Blue Jays MiLB recap – Bo and Vlad leading the way

Mar 14, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Richard Urena (15) on deck to bat against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 14, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Richard Urena (15) on deck to bat against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Jays Journal takes its daily look into the Toronto Blue Jays Minor League system.  A little bit of everything Thursday as the Cats walk off and the Lugnuts rake.

Buffalo Bisons at Pawtucket Red Sox
0-11 Loss

A rough night in Pawtucket for the Bisons kicks off the series.  The Sox poured salt on the wounds of the Herd in this one as they get tagged for 11 runs in their 4th loss in a row.  The PawSox had everything clicking for them in this one as they jumped on T.J. House in the 5th inning.  House had been cruising up to this point and then the Herd got lit up for 4 runs in the inning.  House would allow 5 earned runs in 5.2 innings during this one.  Murphy Smith would come in and finish off the 6th inning but when he came out in the 7th the Sox were ready.  Smith would record just 1 additional out as the Sox took 5 more runs before being shut down for the inning.

On the other side of the ball the Bisons bat were put to rest by Shawn Haviland.  The veteran Haviland spun a gem as he put the touches on a complete game shut out.  The Bisons would manage just 4 base runners in this one on 4 hits.  Ian Parmley had 3 of those 4 hits as he was the only one that saw threw Haviland’s tricks at the dish.  Let us hope that the bats wake up soon.

César Valdéz will get the ball for game 2 against the Paw Sox.  In his last outing he was nearly untouchable through 7 innings and allowed just 1 run.

MVB – Ian Parmley 3-3 with a double

New Hampshire Fisher Cats vs Erie Sea Wolves (Tigers)
2-1 Win

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A walk off finish caps off a solid pitchers dual Thursday evening in New Hampshire.  Francisco

Rios made his first start after returning from the DL and was magnificent for 3 innings.  Rios allowed just 1 hit during the outing and struck out 1.  Rios appears to be picking up right where he left off.  Shane Dawson got a rare 5 inning relief outing as he stepped in for Rios in the 4th.  He was equally impressive as he allowed just 1 run on 4 hits and a walk.  The extra innings were eaten up by Jose Fernandez and Andrew Case who pitched an inning each.

Richard Urena opened up the scoring in this one with a double in the 3rd that drove in Gunnar Heidt.  Both teams struggled at the plate to put anything together.  Jonathan Davis was the only batter to have a multi hit performance and would be the hero in the end.  Davis hit a single in the bottom of the 10th to score Heidt.  Heidt doubled to lead off the inning and slide into home for the winning run.  Steve Pearce returned to the diamond in this one but he went 0-3 batting in the 3 spot.

Chris Rowley will open up the weekend home stand against the Akron Rubber Ducks Friday. This will be Rowley’s 4th start in a row and he has been impressive thus far.  He has thrown 18.1 innings while allowing just 2 runs and struck out 14 over those 3 starts.

MVFC – Shane Dawson 5 IP, 4 hits, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K’s

Dunedin Blue Jays vs Bradenton Marauders (Pirates)
1-2 Loss

There was a battle for the mound in this one as Angel Perdomo and Gage Hinsz went toe to toe.  The pair of starters had identical lines through 5 innings but defensive issues plagued the D-Jays through out this one.  One of the three D-Jays errors led to a run while Perdomo was dealing.  This one run set the tone for what became a loss.  Perdomo was incredible through 5 frames as he allowed just 4 hits and a couple walks while striking out 4.

The D-Jays offense just could not get their hard hitting offense into gear against Hinsz.  They were able to get just 4 hits through the first 5 innings off of Hinsz.  In the 6th inning the D-Jays were able to get on the board with a walk and a pair of singles.  Catcher Ryan Hissey drove in the loan run on one of those singles and went 2-4.  Lane Thomas and Josh Almonte also went 2-4 as the D-Jays had 9 hits during the game.

Ryan Borucki will get the start on Friday against the Marauders.  Borucki has not allowed more then 2 runs in a start since his start on April 17th.

MVDJ – Angel Perdomo 5 IP, 4 hits, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K’s

Lansing Lugnuts vs Dayton Dragons (Reds)
7-3 Win

The Lugnuts brought their brooms to the ballpark Thursday to complete the sweep of the Dayton Dragons.  The Lugnuts are now on a 4 game winning streak as they pack their bags for a 7 game road trip.  Osman Gutierrez picked up his first win of the season as his teammates continue to rake at the plate.  Gutierrez  pitched 5 innings and allowed 2 earned runs.  He would go on to strike out 6 batters while allowing 5 hits and a pair of walks.  Geno Encina locked things down for 3 innings and did not allow a base runner.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. led a potent offensive attack as he and his teammate Bo Bichette continue to be an offensive super duo.  Vlad went 3-4 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs.  He also hit 2 doubles during the game to raise his season total to 17.  Bo Bichette is currently in 2nd place in the doubles category for the Midwest league and picked up one more in this one.  He went 2-4 scoring 2 runs during the game.  He also drove in a run to go with his 22nd double of the season.  The pair has been leading a very solid Lugnuts attack that has scored 30 runs over their last 4 games.

Denis Diaz will look to push the winning streak total to 5 as the Lugnuts head Fort Wayne to take on the Tin Caps.  Diaz will look to limit the opposition as he has allowed 4 earned runs in each of his last 2 starts.  The two starts before those he allowed 2 runs between the two.

MVL – Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 3-4 with 2 doubles, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI

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