The Blue Jays won again thanks to a terrific performance from J.A. Happ. But what happened in the minor leagues?
Buffalo Bisons 0, Columbus Clippers 9
Deck McGuire didn’t have his best outing but wasn’t as bad as it might have looked. McGuire’s tendency to make some bad pitches on occasion culminated with two home runs allowed in his six-inning, four-run (three-earned), performance. He did strike out five. Kyle Drabek came in to relieve and allowed another three runs (one earned) over two innings and Ryan Tepera allowed the last two runs in the ninth. The hitters only had four hits including a double and a walk from Jared Goedert and singles from Kevin Pillar, Adron Chambers and Ryan Goins.
Player of the Game: None
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 2, New Britain Rock Cats 1
Scott Copeland made a brief start, throwing three almost-perfect innings for the Fisher Cats, only hitting one batter and getting nine ground outs. Austin Bibens-Dirkx threw another three innings, allowing just two hits while Dustin Antolin, Scott Gracey and Gregory Infante combined for the last three innings with Gracey allowing the Rock Cats’ only run. Kevin Nolan drove in the club’s two runs with a pair of hits including a double while Derrick Chung also had two hits. Matt Newman had a double and drew a walk for the club.
Player of the Game: Scott Copeland, Austin Bibens-Dirkx and Kevin Nolan
Dunedin Blue Jays 5, Daytona Cubs 3
Thanks to another strong start from Kendall Graveman (7 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 6 K), the Dunedin Blue Jays were in a position to take the lead in the top of the ninth inning and come out with a victory. The offense was in high gear, getting 13 hits including two each from Dwight Smith, Jr. (including the go-ahead RBI single as well as a triple), Dalton Pompey (who stole his 29th base of the season), L.B. Dantzler (including a double), Santiago Nessy, Emilio Guerrero (including a double) and Gustavo Pierre who hit two doubles.
Roster Note: It appears that OF Dalton Pompey has gotten the long-awaited promotion to New Hampshire, which we’ve learned thanks to his tweet from this morning.
Player of the Game: Kendall Graveman and Dwight Smith, Jr.
Lansing Lugnuts 7, West Michigan Whitecaps 6
Another Jays’ farm club picked up a victory with some great work in the late innings when the Lansing Lugnuts capped off a see-saw ballgame by scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth to walk off with a win. Chaz Frank was the hero in this one, hitting an RBI triple to tie up the game with two outs and came home on a wild pitch by West Michigan’s Zac Reininger. For Frank, that was his third hit and his second RBI to cap off a stellar 3/5 night with two stolen bases. David Harris also had three hits including a double and Michael Reeves was 2/4 with a double, RBI and he also picked a runner off of first base. On the mound, Chase De Jong allowed four runs in five innings on nine hits including a home run but Brady Dragmire shut the door in the sixth and seventh innings. Phil Kish threw two more innings but allowed two runs.
Player of the Game: Chaz Frank
Vancouver Canadians 6, Hillsboro Hops 7
Zakery Wasilewski had another solid start for the Vancouver Canadians, surrendering three runs on eight hits and two walks. Yeyfry Del Rosario allowed a run over two innings and Garrett Pickens and Brett Barber pitched each threw a scoreless inning to finish the game. Ryan “McBoom” McBroom blasted his second home run of the season, driving in two runs and adding a single. Franklin Barreto had single and a double of his own while Roemon Fields had a pair of hits and a pair of stolen bases.
Player of the Game: Ryan McBroom
Bluefield Blue Jays 0, Pulaski Mariners 10
In another rough game for a Blue Jays affiliate, the Bluefield Blue Jays didn’t show much life against Pulaski. Alberto Guzman allowed five runs (three earned) in just an inning and two third while J.T. Autrey, Joey Aquino and Carlos Ramirez all allowed the Mariners to score. The offense only had three hits: a double from Richard Urena and singles from Trent Miller and Josh Almonte.
Player of the Game: None
GCL Blue Jays 0, GCL Yankees1 5
A third white-washing of a Blue Jays minor league team was in order for the GCL club as they weren’t able to must anything with the bats against the Yankees. Bobby Wheatley allowed three runs on seven hits in his 3 1/3 innings despite striking out four batters. Francis Eduardo was very solid, throwing 2 1/3 scoreless innings and striking out three and Turner Lee allowed the final two runs in 2 1/3 innings. Juan Kelly continues to hit well, going 1/3 with a double and a walk and Yeltsin Gudino, Edwin Fuentes and Deiferson Barreto each had singles.
Player of the Game: None
DSL Blue Jays 5, DSL Brewers 3
Although they were out-hit 14-8, the Blue Jays emerged from their DSL clash victorious. Jesus Severino knocked three hits and scored twice while Bryan Lizardo had two hits. Ronniel Demorizi went 1/3 with a solo home run and Enmanuel Moreta drove in a pair of runs with a double. Juliandry Higuera allowed three runs in his 4 2/3 innings but Erick Hurtado scattered six hits but didn’t give up any runs over 2 1/3 innings and Wilmin Lara picked up a save with two scoreless innings.
Player of the Game: Jesus Severino
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June 27 Preview
Buffalo Bisons (40-38)
The Buffalo Bisons host the Columbus Clippers again but haven’t announced their starter. It could very well be P.J. Walters who would be making his second Buffalo start at 7:05 PM for the Bisons’ Zombie Night!
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (33-44)
The Fisher Cats have a double header on the books against the New Britain Rock Cats, starting at 6:05 PM ET. In Game 1 we have Casey Lawrence scheduled to pitch against Mark Hamburger and in Game 2, Radhames Liz is scheduled to throw against Tyler Duffey. Lots of action to catch on MiLB TV!
Dunedin Blue Jays (49-28)
Ben White faces Miguel Sulbaran of the Tampa Yankees at 7:00 PM in Tampa. Sulbaran is 1-1 with a 3.08 ERA in 49 2/3 innings in 10 appearances (eight starts) for the Yankees while White has been struggling of late and has a 3-4 record with a 5.01 ERA in 70 innings.
Lansing Lugnuts (36-40)
The Lugnuts haven’t announced their starter for today as they head to Dow Diamond in Midland, Michigan to take on the Great Lakes Loons at 7:05 PM. The game is on MiLB TV and you can see Brandon Martinez for the Loons.
Vancouver Canadians (8-6)
The Canadians are sending Starlyn Suriel, the club’s most effective pitcher so far this year, to the mound to face Ryan Warner in an afternoon tilt against the Tri-City Dust Devils that goes at 4:05 PM ET.
Bluefield Blue Jays (3-5)
The Bluefield Blue Jays look to Miguel Burgos to get them back in the win column against the Pulaski Mariners at 7:05 PM at home at Bowen Field in Bluefield.
Don’t forget that the GCL and DSL Blue Jays are in action today too!
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