Blue Jays MiLB Recap – Organzation gets blanked
By Craig Borden
Dunedin Blue Jays vs Palm Beach Cardinals (Loss 6-7)
An all-out battle of offences commenced Sunday in Dunedin which resulted in a tough loss for the D-Jays. Conner Greene got things started for the D-Jays but allowed a pair of runs in the 2nd inning. Greene threw 80 pitches and only 44 of them for strikes as he battled through 4.1 innings of work. He ended the day only allowing two hits but walked two while only striking out a batter. Carlos Ramirez would come on in relief and got pecked by the Cards bats in the top of the 6th. They went on to score three runs in the inning before Adonys Cardona came on to stop the bleeding. Cardona would throw 1.1 innings of shutout ball despite walking three batters. Over the remaining three innings the Cards would scrap together two more runs to cap off their win.
Pitching Grade – C-
The D-Jay offense erupted in the middle of the game to put the D-Jays ahead by the end of the 7th. They were held in check for the last three innings. Derrick Loveless mashed a 2-run homer in 5th to kick off the D-Jay scoring. The homer was Loveless’s first of the season. Emilio Guerrero had a perfect game at the plate as he went 4-4 with a double, a run scored, and 2 RBI. Richard Urena and Jason Leblebijian recorded multi-hit games also.
Offensive Grade – A-
Line of the Game – Emilio Guerrero 4-4 with a double, run scored, and 2 RBI
Dunedin Blue Jays vs Palm Beach Cardinals (Tom Robson vs Ian McKinney )
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Lansing Lugnuts @ Bowling Green Hot Rods (Loss 2-5)
A slow bleed-out led to the loss on Sunday. The Lugnuts pitchers allowed a few small innings to pile up and score five runs. Sean Reid-Foley pitched 4.2 innings and allowed two earned runs on four hits and four walks. He was able to strike out four batters in the start as well. Evan Smith came on and allowed a pair over 1.1 innings to allow the Hot Rods to expand their lead. Josh DeGraaf pitched two innings and kept the Lugnuts in the game but the offense just could not scrap together three more runs against a well pitched game by the Hot Rods.
Pitching Grade – C+
After the 2-run 3rd inning the Lugnut bats fell near silent. Errors and a few hits led to the 2-run 3rd. Andrew Guillotte collected the only RBI on a single. The rest of the offence was dead quite as Genesis Cabrera and Henry Centeno held the Lugnuts in check. The Hot Rod pitchers allowed just five hits and only walked four batters. Having too few base runners kept the Lugnuts from getting back into this game.
Offensive Grade – D+
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Line of the Game – Josh DeGraaf with 2 IP, 1 hit allowed, 0 Earned Runs, 1 walk, and 2 strikeouts
Lansing Lugnuts vs Fort Wayne Tin Caps (Ryan Cook vs Austin Smith )