Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Recap: C’s Opener


Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bisons (32-32) The Bisons are back at .500…again, with an impressive 11-3 over Toledo. The Bisons have managed to stay around .500 all season long despite running Ricky Romero out every fifth day. On this day the Bisons got a quality start from Kyle Drabek (the forgotten one). Drabek’s 6.0IP, 3R, 6K performance was good enough for a ND which is a huge accomplishment considering he’s taken the loss in his previous 3 starts. Esmil Rogers pitched 2.1 innings of one hit ball for his first AAA win.

Kevin Pillar showed a rehabbing  Colby Rasmus how it’s done in triple-A with a 3/5 game and 2 doubles. Colby went 0/3. The Bisons got home runs from Brad Glenn and Jared Goedert, and 2-hit games from Andy LaRoche, Munenori Kawasaki, and Dan Johnson. A.J. Jimenez extended his hit streak to 9 games with a single and drove in 2 runs.

Kevin Pillar- 3/5, 2R, 2B(14,15), 2RBI(21)

A.J. Jimenez- 1/5, 2RBI(7), K

Colby Rasmus- 0/3, K

*Adron Chambers– 1/1, R, 2RBI(2), BB

Dan Johnson- 2/5, R, 2B(14,15), RBI(46)

Brad Glenn- 1/4, R, HR(2), 2RBI( 13), BB, K

Jared Goedert- 1/5, R, HR(8), RBI(30), 2K

Ryan Goins– 1/3, R, BB, K

Andy LaRoche- 2/4, 2R, 2B(5), RBI(4)

Munenori Kawasaki- 2/4, 2R

Kyle Drabek- 6.0IP, 7H, 3R, BB, 6K, HR

Rob Rasmussen– 0.2IP, H

Esmil Rogers (W, 1-1)- 2.1IP, H, 3K

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (28-38)

The Fisher Cats beat Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-3. Austin Bibens-Dirkx picked up his second win in a row and of the season. Austin has pitched well in June with a 2-0 record, 1.20 ERA, 15IP, 14H, and 3R. The bullpen picked up Austin, who went 5IP, with 4IP of 3 hit one run relief.

Jon Berti had a big day with a 4/5 game. Berti also collected his 20th steal, which was his first in over a week. Mike McDade was the Fisher Cats big contributor with a 3 RBI, 3/5 game. McDade has 3 multi-hit games in his last 4 and is riding a 4-game hit streak. Ryan Schimpf and Kenny Wilson went deep for the Fisher Cats.

Kenny Wilson- 2/5, 2R, HR(2), RBI(16), 2K

Jon Berti- 4/5, 3R, 2B(8), SB(20)

Ryan Schimpf- 1/3, R, HR(15), 2RBI(37), BB, K

Mike McDade- 3/5, 3RBI(11), K

Andy Burns– 1/4, 2K

Matt Newman– 0/4, K

Jonathan Jones– 2/4, SB(7)

Jack Murphy– 0/2, 2BB, E(1)

Jorge Flores– 0/4, K

Austin Bibens-Dirkx (W,2-1)- 5.0IP, 5H, 2R, 4K

John Anderson– 2.0IP, 2H, R, BB, 3K

Arik Sikula– 1.0IP, H, K

Randy Boone (S, 8)- 1.0IP

Dunedin Blue Jays

Scheduled off day

Lansing Lugnuts (31-36)

The Lugnuts lost 2-1 to the Great Lakes Loons. Shane Dawson was charged with both runs and took the loss. Yeyfry Del Rosario followed Dawson with 3IP, 2H, and 5K performance. Yeyfry now has 5BB, and 20K in 18.2IP.

Matt Dean drove in the Lugnuts only run with the Lugnuts only hit. The Lugnuts were able to work 5 walks and 2 SB but just could put the bat on the ball.

Chaz Frank– 0/3, BB, K, SB(4)

Derrick Loveless– 0/3, BB, K

Matt Dean- 1/4, RBI(23), K

L.B. Dantzler– 0/3, BB

Dawel Lugo– 0/4

Jorge Saez– 0/3, 2E(1,2)

Dickie Joe Thon– 0/3

Ian Parmley– 0/2, R, BB, SB(7)

Jason Leblebijian– 0/3, K

Shane Dawson (L, 2-3)- 3.0IP, 3H, 2R, 2BB, 5K

Yeyfry Del Rosario- 3.0IP, 2H, 5K

Brady Dragmire– 2.0IP

Vancouver C’s (1-0)

The C’s begin their quest for yet another title with an impressive 11-2 victory over Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. Alberto Tirado started the season opener and went 4.0IP allowing 2 hits and 2 run, while striking out 3. Tirado was over matched in Lansing so it is good to see him pitch well at this level, even if it is just for one game. The C’s bullpen pitched 5IP of 2-hit scoreless relief , but they did walk 4 batters.

The C’s got big games from Franklin Barreto (4/4), Jonathan Davis (3/4), and Seth Conner (2/4). Barreto is expected to have a good year and he sure started the year over well.  Jonathan Davis showed his extra base power with a double and two triples. The C’s did commit 3 errors on the day…let’s hope that was opening day gitters and not a trend we will see all summer.

Roemon Fields– 1/6, R, K, SB

Franklin Barreto- 4/4, R, RBI, BB

David Harris– 1/5, R, 3B, RBI, K

Boomer Collins– 1/5, R, 2B, RBI, 3K

Seth Conner- 2/4, 2R, BB, K

Jonathan Davis- 3/4, 3R, 2B, 3B(1,2)

Sean Hurley– 0/1, R, 4BB

Christian Vazquez– 0/4, R, BB, K

Daniel Klein– 0/5, 2K

Alberto Tirado- 4.0IP, 2H, 2R, BB, 3K

Starlyn Suriel (W)- 1.0IP, H

Andrew Case– 2.0IP, 2BB, K

Mark Biggs– 1.0IP, 2BB

Brett Barber– 1.0IP, H, K

Tomorrow’s Starts

Buffalo Bisons- Aaron Sanchez makes his Triple-A début

Fisher Cats- Radhames Liz (0-0, 0.00ERA; last start- ND, 5.2IP, 5H, 3R, 3BB, K, 2HR with the Bisons)

D-Jays- TBA Lugnuts-Frank Viola (0-0, 0.00ERA; last start- ND, 4.0IP, 3H, 4BB, 4K)

C’s- Jairo Labourt (0-0, 6.43ERA with Lansing; last start Apr 26th- 4.0IP, 4H, 5BB, 2K)