Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Recap: August 21, 2015

By Ryan Mueller
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The Toronto Blue Jays minor league system was 3 and 4 in games played on August 21st, 2015. The system received strong pitching from Scott Copeland, Miguel Burgos, and Colton Turner.   Lansing Lugnuts Chris Carlson remains hot and DSL Blue Jays Sterling Guzman continues to impress.

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Buffalo 9

Syracuse 0

The Herd scored early with 3 in the first and added another 2 in both the 5th and 6th innings. Scott Copeland improved to 10-4 with a 2.43ERA with 7 innings, 4-hitting the Chiefs. Chad Jenkins closed things out with 2 innings of no-hit relief, walking one and striking out 2.

The offense came from all over the line-up. Dalton Pompey (3/5, 2R, RBI), Andy Burns (3/2, 2R, 2RBI, BB), Alex Hassan (3/5, R, 2B, RBI), and Josh Thole (3/5, 2R, 2-2B, RBI) each had three hits. Ty Kelly (2/4, R) drove in a pair, as the Herd was 7-for-16.

Next: Todd Redmond 2-4, 4.47 ERA

New Hampshire 5

Binghamton 9

Seemingly short on starting pitching the system has turned to some relievers for help,  Scott Barnes is one of those RP getting a chance to start. Barnes allowed 6 runs on 12 hits over 4.2 IP. Scott didn’t walk a batter and struck out 5 but allowed a home run. Cory Burns allowed 3 runs in 2.1 IP of relief. Gregory Infante was perfect in his two innings of work.

Melky Mesa was the top performer for the 59-62 Fisher Cats. Mesa finished with 3 hits, a run, his 7th double, and a walk. The Fisher Cats runs came off the bat of Derrick Chung,who drove in 3 with his 4th double. K.C. Hobson and Matt Newman also collected extra base hits . Roemon Fields (1/5, RBI, 2K) had 2 outfield assists. Dwight Smith Jr was 1-for-5.

Next: Austin Bibens-Dirkx 5-6, 4.48 ERA

Dunedin 0

Lakeland 4

The D-Jays fell to 53-70 as they were held to 3 hits and zero runs. Brad Allen coming out of the bullpen for the 6th time this season pitched 4 innings, allowing 1 run, 1 walk and striking out 3. Lendy Castillo allowed 2 runs, and Matt Dermody allowed one before handing the ball off to Wil Browning who was his dominate self. The side armer didn’t allow a hit, a walk or strikeout a batter.

Christian Lopes (2/3, BB) and Canadian Chris Reeves (1/3, K) were the only D-Jays to collect hits.

Next: Conor Fisk 3-5, 4.68 ERA against Jairo Labourt 2-10, 5.22 ERA

Lansing 4

Bowling Green 3

The Lugnuts got RBI’s from Richard Urena (1/4), D.J. Davis (2/3, 2B), Ryan McBroom (2/4, R), and David Harris (1/4, K). Josh Almonte (2/4, 2B), and Chris Carlson (3/4, 2R, 2B) continue to swing hot bats, as both players are hitting over .300 in their past 10 games. Almonte has hits in 8 of his last 10 games.

Chase Millard (W 6-5, 5.07 ERA) allowed 3 runs on 8 hits over 6.2 innings. Colton Turner got the nailed down his first save and the Lunguts 67th win. Tuner pitched a 2.1 innings save with two strike outs and a hit.

Next: Tim Mayza 1-1 2.93 ERA making his first start of 2015.

C’s

Postponed

Bluefield 2

Kingsport 3

Bluefield allowed 2 runs in the top of the 9th to fall to 20-36. Miguel Burgos making his 3rd start pitched 4 innings, allowed one run on 4 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 5. Dan Lietz chucked 3 scoreless innings, while striking out 2 and walking none. Alberto Guzman blow the save and took the loss, as Aaron Attaway‘s fielding error cost the Jays the game. Guzman allowed 2 hits in 2 inning while striking out 2.

Christian Williams was the only Jays to collect more than one hit. Rodrigo Orozco Deiferson Barreto and Freddy Rodriguez each had hits.

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GCL

Blue Jays 4

Phillies 8

Denis Diaz (5 runs) and Kelyn Jose (3 runs ) had rough outings for the Jays. Gunner Eastman, Nate Abel, and Juan Nunez combined to no-hit the Phillies over the final 3 innings.

Cliff Brantley (2/4), Levi Scott (2/2, RBI), Nash Knight (1/2, BB), and Owen Spiwak (1/2, R, RBI) collected the hits for the GCL Jays.

DSL

Blue Jays 14

Reds 5

The DSL Jays continue to mash with another double-digit showing and exploding for 8 runs in the 9th inning. Despite on getting 9 hits the Jays scored 14 runs…..doesn’t hurt when your team walks 12 times and went 6-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Kevin Vicuna (1/4, 3R, 2-RBI, BB), Sterling Guzman (2/5, 2R, 2B, 4-RBI, BB), and Norberto Obeso (3/6, 2B, 3RBI) continue to be the stars for the DSL Blue Jays. Francisco Rodriguez was o-for-3 but walked 3 times, scored a run, and came around to score once. Jesus Navarro (2 SB), Vicuna (SB), Guzman (SB), Obeso (SB), Antony Fuentes (2SB), Manuel Herazo (SB), Yorman Rodriguez (SB), and Francisco Rodriguez (SB) each stole at least one bag.

Orlando Pascual (2IP, 4H, 2K) and Dany Jimenez (4.0IP, 2H, 2BB, 4K) allowed one run each, while Jose Acosta struggled, allowing 3 runs over 1.2IP. Ruben Ventura picked up the save with 1.1IP of perfect relief.

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