July 24 Minor League Report/July 25 Preview

Marcus Stroman
Marcus Stroman


So Marcus Stroman was kinda good today. He threw seven innings of one-hit ball and just dominated the Red Sox. If you’re interested, check out the archives of our podcast and you’ll find an interview with him from last summer, around the end of June while he was playing in New Hampshire.



Buffalo Bisons 3, Syracuse Chiefs 1


In an afternoon clash, the Bisons topped the Chiefs, getting an outstanding performance from Raul Valdes who went seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and one walk with five strikeouts. Ryan Schimpf had two hits including a home run while Jonathan Diaz was 2/3.

Player of the Game: Raul Valdes and Ryan Schimpf


New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, Harrisburg Senators 3


Andy Burns continues to swing a hot bat for the Fisher Cats, going 2/4 with a home run, a stolen base and two RBI. Since June 8 (a date I randomly picked and not including yesterday’s game), Burns is hitting .299/.356/.521 and is showing the bat that got him promoted to the Eastern League mid-way through last season. Joining him in the two-hit club were Sean Ochinko, Derrick Chung (who drove in two runs) and Dalton Pompey (2/5, CS). Daniel Norris had a great start for the Fisher Cats, going five scoreless innings, giving up two hits but walking four and striking out six.


Andy Burns
Andy Burns

Player of the Game: Andy Burns and Daniel Norris


Dunedin Blue Jays 1, Charlotte Stone Crabs 2


Sean Nolin continues his rehab and went 4 2/3 innings for the Blue Jays, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Efrain Nieves, Wil Browning and Tony Davis combined to finish off the game without allowing any more runners to score. Despite getting nine hits, the offense could only score the one run. Marcus Knecht drove the run in and had two hits and a walk while Santiago Nessy also had two hits.


Marcus Knecht
Marcus Knecht

Player of the Game: Marcus Knecht


Lansing Lugnuts 3, Peoria Chiefs 2


The Lansing Lugnuts rallied in the top of the ninth to come back and beat the Peoria Chiefs by 3-2 score. Chase De Jong allowed single runs in the first and second but settled down to go four innings. Francisco Gracesqui was excellent, allowing just a hit and a walk through three innings while Jimmy Cordero and Phil Kish finished the game off. Not much happened until the ninth when Mitch Nay started the rally with a single. David Harris walked and Dickie Joe Thon followed that up with a single, scoring Nay. With runners on second and third Justin Atkinson reached on an error, allowing the two other runners to score giving the Lugnuts the lead. Overall, both Nay and Dean had two hits each, as did Daniel Klein who subbed in for Mike Reeves and went 2/2.


Francisco Gracesqui
Francisco Gracesqui

Player of the Game: Mitch Nay and Francisco Gracesqui


Vancouver Canadians 3, Hillsboro Hops 7


In Game 1 of the double header, Andrew Case made the start for Vancouver and allowed two unearned runs in three innings. He fared better than Tim Mayza who surrendered five runs on six hits in just 1 2/3 innings. Alberto Tirado made an appearance and didn’t allow a run in 2 1/3 innings and gave up two hits and a walk with one strikeout. The offense keyed around Boomer Collins and Brenden Kalfus who each had two hits. Ryan McBroom drove in two runs with a double.


Boomer Collins

Player of the Game: Boomer Collins and Brenden Kalfus


Vancouver Canadians 5, Hillsboro Hops 2


The Canadians righted the ship in the second half of the double header, facing their old teammate Kyle Anderson. Chase Mallard got the start and threw three two-hit, scoreless innings while Adaric Kelly, making his first appearance since a demotion from Lansing, struck out three in two one-hit innings. Yeyfry Del Rosaio gave up two runs (on a two-run home run) but struck out three over his two innings of work. Ryan McBroom went 2/3 with a double and an RBI and Boomer Collins and Seth Conner also had two singles and an RBI apiece.

Player of the Game: Ryan McBroom, Chase Mallard and Adaric Kelly


Bluefield Blue Jays 2, Elizabethton Twins 3


For the second straight game, the Blue Jays scored only two runs against Elizabethton and fell 3-2. Rowdy Tellez had two of the six hits including a double and drove in two runs. Josh Almonte also had another two-hit game and pushed his batting average to .328 on the season. Joey Aquino had a great outing, going six innings and allowing just one run on three hits with six strikeouts. J.T. Autrey allowed two more runs to take the loss and Alberto Guzman finished with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless ball.


Rowdy Tellez
Rowdy Tellez

Player of the Game: Joey Aquino and Rowdy Tellez


GCL Blue Jays 9, GCL Phillies 2


In Game 1 of a double header, the Jays thumped the Phillies thanks to some big games for some of the hitters. Lane Thomas was 2/4 with a double, a triple and two RBI while Andres De Aza also had two hits (including a double) and an RBI. Juan Kelly was 2/3 and Matt Morgan was 1/3 with a double and two RBI. On the mound, second-round pick Sean Reid-Foley threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk. Jonathan Wandling finished with 4 1/3 innings of two-hit, two-run ball with five strikeouts.

Player of the Game: Lane Thomas and Jonathan Wandling


GCL Blue Jays 1, GCL Phillies 12


Game 2 wasn’t as kind to the Blue Jays as Angel Perdomo couldn’t make it out of the first inning, giving up four runs. Francis Eduardo and Brandon Hinkle each pitched well (over two scoreless innings) but Joe Claver got hammered for six runs (five earned) and Jonathan Torres didn’t even get a batter out, walking all four that he faced and ended up charged with two runs. Trey Pascazi was 3/3, getting half of the team’s hits.

Player of the Game: Trey Pascazi


DSL Blue Jays 10, DSL Tigers 4


Enmanuel Moreta‘s first home run in professional baseball drove the Blue Jays on to a win against the Tigers. Moreta, a first baseman, has been one of the most consistent players with the bat and he went 3/5 with a double and a single as well as the home run and drove in three runs. Leudy Garcia was 2/2 with a double, two walks and an RBI while Miguel Almonte (2/4, BB, 2 RBI), Francisco Rodriguez (2/5, 2B) and Ronniel Demorizi (3/5, 2 R, RBI) also had multi-hit games. Luis Gomez was the best pitcher, going three innings, allowing one run on three hits with four strikeouts.

Player of the Game: Enmanuel Moreta


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July 25 Preview


Buffalo Bisons (51-53)


P.J. Walters gets the start for the Buffalo Bisons at 7:05 PM on MiLB TV as they host the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.


New Hampshire Fisher Cats (49-56)


Casey Lawrence tries to continue his good run as the Fisher Cats continue their series on the road against the Harrisburg Senators at 7:00 PM on MiLB TV.


Dunedin Blue Jays (61-42)


Ben White is slated for the start as the D-Jays are home to the Charlotte Stone Crabs at 6:30 PM.


Lansing Lugnuts (48-53)


Brad Allen is the man on the hill for the Lugnuts at 8:00 PM as they continue their series on the road in Peoria against the St. Louis Cardinals’ farm club, the Chiefs.


Vancouver Canadians (26-15)


Chase Mallard, a 2014 draftee, is on the hill for the Canadians at home at 4:05 PM against the Hillsboro Hops. Mallard has been outstanding this year; with the Bluefield Blue Jays and the Vancouver Canadians, Mallard has a combined 1.29 ERA through 28 innings and has only walked one batter with 22 strikeouts.

Bluefield Blue Jays (17-17)


The Bluefield Blue Jays host the Danville Braves at 7:05 PM. Starters haven’t been announced but it could very well be Daniel Lietz.


The GCL and DSL Blue Jays are also both in action today.


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