April 18th Blue Jays Minor League Recap: Clemens strong as Lugnuts win

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The Buffalo Bisons were unable to take the field again today, having to cancel their doubleheader with Louisville. New Hampshire, Dunedin, and Lansing all won their respective games.

 

Triple-A

 

Buffalo (3-2)

 

Postponed

 

Friday, April 20th starting pitcher- #8 Ryan Borucki (0-1, 3.60 ERA)

 

 

Double-A

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (8-3)

Fisher Cats held off a 9th inning 2-run rally by the Rumble Ponies to earn the win 5 to 4.

 

Francisco Rios was cruising through 5 innings; unfortunately, he had to leave the game with an apparent injury to start the 6th. The normally reliable Dusty Isaacs couldn’t hold the lead, allowing 2 runs (one inherited run) before getting out of the inning with the game tied at 2’s.

 

Fingers crossed that Rios is okay.

 

At the dish, Jonathan Davis, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Patrick Cantwell each had two hits, while Gunnar Heidt went 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI’s. The Fisher Cats were 2-for-4 in the stolen base department, getting SB from Davis and Bo Bichette.

 

Starter- Francisco Rios 5.0IP, 5H, R, 3K on 72 pitches

 

W- Dusty Isaacs (1-0, 3.86 ERA) (BS1)

 

H- Danny Young (1), Andrew Case (1)

 

SV- Craig Breslow (1)

 

Thursday, April 19th starting pitcher- #27 Jordan Romano (1-0, 1.50 ERA)

 

Advanced-A

 

Dunedin Blue Jays (6-6)

 

The D-Jays needed a 5-run 7th inning to pull away from Fort Myers for an 8 to 4 win.

 

Bradley Jones, Riley Adams, and Nash Knight each had two hits while Yeltsin Gudino went 0-for-1 with a run scored, a walk, two RBI on a pair of sacrifice flies.

 

On the mound, Nick Hartman, Connor Eller, and Kirby Snead each pitched scoreless innings to hold off the Miracle.

 

Rehab Report- Dalton Pompey continues to swing a hot bat in Dunedin. Pompey went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a run scored, two RBI, and a walk. Anthony Alford went 0-for-4 with 4 strikeouts.

 

Starter- Patrick Murphy 6.0IP 8H, 4R, 2BB, and 6K on 90 pitches

 

W- Nick Hartman (1-0, 8.31 ERA)

 

Thursday, April 19th starting pitcher- Josh DeGraaf (1-1, 3.86 ERA)

 

A-Ball

 

Lansing Lugnuts (7-4)

 

The Lansing Lugnuts win 7 to 2.

 

The Lugnuts starter, Donnie Sellers, was unable to repeat his 12K performance on April 9th. Fortunately, the Lugnuts didn’t need a strong outing from the 22-yr-old righty as the offense struck early and often with 4 runs in the 1st and 2 runs in the 2nd.

 

Maximo Castillo piggybacked on Sellers start and picked up the 4IP save. Castillo didn’t allow a run while walking one, striking out 3 batters on 65 pitches.

 

Samad Taylor and Ryan Noda each scored a pair of runs while Kacy Clemens drove in 3 RBI.

 

Starter- Donnie Sellers 5.0IP, 2H, 2R, 3BB, K on 70 pitches

 

W- Sellers (2-0, 2.45 ERA)

 

SV- Maximo Castillo (1)

 

Thursday, April 19th starting pitcher- Yennsy Diaz (1-0, 0.77 ERA)

Player of the Day

 

POD Honourable Mention:

  • Vladdy….see below
  • Francisco Rios allowed one run over 5 innings.
  • Dalton Pompey would have won today’s POD but I think he should win it every day he is playing in the FSL or just being healthy.
  • Kirby Snead walked one, allowed a hit, and struck out 3 to close the door in the 9th for the D-Jays.
  • Samad Taylor found a way to impact the game despite a 0-for-4 day. He scored 2 runs and stole pair bases.
  • Maximo Castillo pitched 4 shutout innings.

 

Wednesday, April 18th’s POD goes to Kacy Clemens.

 

Lansing’s first baseman went 2-for-2 with a run scored, a pair of walks, a stolen base, and 3 runs batted in, leading the Lugnuts to victory.

In the 1st inning, Clemens walked, stole 2nd, and scored on Brock Lundquist‘s double.

 

Clemens came to the plate in the 2nd inning with the base loaded. A line drive single to center scored Reggie Pruitt and Samad Taylor and Ryan Noda was thrown out heading for 3rd to end the inning.

 

Kacy Clemens next at-bat came in the 5th with Ryan Noda on 1st base. Clemens tripled home Noda to make the score 7-2. Unfortunately, Cullen Large, Lundquist, and Andres Sotillo failed to bring him home.

 

A walk in the 7th ended the day for the promising 1st baseman.

 

Clemens is batting .333 with a double, a triple, a HR, and 9 RBI. He also has 15 walks and just 7 strikeouts for a .556 OBP.

 

Bo and Vlad Show

 

Bo Bichette saw his hitting streak come to an end and his batting average fell to .306 after going 0-for-5 with a strikeout. He stole his 5th base in 6 attempts.

 

After going 0-for-5 in Tuesday’s game, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI. He was hit by a pitch and was none too happy. It looked as though he thought about charging but cooler heads…..

 

Vladdy is now batting a cool .349 with a .605 SLG and 1.008 OPS.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lover of all things Toronto Blue Jays. Blue Jays MiLB fanatic. I strive for average while stumbling onto above average. Rogers isn't cheap. Baseball is a business. Your right, but I'm more right.