The Blue Jays will go 4-for-4 in “games played” sooner or later, but poor April weather continues to plague the Minor League schedule with Buffalo taking another postponement on Monday night.
Buffalo Bisons (2-2)
Syracuse Chiefs (2-0) – PPD
The Bisons and their impressive lineup will play a double-header against Syracuse beginning at 4:05 ET on Tuesday. It will be their second double-header of the young season before they finish up the series with a Wednesday matinee. On Thursday, the Bisons return to Coca-Cola Field for their home opener against the Rochester Red Wings.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (1-2) – 1
Hartford Yard Goats – 4
The Fisher Cats have been battling the elements themselves, and fell on Monday to the Hartford Yard Goats in their third game of the season. I would be remiss if I did not first recognize how beautifully bizarre Minor League affiliate team names are.
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On the diamond, New Hampshire got a nice outing from Jason Berken, the former sixth-round Orioles pick who signed with the Blue Jays in February. The right-hander threw 5.0 innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Daniel Schlereth followed him with 1.1 innings including an unearned run, two walks and two punch-outs.
Schlereth, the former first-round pick who was part of the Max Scherzer three-way mega-deal to the Detroit Tigers, has not appeared in a Major League game since 2012. Wil Browning rounded out the game by allowing one run over 1.2 innings pitched with three strikeouts.
Dunedin Blue Jays (3-2) – 4
St. Lucie Mets (3-2) – 3
It was a group effort on the mound for the D-Jays, with Luis Cardona (2.0 IP), Brad Allen (4.0 IP) and Adonys Cardona (1.0 IP) combining to throw the first seven innings of shutout ball. Lefty Tim Mayza got hit around for three runs (one earned) in his lone inning before Matt Dermody picked up his first save of the season.
Ryan McBroom led the way with a two-run home run in the sixth inning while J.D. Davis singled twice and scored three times. It was quiet at the bottom, though, as the 5-to-9 hitters went a combined 0-for-19 with six strikeouts.
Top right-handed pitching prospect Conner Greene is scheduled to start in game two of the series on Tuesday evening.
Lansing Lugnuts (1-1) – 6
Dayton Dragons (1-4) – 4
Mexican right-hander Francisco Rios struck out four and allowed just one earned run in his three-inning start. High-ceiling lefty Angel Perdomo pitched three innings of relief with five strikeouts (1 ER) before handing over to Conor Fisk who picked up the blown save…and the win. Colton Turner struck out two and picked up his first save of the season.
Gunnar Heidt launched a two-run home run to lead the way on offence while Justin Atkinson and John Anderson both went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Andrew Guillotte stayed hot with a 1-for-2 day and a walk and Lane Thomas went 1-for-4 with a walk.