Jays Journal takes its daily look into the Toronto Blue Jays Minor League system. The promotions continue as Bo and Vlad settle into Dunedin while the All-Star festivities continue.
All-Star Game – PCL Wins
Jason Leblebijian represented the Bisons in the Triple A All-Star game in what became a Pacific Coast League win. Leblebijian got to split time at 3rd and 1st base during the game and went 0-4 with two strikeouts.
T.J. House will get the ball rolling for the Bisons second half of the season on Thursday evening against the Scranton/WB Rail Riders. House had a decent start to end the second half but was given the loss despite allowing just two runs over six innings of work.
Most Valuable International League All-Star – Richie Shaffer of the Columbus Clippers 2-3 with a home run and 2 RBI
New Hampshire Fisher Cats
All-Star Game – East Wins
The Eastern League All-Stars bullied the West in the 6th inning for seven runs to win the game. Many of the Fisher Cats players were the difference in the run away inning as well. Gunnar Heidt did not start in the game but went 1-2 with a double with 2 RBI and a run scored. Ryan McBroom went 1-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Catcher Danny Jansen also came into the game late to help the East rally with a 1-2 performance and scored and drove in a run.
On the hill Conner Greene was masterful in his two innings of work. He allowed two hits and struck out four batters. Greene continues to impress at the Double A level and has been solid throughout the season. Dusty Issacs pitched a perfect inning and struck out the side in the 8th.
Jon Harris will get the first start of the second half against the Portland Seadogs. Harris has looked very strong in his past 2 starts. Over those two starts he has thrown 14 innings allowing just eight hits and one run. He has also walked just one batter and struck out nine during those outings.
MVFC – Conner Greene 2 IP, 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 4 K’s
Dunedin Blue Jays at Tampa Yankees
A late rally was the key to victory for the new look D-Jays offense in this one. Bo Bichette appears to be acclimating to his new surroundings quickly as he was the main source of production in just his second game with the team. Bichette put the D-Jays ahead with his first hit at the level which was a two run bomb to left in the 6th inning. He would also single in the 8th inning to put the Jays up 3-2 after the Yankees tied the game in the 6th. D.J. Davis would drive in a run in the 9th to put the icing on the cake for the win. Davis went 2-3 with 2 runs scored and an RBI. Juan Kelly continues to be red hot as he went 2-3 with a run scored. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. also made his Dunedin debut in this one but went 0-4 with a pair of strikeouts.
Tayler Saucedo got the start and pitched excellent through four innings of work. He scattered four hits and three walks whole not allowing a run. He would also strike out three on the day. Ryan Cook would be on the mound for the two Yankee’s runs but was charged only one of them due to an error. Kirby Snead would eventually pick up the win for pitching two scoreless innings while striking out three batters. Zach Jackson would throw a scoreless 9th to pick up his 2nd save of the season.
Ryan Borucki will get the start against the Yankees on Thursday. He is fresh off of an impressive seven inning performance in which he allowed just one run on five hits.
MVDJ – Bo Bichette 2-3 with a home run, one run scored, and 3 RBI
Lansing Lugnuts at Beloit Snappers (Athletics)
Nothing went right for the Lugnuts on the mound Wednesday evening as they continue to struggle to find inning eaters. Kyle Weatherly made his Midwest League debut after excelling with the Vancouver Canadians. There he threw 22 innings and allowed just five earned runs. In his debut he struggled to get through the first inning. He was lifted from the game after recording two outs and allowing five earned runs. Juliandry Higuera and Connor Eller would pitch three innings each to burn through some innings but each allowed one run. While Higuera was on the mound they however struggled defensively and allowed a pair of runs that were not charged to him.
The offense was unable to come up with a big hit and went 1-8 with runners in scoring position. Mitch Nay and Luis Silva each had two hits and a double each. Edward Olivares also had a double during this one but they could not bring anyone all the way around to support the faltering pitching performance
Mike Ellenbest will look to quite the Snappers attack on Thursday. Ellenbest has been struggling to be consistent in his starts and will look to improve on his last start in which he allowed just 2 runs but walked 6 batters.