Saturday, August 18, 2012

Game 55: Bluefield Blue Jays at Danville Braves

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BLUE JAYS (23-31)

1 DJ Davis CF
2 Jacob Anderson RF
3 Christian Lopes 2B
4 Santiago Nessy DH
5 Seth Conner 1B
6 Nico Taylor LF
7 Dickie Joe Thon SS
8 Matt Dean 3B
9 Hector Alvarez C

RHP Alberto Tirado (1-2, 2.68 in 11 Gulf Coast League starts)

BRAVES (31-21)

1 Logan Robbins CF
2 Levi Hyams 2B
3 Carlos Franco 3B
4 Josh Elander DH
5 Aris Alcantara 1B
6 Felix Marte RF
7 Ronald Luna SS
8 Nick DeSantiago C
9 Kurt Fleming LF

RHP Mauricio Cabrera (1-2, 3.09)


BROADCAST INFO: Listen live right here for all five games of the weekend on The games will also be broadcast locally on WKEZ 1240 AM Rooster Classic Country

WEATHER: 81 and a little overcast

UMPIRES: PLATE: Troy Hodack FIELD: Nick Garvey

ABOUT LAST NIGHT...: The Bluefield Blue Jays were seeing double on Friday night. The Danville Braves beat the Jays 3-0 in both games of a doubleheader at American Legion Post 325 Field as Bluefield had eight hits in 14 scoreless innings. Game one started as a duel between Jays righty Jeremy Gabryszwski and Danville’s Frank Lafreniere. Gabryszwski pitched a scoreless first inning before leaving the game. Julio Carmona (L, 0-4) turned in four solid innings of relief, but he took the tough-luck loss when the Braves pushed across the go-ahead run in the third. Kurt Fleming led off with a double and he came home on Carlos Franco’s two-out single. Danville tacked on two more in the sixth against Joe Spano with four hits, although only one was hit particularly hard. Lafreniere (W, 5-2) cruised through six innings of five-hit ball. Bluefield had the bases loaded in the fifth, but Seth Conner struck out to end the frame. Zach Jadofsky (S, 1) worked a 1-2-3 seventh and struck out two to close it out. The finale played out in similar fashion, with the Braves taking the lead for good in the third inning. Justin James (L, 2-2) set down the first six batters he faced before Danville rallied. Blake Brown led off with a walk and Logan Robbins singled him home. With one out and runners at second and third, newcomer Seth Moranda stroked a single to plate two and make it 3-0. Nightcap starter Eduardo Castillo (W, 3-3) held the Jays to two hits in five shutout frames. Bluefield put two men on in each of the first three innings but could not cash in. Jeremy Fitzgerald posted another zero in the sixth out of the bullpen, then Bryam Garcia (S, 6) struck out the side in the seventh to complete the double-shutout.

VS. THE BRAVES: The Baby Jays won the first head-to-head matchup on July 4th 4-2 on Santiago Nessy’s home run, but they fell 8-6 and 13-3 to lose the three-game home series. The two clubs played one game in Bluefield on July 22, an 8-6 Jays win, but they were rained out the next two nights to set up this busy weekend series. Nico Taylor and Eric Arce both notched five hits in four games against Danville, but Felix Marte mashed for the Braves in Bluefield, hitting three home runs and driving in nine runs. The Blue Jays lost the season series to Danville in 2011, but they got the last laugh when they won the East Division title by a game after a great pennant race. Bluefield was swept in three games in the Bowen Field-opening series from June 24-26, but took two of three at Danville from July 8-10. The two teams were tied atop the division at 38-27 heading into the final three games of the season at Danville. The Baby Jays routed the Braves 11-4 on August 28, then clinched the title the next night when five pitchers combined on a three-hitter in a 5-1 win. Danville won the inconsequential finale 19-4, but it was the Jays who playoff bound for the first time since 2002.


RHP ALBERTO TIRADO: 17-year-old Alberto Tirado has been terrific for the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays in his first pro season and will make his Appalachian League debut tonight. In a GCL-leading 11 starts, the wiry righty posted a 2.68 ERA and held opponents to a .214 batting average. He dominated in his last two outings, allowing one hit and striking out nine in eight innings combined. Hailing from Nagua, Dominican Republic, Alberto signed with Toronto on July 7 last year for $300,000 as an international free agent.

RHP MAURICIO CABRERA: 18-year-old righty Mauricio Cabrera has been off to a fine start in 2012 and he gets the ball in the middle game of the series. His 3.09 ERA ranks seventh in the league and his .211 batting average against is second. The native of Las Matas de Farfan in the Dominican Republic last pitched on Sunday in Kingsport. He allowed four runs, three earned, in six innings. He stood to pick up the win before the Mets came back to tie the game, though the Braves still won in 13 innings. This will be Cabrera’s third start of the season against the Baby Jays. He took the loss at Bluefield on the Fourth of July, allowing three runs in four and one-third innings. On July 22 in Bluefield he gave up three first-inning runs but nothing more. He only lasted three and one-third innings after walking five. He went 1-5 with a 4.30 ERA in 52.1 innings with the Dominican Summer League Braves in 2011.

BIG DEBUT: The twinbill marked the Appalachian League debut of center fielder D.J. Davis, who Toronto selected in the first round with the 17th-overall pick in this June’s draft. Davis was called up from the Gulf Coast League today and he went 0-for-2 with a hit by pitch in game one and 2-for-4 with a stolen base in game two. The Wiggins, MS native batted leadoff and played center field in both contests, showing off impressive speed. Davis is tied for the GCL lead in stolen bases (18) and is fifth in the circuit in runs scored (30) and strikeouts (54). D.J.’s father Wayne played for four seasons in the Blue Jays farm system, including 1988 for the Dunedin Blue Jays, where one of his coaches was current Bluefield manager Dennis Holmberg.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: The Blue Jays were shut out by identical 3-0 scores in both ends of yesterday’s doubleheader. It marked the fourth and fifth times that Bluefield has been held scoreless this season, and all but one were in twinbills. They were shut out in the final game of a doubleheader in Bristol on the third day of the season. They also failed to score in back-to-back games on July 14 and 16 in Elizabethton. After losing 4-0, they were rained out before dropping an 8-0 decision in the opener of the ensuing doubleheader. The Jays bounced back in the finale of that set, rocking the Twins 14-7. With five shutouts by their pitching staff as well, Bluefield has been
involved in ten shutouts, the most of any team in the Appy League.

NESSY IS A MONSTER: Bluefield catcher Santiago Nessy had his seven-game hitting streak snapped in the finale of last night’s doubleheader. During the run, the Caracas, Venezuela native was 8-for-24 (.333) with four homers, a double and six runs scored. Those four long balls came in four consecutive games from August 11-16. Among qualifying Appy League backstops, Nessy leads with a .463 slugging percentage and .215 ISO (extra bases per AB).

Bluefield Blue Jays Game Notes 8-18

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