Jays Journal takes its daily look into the Toronto Blue Jays Minor League system. Rios threw a gem for the Fisher Cats and the D-Jays held on for a win.
The Buffalo Bisons had the day off on Monday. The Bisons will pick things back up against the Rochester Red Wings on Tuesday. Jarrett Grube will look to keep his good start of the season rolling. In his past outing, he pitched 5 solid innings and allowed just 1 earned run.
The Bisons are currently sitting in first place with a 14-8 record. They are currently ahead of the Red Wings. Look for the series this week to be a battle of titans as the compete for the early lead in the division.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies)
A pair of solo bombs gave Francisco Rios a solid foundation to run with Monday evening. Rios was incredible as he allowed just 1 unearned run through 7 innings of work. Rios allowed 8 hits and a walk while striking out 4. This was his 5th start of the season and he entered the game with a 2.53 ERA. That number will be dropping after this phenomenal start. Chris Rowley would pitch the remaining 2 innings and pick up the save.
Ryan McBroom started things off with a solo home run in the 2nd inning. He has now gone deep in back to back games. McBroom finished the night with a 2-4 performance and scored 2 runs. Richard Urena also went big fly as he hit his first of the season. Harold Ramirez and Emilio Guerrero had a pair of hits each and drove in a run. The offense collected 8 hits and capitalized on enough to give Rios the win in this one.
Jon Harris will have a tough act to follow after the start Rios had Monday but he will look to find his form Tuesday evening against the Fightin Phils.
MVFC – Francisco Rios 7 IP, 8 hits, 1 run, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts
Dunedin Blue Jays vs Tampa Yankees
The D-Jays were able to hold on during this one after an early surge and a near comeback by the Yankees. Danny Jansen powered the 4 run 3rd inning. Jansen hit a solo home run in the 5th inning. Jansen continues to be a hitting machine and went 2-4 in this one and scored twice. Juan Kelly drove in Jansen in the big 3rd inning. Kelly drove in a pair of RBI’s during the game on a double. Lane Thomas also drove in a pair during the inning on a single.
T.J. Zeuch had an excellent start in this one as he threw 5.1 innings allowing a pair of runs. He allowed 7 hits, 0 walks, and struck out 6. Zeuch was on his game and had his control working as he threw 67-97 for strikes. Connor Eller got 4 outs in relief without allowing a run to follow Zeuch. Daniel Young would record 4 outs as well but allowed the Yankees to creep back into the game. Andrew Case came on and cooled down the comeback to pick up the save.
Ryan Borucki will look to settle in after a couple battles in his past outings. He will get the nod today as the baby Jays attempt to add to their winning streak.
MVDJ – T.J. Zeuch 5.1 IP, 7 hits, 2 runs, 0 walks, and 6 strikeouts
The Lugnuts had an off day on Monday but will pick things back up Tuesday. Mike Ellenbest will get the start as the Lugnuts look to continue their winning streak.