Blue Jays MiLB Report: Anthony Alford breaking out

Feb 27, 2016; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Anthony Alford (75) poses for a photo during photo day at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 27, 2016; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Anthony Alford (75) poses for a photo during photo day at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports /

Toronto Blue Jays scores and analysis for minor league games played on Saturday, July 30th

Buffalo Bisons (54-54)   –   8
Syracuse Chiefs (48-59)   –   2

The Bisons had as well-balanced an offensive effort as you’ll see, with all of their top seven hitters contributing two base hits. Domonic Brown was the big run producer, driving in four. Both Dalton Pompey and Ryan Goins went 2-for-4 with two runs scored at the top of the lineup. Chris Colabello and Jesus Montero both singled twice and drove in one.

Scott Diamond tossed five shutout innings, striking out five to earn his seventh win. Matt Dermody (1.0 IP, 2 unearned runs), Ben Rowen (0.2 IP), Aaron Loup (1.1 IP, 4 K), and Dustin Antolin (1.0 IP) handled the relief effort.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (47-59)   –   3
Richmond Flying Squirrels (44-61)   –   1

An Emilio Guerrero solo home run highlighted a two-run 10th inning that put New Hampshire over the top. Christian Lopes went 2-for-5 with a run scored atop the lineup while Rowdy Tellez singled twice to move his average to .290. Ryan Lavarnway drove in one and Jason Leblebijian was 2-for-4.

John Anderson got the Fisher Cats started with two scoreless frames, striking out four. Jason Berken followed with four innings, allowing just one run on three hits. John Stilson (2.0 IP), Murphy Smith (1.0 IP), and Chris Smith (1.0 IP, S, 2 K) closed it out.

Dunedin Blue Jays (55-50)   –   9

Jupiter Hammerheads (52-52)   –   3

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Anthony Alford is heating up in a big way. Alford hit his fifth home run of the season and finished just a triple short of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Jonathan Davis hit his 13th home run of the season, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Richard Urena was 1-for-3 with a walk, run, and RBI.

Sean Reid-Foley pitched very well, allowing just one earned run over six and two-thirds innings. The right-hander walked four, but struck out nine in 99 pitches. Brad Allen allowed a two-run home run and managed just one out before Jose Fernandez handled the eighth and ninth, striking out two and not allowing a hit.

Lansing Lugnuts (54-51)   –   3
Fort Wayne TinCaps (50-55)   –   4

A 15-inning marathon ended in a TinCaps walk-off thanks to a Carlos Belen triple. Connor Panas hit his 11th home run of the season, going 3-for-6. Andrew Guillotte doubled and tripled in six at-bats while John La Prise drove in a pair.

Angel Perdomo got the start, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits, striking out five. Dan Lietz followed with five strong innings of his own, striking out five and limiting the TinCaps to just three hits. After two scoreless frames from Andrew Case, Daniel Young was hit with the loss (2.1 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 K).

Vancouver Canadians (18-25)   –   5
Tri-City Dust Devils (20-23)   –   4

Three Dust Devils errors helped the Canadians squeeze out the walk-off win despite being out-hit 10-4. Joshua Palacios moved his average up to .313, going 2-for-4 and driving in two. Christian Williams went 0-for-2, but walked twice and scored a run. Cavan Biggio and J.B. Woodman worked a pair of walks each while Josh Reavis had three of his own. As a team, the Canadians walked 12 times.

Patrick Murphy allowed three earned runs on seven hits over his five and two-thirds innings, striking out three. Evan Smith earned the win, pitching three and a third innings with just one run allowed and three strikeouts.

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Bluefield Blue Jays (17-18)   –   5
Greenville Astros (20-17)   –   8

First-baseman Levi Scott led the way offensively, going 2-for-4 with two RBI. Catcher Ridge Smith was 1-for-4, driving in a run and scoring one, while shortstop Andrew Florides went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Jose Espada pitched five innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts. Jose Nova struggled, allowing three runs on a hit and three walks in two and two-thirds. Connor Eller was hit with the loss, allowing three runs over the final one and a third.