Here’s your recap of the Jays’ minor league affiliate games for April 27, complete with win/loss totals, winning or losing streaks, and places in the standings for every team. The Las Vegas 51s had an off-day, so there were a total of three games.
Highlights include strong showings by Adeiny Hechavarria and Moises Sierra in Double-A, a fantastic team pitching effort in Dunedin, and a great day in Lansing for center fielder Jake Marisnick, who was ranked no. 12 on our pre-2011 top 50 prospects list.
Wins/Losses: 9-11 | Streak: L7 | 3rd in PCL Pacific South (3.0 GB)
Wins/Losses: 11-6 | Streak: W2 | 2nd in EAS Eastern (1.0 GB)
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 11, New Britain Rock Cats 5
The Fisher Cats’ bats were alive and well early in this game, with a 6-run second inning and 14 hits in total to win their second game in a row.
Adeiny Hechavarria went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, and a walk, and outfielder Moises Sierra continued to rake, going 2-for-3 with a two-out, 3-run home run in the 2nd inning, finishing the day with 4 RBIs overall. Mike McDade and Rajai Davis each added a double, and Calix Crabbe hit his first home run of the season, a 3-run shot in the 2nd inning as well.
Rey Gonzalez pitched seven strong innings for the second time in a row, allowing just two earned runs on 8 hits to get the win and lower his season ERA to 1.88. He did not walk a batter and managed a season-high 5 strikeouts as well.
- Outfielder Ricardo Nanita has continued to quietly produce, going 2-for-3 with two walks and a solo home run, upping his season average to .289
- Rajai Davis was caught stealing second base in the 4th inning, and is 0-for-2 in stolen base attempts during his rehab stint with New Hampshire
Wins/Losses: 7-12 | Streak: W1 | 6th in FSL North (7.0 GB)
April 27: Dunedin Blue Jays 3, Brevard County Manatees 0
Following two days off, four D-Jays pitchers combined to blank the Brevard County Manatees to take the first game of a three-game series.
There wasn’t a lot of offense in this one, but it was enough to do the trick given how strong the D-Jays’ pitching was. Catcher A.J. Jimenez was strong yet again, going 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run single in the 1st inning. Jon Talley added a solo home run as insurance in the top of the 9th. Brad McElroy and Sean Ochinko each added a hit, while Ivan Contreras added a pair of singles and a stolen base.
Starter Asher Wojciechowski continued to overpower Florida State League hitters, pitching 5 shutout innings and allowing only 3 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 4. He now has a 0.87 ERA on the season in four starts, limiting opponents to just a .213 average.
- All 3 of the D-Jays’ runs came with 2 outs
- Contreras’ swipe was his team-leading sixth stolen base of the season
Wins/Losses: 11-7 | Streak: L3 | 2nd in MID Eastern (0.5 GB)
April 27: Great Lakes Loons 6, Lansing Lugnuts 4
The Lugnuts managed to score a few runs early in the game, but they weren’t enough as they went on to lose 6-4 to the Great Lakes Loons and swept in their three-game series at home.
Outfielder Jake Marisnick definitely showcased parts of his five-tool potential in this game, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs, two stolen bases, and an outfield assist in the 5th inning. Jonathan Jones and Markus Brisker each added a single and a double, and Carlos Perez went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a walk.
Drew Hutchison pitched five strong innings before faltering in the sixth, when he allowed four runs (three earned) on three singles, a hit batter, a sacrifice fly, and an error by first baseman K.C. Hobson. Dayton Marze came on in relief and took the loss, allowing two earned runs on four hits in two innings. Steve Turnbull came on to pitch a scoreless ninth.
- Usually known for having a good arm behind the plate, the Loons stole 3 bases on catcher Carlos Perez
- The Lugnuts went just 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position, stranding six in total
- The Lugnuts now have 4 players hitting .308 or better (Jones, Marisnick, Perez, and Fuenmayor)