The Jays’ affiliates went 3-1 on the night, thanks once again to strong starting pitching from New Hampshire, Dunedin and Lansing. Here’s your Blue Jays complete prospect report for Tuesday, April 10:
Wins/Losses: 1-5 | Streak: L3 | T-3rd in PCL Pacific South division (4.0 GB)
Fresno Grizzlies 10, Las Vegas 51s 5 (LP: Pino, 0-1)
It’s hard to come back when you’re down 8-0 after three innings, but that was the case for the 51s as a six-run third sealed their fate in their 10-5 loss to Fresno on Tuesday night.
Las Vegas mounted a late rally with a total of five runs in the sixth and seventh innings combined, led by Travis Snider, who finished 1-for-5 on the night but knocked a two-run double. Travis d’Arnaud went 2-for-4 with a double in the cleanup spot, Adeiny Hechavarria went 3-for-5 with two RBI hitting second, and Mike McCoy went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and a pair of walks at the very bottom of the batting order.
Making his first start since being called up to Triple-A, Las Vegas starter Yohan Pino was shelled for eight earned runs on 10 hits in just three innings of work. He struck out a pair and did not issue a walk, but gave up four doubles and a triple. Reliever Clint Everts righted the ship after that, though, allowing just one hit in three scoreless innings, before Bobby Korecky gave up a pair of earned runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings. Robert Coello closed things out with 1 2/3 scoreless innings with two strikeouts around a pair of hits.
Wins/Losses: 3-2 | Streak: W1 | 2nd in EAS Eastern division (1.5 GB)
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3, Reading Phillies 2 (WP: Hutchison, 2-0)
Despite a late scare from two Reading home runs, the Fisher Cats were able to make a winner out of their starter and top the Phillies 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Right fielder Brad Glenn went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and hit his first home run of the season, a two-out solo shot in the second inning, while Mark Sobolewski went 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI hitting seventh. Mike McDade‘s double was New Hampshire’s only other extra-base hit, and their offense finished with three runs on nine hits.
Despite not recording a single strikeout, Fisher Cats starter Drew Hutchison kept the Phillies scoreless in six strong innings, allowing eight hits and one walk. Danny Farquhar and Aaron Loup each recorded holds after combining to throw a scoreless seventh, while Ronald Uviedo made things interesting by letting Reading make it a one-run game with solo homers in the eighth and ninth.
Wins/Losses: 4-1 | Streak: W2 | 1st in FSL North division (0.0 GB)
Dunedin Blue Jays 4, Daytona Cubs 2 (WP: Gracey, 1-1 | S: Barnes, 3)
After their bats were silenced for the game’s first seven innings, the D-Jays’ offense woke up with a four-run eighth to take the lead and steal a 4-2 win over Daytona on Tuesday night.
Dunedin hitters left a runner on base in each of the first six innings before erupting with all of their offense in the top of the eighth. Leadoff hitter Jonathan Jones reached on a throwing error and advanced to second before Sean Ochinko and Marcus Knecht hit back-to-back doubles to quickly tie the game at 2. After another Daytona throwing error allowed Kevin Nolan to reach base and Knecht to score, Ryan Schimpf doubled Nolan home to put Dunedin up 4-2 before being thrown out at third trying to leg the hit into a triple.
Dunedin starter Casey Lawrence gave up the only runs of the game and finished his outing with two earned runs on nine hits in six innings with one walk and two strikeouts. Scott Gracey earned the win in relief after tossing a scoreless seventh, Matt Wright and Dustin Antolin both recorded holds after combining for a scoreless eighth, and D-Jays closer Danny Barnes recorded his third save of the season after a scoreless ninth despite allowing a hit and issuing two walks.
Wins/Losses: 5-0 | Streak: W5 | 1st in MID Eastern division (0.0 GB)
Lansing Lugnuts 6, Dayton Dragons 2 (WP: Hernandez, 1-0)
Thanks to a dominant performance by Lugnuts starter and Michigan native Jesse Hernandez, Lansing was able to cruise to a 6-2 win over Dayton on Tuesday night and match their best start in franchise history at 5-0.
The Lugnuts broke a 0-0 tie with five runs in the top of the fifth, kicked off by a two-run home run by shortstop Andy Burns. Markus Brisker and Kenny Wilson kept the inning alive with back-to-back two-out walks before executing a successful double steal to advance into scoring position. Lugnuts catcher Carlos Perez singled them both home to put Lansing up 4-0, and later scored on a K.C. Hobson RBI single for another valuable insurance run.
The story of the game was Hernandez, though, who allowed just one hit in seven scoreless innings of work, with one walk and a career-high eight strikeouts. He induced ground ball outs from the first five batters he faced before striking out four of his next six. After retiring 11 consecutive batters, the only “blemish” on Hernandez’s night was the single that he allowed in the fourth inning before retiring nine of his final 10 batters.
Making his second outing of the year, left-hander Tyler Ybarra gave up two runs (one earned) in two innings of relief, failing to record a strikeout while issuing two walks.