August 19, 2018 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report

Josh Winckowski

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In six games on Sunday, the Blue Jays’ affiliates won five games.


Buffalo Bisons 4, Gwinnett Stripers 2


The Buffalo Bisons scored twice in the top of the eighth inning to beat the Gwinnett Stripers 4-2. Jonathan Davis went deep to provide one of those eighth-inning runs, going 1/5 while Reese McGuire was the offensive start, going 3/4 with a double, an RBI and a run, adding a stolen base. Dwight Smith hit a double, going 1/5 and Darnell Sweeney was 1/3 with a walk.

Mike Hauschild had a solid start, allowing two runs on five hits (including a solo home run in the sixth) with one walk and four strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. Danny Barnes finished the sixth and pitched the seventh, giving up two hits but stranding both runners he inherited from Hauschild. Craig Breslow struck out three batters in the eighth and Jose Fernandez picked up his second save, striking out one.

W: Danny Barnes (1-1)
S: Jose Fernandez (2)
HR: Jonathan Davis (3)

Roster Notes: The Blue Jays selected Justin Shafer‘s contract and optioned Luis Santos to Triple-A Buffalo.


Player of the Game

Reese McGuire



New Hampshire Fisher Cats 12, Trenton Thunder 1


The Fisher Cats mashed and Jordan Romano was strong as the ‘Cats mauled the Trenton Thunder in a 12-1 rout. Romano struck out six batters over 5 2/3 innings, allowing just one run on three hits and a walk to pick up his 11th win with New Hampshire. Kirby Snead stranded two inherited runners and struck out three in 1 1/3 innings and Francisco Rios, back from his rehab, walked one in two innings.

The Fisher Cats hit three home runs including the seventh of the year from Max Pentecost who led the attack with three hits and two RBI. Lourdes Gurriel, on way back to Toronto from injury, was 2/6 with a home run and three RBI while Jon Berti hit his fifth dinger, going 2/4 with two RBI, two runs and a stolen base. Bo Bichette (2/4, BB, 2 R), Connor Panas (2/4, BB, RBI, 2 R) and Andrew Guillotte (2/3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, SF) all had two hits with Cavan Biggio was 1/4 with a triple, a walk, two RBI and a run.

W: Jordan Romano (11-7)
HR: Max Pentecost (7), Jon Berti (5), Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (2)


Player of the Game

Max Pentecost


Dunedin Blue Jays 3, St. Lucie Mets 5


The Dunedin Blue Jays’ offense was blunted, scoring three times on six hits as the St. Lucie Mets took a 5-3 victory. Rodrigo Orozco was 2/4 with a run while Joshua Palacios was 1/4 with a double and an RBI. Riley Adams came out of the game after being hit by a pitch in the head to lead off the second inning.

Yennsy Diaz went 4 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and three walks, throwing 91 pitches. William Ouellette stranded two inherited runners but allowed two unearned run on three hits with two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings. Claudio Custodio gave up a run on two hits in two innings and Bryan Baker walked one and struck out three in the ninth.

L: William Ouellette (0-1)


Player of the Game



Lansing Lugnuts 5, Fort Wayne TinCaps 3


The Lansing Lugnuts had a 4-1 lead after the fifth inning and held on to beat the Fort Wayne TinCaps 5-3. Reggie Pruitt was 3/4 with a double, RBI and a run while Ryan Noda was 2/4 with a double, a triple and a run. Bryan Lizardo and Jesus Navarro had two singles and an RBI each. Vinny Capra was 1/3 with a double, a walk and a run.

Jordan Barrett struck out five in five innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks while Emerson Jimenez allowed a solo home run among two hits with one strikeout in two innings. Brody Rodning struck out six in two innings, giving up a run on two hits.

W: Jordan Barrett (3-2)
S: Brody Rodning (5)


Player of the Game

Reggie Pruitt


Vancouver Canadians 4, Spokane Indians 0


The Vancouver Canadians shut out the Spokane Indians 4-0 for the second game in a row. Josh Winckowski needed just 78 pitches to toss seven innings, giving up only four hits and striking out four batters. Fitz Stadler got through an inning without a run but gave up two hits and two walks. Cobi Johnson struck out three batters in the ninth, shutting down a threat with a hit and a walk in the inning.

Yorman Rodriguez was 2/4 with two RBI while Jesus Severino was 1/3 with a double and a run.

W: Fitz Stadler (2-2)


Player of the Game

Josh Winckowski


Bluefield Blue Jays 9, Princeton 5


Fighting for first place in their division with the Princeton Rays, the Bluefield Blue Jays took advantage of their head-to-head meeting, overcoming four errors to win 9-5 and move to within one game of the division leaders. Cal Stevenson was on base four times yet again, going 2/3 with two walks, two RBI and two runs while in the field he committed a throwing error but also picked up an outfield assist. Dominic Abbadessa was 3/5 with three RBI, a run and a stolen base while Alejandro Kirk was 3/5 with a double, an RBI and a throwing error. Luis De Los Santos was 3/4 with a double, two runs, a fielding error and a stolen base. Rafael Lantigua was 2/4 with a walk and an RBI. Andy McGuire was 0/2 but walked twice and scored twice and Jordan Groshans was 0/5 with a run but he also made a fielding error.

Joel Espinal tossed three innings, walking three and striking out two and allowing three hits but no runs. Mike Pascoe gave up two runs (one earned) one a hit and two walks with one strikeout in 1 1/3 innings. Nicolas Medina pitched 1 2/3 innings to get the win and Matt Harris allowed two walks in his inning. Brennan Price allowed three runs on five hits with a walk and a strikeout in 1 1/3 innings and Brad Wilson finished it, stranding two runners to finish the ninth.

W: Nicolas Medina


Player of the Game

Cal Stevenson, Alejandro Kirk, Dominic Abbadessa and Luis De Los Santos


GCL Blue Jays


Scheduled off day.


DSL Blue Jays


Scheduled off day.


Jay’s Jay of the Day

Josh Winckowski


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