Blue Jays MiLB recap – Vladdy looks comfy in Dunedin
By Craig Borden
Jays Journal takes its daily look into the Toronto Blue Jays Minor League system. Vlad shows off at the plate in a D-Jays loss and Borucki is showing ace qualities for the Fisher Cats.
Buffalo Bisons at Rochester Red Wings (Twins)
The Bisons were just not able to get things going after getting put into a hole in the first inning. After the offense went three up three down in the top of the first the Red Wings showed the Herd why they are a playoff team as the went station to station against Brett Oberholtzer. After recording two quick ground outs in the 1st the Red Wings strung together five straight singles to score three runs. Oberholtzer would settle in for a few innings but found more trouble in the 5th. After another pair of singles, Oberholtzer threw a wild pitch to move the runners into scoring position. After a walk, he threw another wild pitch that plated two runs to put the Wings up 5-1. Oberholtzer was charged all five runs in his 5 innings. Jeff Beliveau would allow a tag on run to the Wings in his two innings of work and Wil Browning finished things up.
On offense, the Herd had nine hits and Jason Leblebijian had four of them. Leblebijian was just a home run short f the cycle and scored a run as well. After Michael Saunders led off the 4th with a triple the Bisons were able to score their first run. He scored on a Gregorio Petit ground out. Teoscar Hernandez had a double in this game but was gunned out while trying to extend it to a triple. Danny Jansen did not have a hit in this one but still picked up and RBI on a bases loaded walk.
A starter has not been officially announced for the Sunday afternoon game against the Red Wings. Joe Biagini was sent to Toronto prior to the game and optioned TJ House back to the Bisons.
MVB – Jason Leblebijian 4-4 with a double, triple, and a run scored
New Hampshire Fisher Cats vs Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies)
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A pair of runs were all the Fisher Cats needed as Ryan Borucki continues to show off his pitching prowess. Borucki put together a marvelous start in which he shut down the for seven innings and allowed just three hits. Those three hits were also the only base runners to reach as he did not walk a batter and struck out seven. Borucki now has 1.94 ERA in 46.1 innings following the shut out Saturday. Dusty Isaacs kept the shut out alive and Andrew Case picked up his eighth save.
Gunnar Heidt led off the 3rd inning with a triple and would be brought home on a Jonathan Davis sac fly. Heidt would score both of the Fisher Cats runs and went 2-3. He scored on a Davis double to put the Cats up 2-0. Davis picked up Heidt twice and was 1-2 at the plate. The Cats had just five hits but were able to claw together enough to earn Borucki his 2nd Double A win.
Jon Harris is scheduled to man the hill for the Fisher Cats on Sunday against the Yard Goats. He is still looking to finish up his season on a high note but has struggled in his previous outings.
MVFC – Ryan Borucki 7 IP, 3 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 3 K’s
Dunedin Blue Jays vs Tampa Yankees
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. continues to be an offensive source as his hot streak carried him to a 3-4 performance Saturday. Vlad contributed to nearly every run the D-Jays were able to score as he drove in five runs and also scored once. He hit his 5th home run and doubled. The two run homer went over the left center wall and drove in Bo Bichette. Bichette went 2-3 in the lead off spot and drove in the other RBI.
Unfortunately, with Vladdy showing off at the plate the D-Jays could not contain the Yankees batters. Conor Fisk pitched 4.1 innings and allowed five earned runs. He surrendered two home runs and six hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out three. Philip Walby let the lead slip away as he allowed two more runs while recording five outs. He would be saddled with the loss. Zach Jackson and Jackson McClelland were able to shut down the Yankees to keep the game close but the offense could not get a few more runs to take the win.
Patrick Murphy will be making his Dunedin debut during his start on Sunday against the
MVDJ – Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 3-4 with a double, a home run, a run scored, and 5 RBI
Lansing Lugnuts vs Fort Wayne Tin Caps (Padres)
After a long battle and being down in extra innings the Lugnuts were very close to mounting a comeback during Saturday’s game. Nash Knight had a night to remember at the plate as he collected a 5-6 night. He had a double and two RBIs to go with the plethora of singles. Kevin Vicuna continues to impress since his call up and had a triple during a 2-6 night. He also had an RBI. David Jacobs and J.B. Woodman also had a pair of hits each.
On the mound, Yennsy Diaz got off to a solid start but lost things during the late innings of his outing. He pitched seven innings and pitched shut out ball until the 5th inning. He would eventually allow four earned runs while walking a batter and striking out nine. Jake Fishman blew the lead during his two innings of work to allow extra innings. Jared Carkuff allowed the two runs to the Tin Caps in the 11th to allow them to run away with the victory.
Juliandry Higuera will get the start for the Lugnuts on Sunday against the Tin Caps. This will be his first start as he tries to extend out into the Lugnut rotation.