Jay Blue presents the Jays From the Couch Minor League Report as Buffalo gets Rowdy after 2 HR from big time prospect
Jays From the Couch and Blue Jays From Away will be partnering up this season to provide readers with enhanced coverage of the Toronto Blue Jays and their minor league affiliates. To that end, Jay Blue brings you the first of his minor league reports for Jays From the Couch.
April 8, 2017 Minor League Update
With three wins and two losses, the Toronto Blue Jays minor league teams got their first full day of action out of the way on Saturday, April 9. The Buffalo Bisons and New Hampshire Fisher Cats finally got their seasons under way after two days of weather-related delays, the Lansing Lugnuts had a triumphant homecoming and the Dunedin Blue Jays came out on top of an offense-filled slugfest.
Rowdy Tellez made his Triple-A debut with a bang, slugging a solo home run in each of his first two at bats as the Buffalo Bisons defeated the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 4-2. Jarrett Grube was pressed into action after Casey Lawrence found out that he had been promoted to Toronto and was solid through five-plus innings, allowing two runs. Chris Coghlan also made his debut for Buffalo and was on base four times with two hits and two walks. Leonel Campos, Chad Girodo and Danny Barnes all saw action on the mound for the Bisons while Dwight Smith, Jr. smacked two hits in his Buffalo debut.
WP: Jarrett Grube (1-0)
S: Danny Barnes (1)
HR: Rowdy Tellez 2 (2)
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats didn’t have a good day, dropping both ends of a double header despite solid work from two of the club’s top prospects. Sean Reid-Foley started the first game, taking a 2-0 loss but only got through 1 2/3 innings (for an unknown reason) before leaving the game. Reid-Foley gave up a run, as did Luis Santos but Chris Rowley finished strongly, making his Double-A debut. Richard Urena was 3/3 and Anthony Alford was 2/3.
LP: Sean Reid-Foley (0-1)
In the second half of the double header, another top prospect for the Blue Jays started the game as Conner Greene walked five batters and struck out four in 4 1/3 innings, getting charged with three runs despite giving up just one hit in the 8-2 loss. Tim Mayza ran into trouble when relieving Greene, allowing all of Greene’s stranded runners to score as well as four runs of his own, giving up five consecutive hits (including two doubles) and getting just one out. Dusty Isaacs finished the game for the Fisher Cats. Offensively, the club was quiet with Anthony Alford going 2/2 with a walk and catcher Raffy Lopez providing the scoring with a two-run home run in the fifth.
LP: Conner Greene (0-1)
HR: Raffy Lopez (1)
The Dunedin Blue Jays got home runs from Max Pentecost and Connor Panas in their 12-6 victory over the Clearwater Threshers. 2016 first-round draft pick T.J. Zeuch pitched just one inning before being removed for an unknown reason but all of the Threshers’ damage came against reliever Jared Carkuff. Tom Robson pitched two scoreless innings to follow Carkuff and Justin Shafer finished the game with a scoreless inning. Both Pentecost and Panas each had two hits while Juan Kelly added two doubles.
WP: Tom Robson
HR: Max Pentecost (1), Connor Panas (1)
The Lansing Lugnuts hung on to beat the Great Lakes Loons 9-8 in their home opener on Saturday. Starter Patrick Murphy got hit hard, giving up six runs in five-plus innings and the bullpen couldn’t keep the Loons off the board either. Zach Jackson blew the save, giving up two runs in two innings but still earned the win. The save went to Jackson McClelland who finished with a scoreless eighth and ninth. While Vladimir Guerrero had two hits for the Lugnuts, 2016 Appalachian League home run champ Bradley Jones was 3/5 with his first Midwest League home run. Edward Olivares also went deep for the Lugnuts with his first of the year.
WP: Zach Jackson (1-0)
S: Jackson McClelland
HR: Bradley Jones (1), Edward Olivares (1)
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