Blue Jays Minor League Recap: Kendall Graveman So Close to No-Hitter


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Buffalo Bisons (8-5)

The Bisons were able to put yesterday’s disappointments behind them with a strong effort as they stream rolled Pawtucket 7-3. Liam Hendriks goes 6 strong innings, striking out 8 batters and not allowing a walk. Bobby Korecky came on in relief and was equally impressive, striking out 4 over 2.2 innings. Korecky has not allowed a run this season (12 innings) and is sporting a 3-0 record with 13K’s. The Bisons offense was spread out evenly, as three players had a two hit night. Kevin Nolan continues to impress in Buffalo, as he is now hitting .400 in his first week in triple-A. Kevin Pillar has gotten off to a slow start but he had a productive even going 1-3 (a single), 2 RBI, 2 BB, and a run scored. Let’s hope that this game boost his confidence and he will start hitting like he did last year. Juan Franciso left the game early and was replaced by Jared Goedert.

  • Liam Hendriks- 6.1 IP, 7H, 3R, 2 ER, 0BB, 8K, HR
  • Bobby Korecky- (W) 2.2 IP, H, 4K

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (5-8)

The Fisher Cats homered their way to a 6-3 victory over Binghamton. Solo Home runs off the bats of Gabe Jacobo, Brad Glenn and Ryan Schimpf got the Fisher Cats out in front 3-0. Binghamton tied it up in the bottom of the 7th of Browning, who come in in relief of Aaron Sanchez. Brad Glenn would put the gaem on ice in the top of the 9th with bases juiced. Glenn hit a 2 run single to make the score 6-3. Aaron Sanchez went 6 innings of shutout ball, which is an improvement over his previous start when he lasted 3.2 innings and gave up 3 ER. Ryan Schimpf continues to swing a hot bat, hitting .353/.436/.765, 5 doubles, 3 HR, 6 RBI.

  • Aaron Sanchez- 6 IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 6K…finished with a 2.29 ERA
  • Wil Browning– 0 IP, 2H, 3R, BB
  • Scott Gracey– (H,1), 0.2 IP, H, BB, K
  • Tony Davis– (W, 1-0), BB, 3K
  • Gregory Infante- (S, 2) K

Dunedin Blue Jays (13-2)

The D-Jays played the other 7 innings of yesterday’s game which was suspended due to rain. McFarland got the win in relief of Jesse Hernandez and Sikula got his 5th save in a 1-0 victory over Brevard County. Emilo Guerro drove in Marcus Knecht for the only run of the game. Blake McFarland has been striking out a batter an inning and now has 10 K’s in 10 IP. Last year in 46 IP he had 49 K and 19 BB, good for a 9.59 K/9 and 3.72 BB/9. Also of note, Arik Sikula has converted 5/5 saves and has 11K in 6.1 IP.

  • Jesse Hernandez- 4.0 IP, 3H, 2K
  • Blake McFarland- (W) 2.0 IP, H, BB, 4K
  • Arik Sikula- (S, 5) 1.0 IP, H, 2K

Lansing Lugnuts (4-10)

Kendall Graveman came within 2 outs of throwing a no hitter beating Beloit 5-0. Dawel Lugo was unable to field a Jose Chavez hit to end the no-hit bid (I was listening on the radio and it sounded like it should have been an error). That ended Graveman’s day, as he went 8.1 IP of one hit ball while striking out seven and walking one. He has allowed one run in 18 IP and striking out 18 batters. The offense was supplied from a two RBI night by Matt Dean and Dickie Joe Thon. Matt Dean has been tearing the cover off the ball early hitting his 5th double of the year and adding 2 singles to put him at 18 hits in 13 games. Dean’s low walk number (one walk) will need to improve, but I am sure that pitchers will take notice and begin to work around him.

  • Kendall Graveman (W)- 8.1 IP, H, BB, 7K….0.44 ERA
  • Griffin Murphy– 0.2 IP, H

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