June 18, 2016 Minor League Report

Chris Colabello
Chris Colabello

With nine games completed on Monday, the Blue Jays’ minor league clubs posted a 4-5 record despite another dominant performance by the GCL Blue jays.


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Buffalo Bisons 8, Norfolk Tides 11


Drew Hutchison didn’t have a start that he’d like to remember, nor was it one that will help his case to return to the major leagues as the Buffalo Bisons lost 11-8 to the Norfolk Tides. Hutch surrendered six runs on eight hits (including three home runs as part of a HR bonanza) over just 2 2/3 innings. Ben Rowen gave up a run, of his own after stranding two of Hutchison’s. Rowen threw 3 2/3 innings, giving up four hits and just one run with one strikeout. Pat Venditte got all five of his outs via the strikeout, which helped him strand two runners left on by Rowen but Venditte loaded the bases on his own and gave up a grand slam for four earned runs on three hits in 1 1/2 innings. Colt Hynes finished the game, striking out two in his inning.

Darrell Ceciliani (3/3, BB, RBI, R, SB, CS) and Alexi Casilla (3/5, 2B, 3 R) each had three hits while Chris Colabello (2/4, 2 R, BB, HR, 2 RBI), Domonic Brown (2/5) and Ryan Goins (2/5, 2B, 3 RBI) had two hits each. Matt Dominguez also added his 12th home run.

Player of the Game: Chris Colabello, Darrell Ceciliani and Alexi Casilla

Roster Notes: Chris Colabello was added to Buffalo’s roster on a rehab assignment.



New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, Reading Fightin Phils 9


Luis Santos got hammered for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats as he surrendered two home runs on the way to a 9-5 loss to the Reading Fightin Phils. Santos gave up seven runs on nine hits with one walk and three strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings before Brady Dragmire came in to provide 1 2/3 scoreless innings, stranding a runner, giving up two hits and striking out one. John Anderson was charged with two runs over 1/3 of an inning and Wil Browning relieved him, stranding a runner, walking one and striking out two. Murphy Smith finished the game with two scoreless innings despite allowing two hits.

Dwight Smith, Jr. had three hits including a triple while Rowdy Tellez was 2/2, also with a triple, and two runs before leaving the game to make way for Seth Conner (who was 1/3).

Player of the Game: Dwight Smith, Jr.


Dunedin Blue Jays 4, Charlotte Stone Crabs 3


The Dunedin Blue Jays finished off their suspended game against the Charlotte Stone Crabs quickly, scoring in the bottom of the 10th inning to pick up the win. The win came from a leadoff double by Anthony Alford who was bunted over to third by Jonathan Davis. After a couple of walks, Gunnar Heidt singled home the winning run to start the day on a positive note. Jonathan “J.D.” Davis was 2/3 with a double, home run, walk, RBI, run and a stolen base, filling in several statistical categories on the day. Heidt was 2/5 with the game winning RBI and Danny Jansen was 2/4.

Francisco Rios started and gave up one run on four hits with one strikeout over five innings. Starlyn Suriel allowed two runs (one earned) on one hit and one walk in three innings while Alonzo Gonzalez picked up the win, going two perfect innings with three strikeouts.

Player of the Game: Jonathan Davis

Roster Notes: L.B. Dantzler was activated off the DL and Carlos Ramirez was placed on the 7-day DL retroactive to July 15.


Dunedin Blue Jays 4, Charlotte Stone Crabs 1


Following the completion of Sunday’s suspended game, the Blue Jays went on to defeat the Stone Crabs by a 4-1 score thanks to another strong start from Chris Rowley. Rowley went seven innings to go to 8-2 on the season with seven inning of one-run (unearned) ball, allowing six hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Jose Fernandez walked three but didn’t allow a hit and struck out two in 1 2/3 innings and Colton Turner earned his sixth save by getting the final out and stranding a runner.

Dickie Joe Thon hit a solo home run and was 2/4 with two runs while Andrew Guillotte scored twice, going 1/3 with a walk. Anthony Alford was 1/2 with a walk, two stolen bases and an RBI and Richard Urena was 1/3 with a walk and an RBI.

Player of the Game: Chris Rowley


Lansing Lugnuts 1, Burlington Bees 2


In a pitcher’s duel, the Lugnuts finished on the wrong side, losing to the Burlington Bees 2-1. Jon Harris, the 2015 first-round pick by the Blue Jays was strong, giving up two runs (one unearned) on four hits with three strikeouts (and no walks) over 5 2/3 innings. Kirby Snead (1 1/3 IP) and Andrew Case (1 IP, 2 K) finished the game.

Justin Atkinson had two hits, driving in the club’s only run and adding a walk while Carl Wise and Ryan Metzler hit doubles.

Player of the Game: Jon Harris and Justin Atkinson

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


Vancouver Canadians 3, Spokane Indians 9


Patrick Murphy allowed three runs to the Spokane Indians in the bottom of the first inning and, while he didn’t give up any other runs, he set a poor precedent for the Canadians’ pitching as they lost 9-3. Murphy struck out six over four innings, but walked three and allowed seven hits to take the loss. Grayson Huffman gave up four more runs on five hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings and Gabe Noyalis allowed a run on a solo home run with two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings. Stuart Holmes gave up a run on two hits and two walks in his inning of work to finish out the game.

Lance Jones was 3/5 with a triple and an RBI while Cavan Biggio was 2/3 with a walk. Bryan Lizardo was 1/4 with a double and two runs.

Player of the Game: Lance Jones


Bluefield Blue Jays 3, Greeneville Astros 4

It’s amazing that either team had enough energy to play after Sunday’s 20-inning game, but the Blue Jays and Astros were at it again on Monday with Greeneville rallying for three runs in the bottom of the ninth to come from behind and pick up a 4-3 win. Kyle Weatherly had a decent game, but the five walks he issued overshadowed the one hit he gave up over five innings. Weatherly struck out four in his start. Jose Espada allowed all four runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk, throwing 3 2/3 innings and taking the loss.

Nash Knight led the club with three hits, driving in a run and scoring one. Reggie Pruitt (2/3, R), Cam O’Brien(2/4) and Kalik May (2/4, 3B, 2 RBI) also contributed with two hits each.

Player of the Game: Nash Knight Kalik May


GCL Blue Jays 11, GCL Pirates 4


The GCL Blue Jays continue to romp their way through the GCL, moving their record to 18-3 with an 11-4 win over the Pirates. Bo Bichette is having a phenomenal start to his professional career, going 3/5 and hitting his fourth home run of the year, driving in four runs, scoring three times and stealing a base, pushing his batting average to .431 and putting him almost 50 points ahead of his nearest competitor. Joshua Palacios was 2/6 with a double and an RBI, scoring twice while Miguel Almonte was 2/3 with two walks and a run.

Maximo Castillo allowed three runs in four innings of six-hit, one walk ball but struck out five. Randy Pondler allowed just three hits and a walk (and no runs) over four innings while Jairo Rosario gave up a run on three hits and a walk in one inning.

Player of the Game: Bo Bichette


DSL Blue Jays 9, DSL Reds 1


While the DSL Blue Jays pitchers gave up nine hits, only one runner crossed the plate in a 9-1 win for the club. Elio Silva pitched his way to his fourth win of the season, giving up one run on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts over six innings. Anderson Nunez allowed two hits and a walk over two innings while Oscar Brito pitched a perfect ninth.

The batters tallied 14 hits including two, a double and a home run, by Yorman Rodriguez who drove in a pair and scored twice. Aldo Ovando (2/5, 2 R), Yhordegny Kelly (2/3, BB), Yeison Estevez (2/5, RBI) and Mc Gregory Contreras (2/4, 3B, BB, RBI, 2 R) also had two hits each.

Player of the Game: Yorman Rodriguez and Elio Silva


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