Blue Jays MiLB recap – Pitchers hate Monday’s

Mar 3, 2017; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) signs autographs prior to their spring training game against the New York Yankees at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 3, 2017; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) signs autographs prior to their spring training game against the New York Yankees at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Jays Journal takes its daily look into the Toronto Blue Jays Minor League system. Off day, rain out, and a pair of high-scoring affairs to begin the week.

Buffalo Bisons
Off Day

The weekend in the powder blue uniforms is over as Blue Jays weekend came to a close Sunday.  The Bisons took the win and earned an off day to start the week.  The Bisons will pick things up on Tuesday evening against the Gwinnett Braves.  T.J. House will get the ball as they look to catch up with the first place Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.  They are currently 5 games out of the lead as the month gets ready to come to a close.

Jake Elmore has been hot of late and he will help lead an offense that has been hit or miss over their last 10 games.  Elmore has been riding a 6 game hitting streak in which he is batting .346.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox)
Postponed Rain

Connor Greene will have to wait one more day to get back on the mound after a rain out on Monday.  He will look to get back to the rhythm he had in 2 of his last 3 starts.  Before his past outing, he had 2 starts where he tallied 12.2 innings and allowed just 2 runs.  In his previous start, he tagged for 4 earned runs against the Trenton Thunder.  Greene has been pitching well and has a solid 3.60 ERA through 8 starts and has allowed more than 2 runs in just 3 of those starts.

Jon Harris will get the ball in game 2 of the doubleheader Tuesday.  Harris will be looking to rebound from a really rough outing in his last start.  He allowed 7 earned runs on 9 hits during the start.  Hopefully, he will get back on track in his start Tuesday evening.

Dunedin Blue Jays vs Fort Myers Miracle (Twins)
6-13 Loss

The D-Jays sank into a big deficit to begin this one and were unable to claw their way back into it.  T.J. Zeuch was rocked for 8 earned runs in 5 innings of work during the game Monday night.  This included a home run to Zander Wiel in the 2nd inning that helped to start a 5 run inning for the Miracle. Zeuch would allow 10 hits and walk a pair.  He was able to strike out 5 during the outing but suffered out on the mound during the 2nd and 3rd innings.

Conner Eller and  Adonys Cardona also struggled with the Miracles offense as they allowed 5 more runs on 4 hits and 6 walks.  The pair would combine for just 5 outs and could not stop the bleeding.

On offense, the D-Jays did their best to try and claw back into this one.  In the 8th inning, they struck for 5 runs but were slammed down in the 9th by the miracle as the scored 3 more runs to put them ahead 13-6.  Max Pentecost did the majority of the damage as he drove in 4 runs while going 2-4 with a double.  Troy Tulowitzki went 0-2 with a walk and a strikeout in this one.  Josh Donaldson also got into his first rehab game and went 0-2 with a pair of strikeouts.  Jays fans should be encouraged to at least see the duo playing the field in this one as they work toward a return to Toronto.

Ryan Borucki gets the start in the game Tuesday against the Miracle.  He is fresh off of a masterful outing in which he allowed just 1 run on 6 hits in his last start.  He also struck out 5 during his 5.1 inning outing.

MVDJ – Max Pentecost 2-4 with a double and 4 RBI

Lansing Lugnuts vs Lake County Captains (Indians)
10-3 Win

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The Lugnuts jumped on and destroyed captains starter Brady Aiken in the 2nd inning of this game.  The Lugnuts bats came up big and rocked Aiken for 8 runs in the inning.  The monster inning started with a double by Bradley Jones.  J.B. Woodman would open the scoring with a single to drive in Jones.  Jake Thomas would come up a few batters later with 2 outs and double to scored Woodman.  The Lugnuts poured on the extra base hits for 6 more runs.  Bo Bichette, Bradley Jones again, and Christian Williams would double to add on to a string of walks to complete the 8 run inning.

The Lugnut hitters were not done with Aiken as they tagged him for 2 more runs in the 5th inning before knocking him out of the game.  Aiken would allow 10 earned runs on 10 hits and 2 walks.  Joshua Palacios would single to drive in a run during the inning.

Tayler Saucedo got the start for the Lugnuts and pitched 4.2 innings of work.  He allowed 2 runs while striking out 4 and walking 3.  Chris Hall would be credited with the Win for throwing 2.1 innings and allowing just 1 run on a homer to Conner Capel.  Geno Encina put the Captains to rest by shutting them out for the remaining 2 innings.

Patrick Murphy had the best start of the season in his last outing.  He threw 7 innings allowing just 3 hits and a run.  He will take on the Captains Tuesday morning and look to duplicate that success.

MVL – Bradley Jones 2-5 with 2 doubles, 2 runs scored, 3 RBIs

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