Blue Jays Minor League Report: Kevin Pillar perfect at the plate


Buffalo Bisons outfielder

Kevin Pillar

was perfect at the plate last night with four hits, two walks and four RBIs. Credit:

David Manning


Buffalo Bisons (12-10)

Kevin Pillar led the way with a perfect night at the plate (four hits, two walks) and drove in four runs as the Buffalo bats exploded for a 17-5 win over Louisville. Matt Tuiasosopo also had four RBIs and a double while Erik Kratz had two extra base knocks. Recent roster additions Darin Mastroianni and Ryan Schimpf also had nice nights as every player in the lineup had at least one base hit.

Kyle Drabek was given a huge lead to work with and pitched okay allowing only two runs. He showed swing-and-miss stuff at times but for much of the game battled with command.

Anthony Gose – 2/5, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K
Darin Mastroianni – 3/6, 3B, 2 K, 2 SB
Kevin Pillar – 4/4, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB
Dan Johnson – 1/4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Jared Goedert – 2/5, 2 RBI, BB, K
Matt Tuiasosopo – 3/5, 2B, 4 RBI, BB, K
Steven Tolleson – 1/6, K
Ryan Schimpf – 1/4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K
Erik Kratz – 3/4, 2 2B, BB

Kyle Drabek – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 6 K
Rob Rasmussen – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB
John Stilson – 1.2 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, K
Bobby Korecky – 1.1 IP

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (11-11)

Aaron Sanchez pitched well and allowed only one walk in five and two-thirds scoreless innings. According to Chris Mellen of Baseball Prospectus, Sanchez was commanding his fastball down in the zone and hitters had a tough time handling the heavy pitch.

Mike McDade, who was recently activated off the DL, had two hits while Brad Glenn had an RBI single to score the ‘Cats only run in the eighth. Richard Bleier pitched in relief of Sanchez but took the loss after giving up a triple to Taylor Dugas in the ninth.

Jon Berti – 0/5
A.J. Jimenez – 0/3, BB, K
Andy Burns – 1/4, K
Mike McDade – 2/4
Brad Glenn – 1/4, 2B, RBI
Kevin Nolan – 0/4
Mike Crouse – 0/3, BB, K, SB
Gabe Jacobo – 0/3, BB, SB
Jonathan Jones – 0/3, BB, 2 K

Aaron Sanchez – 6.1 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Richard Bleier – 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, ER, BB, 3 K

Roster Update:

Matt Boyd announced on Twitter yesterday that he has been promoted to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats from the High-A Dunedin Blue Jays. Congrats and well deserved Matt!

Dunedin Blue Jays (19-5)

Gustavo Pierre had three hits and two RBIs while Derrick Chung and Christian Lopes both had RBI doubles as Dunedin continued their dominance of the Florida State League with a 5-3 victory. Dalton Pompey hit a triple and drew a walk while K.C. Hobson drove him in on a single. Jesse Hernandez hurled six one-run frames with six strikeouts while Blake McFarland struck out the side to earn the save.

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

Jesse Hernandez – 6.0 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 4 K (W)
Kramer Champlin – 1.0 IP, 2 H, ER
Ajay Meyer – 1.0 IP, 3 H, ER
Blake McFarland – 1.0 IP, 3 K (S)

Lansing Lugnuts (10-13)

Adonys Cardona started but left after facing only two batters after what sounded like an elbow injury. That dampened what was an exciting Midwest League debut for L.B. Dantzler, who batted cleanup and had an extra base hit with a walk. Mitch Nay continued to swing the bat well with a double of his own while Dawel Lugo finally got going a bit with two hits and a walk. Justin Atkinson plated two RBIs but it wasn’t enough as the bullpen was pounded after Cardona left. Chase De Jong was supposed to start last night but didn’t pitch and I’m not sure why he was skipped.

Dickie Thon – 0/5, 3 K
D.J. Davis – 1/4, 3 K, CS
Mitch Nay – 1/4, 2B
L.B. Dantzler – 1/3, 2B, BB
Matthew Dean – 1/4, 2B, 2 K
Santiago Nessy – 0/3, BB
Dawel Lugo – 2/3, BB
Derrick Loveless – 1/3, 2B, RBI, BB, K
Justin Atkinson – 1/4, 2 RBI

Adonys Cardona – 0.0 IP, H, 2 ER, BB (L)
Roberto Espinosa – 2.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Brady Dragmire – 5.1 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 K