Jays Journal takes its daily look into the Toronto Blue Jays Minor League system. T.J. House sinks the Clippers as he continues to roll and the Lugnuts complete a historic comeback.
Buffalo Bisons vs Columbus Clippers (Indians)
T.J. House pitched another gem during the game on Saturday afternoon. House had electric stuff once again and pitched 5.1 innings of solid baseball. House allowed 4 hits and 4 walks but did not allow a run during the outing. He struck out 8 batters on his way to earning the win. The bullpen was just as sharp as Jeff Beliveau and John Stilson combined for 6 more strikeouts. The Bisons arms struck out 13 batters during the shutout.
The top of the batting order did some heavy lifting in this one as the top 3 batters drove in all 5 runs. Christian Lopes had an RBI double batting in the leadoff spot. Dwight Smith Jr. may not have had a hit in this one but was able to drive in a run and score once. Jake Elmore batted third today and went 2-4 with a triple and a pair of RBIs. Luke Maile went 2-4 and scored twice. Rowdy Tellez walked 3 times in this one in an 0-1 day.
Brett Oberholtzer will lead the Bisons into game 3 against the Clippers looking for the sweep Sunday.
MVB – T.J. House 5.1 innings with 4 hits, 4 walks, 0 runs, and 8 strikeouts
New Hampshire Fisher Cats vs Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies)
The late push got the Fisher Cats within striking distance but the comeback came up short. Shane Dawson got off to a great start but had some issues in the 3rd with Dom Nunez. Dawson gave Nunez a pitch that he squared up for a 2 run homer to put the Goats ahead. Other then the homer Dawson was solid. The one mistake left his line for the night at 7 innings, 4 hits, 3 earned runs, 3 walks, and a strikeout. Justin Shafer and Tim Mayza combined for the final 6 outs and did not allow a base runner.
Harold Ramirez tried to jump start the offense with a deep fly in the 7th inning. The solo homer was Ramirez’s first of the season. He hit just 2 homers all season with the Altoona curve last season but batted a crisp .306 in 98 games. Jonathan Davis drove in another run on a single to put the Cats within a run. They would fall just short as the Goats bullpen shut them down in the following 2 innings. Anthony Alford collected another multi-hit game and has a 6 game hitting streak along with a 12 game on base streak.
Sean Reid-Foley will get the ball for Sunday afternoon’s contest against the Yard Goats.
MVFC – Harold Ramirez 1-4 with a home run
Dunedin Blue Jays vs Fort Myers Miracle (Twins)
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Randy LeBlanc and the Miracle held the D-Jays in check during this one. LeBlanc held the D-Jays to 1 run even though he allowed 9 hits. The D-Jays just were unable to capitalize against the Miracles pitchers. They left 8 on base and batted just 1-4 with runners in scoring position. They were unable to move their runners around the pillows in this one. Andrew Guillotte collected a pair of hits in this one to raise his batting average to .295 on the season. Danny Jansen also added a pair of hits to his already impressive batting average. He is currently batting .429 through 13 games and leading the Florida State League.
On the hill Ryan Cook got things moving for the D-Jays and was excellent through 4 innings. He scattered 5 hits and a walk without allowing a run. He also struck out a pair during his 57 pitch outing. The bullpen gave up the 4 runs over the final 5 innings. Adonys Cardona would be saddled with the loss after allowing 3 of those runs during his inning of work.
Jordan Romano will look to reverse the Miracle Sunday afternoon
MVDJ – Ryan Cook 4 IP, 5 hits, 0 ER, 1 walk, and 2 strikeouts
Lansing Lugnuts vs Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays)
The Hot Rods put their pedal to metal off the starting line in this one. They were thrown off course however by a late inning offensive surge by the Lugnuts. 12 unanswered runs led the Lugnuts to a victory. The surge started in the 6th as the Lugnuts rallied for 6 runs to put themselves in striking distance. The would continue to hammer the Hot Rods bullpen to take the lead. The Hot Rods did attempt a comeback in the 9th but came up short.
Bo Bichette was a run scoring machine with 3 runs scored during a 2-4 day with an RBI. Not too far behind him was J.B. Woodman who went 3-4 with a pair of runs scored. Christian Williams had a solid day with a 2-4, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBIs on the day. Edward Olivares picked up 3 RBIs as well. Two of the RBIs came on a double. Vlad Guerrero Jr. extended his on-base streak and scored twice during the contest. He has reached base in 15 games consecutively.
Andy Ravel had another rough outing in this one as he allowed 3 earned runs on 10 hits in 3 innings of work. The Hot Rods scored 8 runs total while he was on the mound as they struggled to close out the 2nd and 3rd innings. Geno Encina came on and cooled off the Hot Rods with 3.2 innings of 2 hit ball. He shut down the opposition while on the bump. Jackson McClelland would collect the win but allowed the Hot Rods to get within two before closing the door for the win.
Justin Maese will take the hill for the Sunday afternoon game against the Hot Rods to close the series.