Blue Jays MiLB recap: Lugnuts the lone victor

KANSAS CITY, MO -JUNE 23: Dwight Smith Jr.
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Jays Journal takes its daily look at the MiLB system as the minor league schedule nears it’s conclusion.

AAA: Buffalo Bisons- 2-0 loss

The Bisons were shut out on Monday evening in their contest with the Pawtucket Red Sox by a score of 2-0.

Murphy Smith got the start for the Bisons and wasn’t terrible by any means, but the two Red Sox runs were enough to claim victory on Tuesday. He allowed eight hits and no walks in his five frames of work, and was effectively relieved by Chad Girodo and Chris Smith, who shut down the Red Sox the rest of the way.

The Bisons only came up with four hits on the evening, as Roemon Fields, Jon Berti, and Danny Jansen each picked up a single, while Michael Saunders continued his hot hitting, picking up a double for the only extra base hit.

The two teams will face off again on Tuesday night at 7:05 EST, with Nick Tepesch getting the ball for the first time since he was demoted from the big league roster.

MVB- Chad Girodo, 3 IP, 0 ER

AA: New Hampshire Fisher Cats- 6-3 loss

The Fisher Cats ran into a hot pitcher on Monday night, as Jacob Waguespack dominated them throughout the contest. The Fightin Phils sent Waguespack to the mound where he threw eight innings, allowing three earned runs, two of which came in the ninth inning that he couldn’t escape for a complete game. The Cats actually didn’t pick up their first hit until the 5th inning as well, so it wasn’t their greatest offensive performance.

Thomas Pannone got the ball for the Bisons and gave them six innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on seven hits and no walks. The biggest issue for him on Monday was the long ball, as he surrendered two to the Phils.

On offence, there wasn’t much to brag about as the Cats only picked up three hits, and managed three total runs on their limited resources. Richard Urena, Anthony Alford and Emilio Guerrero were the lone contributors.

The two teams face off again on Tuesday night at 7:05 EST, with Sean Reid-Foley getting the ball in search of his 9th win.

MVFC- Richard Urena, 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI

A+: Dunedin Blue Jays- Rain out

The D-Jays will hope they can back on the field on Tuesday, as their Monday evening contest with the Florida Fire Frogs was postponed due to rain.

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The two teams are scheduled to play on Tuesday with Patrick Murphy on the bump for the Bisons and Matt Withrow throwing for the Frogs in a game set to get underway at 5:05 EST. If the weather cooperates, they’ll shoot to get a double header in this evening.

A-: Lansing Lugnuts- 6-5 Win

The Lugnuts managed to keep the minor league system from going without a win on Monday, picking up a 6-5 victory over the Fort Way TinCaps.

The TinCaps had an early lead in the game, but J.B. Woodman had something to say about that, sending a go-ahead three run homer over the wall in the fifth inning. Making the game 6-5 with the blast, neither team managed to score again, leaving the Lugnuts with the win.

Dalton Rodriguez got the start and lasted five innings, allowing the five runs by Florida, before being relieved by an effective bullpen on the evening. Bobby Eveld, Andrew Deramo, and Jared Carkuff combined to throw the final four scoreless innings,

The Lugnuts’ offence was solid early in the game as well, as everyone in the lineup by their #8-9 hitters (Javier Hernandez and Luis Silva) managed to pick up at least one hit.

The Lugnuts will get an off day on Tuesday before they begin a new series with the Lake County Captains on Wednesday night.

MVL: J.B. Woodman, 2-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

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