April 27th Blue Jays Minor League Recap: Tim Lopes solid in Bison loss

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On Friday, April 27th, all affiliate were in play with the Lugnuts playing a doubleheader. The system went 3 and 2.

 

FYI- I am currently in the Dominican Republic. The WiFi is spotty at best, just like my spelling and grammar, so I may not be as consistent with the daily recaps over the next two weeks. I’ll do my best.

 

Triple-A

 

Buffalo Bisons (5-7)

 

Bisons lost 9 to 8. The Herd gave up 2 runs in the top of the 10th but only managed to score one in the bottom half of the inning. Buffalo outhit Pawtucket 12 to 10 and couldn’t take advantage of 3 errors committed by Boston’s affiliate.

 

Dwight Smith Jr. drove in 3 runs despite going 0-for-4 with a couple strikeouts. 2B Tim Lopes is batting .472 after picking up 3 hits in 5 at-bats with a double, 2 RBI, and SB.

 

Starter- Sam Gaviglio 6IP, 6H, 4R, 5K, 2HRA on 80 pitches

 

L- Sam Moll (1-1, 4.70 ERA)

 

BS- Matt Dermody (1)

 

Saturday, April 28th starting pitcher- Joe Biagini (0-1, 3.48 ERA)

 

Double-A

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (13-6)

 

Fisher Cats won 4 to 0

 

The Fisher Cats got a strong pitching performance from its starter and bullpen to shut out the Thunder. Conor Fisk and Craig Breslow no-hit Trenton between the 6th and 8th inning and Justin Shafer surrendered just the one hit.

 

Sean Reid-Foley looks like a completely different pitcher in 2018. Triple-A’s rotation is full but they may need to make room if SRF puts up these numbers in May.

 

The Cats’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Max Pentecost, and Andrew Guillotte each picked up an RBI while Jonathan Davis was the New Hampshire batter to collect 2 hits.

 

Starter- Sean Reid-Foley 5IP, 2H, 3BB, 8K on 87 pitches

W- SRF (4-0, 1.16 ERA)

H- Fisk (1)

 

Saturday, April 28th starting pitcher- Jon Harris (1-0, 3.38 ERA)

 

Advanced-A

 

Dunedin Blue Jays (9-12)

 

D-Jays won 8-6, despite being outhit 17 to 7.

 

 

Clearwater scored 3 runs in the top of the 9th but Dunedin was able to escape with the victory.

Eduard Pinto lead the D-Jays offense with a single, a double, and a stolen base. Pinto finished the game with 3 RBI. Logan Warmoth hit a triple and drove in  2RBI.

 

Rehab- Richard Urena went 1-for-5 with a run scored and a strikeout.

 

Travis Bergen had his second bad outing in a row, please don’t be hurt again, with 3 runs allowed on 4 hits and a walk. He needed William Ouellette to get the final out of the game to earn the save.

 

Starter- Zeuch 6.0IP, 9H, 2ER, and a HRA on 97 pitches

 

W-  T.J. Zeuch (3-2, 3.86 ERA)

 

H- Connor Eller (1)

 

SV- Ouellette (1)

 

Saturday, April 28th starting pitcher- Justin Dillon (0-2, 6.59 ERA)

 

A-Ball

 

Lansing Lugnuts (14-7)

 

Game 1

 

Lansing won 11 to 7.

 

Kacy Clemens (2-for-2, 3RBI), Kevin Smith (1-for-2, 2RBI), and Brock Lundquist (1-for-3, 3RBI) each had home runs in the win. Cullen Large went 0-for-1 with 4 runs scored.

 

Maverik Buffo had a so-so start. Dalton Rodriguez almost coughed up the lead, allowing 3 runs to cross the plate. Brody Rodning was called upon to get the final two outs.

 

Starter- Maverik Buffo 5.0IP, 3H, 4R, BB, 4K on 83 pitches

 

W- Buffo (2-1, 7.16 ERA)

 

SV- Brody Rodning (1)

 

Game 2

 

Lugnuts lost 7 to 4.

 

Donnie Sellers gave up 6 runs in the 3rd which was too much of a hole for the Lugs to climb out of.

 

Orlando Pascual and Dany Jimenez shut out the Whitecaps over the final 3.1IP.

 

Ryan Noda had two doubles and an RBI while Cullen Large also had a double and scored 2 runs.

 

Starter- Donnie Sellers 2.2IP, 8H, 7R, 3BB, and HRA on 71 pitches

 

L- Sellers (2-1, 7.16 ERA)

 

Saturday, April 28th starting pitcher- Maximo Castillo (1-0, 4.80 ERA)

 

Player of the Day

 

POD Honorable Mention:

 

  • Buffalo’s DSJ for driving in 3 RBI despite not registering a hit.
  • NH’s Jonathan Davis with a 2-for-3 game. He scored another run and stole his 11th base.
  • NH’s pitchers. SRF, Fisk, Breslow, and Shafer combined to hold the Yankees AA team to 3 hits.
  • D-Jays Pinto with a 2-for-4 game. He scored 2 runs, hit a double, and drove in 3 RBI while also stealing a base.

 

Friday, April 27th’s POD goes to Tim Lopes.

 

Tim Lopes went 3-for-5 with 2 runs, a double, 2 RBI, and a stolen base.

Lopes played 2B and was batting out of the 9th spot in the order. He lead off the 3rd with a groundball to the second baseman but reached thanks to a throwing error. Lopes would steal 2nd on what appeared to be a failed hit and run attempt as Dalton Pompey struck out. Lopes was stranded at 3rd.

 

Tim Lopes reached on a single in the 5th inning but would once again be stranded at 3rd.

 

The 23-yr-old 2B/3B picked up his 2nd double of the campaign in the 6th with the bases loaded. Gift Ngoepe and Reese McGuire scored on the play. Lopes would once again be stranded at 3rd.

 

Tim Lopes came to bat in the 8th inning with Jason Leblebijian on first, Lopes hit a line drive single to right field. He’d move over to 2nd on a Dalton Pompey walk to load the bases. Dwight Smith Jr.scored Leb on a groundball and Lopes moves over to 3rd. Lopes would finally score a run when Anthony Alford grounds out to the 3rd baseman.

 

Lopes lined into an inning double-play in the 9th, as Rusney Castillo threw Roemon Fields out at home plate.

 

With the game going to extra innings, Lopes would start the 10th at 2nd and score on DSJ flyball to LF for the innings 2nd out. Anthony Alford would go down swinging to end the game.

 

Bo and Vlad Show

 

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was playing 3rd and batting 3rd for the Fisher Cats. He went 1-for-3 with a run scored, a double, an RBI, a walk, a strikeout, and CS. He is batting .352 with a .937 OPS, 7 doubles, and a league-leading 23 RBI (9 more than 2nd place).

 

Bo Bichette was batting 2nd and playing short. He went 1-for-4 with a run scored, an SB, and pair of strikeouts. Bichette is batting an even .300 with 16 runs scored, good for 2nd in the EL behind teammate Jonathan Davis. He also 8 stolen bases which is goog for 3rd in the EL.

 

 

 

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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.