Blue Jays MiLB recap: Bisons hold on, big bats at single-A
Jays Journal takes a look around the Toronto Blue Jays Minor League organization for Thursday, July 7th
Buffalo Bisons (49-39) – 6
Scranton/ WB Railriders (54-34) – 5
Darrell Ceciliani continued to mash for the Bisons as he led the offence on Thursday. Ceciliani hit a pair of home runs and raked in three RBIs. The outfielderi is hitting .333 with four home runs and 11 RBI in his last 10 games. Jesus Montero picked up another RBI in a 2-for-4 evening. The RBI was Montero’s 50th of the season. Melky Mesa had a great night also as he clubbed a pair of doubles and picked an RBI. The win puts the Herd an even five games behind the Railriders.
On the mound Chris Leroux battled through six innings and allowed four runs. He allowed just seven hits but one was a two-run homer to Pete Kozma. Leroux walked one while striking out four during the performance. Danny Barnes continues to settle in to the Herd pen and allowed one run during his two innings of work. His scoreless streak ended at 8.1 innings. Ryan Tepera came on in the 9th to hold down the fort, striking out a pair to pick up his 12th save of the year.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (39-48) – 0
Portland Sea Dogs (31-55) – 11
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A rough night for the pitchers and defence led to a huge lead for the Sea Dogs. Conner Greene got the ball in this one and struggled. He allowed five earned runs in just 4.1 innings. This is the 3rd straight short outing for Greene as he looks to adjust to the league. Murphy Smith came on in relief and watched the defence fall apart in the remainder of the 5th inning. Five runs were scored and he was only charged with one earned run. The damage was done and the offence was silenced by the Sea Dog pitchers. The bats failed to get anything going against Keith Couch. Couch pitched a complete game shutout against the Cats Thursday. Rowdy Tellez hit three singles in the loss. Derrick Loveless also had a multi-hit game but with Couch dealing, the Cats wore the collar Thursday.
Dunedin Blue Jays (11-4) – 10
Clearwater Threshers (8-7) – 3
A pair of big innings locked down the Threshers on Thursday. A five-run 2nd inning put the D-Jays in great standing to run away with this one and then it was capped of with a four-run 7th. 15 hits total for the D-Jays and six multi-hit performances led an onslaught of offense. Jonathan Davis drove in a pair of runners during his 2-for-5 performance. Dickie Joe Thon also collected two RBIs and two hits, scoring twice. Mike Reeves supplied some power with a two-run homer in the 7th. Reeves also scored three times during a two-hit performance. L.B. Dantzler and Gunnar Heidt picked up three hits each and both scored twice during the D-Jays hit parade.
On the mound Chris Rowley turned in another good start. He pitched just five innings but allowed only two runs on seven hits. He would allow a solo home run to Derek Campbell for one of the runs. Jose Fernandez followed and also allowed a run but looked solid over 2.1 innings of work. He was a touch wild and walked a pair that later turned into the one earned run but was able to strike out three. Dusty Isaacs came on to wrap things up.
Lansing Lugnuts (10-5) – 14
Dayton Dragons (4-10) – 9
A late surge from the offence put the Lugnuts on top for this one. Eleven runs were scored by the Lugnuts after the 5th inning as the charged back from a 3-for-9 deficit. Every Lugnuts hitter reached base in this one and they were led by JC Cardenas. Cardenas drove in three runs, scored twice, and went 3-for-4 with a double during this one. His offensive outburst in the 9 hole helped spark the lineup. Justin Atkinson also drove in three during a 2-for-5 performance. Ryan Hissey drove in a pair of runs and hit a solo home run in the 8th inning. Hissey’s 3rd homer of the year put the icing on the cake in this one. Jake Thomas hit an RBI triple during a 2-for-4 game also.
Angel Perdomo got the start and did not last very long. He would pitch just two innings and allowed a pair of runs. He allowed just one hit but it was a big one from Luis Gonzalez. The solo homer in the second put the Dragons up 2-0. Tom Robison struggled after coming into the game and allowed six runs over the next three innings. The Dragons scored in each of the first six innings during the game. As the offence came alive so did Dan Lietz. Lietz shut out the Dragons during his three innings and allowed just one hit.
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Bluefield Blue Jays (9-6) – 1
Danville Braves (7-8) – 7
The Braves walked all over the Blue Jays pitchers Thursday. Yennsy Diaz and Jose Nova allowed two earned runs each but the defence allowed more to bleed out. Three unearned runs crossed while Diaz and Nova were on the mound. This did not factor into the decision to much as the Blue Jays offence was silenced by Jhon Martinez and the Braves pitchers. The Blue Jays scored one run on a double by Kalik May. The double scored Earl Burl III for the lone run.