Blue Jays MiLB Recap: Bluefield drops a 20-inning marathon

Mar 3, 2016; Bradenton, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Dalton Pompey (23) at bat against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 3, 2016; Bradenton, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Dalton Pompey (23) at bat against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Toronto Blue Jays minor league scores and analysis for games played on Sunday, July 17th

Buffalo Bisons (51-44)   –   10
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (55-40)   –   1

Buffalo put together 20 hits and complimented it with a great pitching performance. Dalton Pompey had a big day from the top of the lineup, going 4-for-5 with two runs and three RBI. Jesus Montero bumped his average up to .315 going 3-for-5 with a run scored while Darrell Ceciliani (2–for-5) drove in two. Catcher Wilkin Castillo was 4-for-5 with an RBI. Despite the high hit total, the Bisons did not hit a home run and had 18 singles.

Casey Lawrence pitched six and two-thirds innings of one-run ball, striking out four. After Matt Dermody struck out his only batter, Franklin Morales (1.0 IP) and Dustin Antolin (1.0 IP) finished the back end.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (42-51)   –   5
Portland Sea Dogs (34-59)   –   4

Eight of the nine Sea Dogs starters contributed one hit in an even offensive effort. Jason Leblebijian and Jorge Flores both drove in a pair. Roemon Fields tripled while Flores’ hit was a double. Rowdy Tellez was 1-for-4 with an RBI and stolen base.

Shane Dawson allowed four runs in his six innings, striking out four and walking three. John Stilson struck out the side in the seventh and Chris Smith closed it out with two perfect frames, striking out three, for his fourth save.

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Dunedin Blue Jays (48-44)   –   3
Charlotte Stone Crabs (45-45)   –   3

This game was called in the ninth and will pick back up at 5:00 today. Jonathan Davis drove in two runs, going 2-for-3 with two RBI. Davis also stole his 24th bag of the season while Anthony Alford stole his ninth. Catcher Danny Jansen was also 2-for-4 when play was called.

Francisco Rios allowed just one run over five innings on four hits. Starlyn Suriel put up three relief innings, allowing two runs (one earned) before Alonzo Gonzalez handled the final frame.

Lansing Lugnuts (51-43)   –   5
Burlington Bees (44-50)   –   7

Juan Kelly led the way for the Lugnuts, hitting his 10th home run and driving in two. Connor Panas was 2-for-4 and Ryan Metzler drove in one.

Justin Maese made his first start for the Canadians, allowing four earned runs on eight hits over six innings. He could not find a strikeout, but did force 10 ground balls. Josh DeGraaf allowed three earned runs on four hits over two relief inning.

Vancouver Canadians (15-15)   –   3
Boise Hawks (12-18)   –   4

Javier Hernandez‘s double in a 2-for-4 day represented the only multi-hit day. His double was also the Canadians’ only extra-base hit. Yeltsin Gudino went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Cavan Biggio was 1-for-5 with an RBI.

Dalton Rodriguez allowed three earned runs on seven hits and four walks over four innings of work. Geno Encina had a stronger half, turning in four scoreless innings with just two hits while striking out five.

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Bluefield Blue Jays (10-12)   –   4
Greeneville Astros (13-11)   –   5

The Blue Jays only managed to squeeze four runs out of 16 hits… over 20 innings. Levi Scott and Nash Knight both hit solo home runs. Vlad Guerrero Jr. went 3-for-8 with a double and his fifth stolen base. The Astros walked it off with a single in the bottom of the 20th from Abraham Toro-Hernandez.

The pitchers were as follows:  Osman Gutierrez (5.0 IP, 3 ER), Angel Alicea (3.0 IP, 3 K), Chris Hall (3.0 IP, 5 K), Christian Cox (4.0 IP, 3 K), Andrew Deramo (3.0 IP, 2 K), Juandy Mendoza (1.1 IP, ER).