July 31st Blue Jays Minor League Recap: Kay, not O-Kay in Bisons debut

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The system went 4 and 3. Phillip Clarke and Otto Lopez paced the system with 4-hits each. Jesus Lopez picked up a pair of doubles while Griffin Conine, Jordan Patterson, and Andy Burns went deep. Clarke, Mc Gregory Contrares, and Burns each drove in three runs. Anthony Alford is back on the field after missing over a month on the IL.

 

Triple-A

Buffalo Bisons (56-53)

 

After losing 10 to 8 on Tuesday, the Herd lost 11 to 7. The Bisons welcomed Anthony Kay, acquired from the NY Mets for Marcus Stroman; unfortunately, the IronPigs were not as welcoming.

 

HR- Andy Burns (11) and Jordan Patterson (14)

 

Starter- Anthony Kay 4.2IP, 11H, 7R, 3BB, 3K, and 1HRA on 94 pitches

 

L- Kay (1-4, 6.50ERA)

 

Thursday, August 1st starting pitcher- Nick Kingham

 

Double-A

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (48-60)

 

The Cats won 3 to 2, edging the RubberDucks with 2 runs in the 9th inning. Forrest Wall and Santiago Espinal walked in the tying and winning runs respectively. The Fisher Cats welcomed back Joshua Palacios who last played on July 23rd, going 3-for-3 in GM2.

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Justin Dillon 6.0IP, 7H, 2R, 1BB, 3K on 92 pitches

 

W- Brad Wilson (1-0, 4.82ERA)

 

SV- Dany Jimenez (1)

 

Thursday, August 1st starting pitcher- Hector Perez

 

Advanced-A

Dunedin Blue Jays (62-42)

 

Delayed like Sunwing

 

Thursday, August 1st starting pitcher- Graham Spraker and TBD (Simeon Woods Richardson???)

 

A-Ball

Lansing Lugnuts (51-56)

 

The Lugnuts committed 3 errors and their pitchers allowed 8 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits, walking 8 batters and striking out 10. Lansing scored 2 runs in each of the 2nd, 3rd, 9th, and 10th innings to win 10 to 8. Otto Lopez came a HR shy of hitting for the cycle.

 

HR- Griffin Conine (15)

 

Starter- Cobi Johnson 2.2IP, 2H, 4R, 4BB, 3K on 65 pitches

 

W- Marcus Reyes (6-1, 2.37ERA)

 

H- Fitz Stadler (1)

 

BSV- Josh Hiatt (1)

 

Thursday, August 1st starting pitcher- Eric Pardinho

 

Short-Season A-Ball

Vancouver Canadians (18-28)

 

The C’s won 13 to 5

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Nick Fraze 3.0IP, 3H, 1R, 0BB, 4K on 34 pitches

 

W- Jared DiCesare (2-0,  5.40ERA)

 

Thursday, August 1st starting pitcher- Alex Nolan

 

Rookie Ball

Bluefield Blue Jays (21-19)

Won 7 to 5. All seven runs were driven in by six different players, one unearned run accounting for number 7.

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Naswell Paulino 3.0IP, 5H, 2R, 3BB, 3K on 66 pitches

 

W- Juan Acosta (3-2, 5.14ERA)

 

GCL Blue Jays (12-16)

Lost 4 to 2. Anthony Alford made his first rehab appearance, he was lifted after 2 at-bats but he hit a double.

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Andrew McInvale 3.0IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 4K

 

L- Juanfer Castro (0-1, 2.45ERA)

 

DSL Blue Jays (24-27)

Lost 2 to 1

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Fernando Chacon 5.0IP, 5H, 0R, 2BB, 4K

 

L- Juan Martinez (1-1, 5.31ERA)

 

SV- Jose Quintana (2)

 

Top Performers:

 

 

Player of the Day

Wednesday, July 31st POD goes to Andy Burns

 

The 28-yr-old former 11th round selection had another 3 hit performance, his 2nd in two games. DH’ing and batting 2nd for the Bison, Burns got the party started with a 1st inning single and scored on a Patrick Kivlehan single.

 

Andy Burns went deep in the 4th inning, cashing in Alen Hanson and giving Buffalo a 4 to 3 lead. He walked in the 6th inning but was stranded. He singled home Roemon Fields in the 8th inning and scored on a Rowdy Tellez double.

 

The native of Greenville, SC., returned to the Jays organization after spending two seasons in Korea. He’s been outstanding for the Herd, splitting time between 1B (13), 2B (18), and 3B (46).  Burns is getting on-base at a .376 clip with 49 walks and 57 strikeouts while collecting 13 doubles, a pair of triples, and 11HR. He owns a .816OPS to go with a solid .275BA in 89 games.

 

Over his last 10 games, Andy Burns is batting .333 with 7 runs scored, 2HR, 9RBI, 7/6 BB/K, and 1SB. I really hope the Blue Jays find room on the 40-man to call him up for September.

 

The Kevin Smith and Griffin Conine Show

 

Kevin Smith went hitless in 4 at-bats with 3 strikeouts. I guess the pressure sooooo much attention was too much for him. Smith has a .361BA with 2HR and 5RBI in his last 10 games. He has also struck out 13 times during this stretch and 113 in 88 games. The power is real but so is the swing-and-miss risk.

 

Griffin Conine was in RF and batting 4th for the Lugnuts. He scored a pair runs, hit a HR, drove in a pair, walked twice, and struck out twice. Conine has 2HR and 5 RBI in the past three games. He is still batting just .146 over his last 10 and .250 in 24 July games but he also mashed 7 dingers and drove in 20 during the month.

 

 

 

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