Blue Jays MiLB Recap – Rain, Rain and More Rain

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Jays Journal takes its daily look into the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system. Weather played a major factor today, as both the AAA Bisons and AA Fisher Cats had their games postponed due to weather.

AAA: Buffalo Bisons vs. Norfolk Tides (Orioles) + (Doubleheader) – DNP

RAIN OUT – The Bisons will make up both of these games against the Norfolk Tides over the next two days, as they will play doubleheaders on both Wednesday and Thursday. Game one’s first pitch on Wednesday is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. EST.

AA: New Hampshire Fisher Cats vs. Trenton Thunder (Yankees) – DNP

RAIN OUT – The Fisher Cats will make up this game on Wednesday, where they will play a doubleheader with the Trenton Thunder. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. EST.

A+: Dunedin Blue Jays vs. Charlotte Stone Crabs (Rays) – 10-3 win

After a day off, the Dunedin Blue Jays entered Tuesday’s game looking to get out to a 1-0 series lead on the Charlotte Stone Crabs. The team looked determined to win from the get-go, dominating the Stone Crabs and taking the game by a score of 10-3. The win improved the Blue Jays to 10-9 on the season.

Left-hander Angel Perdomo (2-1) started the game for the Blue Jays, and pitched exceptionally well. The 6’6”, 200 lb. lefty went six innings, allowing just one run off of three hits and three walks. Perdomo also registered six strikeouts, picked up the win and dropped his ERA on the season to 3.48.

The next pitcher to take the hill for the Blue Jays was Jared Carkuff. The right-hander did not fair well today, going one inning, striking out one while allowing two runs off of three hits. Carkuff’s ERA sits at 8.68 on the season, and he will be looking to improve next time out.

The final two pitchers to see action were Danny Young and Tom Robson. Both the left-hander Young and righty Robson did their jobs, going one shutout inning each. Young allowed one hit and had one strikeout, while Robson allowed one hit and one walk while striking out two. Young has now pitched 7.1 scoreless innings for the Blue Jays, keeping his ERA at 0.00 for the season.

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At the plate the Blue Jays had a day where they hit the leather off the ball. The team registered 13 hits and 2 walks, leading to an impressive 10 runs on the day.

The player who stood out the most today offensively was Max Pentecost. The catcher/first baseman/designated hitter only had one hit (1-5), but it was a massive one. Pentecost hit a grand slam in the second inning, breaking the game wide open for the Blue Jays.

The other players to make a difference at the plate for the Blue Jays were Cavan Biggio (2-4, R, BB), Andrew Guillotte (1-3, 2 R, RBI, SB), Juan Kelly (1-5, R), Derrick Loveless (1-3, BB, R), Lane Thomas (3-4, 2B, 3B, 2 R, RBI), Mike Reeves (2-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI) and Danny Jansen (2-5, RBI).

The Blue Jays play again on Wednesday where they will look to clinch the three-game series with a win against the Stone Crabs. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. EST.

MVDJ: Angel Perdomo – 6 IP, R, 3 H, 3 BB, 6 SO

A: Lansing Lugnuts vs. South Bend Cubs (Cubs) – 11-6 loss

The Lansing Lugnuts entered the day looking to take a 2-0 series lead over the South Bend Cubs. Unfortunately for the Lugnus the pitching was flat-out awful, and they lost the game 11-6. The team now sits with a 10-9 record for the season.

Mike Ellenbest (0-2), a 24th round draft selection by the Blue Jays in 2016, started the game for the Lugnuts. It was not a start to remember, as Ellenbest was only able to give the team 1.2 innings. The righty allowed five runs off of five hits and three walks while striking out three. Ellenbest took the loss on the game, and his ERA jumped to 8.10 on the season after this disastrous start.

The next two pitchers to take the mound were lefties Tayler Saucedo and Kirby Snead, and neither pitched well at all. Saucedo went three innings, allowing four runs (three earned) off of six hits and zero walks. On an impressive note, Saucedo was still able to strike out five batters. Snead’s outing was not much better, going 2.2 innings, allowing two runs off of one hit and two walks. Much like Saucedo, Snead had the strikeout pitch working, registering four punch-outs.

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The final pitcher to toe the rubber for the Lugnuts was right-hander Zach Jackson, and he actually pitched quite well. Jackson went 1.2 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and zero walks while striking out two Cubs batters.

The offense was not the reason the team lost today, as they raked. The Lugnuts were clearly seeing the ball well, registering 11 hits and eight walks on the day.

The player to lead the team offensively today was none other than the Blue Jays’ top prospect, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The third baseman went 3-4 on the day with a homerun, a walk, a stolen base and two RBIs. He is now hitting .328 on the season.

Related Story: Prospect Report: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

The other players to make a difference at the plate today were Edward Olivares (1-5, SB, R), Joshua Palacios (1-4, R, RBI, BB), Nash Knight (0-3 2 BB, R, SB), Ridge Smith (0-3, 2 BB), Jake Thomas (3-4, 2 RBI, R), Bradley Jones (1-5), Yeltsin Gudino (0-3, BB) and Bo Bichette (2-4, 2B, RBI, R).

The Lugnuts will be looking to get back in the win column on Wednesday when they play game three of their series with the Cubs. The winner of tomorrow’s game takes the series, and first pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. EST.

MVL: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 3-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, SB

Next: Blue Jays MiLB Standouts Over The Past Weekend

That’s all for today’s MiLB recap. Check back in tomorrow when Jays Journal recaps Wednesday night’s minor-league action.

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