Jays Journal takes its daily look into the Toronto Blue Jays Minor League system. Pitching struggles and lack of offense was the theme throughout the organization on Tuesday.
Buffalo Bisons vs Rochester Red Wings (Twins)
The Bisons just could not get things going against the Red Wings on Tuesday afternoon. The Wings tamed the Herd and ended their winning streak. Aaron Slegers was excellent for the Red Wings as he held the Bisons for 6 innings and did not allow a hit. He allowed 3 free passes and struck out 7 during his performance. The Red Wings pen would allow the Bisons first hits but 2 were just not enough to put together a rally.
Brett Oberholtzer got the start for the Bisons and matched Slegers for 4 innings. He would allow 3 hits and 2 walks but also did not allow a run. Oberholtzer did strike out 7 in just 4 innings which is really impressive. The pen was bitten by home runs for 2 of the 5 runs. Kennys Vargas and Tommy Field each popped solo homers. Add 4 doubles to the homers and the extra base hits led to the 5 runs.
MVB – Brett Oberholtzer 4 IP, 3 hits, 2 walks, 0 earned runs, 7 strikeouts
New Hampshire Fisher Cats vs Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies)
The Fightin Phils lived up to their name on Tuesday as the consistently punched out hits on their way to scoring 10 runs. The bulk of the Phils 17 hits came against Cats starter Shane Dawson. Dawson would allow 11 hits and 8 earned runs in his 4 innings of work. Dawson would allow 3 home runs that accounted for 5 of the 10 Phils runs. Chris Rowley would come on and throw 3 solid innings in relief but this was not enough to allow the Cats attack to get back into this one.
On offense Reese McGuire did the majority of the Cats damage with a sac fly and a 2 run single. Harold Ramirez would also pick up an RBI but the team would go 1-10 with runners in scoring position during this one. Missed chances were the name of the game on offense for the Cats during this one but they did manage to score 5 runs and stay in this one for most of the game. In the end, the Phils offense was just too much. Anthony Alford collected another hit and scored a run during the contest as well.
Wednesday afternoon the Cats will look to bounce back with Sean Reid-Foley making his second start of the young season. They will once again be taking on the Reading Fightin Phils.
MVFC – Chris Rowley 3 IP, 3 hits, 0 earned runs, 3 strikeouts, 0 walks
Dunedin Blue Jays at Florida Fire Frogs (Braves)
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The hit parade was on during this one as each team collected 11 heats. There was also a good share of errors as 7 occurred in the game. Three D-Jays players collected multi-hit games. Juan Kelly went 2-5 with a double, Danny Jansen went 2-5 with an RBI, and J.C Cardenas went 2-4. Matt Dean collected an RBI on a sac fly. Lane Thomas had an RBI triple in this one as well.
Ryan Borucki battled through 5 innings in this one. He would allow 8 hits and 4 of the runs were charged to him. He was able to strike out 6 and walk just 2. The bullpen did well to keep the D-Jays in this one as they allowed 1 earned run over the final 3 but the offense just could not squeak out that additional run.
Jordan Romano will be on the bump Wednesday evening against the Fire Frogs.
MVDJ – Juan Kelly 2-5 with a run scored and a double.
Lansing Lugnuts at Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays)
The game in Bowling Greene, Kentucky was rained out Tuesday. The teams had to find something more fun to do for the evening. Maybe they checked out the National Corvette Museum or something. Regardless of where they spent their unplanned day off they hopefully got some rest as they will be playing a double dip Wednesday.
The double header will start in the afternoon and end with a nightcap. Andy Ravel will get his first start for the Lugnuts.