The Blue Jays’ affiliates had an excellent day, winning four of five games on the slate and getting outstanding pitching performances from two players returning from injury in Lansing.
Buffalo Bisons 0, Durham Bulls 5
John Anderson made his return to Buffalo, getting a promotion back to Triple-A after starting the season back in New Hampshire but the Durham Bulls didn’t give him a friendly reception and his offense didn’t offer any assistance in a 5-0 loss. Anderson went six innings, allowing all five runs to the Bulls, giving up 10 hits (including a home run to former Blue Jay J.P. Arencibia) but only one walks while striking out two. Ben Rowen threw two scoreless innings of relief, giving up two hits and striking out two and Dustin Antolin walked one in his inning of work.
Player of the Game: None
New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Scheduled Off Day
Roster Notes: John Anderson was promoted to Buffalo.
Dunedin Blue Jays 4, Charlotte Stone Crabs 1
The Dunedin Blue Jays cruised to a 4-1 win over the Charlotte Stone Crabs thanks to great pitching from Conner Greene and slugging from several players including Ryan McBroom. Greene went six innings, allowing only one run on three hits and two walks, striking out six in one of his better outings of the year and brought his ERA down to 2.97 on the season. Tim Mayza provided two scoreless innings, allowing a hit and striking out a batter and Carlos Ramirez earned his seventh save, striking out one in a perfect ninth.
“McBoom” led the 12-hit attack with two hits including his ninth home run of the year, going 2/4 with three RBI, a run and adding a walk. Emilio Guerrero also went deep, going 2/4 with the home run. D.J. Davis had two singles and stole two bases while Richard Urena was 2/4 with a run and a rare walk.
Player of the Game: Ryan McBroom and Conner Greene
Lansing Lugnuts 4, Great Lakes Loons 1
The Lansing Lugnuts opened their double header against the Great Lakes Loons by unleashing a Canadian righty on the Midwest League and getting enough offense to win 4-1. Jordan Romano, making his return to action after Tommy John surgery last year, has been stretched out in extended spring training and needed 81 pitches to throw a complete-game two hitter, allowing one solo home run and one more hit over seven innings. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out seven.
The lineup also saw a new player in John La Prise who DHed in his Midwest League debut, going 1/1 with a double, an RBI and two runs. Juan Kelly had two hits, going 2/3 with a run and an RBI while Josh Almonte was 1/2 with a walk and an RBI. J.C. Cardenas also drove in a run, going 1/3.
Player of the Game: Jordan Romano
Roster Notes: Gunner Heidt was promoted to Dunedin while John La Prise was assigned to Lansing out of extended spring training. Danny Young and Jordan Romano were assigned to the Lugnuts from extended spring training while Jon Harris was activated off the DL. Going on the DL were Patrick Murphy and Tayler Saucedo while Daniel Lietz was moved to the Vancouver roster.
Lansing Lugnuts 11, Great Lakes Loons 1
Following a great pitching performance in Game 1 of the double header, the Lugnuts got another terrific outing, this time from the Jays’ 2015 first round pick, Jon Harris, who came off the DL to throw five innings of two-hitter at the Great Lakes Loons in an 11-1 victory. Harris (now 5-1 on the season), walked three and struck out seven, only allowing one run. Ryan Cook mopped up the Loons, striking out four and walking one in two innings.
The offense roared to life, scoring 11 times on 11 hits and seven walks, getting three-hit games from Jake Thomas (3/4, 2B, 3 RBI, .452 batting average) and MWL All-Star Juan Kelly (3/5, 2B, HR, 2 R). Austin Davis had two hits and an RBI and Connor Panas put the cherry on his day with a walk, a home run, four RBI and two runs. John La Prise was 1/1 with three walks, a stolen base and two runs.
Player of the Game: Jon Harris, Jake Thomas and Juan Kelly
DSL Blue Jays 5, DSL Reds 4
A big sixth inning for the DSL Blue Jays proved to be enough for the club to secure a win over the DSL Reds. Mc Gregory Contreras was 2/4 with an RBI while Yeison Estevez was 1/2 with a walk and an RBI. Jesus Navarro was 1/3 with a walk and Andres Guerra had an RBI, going 1/2 after taking over for Jonelvy Molina.
On the mound, Elio Silva allowed two runs on eight hits with four strikeouts in four innings while Meliton Reyes got the win, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks with one strikeout in 2 2/3 innings. Jesus Colman got the save, throwing 2 1/3 hitless innings, walking two and striking out two.
Player of the Game: Mc Gregory Contreras
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