July 4 Minor League Report/July 5 Preview

Dwight Smith, Jr.
Dwight Smith, Jr.


While the Blue Jays were shutout in a 12-inning game against the Oakland A’s, that wasn’t the longest game in the Jays’ system today . . .



Buffalo Bisons 6, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 7


Despite yet another strong start from Liam Hendriks, the RailRiders got to the bullpen late, scoring a run off of Ryan Tepera and Rob Rasmussen and three off Steve Delabar. Hendriks went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out eight. Cory Aldridge, recently promoted to Buffalo from New Hampshire, hit his first Bisons home run, going 2/4 with two runs, a walk and two RBI. Kevin Pillar and Erik Kratz were both 2/5 while Ryan Schimpf added a home run of his own, going 2/4.

Roster Notes: Cory Aldridge was promoted from New Hampshire while Anthony Gose was sent down from Toronto. RHP Luis Ayala and OF Brett Carroll were both released by the club.

Player of the Game: Cory Aldridge and Liam Hendriks


New Hampshire Fisher Cats: Postponed due to rain


Roster Notes: LHP Matt Boyd was promoted from Dunedin again and OF Cory Aldridge was promoted to Buffalo.


Dunedin Blue Jays 5, Clearwater Threshers 1


The Dunedin Blue Jays made it two in a row, getting a great pitching performance from Frank Viola III, who held the Threshers to one run over six innings despite scattering five hits and four walks. Chad Girodo provided his usual stellar relief, keeping Clearwater scoreless over the final three frames. Dwight Smith, Jr. had half of the team’s hits, going 4/5 with two doubles and an RBI. Jorge Saez was on base three times with three walks and he contributed defensively, not allowing a passed ball catching a knuckleballer and throwing out J.P. Crawford trying to steal. Christian Lopes was also on base three times with a single and two walks.

Roster Notes: LHP Matt Boyd was promoted to New Hampshire and Jonathan Wandling was promoted from the GCL.

Player of the Game: Dwight Smith


Lansing Lugnuts 2, West Michigan Whitecaps 1


Thanks to an RBI single by Jason Leblebijian, the Lansing Lugnuts came away from a 14-inning tilt with the West Michigan Whitecaps with a win. Shane Dawson started the game and threw five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Scott Silverstein followed with 2 2/3 scoreless and Phil Kish was phenomenal, throwing 4 1/3 perfect innings, striking out three. Adaric Kelly went two innings, allowing one run and earning the win. Anthony Alford went 4/6 with a double and a stolen base while Mitch Nay was 2/6.


Anthony Alford
Anthony Alford

Player of the Game: Anthony Alford and Phil Kish


Vancouver Canadians 3, Spokane Indians 10


Justin Shafer made the start and wasn’t particularly effective, allowing four runs (two earned) over three innings but his relief wasn’t much better. Mark Biggs served up three runs on four hits in two innings and Alberto Tirado, making his return from the DL, allowed another three runs in two innings but, on the bright side, he only walked one batter. Joe Lovecchio struck out all three batters he faced. On offense, Ryan McBroom was 2/4 with a double and an RBI and Alexis Maldonado was 2/3 with a double and two runs scored.

Roster Notes: Sean Ratcliffe was sent down to the GCL and Daniel Lietz was sent back to Bluefield.

Player of the Game: Ryan McBroom and Alexis Maldonado


Bluefield Blue Jays 0, Elizabethton Twins 5


The Bluefield Blue Jays only managed two hits against Elizabethton, losing 5-0. Richard Urena and Dan Jansen had the hits. Matthew Smoral went four innings and allowed all five runs to the Twins on seven hits and two walks but struck out five. Chase Wellbrock struck out four in two scoreless innings and Carlos Ramirez and Jordan Romano each threw a scoreless inning.

Player of the Game: None


GCL Blue Jays 4, GCL Astros 13


The GCL Blue Jays didn’t seem ready to play the Astros on this day. Patrick Murphy made his professional debut, a year after being drafted in the third round by the Toronto Blue Jays and was greeted with a deluge of runs and hits. He only lasted 1/3 of an inning, allowing five hits and four runs, walking one and striking out a batter. Daniel Rodriguez, a 17-year-old Mexican signing was strong in relief, throwing 4 2/3 innings and allowing just one more run on four hits and no walks with five strikeouts. Joe Claver allowed two unearned runs in one inning and Francisco Diaz surrendered five runs (one earned) in 2 2/3 innings. Seven of the 13 Astros runs were unearned, coming from five errors including three by Edwin Fuentes. Fuentes had the best day at the plate, going 3/4 with two doubles and two RBI. Yeltsin Gudino was 2/5 with an RBI and Deiferson Barreto was 2/4.

Roster Notes: Cliff Brantley, Evan Smith and Jordan Romano were promoted to Bluefield from the GCL while Daniel Lietz was sent down from Vancouver.

Player of the Game: Daniel Rodriguez


DSL Blue Jays 7, DSL Braves 2


With the score exactly the same as the previous day, Luis Sanchez took the lead on the mound for the DSL Blue Jays, going five innings of one-run, two-hit, two-walk ball. Jairo Rosari threw two scoreless and Manuel Cordova was tagged for one unearned run over his two innings. The batters rapped out 11 hits including three from DH Javier Hernandez including a double and three RBI while Rodrigo Orozco was on base four times, going 2/3 with two walks, a stolen base and a RBI. Ronniel Demorizi also had two hits including a double.

Player of the Game: Rodrigo Orozco and Javier Hernandez


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July 5 Preview


Buffalo Bisons (45-42)


Aaron Sanchez goes for the Bisons as they continue their series against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Sanchez is still looking for his first Triple-A win and is looking to build on his very solid start his last time out. Catch it at 7:05 PM on MiLB TV.


New Hampshire Fisher Cats (39-45)


After a couple of rain outs, the Fisher Cats look to return to playing baseball and will mark the return of Matt Boyd to the club. He’s also looking for his first win at his new level and will face the Trenton Thunder at home in New Hampshire at 7:05 on MiLB TV.


Dunedin Blue Jays (52-32)


A third team in the Blue Jays organization takes on a Yankees affiliate at the Dunedin Blue Jays host the Tampa Yankees with Efrain Nieves getting a spot start. The sidewinding lefty has been very good out of the bullpen with a 2.35 ERA in 46 innings with one start under his belt. This game is at 6:30 PM.


Lansing Lugnuts (41-43)


The Lugnuts try to continue their roll facing the Great Lakes Loons with recent signee Brent Powers on the mound. Powers has made one appearance with the Lugnuts and allowed two runs in 1 1/3 innings and he had a 6.21 ERA with the Beloit Snappers, also in the Midwest League. The Lugnuts will face the Loons’ ace in Jonathan Martinez at 7:00 PM.


Vancouver Canadians (13-9)


Miguel Castro takes his show on the road for the Vancouver Canadians as they face the 16-6 Spokane Indians at 9:30 PM ET.

Bluefield Blue Jays (6-9)


Bluefield sends Jesus Tinoco to the mound against Felix Jorge and the Elizabethton Twins at 6:00 PM.


The GCL and DSL Blue Jays are also in action.


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