Blue Jays MiLB recap – Five in a row!

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 20: Fans enter the stadium for the game between the Kansas City Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays during game four of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 20, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 20: Fans enter the stadium for the game between the Kansas City Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays during game four of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 20, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

Jays Journal takes its daily look into the Toronto Blue Jays Minor League system. The D-Jays win streak continues as they hit five in a row.

Buffalo Bisons at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Yankees)
1-5 Loss

Chris Rowley was great in this one through six innings but was able to keep things close in another good start. He scattered eight hits and a pair of walks during this one. One bad pitch caused most of the damage. That damage was named Billy McKinney as he popped his 7th home run in the 6th inning. The home run accounted for all three of Rowley’s earned runs. He also was able to send 4 batters packing via the strikeout. Jeff Beliveau allowed the tag on runs during his inning of work. He allowed two runs on a pair of hits and two walks. Jeff Beliveau struck out the side during his inning of work.

On offense the Bisons were not able to put it all together. There were able to go 2-9 with runners in scoring position in this one as they could not come up with a clutch hit. Gregorio Petit scored the only Bisons run but no one was able to clam an RBI in this one. Petit scored the lone run on a collision / double steal in the 2nd inning. Jon Berti stole second during the double steal after hitting a single. Rowdy Tellez found his bat in this one as he looks to fight out of a funk that has him just above the Mendoza Line (.200 batting average). He picked up a pair of singles. Roemon Fields picked up his 30th stolen base in this one.

No pitchers have been announced for Wednesday’s contest vs the Railriders.

MVB – Chris Rowley 6 IP, 8 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 4 K’s

New Hampshire Fisher Cats vs Bowie Baysox (Orioles)
0-6 Loss

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An error and some timely hitting led to a 4 run inning for the Baysox in this one. Sean Reid-Foley got the start in this one and was charged for 3 of the 5 runs that occurred while he was on the hill. Reid-Foley did pitch seven innings in this one and looked good. Despite the damage, he was very economical with his pitches and threw 66 of his 88 pitches for strikes. He was able to scatter nine hits and strike out a pair without walking a batter. Shane Dawson would pitch the remainder and allowed a run on three hits and a walk.

The offense just could not solve the puzzle that was the Baysox pitchers. They were able to get six hits off of their starter Lucas Long. Long would also strike out six while on the bump. Things did not get much better as Long left the game. Ryan Meisinger picked up a rare three inning save for shutting down the Fisher Cats bats. He was perfect for those 3 innings. Zero Fisher Cat hits and zero base runners while striking out 2. The Fisher Cats offense was off to slumber early Tuesday evening.

Conner Greene will take to the mound on Wednesday against the Baysox.

MVFC – Sean Reid-Foley 7 IP, 9 hits, 3 earned runs, 0 walks, 2 K’s

Dunedin Blue Jays vs Florida Fire Frogs (Braves)
4-1 Win

Another day, another D-Jays win as they have now won five in a row. The second half charge continues as they are now just 2.5 games behind the Tampa Yankees. The offense backed up a solid pitching performance by Tayler Saucedo. Saucedo pitched six innings and allowed just one run. He also walked one batter and surrendered 7 hits while striking out 8. Dan Lietz got in an innings worth of work and was able to shut things down after issuing two walks. Kirby Snead continues to be a force in the back of the D-Jays pen. He picked up his 8th save for his solid 2 innings of work.

On offense the D-Jays continue to roll and so does the Bo and Vlad show. Bo Bichette continues to rake in the lead off spot and looks all to comfortable in his new surroundings. He went 2-3 with a pair of runs scored, a double, an RBI. Vlad Guerrero Jr. picked up Bo on one of those runs scored on a single. That single extends Vlad’s hit streak to 7 games in a row.

The D-Jays will pick things up for Thirsty Thursday at the ballpark as they host the Charlotte Stone Crabs. A starter has not been announced for $2 beer night.

MVDJ – Tayler Saucedo 6 IP, 7 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 8 K’s

Lansing Lugnuts vs Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers)
1-5 Loss

The Lugnuts were aced by Chris Mathewson of the Loons on Tuesday. The 19th round pick of the Dodgers in 2016 has been quietly having a solid season. The six-foot righty has pitched 81.2 innings and has a 3.09 ERA and continued that success today against the Lugnut hitters. The Lugnut hitters were able to scrape together one run on a hit and a pair of walks off of Mathewson. He shut down the Lugnuts bats through 7 innings and they were unable to get anything going against the Loons pen either as they managed just 2 more hits.

Patrick Murphy was great as well in this one. The pitchers dual in the early innings of this one was in favor of the Lugnuts as they pieced together a run on an error. Murphy was incredible through 5 innings of work as he continual sat down the opposition. He would allow five hits but did not issue a walk. He pounded the strike zone and was able to send six batters back to the pine himself. Andrew Deramo came on in the 6th and continued the trend for two innings. Deramo allowed two hits and a walk while punching out 2. Onto the 9th where everything derailed for the Lugnuts. Connor Eller started the inning after pitching a shut down 8th inning. Eller allowed 2 earned runs for the Loons to take the lead. They continued to extend their lead as they tagged on three more runs off of Juliandry Higuera. This sealed the fate for the Lugnuts as they now sit at .500 for the season.

Osman Gutierrez will get the start Wednesday as the team travels to Bowling Green to take on the Hot Rods. Gutierrez is coming off of a solid start in which he allowed 2 runs in 5 innings of work.

MVL – Patrick Murphy 5 IP, 5 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 6 K’s

Short Season Team Notes
Vancouver Canadians (Northwest League)

All-Star game day. Three Canadian’s player will represent the team in the Mid-Season All-Star game. Riley Adams, Orlando Pascual, and William Ouellette are heading to the game.

Bluefield Blue Jays (Appalachian League)

A pitchers dual began the game in Blue Field vs the Princeton Rays. Maximo Castillo got the start for the Jays and was solid for five innings. He allowed just two hits while walking two and striking out 7. Marcus Reyes pitched well through 3 innings as well. He allowed just 2 hits and picked up the win. Ryan Gold went 3-4 with a double and an RBI on the offensive side. The Blue Jays won 3-0 on 6 hits.

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