June 23 Minor League Report/June 24 Preview

Esmil Rogers
Esmil Rogers


Victory for the Blue Jays! Marcus Stroman threw eight outstanding innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts before it was all said and done. Lind returned with a bang and all is well (sorta) in Blue Jay Land. Brett’s on the DL and Jose’s limping but a win is a win!



Buffalo Bisons 4, Rochester Red Wings 2


Esmil Rogers provided five scoreless innings before Kyle Drabek relieved for two innings and allowed both of the Rochester runs. Adron Chambers went 3/4 and hit his first home run as a Bison while Andy LaRoche went deep as well, having a 2/4 night. Brad Glenn went 2/4 with an RBI and an outfield assist while A.J. Jimenez also went 2/4.

Player of the Game: Adron Chambers


New Hampshire Fisher Cats 2, Portland Sea Dogs 3


The Fisher Cats came up just short of a comeback win, scoring a run in the ninth on Jonathan Jones‘s first home run of the season to get within one before Portland was able to shut the door. Jones went 2/3 with a walk while Matt Newman was just a home run short of the cycle, going 3/4 with a single, double and a triple as well as an RBI. Kevin Nolan was also 3/4 with a double. Austin Bibens-Dirkx came down from Buffalo and allowed two runs in two innings before Richard Bleier came on and shut things down, surrendering just one run in five innings.

Player of the Game: Matt Newman and Jonathan Jones


Dunedin Blue Jays 4, Brevard County Manatees 7


The Manatees got to starter Taylor Cole for a run in the first and six in the seventh (only four runs were earned) but the righty stayed in the game and got through the fifth before Efrain Nieves took over for three scoreless of his own. The D-Jays tried to come back but weren’t able to get all that close. Dwight Smith, Jr. had a pair of hits, an error and an outfield assist while L.B. Dantzler drove in two of the club’s three runs on a single and a walk. Santiago Nessy hit another double and was 1/4.

Player of the Game: Dwight Smith Jr. and Efrain Nieves


Lansing Lugnuts: Scheduled Off Day


Vancouver Canadians 0, Hillsboro Hops 4


The Vancouver Canadians were stymied by a very good start from Hillsboro’s Ben Eckels who struck out eight Canadians in 6 2/3 innings. On the other side, Jairo Labourt had a strong start, going five innings and allowing two runs on two hits and (most importantly) two walks with six strikeouts. Tim Mayza allowed a run in 1 2/3 innings and Joe Lovecchio allowed another in 1 1/3.  Only Ryan McBroom had more than one hit, going 2/4 with a double. Franklin Barreto is coming back to earth a bit, going 0/4 but still sporting a .378 batting average.


Jairo Labourt
Jairo Labourt

Player of the Game: Ryan McBroom and Jairo Labourt


Bluefield Blue Jays 7, Kingsport Mets 7


The Bluefield Blue Jays played what was probably their best overall game in defeating Kingsport on Monday night. Matthew Smoral had probably the most encouraging outing of his professional career, going three innings and allowing just one hit. He did walk three but struck out eight. Francisco Rios came in and allowed two runs on four hits and one walk with five strikeouts. The offense came fast and furious with Richard Urena hitting three singles and scoring three times in front of Anthony Alford who went 3/4 with a home run and two RBI.


Anthony Alford
Anthony Alford

Player of the Game: Anthony Alford, Richard Urena and Matt Smoral


GCL Blue Jays 2, GCL Pirates 2


The GCL Blue Jays got another victory thanks to some solid pitching overall. Jonathan Wandling, a 2014 undrafted free agent, started and went just two innings of solid work (one walk, one hit, no runs) before 17-year-old Hansel Rodriguez allowed both Pirate runs in his two innings of work. Turner Lee, another undrafted free agent, made his pro debut and struck out three in two innings. Jordan Romano, of Markham, Ontario, also made his pro debut, going two scoreless innings but allowing a hit and walking four batters. The batters were led by Lane Thomas who had a double and a tripe, scoring twice while Juan Kelly also went 2/4. Deiferson Barreto was 3/4 with a double as well.

Player of the Game: Lane Thomas and Deiferson Barreto


DSL Blue Jays 0, DSL Braves 7


The DSL Blue Jays had yet another rough game, dropping their record to 6-14 on the season. Jose Nova started and allowed three runs on six hits in two innings while Yonardo Herdenez was fairly good, surrendering just two unearned run in three innings with three strikeouts. Rodrigo Orozco had two hits but that was all for the memorable performances by anyone on the team.

Player of the Game: Rodrigo Orozco and Yonardo Herdenez


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June 24 Preview


Buffalo Bisons (38-37)


The Bisons send Liam Hendriks to the hill in a home game against the Columbus Clippers at 7:05 PM on MiLB TV. T.J. House will be on the mound for the Clippers.


New Hampshire Fisher Cats (31-44)


The New Hampshire Fisher Cats haven’t announced their starter for their 7:00 PM game on MiLB TV against the Portland Sea Dogs and righty Mike McCarthy who has a 6-2 record and a 3.77 ERA in 14 starts.


Dunedin Blue Jays (48-26)


The D-Jays move on from playing the tough Brevard County Manatees and send Matt Boyd to the hill against Felix Pena and the 29-44 Daytona Cubs at 7:05 PM.


Lansing Lugnuts (34-39)


The Lugnuts host the West Michigan Whitecaps and Jonathan Maciel (3-3, 3.27 ERA) with Shane Dawson toeing the slab. Dawson is 2-3 with a 3.73 ERA and, because of the All-Star Break, hasn’t made a start since June 13. This one is at 7:05 PM.


Vancouver Canadians (6-4)


Vancouver hasn’t announced their starter for their 10:05 PM ET game against the Hillboro Hops. It will be 2014 draftee Justin Shafer on the mound for Vancouver.

Bluefield Blue Jays (2-3)


The Bluefield Blue Jays send Jesus Tinoco (0-1, 9.00 ERA) to the mound against the Kingstport Mets at 7:00 PM against Andrew Massie who hasn’t started yet this year.


Don’t forget that the GCL and DSL Blue Jays are in action today too!


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