonzalez (1-0)  L: Deck McGuire (1-1) SV: Ken Giles (3)

Kenny Wilson-CF 2/4, K

Jon Berti-DH  1/4, RBI

Andy Burns-3B  0/4, 2K

Brad Glenn-1B 1/4, K

Ryan Schimpf-2B 0/3, 2K

Yusuf Carter-C 0/3

Kevin Nolan-SS 0/3, K

Mike Crouse-RF 1/2, H, R, BB

Jonathan Jones-LF 0/3

Dunedin Blue Jays (5-1)

The baby Jays also played a double header this evening. They took both games against the Daytona Cubs.

Game 1– The Blue Jays won the first game by a score of 1-0. Dalton Pompey drove in the only run of the game with a two out double that scored Derrick Chung who had two hits of his own. Matt Boyd went 5 innings of shut out ball. He gave up 3 hits, 1 walk and 4 strikeouts. Efrain Nieves and Danny Barnes combined for a one inning hold and Arik Sikula picked up the save.

W: Matt Boyd (2-0, 0.00)  L: Felix Pena(0-2, 1.50)  SV: Arik Sikula(2)

Dwight Smith Jr-LF   2/4

Dalton Pompey-CF   1/3  2B, RBI, K

K.C. Hobson-1B     1/3

Marcus Knecht-RF    0/3, K

Kevin Patterson-DH  0/3

Gustavo Pierre-3B    0/3  3K

Derrick Chung-C       2/3 R

Emilio Guerrero-SS    0/3 K

Christian Lopes-2B     1/3

Game 2Taylor Cole started game 2 and was off to a hot start. Through the first 4 innings, he struck our 7 Cubs including 5 in a row. He’d end up with 9 K over 5 2/3 innings. He only gave up 2 hits for 2 earned runs. Justin Jackson and Blake McFarland combined to close out the game. The offense exploded for 4 runs in the 6th inning. Dwight Smith Jr, Kevin Patterson and Michael Reeves chipped in 2 hits  each.

W: Taylor Cole (1-0) L: Jose Rosario (0-1)  SV: Blake McFarland (1)

Dwight Smith Jr-LF 2/4, R,2B, 3RBI

Dalton Pompey CF 0/2, BB,K

K.C. Hobson-DH 1/3, 2RBI, K

Matt Newman-RF  0/3 BB, K

Gustavo Pierre -3B 0/4, 3K

Kevin Patterson-1B  2/4, R, K

Emilio Guerrero-SS   1/4, K

Michael Reeves-C  2/3, 2R

Jorge Flores-2B 1/2, R, RBI, BB

Lansing Lugnuts (3-3)

Alberto Tirado started the game for the Lugnuts and it did not go well. At all. He went all of 1 inning giving up 2 hits, 2 ER, and 3 walks and was promptly pulled from the game after facing 8 batters. Griffin Murphy came on to take over and struck out 3 in his first inning of work. Jay Blue from Blue Jays from Away was at the game and said Murphy was changing his speeds really well. He would work 3 innings and end with 5 in total. Jairo Labourt added 3 innings giving up 2 earned runs but striking out 4. Scott Silverstein would take the save with 2 innings giving up 3 hits and 2 strike outs. Derrick Loveless led the offense with 3 hits while Mitch Nay drove in 2.

W: Griffin Murphy L: Jandel Gustave SV: Scott Silverstein

Dickie Joe Thon-2B   2/4, 2R, RBI, K

D.J. Davis-CF  1/3, 2B, RBI, 2K

Carlos Ramirez-RF  0/3, R, 3K

Mitch Nay-3B 2/4, R, 2B, 2RBI

Dawel Lugo-SS  1/4, R, 2B, K

Matt Dean-DH  1/4, RBI, 2K

Jorge Saez-C  1/4, 2B, RBI, K

Justin Atkinson-1B  0/4, K

Derrick Loveless-LF 3/3, R