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May 7, 2017 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Update
The Buffalo Bisons (16-10) finally got their double header in, but lost the first game as Mark Appel owned The Herd’s bats in a 1-0 win for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Despite four walks, Appel just gave up two hits in 5 2/3 innings and the Bisons had three hits overall, with two from Shane Opitz who was 2/3 and one from Dwight Smith, Jr. who was 1/3.
Brett Oberholtzer had a strong start for the Bisons with his only real blemish being a solo home run in the sixth inning. Oberholtzer went 5 2/3 with five hits, two walks, one run and one strikeout. John Stilson finished the game, striking out two, tossing 1 1/3 IP.
L: Brett Oberholtzer (0-2)
In the second game of their double header, the Buffalo Bisons (16-11) got down early and made a game of it but ultimately fell 5-4 to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Luis Santos walked three batters and then gave up a grand slam to account for the first four Lehigh Valley runs. Jeff Beliveau tossed two innings, striking out five batters and walking just one to get the ball to Wil Browning who threw three more innings, allowing a run on two hits with two strikeouts. Matt Dermody finished the game with an inning, allowing a hit.
L: Luis Santos (1-2)
HR: Mike Ohlman (7)
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (10-19) took a beating after a 10-run fifth inning, losing 12-4 to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. Francisco Rios got hit hard, allowing eight runs on seven hits including three home runs. Josh DeGraaf allowed three runs on five hits (including a home run) and a walk. Kender Villegas finished the game with three solid innings, allowing one run on three hits and struck out one.
L: Francisco Rios (3-3)
The Dunedin Blue Jays’ (17-14) mighty offense roared to life, defeating the Bradenton Marauders 16-4, getting 22 hits including four each from Max Pentecost and Danny Jansen. Jansen launched two home runs and a double while adding a walk, three RBI and two runs. Pentecost drove in five runs, hitting his team-leading seventh home run of the season and scoring twice. Lane Thomas was 3/6 with two runs, Matt Dean was 3/5 wtih a double, a walk, two RBI and two runs and Cavan Biggio was 3/5 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs. Conor Panas was 2/5 with a walk, an RBI and two runs.
Ryan Borucki started for the D-Jays, going 2 2/3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Ryan Cook picked up the win, going 3 1/3 innings with five strikeouts and allowing just one run on two hits and a walk. Philip Walby allowed a run on a solo home run but also walked two in two innings while Daniel Young walked one in the ninth.
W: Ryan Cook (2-0)
HR: Danny Jansen 2 (5), Max Pentecost (7)
The Lansing Lugnuts (16-12) continued to play like the “Luggernauts,” overcoming a rough start by Denis Diaz to beat the Burlington Bees 9-4. Diaz allowed one run through the first two innings but walked four batters to start the third and was eventually charged with all four Burlington runs after he was relieved by Griffin Glaude. Glaude gave up a single to the first batter he faced and hit the next but was excellent after that, firing four scoreless innings while striking out five. Geno Encina followed with two perfect innings, striking out one and Zach Jackson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to finish the game.
The Lugnuts’ offense contributed up and down the lineup with Bo Bichette hitting two opposite field doubles and adding a walk while Bradley Jones and Ryan Hissey each had a double and a triple. Jones added two walks and scored twice, driving in one run while Hissey’s double came with the bases-loaded and he had four RBI total. Christian Williams also had two hits on the day, as did J.B. Woodman (2/4, BB) and Joshua Palacios (2/5, R, SB).
W: Griffin Glaude (1-1)
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