Jays Journal takes its daily look into the Toronto Blue Jays Minor League system. Jansen and the Bisons stay hot and Vlad hits another homer.
Buffalo Bisons Vs Gwinnett Braves
The Bisons staked an early claim for the lead in this one and never let go of it after a battle. The red hot lumber of Danny Jansen got the Herd moving with a single in the bottom of the second. He rounded the bases on a Gregorio Petit double to score the first run. In the 3rd a Christian Lopes single and a Michael Saunders double set the table. Lopes would score on the double as Saunders advanced to third on the throw. Rowdy Tellez Lined a single just over the Braves second basemen to plate Saunders as the Bisons took a 3-1 lead. After a big 6th inning by the Braves hitters, the game was tied at 3. Danny Jansen stepped into the box and had different ideas and unleashed a towering home run that clanged off of the left field foul pole. The solo home run was Jansen’s first as a Bison. Saunders extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
With Jansen having a great night at the plate his battery mates kept things close on the mound.
got the start after
was scratched for presumably a promotion. Smith pitched four innings and looked great in the last-minute start. He allowed a run on four hits and did not walk a batter while striking out three.
would pick up the win but allowed a pair of runs in his three innings of work. Both runs came off of a
slammed the door in the 8th and 9th inning. Beliveau recorded five of the final six outs and struck out three of those hitters.
A Bisons pitcher has not been announced for Saturday’s afternoon game against the Braves.
MVB – Danny Jansen 2-4 with 2 runs scored and a home run
New Hampshire Fisher Cats vs Altoona Curve (Pirates)
A soggy night in Manchester, New Hampshire led to the rainout on Friday. The Fisher Cats will pick things up for a doubleheader on Saturday against the Curve. Sean Reid-Foley will get the start in-game one. After stringing together a bunch of really good starts Reid-Foley lost it in his last outing. He will look to recapture his form and avoid another 2 inning- 7 run outing. Conner Greene gets the ball in-game two. Greene also was lit up in his previous outing and will look to finish the season strong.
Dunedin Blue Jays at St. Lucie Mets 4-0 Win
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Tayler Saucedo led the way for the D-Jays on Friday night as he was masterful on the mound. Saucedo threw six innings and did not allow a run. He allowed three hits and three walks while striking out a pair. Saucedo pounded the strike zone as he threw 54-88 pitches for strikes and trusted his defense. The bullpen continued the shut out and allowed only two base runners through the remaining three innings. Alonzo Gonzalez was first out and threw 1.2 innings allowing a hit and a walk. Jackson McClelland continues to impress as he threw the final four outs and struck out two of those batters.
On offense, the D-Jays were able to get just going to back a brilliant pitching performance. Power was the name of the game as The D-Jays hitters had a pair of home runs that accounted for two of the four runs. Cavan Biggio hit his 11th home run of the season to start off the home half of the 1st inning. Biggio would finish the game with a 2-3 performance and scored two runs. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. would supply more power with his second home run in as many days. Vlad went 2-4 with the home run and 2 RBI. Juan Kelly continued to show off his abilities with the bat as he went 3-3 with a double and an RBI as well.
John Straka has been doing great in his last three starts and he will look to continue against the Mets Saturday evening.
MVDJ – Tayler Saucedo 6 IP, 3 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, 2 K’s
Lansing Lugnuts vs South Bend Cubs
The Lugnuts fell short of getting back into this game in the late innings as the rally fell short. A big 2nd inning for the Cubs offense doomed the Lugnuts Saturday. Osman Gutierrez had the ball and took a little too long settling into the game. He allowed five earned runs in the first two innings but then flipped the switch. He would muscle through six innings of work after the rocky start allowing only the initial five runs. He also walked a pair and struck out five. Griffin Glaude and Denis Diaz held down the fort and continued to keep the Cubbies off of the board to pave the way for the offense to have a chance.
The offense got a jump start in the 3rd inning with a pair of singles. Nick Sinay and Rodrigo Orozco singled and then pulled off a double steal to get into scoring position. Sinay scored on a fielders choice and then Joshua Palacios singled in Orozco to put up a two spot on the scoreboard. In the 8th inning, it looked like the momentum was shifting as Palacios singled and advanced to third on two separate wild pitches with Nash Knight at the plate. He would score on a ground out by Knight then the offense was retired to end the inning and eventually the game after a quick bottom of the 9th.
Mike Ellenbest takes the mound for the Lugnuts Saturday and will look to continue what he started in his previous start. He threw five innings of shut out baseball while striking out five. He will look to put a spell on Cubs hitters on Harry Potter Night at the ballpark