July 27, 2016 Minor League Report

Shane Dawson
Shane Dawson

The DSL Blue Jays finally made up a game suspended almost two weeks ago, adding to Wednesday’s game total. The Blue Jays’ affiliates only won three of nine games on Wednesday.


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Buffalo Bisons 0, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 6


The Buffalo Bisons came out flat the day after their double header in Scranton, losing 6-0 to the the RailRiders, getting only three hits and committing two errors. Casey Lawrence was the beneficiary of the shoddy defense, making one error himself and getting another from Matt Dominguez, causing all five of the runs he allowed to be unearned. He threw 5 2/3 innings, giving up seven hits and one walk with two strikeouts. Pat Venditte stranded both of the runners he inherited from Lawrence and pitched 1 1/3 innings with two strikeouts. Ben Rowen allowed the final run in the eighth inning, allowing a solo home run among two hits with two strikeouts.

Ryan Goins, Chris Colabello and Darrell Ceciliani each had hits for the Bisons.

Player of the Game: Casey Lawrence

Roster Notes: Bo Schultz was optioned to the Buffalo Bisons



New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4, Harrisburg Senators 5


The Fisher Cats emerged from their double header on Tuesday with a little more energy than the Buffalo Bisons did but still lost 5-4 to the Harrisburg Senators, despite nearly matching each other in offensive production. Ryan Lavarnway was 2/3 with an RBI, a walk and a double while Emilio Guerrero drove in a run and stole a base, going 2/4. Shane Opitz had two RBI, getting one hit in four at bats and Dwight Smith and Roemon Fields each had a double.

Shane Dawson had a strong outing, allowing just two runs on four hits (including a two-run home run) and one walk with six strikeouts in six innings of work but didn’t figure into the decision. Murphy Smith both blew the save and took a loss, allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits (including a home run) in two innings.

Player of the Game: Shane Dawson and Ryan Lavarnway


Dunedin Blue Jays 10, Lakeland Flying Tigers 9


Mike Reeves
Mike Reeves

31 hits, 19 runs and four errors. Those were the combined totals between the two teams in the Dunedin Blue Jays’ squeaker of a 10-9 win over the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Canadian catcher Mike Reeves led the hit parade for the Blue Jays, going 4/5 and coming just a triple short of the cycle, hitting two singles, a double and a home run, driving in two and scoring twice. Anthony Alford rocked two triples and a double, scoring three times and driving in two while Richard Urena was also a triple short of the cycle (both he and Reeves should borrowed one of Alford’s), hitting a single, double and home run and driving in three. Jonathan Davis, who hadn’t been hitting much lately, had three hits of his own, two singles and a triple, driving in one, scoring twice and stealing a base. Gunnar Heidt was 2/4 with a double, a walk and an RBI while D.J. Davis was 1/5.

The news wasn’t as good for the pitchers with Connor Fisk and Adonys Cardona taking the brunt of the damage. Fisk allowed five runs on eight hits (including two home runs) over 5 1/3 innings. Jose Fernandez put out the first temporarily, throwing 1 2/3 innings without giving up a hit, striking out one and walking one. Cardona started the eighth inning and gave up four hits and a walk, leaving without getting an out and was ultimately charged with four runs (all earned). Dusty Isaacs relieved him and, while he allowed one of the two inherited runners to score, he struck out four batters, gave up just one hit and didn’t allow any runs of his own over two innings to earn the win.

Player of the Game: Mike Reeves and Richard Urena


Lansing Lugnuts 1, Bowling Green HotRods 4


The Lugnuts couldn’t get much offense going, striking out 12 times against Bowling Green pitching in a 4-1 loss to open their road trip on Wednesday. Max Pentecost had three of the club’s seven hits with Ryan Hissey also having a multi-hit game, going 2/4 with a triple and a run. Ryan Metzler was 1/3 with the team’s only RBI.

Tayler Saucedo went four innings, giving up all for Bowling Green runs on nine hits (including two home runs) and walked only one while striking out three. Josh DeGraaf offered four stellar innings of relief, giving up just two hits and striking out seven.

Player of the Game: Max Pentecost and Josh DeGraaf

Roster Notes: Alex Maldonado was placed on the 7-day DL with Austin Davis coming off.


Vancouver Canadians 5, Everett AquaSox 6


The Vancouver Canadians continue to lose close games, this time, falling 6-5 to the Everett AquaSox after having a two-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth. Denis Diaz allowed just two runs on eight hits and three walks in five innings with three strikeouts before Geno Encina came into the game, throwing two innings of one-run ball, allowing another four hits to the AquaSox. Travis Bergen didn’t allow a run in the eighth despite walking two and allowing a hit while Jackson McClelland took the loss, giving up three runs in 1/3 of an inning in the ninth.

The top of the order was outstanding for the Canadians with Cavan Biggio (2/5, R, RBI), Joshua Palacios (2/4, 2R, BB, SB, PO), and J.B. Woodman (2/4, 3B, R, RBI) each having two hits.

Player of the Game: Cavan Biggio, Joshua Palacios and J.B. Woodman

Roster Notes: Denis Diaz was assigned to the Vancouver Canadians from the Bluefield Blue Jays.


Bluefield Blue Jays 6, Kingsport Mets 4


Jesus Severino
Jesus Severino

The Bluefield Blue Jays beat the Kingsport Mets to even their record at 16-16 thanks to a four-run outburst in the fourth inning. Jesus Severino did the most damage, going 3/4 with two RBI and a run while Levi Scott was 2/4 with a double and two runs. Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. was 1/5 with a stolen base and Matt Morgan was 1/3 with a walk and a run.

Yennsy Diaz got the start for the Blue Jays, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing two runs on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Brayden Bouchey went another 1 2/3 innings, allowing two more runs on two hits and a walk with a strikeout while Connor Eller picked up his third save with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball, holding the Mets at bay, giving up a hit and a walk with one strikeout.

Player of the Game: Jesus Severino

Roster Notes: Denis Diaz was promoted to the Vancouver Canadians.


GCL Blue Jays 2, GCL Tigers West 1


The (almost) unbeatable GCL Blue Jays are now 24-5 after a 2-1 win over the Tigers West club on Wednesday afternoon. Two 2016 draftees made their pro debuts with Dominic Abbadessa (CF) going 1/3 and was caught stealing and Chavez Young (RF) going 0/2. David Jacob hit his team-leading fifth home run, going 2/4 and Miguel Almonte hit his second in as many games, going 1/3. Javier Monzon was 1/2 with two walks and Ryan Gold hit a double.

Travis Hosterman had a very solid outing for the Blue Jays, going 3 1/3 innings with just a solo home run counting against him (among four hits and he struck out three and didn’t walk anyone. Jake Fishman went 2 2/3 innings of hitless ball, striking out two and Alvaro Galindo earned the win with two scoreless innings, walking one and striking out one. Jared Carkuff earned his fourth save, giving up a hit and striking out two in one inning.

Player of the Game: David Jacob

Roster Notes: The Blue Jays assigned Dominic Abbadessa and Chavez Young to the GCL Blue Jays while putting Jairo Rosario on the 6-day DL and Bo Bichette on the 7-day DL.


DSL Blue Jays 3, DSL Orioles1 4


The DSL Blue Jays finally finished their suspended game from July 15, losing in 12 innings to the DSL Orioles1 4-3. Jose Dominguez got the start and threw six innings of strong work, allowing just one run on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Adams Cuevas struck out five in four innings, allowing two unearned runs on just one hit and one walk while Jesus Colman took the loss, giving up a run on three walks and a hit in 1 2/3 innings.

Yorman Rodriguez (2/7, R), Jose Briceno (2/6, BB, 3B, R, RBI) and Mc Gregory Contreras (2/4, 2 BB, RBI) each had two hits in the loss while Jesus Navarro walked four times, going 0/3.

Player of the Game: Jose Dominguez


DSL Blue Jays 3, DSL Orioles1 4


The DSL Orioles1 club beat the Blue Jays by the same score of their resumed game in the regularly scheduled match, except for that this one only went seven innings. Mc Gregory Contreras had a big game, going 2/3 with a double and a home run, driving in two and scoring twice.

Luis Mendoza started and allowed three unearned runs on five hits and two walks while Anderson Nunez allowed a run on a hit and a walk over two innings.

Player of the Game: Mc Gregory Contreras


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