Jay Blue brings you the Jays From the Couch Toronto Blue Jays Minor League report, breaking down the last weekend of April
April 29, 2017 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Update
Starter Brett Oberholtzer was hit hard enough for the Durham Bulls to get out to an early lead against the Buffalo Bisons (13-8) and the Bisons couldn’t come back in a 6-3 loss. Oberholtzer went five innings and allowed four runs on six hits and three walks but only two of those runs were earned and he struck out four. Jeff Beliveau allowed a run i 1 2/3 innings with two strikeouts and Wil Browning finished the game, striking out two but giving up a run in 1 1/3 innings.
Rowdy Tellez continued to show signs of breaking out of his early-season slump by going 3/4 with a double and an RBI. Alex Monsalve was 2/2 with a walk, an RBI and a run but allowed the Bulls to steal five bases. Jake Elmore was 2/4 and Christian Lopes was 1/5 with a double and an RBI.
L: Brett Oberholtzer (0-1)
A slow start by the New Hampshire Fisher Cats’ (8-13) offense meant that they couldn’t catch up to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, who jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings, resulting in a 7-3 loss on Saturday. Gunnar Heidt contributed with two RBI, going 2/4 while Tim Lopes also had two hits, going 2/5 with an RBI. Emilio Guerrero was 1/2 with two walks and two runs.
Sean Reid-Foley had a rough start, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks in just three innings, striking out two to take his second loss of the season. Alonzo Gnzalez provided two scoreless innings, walking one and giving up a hit while Justin Shafer allowed two more runs in two innings. Dusty Isaacs tossed a clean eighth inning to finish the game.
L: Sean Reid-Foley (1-2)
The Dunedin Blue Jays’ (13-10) offense got revved up, accounting for 15 hits and six runs in their 6-2 win over the Fort Myers Miracle. Danny Jansen had yet another four-hit, going 4/5 with a double and two RBI, bumping his batting average up to .416 while Andrew Guillotte was 3/3 with two walks, two doubles, an RBI, two runs, a stolen base and yet another outfield assist, giving him the most complete game on the club. Cavan Biggio was 2/5 with a run and an RBI while Kevin Vicuna was 2/4 with a double and three runs.
Jordan Romano had a strong game, tossing 5 1/3 innings of two-run, seven hit ball, striking out three for the win. Ryan Cook got five outs in four batters, stranding two inherited runners from Romano and used the ground ball as a weapon. Tom Robson also pitched 1 2/3 innings but allowed a hit and three walks but didn’t give up a run. Kender Villegas game on for the final out of the game, striking out the only batter he faced and earning the save.
Two early runs got the Lansing Lugnuts (13-10) ahead of the Bowling Green Hot Rods and a third run in the sixth inning and solid work by the bullpen secured their 3-2 victory. Three different players had two hits each including Bradley Jones (2/4) who hit a double, Nash Knight (2/4) and Yeltsin Gudino (2/4) who drove in a pair of runs. J.B. Woodman hit his second home run of the year, going 1/5 but struck out three times, and Jake Thomas continues to show the “Eye of the Tiger” taking two more walks and going 1/2 with two runs. Thomas is now hitting .308 but has .532 on-base percentage thanks to his 20 walks this season. Bo Bichette‘s hitting streak ended at 15 games with an oh-fer.
Patrick Murphy had one of the best starts for the Lugnuts’ struggling starting pitching staff this year, going 5 2/3 innings with two runs against (one earned) on four hits and four walks with three strikeouts. Zach Jackson (1 1/3 IP, 2 K), Philip Walby (2/3 IP, 1 H), Kirby Snead (1/3 IP) and Jackson McClelland (S, 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K) held the Hot Rods off the board to preserve the win.
April 30, 2017 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Update
The Buffalo Bisons (14-8) picked up their first win in their series against the International League best club the Durham Bulls with a 6-1 victory on Sunday. Luis Santos was excellent, limiting the Bulls to just one run on three hits while striking out four over five innings in earning his first Triple-A victory. John Stilson walked two and struck out three in two scoreless innings and Matt Dermody and Leonel Campos each threw a scoreless inning to finish the game.
Jason Leblebijian drove in two runs, going 2/3 with a double, two runs and a walk while Jake Elmore is on a little hot streak, going 2/3 with a walk and two RBI. Rowdy Tellez was 1/4 with a run but struck out three times and Dwight Smith, Jr. was 1/3 with an RBI.
W: Luis Santos (1-1)
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (8-14) couldn’t hang on for a win as they were locked into a see-saw battle with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, ultimately losing 7-6 in 11 innings. The Fisher Cats had a great start, scoring five runs in the first two innings and adding a sixth in the fifth, holding their 6-5 lead through the bottom of the ninth, when the Rumble Ponies tied it. The Fisher Cats couldn’t score in any of the last six innings of the game, taking a loss when Dusty Isaacs gave up a walkoff single to Luis Guillorme in the 11th. Conner Greene was on the mound to start, but he was frequently in trouble, giving up five runs (four earned) over 5 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and three walks with seven strikeouts, logging 99 pitches. Carlos Ramirez finished the sixth and Blake McFarland pitched a scoreless seventh. Tim Mayza allowed a solo home run in the ninth to tie it but allowed just the one run in two innings, striking out three and Dusty Isaacs pitched a scoreless 10th before allowing the winning run in the 11th.
Ryan McBroom went McBoom and hit his second home run of the year, driving in three and going 1/6 on the day. Tim Lopes was 3/6 with a double and a run while Reese McGuire was 3/5 with an RBI, two runs and a stolen base. Jonathan Davis was 2/4 with a double and a walk and J.C. Cardenas was 2/3 with a walk, a run and an RBI but also made an error.
L: Dusty Isaacs (0-1)
HR: Ryan McBroom (2)
The Dunedin Blue Jays (13-11) did all their scoring in the second inning but it wasn’t enough to overcome a feisty Fort Myers Miracle club who chipped away and eventually beat the Blue Jays 8-6. Angel Perdomo was on the mound for the Blue Jays, tossing five innings and giving up four runs (three earned) on nine hits, including two home runs, while walking one and striking out two. Josh DeGraaf allowed a run over 1 2/3 innings and Danny Young kept his ERA at 0.00, stranding two runners and retiring the only batter he faced. Adonys Cardona was charged with a blown save and a loss, allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits and two walks in the eighth inning.
Canadian catcher Mike Reeves hit his first home run of the year, going 1/3 with three RBI for the Blue Jays while Deiferson Barreto, pinch running for Juan Kelly after Kelly was hit by a pitch, was 2/4 with a run. Lane Thomas was also 2/4 with a walk and a run. Cavan Biggio was on base three times with a single, and two walks, driving in two runs.
L: Adonys Cardona (1-2)
HR: Mike Reeves (1)
The Lansing Lugnuts had their game canceled due to rain.
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