Jay Blue presents the JFtC Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report as Brad Jones flexes his muscles
April 16, 2017 Minor League Update
The Buffalo Bisons (7-3) couldn’t keep up their winning streak as they ran into Chad Green who is working his way back to the major leagues, losing 3-1 to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on Easter Sunday. Green allowed just one run on six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings for the RailRiders, stifling the Bisons’ bats. Gregorio Petit was 2/3 with a double and the club’s lone RBI while Ty Kelly was 2/4 with a double, accounting for two-thirds of the club’s offense. Jason Leblebijian and Mike Ohlman each had a hit.
Brett Oberholtzer made his second appearance with the Bisons, allowing a run on five hits and a walk in five innings, striking out three. Mike Bolsinger took the loss, giving up two runs in 2 2/3 innings on five hits but struck out four. Danny Barnes finished the game, stranding an inherited runner and striking out the only batter he faced.
L: Mike Bolsinger (0-1)
April 17, 2017 Minor League Update
With only five hits, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats couldn’t expect to win on Monday but the Trenton Thunder got the only one that mattered, a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning which led to their 1-0 victory over the Fisher Cats (5-5). Just two players accounted for all five hits including two from Tim Lopes and three, including a double, from Anthony Alford. Both players added a stolen base.
On the mound, Shane Dawson was masterful, allowing no runs on just two hits and one walk through six innings, striking out five. Luis Santos gave up the home run to Mike Ford, taking the loss and Chris Rowley threw a perfect eighth to close the game.
L: Luis Santos
It was a wild one in Dunedin as the Blue Jays (6-6) jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the second inning but it took some time for the St. Lucie bats to get warmed up, getting three late home runs and scoring 10 runs combined from the fifth inning on, eventually overwhelming the Blue Jays’ pitching. Ryan Borucki started strongly, allowing just one run with six strikeouts through four innings. In the fifth, two errors and a walk led to two runs against Borucki and then the wheels completely fell off. Borucki’s final line was 5 1/3 innings, six runs (five earned) on six hits and three walks with eight strikeouts.
DeGraaf thew 2/3 of an inning and was charge with one run on the home run and struck out one. Tom Robson was charged with the loss, giving up four runs on four hits and one walk with two strikeouts in one complete inning and Canadian Andrew Case allowed one of his two inherited runners (from Robson) to score but tossed two complete innings, giving up one hit with two strikeouts.
The offense tried its best but 10 runs wasn’t enough on this day. Danny Jansen led the way with another multi-hit game, setting a season high with four singles, driving in a run and scoring three times. Lane Thomas had a 2/4 game with a triple, a walk, an RBI, two runs, a stolen base and an outfield assist. Joining Thomas in the two-hit club were Andrew Guillotte (2/6, R), Matt Dean (2/4, BB, 2 RBI) and J.C. Cardenas (2/4, BB, R, 2 RBI). Derrick Loveless was 1/4 with the club’s only other extra-base hit, a double. Max Pentecost returned to action after getting some time behind the plate in extended spring training but was the DH in this one, going 1/6.
L: Tom Robson (1-2)
Instead of falling into despair when they went down 7-1 in the bottom of the first inning, the Lansing Lugnuts (7-4) rallied slowly and surely, getting a strong performance from the bullpen to hold the Dayton Dragons down in compiling a 13-9 win. Starter Andy Ravel unravelled in the first inning, allowing six runs on four hits and a walk in just 1/3 of an inning but Griffin Glaude had an excellent outing in relieving him. Glaude went 3 2/3 innings out of the bullpen, giving up just one run on three hits with six strikeout. Kirby Snead struggled with the walk, giving up a run on four free passes and one strikeout in one inning. Philip Walby got his first win with the Lugnuts, tossing 2 2/3 innings of one-hit ball, allowing a run and walking two with two strikeouts and Jackson McClelland earned his second save with 1 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing a walk and nothing more, and striking out one.
Bradley Jones, the 2016 Appalachian League home run champ, was instrumental in the win, slamming two home runs and driving in six RBI on his way to a 3/5 night. The two home runs give Jones four on the season, moving him into the organizational lead for the time being. Edward Olivares also went deep, going 3/4 with the solo blast, a walk, three runs and two stolen bases. Joshua Palacios was activated off the DL to make his 2017 Lansing debut, going 2/4 with a walk, two RBI and two runs. J.B. Woodman, playing center field, also had two hits, going 2/5 with an RBI. Both Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. were 1/4 with a walk, an RBI and two runs each.
W: Philip Walby (1-0)
S: Jackson McClelland (2)
HR: Bradley Jones 2 (4), Edward Olivares (3)
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