On a Toronto Blue Jays travel day, the farm was 4 and 4 with the GCL Blue Jays winning a 24 inning affair. The system received solid performances from Anthony Alford (3/4), Jonathan Diaz (3/3), Alex Hassan (3/4), Kevin Vicuna (3/6), but it was the DSL Blue Jays Francisco Rodriguez who was the Blue Jays Top Performer going 3/5 with a pair of homeruns while knocking in 6 runs.
The dropped their first game without their MVP Matt Hague and are now 64-60. Randy Wolf dropped to 9-2 with a 2.58 ERA, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits through 7 innings. Wolf didn’t walk a batter and struck out 7 but was victimized by the long ball as he served up 2. Recently demoted reliever Aaron Loup made his Triple-A debut, since he was promoted straight from Double-A back in 2012, pitching a scoreless 8th allowing one hit and getting 2 strike outs.
Alex Hassan had a Hague-ish game, collecting 3 hits in a losing effort. Jon Berti (1/5), Josh Thole (0/3) and Jonathan Diaz (3/3) each drove in a run for the Herd. Dalton Pompey was 0-for-4 with a strike out and Andy Burns was 1-for-4 with a run scored and 2 strike outs.
Next: Jeff Francis 5-1, 1.54 ERA
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The Fisher Cats were not good on a day that saw their roster shuffled. NH welcomed back Gregory Infante from Buffalo, placed Ian Parmley and Martin Medina on the 7-day DL, and returned Christian Lopes back to Dunedin.
Ryan Schimpf has now homered in 4th straight games, which ties him for the league lead and for a NH record. Schimpf, who just can’t make consistent contact in Triple-A, has been on fire and is setting all kinds of Fisher Cats records. He now has 17 home runs in 2015 and 63 throughout his NH career. Unfortunately, that was all the offence the Fisher Cats could generate. Kevin Nolan (1/4), Melky Mesa (1/4), Dwight Smith Jr. (1/3, 2B), and Jorge Flores (1/3) each had hits.
Taylor Cole (5-10, 4.47 ERA) took the loss. Cole allowed 5 runs on 5 hits, striking out 5 and walking 3. Cory Burns no-hit the Phils in the 6th and 7th and Infante was roughed up in the 8th for 3 runs.
Next: Conner Greene 1-0, 0.00 ERA
After allowing 3 runs to cross in the 2 inning, Conor Fisk (0-2, 7.20 ERA) would retire 11 straight batters, striking out 6 with no walks in his 5 innings of work. Brad Allen would allow 2 more runs to cross in 2.2 innings and Arik Sikula would allow one run in pitching 1.1 innings.
Super Prospect Anthony Alford continues to impress in the FSL with a 3-for-4 game, stealing his 11th base, walking once, and striking out once. Matt Dean and Andy Fermin each hit doubles and drove in the clubs only runs, with Dean driving in one and Fermin driving in a pair. Jorge Saez throw out three would-be base stealers (not a word).
Next: Sean Reid-Foley 1-5, 5.23 ERA