Three wins out of four games isn’t bad as the Baby Jays had a pretty good night overall.
Buffalo Bisons 11, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 1
The Buffalo Bisons ran their record to 10-4 with a convincing win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 11-1 on Thursday night. Chris Colabello hit another home run (his fourth of the year) as part of a 2/5 game but Matt Hague was on base six times with a 3/3 game that included three walks, three RBI and two runs. Ezequiel Carrera had four hits, pushing his batting average to .298 after a cool start and Munenori Kawasaki is now hitting .333 thanks to a 3/4 game with three runs, a stolen base and two doubles.
Despite all the offence, Chad Jenkins had an excellent start, picking up his first win of the year. Chad threw five scoreless innings,a llowing fiveh its and two walks with three strikeouts. Ryan Tepera (2 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 K), Greg Infante (1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB) and Colt Hynes (1 IP, 1 H) finished off the game.
Roster Notes: Josh Thole was promoted to the Blue Jays after Dioner Navarro was placed on the DL and catcher A.J. Jimenez was promoted to Buffalo to take his place.
Player of the Game: Matt Hague
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, Binghamton Mets 4
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats rallied in the tenth inning to score two runs with Shane Opitz cashing in the winning run with an RBI single. Jack Murphy had a pair of hits in the win while Dwight Smith Jr. and Ryan Schimpf each hit a double. Schimpf also walked and scored twice.
Mike Lee made a very good start, throwing six innings of two-hit, two-walk ball but was tagged for three unearned runs thanks to a Jon Berti error. Dustin Antolin was very good through 1 2/3 innings (1 H, 3 K), while Luis Perez has yet to allow a run this season, throwing another scoreless frame. Blake McFarland picked up the win but allowed a go-ahead run in the top of the 10th thanks to an ill-timed balk.
Roster Notes: A.J. Jimenez was promoted to Buffalo and Chris Schaeffer was activated off the DL and promoted to New Hampshire.
Player of the Game: Mike Lee
Dunedin Blue Jays 6, Brevard County Manatees 10
Despite a late rally in the bottom of the ninth, scoring four runs, the Dunedin Blue Jays were behind the eight ball early in this one and just couldn’t make up the difference. Jairo Labourt got the start but allowed four runs on three hits and five walks in four innings of work. Matt Dermody relieved him but allowed four runs (three earned) in just one and two-thirds innings. Jimmy Cordero was really the only effective reliever, throwing 1 1/3 innings, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out two and Scott Silverstein surrendered the Manatees’ final two runs.
The bottom of the order really contributed for the D-Jays, getting seven of the club’s 12 hits from the David Harris (3/4, R, 2 2B, 2 RBI), Mike Reeves (2/4, R, RBI) and Christian Lopes (2/4, R). Roemon Fields hit a double and drove in a pair while Dawel Lugo also hit a double and Emilio Guerrero scored twice and drove in a run.
Player of the Game: David Harris
Lansing Lugnuts 3, Fort Wayne TinCaps 2
The Lugnuts scored their runs early, scoring in the first, the second and the fourth and then held the TinCaps to two runs to push their record to 11-4. 20-year-old Conner Greene picked up his first win in a Lugnuts uniform, throwing five innings with just one run against. The most encouraging statistic is the lack of walks while he gave up six hits and struck out five. In true piggyback fashion, Alonzo Gonzalez relieved Greene and allowed a run on two hits and one walk while striking out six in four innings of work.
Richard Urena led the way offensively, hitting his second home run of the season (both from the left side), going 3/5. Ryan McBroom added two hits and D.J. Davis hit a triple and stole a base. Dan Jansen had a great game, going 1/1 with an RBI and three walks while stealing two bases.
Roster Notes: Proving the fact that I should change my name to Jon Snow (I know nothing), the Blue Jays released pitcher Francisco Gracesqui, a guy that I thought would be a sleeper this year.
Player of the Game: Richard Urena
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2 thoughts on “April 23 Minor League Report”
I wonder why they released Gracesqui. His numbers look very good.
I really have no idea but I’m sure there’s a story there. He looked fantastic last August but saw a huge velocity drop between spring training and his outing in Lansing on April 13. As an NDFA, the club had little invested in him, making him a prime candidate for release if they needed the room but I’m not sure that they would have actually needed the room at this point in the season. It’s definitely a mystery.
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