8/11 - Blue Jays MiLB Recap: Pillar slugs away in Buffalo, Stroman struggles in New Hampshire!

I was looking for the most repulsive picture of pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, I think I did pretty well in choosing this one. - Tom Szczerbowski

Chien-Ming Wang pitched well for the Bisons, Scott Gracey and John Stilson did not, and Tim Mayza and Marcus Stroman both struggled in Bluefield and New Hampshire, respectively.

Last nights' events involving the Blue Jays affiliate teams in the minor leagues were not nearly as exciting as the night prior, but there still are some nice things to make note of. 2012 first round draft pick D.J. Davis had a solid game at the plate for Bluefield, hopefully this is the start of him coming out of his latest funk, in his last ten games Davis had had 40 at bats, of those 40 at bats he has struck out in 17 of them. In Buffalo, Kevin Pillar also looks to be coming out of his recent funk also as he had a tremendous game and Anthony Gose also looks pretty solid lately as he collected another hit today to push hit hit streak to four games, of those four games in which Anthony collected a hit, two have been multi-hit games. I'm gonna start from the bottom today and go from Bluefield up to Buffalo, reverse order of what I did yesterday, just to keep things fresh.

Bluefield Blue Jays (33-16)

As I pointed out earlier, the Bluefield Blue Jays took an 8-3 loss in the first of their two games yesterday against the Johnson City Cardinals as they have to make up for a game that was rained out the day before. The Blue Jays still sit atop the Appalachian League Eastern division by two games over the Pulaski Mariners.

  • D.J. Davis - 1-3/2B/BB/SB
  • Mitch Nay - 1-3
  • Dawel Lugo - 1-3
  • Matt Dean - 0-3
  • Derrick Loveless - 3-3/3B/SB
  • Tim Mayza - 2IP/9H/7ER/1BB/3K/1HR
  • Mark Biggs - 1IP/1H/0ER/2BB/1K

Bluefield Blue Jays (33-17)

Bluefield also dropped the second game yesterday, this one by a score of 5-2 as the Johnson City Cardinals made a powerful comeback, scoring five runs in their last two half innings of play.

  • D.J. Davis - 1-3
  • Alexis Maldonado - 2-4
  • Mitch Nay - 1-3
  • Dawel Lugo - 0-3, Dawel has OPS'd .846 in his last ten, though his OBP is exactly the same as his AVG, if you didn't notice, Dawel is quite the free swinger and doesn't take very many walks.
  • Matt Dean - 1-3/3B, Dean has OPS'd .902 in his last ten.
  • Chase DeJong - 5.1IP/5H/3ER/1BB/6K, Chase hasn't exactly been welcomed to professional baseball very nicely as Appalachian League hitters are hitting .285 off of him so far through 43 innings.

Vancouver Canadians (29-26)

The Vancouver Canadians lost the game of their double header yesterday to the Boise Hawks by a score of 3-1. With the loss, the Canadians have now dropped their last four games, but still hold the second place spot in the Northwest League Northern division by two and a half games, which is also the same gap set between Vancouver and the first place Everett AquaSox.

  • Ian Parmley - 1-5/SB
  • Andy Fermin - 2-3/BB
  • L.B. Dantzler - 0-3/BB, this is the first game in awhile for Dantzler in which he hasn't collected a hit, in his previous nine he collected one and it likely goes even farther than that.
  • Justin Atkinson - 1-4
  • Christian Vazquez - 2-4
  • Dan Jansen - 0-4/2SO
  • Shane Dawson - 5IP/6H/1ER/0BB/4K
  • Scott Silverstein - 3IP/4H/1ER/2BB/4K

Vancouver Canadians (30-26)

The Vancouver Canadians won the second game of their double header today by a final score of 6-5. The Great One's son was playing yesterday in the second game of the double header, he went 3-4 and is currently hitting .256/.281/.291 for the Boise Hawks.

  • Chaz Frank - 1-3/2B/2BB/SB
  • Ian Parmley - 1-4
  • L.B. Dantzler - 2-5
  • Justin Atkinson - 0-3/2BB
  • Michael Reeves - 1-5/2B
  • Brenden Kalfus - 1-4/BB
  • Dan Arcila - 1-3/3B
  • David Harris - 2-4/2 2B
  • Christian Vazquez - 1-4
  • Jeremy Gabryszwski - 4IP/11H/5ER/1BB/2K
  • Matt Dermody - 2.2IP/4H/0ER/1BB/2K
  • Garrett Pickens - 1.1IP/0H/0ER/1BB/2K
  • Chuck Ghysels - 1IP/0H/0ER/0BB/2K

Lansing Lugnuts (51-68)

The Lansing Lugnuts drop their second straight game in walk off fashion last night as they lost by a final score of 3-2. Offense was a real rarity in this one as both teams combined collected just eight hits. Not much really needs to be said about the Lugs and their playoff chances because they're almost non-existent.

  • Dwight Smith Jr. - 1-4/SB
  • Emilio Guerrero - 1-4/SB, also had two errors in the field, which were his 30th and 31st on the year, yeesh..
  • Dalton Pompey - 0-3/BB/CS
  • Christian Lopes - 0-3/BB
  • Kevin Patterson - 1-4
  • Santiago Nessy - 1-3/HR/2RBI
  • Kendall Graveman - 4IP/2H/1ER/2BB/3K
  • Kramer Champlin - 4IP/2H/1ER/0BB/3K

    Dunedin Blue Jays (55-57)

    The Dunedin Blue Jays won 4-2 over the Brevard County Manatees (awesome team name, by the way) in FSL league play. Though Dunedin has just a .491 winning percentage, they're still automatically into the playoffs in the Florida State League thanks to their strong efforts in the first half which gave them the honors of being the first half division winners.
  • Mike Crouse - 1-4/HR/SB
  • K.C. Hobson - 1-4
  • Marcus Knecht - 2-4/2B
  • Jesse Hernandez - 6.2IP/3H/0ER/1BB/2K
  • Tyler Ybarra - 1.1IP/0H/0ER/0BB/0K
  • Blake McFarland - 1IP/0H/0ER/0BB/0K

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (56-62)

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats fell today to the Richmond Flying Squirrels by a score of 5-1. After losing in this one, New Hampshire falls behind in the standings as they now sit six games back of second place in the Eastern League Eastern division, second place would get the F-Cats into the playoffs.

Buffalo Bisons (63-58)

The Buffalo Bisons won last night's game by a score of 8-5 over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, although it looked like the bullpen was doing it's best job in attempt to blow the lead as they yielded five runs to the RailRiders in the final three innings of play. With Buffalo's win last night, they now just sit a half a game back of the International League wild card spot behind the Norfolk Tides.

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