June 13 Minor League Report/June 14 Preview

Kevin Pillar
Kevin Pillar


Big day today: It’s Aaron Sanchez‘s first Triple-A start as well as start number two for Frank Viola III! And Drew Hutchison had a solid outing in a 4-0 Blue Jays win!


Buffalo Bisons 11, Toledo Mud Hens 3


Kyle Drabek had another decent outing (although this one appeared to be better than his last one), going six innings and allowing just three runs on seven hits and one walk with six strikeouts. It was Esmil Rogers who finished the game off (after Rob Rasmussen threw 2/3 of an inning) with three strikeouts and allowing just one hit to pick up his first Buffalo win of the season. The offense exploded late for the runs, scoring three in the sixth and another eight in the ninth to break the 3-3 tie. Jared Goedert had his eighth home run and Brad Glenn had his second of the season in Buffalo. Dan Johnson had a pair of doubles while Kevin Pillar went 3/5 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs. Andy LaRoche and Munenori Kawasaki also had two hits and two runs scored each.

Player of the Game: Kevin Pillar


New Hampshire Fisher Cats 6, Richmond Flying Squirrels 3


In a game that was delayed because of rain, the Fisher Cats didn’t let anything get to them as they put together another solid win. Austin Bibens-Dirkx picked up his second win with five innings of two-run, five-hit work. John Anderson Allowed the third run over two innings, striking out three and Arik Sikula and Randy Boone each pitched a clean inning. Jon Berti was the offensive sparkplug that many believe he can be, going 4/5 with a double, his 20th stolen base, and three runs scored. Kenny Wilson was 2/5 with two runs and his second home run of the year and Jonathan Jones was 2/4 with a stolen base. Ryan Schimpf alos contributed with his 15th dinger while Mike McDade had three singles.


Jon Berti
Jon Berti

Player of the Game: Jon Berti


Dunedin Blue Jays: On All-Star Break


Lansing Lugnuts 1, Great Lakes Loons 2


Shane Dawson took the mound and only lasted three innings for the Lugnuts, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks but the left-hander struck out five batters. Yeyfry Del Rosario had a great outing, also striking out five and allowing just two hits. Brady Dragmire finished off the game with two perfect innings. The offense was extremely quiet with only Matt Dean picking up a hit.

Player of the Game: Yeyfry Del Rosario


Vancouver Canadians 11, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 2


When the Vancouver Canadians headed north, the didn’t forget to pack their bats as they crushed the Volcanoes 11-2 in the opener of what they hope to be their fourth straight championship season. Franklin Barreto rapped four singles and took a walk while Jonathan Davis had a double and two triples, scoring three times. Sean Hurley took four walks, going 0/1 while Seth Conner, playing first base (at least until Ryan McBroom and/or Rowdy Tellez arrives), had two hits. Alberto Tirado allowed two runs (one earned) in his outing but the good news is that he walked just one batter and struck out three. Starlyn Suriel picked up the win with one inning while Canadian Andrew Case threw two scoreless (walking two and striking out one) in his pro debut and Mark Biggs and Brett Barber finished the game off.


Jonathan Davis
Jonathan Davis

Player of the Game: Jonathan Davis


DSL Blue Jays 6, DSL Tigers 7


The DSL Jays continue to struggle but at least they got some hits this time. CF Rodrigo Orozco was 2/5, Antony Fuentes (LF) was 2/4 with a double and 2B Miguel Almonte was 2/3 with two RBI and a walk. The pitching continues to be an in issue. Osman Gutierrez started but allowed two runs in four innings but he struck out four.

Player of the Game: Miguel Almonte and Antony Fuentes



June 14 Preview


Buffalo Bisons (32-32)


Indeed it is Aaron Sanchez Day in Toledo! Ok, it’s definitely unofficial but he’ll make his first start in Triple-A. I’ve voiced my opinions elsewhere on what I think of the move and I’m very interested to see what’s going to happen in today’s game against an experienced Mud Hens squad. They send Duane Below to the mound in a 7:00 PM game that is on MiLB TV.


New Hampshire Fisher Cats (28-38)


Radhames Liz returns to New Hampshire for his first start there since a promotion to Buffalo. He’s been excellent, particularly for the Fisher Cats and he’ll face the Flying Squirrels’ (of Richmond) Kelvin Marte, a small (5-foot-9) lefty from the Dominican Republic. Catch the game at 6:05 PM.


Dunedin Blue Jays (46-20)


On All-Star Break


Lansing Lugnuts (31-36)


The Lugnuts have been scuffling, losing a number of games lately and they’ll send Frank Viola III to the hill against Brandon Martinez of the Great Lakes Loons for an MiLB TV game at 7:05 PM. If I’m around to watch games, I’ll be flipping between this one and the Sanchez start and hopefully they’ll synchronize so you don’t have to miss either pitcher. Mitch Nay didn’t play again for the Lugnuts but no roster move has been made.


Vancouver Canadians (1-0)


The Canadians put their perfect record on the line against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes again with Jairo Labourt on the mound. SK hasn’t posted their starter on MiLB.com just yet but this one will be played at 9:35 PM ET.


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