June 30, 2016 Minor League Report

Casey Lawrence
Casey Lawrence

The Blue Jays’ minor leaguers had a somewhat disappointing day, winning three of eight games overall.


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Buffalo Bisons 1, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 8


All good things must come to an end and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders snapped the Buffalo Bisons’ win streak with an 8-1 victory. The RailRiders were all over Roberto Hernandez who walked five batters in five innings, allowing five runs on three hits (including a home run) while striking out five. Pat Venditte pitched two strong innings without allowing a run and giving up a hit and a walk followed by Colt Hynes who allowed three unearned runs on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in one inning. Ben Rowen finished the game, giving up a hit and nothing more in one inning of work.

The Bisons had five hits overall including a solo home run from Andy Burns and a double from Wilkin Castillo. Melky Mesa was 1/2 with two walks.

Player of the Game: Melky Mesa

Roster Notes: Ryan Tepera was sent back to Buffalo as Brett Cecil was activated off the DL. Chad Jenkins was released.



New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4, Binghamton Mets 2


Casey Lawrence had a stellar start pitching the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to a 4-2 win in the opener of their series against the Binghamton Mets. Lawrence allowed a run on three hits without walking anyone while striking out six over seven innings. Murphy Smith gave up a run in two innings, striking out a pair.

Christain Lopes and Jason Leblebijian each had two doubles and a run (with Leblebijian adding an RBI) while Derrick Loveless hit a triple, took two walks and drove in a run. Rowdy Tellez was 1/3 with a walk

Player of the Game: Casey Lawrence

Roster Notes: Conner Greene was promoted back to New Hampshire from Dunedin.


Dunedin Blue Jays 8, Clearwater Threshers 4


Eight was enough for the Dunedin Blue Jays as they scored eight runs against the Clearwater Threshers for the second consecutive game. The D-Jays hit three home runs including one each by Emilio Guerrero (1/5, HR, 2 RBI), Ryan McBroom (2/5, 2B, HR) and Dickie Joe Thon (2/4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R). Richard Urena had three hits including a double and an RBI while Anthony Alford was 1/4 with a double and a walk. Gunnar Heidt was 1/2 with two walks, two runs and a stolen base.

Justin Shafer allowed all four runs (three earned) on 11 hits and a walk in seven innings and Colton Turner threw two perfect innings, striking out five of the six batters he faced.

Player of the Game: Ryan McBroom and Dickie Joe Thon

Roster Notes: Conner Greene was promoted to New Hampshire and Dusty Isaacs was called up to Dunedin from Lansing. Andy Fermin was activated off the DL.

Lansing Lugnuts 6, Great Lakes Loons 7


John La Prise
John La Prise

The Lansing Lugnuts and the Great Lakes Loons played another one-run game but this time it was the Loons who finished with the victory. Tayler Saucedo had a fantastic start his last time out but was hit hard this time, giving up three home runs and six runs, walking three and striking out five in four innings. Ryan Cook walked three batters and gave up two hits but no one came around to score on him in 2 2/3 innings, mainly because Danny Young stranded the bases loaded, giving up a run of his own in 1 1/3 innings, striking out three.

John La Prise was 3/5 with a run while Juan Kelly was 2/5 with a double and two RBI. Connor Panas didn’t hit a home run but he walked twice and Ryan Hissey was 2/3 with a walk, a run and an RBI, also stealing a base but committing two errors.

Player of the Game: Juan Kelly and John La Prise

Roster Notes: Dusty Isaacs was promoted to Dunedin and Alex Maldonado was activated off the DL.


Vancouver Canadians 3, Tri-City Dust Devils 4


The Vancouver Canadians lost their second straight game to the Tri-City Dust Devils after the bullpen surrendered three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Patrick Murphy had a solid start, going five innings and allowing a run on three hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Griffin Glaude got the Cs through the seventh inning with two perfect innings, striking out three but Jackson McClelland allowed three runs in the eighth.

The Canadians only had three hits but made efficient use of them. Deiferson Barreto, Javier Hernandez and Rodrigo Orozco all had singles and scored.

Player of the Game: Patrick Murphy


Bluefield Blue Jays 2, Kingsport Mets 6


Edward Olivares
Edward Olivares

After winning the opener of their series with the Kingsport Mets, the Bluefield Blue Jays couldn’t get the bats going, scoring just twice in a 6-2 loss. Nick Sinay (2/4, 2B, R, 2 SB) and Edward Olivares (2/4, 2B, R) each had two hits as Levi Scott was 1/4 with an RBI. Vladimir Guerrero was 0/4 with a strikeout.

Jose Espada struck out six but allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk in 4 1/3 innings, taking the loss. Kyle Weatherly allowed another three runs in 2 2/3 innings, bloating his ERA to 19.64. Andrew Deramo allowed two hits but no runs in two innings.

Player of the Game: Nick Sinay and Edward Olivares

Roster Notes: Miguel Burgos was promoted from the GCL Blue Jays to Bluefield.


GCL Blue Jays 3, GCL Tigers East 10


The GCL Tigers East shellacked the GCL Blue Jays yet again in Gulf Coast League play on Thursday. Jake Fishman was rocked in his start but five of the seven runs he allowed in 1 2/3 innings were unearned. Jairo Rosario entered to finish off the second and third innings, going 1 1/3 innings and allowing a hit and striking out one. Wilfri Aleton came out of the pen as the piggybacker in his second appearance but he wasn’t as effective, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in four innings. Jared Carkuff walked one but struck out two in his inning.

Norberto Obeso accounted for three of the Blue Jays’ seven hits, hitting a double and two singles while David Jacob hit a solo home, going 2/4 with an RBI.

Player of the Game: Norberto Obeso and David Jacob

Roster Notes: Miguel Burgos was promoted to Bluefield.


DSL Blue Jays 2, DSL Padres 1


The DSL Blue Jays beat the Padres by a 2-1 score in Dominican Summer League action. Andres Guerra was 3/4 to push his batting average up to .400 while Jesus Navarro was 1/3 with a walk and Luis De Los Santos was 1/2 with two walks and an RBI.

Elio Silva got the start and threw six innings, striking out nine and giving up just one run on a solo home run (and two hits overall). Adams Cuevas got the win, throwing two scoreless innings, walking two and giving up two hits but striking out four and Juan Bautista walked one but picked up his second save, pitching the ninth.

Player of the Game: Elio Silva


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