Blue Jays MiLB Recap – Fisher Cats find power stroke
By Craig Borden
Jays Journal takes its daily look into the Toronto Blue Jays Minor League system. Homers a plenty for the Fisher Cats and the Tellez is heating up.
Buffalo Bisons at Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers)
The Bisons attempted a come back in this one in the 9th, but fell short to the Mud Hens. Starter Luis Santos was off to a great start until things began to fall apart in the 4th. Santos would eventually surrender three earned runs in his 5 innings of work. This began a slow bleeding out of runs and did not slow once Matt Dermody came into the game. Dermody allowed two runs in his first inning of work, but pitched another inning without allowing further damage. The Mud Hens were also able to score a tag on run in the 8th.
The story of the offense in this game is part of the resurgence of
at the plate. Tellez went 3-3 and drove in all three Bisons runs. He also had a double in this one as he heats up in the box. He is currently on a nine game hitting streak and is batting .417 over his last 10 games.
benefited last night from Tellez’s hot bat. Saunders went 3-5 with a double and scored twice.
also had another great game and went 2-3 at the plate. He now has seven hits in 15 at bats since joining the Bisons.
Brett Oberholtzer will get the start against the Mud Hens on Friday evening. He is fresh off of a shut out performance in which he threw six innings against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.
MVB – Rowdy Tellez 3-3 with a double, 2 walks, and 3 RBI
New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Akron RubberDucks (Indians)
The long ball was on the side of the Fisher Cats, as they uncorked three homers. To get the offense going, Lourdes Gurriel popped a 3-run bomb with two outs. This was Gurriel’s 2nd homer of the season and he appears to be settling in after a string of injuries. Not to be out done, Tim Lopes came to the plate in the second inning and cracked a 3-run homer of his own. This was Lopes’ 6th jack of the season. Richard Urena would keep the home run parade going as he hit a solo home run in the 3rd inning. The three home runs would account for seven of the Cats nine runs. Jonathan Davis, Harold Ramirez, and Urena each had three hits on the night, and Urena was also a triple shy of the cycle.
Jon Harris had the mound and was solid in his outing. Once again he had one rough inning in which he allowed a two run homer to Luigi Rodriguez. Harris would pitch six innings allowing just the two runs on four hits. He also struck out six and walked three. The defense struggled some with Francisco Rios on the hill during his two innings of work, but the bats built up a sizable lead. Andrew Case would pick up his 6th save to close out the game.
Thomas Pannone will make his second start as a Fisher Cat on Friday against the Erie Seadogs. Pannone will look to avoid the issues from his last start in which he allowed five runs over 4.1 innings of work. Pannone was an All-Star for the Akron Rubber Ducks this season, so let us hope that was an anomaly in his Cats’ debut
MVFC – Richard Urena 3-5 with a double, a home run, a run score, and an RBI
Dunedin Blue Jays at Fort Myers Miracle (Twins)
It would have been nice to see if the offensive outburst on Wednesday was going to carry over into Thursday’s series opener against the Miracle, but Mother Nature had different plans. Mother Nature remains undefeated as the game was rained out. The D-Jays will look to resume their second half onslaught of the Florida State League on Friday in a double header. Conor Fisk will get the ball in game one, and Tayler Saucedo will start game two.
Lansing Lugnuts vs Lake County Captains (Indians)
The Captains had the guns out on deck in this game, as they continually scored runs throughout the contest. They were able to jump on Lugnuts’ starter Kyle Weatherly for a pair of runs in the first two innings. Weatherly was knocked out of this one after three innings pitched, but allowed just four hits and issued four walks. Juliandry Higuera would come on and allow two more during his three innings of work and Connor Eller also allowed a pair.
With the pitching struggling to keep the Captains at bay, the offense was left thirsty for hits on Thirsty Thursday at the ballpark. The Captains pitchers held the Lugnuts to just five hits. They were able to get five walks but could not put it all together. Edward Olivares scored the lone run when he deposited a pitch well over the outfield wall. This was Olivares’s 17th home run of the season and he continues to be impressive on the baseball diamond.
Yennsy Diaz is going to start game two of the series against the Lake County Captains. He had an impressive start in his last outing in which he pitched six innings and allowed just one run. He also struck out nine batters during that contest.