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Blue Jays MiLB Report: Lugnuts put up a dozen

Jul 12, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays hat and glove lay in the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 12, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays hat and glove lay in the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Toronto Blue Jays minor league scores and analysis for games played on Monday, July 4th

Buffalo Bisons (47-38)   –   5
Rochester Red Wings (50-36)   –   2

Scott Diamond gave the Bisons another very strong start, pitching seven innings of one-run ball and allowing just four hits to bring his ERA to 3.33. Franklin Morales followed with an inning of rehab work (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K) and Ryan Tepera handled the final frame (1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER).

Darrell Ceciliani led the offence going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Jesus Montero added an RBI of his own, going 2-for-5 with a pair of singles. Andy Burns and David Adams collected a stolen base each.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (37-47)   –   4
Portland Sea Dogs (30-53)   –   3

Shane Opitz’s first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fourth, was the difference. New Hampshire spread eight hits through the order without a multi-hit game. Jason Leblebijian drove in two, going 1-for-3, while Emilio Guerrero and Dwight Smith Jr. doubled.

Luis Santos pitched six and a third innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits while striking out five. Matt Dermody continued to roll out of the bullpen, striking out two in a clean one and two-thirds. Chris Smith picked up his third save of the season with a perfect ninth.

Dunedin Blue Jays (41-40)   –   0

Brevard County Manatees (26-53)   –   3

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Cody Ponce and Angel Ventura of the Manatees held Dunedin to just three hits. Richard Urena, Mike Reeves, and Dickie Joe Thon singled. Anthony Alford went 0-for-3 with a walk.

Francisco Rios got the no-decision by pitching five innings of shutout ball, allowing five innings and striking out five with zero walks.  All of the damage came against Brad Allen, allowing three runs on two hits and two walks in his pair of relief innings. Dusty Isaacs cleaned up the back end with a clean inning.

Lansing Lugnuts (44-38)   –   12
Dayton Dragons (24-57)   –   5

There were 11 hits per team, but Lansing made them count. JC Cardenas launched a three-run home run in the sixth while Max Pentecost went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, and two RBIs. Juan Kelly had a strong day of his own, going 2-for-3 with two walks and two RBIs. Carl Wise and Connor Panas collected two hits apiece.

Jordan Romano got Lansing started with four shutout innings (1.17 ERA). Nate Abel found some trouble (2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) and was followed by Ryan Cook (2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER). Dan Lietz closed things out with one scoreless (2 K).

Vancouver Canadians (10-8)   –   4
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (7-11)   –   2

First-baseman Christian Williams hit his first home run of the season, going 2-for-3 with a walk. J.B Woodman was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a walk while DJ McKnight picked up a pair of singles and scored twice.

Dalton Rodriguez allowed eight hits and five walks over five innings, but did manage to limit the damage to two runs. After two scoreless innings from Grayson Huffman and a setup hold from Jackson McClelland, Jackson Lowery struck out the side to pick up his fifth save.

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Dunedin Blue Jays (7-5)   –   10
Elizabethton Twins (5-7)   –   5

Bradley Jones and Matt Morgan both homered in the big D-Jays win. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. tripled, going 2-for-5, while Nick Sinay collected three hits out of the leadoff spot.

Osman Gutierrez allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks over five innings in the start. Luke Gillingham picked up the win, allowing one run over three innings while striking out four.