Blue Jays MiLB Recap- Dwight Smith Jr. producing

Craig Borden
Feb 28, 2017; Bradenton, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Dwight Smith, Jr. (65) waits to hit in the batting cage before the start of the spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 28, 2017; Bradenton, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Dwight Smith, Jr. (65) waits to hit in the batting cage before the start of the spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jays Journal takes its daily look into the Toronto Blue Jays Minor League system.  The Bisons hold on to an early lead and the rest of the system gets beat up.

Buffalo Bisons vs Norfolk Tides (Orioles)
4-3 Win

The Bisons were able to get the jump on Tides starter Gabriel Ynoa.  The Herd would score 3 runs in the first 3 innings.  Dwight Smith Jr. got things going with a solo home run to center field.  The home run was Smith’s second of the season.  Smith was not done there though.  In the bottom of the second inning, he drove in a run on a single to center.  Jason Leblebijian scored on the play.  The 3rd run was scored on an Alex Monsalve line drive single.  In the 8th inning the Bisons got the tack on run they needed to hold back the Tides.  Ian Parmley scored on a sac fly by Jake Elmore.

On the hill Casey Lawrence got the start and pitched just 2 innings.  He allowed a solo home run and struck out 3 during the outing.  Murphy Smith picked up the ball in the 3rd and was solid for 3 innings.  He allowed just one base runner on a hit and struck out a pair.  The rest of the pen would allow the Tides to creep back into the game but Chad Girado finally shut the door after allowing a run.  He would collect the save and Murphy Smith was credited with the win.

Prior to the game Ty Kelly and Danny Barnes were assigned to Toronto.


Jarrett Grube will get the ball for the game Wednesday evening.

MVB – Dwight Smith Jr.  2-4 with a home run, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBIs

New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Trenton Thunder (Yankees)
1-5 Loss

A pitchers battle was under way in Trenton on Tuesday night.  Sean Reid-Foley quieted the Thunder through his 3 innings of work.  He would allow 3 hits and 3 walks but did not allow a run.  He also struck out 3 on his way to throwing 41 of 72 pitches for strikes.  Dusty Issacs got in 2 innings of work and allowed just 2 base runners during his 2 innings of work.  He struck out 3 batters as well.

Tim Lopes drove in the lone run for the Cats in the 2nd inning.  He doubled to right on a hard line drive to score Harold Ramirez.   The Thunder finally broke through against Alonzo Gonzalez in the 8th.  Three RBI singles and a sac fly would sink the Fisher Cats.  Gonzalez finally got out of the inning but allowed the 4 runs on 6 hits.  Anthony Alford went 2-3 with a stolen base during the game.  He now has 7 multi-hit games in 10 games this season and is batting .485.


Conner Greene will look continue trending upward Wednesday evening.

MVFC – Tim Lopes 2-4 with an RBI double.

Dunedin Blue Jays vs St. Lucie Mets (Mets)
5-10 Loss

An early game slugfest turned into an extra inning affair.  The results unfortunately tilted in favor of the Mets.  D-Jays starter Jordan Romano struggled against the Mets hitters and allowed 10 hits and 3 walks.  He would pitch 5 innings but allowed 5 earned runs.  The bullpen was able to give the offense a chance to grab the lead as the shut out the Mets until the 11th inning.  This is where the Mets found out how to hit again and scored 5 in the top of the inning.

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Derrick Loveless had an excellent game in which he went 4-6 with 2 doubles, a run scored, and an RBI.  Juan Kelly and Lane Thomas also picked up multi-hit games as they each scored a run.  Kelly also drove in a run.  In the end, the offense just could not solve the Mets bullpen to take a lead during a 5 inning tie.

Angel Perdomo gets the start against the Mets on Wednesday night.

MVDJ – Derrick Loveless 4-6 with 2 doubles, a run scored, and an RBI

Lansing Lugnuts at Dayton Dragons
2-11 Loss

What a rough day for Justin Maese.  His early season struggles continue as he was roughed up for 7 earned runs.  His defense also had their issues as there were 11 runs scored while he was on the mound for 4.2 innings.  Maese would allow 10 hits and 3 walks while striking out 3.  Thus far Maese has allowed 13 earned runs in 15.2 innings for a 7.47 ERA.  Not the start many were expecting after showing such promise during 2016.  Hopefully, he warms up as the weather does.  The bullpen would calm the fire but it was too much of a mountain to climb for the offense in this one.

Bo Bichette continues to impress as he collected another pair of hits during a 2-3 evening.  He also scored one of the 2 Lugnut runs.  Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Bradley Jones drove in the 2 runs on consecutive RBI singles in the 6th inning.  Bradley Jones has collected an RBI in 4 of the last 5 games and is currently second in the league with 13 RBIs on the season.  Joshua Palacios rejoined the team for this one but went 0-4.

Patrick Murphy will get the start against the Dragons Wednesday evening

MVL – Bo Bichette 2-3 with a run scored and a walk

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