It was a 4-4 day for the Blue Jays’ minor league teams, getting wins from New Hampshire down to Vancouver before the lowest teams registered losses on Friday.
Buffalo Bisons 3, Gwinnett Braves 5
Canadian righty Phillippe Aumont struggled with his control for the Buffalo Bisons, walking six and striking out four in a four-run outing that lasted four innings. Ben Rowen threw two scoreless innings in relief while Greg Infante allowed a run in his inning of work. Colt Hynes and Steve Delabar split the eighth inning to finish the game.
The heart of the order had a good game for the Bisons with the club getting two-hit games from Matt Hague (who leads the International League in several offensive categories), Alex Hassan (2/4, 2B, BB, RBI) and Andy Burns (2/4, R), who was also credited with an error.
Player of the Game: Alex Hassan
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3, Bowie Baysox 2
When it was all over, after 11 innings, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats finished the game in the lead and emerged with the victory in the series opener against the Bowie Baysox. Taylor Cole rebounded from a few of rough starts, allowing one run on seven hits and two walks over seven innings in the no-decision. Danny Barnes allowed another run in the eighth while Dustin Antolin provided two scoreless innings, striking out three to earn the win and Blake McFarland picked up his 11th save as a Fisher Cat, striking out two in his one inning.
The New Hampshire offense was mostly quiet but did take seven walks with Ryan Schimpf walking three times. K.C. Hobson was 2/5 and drove in the winning run while Emilio Guerrero contributed the other RBI, going 1/5.
Player of the Game: Taylor Cole
Dunedin Blue Jays 4, Brevard County Manatees 1
Despite walking four batters, Sean Reid-Foley went 5 1/3 innings without allowing a hit to pick up his first win for the Dunedin Blue Jays. Reid-Foley struck out six in the game, getting five ground ball outs and just one fly ball out. Brady Dragmire struck out three over 1 2/3 innings but also allowed a run while Arik Sikula (2/3 IP, 2 BB, K) and Wil Browning (S, 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K) finished the game.
Jorge Saez had an overdue big game with the bat, going 3/4 with a double and two RBI. Derrick Loveless hit his seventh home run of the year, going 1/3 with a walk and two RBI. Matt Dean was 2/4 and L.B Dantzler was 1/3 with a double, a walk and two runs scored.
Player of the Game: Sean Reid-Foley and Jorge Saez
Lansing Lugnuts 15, Beloit Snappers 5
The Lansing Lugnuts had their offensive game in order, scoring 15 times on 15 hits (and being assisted by four Beloit errors). David Harris led the way with four hits, going 4/5 with a triple, two runs and an RBI. Dawel Lugo drove in three with a pair of hits while Ryan McBroom (2/5, 2B, 2 RBI), D.J. Davis (2/5, 3 R) and Jason Leblebijian (2/4, 2B, 3 R, RBI) all had two hits. Josh Almonte hit his first home run of the season, driving in a pair but striking out twice. Chris Carlson was on twice, going 1/3 with a walk, two runs and two RBI.
Tom Robson made the start and he was still shaking off some rust from Tommy John surgery but he was solid, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Just Shafer relieved him, allowing two solo home runs over three innings but still earned the win. Dusty Isaacs gave up another run in the eighth and Jose Fernandez finished with two strikeouts in the ninth.
Player of the Game: David Harris
Vancouver Canadians 5, Spokane Indians 1
Taylor Saucedo made his second start as a Vancouver Canadians after his promotion from Bluefield and was much more impressive this time out, giving up just three hits and one walk in six scoreless innings, striking out three. Stuart Holmes followed and pitched a scoreless seventh while Michael Kraft surrendered a run in the top of the eighth inning but pitched a scoreless ninth to finish the game.
The offense literally ran wild on the Spokane Indians, stealing five bases including two by Gunnar Heidt (0/4), one by Earl Burl (2/4, R), one by Justin Atkinson (2/3, RBI, R) and one by Ryan Hissey (1/3, BB, R). Josh Reavis also had two hits, going 2/3 with an RBI and two runs.
Player of the Game: Tayler Saucedo
Bluefield Blue Jays 0, Elizabethton Twins 5
Luis Sanchez made the start for the Blue Jays and was very good in his Appalachian League debut, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts over five innings. Geno Encina allowed another run but struck out five over two innings before Matt Smoral took over, allowing another two unearned runs, walking three but striking out two over one inning. Rodrigo Orozco and D.J. McKnight each had a pair of hits with McKnight hitting a double.
Player of the Game: Luis Sanchez
GCL Blue Jays 2, GCL Phillies 7
Despite two doubles from Reggie Pruitt, the Blue Jays’ pitching staff was hit hard, allowing seven runs on the way to a loss against the GCL Phillies. Jose Nova was tagged for five runs on seven hits over three innings while Kelyn Jose gave up another two runs (one earned) over two innings. Juan Nunez had the best outing, going three perfect innings with one strikeout. May had the two doubles but it was Nash Knight accounting for the Blue Jays’ runs, hitting a two-run home run in the seventh inning to cash himself and Levi Scott who was 1/3 with a walk.
Player of the Game: Reggie Pruitt and Juan Nunez
DSL Blue Jays 0, DSL Orioles1 6
The Blue Jays were shut out on this occasion, collecting only four hits off Orioles pitching. Francisco Rodriguez added a walk to his hit and was the only Blue Jays to reach twice. Jose Acosta started for the Jays, allowing five runs (four earned) on three hits and four walks in 1 1/3 innings. Wilton Mueses allowed a run on two hits and three walks over 1 2/3 innings before Orlando Pascual pitched three scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Tommy Henriquez walked only one over two innings, striking out three and Jose Agrinzones pitched a perfect ninth.
Player of the Game: Orlando Pascual
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