Jays Journal takes its daily look into the Toronto Blue Jays Minor League system. The Bisons trample the Clippers and the Fisher Cats lose in extra innings.
Buffalo Bisons vs Columbus Clippers (Indians)
The Bisons jumped on Clippers’ starter Chris Narveson and never let up. They scored 2 in the first inning and would tag Narveson for 6 earned runs before he exited in the 4th inning. Mike Ohlman got the offense started with a towering 2-run homer to left. The offense would not stop there as the Herd continued to pressure the Clippers in the 4th, when they scored 4 runs. By the end of the game the Bisons pummeled opposing pitchers for 13 hits and 9 runs, and batted 6-13 with runners in scoring position. The entire lineup had at least 1 hit.
Dwight Smith Jr. stayed hot as he collected an RBI single and a stolen base. He has hit safely in 6 of the last 10 games, and has drove in 8 RBIs and scored 7 runs. Christian Lopes had a pair of RBI singles in this one and went 2-3 with a run scored as well. Jason Leblebijian continues to show off his good lumber with another 2-3 night, and he also drove in 2 RBIs and scored a pair. He currently leads the team with 12 RBIs.
On the mound Mike Bolsinger got the ball as he continues to stretch out into a starter. He threw 60 pitches through 3 innings and allowed just 1 hit. He struck out 5 and walked a pair during his work. Matt Dermody would follow and continued to struggle after being shell shocked with the Blue Jays earlier this week. He would allow 3 runs in 1.1 innings. Murphy Smith calmed things back down and did not allow a run for his 1.1 innings of work. Chad Girado came on and got a rare 3 inning save, and stuck out 3. Former Blue Jay Chris Colabello had a 3-5 night with a double, a home run, and 2 RBIs.
T.J. House will look to keep dominating the International League batters Saturday at 1PM EST.
MVB – Jason Leblebijian 2-3 with 2 runs scored, 2 doubles, a walk, and 2 RBIs
New Hampshire Fisher Cats vs Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies)
The Fisher Cats lost a tough one here in the 11th inning to the Yard Goats. The Goats just kept coming back every time the Cats scored to pull ahead. They would lose on a bunt single in the 11th and were not able to get that extra run in the bottom of the inning. Jon Harris got the start in this one and was solid. He threw 6 innings of well pitched ball and allowed 6 hits, which led to 2 Goats runs. He struck out 6 and allowed 2 free passes but had his control working. He threw 60 of his 89 pitches for strikes in this one. Chris Rowley would allow the Goats to get back into this one, as he allowed 2 earned runs and was given the blown save.
On offense the Cats were able to tally 11 hits. Three of those were raked in by Harold Ramirez who went 3-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Tim Lopes and Reese McGuire would also have multi-hit games. Lopes hit a pair of singles and scored a run. McGuire collected a triple which drove in a run. Gunnar Heidt scored twice during the game and hit a double.
Shane Dawson will look to cage the Yard Goats as he gets the start for Saturday evening’s game.
MVFC – Harold Ramirez 3-4 with a run scored and an RBI
Dunedin Blue Jays vs Fort Myers Miracle (Twins)
The D-Jays had plenty of hits in this one, but were unable to string together a big inning. Conor Fisk was looking great heading into the 3rd inning, but the Miracle had other plans. They rocked Fisk for 5 runs in the inning. Fisk would dig in and pitch 5 innings, but allowed 6 runs on 7 hits. The bullpen would allow 4 more runs over the remaining innings.
The offense had plenty of opportunities but could not capitalize on the 13 hits. Cavan Biggio had three hits during the game, but no one was able to drive him in. Danny Jansen is proving to be a hitting machine as he collected 2 more hits, which included a double. He also scored twice and currently has a .422 batting average. Jansen is currently leading the Florida State League in batting average. Lane Thomas showed off some pop with a solo home run in the 4th inning.
Ryan Cook gets the start on Saturday as the D-Jays will look to back him with some more production to go with the pile of hits.
MVDJ – Danny Jansen 2-3 with 2 runs scored and a double.
Lansing Lugnuts vs Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays)
After starting the season red hot, the Lugnuts had hit a rough spot as they lost their 4th straight game Friday evening. Taylor Saucedo got the start and was unable escape the 3rd inning. He would allow 2 earned runs through 2.1 innings. Griffin Glaude allowed a run during his 2.2 innings of work. Kirby Snead followed and allowed the 5th Hot Rod’s run.
The offense tried to get something going as they were able to score a pair of runs in the late innings. Christian Williams drove in the lone RBI during the game on a single. Bradley Jones continues to impress as he hit a double during this one. He has a hit in 8 of the last 10 games. He also leads the team with 16 RBIs and is second in that category in the Midwest League.
Andy Ravel will look to forget about his last outing were he allowed 6 earned runs while getting just 1 out. He will look to replicate his first start in which he threw 5 solid innings allowing just 3 hits. He gets the start Saturday afternoon.