Blue Jays MiLB Recap – Herd takes 2, Hissey’s big day

Mar 26, 2017; Lakeland, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Christian Lopes (72) hits a home run during the ninth inning of a MLB spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 26, 2017; Lakeland, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Christian Lopes (72) hits a home run during the ninth inning of a MLB spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /

What a day for the Buffalo Bisons as the sweep the double header against the Rail Riders in walk-off fashion.  There were also plenty of runs scored in by the Fisher Cats and the Lugnuts on Sunday.

Buffalo Bisons vs Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders (Yankees)
Game one 4-3 Win

The Herds second game of the season ends in walk-off fashion.  With the Bisons trailing by 1 in the 9th inning Christian Lopes popped a 2 run homer over the left field wall.  Rowdy Tellez recorded a 1 out single to set things up for Lopes who is pictured below getting swarmed by his teammates after the winning bomb.

Earlier in the game, Dwight Smith Jr. got the Bisons attack going with a single that drove in a pair.  The Bisons managed just 4 hits throughout the game but were able to capitalize on their minimal chances.  Rail Riders starter Dietrich Enns was nearly unhittable but Lopes and Tellez were able to get to reliever Ben Heller to take the win.

Matt Latos gets the ball for the first game of the doubleheader and after a rough start really settled in.  Latos would pitch just 4 innings in the shortened game but struck out 4 while allowing just the 2 runs in the first.  He would allow 3 hits and 3 walks as well.  John Stilson would take the ball next and follow with 2 innings and allow 1 additional run to the Rail Riders.  Will Browning would eventually get the W after the last inning heroics.

MVB – Christian Lopes 1-3 with a walk off 2 run home run

Game two 9-6 Win

For the second game in a row, the Rail Riders jumped all over the Bisons starter in the first inning.  The Rail Riders scored 3 runs off of Matt Dermody.  Two of those runs came off of a home run by Yankees top prospect Dustin Fowler.  Fowler would continue to bring plenty of thunder as he also had a solo homer in the 5th.  Dermody would pitch 3 innings and allow 3 earned runs on 4 hits and a walk.  Jeff Beliveau would take the ball in the 4th and also have a rough time.  He would allow 3 runs in just 2 innings as the Bisons and Rail Riders battled.

The Herd trampled the Rail Riders pitchers in the 4th inning for 6 runs.  Jason Leblebijian crushed a 2-run homer during the innings as the Bisons poured it on and took the lead for the time being.  The Bisons kept their foot on the gas as they scored 3 more runs in the following innings to maintain the lead.  Leblebijian finished the day with 2 hits and 3 RBIs

Dwight Smith Jr. and Ian Parmley both recorded 3 hit performances.  Smith had a double among his 3 hits as well as a run scored and an RBI.  Parmley scored twice and hit 3 singles.  Chris Coghlan had a pair of hits out of the leadoff spot with a double and an RBI.

MVB – Jason Leblebijian

T.J. House will get the ball against the Rochester Red Wings Monday at 1:05 at Coca-Cola Field

New Hampshire Fisher Cats vs Binghampton Rumble Ponies (Mets)
8-3 Win

Offense was the name of the game for the Cats in this one as they ran away with this one early.  The Fisher Cats struck for 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning.  A Richard Urena walk led to an Anthony Alford single that put Ryan McBroom in the driver’s seat.  McBroom would double to center to bring in Urena and Alford.  Harold Ramirez would contribute a single to keep things going.  Emilio Guerrero followed with single to score McBroom and Ramirez to put the Cats up 4-0.

In the 4th Reese McGuire drove a ball to deep right-center field for his first home run of the season.  Jonathan Diaz would contribute a solo home run to put the icing on the cake for the Cats.  Anthony Alford would finish the game with 3 hits and scored twice.  Emilio Guerrero finished with 3 RBIs and a pair of hits.

On the mound, Francisco Rios pitched 5 masterful innings.  He would allow just 1 run on 4 hits during the performance.  He would record the win after all the offense and a contribution of Jose Fernandez plus Alonzo Gonzalez during the remaining 4 innings.

Jon Harris will make his Fisher Cat debut on Monday against the Reading Fightin Phils

MVFC – Emilio Guerrero

Dunedin Blue Jays vs Clearwater Threshers (Phillies)
2-4 Loss

Angel Perdomo had a hard time settling in against the Threshers Sunday afternoon.  The Threshers scored 3 runs in the first 2 innings and scored a tack on run in the 5th off Perdomo.  All of the runs came off of solo home runs by the Threshers.  He would close out his day with 4 earned runs 2 strikeouts and 4 walks in 5.2 innings.  Daniel Young would follow and strike out 4 batters in his 2 innings of work.

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On offense, the D-Jays would muster just 5 hits but managed to score a pair of runs late in the game.  Derrick Loveless picked up an RBI on a double.  Danny Jansen picked up the other RBI on a sac fly.  The offense was silenced by Cole Irvin of the Threshers as he allowed just 2 hits and struck out 8.  The D-Jays struck out a combined 11 times during the afternoon.

Conor Fisk will take on the Florida Fire Dogs Monday evening

MVDJ -The holes in the D-Jays swings

Lansing Lugnuts vs Great Lake Loons
10-9 Win

Sunday was the Ryan Hissey show.  Hissey proceeded to nearly single handily take down the Loons.  He would finish the game 2-4 with a grand slam, 2 runs scored, and 6 RBIs.  The single came late in the game and the 2 RBIs put the Lugnuts on top for what would become the win.  Bo Bichette had a pair of doubles during the game and he scored 3 times.  No one wants to pitch to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. as he collected another pair of walks in Sunday’s game.  He is now sitting at 5 total in as many games.  He did collect 1 hit and scored twice.  Christian Williams joined in on the hit parade as he collected 3 himself which included and RBI with a double.

On the hill, both teams struggled to keep each other’s offense in check.  Mike Ellenbest got the start for the Lugnuts and allowed 3 earned runs in 4 innings.  He gave way to Griffin Glaude who also allowed a pair in 2 innings of work.  Philip Walby was saddled with a blown save as he allowed 4 earned runs in 1.2 innings.  Kirby Snead finally silenced the Loons bats as he shut them down for the final 4 outs to pick up the win.

Osman Gutierrez will get the start for the Lugnuts on Monday as they head to Bowling Green for a 3 game set.  The will look to keep the win streak alive as they are currently undefeated for the season.

MVL – Ryan Hissey 2-4 with a grand slam and the go ahead 2 run single.  6 RBIs during the game.

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