49 year old Jamie Moyer made his debut in the Blue jays organization tonight in the first of two starts he will make for the 51's. Looking at the stat line, the conclusions would seem to be mixed. He yielded 4 hard hit balls, including 2 homers and a triple, in the first two innings before settling in and getting the results he wanted for the rest of his time on the mound. He gave up seven hits in five innings, leading to three earned runs. He also struck out six and walked only one. Six of the eight baserunners allowed, and all three runs, occurred in the first two innings. The bullpen allowed one run in the four innings they contributed.
The hitters had a productive night, with multi-hit games for Snider, Gomes, sierra and Thames. Thames and Gose had doubles while Gomes had the lone homer. Collectively the team also drew 11 walks for a total of 23 base-runners.
Yohan Pino, back in his comfort zone after an unimpressive "vacation" in Vegas, had what was for him a disappointing outing, giving up four runs in six innings to take the loss.
The offense was led by lead-off hitting SS Ryan Goins who was 2 for 5 with a pair of doubles. Brad Glenn contributed a solo-shot homer.
Ryan Tepera continues to struggle in his attempt to come back from injury, and on Thursday he took another step backwards. He gave up six runs on six hits and a pair of walks in only four innings of work. That was bad enough. The fact that Boomer Potts and Shawn Griffith combined to allow seven more runs in the final two innings of the game was worse.
At the plate, the only batter with extra base hits was Jon Talley who came up with two doubles in four at-bats. Ryan Schimpf was the only other D-Jays hitter with more than one hit.
The one legit SP prospect going tonight was Noah Syndergaard and he didn't disappoint. He gave up one run in five innings, allowing five hits and striking out six.
Offensively, 2B John Berti returned to the lead-off role from an extended period on the DL and picked up one hit in four at bats. Chris Hawkins, Andy Burns, Kevin Patterson and Kevin Pillar had multi-hit games, the latter having three hits and both Kevins had a double. Burns' 3 run homer in the 3rd was the big blow. Pillar also stole his 29th base.
2012 29th rounder Colton Turner was on the mound for the C's and had a fine little outing, allowing one run over 5 IP. The bullpen followed with 1 run in their combined 4 innings of work.
Balbino Fuenmayor is en fuego. The one-time bonus baby is hitting .418 on the young season and picked up another multi-hit outing on Thursday. It's worth noticing, however, that he has only 2 walks against 16 strikeout in 14 games played, so let's temper any unfounded temptation to exuberance. Derrik Chung was 3 for 5, and Matt Newman had the only XBH of the night, recording both a double and a homer.
Tucker Jensen was the most successful starter in the system on Thursday, throwing 5 innings without allowing an earned run (he did allow 2 unearned runs). He walked no one while striking out four.
Four hitters picked up a single hit apiece, two f them – Art Charles and Dwight Smith, Jr – managed to make that hit a double.
Dominican bonus baby Jario Labourt laboured (see what I did there?) n his second GCL start. The 18 year old lefty gave up four runs, three earned, in three IP – worse, he walked four and struck out no-one. Three relievers combined to give up seven more runs in the next 4.1 innings.
Six batters recorded a hit, with three of those – Gabe Cenas, Jesus Gonzalez, and Chino Vega – recording a double. The GC Jays also made four errors in the game.
Third Star: Kevin Pillar, 3/5, double,
Second Star: Matt Newman – 2/2, double, homer, walk, 3 RBI
First Star: Yan Gomes – ¾ 2 run homer, 2 walks