Jays Journal takes its daily look into the Toronto Blue Jays Minor League system. The Bisons win in a walk off fashion in the 13th. The system goes 2-2 on Friday
Buffalo Bisons vs Pawtucket Red Sox
It is Blue Jays weekend in Buffalo and the Bisons kicked things off with a 13 inning walk off victory. Rowdy Tellez hit an absolute laser off of Red Sox Mike Miller. The Sox second basemen proved to be a salvageable pitcher until the Tellez homer. He pitched 2.1 innings and the only runs allowed was the homer to Tellez.
Fitting for Blue Jays weekend, former Blue Jay David Price pitched 2 innings in a rehab start against the Bisons. Things may not have went the way he wanted as the Bisons trampled him for 3 runs in the start. Raffy Lopez hit a solo home run off the veteran ace in the 2nd inning to highlight the 3 run inning.
The Sox were able to get to Bisons’ starter Matt Latos in the 4th inning for a pair of runs to put them back in the game. Latos would throw 6 innings and allow just the 2 runs. He issued 3 free passes and allowed 6 hits while striking out 4 batters. The Sox continued to push and got a pair of runs to tie the game up while Murphy Smith was on the hill.
The Bisons were able to get a tag on run in the 8th inning on a
single. The Sox charged right back in the 9th and scored to force extra innings. Elmore went 3-6 with 3 RBI and a double during the game.
was the source of most of the runs as he scored 3 times during a 3-6 and stole 2 bases. Speedster
stole 3 bases while going 2-4 in this one.
will get the start for day two of Blue Jays weekend. He will be sporting the powder blue uniforms as the Herd looks for their 3rd win in a row.
MVB – Jake Elmore 3-6 with a double and 3 RBI
New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Reading Fightin Phils (Phillies)
Phils leadoff hitter Scott Kingery sunk the Fisher Cats chances of victory with a walk off home run in the 10th Friday. Kingery had a pair of home runs off of the Cats pitchers in this one. The Cats jumped out to an early lead in the first inning with a pair of runs. They scored on a Tim Lopes triple and an RBI ground out for Ryan McBroom.
Shane Dawson let things get out of control in the 4th inning as he allowed 5 runs in the inning. He was lifted from the game after 3.2 innings, allowing 6 earned runs. Dawson allowed a trio of home runs to the Phils during the 4th that accounted for most of the damage. Josh DeGraaf came on in relief to mellow the Phils’ bats. He allowed just 1 hit over 2 innings to allow the offense to get back into this one.
The cats clawed their way back into this one and tied the game up by the close of the 6th. The Cats scored 3 in the 6th as the chained together a steady stream of hits. Four singles and a double translated into a tie game. The score would hold until the 10th when Kingery sealed the loss with the walk off homer. Ryan McBroom collected a pair of RBIs while going 2-5. Danny Jansen continues to be a hitting machine even in Double A as he went 3-4 with a 2 doubles, a run scored, and an RBI.
Chris Rowley will be looking to get things going in the Cats direction after a tough loss Friday. Rowley is making just his second start of the season. In his first start he pitched 4 innings and allowed just 2 hits.
MVFC – Josh DeGraaf + Justin Shafer 3.1 IP combined and allowed just 1 hit to keep the Cats in the game
Dunedin Blue Jays at St Lucie Mets
The D-Jays were unable to get the bats off of their shoulders Friday evening. The Jays hitters struck out 14 times during the game. Mets starter Nabil Crismatt mowed right through the typically potent offense. He would strike out 11 during his 7 innings of work and allowed just 3 hits. The D-Jays had 5 hits on the game but 2 of them came off the bat of Juan Kelly. Kelly also had the only extra base hit when he recorded a double in the top of the 9th.
Conor Fisk was on the bump for the D-Jays and pitched well for 7 innings. He was able to scatter 8 hits and a walk to allow 3 earned runs. With that many base runners there could have been further issues but was able to limit the damage. The Mets were able to go 2-4 with runners in scoring position during this one but left 4 runners on base.
Jordan R. Romano will take to the mound Saturday evening against the Mets. Romano pitched just 3 innings in a bullpen game start his last outing. He allowed just 2 hits in that short start.
MVDJ – Juan Kelly 2-4 with a double
Lansing Lugnuts at South Bend Cubs
The Cubbies jumped out to a lead in the 6th inning during this one but apparently felt like helping out the Lugnuts as they committed 5 errors in this one. The Lugnuts took advantage of those mistakes to score 3 unearned runs to take the win.
Denis Diaz was solid for 5 innings for the Lugnuts. He would allow just 1 hit and a pair of walks in this one. The Cubs would score just one run off of him while striking out 6 times. Tayler Saucedo gave up a pair of runs in his 2 innings of work to give the Cubs a chance. Dan Lietz slammed the door shut on the Cubs with 3 well pitched innings in relief.
On offense, a trio of Lugnut hitters had a pair of hits. Edward Olivares, Jake Thomas and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had 2 hits each in this one. Olivares and Thomas also had an RBI each. Vlad scored twice during the game and is batting a crisp .311 for the season. Bo Bichette score a run in this one despite not recording a hit. Bradley Jones continues to rake as he added to his RBI total which now stands at 29 and good for the second most in the league.
Mike Ellenbest will get the start in game 2 of the series against the Cub in South Bend. Ellenbest will look to get back in a groove after allowing 5 runs in his previous start.