Scores and analysis for Toronto Blue Jays minor league games played on Monday, May 23rd
Buffalo Bisons (22-22)
The Bisons were off last night following a weekend series against Pawtucket. Next up is a trip to Columbus to face the Clippers. Roberto Hernandez will pitch the opener then be followed by Chris Leroux and Drew Hutchison.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (20-22) – 6
Trenton Thunder (23-19) – 7
Roemon Fields was the leading force for New Hampshire offensively, driving in three runs and going 2-for-4 with a walk. Fields hit second behind Jon Berti, who went 1-for-3 with his 18th stolen base, tying him for fourth in double-A ball.
Shane Dawson ran into his most difficult start of the year, lasting just one and two-thirds innings. The Canadian left-hander allowed six earned runs on six hits and three walks, throwing just 27 strikes on 53 pitches.
Daniel Schlereth pitched two innings of scoreless relief despite allowing six base runners. Chris Smith took the loss (0-2) by allowing a run over two and a third innings of work before handing off to Murphy Smith, who now holds a 0.38 ERA over 13 appearances. Smith is quickly becoming one of the farm system’s strongest relief options.
Dunedin Blue Jays (19-26) – 6
Bradenton Marauders (22-21) – 2
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The D-Jays pitchers did an excellent job of managing their base runners on Monday, keeping Bradenton’s 11 hits down to two runs. Starter Kyle Westwood allowed eight of those hits, but just one earned run crossed against him in five and two-thirds innings. The right-hander struck out three batters with just one walk.
Jason Leblebijian was an offensive force, homering in a 4-for-5 day with two RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base moving his average to .301. Dickie Joe Thon and Michael De La Cruz both doubled as Dunedin put up 10 hits.
Lansing Lugnuts (22-20) – 3
Great Lakes Loons (19-23) – 0
Jon Harris is officially done with single-A hitters. Whether he’ll receive his well-deserved promotion this week remains to be seen, but the 2015 first round pick struck out eleven batters over seven and a third shutout innings, allowing just three hits.
Left-hander Angel Perdomo (2-1, 1.72 ERA) is scheduled to start on Tuesday night in the opening game against the Fort Wayne TinCaps.