Blue Jays MiLB recap – Lugnuts win 5th straight

Mar 21, 2017; Sarasota, FL, USA;Toronto Blue Jays catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (10) works out prior to their spring training game at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 21, 2017; Sarasota, FL, USA;Toronto Blue Jays catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (10) works out prior to their spring training game at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Jays Journal takes its daily look into the Toronto Blue Jays Minor League system.  Salty shows off some power and the D-Jays play host for a double header.  The Lugnuts win their 5th win in a row

Buffalo Bisons at Gwinnett Braves
4-1 Win

Mat Latos and Jarrod Saltalamacchia combined to push the Bisons to a road victory in this one.  Latos threw 5.1 innings and allowed just 1 earned run.  The run came off of a home run to Johan Camargo in the 2nd.  Latos allowed 5 hits while walking 2 batters and struck out 7.  Matt Dermody, Murphy Smith, and Leonel Campos joined together for 3.2 innings in relief and were nearly untouchable.  Dermody allowed the only 2 hits through those 3.2 innings.

The offense had a hard time getting to the Braves starter Lucas Sims in the first couple innings.  A pair of walks got the Bisons going in the 3rd inning.  With an out and the bases loaded Rowdy Tellez got the Herd on the board with a sac fly.  Salty then stepped in and crushed a home run to right center.  The 3 run homer was his first with the Bisons and put them ahead for the rest of this one with the day the Bisons pitching was having.

Jarrett Grube will get the start on Friday evening against the Charlotte Knights

MVB – Jarrod Saltalamacchia 3-3 with a home run and 3 RBI

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

The series finally was rained out Thursday.  The game is yet to be rescheduled.  Shane Dawson will get the ball to open up the series against the Reading Fightin Phils Friday.  Dawson had a rough outing against the Phils in his last start.  He allowed 6 runs in 3.2 innings.  The Phils entered Thursday night with a 6 game losing streak and the Cats will look to take advantage of that.

Dunedin Blue Jays vs Fort Myers Miracle (Twins)
Double Header

Game one 5-4 Win

J.A. Happ got the start in this one as he looks to get back into the swing of things after a stint on the DL.  Happ pitched 3 innings and allowed 3 runs on 7 hits.  He did strike out 3 and did not walk a batter in the start.  Jordan Romano pitched 4 innings in relief and allowed just one run.  Romano was great and struck out 5 batters during the outing.  Ryan Cook would get the win for his 1 inning of work as the D-Jays had to play come back in this one.

Connor Panas got the birds on the board in a big way in the 3rd inning with a 2 run bomb.  The home run was his 4th of the season.  Nash Night collected a pair of doubles in this one along with his 1st RBI after being sent up from the Lansing Lugnuts.  The RBI double walked off the Miracle for the win.  Thursday was his first game with the D-Jays and he came up big for the win.

MVDJ Game 1- Connor Panas 2-4 with a home run, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBIs

Game two 2-1 Win

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The D-Jays squeaked out the win in this one with just enough offense to support a pitching gem thrown by Conor Fisk.  Fisk was incredible on his way to throwing a 7 inning complete game.  Fisk allowed 8 hits but did not allow an earned run.  The lone Miracle run was scored on a single after a fielding error by Connor Panas.  Fisk was locked in and picked up his 3rd win of the season.

The offense struggled in this one as the lone RBI was picked up on a sac fly by Lane Thomas.  Thomas drove in Cavan Biggio after he had tripled.  The birds were only able to get 4 hits and a pair of walks to get on the base paths.  Three of the four hits were for extra bases as Biggio tripled while Max Pentecost and Panas doubled.  Pentecost scored the other run for the D-Jays

MVDJ Game 2- Conor Fisk 7 IP, 8 hits, 1 unearned run, 0 walks, 3 strikeouts

At the moment Jordan Romano is slated to start Fridays game but after throwing 4 innings Thursday one would guess he won’t be getting the start.

Lansing Lugnuts vs Lake County Captains (Indians)
4-3 Win

Denis Diaz got the start in what turned out to be a pitchers dual and extra innings Thursday night.  Diaz was solid through 6 innings of work allowing just a run.  He surrender 3 hits and 3 walks while marching through the Captains’ hitters.  After Diaz exited the Captains took advantage of some defensive issues the Lugnuts had.  Two unearned runs were scored to put the Lugnuts down 3-1 after the 7th inning.

The Lugnut offense had other plans as they fought back into this one in the bottom of the 9th.  They were able to score a pair of runs to tie the game on a fielders choice and a wild pitch.  The Lugnuts were in a walk off state of mind after tying up the game and moving into extra innings.  In the 10th inning Bradley Jones singled with 1 out.  Jones stole second and drew a throw that rolled into the outfield to allow him to advance to 3rd base.  Ryan Hissey the singled to right to score Jones and walk off the Captains.  The walk ff sealed the victory and the Lugnuts 5th win in a row.

Mike Ellenbest will get the start as the Great Lake Loons come to Lansing for the weekend series.  The Lugnuts will look to continue their winning ways as they have won 5 in a row.  They are also 7-3 over their past 10 games as they inch closer to the first place White Caps.

MVL – Denis Diaz 6 IP, 3 hits, 1 run, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts

Next: Big Names return to the lineup Friday