Jay Blue presents all of the action from a busy day of baseball in the JFtC Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report for April 9, 2017
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April 9, 2017 Minor League Update
In the first half of their double header on Sunday, the Buffalo Bisons (2-0) defeated the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders by a 4-3 score, getting a two-run home run from Christian Lopes in the bottom of the seventh for a walk-off victory. Mat Latos made his first start as a Bison, giving up two unearned runs over four innings on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts. John Stilson allowed an unearned run over two innings while Wil Browning earned the win with a scoreless ninth.
The offense was quiet but Lopes’s blast drove in a pair while Mike Ohlman and Rowdy Tellez were each 1/2 with a walk. Dwight Smith, Jr. drove in two with a single in the second inning but was thrown out at second on the play.
W: Wil Browning (1-0)
HR: Christian Lopes (1)
Despite getting down early to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in the first inning, the Bisons (3-0) came back, scoring six runs in the fourth on their way a sweep of the double header with a 9-6 win. The offense came alive with 14 hits, including three from Dwight Smith, Jr., who was 3/4 with a double, an RBI and a run, and three from center fielder Ian Parmley who went 3/3 in his first start of the year, driving in a run and scoring twice. Jason Leblebijian had the club’s only home run, going deep in the fifth inning and going 2/3 with three RBI and two runs overall. Rowdy Tellez had a rough day, going 0/4 with three strikeouts but Chris Coghlan was 2/4 with a double, an RBI and a run. Luke Maile, in his Buffalo debut was 2/4 with a run.
For the pitchers, it was always going to be a “bullpen” game (which manager Bobby Meacham had mentioned in his press conference after Saturday’s game) with Matt Dermody getting the start. Dermody allowed three runs in three innings, giving up four hits (including a home run) and a walk with two strikeouts. Jeff Beliveau picked up the win but allowed three runs in his two inning, giving up a home run among three hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Chris Smith got the save, allowing just one hit over two innings with two strikeouts.
W: Jeff Beliveau (1-0)
S: Chris Smith (2)
HR: Jason Leblebijian (1)
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (1-2) won their first game of the year, getting on the board with four runs in the first and never looking back in an 8-3 win over the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. Ryan McBroom started the scoring with a two-run double while a two-run single by Emilio Guerrero capped the inning. Anthony Alford, who singled in the first, went 3/5 with two runs while Harold Ramirez was 2/4 and Emilio Guerrero was 2/4 with three RBI. Catcher Reese McGuire hit a fourth-inning solo home run and Jonathan Diaz hit his first of the year in the sixth inning.
Francisco Rios made his Double-A debut with the Fisher Cats, picking up the win and allowing just one run on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts in five innings. Lefty Jose Fernandez was dominant, striking out five batters in two innings, giving up just a hit and a walk. Alonzo Gonzalez allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in the final two innings, striking out one.
W: Francisco Rios (1-0)
HR: Reese McGuire (1), Jonathan Diaz (1)
The Dunedin Blue Jays (2-2) squared their record after falling to the Clearwater Threshers 4-2 on Sunday. Starting pitcher Angel Perdomo couldn’t keep the ball in the park, giving up four solo home runs among eight hits in 5 2/3 innings while also walking four and striking out two. Danny Young had a strong relief appearance, tossing two innings and giving up two hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Canadian Andrew Case went the final 1 1/3 innings, giving up a hit but nothing more and striking out one.
L: Angel Perdomo (0-1)
In their second consecutive high-scoring, one-run game, the Lansing Lugnuts (4-0) scored two to regain the lead and defeat the Great Lakes Loons 10-9. The Lugnuts’ night was punctuated by a pair of home runs, with Nick Sinay hitting a solo shot in the third and Ryan Hissey hitting a grand slam in the fifth. Hissey was 2/4 with six RBI on the night as well as a walk and two runs scored. Christian Williams had three hits including a double and two runs while Bo Bichette hit two doubles, going 2/4 with a walk and three runs. Sinay added a walk and stole a base while Jake Thomas walked twice and went 1/3 with a triple.
The pitchers did not have a great night, as starter Mike Ellenbest allowed three runs on five hits and three walks in four innings. Griffin Glaude allowed two more runs in two innings and Philip Walby blew a save, giving up two home runs and four runs in his 1 2/3 innings. Lefty Kirby Snead got the win after throwing 1 1/3 innings of one-hit ball, striking out two.
W: Kirby Snead (1-0)
HR: Nick Sinay (1), Ryan Hissey (1)
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