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 yet another day for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons to open the 2018 season. Rain and snow continue to wreak havoc on the Buffalo Bisons schedule postponing Saturday’s doubleheader.
The Blue Jays managed to get 3 games in the books, finishing a perfect 3-for-3.
The Lansing Lugnuts scored 6 runs despite collecting just 2 hits and New Hampshire is now 3-0.
Buffalo vs Rochester Red Wings
postponed due to wet grounds
Sunday, April 8th starting pitcher- Joe Biagini (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (3-0)
Hartford Yard Goats were topped by the Fisher Cats for the third time in as many games, by a score of 4 to 1. Veteran Nick Tepesch picked up the win and a combined effort from Jose Fernandez (H), Justin Shafer (H), and Craig Breslow shut down the Yard Goats offense over the last 3 innings.
Starter-Nick Tepesch (W, 1.50 ERA) 6IP, 4H, R, BB, and 6K
W- Nick Tepesch (W 1-0, 1.50 ERA)
Sunday, April 8th starting pitcher- Sean Reid-Foley (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Dunedin Blue Jays (2-1)
Clearwater Threshers put a pounding on the D-Jays pitching staff, winning 8-0 on Friday. The D-Jays returned the favor with a 6-1, 11 hit attack to make a winner out Patrick Murphy. The D-Jays bullpen pitched 4 scoreless innings and allowed just 3 hits and a walk while striking out 4.
Starter- Patrick Murphy (W, 1.80 ERA) 5.0IP, 3H, R, 3BB, and 3K
W- Partick Murphy (1-0, 1.80 ERA)
Sunday, April 8th starting pitcher- Josh DeGraaf (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Lansing Lugnuts (2-0)
The Lugs scored 2 runs in the 7th to break a 4-4 tie, and held on to defeat the Great Lake Loons by a score of 6 to 4. The offense was aided by 2 Loons errors. The Lugs walked 12 times and collected just 2 hits, a double by Ryan Noda and single from Kevin Smith.
Stater- Zach Logue (W, 3.60 ERA) 5.0IP, 4H, 2R, 3BB, 6K, and HRA
Win- Zach Logue (1-0, 3.60 ERA)
Save- Ty Tice (1) 1.0IP, BB, K
Player of the Day
POD Honourable Mention:
- Jackson McClelland finished the game for the D-Jays with a perfect inning. He struck out three batters, needing just 20 pitches (16 strikes).
- Justin Shafer pitched 1.1 innings for the Fisher Cats. He needed just 20 pitches to retire the 5 batter he faced while racking up 3 K’s.
- Bo Bichette (see Bo and Vlad show below)
Saturday, April 7th’s POD goes to the Dunedin Blue Jays centerfielder and number 8 hitter, Rodrigo Orozco.
The 23-yr-old switch hitter out of Panama City, Panama went 3-for-4 after going 0-for-4 with 3 strikeouts in the season opener. Orozco scored 2 runs, collected the D-Jays only extra-base hit, and stole a base, providing the D-Jays with production at the bottom of the order and turning the order over with runners on base.
The 5-foot-11 outfielder missed a golden opportunity to break the game open early, popping out to first with the bases juiced in the 2nd.
With no one on and one out in the 4th, Rodrigo doubled to left, then stole 3rd with Yeltsin Gudino at the plate. Gudino’s sac fly scored Orozco to put the D-Jays up 4-1.
Rodrigo Orozco got this rolling again in the 6th with a leadoff single to right field. He took 2nd on a wild pitch and advanced to 3rd on a Gudino groundball to 2nd. Joshua Palacios would bring Orozco in to score with a sac fly to left field to extend the D-Jays lead to 6-1.
In his final plate appearance, Rodrigo Orozco singled on a line drive to right field. He was erased at 2nd on a fielders choice when Gudino grounded to 2nd.
Bo and Vlad Show
After batting leadoff in games 1 and 2, Bichette batted out of the 2-hole on Saturday. He responded by going 2-for-5. He collected his first Double-A double and drove in his first 2 RBI of the season. He also struck out twice and finished with 2 LOB.
Bo’s First Double-A hit
Bichette is batting .286 with a double, 4K and 2SB.
Vladdy went 1-for-5 with a double, a strikeout and 4 LOB.
Guerrero’s first Double-A hit
Vladimir Guerrero Jr is batting .182 with a pair of doubles, an RBI, 3BB, and K.
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