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Blue Jays Minor League Report: Canadian Lefties lead the way

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Mar 5, 2016; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Scott Diamond (24) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the eighth inning at Florida Auto Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 5, 2016; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Scott Diamond (24) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the eighth inning at Florida Auto Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports /
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Toronto Blue Jays scores and analysis for minor league games played on Wednesday, May 11th

Buffalo Bisons (15-18)   –   2
Durham Bulls (15-19)   –   3

Canadian left-hander Scott Diamond gave the Bisons another strong start, pitching six innings of four-hit ball and allowing just two earned runs. The tough-luck loss went to Chad Jenkins, who allowed one unearned run in the bottom of the eighth.

Dalton Pompey stayed hot with a 2-for-3 day including a walk and a run, and has looked very comfortable since returning from a recent injury. Jesus Montero and Casey Kotchman accounted for the two Buffalo RBIs.

In Thusday’s late-morning start in Durham, Wade LeBlanc (3-1, 2.21 ERA) is scheduled to face right-hander Austin Pruitt (2-1, 2.93).

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (14-17)   –   2

Portland Sea Dogs (10-23)   –   1

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Double-A New Hampshire completed the series sweep on the back of another good showing from left-hander Shane Dawson. He scattered seven hits over five innings, allowing just one run to cross while striking out three and walking three.

Brady Dragmire earned his first win of the season with two innings of scoreless relief (2 K) before Murphy Smith pitched a clean eighth and handed off to Wil Browning for his fifth save of the season.

Derrick Loveless was the entire offence, launching a two-run homer in the seventh. The top of the Fisher Cats lineup was rolling, too with Jon Berti and Dwight Smith Jr. both going 2-for-4. Rowdy Tellez walked in an 0-for-3 night.

Dunedin Blue Jays (14-18)   –   7
Clearwater Threshers (21-11)   –   9

A seven-run fifth inning put the first-place Threshers ahead as starter Brad Allen was roughed up for all nine runs in just four and two-thirds innings.

Matt Abel followed Allen out of the bullpen and was excellent, striking out four in two and a third. Adonys Cardona and Alonzo Gonzalez both worked clean innings to close out the game.

David Harris and Emilio Guerrero both hit their first home runs of the season for the Blue Jays with Harris also adding a double in his 2-for-4 day. Top shortstop prospect Richard Urena singled and tripled while Anthony Alford went 1-for-3 with a single, walk, and two runs batted in.

A big day in Dunedin on Thursday as right-hander Francisco Rios makes his Florida State League debut after being promoted.

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Lansing Lugnuts (16-14)   –   1
Bowling Green Hot Rods (19-14)   –   6

The Lugnuts offence was held silent until the very last inning when Ryan Hissey scored Andrew Guillotte on a sacrifice fly. Guillotte had reached on a double, but otherwise for Lansing, it was scattered singled that didn’t pile up.

Tayler Saucedo struggled on the mound, allowing five earned runs on six hits in just two and two-thirds innings. Starlyn Suriel pitched three and a third of one-run ball, and continues to be a valuable long-relief arm for the Lugnuts after primarily starting in 2015. Lefty Dan Lietz cleaned up with two scoreless innings.

Jon Harris (1-0, 1.98 ERA) starts on Thursday night for Lansing against Kyle Twomey (0-2, 4.85 ERA).

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