July 15th Blue Jays Minor League Recap: Dillon with 7 shutout innings

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The Blue Jays minor league system went 3 and 3. Rafael Lantigua, Otto Lopez, Nash Knight, and Jonathan Davis each had 3-hit games. Johnny Aiello and Davis drove in 3 runs each. Justin Dillon was near unhittable for the Fisher Cats.

 

Triple-A

Buffalo Bisons (49-45)

 

The Bisons lost 9 to 7, falling in 10 innings.

 

HR- Jonathan Davis (7) and Andy Burns (9)

 

Starter- Shawn Morimando 4.0IP, 3H, 2R, 4BB, 4K on 71 pitches

 

L- Jason Adams (0-1, 2.25ERA)

 

Tuesday, July 16th starting pitcher- TBD

 

Double-A

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (41-51)

 

The Fisher Cats won 2 to 0 thanks to solid pitching from Justin Dillon and Dany Jimenez and an 8th inning 2-run HR off the bat of Forrest Wall.

 

HR- Forrest Wall (8)

 

Starter- Justin Dillon 7.0IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 7K on 91 pitches

 

W- Jimenez (2-1, 2.45ERA)

 

Tuesday, July 16th starting pitcher- Hector Perez

 

Advanced-A

Dunedin Blue Jays (58-32)

 

No Game

 

Tuesday, July 16th starting pitcher- Graham Spraker and TBD

 

A-Ball

Lansing Lugnuts (45-48)

 

The Lugnuts lost 14 to 7. This one was over after an 8-run 4th inning which included a Wander Javier grand slam off Lansing’s Joey Pulido. Wander Javier went deep again in the 8th inning. Javier was included in a rumored Marcus Stroman and Ken Giles to the Twins trade. In total, Lansing’s pitcher allowed 6HR.

 

HR- Johnny Aiello (3), Griffin Conine (12), Otto Lopez (4)

 

Starter- Troy Miller 3.0IP, 8H, 6R, 2BB, 3K, and 2HRA on 68 pitches

 

L- Miller (3-4, 5.05ERA)

 

Wednesday, July 17th starting pitcher- Sean Wymer

 

Short-Season A-Ball

Vancouver Canadians (10-21)

 

The C’s won 6 to 2

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Adam Kloffenstein 5.0IP, 4H, 1R, 2BB, 5K on 79 pitches

 

W- Kloffenstein (1-2, 2.92ERA)

 

Tuesday, July 16th starting pitcher- William Gaston

 

Rookie Ball

Bluefield Blue Jays (12-13)

 

Delayed

 

GCL Blue Jays (7-8)

Won 2 to 0

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Blake Sanderson 3.0IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K

 

W- Santos Moreno (1-0, 0.63ERA)

 

DSL Blue Jays (19-18)

Lost 5 to 2

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Juanfer Castro 4.2IP, 7H, 4R, BB, 5K, and 1HRA

 

L-Castro (2-4, 4.13ERA)

 

Top Performers:

  • Buffalo Socrates Brito (2-for-4, BB, k), Jonathan Davis (3-for-5, 2R, HR, 3RBI, K), Andy Burns (2-for-3, R, HR, RBI, BB)
  • NH Forrest Wall (3-for-4, R, HR, RBI), Nash Knight (solo HR), Kevin Smith (solo HR), Dillon, and Jimenez (2IP, H, 4K)
  • Lansing Otto Lopez (3-for-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI, CS), Hunter Steinmetz (0-for-2, 3BB, K), Rafael Lantigua (3-for-5, R, 2B, K, SB), Aiello (HR, 3RBI), Hagen Danner (2-for-5, R, 2B, K), Sean Rackoski (3.2IP, H, 2BB, 3K)
  • C’s Will Roberston (2-for-3, 2R, BB, K), Mc Gregory Contreras (2-for-4, R, 2RBI), Adam Kloffenstein (see above), Grayson Huffman (2IP, H, 3K)
  • GCL Sanderson (see above), Santos Moreno (6IP, 2H, 3K)
  • DSL Juan Pizarro (2-for-4, RBI, SB, CS), Gabriel Martinez (1-for-2, 3B, 2BB, K, SB)

Player of the Day

Sunday, July 14th POD goes to Justin Dillon

 

The 25-yr-old, former 10th rounder, was promoted to Double-A New Hampshire on June 22nd. With the D-Jays, Dillon posted a record of 5-1 with a 3.90ERA. He made 11 starts and 2 appearances out of the pen for Dunedin.

Since joining the Fisher Cats, 6-foot-3 righty has made 2 starts (3 including last night) and 3 appearances out of the pen. Dillon owned a 7.62ERA heading into action but managed to drive his ERA down to 4.95 with 7 shutout innings of 2 hit, 2 walks, 7K ball.

 

Dillon threw 62 of his 91 pitches for strikes, getting 7 groundball outs and 3 out via the air. It looked like it might be a rough outing early for the righty after issuing a pair of but he finished the frame with a GB and 2K. He retired the side in order in the 2nd, 3rd minus an E, and 4th. A leadoff single to start the 5th was quickly erased by Riley Adams gunning the runner out attempting to steal 2nd base. Three up, three down in the 6th.

 

The 7th started with a fly ball out, single, and HBP. A mound visit seemed to settle him down as he got the next batter on called 3rd strike and followed that up with a flyball out.

 

Justin Dillon will continue to fill the role of spot starter for the upper minors, eating up innings where ever he is needed. For the year, between Dunedin and New Hampshire, Dillon owns a 6-3 record with a 4.14ERA, 19 walks and 78K in 87IP.

 

The Bo Bichette and Griffin Conine Show

 

Bo Bichette went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored. Bo has 15 doubles and is batting .301.

 

Griffin Conine looked much better after a day off to clear his head. Conine went 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored, his 12th HR, two RBI, a walk, and a strikeout. He snapped a three-game hitless streak (0-for-13) and pushed his batting up to .309 and his OPS back over 1.000.

 

 

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