Jays Journal takes its daily look into the Toronto Blue Jays Minor League system. The Bisons trampled over the Railriders and the Fisher Cats win their 4th in a row.
Buffalo Bisons at Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre Railriders (Yankees)
A great start by T.J. House was backed with plenty of offense on Saturday evening. House took the ball and got things rolling as it took the bats a few innings to get cooking. House would throw 6.2 innings and allow just 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks. He would strike out 7 as well, while he was baffling Railriders’ hitters.
Alex Monsalve got things going for the Bisons on the scoreboard with an RBI single in the 2nd. In the top of the 4th inning the Bisons would power things up. Mike Ohlman took a ball to deep center for his first home run of the season. Ohlman hit a solo home run that started a 4 homer day for the Bisons. Monsalve hit a solo homer in the 7th for his second RBI of the day.
Jason Leblebijian hit his 3rd home run of the young season in the 8th. It was a 3 run homer to left center. Leblebijian had 4 RBIs, and went 2-3 on the day. Dwight Smith Jr. wanted in on the fun and popped a 3 run homer in the 9th to put the icing on the cake for the Bisons.
Tomorrow Brett Oberholtzer will hope he gets similar support as he gets the start in the matinee game.
MVB – Jason Leblebijian 2-3 with a home run and 4 RBIs
New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies)
A huge 2nd inning and a decent start from Jon Harris spelled win for the Cats in this one. This was their 4th win in a row as they have been hitting on all cylinders this past week. In the 2nd inning Ryan McBroom led off with a single, Gunnar Heidt followed with a walk and the table was set to get the Cats on the board. An out later, Raffy Lopez tripled to center that drove in a pair. Jonathan Davis kept things going with a single that scored Lopez. Tim Lopes drove in the speedy Davis with a double. Anthony Alford would drive in Davis for the 5th run of the inning.
With a 5-0 lead Jon Harris may have gotten too settled in as the Goats quickly piled up 3 runs in the bottom of the 2nd. Harris would calm things down after allowing a pair of home runs. He would pitch 5.2 innings with 4 earned runs, 6 strike outs, and 3 walks.
The Cats would tag on a few runs in the late innings on some power shown by Lopez and Alford. The duo would each pop solo home runs to seal the deal for the Fisher Cats win.
The Cats have the day off on Sunday and will meet up with the Trenton Thunder Monday. Shane Dawson will get the start.
MVFC – Raffy Lopes 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a triple, a home run, and 3 RBI
Dunedin Blue Jays at Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins)
The D-Jays squeaked out a close one in Saturday. An RBI single by Matt Dean proved to be the difference in this pitchers dual. T.J Zeuch got the start and was nearly unhittable during his 4 innings of work. Zeuch would strike out 7 while allowing just one hit. He would walk a pair and struggled with his command a bit. He tossed 39 of his 70 pitches for strikes.
Conor Fisk would pitch 4 innings as well. He would record the save for Zeuch after allowing just 2 hits and striking out 4. Fisk would walk a batter, but he needed just 56 pitches to retire the Hammerheads.
Ryan Borucki will get the start on Monday against the St. Lucie Mets back in Dunedin
MVDJ – T.J. Zeuch 4 IP, 1 hit, 0 runs, 2 walks, and 7 strikeouts
Lansing Lugnuts vs Lake County Captains (Indians)
Saturday was a day to forget for Osman Gutierrez. The young righty was tuned up for 8 earned runs over 3 innings of work. He gave up a pair of home runs and struggled around the plate. He would throw 28 of his 61 pitches for strikes. The bullpen did not fair much better as they allowed 9 runs, 5 earned between 4 pitchers.
On offense Bradley Jones drove in a pair on a home run. Michael De La Cruz recorded a multi-hit game while driving in and scoring a run. The offense would put up 5 runs, but just could not keep up with an all-out assualt the Captains launched on Lugnuts pitchers.