Jays Journal takes a look around the Toronto Blue Jays Minor League organization for Sunday, June 26th
Buffalo Bisons (43-34) – 5
Indianapolis Indians (40-36) – 3
A game with plenty of hits had a surprisingly low score Sunday for the Bisons. 25 total hits in the game only netted eight total runs as each pitching staff worked out of trouble. John Anderson pitched five innings and allowed all three Indians runs on nine hits and a pair of walks. Anderson surrendered a two-run homer to Max Moroff as the biggest blow to his start. Aaron Loup and Franklin Morales tossed a shutout inning each as the bullpen locked down the game. Danny Barnes recorded a five-out save in the win.
On offence the Herd was able to record 15 hits and batted 5-15 with runners is scoring position. Darrell Ceciliani had a 3-hit game out of the leadoff spot and scored a run as well as drove in one. The 3-to-6 batters in the Herd attack all collected multi hit games as well. Andy Burns and Matt Dominguez both collected a run scored and an RBI in addition to their two-hit games. The Herd continues to roll in a very competitive International League North Division. The Herd is on a six-game win streak and still currently sits two games back in the division behind a three-team tie for first.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (32-42) – 1
Harrisburg Senators (41-33) – 3
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The Fisher Cats could not solve Senators pitcher Tyler Mapes Sunday. Mapes was dominate against the Cat attack as he threw nine innings of 8-hit ball but did not allow an earned run.
Jason Leblebijian and Rowdy Tellez each collected two hits during the game and Derrick Loveless supplied the only RBI. Taylor Cole turned in a decent start but without the run support he was saddled with the loss. Cole tossed six innings of 6-hit ball. He allowed two earned runs and a pair of walks while striking out five. Chris Smith came on and recorded four outs but then gave way to Tim Mayza who allowed a tag-on run to the Senators to wrap up the game.
Dunedin Blue Jays (36-37) – 7
Lakeland Flying Tigers (35-37) – 4
A shortened game due to rain resulted in a 5-inning win for the D-Jays. The game started off with the D-Jays storming out of the gate for six runs in the first two innings. The bottom of the order capitalized on the base hits from the top. Anthony Alford batted in the 5th spot and picked up two RBIs on a double. Later in the game another two RBIs by Jorge Saez came from a two-run homer. Gunnar Heidt and Aaron Attaway picked up the other two RBIs for the D-Jays.
Conner Greene got hit hard for three earned runs on six hits and four walks in just 4.0 innings of work. Greene was on an impressive streak of good starts until this one. He had not allowed more then one run in each of his last three starts. Brad Allen pitched for an inning and picked up the win in the shortened game.
Lansing Lugnuts (40-34) -12
West Michigan Whitecaps (39-32) – 9
The slugfest was on in Lansing as the Lugnuts took one from the Whitecaps. A 7-run 8th inning allowed the Lugnuts to come back and run away the game. John La Prise led the offence with a 3-RBI game. He went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a triple to go with the three RBIs. Connor Panas supplied some power with a solo home run in the 5th. Juan Kelly also joined the RBI parade as he grabbed two for himself and scored a run while going 2-for-5. Max Pentecost continues to heat up as he went 2-for-4 with two runs scored a double and two RBIs. He is currently on an 8-game hitting streak and a 21-game on base streak.
Jon Harris turned in a quality start and due to some errors only was charged three of the five runs. He allowed seven hits and walked a batter while striking out three. Harris continues to settle in and is still looking great overall as he currently holds a 2.59 ERA over 59 innings total for the Lugnuts.
Vancouver Canadians (6-4) – 5
Hillsboro Hops (3-7) – 1
Good offence backed some solid pitching for the Canadians Sunday. Luis Sanchez got the start and allowed just one run over his three innings of work. The home run off of Sanchez would be the only run scored off the C’s pitchers. Andy Ravel and Mike Ellenbest pitched three innings each and did not allow a run over the final six innings. On offence Lance Jones drove in a pair of a single in the 4th inning to put the C’s up. Gabriel Clark and Mattingly Romanin each scored twice in the win.
Bluefield Blue Jays (2-2) – 4
Burlington Royals (1-3) – 3
A pair of home runs for the Blue Jays late in the game were the difference in this one. Nick Sinay hit a solo homer in the 7th to put the Jays ahead. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. came up big in the top of the 8th with his second home run of the season. The Vlad homer put the Jays up by two which gave the Jays a buffer as the Royals did score on in the bottom of the 8th.
Denis Diaz pitched well over his 3.1 innings of work. He only allowed earned run and struck out three. Connor Eller came on to pitch 3.1 innings of shutout ball to keep the game close. Angel Alicea came on in the 9th to collect the save.