Jay Blue presents the Jays From the Couch Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report as the FisherCats win two!
May 20, 2017 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Update
After beating the Pawtucket Red Sox (and David Price) on Friday, the Buffalo Bisons (22-18) lost 5-3 to the Red Sox on Saturday. Jarrett Grube had a solid start, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks over 6 1/3 innings, striking out seven. John Stilson took the loss allowing two runs (one earned) over the final 2 2/3 innings.
L: John Stilson (0-3)
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (13-28) finally added one to the win column after a convincing 9-1 win over the Reading Fightin Phils. The offense flexed its muscle, getting three home runs including the organization-leading eighth from Ryan McBroom who went “McBoom” in the first inning. Gunnar Heidt hit his fourth and Emilio Guerrero hit his second of the year in the ninth inning. Richard Urena had three hits and drove in a run while Guerrero (2/5), Derrick Loveless (2/5, 2B, 2 R, SB), Jonathan Davis (2/5, 2 RBI, R) and Danny Jansen pushed his Buffalo batting average to .438 with a single and a double in five plate appearances. McBroom was 1/3 with the two-run home run and two walks.
Chris Rowley made the spot start and allowed only three hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings, striking out one. Alonzo Gonzalez relieved him and walked a pair and gave up a hit in 1 2/3 innings and Andrew Case struck out one and allowed a hit in his inning of relief. Jose Fernandez broke the shutout string by giving up a run on two walks and a hit in his inning of relief.
The Dunedin Blue Jays (24-19) got out to a fast start and, also scoring nine runs, beat the St. Lucie Mets 9-3 in Saturday’s action. The club got three hits from Connor Panas who was 3/4 with a double and two RBI while four players had two hits each. Cavan Biggio was 2/5 with a triple and a run, Lane Thomas was 2/5 with an RBI and a run, Juan Kelly was 2/4 with two doubles, a walk, three runs and a stolen base and Matt Dean was 2/3 with two walks, two RBI, and two runs.
Jordan Romano struggled with his control, allowing two runs on just one hit but four walks with three strikeouts, running his pitch count up to 96 in just 4 2/3 innings. William Ouellette got the win with 3 1/3 one-hit innings of relief and Tom Robson finished the game, allowing a run in the ninth.
W: William Ouellette (1-0)
The Lansing Lugnuts ran out of time when the rains came down on Saturday, stalling their comeback attempt in an 11-7 loss to the South Bend Cubs. Through just five and a half innings, the LUgnuts had a great day offensively, led by Vladimir Guerrero who was 3/3 with a walk, a double, three RBI and two runs, and Edward Olivares who was 3/4 with a double, two runs and an outfield assist. Bo Bichette was 2/4 with a run while Andres Sotillo and Yeltsin Gudino were each 1/3 with an RBI.
Mike Ellenbest got through two innings unscathed before he got to the third, in which the Cubs scored 11 runs, sending 13 batters to the plate. Ellenbest allowed six of the first seven batters to reach on a double, three consecutive walks, a hit by pitch and a single. All six scored after Andrew Deramo relieved him. Ellenbest was charged with six runs, all earned, on three hits and five walks over 2 1/3 innings with four strikeouts. Deramo gave up five more runs of his own over 2 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits.
W: Mike Ellenbest (1-4)
May 21, 2017 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Update
On a rainy day in Buffalo, the Bisons (23-18) managed to eke out a win before the game had to be stopped, beating the Pawtucket Red Sox 2-1. Jeff Beliveau took over from originally scheduled starter Cesar Valdez (who was promoted to Toronto) and fired three excellent innings, allowing just one walk with two strikeouts. Leonel Campos gave up a solo home run among two hits with one strikeout in two innings while Matt Dermody vultured his fourth win of the season, walking one and giving up a hit in two innings before Murphy Smith got his third save with two one-hit innings, striking out a pair.
The offense only combined for eight hits but catcher Raffy Lopez set his new career high, hitting his fifth home run with the Bisons and ninth on the year, Ian Parmley was 2/4 with a run while Dwight Smith, Jr. was 2/4 with a stolen base but was also picked off and caught stealing. Christian Lopes hit a triple and walked and Jonathan Diaz was 1/3 with a double, a walk and an RBI, adding a stolen base.
W: Matt Dermody (4-0)
S: Murphy Smith (3)
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (14-28) got out to a lead and barely hung on to an 8-7 win over the Reading Fightin Phils. Sean Reid-Foley got off on the wrong foot in his start, giving up a single and a home run to the first two batters he faced but retired 12 of the next 15 batters he faced, giving up only three walks along the way. A leadoff walk in the fifth got him back in trouble and, after finishing the sixth, Reid-Foley left the game with a 5-4 lead, charged with four runs on five hits and four walks with six strikeouts. Justin Shafer allowed a run in the seventh on a solo home run while Tim Mayza came in to close things out in the eighth and ninth, making things a little sticky by giving up two runs in the ninth but earned the save, despite allowing two runs on two hits and three walks.
Derrick Loveless had his best game in a while, going 3/4 with an RBI and two runs while Michael De La Cruz was on base four times with a single, a double and two walks, driving in one and scoring twice. Ryan McBroom was 2/4 with a double, continuing to swing a hot bat. Jonathan Davis was 1/4 with two RBI and a run while Richard Urena was 1/5 with a triple, two RBI and a run.
W: Justin Shafer (1-1)
S: Tim Mayza (3)
HR: Ryan McBroom (8), Gunnar Heidt (4), Emilio Guerrero (2)
The Dunedin Blue Jays (24-20) took a drubbing from the St. Lucie Twins, losing 10-4 on Sunday afternoon. Angel Perdomo struggled with his control, walking five batters and allowing four runs (three earned) in 3 2/3 innings. Jared Carkuff took the loss, giving up two runs in 2 1/3 innings on a two-run home run to Arnaldo Berrios. Jon Wandling, making his first appearance since 2015, allowed another four runs on three hits (including a home run) and a walk in 1 2/3 innings and Danny Young finished the game, getting the only batter he faced.
W: William Ouellette (1-0)
The Lansing Lugnuts (22-18) hung on to beat the South Bend Cubs by a score of 5-3, rallying in the top of the eighth inning for four runs. The eighth inning started with Bo Bichette reaching on a fielding error and he was followed by a Vladimir Guerrero double, a Ryan Hissey single, a Christian Williams double and a J.B. Woodman single. Williams had a banner day, going 3/4 with two doubles and two RBI while Hissey was 2/4 with a walk, two runs and two RBI. Guerrero was 2/4 with a double and a run and Jake Thomas was 2/4 with a walk.
Andy Ravel tossed six strong innings, giving up only two runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts before turning things over to the bullpen. Kirby Snead tossed a scoreless seventh while Nick Hartman was tagged for an unearned run on one hit in the eighth. Zach Jackson finished it off, walking one and striking out two in the ninth inning for the save.
W: Kirby Snead (2-1)
S: Zach Jackson (1)
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