Blue Jays Minor League Recap: Lugnuts win nail-biter


Welcome to the Blue Jays Minor League Recap for Wednesday, May 28, 2014.

Buffalo Bisons (26-23)- 2  vs Indianapolis Indians (31-21)- 5

W: Vance Worley (2-1, 3.82)  L: Kyle Drabek (4-4, 4.19) SV: Joshua Kinney (4)

Kyle Drabek continued his efforts to improve. And, he didn’t fair that poorly. It wasn’t great, but if the offense could have scored some runs, it might have been better. Drabek went 5 innings and allowed 10 hits. But the good news is: he only gave up 1(!) walk. He did not strikeout a single batter. By the time he came out of the game, the Indians had all the runs they would need. While it wasn’t a terrible walk-fest, which I half expected, it certainly was not the kind of performance that is going to make the Blue Jays consider a call up. As a final note on Drabek, I will just throw out there that he was supposed to be THE catch in the Roy Halladay trade. Just saying. John Stilson took over for Drabek and gave up another 2 runs.

The Bisons’ offense managed 5 hits for the whole game. 5. For the whole game. They were led by Brad Glenn‘s 2 hits. In 12 games since being called up from New Hampshire (AA), Glenn is hitting .455. He has 20 hits in those 12 games. Ryan Goins drove in both Bisons runs with a double. Since being demoted to AAA, Goins is not exactly lighting it up. He’s hitting .265 with just 2 doubles and a triple. Just for good measure, the Bisons struck out 12 times.

Darin Mastroianni-CF- 0/2, BB
Ryan Goins-SS-1/4, 2B, 2RBI, 2K
Jared Goedert-3B-0/4, 3K
Dan Johnson-DH-0/3, BB
Brad Glenn-RF-2/4, 2K
Matt Tuiasosopo-1B-1/4, 3K
A.J. Jimenez-C-0/3, K
Kenny Wilson-LF-0/2, R
Munenori Kawasaki-2B-1/3, R, K

Kyle Drabek (L)- 5IP, 10H, 3ER, BB
John Stilson- 1.1IP, 2H, 2ER, BB, 2K
Ryan Rowland-Smith– 0.2IP, K
Neil Wagner– 1IP, 2K

New Hampshire FisherCats vs Binghamton Mets *DOUBLE HEADER*

Game 1:

New Hampshire Fisher Cats – 5  vs Binghamton Mets- 7

W: Tyler Pill (2-5, 4.96) L: Matt Boyd (0-2, 8.31) SV: Chasen Bradford (11)

Man, Matt Boyd is having a rough go in New Hampshire (AA). This time, he goes 1 1/3 innings and gives up 6 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks. Here are his overall numbers since being called up:


Blake McFarland took over for Boyd and piled up 6 strikeouts over 4 innings. Freshly promoted Arik Sikula came in and struck out 3 batters in just over an inning!

Had Boyd been effective the Fisher Cats may have been able to pull this one out. They were able to get to the Mets’ starter for 5 runs in 4 innings. Unfortunately, that was all they could muster in game 1 of this double header. The offense was led by Ryan Schimpf‘s double and home run to drive in 4. The offense could have used a better performance with runners in scoring position. The FisherCats went just 2-11.

Jon Berti-2B-1/5, R, 3B, K
Andy Burns-DH-0/3, R, 2BB, K
Ryan Schimpf-LF-2/5, R, 2H, 2B, HR, 4RBI
Mike McDade-1B-1/3, BB, K
Jack Murphy-C-0/4, 2K
Kevin Nolan-3B-1/4, R, 2B
Matt Newman-RF-0/4, 2K
Jonathan Jones-CF-2/4, R, 2B
Jorge Flores-SS-1/4, 3B, RBI

Matt Boyd(L)-1.2IP, 5H, 6ER, 4BB, K, HR
Blake McFarland-4IP, 5H, ER, 6K
Arik Sikula-1.1IP, 2H, 3K
Dustin Antolin-1IP

Game 2:

New Hampshire Fisher Cats – 5  vs Binghamton Mets- 2

W: Casey Lawrence (3-4, 3.61) L: Rainy Lara (4-2, 4.34) SV: Randy Boone (3)

The  Fisher Cats salvaged a split in the double-hearer with Binghampton behind a well-balanced offensive performance, using the 2-base hit to their advantage in dropping the Mets 5-2 in the nightcap.

Ryan Schimpf added to his RBI total, making it five total between the two games. He was joined by Hector Jimenez and Matt Newman, who also added doubles and RBI on the day. Overall, the Cats plated 5 runs on 8 hits, with no one hitter tallying more than a single knock.

Casey Lawrence gave the Fisher Cats 5 innings, allowing two runs (both unearned) on 4 hits, a walk, and 2 strike-outs. He was relieved by Tyler Ybarra, who surrendered a single hit in his one inning of work. Randy Boone closed things out for his third save of the season.
Jon Berti – 1/3, R, BB
Melky Mesa – 1/4, K
Ryan Schimpf – 1/4, R, 2B, RBI, K
Hector Gimenez – 1/3, R, 2B, RBI, BB, K
Mike McDade – 0/3, K
Andy Burns – 1/3
Matt Newman – 1/3, R, 2B, RBI
Mike Crouse – 1/3, RBI, K
Kevin Nolan – 1/3, R, SB

Casey Lawrence – 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, BB, 2 K
Tyler Ybarra – 1 IP, H, K
Randy Boone – 1 IP, K

Dunedin Blue Jays – 5  vs Charlotte Knights -3

W: Kendall Graveman (4-1, 3.31) L: Leonel Santiago (1-5, 8.17) SV: Danny Barnes (1)

It was another solid start from a Dunedin pitcher, this time from sinker-baller Kendall Graveman. Graveman went 6 innings in this one, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and a pair of walks, while striking out 4.  He was relieved by a relief train that included Efrain Nieves, Justin Jackson Tony Davis, and Danny Barnes, who proceeded to throw a combined while allowing 4 hits and a run. The game got interesting in the ninth when the Knights loaded the bases and scoring a run to cut the lead to two, but Barnes slammed the door shut by striking out the side to end the rally.

The offense was paced Marcus Knecht, who went 4-4 in the game with a pair of doubles, driving in 2 runs and scoring another. K.C. Hobson and Derrick Chung had two hits apiece. Kellen Sweeney chipped in a double, Dwight Smith drove in a pair in the 5-3 win.
Dwight Smith Jr. – 1/4, 2 RBI, CS, K
Dalton Pompey – 0/2, 2 R, 3 BB
Marcus Knecht – 4/4, R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB
K.C. Hobson – 2/4, RBI
Derrick Chung – 2/4
Kevin Patterson – 0/4, K
Emilio Guerrero – 1/4, R, 2 K
Peter Mooney – 0/4, K
Kellen Sweeney – 1/4, R, 2B, K

Kendall Graveman – 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Efrain Nieves – 1 IP, K
Justin Jackson – 0.2 IP, 2 H
Tony Davis – 0.1 IP, K
Danny Barnes – 1.0 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Lansing Lugnuts – 2  vs Great Lake Loons – 1

W: Matt Dermody (3-1, 4.31) L: Zachary Bird (3-7, 4.42) SV: Griffin Murphy (7)

Neither offense could muster much in this game, as a pitching duel ensued between Matt Dermody of the Lugnuts and Zach Bird of the Loons. However, Lansing was able to plate the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning and went to their bullpen to hold on to a 2-1 win.

The Lugs only managed 6 hits on the day, with Derrick Loveless notching 2 of them, including a double in the bottom of the sixth. He would come around to score the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. Dawel Lugo added a run scored and a single, and Mitch Nay, Jorge Saez, and Jason Leblebijian all had singles on the day.

Matt Dermody held the Loons in check all afternoon, throwing 6.1 innings of 3-hit ball, walking 3 and striking out a trifecta. He was helped out by Santiago Nessy, who picked off Josmar Cordero on a pretty snap throw to first. Yeyfry Del Rosario, Scott Silverstein, and Griffin Murphy scatted two hits and three strike outs the rest of the way to close out the win.
D.J. Davis – 0/3, BB, SB, K
Dickie Thon Jr. – 0/4, 2 K
Derrick Loveless – 2/4, R, 2B, SB, K
L.B. Dantzler – 0/3, BB, K
Dawel Lugo – 1/3, R, BB
Mitch Nay – 1/3, BB
Jorge Saez – 1/3, PO, RBI, BB
Santiago Nessy – 0/3, K
Jason Leblebijian – 1/3

Matt Dermody – 6.1 IP, 3 H, R, 3 BB, 3 K
Yefry Del Rosario – 0.2 IP
Scott Silverstein – 1.0 IP, H, 2 K
Griffin Murphy – 1.0 IP, H, K