Toronto Blue Jays scores and analysis for minor league games played on Tuesday, August 23rd
Buffalo Bisons (64-67) – 4
Gwinnett Braves (58-72) – 8
The Bisons got hit hard out of the gate Tuesday as Mike Bolsinger could not get settled. Bolsinger threw 75 pitches in just 2.2 innings of work. He allowed six earned runs on five hits and three walks during that time. Bolsinger just came off a decent start against the Rochester Red Wings prior to this but has yet to get comfortable in the Bisons rotation. Jason Berken picked up most of the work and allowed just one run over 3.1 innings of work. Berken and the bullpen held the Braves to that one run over the remainder of the game.
The offence tried to get the Herd back into this game after the rough start. Casey Kotchman cracked a solo home run in the 4th to open up the Bisons scoring. Jesus Montero continued his hitting streak with a two-hit night. He also had a double and drove in a pair of runs. His hitting streak now stands at 14. Darrell Ceciliani got in on the fun as he collected two hits and scored a pair of runs. The offence managed to score four runs but could not capitalize on the 14 runners in scoring position. They went 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position and came up short of a big comeback.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (62-67) – 2
Portland Sea Dogs (50-76) – 8
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A quick two-run lead turned into a tough loss for the Fisher Cats. After scoring two runs in the first inning the Cats bats were silenced by the Sea Dogs pitchers. Rowdy Tellez drove in the first run on double to right. Ryan Lavarnway followed with another double to drive in the second run of the game. Things looked to be heading in the right direction for the Cats after the innings but Jalen Beeks and the rest of the pitching staff for the Sea Dogs had other plans. They shut out the Cats hitters for the remaining eight innings.
While the Sea Dogs pitchers found their footing to shut down the Cats, the Sea Dogs hitters attacked Jeremy Gabryszwski. Gabryszwski allowed six earned runs in 3.1 innings. Yoan Moncada tagged Gabryszwski with a three-run homer in the 2nd inning to really get the Sea Dogs offence going. Alonzo Gonzalez was the first out of the pen and he threw 1.2 innings, allowing one run. Wil Browning and Colton Turner shut out the Sea Dogs over the last three innings but the offence was down and out by that point in the game.
Dunedin Blue Jays (71-56) – 8
Tampa Yankees (73-54) – 3
Good pitching and some power hitting led to the D-Jays’ 3rd straight victory. Dickie Joe Thon hit his 10th home run of the season in the 9th inning. That was the first of a pair of late home runs in the game as Ryan McBroom hit a two-run homer a few batters later. McBroom now has an even 20 home runs for the season and leads the team in the category. David Harris had a pair of hits with two RBI and a run scored in the game. Max Pentecost continued his early assault on the Florida State Leagues pitchers with a pair of hits and which included a double. He also scored a run and drove in a pair as the team’s DH. Pentecost has a hit in all four of his games as a D-Jay thus far.
On the mound Luis Santos was marvellous. He pitched 8.0 innings and allowed just one hit. He did allow three walks but struck out three. Adonys Cardona came on in the 9th to seal the lopsided victory for the D-Jays. Santos has been solid in his last three starts and appears to have things clicking. He has pitched at least 5.0 innings and allowed no more than three runs in those three starts.
Lansing Lugnuts (64-64) – 3
Dayton Dragons (43-85) – 5
A late rally was cut short as the Lugnuts fell due to a big 6th inning by the Dragons. The Lugnuts were able to string together some hits in the 8th and 9th inning but were not able to complete the comeback. Juan Tejada and Connor Panas each drove in a run in the late innings. Andrew Guillotte had a sac fly to add a run in the 9th also.
Justin Maese had a good start and pitched 5.0 innings allowing just 1 run. He allowed more walks than usual with three in the start. He was able to strand most runners and struck out four. Kirby Snead gave up four runs during his innings of work to allow the Dragons to get a good lead. Daniel Young pitched no hit ball for the remaining two innings to keep the game close.
Vancouver Canadians (26-38) – 2
Boise Hawks (27-37) – 3
A game with solid pitching led to a 10th-inning loss for the C’s Tuesday. T.J. Zeuch got the start and was solid for 5.0 innings. He allowed a pair of earned runs but gave up just four hits while striking out five. Geno Encina pitched 4.0 innings, struck out six batters and did not allow a run. Jackson McClelland was saddled with the loss after allowing the eventual game-winning run to score in the 10th. Nash Knight drove in a run on one of his two hits during the game. Yeltsin Gudino had three singles. The offence was quiet for both teams during this one.
Bluefield Blue Jays (33-25) – 5
Danville Braves (28-29) – 6
The Blue Jays were able to tie the game in the 9th by scoring three runs, but came up short in the 11th. Bradley Jones had a three-run home run in the 9th inning to force extra innings. His 12th home run of the season currently leads the team in that category. Juliandry Higuera got the start and allowed three runs over 5.0 innings. The Braves hitters capitalized on just six hits and three walks to score all their runs.