Join Jays From The Couch Every Morning For You Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Recap And Vlad And Bo Update
We will have to wait another day for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons to open the 2018 season. Rain and snow typically wreak havoc on the schedule during the opening month, so this should come as no surprise. On the plus side, it does result in some very entertaining double-headers.
Note: for those new to minor league baseball, doubleheaders in the MiLB are 7 inning games rather than 9 inning games.
The Blue Jays minor system saw two games canceled due to weather (Buffalo and Lansing), an extra-inning win for New Hampshire, and a blowout loss for Dunedin.
We got to see the new extra inning rule which places a runner on second base (the last out of the previous inning) to start each half inning played during the extra frames. I wasn’t a fan of this new extra rule when I first hear about it but I’ll admit, it made things a little more interesting last night.
Buffalo vs Rochester Red Wings
Saturday, April 7th starting pitcher- Joe Biagini (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (2-0)
Hartford Yard Goats were topped by the Fisher Cats by a score of 4 to 3. Zach Jackson picked up his first AA win with 2 innings of relief and Conor Fisk picked up his first save, striking out one in one inning of work.
Starter- Jordan Romano (ND, 3.60 ERA) 5IP, 4H, 2R, BB, 6K, and 2HRA
W- Zach Jackson (W 1-0, 0.00 ERA)
SV- Conor Fisk (1)
Saturday, April 7th starting pitcher- Nick Tepesch (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Dunedin Blue Jays (1-1)
Clearwater Threshers put a pounding on the D-Jays pitching staff, winning 8-0.
Starter- Tayler Saucedo (L, 5.79 ERA) 4.2IP, 3H, 3R, BB, 5K, and 3HRA
Saturday, April 7th starting pitcher- Patrick Murphy (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Lansing Lugnuts (1-0) vs. Great Lake Loons (0-1)
Saturday, April 7th starting pitcher- Zach Logue (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Player of the Day
Friday’s action, despite only two games, had some deserving POD candidates:
- Cavan Biggio had another multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 at the plate
- Dunedin’s Joshua Palacios has also put together back-to-back multi-hit games, going 2-for-4
- In his Eastern League debut, Zach Jackson threw two scoreless innings of relief. Despite some early walks, Jackson struck out 5-out-of-8 batters he faced and worked out of a bases-loaded jam.
Friday, April 6th’s POD has to go to Lourdes Gurriel Jr.of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Like Biggio and Palacios, Gurriel has looked good early in the season with back-to-back multi-hit games. The native of Sancti Spiritus, Cuba followed up his 2-for-4, 2 RBI performance in the season opener with 3 hits in game 2.
Manning second base again and batting 4th, Lourdes started his evening off with an inning-ending double to end the first. He drove in Jonathan Davis from 3rd base with a live drive single to left field in the 3rd for the good guys second run of the inning.
Lourdes picked up another single in the 5th with a flyball to leftfield which Sam Hillard had trouble with. He had an infield fly to first in the 8th with one out and nobody on base.
Tied 2-2, we head to some free baseball.
After striking out to end the 10th, Jonathan Davis started the 11th inning standing at 2nd base. Vladimir Guerrero dropped down a nice sac bunt to move Davis to 3rd, setting up Lourdes Gurriel with just one out.
With Davis’ speed, a groundball, a flyball with a little distance, heck even a bunt would score Jonathan Davis easily. Instead, Gurriel sent a flyball to deep centerfield and with the outfield was playing in, Gurriel raced around the bases scoring Davis easily with his first triple of 2018.
Two games into the season, the 24-yr-old Gurriel is batting .556 with 5 hits, 2 doubles, a triple, and 4 RBI.
Bo and Vlad Show
After going hitless in his Double-A debut, Bichette collected 2 hits in game two. Bo went 2-for-5 with his second stolen base and scored a run. He also struck out twice and one LOB. He also started a nice double.
Bichette is batting .222 with no extra-base hits, 2K and 2SB.
Vladdy went hitless in the games, finishing 0-for-2 with an RBI and 2 walks. He put a charge into a few balls and looks very comfortable at the plate; unfortunately, nothing fell in for the young man tonight. He also had one LOB.
Vladimir is batting .167 with a double (hit only hit), an RBI, and 3BB.
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