Blue Jays MiLB Recap: Bisons charge late for win

Mar 7, 2016; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Junior Lake (48) singles during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Florida Auto Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 7, 2016; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Junior Lake (48) singles during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Florida Auto Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Jays Journal takes a look around the Toronto Blue Jays Minor League organization for Thursday, June 23rd

Buffalo Bisons (40-34) – 9
Louisville Bats (36-37) – 6

For the second game in a row the Bisons attack has erupted in the 6th inning.  Some early offence got the bats going but the Herd was losing going into the bottom of the 6th 3-2.  Once again, the 6th proved to be lucky and the Bisons cashed in five runs.

Three Bisons hitters raked in multi hit games en route to the win.  Junior Lake had a key performance as he went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a triple, a stolen base, two runs and an RBI.  Jesus Montero also collected three hits in the DH spot Thursday.  He scored twice and knocked in a pair.  A.J. Jimenez and Melky Mesa also picked up a pair of RBIs each in the win.  Mesa has had a hit in all of his three starts since being promoted from Double-A.  Every Bisons hitter had a hit in this game and they had 14 as a team.

Drew Hutchison picked up the win in this one but allowed three runs on five hits and three walks.  Hutch was on but bled out three runs in six innings.  He threw 67 of his 101 pitches for strikes and struck out seven during the game.  Colt Hynes took over and struggle as he allowed three earned runs and only logged 1.0 inning of work.  Bo Shultz cane on and pitched the final 2.0 innings and allowed just one hit.  He recorded his first save of the season.

Dunedin Blue Jays (34-36) – 6

Tampa Yankees (42-28) – 1

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As the standings and team records reset as the first half comes to a close, the D-Jays took a win against the Yankees.  The Tampa Yankees won the division for the first half and could not get to Sean Reid-Foley in this one.  Reid-Foley pitched incredibly through 6.0 innings.  He allowed just three hits and stuck out three.

Reid-Foley has not allowed a run in his first two starts and has thrown 12.0 innings.  Things are going well for the talented prospect so far in Dunedin.  Franklin Morales got into his second game of his rehab assignment and pitch a scoreless inning.  Brett Cecil followed and allowed a run on two hits in his inning of work.  Jose Fernandez pitched the 9th and lock in the 6-1 victory.

On offense the D-Jays capitalize when they were given the opportunity.  The D-Jays only gathered six hits but were able to drive in three from those hits.  The rest of the runs were scored off of seven walks by the Yankees and an error.

Lansing Lugnuts (37-34) – 5
West Michigan Whitecaps (39-29) – 1

Ryan Borucki led the Lugnuts to victory as he completely shut down the Whitecaps.  An 8-inning masterpiece paved the way for the Lugnuts’ offence to grab a win.  Borucki allowed just one run on five hits.  He would also not allow a free pass and struck out 8 batters.  After going through a rough patch Borucki seems to have figured things out as he now has had to great starts in a row.  Ryan Cook would pitch the 9th and shit down the Whitecaps for good to secure the win.

On offense Justin Atkinson supplied the power as he hit his 3rd home run of the season.  The Solo homer came in the 6th and kicked off the scoring for the Lugnuts.  Max Pentecost had a standout night as he went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a double.  Pentecost appears to be getting comfy in the Lugnuts attack as he now has hit safely in 9 of the last 10 games.  Over his last 10 he is batting .325 with seven runs scored and three RBIs.  Andrew Guillotte also had a three-hit game.

Vancouver Canadians (4-3) – 4
Hillsboro Hops (2-5) – 2

The Canadians were able to overcome four errors and walk away with a win Thursday.  Dalton Rodriguez pitched 6.1 innings of solid ball and was eventually rewarded with the win.  He allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out four.  Jacob Anderson supplied some thunder as he recorded his first home run of the season, going 3-for-4.  Cavan Biggio picked up his second RBI on a double.

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Bluefield Blue Jays (0-0) – N/A
Bristol Pirates (0-0) – N/A

This game had a ton of anticipation as it was the pro debut of Vladimir Guerrero Jr.  The 17 year old son of a possible Hall of Famer has shown some extraordinary talents and plus power.  He was able to get one at bat in before the game was suspended but with the BBJ’s only collecting one hit in the 3-inning game it left us looking for more.  Vlad Jr. is 0-1 so far in his pro career but there will be more to come soon.