July 12th Blue Jays Minor League Recap: Kevin Smith with two HRs

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Happy Saturday, the Blue Jays minor league system went 4 and 4.

 

Triple-A

Buffalo Bisons (48-43)

 

GM1 The Bisons won 4 to 3, getting a pair of HR from a pair of players not known for hitting the ball over the wall. T.J. Zeuch induced 11 groundball outs.

 

HR- Reese McGuire (4) and Roemon Fields (1)

 

Starter- T.J. Zeuch 5.2IP, 5H, 3R, 2BB, 2K, and 1HRA on 91 pitches

 

W- Zeuch (2-1, 4.09ERA)

 

SV- Buddy Boshers (5)

 

GM2 The Bisons lost 6 to 2

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Conor Fisk 2.1IP, 5H, 6R, 2BB, 2K on 54 pitches

 

L- Fisk (2-5, 6.05ERA)

 

Saturday, July 13th starting pitcher- Sean Reid-Foley

 

Double-A

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (40-49)

 

The Fisher Cats won 4 to 2. Yennsy Diaz gave New Hampshire 5 strong innings and the bullpen allowed just 3 hits over the final 4IP while walking 1 and striking out 4.

 

HR- Riley Adams (5) and Kevin Smith 2x(10)

 

Starter- Yennsy Diaz 5.0IP, 6H, 2R, 2BB, 2K, and 1HRA on 90 pitches

 

W- Diaz (8-6, 3.59ERA)

 

H- Justin Dillon (1) and Danny Jimenez (1)

 

SV- Danny Young (2)

 

Saturday, July 13th starting pitcher- Patrick Murphy

 

Advanced-A

Dunedin Blue Jays (57-30)

 

Postponed

 

Saturday, July 13th starting pitcher- Maximo Castillo and TBD

 

A-Ball

Lansing Lugnuts (44-46)

 

The Lugnuts won 8 to 2 earning the sweep of the Chiefs. The Nuts blew the game open with 5 runs between the 7th and 9th innings.

 

HR- Gabriel Moreno (7)

 

Starter-Troy Watson 6.0IP, 6H, 1R, 1BB, 0K on 88 pitches

 

W- Watson (4-2, 4.41ERA)

 

H- Joey Pulido (2)

 

Saturday, July 13th starting pitcher- Juan De Paula

 

Short-Season A-Ball

Vancouver Canadians (8-20)

 

The C’s won 9 to 4. Five Canadian had multi-hit games. Gabriel Ponce struggled with his control and Randy Pondler was roughed up for 3 runs in his 4.1IP but Greyson Huffman and Parker Caracci keep the C’s in the game with 3 shutout innings of relief.

 

HR- Yorman Rodriguez (2)

 

Starter- Gabriel Ponce 1.2IP, 1H, 1R, 3BB, 1K, and 1HRA on 48 pitches

 

W- Randy Pondler (3-1, 7.79ERA)

 

H- Greyson Huffman (1)

 

Saturday, July 13th starting pitcher- Juan Diaz

 

Rookie Ball

Bluefield Blue Jays (12-11)

 

Blue Jays lost 9 to 3

 

HR- PK Morris (4)

 

Starter- Alejandro Melean 5.0IP, 3H, 1R, 2BB, 7K on 77 pitches

 

L- Luis Alvarez (0-1, 2.53ERA)

 

Friday, July 12th starting pitcher-

 

GCL Blue Jays (6-7)

Lost 6 to 5

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Wilgenis Alvarado 3.2IP, 6H, 4R, 1BB, 2K

 

L- Williams Moreno (0-1, 6.43ERA)

 

DSL Blue Jays (19-17)

Lost 11 to 2

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Fernando Chacon 4.0IP, 4H, 3R, 2BB, 2K, and 1HRA

 

W- Chacon (2-3, 4.70ERA)

 

Top Performers:

Player of the Day

Friday, July 12th POD goes to Kevin Smith

 

Entering action on Friday night, Fisher Cats SS was riding an ugly streak which saw him striking out twice a game for six straight. Over his previous 10, Smith had 19K’s. He spent a few days on the 7-day IL between July 3rd and July 10th.

 

On the positive side, he was hitting a tiny bit better. He pushed his batting average up from .168 to .181. Not the season Blue Jay fans were hoping for. On Friday, Kevin Smith hit a home run in his first two plate appearances and didn’t strike out at all to snap his 2K/GP streak.

 

Playing SS and batting 7th, Smith’s first at-bat came in the 2nd inning with Chad Spanberger on base. Kevin jumped on the first pitch of the at-bat, sending it over the wall in CF for a 3 to 0 lead.

 

 

In the 4th inning, with the bases empty, Smith jumped on the first pitch again. This time he hit the ball over the LF wall for a 4 to 2 lead. Kevin Smith is now batting .278 over his last 10 games and .186 in 70 games; unfortunately, he owns a .247OBP and a .369SLG while striking out 92 times in 70 games.

 

Today was a win. Hopefully, Smith will find greater success in the 2nd half.

 

The Bo Bichette and Griffin Conine Show

 

Bo Bichette went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in GM1 while playing SS and leading off for the Herd. In GM2, Bo was back at SS and leading off. He went 0-for-2 with a walk, a strikeout, and a run scored. Overall, Bichette went 0-for-5 on the day and is batting .302 for Buffalo.

 

Griffin Conine was in RF and batting cleanup for the Lansing Lugnuts. He went hitless in 5 at-bats, striking out 3x. He’s struck out in 6 of his last 9 at-bats but is still batting .312 with a 1.025OPS in 37 games with Lansing.

 

 

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