Blue Jays MiLB recap – Lugnuts pour on the offense

Craig Borden
Feb 28, 2017; Bradenton, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Dwight Smith, Jr. (65) waits to hit in the batting cage before the start of the spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 28, 2017; Bradenton, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Dwight Smith, Jr. (65) waits to hit in the batting cage before the start of the spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jays Journal takes its daily look into the Toronto Blue Jays Minor League system. Bisons lose early lead and the Lugnuts #GearUp on offense for a big win.

Buffalo Bisons at Syracuse Chiefs (Nationals)
4-8 Loss

The Bisons staked an early claim for the lead in this one but were unable to hold on.  The Chiefs were able to chip away at the lead and sealed the Bison loss with a big 7th inning.  Jarrett Grube had a solid start to the game but allowed the Chiefs to get into the swing of things throughout his start.

Clint Robinson proved to be a big thorn in the side of Bison pitchers as he hit 2 home runs and added 5 RBIs.  He hit his first home run off of Grube to get the Chiefs offense going.  Grube finished with 6 innings pitched, 9 hits, 4 ER, 1 walk, and 5 strikeouts.  Jeff Beliveau would come on and allow all 4 runs in the Chiefs 4 run, 7th inning and get saddled with the loss.

To open the game Christian Lopes reached on an error and was driven in on a Dwight Smith Jr. double.  Smith had a great day at the plate as he went 3-5 with a pair of runs scored and 2 RBIs.  Smith later scored in the first on a fielder’s choice by Jason Leblebijian.  Rowdy Tellez drove in his 10th RBI of the season on a single in the 5th inning.  Tellez is slowly turning things around as he went 10-33 (.303) over his past 10 games.


César Valdéz will make his Bisons debut against the Chiefs.  He began the season in the Pacific Coast League for the Athletics’ Triple A team.  There he threw 10 innings in 2 starts while allowing 3 runs.

MVB – Dwight Smith Jr. 3-5 with a double, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI

New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies)
5-3 Loss

Shane Dawson got the start for the Fisher Cats in this one and battled through 6 innings of work.  He had a couple of rough innings, but allowed 4 earned runs.  He would allow 7 hits and a pair of walks while striking out 2 batters.  Dusty Issacs pitched 2 innings and allowed a tag on run to put the Goats up 5-3.

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On offense Emilio Guerrero went 2-4 with a double and 2 runs scored.  Jonathan Davis collected his 6th RBI on a sac fly.  Ryan McBroom and Mike Reeves each had a pair of hits in this one.  Reeves also drove in a run and hit a double.  Each team was able to collect 9 hits in the game, but the Goats were able to make the most of their hits to take the victory.

Wednesday Sean Reid-Foley will look to get on track, as will the Fisher Cats against the Yard Goats.

MVFC – Emilio Guerrero 2-4 with a double and 2 runs scored

Dunedin Blue Jays at Tampa Yankees
0-2 Loss

The D-Jays were unable to get the bats going in the loss to the Yankees Tuesday evening.  The Yankees proved to be quite puzzling for the Jays hitters.  They were able to collect just 2 hits in the game and both were off of starter Erik Swanson.  The D-Jays also struck out 13 times during the game and took just 4 walks as they struggled for base runners.

Jordan Romano had a great pitching performance as he was on the hill for 7 innings and allowed 1 run.  He was able to scatter 7 hits and a pair of walks.  Romano also struck out 7 while throwing 61 of his 94 pitches for strikes.


Angel Perdomo will hope to get some more offense to support his start as the D-Jays will take on the Yankees Wednesday morning.

MVDJ – Jordan Romano 7 IP, 8 hits, 1 ER, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts

Lansing Lugnuts at Clinton Lumber Kings (Mariners)
11-6 Win

The Lugnuts sure kicked things up a notch in this one against the Lumber Kings.  The Lugnuts lumbered up themselves and raked in 13 hits for 11 runs.  Nearly the entire lineup recorded at least one hit.  Nick Sinay is the lone batter that did not join the hit parade.

Edward Olivares and Bo Bichette led the hitting onslaught with 3 hits each.  Olivares went 3-6 with 2 doubles and scored 4 times!  Olivares benefited greatly from batting in the 2 hole with hot hitters like Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. following him.  Bichette had a RBI and scored twice during his 3 hit night.  Vlad Jr. drove in a pair during a 2 hit performance and scored a run.  Christian Williams also collected a pair of RBIs and Joshua Palacios drove in a pair on a triple.

With all of this offense it could have been easy to look over a great start by Andy Ravel.  He picked up the win after throwing 7 innings and allowing just 3 earned runs.  Ravel gave up 7 hits and a pair of walks while striking out 6.  The main damage done while he was on the hill was a solo homer by Gareth Morgan.  The Lugnuts have now won 3 in a row.


Justin Maese will get the ball for Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Lumber Kings.  He will look to keep things rolling after a stellar start his past outing.  He allowed just 1 earned run over 7 innings against the Burlington Bees last time out.  He will also look to get the Lugnuts on track to keep the win streak going.

MVL – Edward Olivares 3-6 with 2 doubles, a stolen base, and 4 runs scored

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