April 21st Blue Jays Minor League Recap: Buffalo and Dunedin win in extra innings

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The system went 3 and 1 on Saturday. Lansing was alone in the loss column as Buffalo and Dunedin needed extra innings to take home the W.

 

Triple-A

 

Buffalo (4-3)

 

The Herd win 8 to 6 in extra innings

 

The game was cruising along, o-o, until Buffalo scored 3 runs in the top of the 8th and Norfolk rallied with 2 runs off reliever Carlos Ramirez.

 

Buffalo added a run in the top of the 9th but Sam Moll was unable to hold the lead as he allowed 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th for the blown save.

 

Both teams scored a run in the 10th inning before the Bisons put the game out of reach with a 3-run 11th. Darnell Sweeney brought Jason Leblebijian home on his 2nd HR of the year. Dwight Smith Jr. walked, Anthony Alford singled, and Smith scored when catcher attempted a pickoff which went terribly wrong.

 

Dwight Smith Jr. had 4 singles and scored 2 runs, Dalton Pompey, Danny Espinosa, and Darnell Sweeny each had 2 hits. Espinosa and Rowdy Tellez drove in one RBI apiece, while Reese McGuire and Sweeney drove in a pair.

 

Starter- Ryan Borucki 3.2IP, 10H, 4R, 2BB, 3K on 79 pitches

 

W- Luis Santos (BS, 1)  (1-0, 1.80 ERA)

 

Sunday, April 22nd starting pitcher- Deck McGuire (1-0, 10.80 ERA)

 

Double-A

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (10-4)

 

The Cats won 6 to 2.

 

Cavan Biggio, Juan Kelly, and Harold Ramirez each had 2-hits. Biggio hit 3 run homer in the 1st to get the Fisher Cats starter, while Connor Panas hit a solo shot in the 2nd to put NH up 4 to 0. Harold Ramirez hit a 2-run bomb in the 6th for a 6 to 0 led.

 

Sean Reid-Foley produced 8 groundball outs and one fly ball out while throwing 56 of his 93 pitches for strikes. Justin Shafer, Craig Breslow, and Andrew Case combined on 3 no-hit innings of relief.

 

Starter- Sean Reid-Foley 6.0IP, 3H, R, 3BB, 3K on 93 pitches

 

W- SRF (3-0, 1.47 ERA)

 

Saturday, April 21st starting pitcher- #30 Jon Harris (1-0, 3.60 ERA) vs Phillies #11 Ranger Suarez

 

Advanced-A

 

Dunedin Blue Jays (7-8)

The D-Jays pulled to within a game of .500 with a slugfest at home.

 

Dunedin wins 14 to 13.

 

A pitching duel this was not. The D-Jays scored 6 runs in the 2nd, 3 runs in the 4th and 6th innings to take a 12 to 9 lead. Daytona answered with a 4 run 7th inning taking the lead.

 

In the 8th, Advanced-A veteran D.J. Davis singled and scored on a Rodrigo Orozco double (5) to knot the game up at 13 to 13.

 

In the 10th inning, with Nash Knight starting the inning off at 2nd, Eduard Pinto‘s groundout was followed by intentional walks to Ivan Castillo and D.J. Davis before Rodrigo Orozco worked a walk-off walk to score Knight from 3rd.

 

Dunedin got home runs off the bats of Joshua Palacios and Bradley Jones.

 

Starter- Tayler Saucedo 3.2IP 9H, 7R, 2BB, and 3K on 80 pitches

 

L- Kirby Snead  (1-1, 1.80 ERA)

 

Sunday, April 22nd starting pitcher- #9 T.J. Zeuch (2-1, 2.89 ERA) versus Daytona’s #5 Tony Santillan

 

A-Ball

 

Lansing Lugnuts (8-5)

 

Lost 2 to 1

 

 

South Bend scored 2 runs in the 3rd off Turner Larkins and held off the Lugs for a 2 to 1 victory. The Lugnuts outhit the Cubbies 8 to 7, with Kevin Vicuna and Christian Williams collecting 2 hits.

 

Kevin Smith and Reggie Pruitt each had stolen bases in the loss while Cullen Large committed the clubs only error.

 

Starter Turner Larkins threw 42 strikes and induced 7 groundball outs versus 3 flyball outs. Graham Spraker threw 3 shutout innings, walking one and striking out 5 while surrendering 3 hits.

 

Starter- Turner Larkins 5.0IP, 4H, 2R, 2K, and an HRA on 62 pitches

 

L- Larkins (1-2, 4.38 ERA)

 

Sunday, April 22nd starting pitcher- Maverik Buffo (0-1, 9.95 ERA) versus Cubbie #6 Brendon Little

Player of the Day

 

POD Honourable Mention:

  • Buffalo’s Dwight Smith Jr. with a 4-for-5 game with 2 runs scored and a walk. DSJ is batting .367.
  • Buffalo’s Dalton Pompey who went 2-for-5 with a pair of runs and a pair of SB.
  • NH’s SRF allowed one run over 6IP or Cavan Biggio who hit a 3-run home run and went 2-for-5.
  • Dunedin’s Joshua Palacios went 3-for-5 with 3-run jack and Ivan Castillo went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI.
  • Lansing’s Kevin Vicuna went 2-for-5 with double and is batting .362. Graham Spraker threw 3 shutout innings with 5 strikeouts and a walk.

 

Saturday, April 1st’s POD goes to Rodrigo Orozco.

 

The 23-yr-old outfielder went 3-for-5 with a run scored, a pair of doubles, a walk, and 6 RBI.

The native of Panama City, Panama is a switch hitter with decent extra-base power and typically carries a healthy BB to K ratio. In this game, he used both to help guide the D-Jays to victory.

The D-Jays number 9 hitter, doubled in the 2nd to scored Pinto, and Castillo. He crossed the plate on Palacios’ 3-run home run in the next at-bat.

 

Orozco grounded into a double play to end the 3rd and flew out leading off the 5th.

 

With bases juiced in the 6th, Orozco knocked in a pair with a single to RF.

 

He came to the plate in the 8th with D.J. Davis at 1st base and doubled him home. Orozco was picked off of 2nd base with Palacios at the dish.

 

With the bases loaded in the 10th inning, Orozco worked a 5-pitch walk to end the game.

 

 

Bo and Vlad Show

 

 

Bo Bichette had a rough day. Bichette committed two errors (throwing and missed catch) while going 0-for-4 with a strike and a walk.

 

Bichette is now batting .298. It is the first time he’s owned a batting average under .300 in his professional career, aside from games 1-2-3 this year where he batted .000-.222.-286.

 

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 1-for-5 and committed his 2nd error of the season. VGJ is batting .321.

 

 

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