Scores and analysis for Toronto Blue Jays minor league games played on Thursday, June 16th
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (29-36) – 2
Altoona Curve (35-30) – 3
A stellar start from Jeremy Gabryszwski and some late-inning heroics from Matt Dean were not enough to pull out the win. Gabryszwski pitched a solid 7.0 innings and allowed only 4 hits and a walk. Gabryszwski’s only blemish on during the performance was a solo home run to Austin Meadows in the 6th. He allowed just the one run and struck out eight.
The Cats’ offence was dormant through out the entire game until the 9th where Matt Dean thrusted the game into a tie with a two-run homer. Dean picked the perfect time for his 5th homer of the season but the Cats bullpen could not hold the Curve down. A passed ball with a runner on third allowed the Curve to walk off the Cats in the bottom of the 9th.
Dunedin Blue Jays (30-36) – 4
Clearwater Threshers (37-28) – 0
What a debut for Sean Reid-Foley as he made his first start of the season for the D-Jays. The 2014 Jays second-round pick continues to impress as he shows progress toward being a potential future ace. Reid-Foley pitched 7.0 shutout innings and allowed only two hits during the outing. He did walk 3 batters but threw 65 of his 99 pitches for strikes. The most eye-popping stat for his start, however, was that he struck out 12 batters in his debut. It will be interesting to see if he can continue to dominate the Gulf Coast League as he settles in.
The offence backed up the incredible start as they were able to put up four runs on nine hits. Troy Tulowitzki started at short stop and went 1-for-4 in this one batting in the 3-spot. He continues to work his way back to the Toronto lineup after being placed on the disabled list and is looking to find his swing in Dunedin. Jonathan Davis got the offence going with a lead-off home run. He finished 2-for-3 with a solo homer and two RBIs. Gunnar Heidt also added a solo home run in the 7th as the D-Jays chipped away at the Threshers.
Lansing Lugnuts (34-33) – 2
West Michigan Whitecaps (38-26) – 9
The hit parade was on for the Whitecaps against the Lugnuts. Lansing’s pitchers were tagged for 19 hits in the loss. Tayler Saucedo was hit hard for 14 hits and eight earned runs over 5.0 inning. The ‘pen allowed the 9th run but held the Whitecaps for the most part as they scattered five hits and a walk over the final innings.
Kyle Dowdy of the Whitecaps held the Lugnuts bats near silent. The only noise generated by the Lugnuts bats were a pair of solo home runs. Justin Atkinson and Josh Almonte each hit a long ball off the All-Star starter Dowdy for the only Lugnuts runs.