Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Recap: Daniel Norris dominates in debute


The Bison split their double dip, Daniel Norris’ performance will make Blue Jays-land giddy with anticipation, the D-Jays get rained out, and Miguel Castro shows improve in his second start for the Lugnuts.

Buffalo Bisons (63-56)

Game 1

The Bisons won the first game 3-0 as Daniel Norris pitched 6 perfect innings of two hit ball while striking out 10. Sergio Santos come on to pitch a 1-2-3 7th inning for the save. Kevin Pillar hit his 8th home run in the 8th, a solo shot, and Jared Goedert and Jonathan Diaz added the other RBI’s.

Darin Mastroianni– 1/4, K, CS

Ryan Schimpf– 0/3, 3K

Kevin Pillar- 1/3, R, HR, RBI, K

Brett Wallace– 0/2, BB, 2K

Cole Gillespie– 0/3, 2K

Brad Glenn– 1/2, R, BB

Jared Goedert- 2/3, R, 2B, RBI

Mike Nickeas– 0/3

Jonathan Diaz- 2/3, 2B, RBI

Daniel Norris (W)- 6.0IP, 2H, BB, 10K

Sergio Santos (SV)- 1.0IP, 2K


The Bisons come out on the wrong side of a pitchers dual, 1-0. Minor league vet Raul Valdes (4-4, 3.36) took the loss, but pitched well enough to win. Kevin Pillar continued his good day by going 2 for 4 and accounted for half the Bisons hits.

Kevin Pillar- 2/4, 2B

Ryan Schimpf-0/2, 2BB, K

Brad Glenn- 0/3, 2K

Brett Wallace- 1/2, BB, K

Cole Gillespie- 0/3

George Kottaras-0/3, 2K

Andy LaRoche– 12/3, 2B, K

Sean Ochinko– 0/3

Kevin Nolan– 0/2, K

Raul Valdes (L)- 5.2IP, 3H, R, BB, 7K

Ryan Tepera– 0.1IP

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (58-63)

NH get smoked by Akron, 9-3. Akron jumped on Fisher Cats starter Casey Lawrence (9-6, 3.23ERA) for 4 in the 1st and never looked back. Jack Murphy and Andy Fermin both had 2 hits and they both collected doubles and home runs with those hits. For Murphy it was his 6th and for Fermin it was 5th.

Jon Berti– 0/4

Andy Burns– 0/4

Melky Mesa-1/3, 2B

*K.C. Hobson– 0/1, K

Cory Aldridge– 0/4

Mike McDade– 0/2, R, BB

Jack Murphy- 2/4, R, 2B, HR, RBI, K

Matt Newman– 0/3, RBI

Michael Crouse- 0/3, K

Andy Fermin- 2/3, R, 2B, HR, RBI

Casey Lawrence (L)- 5.0IP, 9H, 7R, BB, 3K

Scott Gracey– 1.0IP, 4H, 2R, K

Mickey Stroey- 1.0IP, H, 2K

Randy Boone)- 1.0IP

Dunedin Blue Jays (69-49)

postponed due to rain.

Lansing Lugnuts (53-65)

The Lugnuts went to extra innings and lost 3-2. The Lugnuts D.J. Davis, Derrick Loveless and Roberto Espinosa each committed an error. Loveless and Ian Parmley had stolen base and D.J. Davis was caught stealing for the 17th time this year.

Miguel Castro made his second Lugnuts start and faired much better than his first one, although he still didn’t get the double-u.

Ian Parmley- 0/3, SB

Derrick Loveless- 0/3, RBI, BB, 2K, SB, E

Mitch Nay– 0/4, BB, K

Matt Dean- 0/5, 2K

David Harris– 1/5, R, 3K

D.J. Davis- 2/5, 2K, CS, E

Justin Atkinson– 2/4, RBI, K

Jason Leblebijian– 0/4, K

Mike Reeves– 3/4, R, 2B

*Daniel Klein– 0/2

Miguel Castro- 4.2IP, 2H, R, BB, 4K

Roberto Espinosa- 2.0IP, 3H, R, 2K

Brady Dragmire– 2.1IP, 2H, K

Phil Kish (L)- 2.0IP, H, R, 2BB, 2K

Vancouver Canadians (32-23)

The C’s loss a back and forth game 11-7. Matthew Smoral lit up for 3 runs on 2 hits over o.2IP in his first appearance since being promoted. Tri-City was up 6-2 after six and half innings, but the C’s scored 3 in the bottom of the 7th and 2 in the bottom of the 8th to storm back 7-6. With Brett Barber on the mound to close the game out the Dust Devils wasted little time scoring 4 off  a single, 2 consecutive walks, followed by a three run single….that spelled the end for Barber and the C’s.

p.s. No word on why Max Pentecost has been MIA the past couple games or why he has only been DHing for what seems like forever. Maybe just a breather, seeing he has only been hitting singles for the past couple weeks.

Roemon Fields– 1/5, RBI, K

Tim Locastro- 2/4, 2R, SB

Franklin Barreto– 2/4, 2R, 2B, 2-RBI, SB

Ryan McBroom– 1/5, R, 2B, RBI, K

Chris Carlson– 1/4, E

Gunnar Heidt– 1/4, RBI, BB, 2K

Boomer Collins-2/4, RBI, BB, K

Michael De La Cruz– 1/5, R

Alexis Maldonado– 2/4, R, K, E

Ryan Borucki– 5.0IP, 4H, 2R, 2BB, 6K, HR

Matthew Smoral-0.2IP, 2H, 3R, 2BB, K

Andrew Case– 2.1IP, H, R, BB

Brett Barber (L)- 0.0IP, 2H, 4R, 2BB

Joe Lovecchio- 1.0IP, H, R, BB, K

DSL Jays (27-33)

Day off

GCL Jays (13-30)

Day off

Bluefield (23-27)

Bluefield wins 5-4.

Aaron Attaway– 1/3, R, BB, E

Lane Thomas– 1/4, R, HR, 2-RBI, E

Josh Almonte– 0/4

Rowdy Tellez– 0/3, BB

*Rolando Segovia– 0/0, R

Gabriel Cenas– 0/3, R, BB, 2K

Sean Hurley– 2/4, R, HR, RBI

Angel Rojas– 2/3, 2B, 2-RBI, BB, K, E

Kevin Garcia– 0/2, K

*Richard Urena– 0/1, K

*Andres Sotillo– 0/0

Joey Aquino– 4.0IP, 4H, 2R, 2K

Oscar Cabrera– 2.2IP, 3H, 2R, 5BB, 3K

Chase Wellbrock (W)- 2.2IP, 4K