Jays Journal takes its daily look into the Toronto Blue Jays Minor League system. Off Days, a close loss, and Edward Olivares hits the cycle for the Lugnuts as their offense finds their swing.
The Herd has their bags packed for a 6-day road trip that kicks off with a doubleheader in Norfolk. They will take on the Tides in a 4 game set due to the double header. Jarrett Grube is going to get the ball in the first game. Grube had 2 great starts to open the season but stumbled in his last start. He will look to rebound from that start in which he allowed 7 earned runs in 4 innings.
Luis Santos will get his first start in Triple-A with the Bisons in game 2 Tuesday. Santos has thrown 3 innings so far with the Herd and has yet to allow a run. He has also struck out 3 and walked just 1 batter.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats vs Trenton Thunder (Yankees)
A pitchers dual ended in a loss for the Cats on Monday evening. Connor Greene was on fire during this one. The top prospect gave us a glimpse of what he is capable of as he threw 7 solid innings. He allowed just 6 hits and a pair of earned runs over that span. He had his control working and issued just 1 free pass on his way to striking out 4 batters.
Both sides were not able to muster much offense in this one. The Cats left 9 batters on base and went 2-10 with runners in scoring position. Tim Lopes collected a multi-hit game in the leadoff spot. He had a double and drove in the only Fisher Cats run. Anthony Alford did not collect a hit or reach base during this one so his streaks ended Monday evening.
Francisco Rios will get the ball will take on the Thunder in game 2 of the series Tuesday evening
MVFC – Connor Greene 7 IP, 6 hits, 2 ER, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts
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The D-Jays had the day off on Monday but have plenty to talk about as 7 of their current players have made the updated Blue Jays Top 30 Prospects list. This list is from MLBpipeline.com and has its share of former D-Jays players. The D-Jays will also be looking forward to some talents that will be coming in the possible near future as well. @AroundNest also added a possible late entry to the list in Lansing Lugnuts hot bat Bradley Jones.
The pitchers are yet to be announced for the game on Tuesday vs Charlotte Stone Crabs
Lansing Lugnuts vs South Bend Cubs (Cubs)
The Lugnuts have truly geared up their offense the past couple days. Monday night they continued the trend as the beat up the Cubs pitchers for 11 runs. A pair of 2 run homers powered a potent offense during this contest. Edward Olivares had one amazing night as he drove in 4 RBIs and hit the cycle. He hit the first home run in the 5th inning. J.B. Woodman followed a few batters later with his one long ball. He finished with a 2-4 game with a double to go along with the 2 run homer. Ryan Hissey drove in 3 RBIs as well despite going just 1-3. He had a pair of sac flies and an RBI single. Bradley Jones was not to be left out in this one as he went 3-4 with everything but a home run to hit the cycle. Jones also scored twice and drove in a run for his 20th of the season.
On the bump, Patrick Murphy struggled through 4.2 innings. He would allow 4 earned runs during the start. He was able to scatter 9 hits and 3 walks. He did manage to strikeout 5 batters but allowed a big fly to Isaac Paredes. Philip Walby came on to stop the Cubs for 1.1 innings and would eventually collect the win. Jackson McClelland slammed the door shut and picked up his 3rd save with 2 innings of work.
Mike Ellenbest will get the start in game 2 vs the Cubbies on Tuesday evening.