Toronto Blue Jays scores and analysis for minor league games played on Wednesday, August 24th
Buffalo Bisons (64-68) – 3
Gwinnett Braves (59-72) – 8
Darrell Ceciliani hit his 10th home run with the Bisons and Chris Colabello hit his fourth, going 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI and a walk. Both players will be candidates for a September call up. Jesus Montero moved his average to .321 with a 2-for-4 day while Dalton Pompey had a pair of singles.
Casey Lawrence got the start but allowed five runs over six and a third innings, striking out five. Ryan Tepera (0.2 IP, ER, 2 K) and Chad Girodo (1.0 IP, 2 ER) followed in relief. All three pitchers allowed a single home run.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (62-68) – 7
Portland Sea Dogs (51-76) – 10
Portland had just one more hit than New Hampshire (12-to-11) and committed three errors, but walked it off with a three-run Nate Freiman home run in the ninth. Dwight Smith Jr. continued his recent tear, doubling and tripling with two RBI while Richard Urena also went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs driven in. Rowdy Tellez singled and drove in one while Roemon Fields singled, scored, and stole his 41st base of the season.
Shane Dawson had a difficult start, allowing six runs on seven hits over six and a third innings. He struggled with his control, too, walking four batters compared to just two strikeouts. Brady Dragmire (2.0 IP, 4 ER) took the loss.
Dunedin Blue Jays (71-57) – 0
Tampa Yankees (74-54) – 3
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Justin Shafer was strong for the Jays, throwing six shutout innings with just three hits and three walks allowed. Francisco Rios (1.2 IP, 2 ER) took the loss and Jose Fernandez (0.1 IP, ER) recorded the final out.
Lansing Lugnuts (64-65) – 1
Dayton Dragons (44-85) – 2
Jordan Romano was brilliant, striking out 10 batters in six innings and allowing two hits. He walked just one batter, bringing his ERA down to 2.17 in 70.2 innings this season. Unfortunately, Romano was forced to leave the game early in the seventh – updates on that injury as they become available. Romano underwent Tommy John surgery in April of 2015. Jackson Lowery (1.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) was hit with the loss and Andrew Case (0.2 IP) closed it out.
Vancouver Canadians (26-39) – 3
Boise Hawks (28-37) – 6
The Canadians out-hit Boise 10-to-6 but still got doubled up due to a four-run third inning. Catcher Josh Reavis hit his first home run of the season and doubled to drive in two. Bryan Lizardo and Rodrigo Orozco both collected two hits.
On the mound it was a group effort begun by Denis Diaz who had a very difficult outing. The Honduran right-hander gave up five runs in his two innings, allowing just three hits but walking six batters. He was followed by Grayson Huffman (2.0 IP, ER), Gabe Noyalis (2.0 IP, 3 BB, 3 K), Evan Smith (2.0 IP, 3 K), and Nick Hartman (1.0 IP).
Bluefield Blue Jays (33-26) – 2
Pulaski Yankees (25-33) – 8
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. enjoyed another effective day at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a double, run scored, RBI, and two walks. Nick Sinay went 2-for-5 with his first triple of the season, surprising given his speed as he’s already stolen 28 bases. Kalik May walked twice (Bluefield had 7 BB), but otherwise the offence was thin.
Dominican righty Joel Espinal allowed four runs over five innings on six hits in his start. Kelyn Jose followed with two scoreless innings despite walking three, and Andrew Deramo handled the final two frames (4 H, 3 ER, 3 HR).