Blue Jays Minor League Recap: Encarnacion sparks Bisons to victory


Welcome to the Blue Jays minor league recap for Tuesday August 12th. The Blue Jays farm system went 5-2 on the day with both the GCL and the DSL Blue Jays picking up victories. The Dunedin Blue Jays received the night off.

Buffalo Bisons (66-57)

The Buffalo Bisons claimed their 66th win of the season over the Norfolk Tides for the second time in as many nights.

The Bisons line-up was bolstered by rehabbing star Edwin Encarnacion who broke the game open in the second inning on a grand-slam home-run after teammate Cole Gillespie hit his first home-run of the season earlier in the inning to make it 5-0. The Bisons added two more before the end of starter Kendall Graveman‘s night, who threw seven complete shutout innings in his third start with the Bisons.

Graveman gave way to Kyle Drabek who allowed one run in his inning of work to make it 7-1. Following him was teammate Bobby Korecky who nearly allowed the Tides to win the game as he struggled collecting only one out and giving up four runs before handing the ball to Sergio Santos who finished the game with a walk and two strikeouts to win, final score 7-5.

Edwin Encarnacion- 1/4, HR (1), 4 RBI

Darin Mastroianni– 2/4

Kevin Pillar– 3/4

Brett Wallace– 1/4, K

Cole Gillespie- 2/3, HR (1), RBI, BB

Andy LaRoche– 0/4, K

George Kottaras– 0/3, BB, K

Jonathan Diaz– 0/3, BB, 2 K

Kendall Graveman- (W, 1-2), 7.0 IP, 3 H, BB, 2 K

Kyle Drabek- 1.0 IP, 4 H, ER

Bobby Korecky-0.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, BB, K

Sergio Santos- (S, 2), 0.2 IP, BB, 2 K

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (59-63)

Despite coming out to an early 1-0 deficit, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats rallied back and defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels handedly 8-2.

The Cats were led by starting pitcher Austin Bibens-Dirkx who was dominate in his fifth win of the season, throwing seven complete innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out six.

New Hampshire rallied back in the third inning for four runs to make it 4-1 and continued to pummel Richmond pitchers throughout the game, outhitting them 10-5. Jorge Flores led the way for the Cats, collecting three hits in his four at-bats and drove in two of the game’s eight runs.

Jon Berti– 2/4, BB, K

Kevin Nolan-1/3, RBI, 2 BB

Melky Mesa-1/3, HR (4), 2 RBI, 2 BB

Andy Burns-0/3, RBI, K

Mike McDade-0/1

-K.C Hobson-1/3

Derrick Chung– 0/4

Yusuf Cater- 0/3, BB, K

Michael Crouse-/3, BB

Jorge Flores-3/4, 2 RBI

Austin Bibens- Dirkx-(W, 5-2), 7.0 IP, 3 H, ER, 6 K

Dustin Antolin– 1.0 IP, H, BB, 2 K

Richard  Bleier- 1.0 IP, H

Lansing Lugnuts (53-66)

The Lugnuts fell to the Fort Wayne TinCaps 4-2 in the series opener Tuesday night.

The Lugnuts were unable to take advantage of their 10 hits in the game as they were 3 for 11 with runners in scoring position, preventing them from keeping up with the TinCaps long-ball game who hit two solo home-runs.

Offensively, the Lugnuts were led by Ian Parmley who was 3/4 on the night with Mitch Nay being the only other Lugnut to collect multiple hits in the contest.

Ian Parmley- 3/4

Davis Harris- 1/4, K

Mitch Nay- 2/4, RBI

Matt Dean- 1/4

Dawel Lugo– 1/4, 2 K

D. J Davis- 1/4, RBI, 2 K

Justin Atkinson– 1/4, K

Jason Leblebijuan- 0/3, BB

Daniel Klein– 0/3, 2 K

Starlyn Suriel– (L, 1-2), 5.0 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 4 K

Alonzo Gonzalez– 3.0 IP, 2 H , ER, 3 K, BB

Francisco Gracesqui– 1.0 IP, H, BB, K

Vancouver Canadians (33-24)

The Vancouver Canadian’s lost a close game Tuesday evening to the Tri-City Dust Devils 4-3.

A disappointing start by Zak Wasilewski was all the Dust Devils needed to defeat the Canadians with Wasilewski unable to pitch past the second inning. He was charged with four earned runs in that time frame which was more than the Canadians offence could muster up throughout the game.

Offensively, outside of Chris Carlson and Gunnar Heidt, who both had multi-hit games, the Canadians were quiet and were held to just seven hits.

Roemon Fields-0/4, K

Tim Locastro-0/2

Franklin Barreto-1/4, RBI, 2 K

Ryan McBroom-1/4

Chris Carlson-2/4, RBI

Boomer Collins-0/4

Mike Reeves-1/4

Gunnar Heidt- 2/3, RBI

Christian Vazquez– 0/3, K

Zak Wisilewski- (L, 3-5), 1.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, K

Alberto Tirado– 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, K

Mark Biggs– 3.0 IP, K

Andrew Case– 2.0 IP, BB

Bluefield Blue Jays (24-28)

The Bluefield Blue Jays won Tuesday night’s affair 3-1, lead by a stellar performance from starting pitcher Conner Greene.

The 2013 7th round draft pick demonstrated why he should be given the prospect title Tuesday night throwing five innings, surrendering one run on one hit with a walk and impressively striking out eight.

He would not record the win however as he left in a scoreless game until the Jays put up three runs in the 7th inning to defeat the Dunville Braves for their 24th win of the season.

Richard Urena– 0/4, 2 K

Rolando Segorvia- 0/4

Rawdy Tellez- 2/3, RBI

Gabreil Cenas- 1/2, BB, K

Jesus Gonzalez– 2/3, RBI, K

Lydell Moseby– 0/3

James Lynch– 1/3

Kevin Garcia– 0/3

Conner Greene- 5.0 IP, H, ER, BB, 8 K

Conor Fisk-(W, 2-1), 3.0 IP, 2 H, 3 K

Chase Wellbrock– (S, 1) 1.0 IP