August 9 Minor League Report/August 10 Preview

Marcus Stroman
Marcus Stroman

 

The Blue Jays rebounded from a tough loss on Friday for one of the most exciting wins of the season. After Marcus Stroman dueled Max Scherzer for nine innings with the Jays down 2-1, the offense stirred to life, scoring one in the bottom of the ninth to tie and one in the bottom of the 10th (thanks to an RBI double by Nolan Reimold) to win in walk-off fashion.

 

 

Buffalo Bisons: Postponed due to rain

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, Akron RubberDucks 2

 

The Fisher Cats continue their run towards .500 with another win thanks to a strong performance by Mike Lee who was making his first appearance in the Blue Jays’ organization after being traded for on Wednesday. Lee went six scoreless innings, allowing only five hits and two walks with five strikeouts before Richard Bleier came in for 1 2/3 innings, allowing two runs. Gregory Infante notched his 18th save with a scoreless ninth. Matt Newman led the way offensively, going 3/4 with a triple and an RBI while Yusuf Carter was 2/4 with a stolen base, an RBI and two runs scored and Jon Berti was 2/5.

 

Matt Newman
Matt Newman

Player of the Game: Michael Lee and Matt Newman

 

Dunedin Blue Jays 1, Tampa Yankees 2

 

Despite a solo home run from Dwight Smith, Jr. and a solid performance from “Johnny Wholestaff,” the Blue Jays lost in a close one. Lefty reliver Chad Girodo got a spot start and went three innings, allowing one run while Jonathan Wandling and Justin Jackson each threw two innings with Wandling allowing the second run (unearned). Hunter Carnevale went another 1 2/3 innings and Wil Browning finished it off with a strikeout to the only batter he faced, stranding two runners. The offense scattered nine hits including two from Smith and another two singles from Pierre. Edwin Encarnacion made a rehab start with the Jays, going 1/3.

Roster Moves: SS Emilio Guerrero was placed on the 7-day DL while L.B. Dantzler was activated.

Player of the Game: Dwight Smith, Jr.

 

Lansing Lugnuts 2, West Michigan Whitecaps 3

 

Facing Kevin Ziomek, one of the top pitchers in the MWL, the Lugnuts couldn’t get much done as they only had three hits and struck out eight times against the young hurler. Brad Allen countered as best he could for the Lugnuts, allowing three runs over five innings but the bullpen was flawless with Matt Dermody and Scott Silverstein going four innings and allowing no hits and only one walk. Matt Dean had two hits including a double.

Player of the Game: Matt Dean

 

Vancouver Canadians 11, Tri-City Dust Devils 1

 

The Canadians bounced back from their Friday night loss with a Saturday night victory, thanks in large part to another outstanding start from Jairo Labourt. Labourt went 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out eight batters. The offense was plentiful with five different C’s having multi-hit games. Boomer Collins led the way with a 3/4 performance that included a double, a walk, a run scored and two RBI. Chris Carlson continues to remind us of Kevin Pillar thanks to another 2/4 game in which he walked twice, hit a double, scored three times and drove in two. Gunnar Heidt had three RBI, going 2/3 with a double, a walk and two runs scored. Ryan McBroom was 2/5 with a walk and Tim Locastro drove in a pair, going 1/3 with a walk.

Roster Notes: Kamakani Usui was demoted to Bluefield while Matt Smoral was promoted to Vancouver.

 

Boomer Collins

Player of the Game: Boomer Collins and Jairo Labourt

 

Bluefield Blue Jays 2, Princeton Rays 3

 

In Game One of a double header, the Blue Jays fell to the Rays. Evan Smith allowed three runs in five innings but was fairly strong while Conor Fisk allowed just one walk, facing seven batters over two innings with three strikeouts. Josh Almonte had two singles.

Roster Notes: Kamakani Usui was sent to Bluefield from Vancouver with Matt Smoral heading the other way. C Andres Sotillo and 3B/OF Lane Thomas were promoted to Bluefield from the GCL and P J.T. Autrey, IF Andrew Florides and OF Nathan DeSouza were sent down to the GCL.

Player of the Game: None

 

Bluefield Blue Jays 2, Princeton Rays 5

 

Starter Alberto Guzman was rocked in 2 1/3 innings but Carlos Ramirez had possibly his best outing as a pitcher, throwing three innings and allowing just one hit and one walk. Richard Urena was 2/4 while Lydell Moseby hit the team’s only extra-base hit, a double.

 

Richard Urena
Richard Urena

Player of the Game: Richard Urena and Carlos Ramirez

 

GCL Blue Jays 2, GCL Phillies 3

 

Hansel Rodriguez allowed three runs over two innings but Angel Perdomo threw four scoreless, allowing three hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Francis Eduardo also threw two scoreless innings. Deiferson Barreto (3/5, 2B, R) and Andres De Aza (2/3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB) combined for five of the club’s six hits.

Player of the Game: Angel Perdomo and Andres De Aza

DSL Blue Jays 9, DSL Braves 10

 

The Blue Jays came up just short in 12 innings as the Braves took the win. Pedro Diaz had the best pitching line with three hitless innings, allowing two walks and striking out five. The offense had 14 hits including four from Edward Olivares (4/6, 3B, 2 SB, R). Rodrigo Orozco (2/5, 2B, BB, RBI, R), Jesus Severino (2/5, BB, R), Enmanuel Moreta (2/5, 3B, 2 RBI, R), Bryan Lizardo (2/5, BB, 2B, 2 R) and Javier Hernandez (2/6, 3B, RBI, 2 R) all had two hits.

Player of the Game: Edward Olivares

 

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August 10 Preview

 

Buffalo Bisons (63-56)

 

The Bisons play a double header with the Durham Bulls starting at 4:05 PM ET on MiLB TV with likely P.J. Walters and Raul Valdes starting the games against TB prospects Nate Karns and Alex Colome.

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (58-62)

 

Casey Lawrence is scheduled to go for the Fisher Cats at 2:05 PM in Akron against the RubberDucks on MiLB TV.

 

Dunedin Blue Jays (69-49)

 

The D-Jays send Jeremy Gabryszwski to the hill against the Tampa Yankees at 5:00 PM.

 

Lansing Lugnuts (53-64)

 

Miguel Castro makes his second Midwest League start against the West Michigan Whitecaps at 2:05 PM.

 

Vancouver Canadians (32-22)

 

Vancouver’s starter is probably going to be Matt Smoral tonight, making his Northwest League debut in the Canadians’ return to the Nat against the Tri-City Dust Devils at 8:05 PM ET.

Bluefield Blue Jays (22-25)

 

The starter for the Bluefield Blue Jays is unknown for tonight’s game against the Danville Braves at home at 6:05 PM.

 

The GCL and DSL Blue Jays are both off today.

 

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  • Nancy Kotar

    Your Dwight Smith, Jr. link goes to his father’s info.

    • Jay Blue

      Unfortunately, this is an issue I’m aware of. The Baseball Reference linker automatically links to his father’s page and I’m far too lazy to link it to his own page manually every single time.

      Thanks for commenting! I’ll try to be more vigilant!