Blue Jays Minor League Report: Bisons Shutout, Dunedin Rolls On!

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Matt Dean of the Bluefield Blue Jays swings at a pitch in Bluefield, WV on July 20, 2013. Mandatory Credit: Jay Blue

Here’s your Blue Jays Minor League Report for Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

Buffalo Bisons- 0   vs Gwinnett Braves-  5

W: Cody Martin (3-2)  L: Shawn Hill (0-1)

Shawn Hill made his first start with the Bisons after 2 games with New Hampshire. It was an interesting 6 innings for him. The Canadian gave up 6 hits, 5 earned runs, 2 walks, 6 K’s and 2 homeruns in 89 pitches. The night may have been different if the Hill’s offense could have helped him out. With the Bisons down 5-0, Ryan Rowland-Smith came on in relief. He threw a scoreless inning. John Stilson also added a scoreless inning with a K. But, it didn’t really matter.

The offense could not cross the plate despite 7 hits. They left 15 runners on base. That would explain the shutout. Ryan Goins did get 2 hits, which is a good sign. Except Steve Tolleson is doing a good job taking over at second for the big league club. Sadly, Kevin Pillar (0-3) has his 18 game hitting streak snapped.

Anthony Gose-CF  1/4, 2K
Ryan Goins-SS  2/4, K
Kevin Pillar-LF  0/3, BB, K
Dan Johnson-1B  1/4, K
Matt Tuiasosopo-RF  0/4, 2K
Jared Goedert-DH  0/4
Ryan Schimpf-3B  2/3
Jack Murphy-C  0/3, K
Munenori Kawasaki-2B  1/3

New Hampshire FisherCats-  0   vs Binghamton Mets- 6

W: Gregory Peavy L: Casey Lawrence

It was a pretty quiet afternoon for the FisherCats. They only managed 2 hits. Andy Burns collected the first one, which gives him 15 straight games reaching base. Yusuf Carter was the only other FisherCats to get on base. They didn’t even manage to work a walk. Casey Lawrence went 6 2/3 innings giving up 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K and a homerun. The homerun was a three run shot by Brian Burgamy. Turns out it was all the Mets needed. Tyler Ybarra chipped in 1 1/3 innings giving up another 2 runs (including a HR) while walking one.

Fans of the big league club will be interested in reading that Casey Janssen got in an inning of work. In his comeback from the DL, Jansen gave up one hit and struck out 2.

John Berti-2B 0/4, K
Kevin Nolan-SS 0/4
Andy Burns-3B 1/3
Mike McDade-1B 0/3, K
Brad Glenn-RF 0/3, 2K
Brian Van Kirk-LF 0/3, K
Yusuf Carter-DH 1/3
Jonathan Jones-CF 0/3
Aaron Munoz-C 0/3, K

Dunedin Blue Jays- 6   vs   Clearwater Threshers- 3

W: Taylor Cole (3-0) L:  Brody Colvin  SV: Arik Sikula (10)

The Baby Jays continue their hot season! They improved to 25-8.

As Adam Lind makes his way back from the DL, he led off for the Baby Jays. I’m not sure how many times he’s done that in his career, but I can’t imagine it is many if any. Lind is expected to join the big league club for tomorrow’s game. He went 1/4 with a walk. Not that it matters. The Blue Jays just want him to get through nine innings without his back bothering him.

Taylor Cole started for the Blue Jays. He went 5.1 innings giving up 8 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), 1 walk, 4 K. He also made a throwing error attempting a pickoff of Andrew Knapp in the 4th inning. He stayed in the game long enough for his team to to get him the win. Efrain Nieves held the Threshers for 2 2/3 innings without giving up a hit and striking out 4. Arik Sikula struck out 2 in the 9th for his 10th save.

The offense kept plugging away. They put together 10 hits and ONLY struck out twice. Twice. All of them. Twice.

Adam Lind-1B  1/4, BB
Diwght Smith Jr.-CF  0/4, BB
Matt Newton-RF  2/4, 2 2B, 3 RBI
K.C. Hobson-DH  1/3, 2 RBI
Emilio Guerrero-SS  2/4,
Derrick Chung-C  1/3, BB
Nick Baligod-LF  0/6, BB
Gustavo Pierre-3B  1/3, BB, K
Christian Lopes-2B  2/4, 2B, RBI, K

Lansing Lugnuts- vs Fort Wayne TinCaps-

W: Matt Dermody L: Coby Cowgill

Matt Dermody started for the Lugnuts. His start can be put in the “he bent, but didn’t break” category. In 5 2/3 innings, Dermody gave up 7 hits, 2 earned runs, 3 walks and 3 K. The only runs he gave up came in the 3rd inning. Phil Kish added an inning and a third giving up 3 hits and 3 earned runs to make things more interesting. Scott Silverstein came on in the 8th and allowed Kish’s runners to score, but none of his own. He then finished the game with a 1-2-3 9th.

Overall, it was a fairly balanced attack for the Lugnuts who used a 4 run 5th to propel them. Of course, the 4 errors by the TinCaps did not hurt either. Mitch Nay collected 3 hits to bring his average to .311. Up by 3 in the 8th, the Lugnuts padded their lead highlighted by a two run triple by Matt Dean. He’s got 3 on the season. He was brought in by Justin Atkinson. Their insurance inning brought the score to 12-5.

D.J. Davis-CF  2/5, R, 2B, RBI, 3K
Derrick Loveless-LF  1/3, H, 3R, 2BB, K
Mitch Nay-3B  3/4, 2R, BB
L.B. Dantzler-DH  2/4, 3R, 2B, 3RBI, BB
Matt Dean-1B  2/5, 2R, 3B, 2RBI
Justin Atkinson-2B  1/4, 2RBI, K
Dawel Lugo-SS   0/4, 2RBI, BB, K, SB
Jorge Saez-C  1/4, RBI, K
Carlos Ramirez-RF   1/3, R, BB, SB

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