Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Recap: August 17th 2015

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Vancouver 7 Tri-City 3

The C’s got another solid start from Taylor Saucedo (2-1, 1.74 ERA), who was taken in the 21st round of this year’s draft. Making his 4th start, Taylor allowed one run on 6 hits over 5IP. He struck out 6 and walked 2 while inducing 3 groundballs. Turner Lee throw 3 scoreless innings and Daniel Young allowed 2 run in his one inning.

The C’s drew 7 walks and struck out 4 times, while going 5-for-13 with RISP. Justin Atkinson (2/5 with a double) and Gunnar Heidt (2/4 with a HR) each drove in a pair in the win. Sean Hurley (2/4, 2R), and Earl Burl III (1/2, 2BB) drove in the clubs other runs.

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Bluefield 1

Bristol 2

Bluefield dropped to 20-33 but got good pitching from Geno Encina (0-2, 4.18 ERA), Dan Lietz, and Alberto Guzman. Lietz and Guzman pitched 3.1 scoreless innings in relief for Geno, who allowed runs in his 5.2 innings.

Leadoff man Freddy Rodriguez (2/4) hit his 3rd home run for the teams only run. Deiferson Barreto bumped his average up to .304 with pair of hits, while stealing 2 bags in the losing affair.

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Game 1

Blue Jays 3

Tigers 1

Both teams only managed 4 hits a piece, but the Jays capitalized with 3 runs in the first and Osman Gutierrez‘ (3-3, 5.45 ERA) strong start to their 31st win. Osman struck out 7 and walked none in 6 innings. Mike Estevez (SV 6) pitched a perfect 7th to close out the first game of the double header.

Rehabbing Danny Jansen hit his 1st GCL home run and drove in Lance Jones (2/3), and Jake Thomas (0/2, BB) to cash in all his teams runs. Jones also swiped his 5th bag and Edward Olivares (1/2) hit his 6th double.

Game 2

Blue Jays 6

Tigers 5

In a game that went 24 innings and lasted 6 hrs and 35 minutes, the Blue Jays managed to sweep the double-header. The Tigers committed 6 errors and out hit the Jays 21 to 11. The Jays drew 20 walks and whiffed 36 times with Bryan Lizardo striking 6 times. The Jays stole 6 bases and where caught twice and ended the game going 2-for-27 with RISP.

Luis Sanchez started the game going 6 innings, allowing 2 run and striking out 2 while allowing 10 hits. Griffin Glaude allowed one run over 3 innings, Mike Estevez pitched 2 scoreless, Gunner Eastman pitched 4 scoreless, Nate Abel allowed one run but only allowed one hit in 6 innings, Kelyn Jose allowed one inning on 3 hits over 2 innings, and Juan Nunez got the win with a scoreless 24th.

Lance Jones (3/9, 2R) and Javier Hernandez (2/9, R) were the only Jays to collect more than one hit. Reggie Pruitt (2BB), Jones (2BB), Jake Thomas (3BB), Levi Scott (3BB), Lizardo (2BB), Nash Knight (3BB) and Juandy Mendoza (3BB) all drew multiple walks. Thomas and Lizardo drove in the teams only earned runs, with Thomas being the Jay to collect an extra base hit.


Blue Jays 15

Padres 11

The DSL Jays drove in 15 runs on 13 hits and capitalized on the Padres sloppy play in the field (4 errors). Juan Meza continues to have growing pains in his first season, allowing 5 runs over 2 innings. He walked 3 and struck out 3. Ruben Ventura (2-0, 1.88 ERA) earned the win with 3 scoreless innings, walking one and striking 6. Dany Jimenez also struck out 6 but allowed 4 runs in his 3.2 innings. Wilton Mueses allowed 2 runs and 3 walks, but could register an out. Jose Acosta would come on and walk the only two batters he faced before Orlando Pascual saved the day by get the final out of the game for his first save.

A strong offensive showing by leadoff man Kevin Vicuna (3/6, 2R), Sterling Guzman (2/5, 3R, RBI), Norberto Obeso (2/3, 4R, 3B, 2RBI, and 3BB), Yorman Rodriguez (1/1, 2R, 2RBI, and 2BB) and Francisco Rodriguez (3/5, 2R, 2HR, 6RBI, and BB) allowed the DSL Jays to improve to 42 and 25. Obeso hit his 4th triple and F.Rodriguez now has 9 home runs and 34 RBI. With 9 long ball Francisco is now 3rd, just 2 back of the league lead. With Guzman’s 3 runs scored, he is tied for second with 59.