September 4, 2016 Minor League Report

Matt Dean
Matt Dean

The Blue Jays’ minor league clubs were cleanly swept on Monday, losing all five scheduled games.


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Buffalo Bisons 0, Pawtucket Red Sox 1


Finally seeing a new opponent after five straight losses to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Bisons’ offense didn’t register a hit until the seventh inning on the way to a 1-0 loss. Quentin Berry got the first hit and Domonic Brown and Andy Burns had the other two.

Scott Copeland was very strong, throwing six innings and giving up one unearned run on three hits with five strikeouts. Aaron Loup (1 IP, 1 K) and Bo Schultz (1 IP) finished the game.

Player of the Game: Scott Copeland



New Hampshire Fisher Cats 2, Portland Sea Dogs 7


The New Hampshire Fisher Cats weren’t able to keep their streak going, losing 7-2 to the Portland Sea Dogs as the Sea Dogs hit three home runs off the Fisher Cats’ pitchers. Dwight Smith, Jr. had two doubles, going 2/3 with a walk and a run while Christian Lopes was 2/5 with an RBI.

Wilmer Font was charged with the loss, giving up six runs on eight hits with eight strikeouts over six innings. Starlyn Suriel gave up a solo home run over two innings in his Double-A debut, striking out two while Ryan Cook threw a clean ninth inning, also making his Double-A debut.

Player of the Game: Dwight Smith, Jr.


Dunedin Blue Jays 6, Clearwater Threshers 9


The Dunedin Blue Jays, having clinched a playoff spot, lost their Sunday game to the Clearwater Threshers by a 9-6 score. The pitching staff faltered over the first few innings with Brad Allen giving up five runs (but just two earned) over three innings on five hits (including a home run) with one walk and one strikeout. Francisco Rios also gave up two runs over 1 2/3 innings and Justin Shafer couldn’t put out the first in the fifth inning, allowing two more runs on three hits and a walk. Carlos Ramirez threw two perfect innings with one strikeout and Adonys Cardona allowed a hit in his inning, striking out one. Jose Fernandez struck out one of the three batters he faced in the ninth.

Dickie Joe Thon (2/4, RBI, R) and Matt Dean (2/4, 2 R) had two hits each while David Harris was 1/3 with a walk, an RBI, a run and two stolen bases. D.J. Davis was 1/3 with a walk, a double, an RBI and was caught stealing.

Player of the Game: Dickie Joe Thon and Matt Dean


Lansing Lugnuts 0, Lake County Captains 3


If turnabout is fair play, the Lansing Lugnuts got what they dished out on Saturday when they faced the Lake County Captains on Sunday, getting shutout 3-0. J.B. Woodman was 2/4 with two of the five hits for the Lugnuts.

2016 first-round pick T.J. Zeuch went five innings, striking out seven but gave up three runs on three hits (including a two-run home run) and two walks. Jordan Romano allowed a hit and a walk over two innings, striking out three while Daniel Lietz pitched a perfect ninth, striking out one.

Player of the Game: J.B. Woodman

Roster Notes: Jordan Romano was activated off the DL and Tayler Saucedo was sent to Bluefield (primarily just to make roster space).


Vancouver Canadians 5, Tri-City Dust Devils 6


The Vancouver Canadians got strong work from starter Dalton Rodriguez but the bullpen squandered their lead, despite chasing former Blue Jays’ prospect Hansel Rodriguez from the game in the fourth inning. Dalton went five innings and gave up just one run on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts before new signee Taylor Durand allowed three unearned runs in his Vancouver debut and Jared Carkuff allowed another run on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings in his Vancouver debut (after being promoted from the GCL). Gabe Noyalis gave up two hits over two scoreless innings, striking out four and Grayson Huffman took the loss after giving up a run on two hits, getting only one out in the bottom of the 10th inning.

While Nash Knight led the Canadians with three hits, an RBI and a run, it was D.J. McKnight who hit a solo home run and drove in another run, going 2/5. David Jacob was 2/5 with a double, a triple, an RBI and a run while Brett Wellman was 1/2 with two walks and a run.

Player of the Game: D.J. McKnight, Nash Knight and David Jacob

Roster Notes: Jared Carkuff and Taylor Durand were assigned to the Vancouver Canadians.


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