Blue Jays MiLB Report: Rowdy Tellez hits his 20th
Toronto Blue Jays scores and analysis for minor league games played on Monday, August 29th
Buffalo Bisons (66-71) – 3
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (80-56) – 2
Andy Burns hit his eighth home run of the season in the first inning to get the Bisons started. Casey Kotchman singled three times in three at-bats to move his average to .266 while Jesus Montero was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
Casey Lawrence earned the win with seven strong innings, allowing just one earned run on six hits while striking out five. Ryan Tepera came on and earned his 18th save of the year in triple-A with two scoreless innings and two strikeouts.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (64-71) – 7
Trenton Thunder (84-51) – 8
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The Fisher Cats fell victim to Dante Bichette, older brother of Bo Bichette, who went 4-for-5 with two home runs. Rowdy Tellez countered with his 20th of the season, a three-run show in the fifth. Christian Lopes was 2-for-4 with two runs out of the leadoff spot while Emilio Guerrero and Derrick Loveless both had multi-hit days.
Shane Dawson found some trouble on the mound, allowing six runs on 10 hits (three HR) over six and two-thirds innings. After Alonzo Gonzalez gave New Hampshire three innings of one-run relief, Murphy Smith took the loss (1.1 IP, ER) in the top of the eleventh.
Dunedin Blue Jays (75-57) – 2
Tampa Yankees (77-56) – 0
A real pitcher’s duel broke out in Dunedin as the Yankees out-hit the Jays just four to three. Dunedin made the most of it, though, as Jonathan Davis and Ryan McBroom came up with RBI knocks. Anthony Alford was 0-for-2 but did show strong plate discipline with two walks.
Dominican right-hander Luis Santos was brilliant, pitching seven shutout innings with six strikeouts and allowing just four hits. Jose Fernandez followed with a clean eighth inning before Dusty Isaacs earned the save (5) with a perfect ninth.
Lansing Lugnuts (66-68) – 12
Lake County Captains (69-65) – 6
Flipping the script in Lansing, the Lugnuts and Captains combined for 27 hits. Andrew Guillotte (2-5, 3 RBI) and Connor Panas (2-5, 2 RBI) both doubled, but Lansing’s other 13 hits were all singles. Juan Kelly had another strong day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI, three runs scored and two walks. Joshua Palacios was 2-for-5 with an RBI.
T.J. Zeuch’s Lansing debut didn’t go well as the big right-hander allowed five runs on seven hits over three innings. He did, however, strike out seven without issuing a walk. Daniel Young earned the win with three innings of shutout ball, striking out two. Jackson Lowery (2.0 IP, ER) and Andrew Case (1.0 IP) closed it out.
Vancouver Canadians (27-42) – 4
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (30-39) – 13
Centre-fielder DJ McKnight led the way offensively with a triple, two singles and a run scored. Bryan Lizardo had the lone Canadians RBI. Dalton Rodriguez got the start and pitched five and two-thirds innings, allowing five earned runs on six hits and three walks. Gabe Noyalis (0.1 IP, 3 ER) and Evan Smith (3.0 IP, 5 ER) rounded out the lopsided loss.
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Bluefield Blue Jays (36-28) – 2
Johnson City Cardinals (38-27) – 3
Kalik May doubled twice for Bluefield and drove in one run. Bradley Jones tripled as part of a 2-for-4 day with a run scored. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was 1-for-4 and Nick Sinay‘s two stolen bases gave him 34 on the season.
Juliandry Higuera got the start for the Blue Jays and pitched five and two-thirds innings. He allowed three runs, all of which were unearned, and struck out four. Chris Hall picked up the final three and a third innings, allowing just a single hit.