Jay Blue brings you the Jays From the Couch Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report as DJ Davis leads the way in Dunedin
July 29, 2017 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Update
Despite outhitting the Louisville Bats, the Buffalo Bisons (44-63) scored only two runs, losing 5-2 on Saturday night. Jake Elmore drove in a run, going 3/5 in the leadoff spot and Raffy Lopez continued his career year, going 3/3 with a walk. Mike Ohlmna was 2/3 with a walk and a run. Jason Leblebijian was 1/4 and drove in the Bisons’ other run.
Newly traded for Nick Tepesch started for the Bisons, going five innings of one-run ball, giving up just three hits and striking out three. Murphy Smith took the loss, giving up four runs (one earned) on four hits in one inning. Taylor Cole provided two perfect innings, striking out two and Jeff Beliveau allowed a hit and a walk and nothing more in the ninth.
L: Murphy Smith (2-4)
With just five hits overall, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (42-64) couldn’t overcome the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, losing 7-2, giving them their fourth consecutive loss. Danny Jansen was 1/4 with the club’s only extra-base hit, a double, and scored a run while Richard Urena and Lourdes Gurriel each had an RBI; Urena was 1/4 and Gurriel 0/3 with a sacrifice fly.
Jon Harris allowed all seven Binghamton runs on seven hits (including two home runs) and three walks over 4 2/3 innings. Danny Young went 2 1/3 innings, not allowing anyone on base and striking out three and Justin Shafer walked one in the eight to finish the game.
L: Jon Harris (5-10)
The Dunedin Blue Jays (54-51) opened their series with the Florida Fire Frogs by beating them 7-5 thanks to a six-run eighth inning that put them on top. D.J. Davis had a tremendous game, going 3/4 with two RBI while Michael De La Cruz was 2/3 with a double, a walk, an RBI and two runs. Connor Panas continues to swing a hot bat, bringing his batting average up to .272 with a 2/4 game, driving in a run and scoring once. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was 1/4 with a double and a walk and Juan Kelly was 1/4 with a triple, two RBI and a run.
Jordan Romano was on the hill to start, giving up five runs (two earned) on seven hits and three walks with six strikeouts in five innings. Daniel Lietz went two innings, giving up just one hit and striking out one and Jackson McClelland ran into some trouble, allowing three hits over two innings but was able to strike out five batters to strand them all.
W: Jackson McClelland (2-1)
The Lansing Lugnuts (50-51) let another game get away as the Great Lakes Loons scored four runs in the top of the eighth to take a lead and defeat the Lugnuts 6-2. Kyle Weatherly had one of his best starts, giving up just one run on five hits and two walks in five innings, striking out four. Juliandry Higuera allowed another run, throwing 1 2/3 innings and giving up two hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Connor Eller took the loss, getting charged with four runs (two earned) on just one hit and two walks with one strikeout in one inning and left the bases loaded for Andrew Deramo who escaped without further damage, pitching 1 1/3 innings with one hit against and two strikeouts.
L: Connor Eller (1-3)
The Vancouver Canadians (24-20) scored five runs in the third inning and that was enough to hold off the Tri-City Dust Devils who scored single runs in four consecutive innings, giving the Canadians a 5-4 final score. Nate Pearson allowed just a hit and struck out two in two innings of work to start the game. Brody Rodning allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits with four strikeouts in three innings to get the win while Grayson Huffman allowed two runs on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings. Brayden Bouchey finished the seventh, stranding a pair of runners by striking out the only batter he faced and Chris Hall struck out five batters over the final two innings, giving up a walk and two hits to get the save.
Kacy Clemens drove in two runs with a double, going 1/4 while Logan Warmoth (1/3), Riley Adams (1/4) and David Jacob (1/4) each drove in another run in the five-run third. Reggie Pruitt was 1/3 with a walk and a run but was picked off and caught stealing).
W: Brody Rodning (2-1)
S: Chris Hall (1)
The Bluefield Blue Jays (24-11) dropped the opener of their double header to the Pulaski Yankees 4-3 on Saturday. Chavez Young and Yorman Rodriguez were each 2/4 with a double with Young scoring twice and Rodriguez driving in one. Ryan Noda was 2/3. McGregory Contreras hit his third home run of the year, going 1/2.
Alvaro Galindo allowed all four runs, giving up five hits (including a home run) and two walks with three strikeouts in four innings. Colton Laws pitched two almost perfect innings, striking out four and hitting a batter. Ty Tice had a 1-2-3 seventh.
L: Alvaro Galindo (1-2)
HR: McGregory Contreras
In Game 2 of their double header, the Bluefield Blue Jays (24-12) were swept by the Pulaski Yankees who came from behind to win 5-4 in eight innings. Turner Larkins had a strong start, going five innings and giving up just one run on five hits with four strikeouts. Jordan Barrett went 2 2/3 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on two hits (both home runs) and two walks with four strikeouts while Marcus Reyes allowed a hit in 1/3 of an inning to finish the game.
L: Jordan Barrett (1-2)
The GCL Blue Jays (20-9) needed 12 innings to defeat the GCL Tigers West but did so, scoring two runs in the bottom half of the inning to win 5-4. Justin Maese started for the GCL Blue Jays and threw four solid innings, allowing a run on five hits with three strikeouts. Mike Estevez followed with a scoreless inning, allowing a hit and striking out one. Matthew Gunter gave up an unearned run on two hits and a walk with three strikeouts in three innings while Jonathan Cheshire tossed two scoreless innings of his own, striking out a pair and allowing a hit and a walk. Adams Cuevas, gave up two unearned runs over the final two frames, getting the win.
W: Adams Cuevas (1-1)
The DSL Blue Jays (31-16) opened their double header with the DSL D-backs1 with a 3-2 walk-off win, scoring in the bottom of the seventh. Yhon Perez was brought home by a Jose Briceno single to win the game. Leonicio Ventura had a pair of singles and a run, as did Yeison Estevez who added a walk and a stolen base. Hugo Cardona drove in two runs, going 1/3.
Elixon Caballero started and threw three innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Alexander Molina gave up a run on three hits in two innings and Yohandy Martir finished by completely shutting down the D-backs by striking out five of the six batters he faced, picking up the win.
W: Yohandy Martir (1-1)
The DSL Blue Jays (32-16) finished their day with a 6-1 win over the DSL D-backs club. Rafael Lantigua was 3/4 with two RBI and a run while Andres Martinez was 2/4 with an RBI and William Saavedra was 2/3 with a double and a run.
W: Nathanael Perez (5-1)
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