Blue Jays Minor League Recap: Lugnuts win!


Apr 3, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays hat and glove lay in the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Wow! It’s been a while since I brought you a Blue Jays Minor League Recap. A lot has happened since my last one. Max Pentecost has joined the organization, Dalton Pompey and Daniel Norris were stars, Aaron Sanchez made his MLB debut (and what a debut it was!). Let’s take a look at the results of last night’s happenings in the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system.

Buffalo Bisons (50-53)

The Bisons were shut out by the Syracuse Chiefs 5-0. The herd only managed 4 hits all night. In fact, they only had 6 runners in scoring position and went 0-6 in RISP. Tough to win like that. Jonathan Diaz collected half of the team’s hits including a double.

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On the other side of the ball, the hurlers gave up 10 hits with half of those coming off the starter

Austin Bibens-Dirkx

. Of note,

Kyle Drabek

chipped in 2 innings out of the bullpen giving up 2 hits and striking out 3.

Darin Mastroianni-CF 1/4, K
Kevin Pillar-LF 1/4
Ryan Schimpf-2B 0/3, K
Brad Glenn-RF 0/4, 2K
Brett Wallace-1B 0/4, K
Jared Goedert-3B 0/3, 2K
Cory Aldridge-DH 0/3, K
Mike Nikeas-C 0/2, K
Jonathan Diaz-SS 2/3, 2B

Austin Bibens-Dirkx- 4IP, 5H, 4ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
Kyle Drabek- 2IP, 5H, 3K
Mike Zagurski– 2IP, 2H, ER, 3K
Randy Boone– IP, H

New Hampshire FisherCats (48-56)

The FisherCats lost 5-2 to the Trenton Thunder. Matt Boyd took the loss. I feel bad for the guy as he looks to find some form of consistency at the AA level. right now, he’s 1-4 with a 6.96 ERA. Offensively, the FisherCats collected 8 hits from just 4 hitters including a solo jack from catcher Jack Murphy in the 7th that broke up the shut out.

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  • The other run came via the always exciting sacrifice fly from

    Andy Fermin

    in the 9th.

    Dalton Pompey-CF 2/4
    Jon Berti– 2B 0/3
    Matt Newman-RF- 0/4
    Andy Burns-DH 0/4, 2K
    Sean Ochinko-C 0/2, replaced by
    Jack Murphy-C 2/2, 2R, RBI
    K.C. Hobson– 1B 2/4
    Michael Course-LF 0/3, 2K
    Andy Fermin-3B 0/2, BB, RBI
    Jorge Flores-SS 2/4

    Matt Boyd- 4IP, 7H, 5ER, BB, 4K, HR
    Scott Gracey– 3IP, 2H, BB, 2K
    Mickey Storey– 2IP, H, 2K

    Dunedin Blue Jays (61-41)

    The Baby Jays were also shut out. They lost 4-0 to the Bradenton Marauders. The Blue Jays had 8 hits, but went 1-5 with runners in scoring position. All tolled, they left 8 runners on base. Yikes. Starter, Jesse Hernandez put forth a good effort spreading 7 hits over 6 innings. His 3 ER allowed came off of the 3 homeruns he allowed.

    Nick Baligod-LF 0/4
    Shane Opitz-SS 3/4
    Dwight Smith Jr-CF 1/4
    Marcus Knecht-RF 0/3
    Kevin Patterson-1B 0/3, BB
    Emilio Guerrero-DH 1/3, BB, K
    Gustavo Pierre-3B 3/4, K
    Christian Lopes-2B 0/4, K
    Jorge Saez-C 0/3

    Jesse Hernandez- 6IP, 7H, 3ER, 3HR
    Griffin Murphy– IP, BB
    Justin Jackson– IP, 2H, ER, BB, K

    Lansing Lugnuts (47-53)

    The Lugnuts won a wild one in the 10 inning against the Peoria Chiefs by a score of 8-7. It certainly wasn’t a defensive clinic as both teams committed 3 errors. Matt Dean connected for his 8th homerun while Derrick Loveless and Chaz Frank each chipped in with triples. Despite scoring 8 runs, the Lugnuts managed to go just 4-10 with runners in scoring position. Oh, what could have been. Phil Kish had a rough outing. In just a third of an inning, he gave up 5 earned runs including a 3-run homerun to Rowan Wick. Scott Silverstein had the opportunity to collect the save in the 9th, but blew it. It was his 6th blown save. The Chiefs scored 5 in the ninth. Silverstein ended up collecting the win instead.

    Chaz Frank-LF 2/5, 2R, 2RBI, K
    Derrick Loveless-RF 2/4, R, 2RBI, BB
    Dawel Lugo-DH 1/5, K
    Matt Dean-3B 2/5, R, 2RBI,
    D.J. Davis-CF 1/3, R, 2BB, K
    Dickie Joe Thon-2B 1/5, K
    Justin Atkinson-1B 1/5, R, RBI, 2K
    Mike Reeves-C 1/4, R
    Jason Leblebijian-SS 1/5, R, K

    Brent Powers– 3IP, H, R, 3BB, 4K
    Matt Dermody– 4IP, 2H, BB, 2K
    Starlyn Suriel– IP, H, R, 2K
    Phil Kish- 0.1IP, 4H, 5ER, BB, HR
    Scott Silverstein-1.2 IP, H, BB, 2K

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    Bluefield Blue Jays (17-16)

    The Blue Jays lost 5-2 to the Elizabethton Twins. It was a close game, with the Blue Jays winning, until the Twins scored 4 runs in the 9th inning. Offensively, the Blue Jays were led by Dan Jansen, who collected 3 of the team’s 6 hits including a solo shot in the 4th inning. Ryan Borucki contributed 5 solid innings giving up just one run while striking out 7. Dusty Isaacs was credited with his second blown save and took the loss as his defense let him down in the 9th.

    Richard Urena-SS 1/4, R, K
    Aaron Attaway-3B 1/2, RBI, BB
    Josh Almonte-CF 0/4, 3K
    Trent Miller-LF- 0/4, 3K
    Gabriel Cenas-DH 0/4, K
    Dan Jansen-C 3/4, R, RBI
    Lydell Moseby-1B 0/2, BB, K
    Angel Rojas-2B 0/3, 2K
    Jesus Gonzalez-RF 1/3, K

    Ryan Borucki- 5IP, 3H, ER, 7K
    Conor Fisk– 3IP, 2H, 5K
    Dusty Isaacs- IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, 3K