Blue Jays MiLB Report: Richard Urena walks it off in Dunedin
Scores and analysis for Toronto Blue Jays minor league games played on Saturday, April 16th
Buffalo Bisons (4-6) – 2
Pawtucket Red Sox (5-5) – 5
The Bisons are mirroring their major league affiliate to open the season with loads of talent that hasn’t quite come together just yet.
Right-hander Casey Lawrence (0-2) took the loss, allowing five earned runs on six hits over 5.0 innings. Familiar face Chad Jenkins and veteran minor leaguer Bobby Korecky pitched two clean innings apiece in relief to fill out the game.
Domonic Brown launched a monstrous two-run home run in the second inning with Dalton Pompey on base, but that would be all the offence Buffalo could muster up. Jesus Montero continues to swing a good bat and added a double, while the versatile Andy Burns dragged his average back up to .189 with a 2-for-4 day.
Canadian Chris Leroux makes his second start of the season on Sunday for Buffalo. His first outing was an odd one, pitching four innings of one-hit shutout ball, but walking five batters along the way.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (4-4) – 1
Trenton Thunder (5-4) – 7
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A day after shutting out the Thunder 7-0, New Hampshire found themselves on the wrong end of a seven-run outburst. Green Bay native Jason Berken (0-2) enjoyed a fine start, however, allowing two earned runs over six innings while allowing six hits and striking out four.
Left-hander Daniel Schlereth ran into some trouble as the first man out of the bullpen (0.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER), and the same fate soon awaited John Stilson (0.1 IP, 2 BB, 2 ER).
Mexican shortstop Jorge Flores was the only Fisher Cat to record multiple hits (2-for-3, RBI), and designated hitter KC Hobson put up his third double of the young season. Top power prospect Rowdy Tellez continues to search for his groove at the plate (0-for-2, .160 AVG), but did walk twice in the loss.
Alberta native Shane Dawson takes the mound for New Hampshire on Sunday. In his first start of the season, the left-hander reportedly looked very sharp through five shutout innings.
Dunedin Blue Jays (6-4) – 3
Palm Beach Cardinals (7-3) – 2
Another night, another walk-off victory for the D-Jays. This time around, a Richard Urena single in the bottom of the 13th scored Ryan Metzler for the game-winning run.
The hit was Urena’s third on the day (3-for-6) as the Blue Jays top shortstop prospect moves his average to .342 on the season. Third baseman Jason Leblebijian was the only other D-Jay to record a multi-hit day day (2-for-6). Right-fielder Jonathan Davis stole his fourth base of the season.
On the mound, University of North Florida alumnus Kyle Westwood pitched six strong innings of two-run ball, allowing eight hits and striking out two. Lefty Alonzo Gonzalez pitched four valuable innings of shutout relief (3 BB, 3 K) before Chris Rowley (1-0) earned the win with three shutout innings.
Top pitching prospect Conner Greene is scheduled to pitch for Dunedin on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. ET when they face the Cardinals for their third of four games.
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Lansing Lugnuts (5-2) – 7
Bowling Green Hot Rods (4-6) – 5
Lansing received an encouraging outing from left-handed Dominican pitching prospect Angel Perdomo, who stands 6’6″ on the mound. He lasted 4.2 innings on 75 pitches, allowing two earned runs on three hits and striking out three.
Conor Fisk struggled as the first bullpen arm (1.1 IP, 3 ER), but was picked up by Starlyn Suriel (1-0) who struck out three batters over 2.0 innings of perfect ball. Georgia Tech alumnus Dusty Isaacs notched his second save of the season.
Toronto native Conor Panas, playing left-field in this one, hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the second inning off Bowling Green starter Angel Yepez. Andrew Guillotte continued his hot start to the year going 2-for-3 with three RBIs, and first baseman Juan Kelly bumped his average up to .421 by going 2-for-4 with a double.
Sean Reid-Foley goes for the Lugnuts on Sunday evening and is coming off a strong first outing where he pitched 6.0 innings against the Dayton Dragons, not allowing an earned run while striking out four. He did allow four walks, however, which will be something to keep an eye on in his second go-around.