July 26, 2016 Minor League Report

Conner Greene
Conner Greene

With two double headers on the slate and the Lugnuts off, there were nine games for the Blue Jays’ minor leaguers and they came out on top in four of them, highlighted by a complete game shutout pitched by Conner Greene.


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Buffalo Bisons 2, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 3


Playing a double-header against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Bisons dropped both games, despite needing an extra inning in the opener. Chris Leroux threw six innings of two-run ball (one earned), allowing five hits and two walks to leave the game with a tie. Dustin Antolin threw a scoreless seventh but allowed the winning run (also unearned) in the eighth, despite striking out three and giving up only one hit.

Domonic Brown (2/4, R), Matt Dominguez (2/4) and David Adams (2/3, 2B, R) each had two hits in a game where everyone in the lineup had at least one except for Wilkin Castillo. Darrell Ceciliani was 1/2 with two walks.

Player of the Game: David Adams, Darrell Ceciliani and Chris Leroux

Roster Notes: Ryan Tepera was optioned to Buffalo following the acquisition of Melvin Upton, Jr. by the Blue Jays.


Buffalo Bisons 0, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 3


Game two of the double header wasn’t as much in question as the RailRiders scored three runs off starter Scott Diamond and the Bisons only had four hits off of Luis Cessa. Diamond allowed the three runs (two earned) on eight hits and a walk with two strikeouts and Matt Dermody pitched a perfect sixth.

Ryan Goins had two of the Bisons’ four hits.

Player of the Game: None


New Hampshire Fisher Cats 1, Harrisburg Senators 0


The New Hampshire Fisher Cats also played a double header on Tuesday, and it was a low-scoring affair against the Harrisburg Senators with each team scoring just once over the course of the night. The Fisher Cats struck first, bolstered by the brilliant performance of Jays’ prospect Conner Greene. Greene threw the (seven-inning) complete game, allowing just four hits and two walks and striking out seven.

Dwight Smith, Jr. had two hits and a stolen base while Roemond Fields hit his third home run of the year to cover all of the scoring.

Player of the Game: Conner Greene


New Hampshire Fisher Cats 0, Harrisburg Senators 1


In the second game of the twin bill, no one scored until the bottom of the seventh inning when Brady Dragmire, after a strong sixth inning, gave up a solo home run to lead off the bottom half, ending the game in walk-off fashion. The home run wasted a very strong five scoreless innings of work by Jeremy Gabryszwski who allowed six hits and one walk with six strikeouts while Dragmire gave up a hit but nothing more in the sixth.

The Fisher Cats only had three hits in the game, including one each by Jason Leblebijian, Dwight Smith and Ryan McBroom (his first in Double-A).

Player of the Game: Jeremy Gabryszwski


Dunedin Blue Jays 6, Lakeland Flying Tigers 5


The Dunedin Blue Jays came from behind in a win against the Lakeland Flying Tigers on Tuesday, going down by one in the top of the eighth before scoring twice in the bottom half and holding on for a 6-5 win. Justin Shafer was on the mound and allowed three runs on six hits and four walks with two strikeouts while Dusty Isaacs threw a scoreless seventh, striking out two. Alonzo Gonzalez was charged with a blown save in a rare rough outing, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks with one strikeout in one inning and Colton Turner lowered his ERA to 0.61 with a scoreless ninth, striking out two to earn the save.

Gunnar Heidt was 2/4 with a double and a run while Dickie Joe Thon was 1/3 with a walk, a stolen base (his 18th), an RBI and two runs. Anthony Alford also had a double and a walk, driving in a run while L.B. Dantzler drove in two, going 1/3 with a walk.

Player of the Game: Dickie Joe Thon and L.B. Dantzler


Lansing Lugnuts


Scheduled Off Day


Vancouver Canadians 4, Everett Aquasox 7


Despite having a lead after the top of the fifth, the Vancouver Canadians succumbed to the Everett Aquasox by a 7-3 score after giving up a three run barrage in the bottom of the sixth. Andy Ravel went three innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts while Mike Ellenbest took the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) on 10 hits with two strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings. Grayson Huffman pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts.

Joshua Palacios had a double and J.B. Woodman (1/3, BB), Javier Hernandez (1/3, BB, R) and Christian Williams (1/3, BB, R) were the only ones with a hit and a walk. Deiferson Barreto drove in two runs with a triple.

Player of the Game: Deiferson Barreto


Bluefield Blue Jays 5, Kingsport Mets 4


The Bluefield Blue Jays scored five early runs and held on to defeat the Kingsport Mets for a 5-4 win. The win might have been a bit of a surprise, considering the Blue Jays only had three hits as a team but eight walks, six stolen bases and three errors by the Mets allowed them to score five times. Reggie Pruitt (1/4, BB, 2 SB), Nash Knight (1/3, HR, BB) and Levi Scott (1/4, HR) had the hits. Lance Jones walked three times, scoring once and stealing two bases.

Joel Espinal allowed the first three Kingsport runs on five hits and four walks with three strikeouts through five innings. Christian Cox allowed the fourth in two innings on two hits with two strikeouts while Angel Alicea earned his second save, shutting the door, giving up two hits and striking out one in two scoreless innings.

Player of the Game: Levi Scott and Nash “Mash” Knight

Roster Notes: Bobby Eveld and Tyler Olander were assigned to the GCL Blue Jays from Bluefield.


GCL Blue Jays 9, GCL Yankees West 0


The “Big Blue Machine” of the GCL Blue Jays keeps rolling over its opponents, defeating the GCL Yankees by a 9-0 score to move their record to 23-5. Offensively, Ryan Gold had three hits including a double and scored twice while David Jacob was 2/5 with a double and an RBI, scoring once. Javier Monzon was 1/5 with a home run while Miguel Almonte hit the biggest bomb, launching a grand slam in the sixth inning while also taking a walk, stealing a base and driving in five runs.

Wilfri Aleton had another strong start, going six scoreless innings with four hits and one walk against, striking out seven. Tyler Olander (1 IP, 1H, 2 BB, 1 K), Bobby Eveld (1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) and Juan Meza (1 IP) each had a scoreless inning to finish the shutout.

Player of the Game: Miguel Almonte

Roster Notes: Tyler Olander and Bobby Eveld were assigned to the GCL Blue Jays.


DSL Blue Jays 1, DSL Padres 3


The DSL Blue Jays lost their game to the DSL Padres on Tuesday, despite out-hitting them 7-4. Yhordegny Kelly was 3/4 and Aldo Ovando was 2/2 with an RBI. Yorman Rodriguez hit a double and stole a base.

Adams Cuevas threw six innings with two runs (one earned) against, walking two and allowing three hits with six strikeouts. Claudio Galva allowed an unearned run on a hit over three innings.

Player of the Game: Yhordegny Kelly


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