I’m back from my sojourn to the Ottawa area for a couple of performances at a Medieval Festival where Wi-Fi wasn’t part of the package. It’s time to catch up on the weekend’s action in the Blue Jays’ minor leagues. The Bluefield Blue Jays won one and lost one to the Johnson City Cardinals over the weekend and are at 10-7, 1 1/2 games behind the Burlington Royals for first place in the Appalachian League East.
Bluefield Blue Jays, Danville Braves
Postponed due to rain
Bluefield Blue Jays 3, Johnson City Cardinals 0
A stellar outing for Hansel Rodriguez brought the Blue Jays their 10th win of the season in a 3-0 shutout of the Johnson City Cardinals. Rodriguez went seven innings, striking out six and only allowing four hits and two walks. Luke Gillingham earned his first professional save, throwing two innings of one-hit ball, striking out three.
Edward Olivares was 2/5 with an RBI, Levi Scott was 2/4 with a walk and Earl Burl III was 2/3 with a walk and a run, stealing a base. Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. had a great game, going 1/3 with a double, two walks, a stolen base and an RBI. Jesus Severino was also on base twice with a single and a walk, scoring both times.
Player of the Game: Hansel Rodriguez
Bluefield Blue Jays 4, Johnson City Cardinals 6
The Blue Jays couldn’t duplicate their Saturday success on Sunday in a 6-4 loss to Johnson City. Osman Gutierrez allowed all six runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings, striking out seven. Kelyn Jose (1 IP, 1 H), Angel Alicea (1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K) and Chris Hall (1 IP, 1 H) each threw a scoreless inning to complete the game.
Nash Knight drove the offense on Sundy, going 3/3 with an RBI. Vlad, Jr. was 0/2 but walked twice and hit a sacrifice fly, driving in a run. Andrew Florides was 1/3 with a double and an RBI while Ridge Smith hit a double and Cam O’Brien was 1/3 with a walk.
Player of the Game: Nash Knight
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