Blue Jays MiLB recap- Ohlman’s pair of HRs propel the Bisons

Mar 19, 2017; Bradenton, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays catcher Mike Ohlman (43) works out prior to their spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 19, 2017; Bradenton, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays catcher Mike Ohlman (43) works out prior to their spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Jays Journal takes its daily look into the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system. On Sunday, Mike Ohlman hit a pair of home runs to lead the Buffalo Bisons to victory.

Buffalo Bisons vs Columbus Clippers (Cleveland), 5-4 Win

The Bisons took Saturday’s contest by a score of 5-0, and were able to pick up another win against the Clippers to close the weekend, and finish off a series sweep. Mike Ohlman was the game’s biggest star, hitting two home runs to lead the Bisons’ offence on the day.

Brett Oberholtzer started the game for the Bisons and managed to get through 7 complete innings on the day, allowing 3 earned runs and striking out 4 batters. Wil Browning picked up the win in relief, as Ohlman’s second home run of the game put the Bisons ahead in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Jason Leblebijian and Dwight Smith Jr. each hit a home run as well, while the other run came on an Ohlman RBI single in the first inning.

With the series sweep, Buffalo moves to 11-4 on the young campaign. The Bisons will have an off day on Monday before they open a series with the Norfolk Tide, starting with a double header on Tuesday.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats vs. Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado), 7-2 Win

Anthony Alford is off to a ridiculously good start to the 2017 season, and added to his early bid for the Eastern League MVP with another home run and 3 RBIs in Sunday’s 7-2 win. With 2 more hits on Sunday, Alford’s average now sits at a robust .469 in the early going.

Sean Reid-Foley got the start for the Fisher Cats and picked up his first win of the season, pitching 5 complete inning, giving up just 3 hits and 3 walks, while allowing just 1 earned run. He also struck out 5 hitters on the day, showing off some of his electric repertoire.

The Yard Goats had won the first two games of this series, but the Fisher Cats managed to take the lead in the third inning on Sunday, and never looked back. After scoring 3 runs in the third, they picked up another 3 more in the fifth, capped off by the Alford home run.

The Cats will host the Trenton Thunder on Monday night, and will turn the ball over to Conner Greene, who will square off against Chance Adams in a game starting at 5:45 EST.

Dunedin Blue Jays vs. Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota), 7-1 Win

The D-Jays have been one of the better offensive teams in the Florida State league thus far this season, and really put on a hitting display on Sunday, launching 5 home runs against the Miracle.

Max Pentecost hit a massive two run blast in the first, and Andrew Guillotte and Danny Jansen hit solo shots in the 3rd inning, and Lane Thomas added a two run shot in the frame as well, putting the Jays far ahead early in the contest.

J.P. Howell was the starter for Dunedin, as his continues to rehab his pitching shoulder on route back to the big league club. He allowed a lead off walk but then struck out 3 consecutive hitters in his lone frame of work. Howell was followed by Jordan Romano, who threw 4.1 and picked up the win.

Howell was also upbeat and optimistic in post game interviews, as provided by

"“When I went on the DL, I couldn’t extend, I couldn’t pull down. So, I wanted to be able to do that, and I was able to. The results were good, and my velocity was a lot better than it was during the big league season”."

The D-Jays also have an off day on Monday before heading out on a 6 game road trip, starting in Charlotte against the Stone Crabs on Tuesday.

Lansing Lugnuts vs. Bowling Green Hot Rods (Tampa Bay), 11-2 Win

To sweep the day for the organization, the Lugnuts stayed hot and picked up another win against the Hot Rods on Sunday. Bradley Jones and Ryan Hissey each homered for the club as well, who didn’t struggle to put runs on the board against Bowling Green for the second straight day.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. also got in on the action, hitting a two-run double in the first inning before Jones’ home run put the Lugnuts ahead for the day. Bo Bichette also continued his torrid pace to start the year, with a two-run double of his own in the fourth.

Justin Maese picked up the win in 5.1 innings of work, allowing 1 unearned run and 5 hits against the Hot Rods. Maese also struck out 3, and walked just 1 batter during the outing. Chris Hall made his debut in the Midwest League following Maese, and threw 2 frames, striking out 2 and allowing a lone run.

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The Lugnuts open a 3 game home set with the South Bend Cubs on Monday with the first game getting underway at 7:05 EST. Patrick Murphy is the scheduled starter for Lansing, opposing Dylan Cease of the Cubs.