Blue Jays Quick Hits: Lansing, Fisher Cats and more
Blue Jays news and notes from the morning of September 8th, 2018, including an update on the playoff runs of some minor league affiliates and the opening hot streak of Rowdy Tellez.
Fisher Cats Move On
Backed by a strong outing from Markham, Ontario’s Jordan Romano, the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats advanced to the Eastern League Championship Series Friday after a 5-1 victory. With a 3-0 series sweep of the Trenton Thunder (Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees), the Cats will now face the winner of a series involving the Akron RubberDucks (Indians affiliate) and the Altoona Curve (Pirates affiliate).
Cavan Biggio and Harold Ramirez both notched RBI singles, while catcher Patrick Cantwell went 3-for-4.
Lugnuts Eliminated from Playoffs
While the Blue Jays’ Double-A affiliate will be advancing to the next round of their postseason, the team’s Class-A affiliate, the Lansing Lugnuts, will not. After falling to the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Tampa Bay Rays affiliate), the Lugnuts were eliminated from postseason contention. This ends the 23rd season of Lansing Lugnuts baseball.
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After it’s all said and done, the Lugnuts had the Midwest League leaders in walks (Ryan Noda, 109), runs (Chavez Young, 88) and on-base percentage (Noda, .421) while finishing with a record of 37-33.
Tellez Keeps On Doubling
Blue Jays first baseman Rowdy Tellez continued his incredible streak by smashing two more doubles in Friday night’s extra-inning victory against the Cleveland Indians. Tellez has now slashed an alien .600/.600/1.200 in his first three major league games. Starting at first base, he also three times and scored a run.
According to a team release, right-handed pitcher Mike Hauschild has been outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo. Hauschild, 28, was designated for assignment on September 4. In 8.1 innings for the big club, the former Houston Astro pitched to an ERA of 4.32, striking out five and walking four in two appearances.