April 8th Blue Jays Minor League Recap: Good relief from Rios and Fishman in loss

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On Monday, April 8th, the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system went 2-for-4. There wasn’t much scoring with two shutouts. One for and one against.

 

Triple-A

Buffalo Bisons (2-3)

 

The Herd lost 5 to 2 to the Pawtucket Red Sox.

 

HR-none

 

Starter- David Paulino 3.2IP, 2-H, 1-R, 1-BB, 3-K on 54 pitches

 

L- Conor Fisk (0-1, 6.75 ERA)

 

BSV- Derek Law (1)

 

Tuesday, April 9th starting pitcher- Jacob Waguespack

 

Double-A

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (2-3)

 

The Fisher Cats lost 2 to 0 to the Reading Fightin Phils. The Fisher Cats were held to a Joshua Palacios double in the 3rd inning.

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Andrew Sopko 5.0 IP, 3-H, 1-R, 1-BB, 5-K on 76 pitches

 

L- Sopko (0-1, 1.80 ERA)

 

Tuesday, April 9th starting pitcher- Patrick Murphy

Advanced-A

Dunedin Blue Jays (4-1)

 

The D-Jays won 4 to 1 over the Fort Myers Miracle.

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Turner Larkins 5.0 IP, 2-H, 0-R, 0-BB, 3-K on 70 pitches

 

W- Larkins (1-0, 1.50 ERA)

 

SV- Jonathan Cheshire  (1)

 

Tuesday, April 9th starting pitcher- TBD

 

A-Ball

Lansing Lugnuts (3-2)

 

The Bolts won 1 to 0 over the West Michigan Whitecaps. The Lugs held the Whitecaps to 3 hits, scoring their only run off an Otto Lopez single in the 6th inning to score Reggie Pruitt.

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Cobi Johnson 5.0IP, 2-H, 0-R, 0-BB, 5-K on 48 pitches

 

W- Fitz Stadler (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

 

Tuesday, April 9th starting pitcher- Josh Winckowski

 

Top Performers:

  • The Herd’s Jordan Patterson (1-for-4, R, 2B, 2-K), and Roemon Fields (3-for-4, 2-2B)
  • The Cats’ Palacios (1-for-3, 2B, BB),  and Sopko (see above).
  • The D-Jays Cullen Large (1-for-4, 2B, RBI, 2-K), Riley Adams (1-for-3, R, 2B, BB, K), Ryan Noda (2-for-3, R, RBI, BB, CS), Larkins (see above)
  • The Bolt’s Otto Lopez (2-for-4, RBI, SB, and CS), Reggie Pruitt (2-for-4, R), Cobi Johnson (see above) and Fitz Stadler (4.0IP, H, BB, 2-K on 57 pitches).

 

Player of the Day

Monday, April 8th POD goes to the Fisher Cats bullpen

 

A strong pitching performance for Andrew Sopko, who was making his Blue Jays debut for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, was followed by equally strong pitching in relief. Francisco Rios and Jake Fishman pitched two innings each, allowing just one hit and one run while striking out 5 on 66 pitches.

 

Franciso Rios came into the game in the 6th inning with the Fightin Phils up 1 to 0. Rios got former 1st overall pick Mickey Moniak to groundout. Rios hit Austin Listi with a 2-2 pitch. The HPB was followed by a groundball out, a passed ball by Alberto Mineo which allowed Listi to advance to 3rd base. Listi would score on the next play on a fielding error by shortstop prospect Kevin Smith.

 

Rios allowed the second batter of the 7th inning to reach on a single but got the next batter to ground into an inning-ending double play.

 

Jake Fishman came into the game to start the top of the 8th inning and had an interesting inning. Fishman got the first batter to groundout but than Moniak reached on a fielding error by Kacy Clemens. With Austin Listi batting and Moniak attempting to steal second base, Listi’s backswing hit Mineo. Listi and Moniak out on batter inference. Inning over.

 

Fishman came back out for the 9th inning, striking out a pair and a ground out.

 

In two games, the 23-yr-old Rios has not allowed a run over 5.2 innings, allowing a pair of hits, and striking out 4.

 

In two games, the 24-yr-old lefty has allowed one run on one hit over 4.0 innings while striking out 6 and no walks. He is 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA.

 

Bo and Vlad Show

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 1-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI, and a walk for the D-Jays. He played 3rd base and hit out of the 3-hole. Vlad is batting .250.

 

Bo Bichette was the Bisons’ designated hitter and batted leadoff. He went hitless in 5 at-bats and is 0-for-13 over his last three games. Bo is batting .100 with a pair of walks and 3 strikeouts in the early going.

 

 

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