The Blue Jays’ affiliates won just two of their seven completed games on a day where the offenses just weren’t producing enough runs to win.
Buffalo Bisons 3, Syracuse Chiefs 5
The Buffalo Bisons lost their ninth consecutive game, taking a 5-3 defeat to the Syracuse Chiefs. Chris Colabello was 3/4 with a home run and two runs while Jesus Montero was 3/4 with a run to lead the offense.
Drew Hutchison took the loss, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks in six innings with six strikeouts. Chad Girodo allowed another two runs (one earned) on three hits in 2/3 of an inning and Rowen got him out of the seventh without any further damage. Aaron Loup (1 IP, 1 H), and Ryan Tepera (1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K) combined to finish the game.
Player of the Game: Chris Colabello
Roster Notes: Tony Sanchez was released (likely to make room for Erik Kratz who was just signed to a minor league deal) and Alexi Casilla was placed on the 7-day DL.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 2, Richmond Flying Squirrels 4
Opening their series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats couldn’t get offense going, scoring only two runs on five hits. Derrick Loveless drove home both Fisher Cat runs, going 1/3 with a two-run home run. Rowdy Tellez returned to action and was 1/4 while Emilio Guerrero was 1/3 with a triple. Roemon Fields stole his 35th base of the season, going 1/4.
Wilmer Font started the game for New Hampshire, allowing just one run on eight hits and one walk with one strikeout over five innings. Tim Mayza got the blown save and took the loss, allowing two runs on four hits and one walk with a strikeout in 1 1/3 innings. John Stilson actually allowed the third Richmond run to score, allowing one of the three inherited runners from Mayza to score as he finished the seventh inning. Chris Smith gave up the final run on a hit and a walk in the eighth inning, striking out two.
Player of the Game: Derrick Loveless
Roster Notes: Jorge Flores was demoted to Dunedin while Rowdy Tellez was activated off the DL.
Dunedin Blue Jays 6, Lakeland Flying Tigers 11
A day after the teams combined for 19 runs, they combined for 17 but this time the Flying Tigers broke the double-digit barrier in an 11-6 win over the D-Jays, hitting five home runs in the process. Chris Rowley allowed four of the homers, with four of the six hits he allowed leaving the park, accounting for seven runs. Rowley struck out four and walked two. Luis Santos came in for the final five innings, striking out eight in his first outing back with the Dunedin Blue Jays. While he struck out eight and walked only one, he also allowed four runs on five hits (including a home run).
Richard Urena had a huge day, going 4/5 with two runs, a home run and three RBI, pushing his batting average to .299 for the season. Jorge Flores was 1/5 with Gunnar Heidt was 1/5 with a double and an RBI. Anthony Alford was 0/3 but walked twice, stole a base and scored three runs.
Player of the Game: Richard Urena
Roster Notes: Aaron Attaway was placed on the 7-day DL and Jorge Flores was demoted to Dunedin from New Hampshire.
Lansing Lugnuts 3, Bowling Green HotRods 1
After dropping the first game of their series with the Bowling Green HotRods, the Lansing Lugnuts got a great game from Justin Maese to beat them 3-1 in Game 2 of their series. Maese threw six scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and one walk with six strikeouts to earn his first Midwest League win. Kirby Snead allowed an unearned run over two innings and Andrew Case picked up his third save, walking one in the ninth.
Max Pentecost had a good night, going 2/3 with a double, a walk and a stolen base while Andrew Guillotte hit a double and Juan Tejada had the club’s only other hit, going 1/4 with a run.
Player of the Game: Justin Maese
Roster Notes: Lane Thomas was sent to the GCL to start a rehab assignment
Vancouver Canadians 1, Everett AquaSox 6
In a continuing saga among the Blue Jays’ minor league clubs, the Vancouver Canadians couldn’t get their offense going, scoring once on six hits in a 6-1 loss to the Everett Aquasox. 2016 first-round pick T.J. Zeuch was strong through the first three innings, giving up just one hit and striking out one. Zach Jackson pitched a scoreless fourth with the only blemish on his record being a walk while striking out a batter. Gabe Noyalis gave up a two run home run among three runs on four hits and two walks over two innings with two strikeouts before making way for Matthew Smoral who was dominant in his first inning of work, striking out the side in order. Things went sideways from there as he gave up two hits and hit a batter in the eighth with all three coming around to score. Smoral finished with three runs allowed in two inning but with four strikeouts and no walks.
Rodrigo Orozco had two of the club’s six hits while Northwest League All-Star Cavan Biggio was 1/3 with a double and a walk. Jacob Anderson drove in the Canadians’ only run while Christian Williams was 1/3 with a walk.
Player of the Game: Rodrigo Orozco and T.J. Zeuch
Bluefield Blue Jays 0, Greeneville Astros 1
Game Suspended due to Rain. To be completed on July 29.
GCL Blue Jays 1, GCL Tigers West 5
The GCL Blue Jays took a rare loss at the hands of the GCL Tigers West, losing thanks to sluggish offense. Guadalupe Chavez had a strong start, allowing two runs on six hits with six strikeouts over six innings but Randy Pondler allowed three runs over the final two frames, giving up four hits and a walk with one strikeout.
Lane Thomas, beginning a rehab stint in the GCL, was 2/3 with two doubles and a run while Kevin Vicuna (1/4, 2B), Norberto Obeso (1/3, 2B, BB) and Javier Monzon (1/3, RBI) had the other three hits.
Player of the Game: Lane Thomas and Guadalupe Chavez
Roster Notes: Lane Thomas was assigned to the GCL Blue Jays for a rehab assignment and Jesus Navarro was promoted to the GCL from the DSL Blue Jays.
DSL Blue Jays 4, DSL Orioles1 1
In DSL action, the Blue Jays beat the Orioles1 club 4-1 on Thursday. Yorman Rodriguez had three hits, going 3/4 with a double and an RBI (but was also caught stealing), pushing his batting average to .315 on the season. Aldo Ovando was 2/4 with a double while Mc Gregory Contreras was 1/4 with two runs.
Jose Dominguez had a strong start, throwing seven innings and giving up one run on just three hits and one walk with six strikeouts. Oscar Brito earned his first save by pitching two innings and allowing one hit and one walk with one strikeout.
Player of the Game: Jose Dominguez
Roster Notes: Jesus Navarro was promoted to the GCL Blue Jays.
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