The Dunedin Blue Jays were to play their first playoff game Tuesday but Hurricane Dorian said, "Screw that noise!" Instead, this is a recap of Monday's action where #BlueJays affiliates were 3-1 on Labour Day to conclude the 2019 minor league season. #LetsGoBlueJays
Buffalo 5 Scranton Wilkes-Barre 3
The Bisons finish the year above .500 at 71-69. Andy Burns was the good soldier for the Herd all year long as he belted a two-run home run, his 19th of the year. Anthony Alford and Forrest Wall put ones by the wall for Buffalo as well.
Sean Reid-Foley gave up a home run and two in total over frames but posted a 6-1 strikeout/walk total. Ryan Feierabend got the win with a shutout fifth. Bryan Baker had the save.
New Hampshire 8 Portland 7 (10 Innings)
The Fisher Cats got their 63rd win against 76 losses. Christian Williams provided the difference with a two-run home run in the 10th inning for his fourth of the year. Josh Palacios, Kevin Smith and Logan Warmoth all finished with two-hit games with Warmoth walking and stealing his 12th base in 14 attempts. Warmoth hit .297 in his last 10 games to reach the Mendoza Line. Palacios got a free pass and took one for the team to reach base four times. Cullen Large singled, swiped a bag and drove in two.
Every batter save for one put the ball in play against Hector Perez but he worked around nine hits by limiting Portland to three runs over six frames. He walked nobody to go along with his lone strikeout. Six of his 10 outs in play were on the ground. Adams Cuevas worked a scoreless frame. William Ouellette was charged with the blown save after two runs allowed in 1-2/3 innings but got the win. Jake Fishman got the final out for the save.
Lansing 3 Fort Wayne 1
Sean Wymer went all the way in this one, spinning a nine-inning effort with just one run on four hits, a walk and two hit by pitches (against Dwanya Williams-Sutton). Maybe they have had a feud since their Northwest League days! Wymer struck out two and recorded eight of his 17 outs in play on the ground.
All three runs came on the long ball with Otto Lopez belting the game-winner in the sixth. Yorman Rodriguez rocked one over the fence for the first time in the Midwest League to conclude a stellar stint with Lansing by hitting .344 with an OPS of .844. Griffin Conine finished 2-for-4 and crushed his 22nd homer of the year in the eighth. Rafael Lantigua had a two-hit effort. The Lugnuts finished three games shy of .500 at 68-71.
Everett 3 Vancouver 1
Winder Garcia was called from the GCL Blue Jays and the 17 year-old did a fine job against a representative lineup fielded by the Mariners affiliate. He gave up just a solo dinger over five innings and struck out four against two walks over five frames. Gage Burland and Josh Almonte worked a scoreless frame apiece. Parker Caracci was charged with the loss.
Luis De Los Santos had three hits and Dom Abbadessa had two. Adrian Ramos singled, stole a base and was the last Canadians player to step on home plate this year when he scored on a Cameron Eden groundout. You can find a first-hand account of the game are right here. Vancouver lost 46 of 76 games to set a short-season franchise low.
*** 3 Stars!!! ***
3. Winder Garcia, Vancouver
2. Griffin Conine, Lansing
1. Sean Wymer, Lansing
On behalf of the esteemed and effervescent Gerry McDonald, this concludes another season of minor league game recaps at Batter's Box for 2019. The minor league crew will get together to hammer out the top 30 Blue Jays prospects soon. As for myself, I still have more interviews with a few other members of the 2019 Vancouver Canadians to transcribe so please keep checking back at csplusbaseball.ca for the latest. Thanks a million for being here and thanks for reading all season long!