Organizationally, it wasn’t the best day for the Blue Jays minor league clubs, playing nine games and losing seven of them despite a no hitter in Lansing and a four-hit game for one of the club’s top young players.
Buffalo Bisons 1, Lehigh Valley IronPigs 6
The Buffalo Bisons swung back into action after their All-Star break and opened the final third of the season with a 6-1 loss to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Wilmer Font took the loss, giving up six runs on 10 hits and a walk over 3 2/3 innings, leaving the bullpen to pick up the pieces. Pat Venditte went 1 1/3 innings of two hit, two-walk ball, but stranded an inherited runner and struck out four. Franklin Morales (1 H, 1 BB), Matt Dermody (3 H in his Triple-A debut) and Colt Hynes (1 H) threw an inning of scoreless ball each to finish the game.
Player of the Game: Dalton Pompey, Darrell Ceciliani and Domonic Brown
Roster Note: Ryan Goins was sent to Buffalo to begin his rehab assignment.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 6, Portland Sea Dogs 4
Also coming back from the All-Star break were the New Hampshire Fisher Cats who were in the lead before a lightning strike shut down the game with a runner on in the ninth inning. The runner scored after the resumption but the Fisher Cats scored two in the top of the 10th and held on for the win. Christian Lopes started the 10th inning rally with a single, his second hit of the night and scored on an error by the Sea Dogs on a sac bunt by Roemon Fields. With Fields at third, Jason Leblebijian tallied his second RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly. Rowdy Tellez continues to swing a hot bat, going 2/5 with a double, a stolen base and an RBI while Lopes was 2/5 with a double and two runs. Jason Leblebijian went deep with his fourth home run with the Fisher Cats in the first inning and bookended the scoring with his sac fly in the 10th.
Taylor Cole had a strong start for the Fisher Cats, throwing five innings and giving up just a run on a solo home run among five hits with one walk and four strikeouts. Brady Dragmire allowed two runs on a home run, walking two and giving up just the one hit in an inning. Tim Mayza only lasted 1/3 of an inning, striking out one, walking one and giving up a hit. Wil Browning picked him up by finishing the inning and throwing one more complete frame with one strikeout. On to start the ninth, Chris Smith got into trouble, walking the only batter he faced before lightning struck and delayed the game. When play resumed John Anderson took the mound and gave up a hit and a walk, allowing Smith’s runner to score despite striking out two in the inning. Anderson stayed in the game, earning the win after throwing a solid 10th, striking out two more after allowing the first two batters to reach base with a single and a walk.
Player of the Game: Rowdy Tellez and Taylor Cole
Dunedin Blue Jays 7, Bradenton Marauders 10
Despite having a 7-6 lead after five innings, the Bradenton Marauders struck for four runs in the eighth and ninth to come back and defeat the Dunedin Blue Jays 10-7. Sean Reid-Foley was on the mound for the Jays and had his worst start of his time in Dunedin this year, allowing six runs on eight hits with six strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. The bright side was that Reid-Foley did not walk anyone. Jose Fernandez was tagged with the loss, giving up three runs on a hit and two walks with one strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings. Carlos Ramirez allowed a run on two hits and two walks in his inning and Starlyn Suriel finished the game, making his first Dunedin appearance this year, walking two and striking out one in 2/3 of an inning.
Ryan McBroom continues his hot streak, going 2/5 with two doubles and two RBI with a run while Danny Jansen seems to have found his batting stroke since returning from the DL, going 3/4 with a double and an RBI. Anthony Alford also had two hits and a walk, driving in a run, stealing a base and scoring twice. Gunnar Heidt was also on base three times, going 1/2 with two walks, two runs and a stolen base.
Player of the Game: Ryan McBroom, Anthony Alford and Danny Jansen
Lansing Lugnuts 2, Peoria Chiefs 3
In the first of two low-scoring games, the Lansing Lugnuts dropped the opener of their double header 3-2 to the Peoria Chiefs. Juan Kelly led the club with a pair of singles and Jake Thomas picked up the only RBI. J.C. Cardenas was on base twice with a single and walk.
Ryan Borucki had a solid outing, allowing two runs on seven hits but also struck out six without walking anyone over five innings. Daniel Lietz pitched a perfect sixth and Andrew Case took the loss, allowing an unearned run on J.C. Cardenas’s throwing error.
Player of the Game: Ryan Borucki and Juan Kelly
Roster Notes: Angel Perdomo was activated off the temporarily inactive list as he returns from the MLB Futures Game.
Lansing Lugnuts 0, Peoria Chiefs 1
The Lansing Lugnuts achieved something historic in the second half of the double header with the Peoria Chiefs: they pitched a no-hitter and lost. In the bottom of the sixth inning, a fielding error by reliever Josh DeGraaf allowed Craig Aikin, who had walked, to reach second on a sacrifice bunt. The runner later scored on a sacrifice fly after moving to third on a ground out. Thus, despite not allowing a hit all game, the Lansing Lugnuts lost 1-0. Jordan Romano got the start, throwing five no-hit innings, walking two, striking out five and was charged with the unearned run. DeGraaf went the sixth inning without giving up a hit or walk.
Player of the Game: Jordan Romano
Vancouver Canadians 1, Boise Hawks 7
The visiting Vancouver Canadians lost the second game of their series with the Boise Hawks 7-1, getting little offense in the process. The club only had six hits overall including a solo home run from Jacob Anderson in the ninth inning and a double from D.J. McKnight.
Luis Sanchez got the start and he lasted five innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Geno Encina allowed a run and left with two runners on after 2/3 of an inning. Both runners scored after Nate Abel gave up a hit. Grayson Huffman allowed another run on three hits in his inning and Matthew Smoral had a rough outing, allowing a run on two walks, two wild pitches and a hit batter but struck out three.
Player of the Game: Jacob Anderson
Bluefield Blue Jays 6, Princeton Rays 10
The Bluefield Blue Jays were also involved in their own bullpen collapse, giving up a whopping eight runs in the eighth and ninth to lose 10-6 to the Princeton Rays. The bullpen wasted a strong start from Jose Nova who went five scoreless innings, giving up just four hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Yennsy Diaz allowed five runs in three innings, surrendering six hits and walking three while striking out three. Christian Cox came in for the ninth inning but couldn’t retire any batters, hitting one and giving up two hits, leaving the bases loaded for Chris Hall who allowed all three to score while letting two more runs of his own to come in, blowing the save.
The bullpen also wasted some impressive work from the offense. Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. was 4/5 with two doubles and a home run, driving in three and scoring twice. Nick Sinay was on base five times with a full house of three singles and two walks, adding a stolen base and three runs. Earl Burl was 3/3 with a walk and was caught stealing twice, while also committing an error in center field. Matt Morgan was 2/4 with a double and a home run.
Player of the Game: Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.
GCL Blue Jays 10, GCL Phillies 4
Visiting nearby Clearwater, the GCL Blue Jays won their second straight game against the GCL Phillies, capitalizing on four Phillies errors while putting up an eight-spot in the fifth inning. David Jacob drove in three runs, going 2/5 and bringing his batting average to .327 while Bo Bichette raised his batting average to .391 which has him in third spot in the league. Teammate Norberto Obeso (who is fourth in the league in batting average at .383) was 0/3 with a walk and two runs. Alfredo Bohorquez was 2/5 with two RBI and a run.
On the mound, Joel Espinal won his third game and raised his ERA to 0.82 with one earned run on five hits and a walk in five innings, striking out three. Juan Meza had a solid appearance, hitting a batter and giving up a hit in two innings. Mitch McKown allowed three runs, walking the only three batters he faced while Orlando Pascual allowed his two inherited runners to score but didn’t give up a run of his own in two innings.
Player of the Game: David Jacob and Bo Bichette
DSL Blue Jays 4, DSL Orioles1 6
DSL Blue Jays were off to a solid start, getting four runs in the first four innings but that only amounted to a 4-3 lead before the DSL Orioles1 club kept scoring, adding runs in the fifth, sixth and ninth, finishing with a 6-4 win. Ruben Ventura started and gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. Luis Mendoza finished the fourth, stranding three runners on base but gave up an unearned run of his own in the fifth. Oscar Brito was charged with the loss, allowing a run on a hit and a walk in one inning while Emmanuel Reyes gave up a run on five hits and a walk in 2 1/3 innings with three strikeouts. Jesus Colman finished the ninth.
Sam Buelens led the offense, going 3/4 with a walk and a run but was caught stealing for the first time this season. Yhordegny Kelly was 2/4 with a walk and an RBI and Mc Gregory Contreras was 2/4 with a walk, a run and an RBI.
Player of the Game: Sam Buelens
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