Blue Jays Minor League Report: Matt Boyd brilliant with 12 strikeouts


Matt Boyd was brilliant yet again and struck out 12 batters to lead the Dunedin Blue Jays to victory. Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bisons (10-9)

Postponed due to rain.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (9-10)

Jon Berti was a force at the plate and finished a double short of the cycle, drove in the game’s winning run and also stole two bases as New Hampshire won in extras over the Reading Fightin Phil 11-10. The Fisher Cats led by five runs at one point but Reading was able to tie the game up in the eighth while Ryan Schimpf kept the ‘Cats alive with an RBI single in the tenth. Schimpf finished the game with three hits, two walks and three RBIs while Gabe Jacobo and Jonathan Jones also had multi-hit nights. A.J. Jimenez, who has been playing every other day since returning from the DL, chipped in with an RBI single before he was relieved for Jack Murphy in the eighth.

Jon Berti – 3/5, 3B, HR, RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB
A.J. Jimenez – 1/4, RBI, 2 K
Jack Murphy – 0/2, K
Ryan Schimpf – 3/4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Brad Glenn – 1/6, 3 K
Andy Burns – 0/5, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K, SB
Mike Crouse – 1/5, RBI, BB, 2 K, SB
Brian Van Virk – 1/6, 2 RBI, 5 K
Gabe Jacobo – 2/6, 2 RBI, 2 K
Jonathan Jones – 2/6, K

Shawn Hill – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 4 K
Tyler Ybarra – 1.1 IP, H, 3 ER, 2 BB, K
John Anderson – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, BB, 3 K (BS)
Wil Browning – 2.2 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 K (W)

Dunedin Blue Jays (16-5)

Matt Boyd was brilliant yet again, striking out twelve batters and allowing just two hits as Dunedin shut out Clearwater 5-0. In case you missed it, Boyd was kind enough to talk to Jays Journal before his most recent start in an interview that we posted yesterday. He’s pushing himself towards a promotion to Double-A as the Florida State League has provided little resistance for the 23-year-old lefty thus far. Dalton Pompey had an excellent night and was two for three with two walks and a stolen base while Dwight Smith Jr. reached base for the tenth consecutive game. Gustavo Pierre had a double for the second consecutive night, K.C. Hobson walked four times while the rest of the team chipped in with some nice situational hitting but this night was all about one man – Matt Boyd.

Dwight Smith Jr. – 1/3, BB, SB
Dalton Pompey – 2/3, 2 BB, SB
K.C. Hobson – 0/1, RBI, 4 BB, K
Marcus Knecht – 0/3, 2 RBI, K
Kevin Patterson – 0/5, RBI, 2 K
Derrick Chung – 1/4
Gustavo Pierre – 1/4, 2B
Christian Lopes – 0/3, BB, 2 K
Jorge Flores – 1/3, BB

Matt Boyd – 8.0 IP, 2 H, 12 K (W)
Efrain Nieves – 1.0 IP

Lansing Lugnuts (8-12)

Tom Robson was roughed up again and gave up six earned runs in four innings to increase his ERA to 9.53 after four starts. Jorge Saez homered while Dickie Thon and Dawel Lugo both singled twice but a poor outing from the pitching staff led to a 9-3 Lugs defeat to Bowling Green. Canadian Justin Atkinson had two hits including a double while Mitch Nay also doubled and has impressed early for Lansing. Nay has reached base in every game but one so far this season.

D.J. Davis – 0/5, 3 K
Dickie Thon – 2/4, 2 RBI
Matthew Dean – 0/3, BB
Mitch Nay – 1/3, 2B, BB
Dawel Lugo – 2/4, K
Jason Leblebijian – 0/4, 2 K
Carlos Ramirez – 0/4, 2 K
Jorge Saez – 1/3, HR, RBI, BB, 2 K
Justin Atkinson – 2/4, 2B

Tom Robson – 4.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (L)
Alonzo Gonzalez – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, 3 K
Roberto Espinosa – 1.0 IP