The Blue Jays’ minor league teams went 2-2 on Wednesday with several big games from young prospects.
Buffalo Bisons 5, Syracuse Mets (NYM) 4
In what could be his final game with the Buffalo Bisons, Vladimir Guerrero Jr had a strong game, hitting a home run, as the Bisons beet the Syracuse Mets 5-4.
Vlad, who went 2/5 with a home run, an RBI and two runs, wasn’t the only Bison to have a big game. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was 3/5 with a double, an RBI and a run and Cavan Biggio was 3/4 with a walk, three RBI on a three-run home run and a run. Patrick Cantwell and Roemon Fields had two singles apiece.
Sean Reid-Foley had another rough outing, going 4 2/3 innings and giving up four runs on four hits and five walks with seven strikeouts, running his pitch count to 95 before being lifted for Dusty Isaacs who stranded a pair of runners and struck out five in 2 1/3 innings of outstanding relief. Corey Copping allowed a walk and struck out one in the eighth and Derek Law got the save, giving up two hits in the ninth, striking out one.
W: Dusty Isaacs (1-0)
S: Derek Law (1)
HR: Cavan Biggio (3), Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (3)
Player of the Game: Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Cavan Biggio
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 7, Trenton Thunder (NYY) 2
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats won their third game in a row against the Trenton Thunder, taking a 7-2 victory with strong performances from Chad Spanberger and Santiago Espinal while Zach Logue continues to have strong outings.
Espinal hit two doubles on his way to a 3/4 game, taking a walk, driving in two and scoring once while Spanberger was 2/4 with a double, a home run, two RBI and two runs. Vinny Capra had two hits, going 2/4 with an RBI and a run and Brock Lundquist was 2/3 with a double, a walk, an RBI and a run. Forrest Wall also hit a double, as did Gunnar Heidt and both added a walk.
Logue went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits (including a home run) and three walks with one strikeout. Jackson McClelland hit 99 mph on the radar gun and struck out four in two scoreless innings of relief, giving up a hit and a walk while Bryan Baker worked around three walks to pitch a scoreless ninth with one strikeout.
W: Zach Logue (2-0)
HR: Chad Spanberger (2)
Player of the Game: Santiago Espinal and Chad Spanberger
Dunedin Blue Jays 5, Daytona Tortugas (CIN) 6
The Dunedin Blue Jays scored a run in the eighth to tie up the game with the Daytona Tortugas and went ahead with a run in the top of the 10th but the Tortugas added two in the bottom of the 10th to beat the Jays 6-5.
Logan Warmoth had one of his best days in A-ball, going 3/4 with a home run and two RBI while Ryan Noda hit his second home run of the year, going 1/4 with a walk and the solo blast. Norberto Obeso hit a double, going 1/4 while Cullen Large was 1/4 with an RBI.
Justin Dillon started, giving up six hits and two home runs with a walk to lead to four runs in five innings, striking out six. Kyle Weatherly provided two scoreless innings of relief, giving up a hit and striking out one while Matt Shannon was tagged for the loss, allowing two unearned runs in the 10th after two scoreless innings. He allowed a hit and a run and struck out two in 2 2/3 innings.
L: Matt Shannon (0-2)
HR: Logan Warmoth (2), Ryan Noda (2)
Player of the Game: Logan Warmoth
Lansing Lugnuts 8, South Bend Cubs (CHC) 10
The Lansing Lugnuts capped a wild series with the South Bend Cubs, playing back-and-forth baseball before the Cubs scored five in the top of the sixth and the Lugnuts were only able to get three of those runs back, losing 10-8.
Jordan Groshans continued his dominance of the Midwest League, going 3/5 with a home run and two RBI, pushing his batting average to .387. Alejandro Kirk wasn’t bad himself, hitting his third home run of the season, going 2/4 with a double, a walk, two RBI and two runs and is now hitting .350 with a 1.067 OPS (21 points above Groshans’ 1.046 OPS). Reggie Pruitt was 2/2 with three walks, a double, an RBI and a run and a stolen base. Ryan Gold was 1/5 with a double and a run and Otto Lopez was 1/5 with an RBI. Hagen Danner and Dom Abbadessa were both 1/3 with a walk and a run. Mc Gregory Contreras left the game in the top of the second with an injured leg and D.J. Neal went 0/2 with a sac bunt and a sac fly in his place.
Sean Wymer started for the Lugnuts, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks in just 3 2/3 innings, striking out two. Marcus Reyes allowed solid contact, giving up five runs (one earned) on six hits with two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings. Mike Pascoe had one of his best outings, giving up only a hit with three strikeouts in two innings of relief and Sean Rackoski allowed a hit in the ninth.
L: Marcus Reyes (0-1)
HR: Jordan Groshans (2), Alejandro Kirk (3)
Player of the Game: Jordan Groshans, Alejandro Kirk and Reggie Pruitt
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