Blue Jays MiLB Recap: Herd loses 14-inning bout
By Craig Borden
Dunedin Blue Jays vs Tampa Yankees (Loss 5-11)
The long ball buried the D-Jays on Tuesday. Dunedin pitchers allowed six home runs during the game and 11 runs total. A huge 7-run 3rd inning allowed the Yankees to run away with the game. The Yankees tuned up starter Ryan Borucki for four homers in the inning for six runs, knocking Borucki from the game in favor of Carlos Ramirez.
Ramirez did not fair to much better and gave up another solo homer before the 3rd inning finally came to a close. Ramirez finished with 2.1 innings pitched, five hits against, two earned runs, and a pair of strikeouts. Tim Mayza was able to stop the bleeding for a couple innings but gave way to Chris Rowley. Rowley would excite the Yankee bats for the final two innings and allowed another three runs on a homer to Jorge Mateo.
Pitching Grade: D
The offense could have taken a sideline during this beating but they were able to gather 10 hits and five runs. Four D-Jay hitters collected multi-hit games. Michael Bourn had a double and 2 RBI during his 2-for-5 game. Jonathan Davis continues to trend upward as he went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
Jason Leblebijian is starting to swing the stick and collected two hits which included a double. Catcher Danny Jansen continues to score runs as he went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and a pair of RBIs. Jansen has scored six times in the past five starts.
Offensive Grade: B
Line of the game – Danny Jansen 2-3 with a double, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, and a walk
Dunedin Blue Jays vs Tampa Yankees (Kyle Westwood vs TBD)
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Lansing Lugnuts @ Beloit Snappers (Win 1-0)
A very quick pitchers duel came down to a photo finish in Beloit Tuesday. Lugnuts and Snappers pitchers exchanged blows in this battle that amounted to a total of nine hits between both teams.
Francisco Rios got the ball for the Lugnuts and got them off and running. He would scatter all three of the Snappers hits and a walked batter on his way to pitching a scoreless 5.2 innings. Rios tied his career high in strikeouts in a game with nine Snappers victims. Josh DeGraaf came on and pitched 2.1 innings of no hit ball, not allowing a base runner en route to the win. Colton Turner got the save after pitching a shutdown 9th.
Pitching Grade: A+
The mere one run of offence during this game came off of a weak single in the 9th. With Gunnar Heidt on third Jake Anderson beat out a single on a dribbler to the Snappers shortstop. As the ball was hit, Heidt had started running home and ended up being the winning run as Kelly was barely called safe at first. Carl Wise was the only batter in the entire game to get multiple hits. He went 2-for-3 during the game.
Offensive Grade: C-
Line of the game – Francisco Rios 5.2 innings pitched, 3 hits, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, and 9 strikeouts.
Dunedin Blue Jays @ Beloit Snapper (Angel Perdomo vs Xavier Altamirano)