Monday, April 15, 2013

April 14 Minor League Report


Today was a very busy day for the Jays’ minor league affiliates and for me.  I took the trip down to Buffalo (where I joined Bluebird Banter blogger Minor Leaguer to watch the games), as all four of the full season ball clubs were in action, with double headers in Buffalo and Lansing.  I’ll be putting more details about the experience of going down to Buffalo in our upcoming Blue Jays from Away Podcast that we should have up later this week (technical details are being worked out).

Buffalo Bisons (4-4)

Game 1:

The first game action the Buffalo Bisons have seen since April 9th culminated in an excellent victory over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders (the NY Yankees AAA club) 6-1.  Going up against 6’8” 260 pound flame-throwing prospect Dillin Betances, Bison’s starter Dave Bush (who we last saw getting destroyed by the Boston Red Sox last Sunday at Rogers Centre) had a fantastic start, confounding the Railriders at every step, throwing 5 innings, giving up only 1 unearned run on three hits.  Brad Lincoln had a rough inning of his own while Juan Perez threw a clean 7th to finish the game (minor league double headers are only 7 innings each game). 

Bush warming up in the pen

Bush warming up in the pen

Gose putting a ball in play (note the splash of dirt in front of the plate)

Jim Negrych putting the ball in play
The offense was driven by 3B Andy Laroche, C Josh Thole and SS Ryan Goins who drove in the six runs in the bottom of the first inning, with LaRoche and Goins hitting doubles.  Anthony Gose went three for four, but really didn’t look great at the plate.  He struck out in his other plate appearance and seemed to have trouble recognizing off-speed pitches and didn’t really hit the ball hard all day.  His first hit was an infield single, the second was a roller though the 5-6 hole, and the third was an opposite field single on a breaking ball that he was fooled on and just made contact with a defensive swing.  He also had a rough day on the basepaths, getting caught stealing and picked off.  Moises Sierra gunned down Don Adams at the plate to cut down a run, but made a bone-headed play in the second game, forgetting how many outs there were after making a catch and continuing to run towards center field while a runner on second tagged up and took third.

Hitting:

Jim Negrych – 1/4, R
Anthony Gose – 3/4, R, K, CS, PO
Moises Sierra – 0/3, R, BB, K, OF Asst.
Mauro Gomez – 0/2, BB, K, E
Josh Thole – 1/2, R, 2 RBI, BB
Andy LaRoche – 2/3, R, 2B, RBI
Ryan Langerhans – 1/2, R, 2B, BB
Eugenio Velez – 0/3
Ryan Goins – 1/3, 2B, 3 RBI, K

Pitching:

Dave Bush – W, 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 K
Brad Lincoln – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Juan Perez – 1 IP

Blue Jays from Away Player of the Game: Dave Bush

Game 2:

The second game of the double header was a much less satisfying outcome for the Bisons, taking a 12-5 loss on Sunday.  42-year-old Miguel Batista, still firing in the low 90s and making his first appearance of 2013, couldn’t make it out of the first inning, giving up three runs (only one earned) in two thirds of an inning, throwing a lot of pitches, and struggling to throw strikes (although, he didn’t have much help from the defense).   The other four pitchers who pitched in the game (pretty much everything the Bisons had left in the bullpen) also pitched poorly, with only Alex Hinshaw avoiding giving up runs.  Hinshaw walked four in one and a third innings, so we can hardly call that a successful outing.

The two unearned runs in the first came from first baseman Mauro Gomez’s second error on the day. Gomez looked downright awful at first base, showing absolutely no ability to get to a ball hit outside of arm’s length, and no ability to catch a ball hit directly at him.  He MUST be better than he showed today, but I would expect to see Luis Jimenez playing first and Gomez DHing a lot more in the future.

Hitting:

Mike McCoy – 2/2, 2B, RBI, BB, CS
Anthony Gose – 1/4, R, K
Moises Sierra – 1/4, 2B
Mauro Gomez – 1/4, R, 2B, RBI
Ryan Langerhans – 2/3, R, BB, K
Andy LaRoche – 0/4, 2 K
Jim Negrych – 2/2, R, BB
Eugenio Velez – 1/2, R, 3B, 3 RBI, BB
Mike Nickeas – 0/3

Pitching:

Miguel Batista – 2/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K
Mickey Storey – 2 1/3 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K
Buddy Carlyle – 1 2/3 IP, 3 H, 4 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 3 K
Alex Hinshaw – 1 1/3 IP, 4 BB, 1 K
Neil Wagner – 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Blue Jays from Away Player of the Game: Mike McCoy

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (6-5)

The Binghamton Mets picked away at starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx to score six runs over the first five innings while the New Hampshire Fisher Cats only managed to scratch out single runs in the third, fifth, and eighth innings to fall 6-3.  Matt Wright and Trystan Magnuson finished the game strong while Brad Glenn hit a solo shot in the 5th inning for his first home run of the season in the loss.  Kevin Pillar and Kevin Nolan had two hits a piece (including one double each) while Pillar contributed with an outfield assist, throwing out Allan Dykstra at the plate. 

Hitting:

Kenny Wilson – 0/3, 3 K
Kevin Pillar – 2/4, 2B, RBI, OF Asst.
Ryan Schimpf – 1/3, 2B, BB, K
Clint Robinson – 0/3, BB, K
Adam Loewen – 0/4, 2 K
Kevin Nolan – 2/4, 2B, E
Brad Glenn – 1/4, R, HR, RBI, K
Sean Ochinko – 1/4, R, K
John Tolisano – 1/4, R, 2B, K

Pitching:

Austin Bibens-Dirkx – L, 4 2/3 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 4 BB, 5 K, 2 HR
Matt Wright – 2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K
Trystan Magnuson – 1 IP, 3 K

Blue Jays from Away Player of the Game:  Kevin Pillar

Dunedin Blue Jays (7-3)

The Lakeland Flying Tigers were finally able to get to starting pitcher Jesse Hernandez with a run in the seventh inning, and it was enough as the Dunedin Blue Jays only managed three hits in a 2-0 loss.  Hernandez was outstanding, scattering eight hits and one walk before exiting with two on and one out in the seventh, and reliever Tony Davis couldn’t shut the door on the Flying Tigers, allowing the eventual winning run.  The biggest news from this game came from major leaguer Brett Lawrie who picked up two of the three hits for the D-Jays while playing second base.

Hitting:

Jonathan Jones – 0/4
Andy Burns – 0/3, BB
Brett Lawrie – 2/4
Kevin Patterson – 0/3, K
Marcus Knecht – 0/3
Pierce Rankin – 1/3, 2B
                Jon Berti  PR – 0/0
Nick Baligod – 0/3
Derrick Chung – 0/3
Peter Mooney – 0/3

Pitching:

Jesse Hernandez – L, 6 1/3 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Tony Davis – 1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB
Blake McFarland – 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB
Marco Grifantini – 2/3 IP

Blue Jays from Away Player of the Game:  Jesse Hernandez

Lansing Lugnuts (3-6)

Game 1:

The Lugnuts wasted a great pitching performance from 18-year-old Roberto Osuna, getting no-hit by Southbend Silver Hawk starter Kyle Schepel  in a 1-0 loss.  Osuna, most likely on a pitch limit, threw four and two thirds innings, giving up only one run on four hits and walk while striking out six, again, showing why he’s one of the top young arms in the system.  He was picked up by Griffin “Rollie” Murphy for two and a third innings of great relief.

Hitting:

Dalton Pompey –  0/1
                Chris Hawkins – 0/2, 2 K
Gustavo Pierre – 0/3, K
Christian Lopes – 0/3, K
Balbino Fuenmayor – 0/3, 2 K
Kellen Sweeney - 0/2, K
Santiago Nessy – 0/1, BB
Emilio Guerrero – 0/2
Ronald Melendez – 0/2

Pitching:

Roberto Osuna – L, 4 2/3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K
Griffin Murphy – 2 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K

Blue Jays from Away Player of the Game: Roberto Osuna

Game 2:

The second game wasn’t much of an improvement for the Lugnuts as they fell 8-2 to South Bend.  MLB.com #3 prospect Daniel Norris got hit hard again, going only four innings and giving up five of the eight runs.  While he only walked one batter (and struck out five), he threw two wild pitches on the evening.  DH Christian Lopes rapped two hits for the home side while Gustavo Pierre hit a double and 1B Balbino Fuenmayor and SS Jorge Flores each drove in a run.

Hitting:

Dalton Pompey –  1/3, R, BB, K
Gustavo Pierre – 1/4, 2B
Christian Lopes – 2/4, K
Balbino Fuenmayor – 0/3, RBI, BB
Kellen Sweeney – 1/2 , R, BB
Carlos Ramirez – 0/3, 2 K
Chris Hawkins – 0/3
Seth Conner – 0/2, K
Jorge Flores – 0/3, 2B, RBI, E

Pitching:

Daniel Norris – L, 4 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
Matt Johnson – 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, K
Ben White – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
Chuck Ghysels – 1 IP, K

Blue Jays from Away Player of the Game: Christian Lopes

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