The Blue Jays’ minor league squads had a pretty solid day overall, playing to a 5-3 record on Saturday. Fans of the Lansing Lugnuts saw minor league rarity — a complete game — and fans in Dunedin got to see Emilio Guerrero put on a show.
Buffalo Bisons 4, Indianapolis Indians 0
Roberto Hernandez was spot on as the Buffalo Bisons blanked the Indianapolis Indians for the second straight game in a 4-0 win. Hernandez went six innings and gave up just five hits and a walk with four strikeouts, needing only 80 pitches to pick up his fourth win of the season. Brett Cecil threw a scoreless inning of relief, allowing one hit while Pat Venditte and Dustin Antolin each threw a perfect inning with a strikeout.
Player of the Game: Roberto Hernandez
Roster Notes: Brett Cecil was assigned to Buffalo for rehab.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 0, Harrisburg Senators 4
On Star Wars night, the Fisher Cats couldn’t force home a run, losing 4-0 to the Harrisburg Senators. Derrick Loveless was 2/4 with two doubles and Ryan Lavarnway was 2/4 with a single and a double as the club went down on strikes 11 times over the course of the game.
Casey Lawrence allowed three runs but they were all unearned, as he gave up seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts over six innings. Daniel Schlereth allowed another unearned run on just a walk over one inning while Brady Dragmire threw two innings, allowing a hit and striking out one.
Player of the Game: Ryan Lavarnway and Derrick Loveless
Dunedin Blue Jays 6, Tampa Yankees 5
With a three-run home run in the top of the eighth and a solo shot in the top of the 12th, Emilio Guerrero, almost single-handedly, gave the Dunedin Blue Jays a 6-5 extra-innings win over the Tampa Yankees. Guerrero was 3/5 with the two home runs, a walk, four RBI, three runs and a stolen base. Jorge Saez also had two hits while Jonathan Davis was 1/5 with a double and L.B. Dantzler drove in the club’s other two runs with a double.
Justin Shafer got the start but allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Alonzo Gonzalez gave up two hits and two walks stranding a runner left on by Shafer and not giving up any runs of his own, striking out five Yankees in the process. Carlos Ramirez moved his record the 3-0 with three scoreless innings of relief, giving up two hits and striking out five.
Player of the Game: Emilio Guerrero
Lansing Lugnuts 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 0
Tayler Saucedo rebounded from a poor start to throw a complete-game shutout against the West Michigan Whitecaps in a 6-0 win. Saucedo has been up and down this year but hit a high on Saturday, striking out four and allowing nine hits and two walks, throwing 109 pitches in the win.
Juan Kelly was also excellent, going 3/5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs. Connor Panas (2/4, RBI), Ryan Metzler (2/4) and Ryan Hissey (2/4) also had two hits each. John La Prise was on base three times with a single and two walks, scoring twice.
Player of the Game: Tayler Saucedo
Vancouver Canadians 3, Hillsboro Hops 2
All the scoring was early as the Vancouver Canadians got just enough offense to hold off the Hillsboro Hops for a 3-2 victory. Juan Tejada, playing right field was 3/4 with a double, a stolen base and an RBI while Christian Williams was 2/4, as was catcher Javier Hernandez (2/4, R) and Rodrigo Orozco (2/4, SB).
Patrick Murphy was solid in six innings of work, allowing two runs on four hits with five strikeouts. Evan Smith went 2/3 of an inning, walking one and giving up a hit while Jackson McClelland finished the seventh and threw the eighth, retiring all four batters he faced. Jackson Lowery earned the save with a perfect ninth.
Player of the Game: Juan Tejada
Bluefield Blue Jays 3, Bristol Pirates 14
The Bluefield Blue Jays got blasted by the Bristol Pirates, taking a 14-3 loss on Saturday. Jose Espada was the starter, allowing six runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk over four innings. He was relieved by Kyle Weatherly who allowed another five runs on five hits and a walk with one strikeout in his inning of work. Andrew Deramo also gave up two runs on four hits over two innings while Kelyn Jose didn’t retire a batter, walking the bases loaded before Hunter Barnett came in, giving up a hit and a run but nothing more for two innings.
Player of the Game: Reggie Pruitt and Edward Olivares
Roster Notes: Righty Tyler Olander and lefty Mark Eveld were assigned to the Bluefield Blue Jays.
GCL Blue Jays 4, GCL Tigers West 7
Kalik May led the offense with three hits but the Blue Jays fell to the Tigers West squad by a 7-4 score on Saturday morning. May, a 2015 draftee was a home run short of the cycle, hitting a single, double and triple while also taking a walk, driving in one and scoring once. Bo Bichette was 2/5 with two RBI and D.J. Daniels was on base twice with a single and a walk, stealing a base.
Joel Espinal started the game on the mound, going four innings and allowing only two hits (including a solo home run) while walking only one and striking out six. Brayden Bouchey allowed three more runs on three hits and a walk in one inning while Jairo Rosario gave up two runs on one hit and two walks with three strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings. Unfortunately, those runs came with two outs in the ninth as Rosario left two runners for Jared Carkuff who allowed both inherited runners to score while giving up a run of his own, getting one out (on a strikeout) and allowing two hits.
Player of the Game: Kalik May
DSL Blue Jays 13, DSL White Sox 7
The DSL Blue Jays’ offense went to work again, scoring more than 10 runs for their second consecutive game in a 13-7 win over the DSL White Sox. With 19 hits as a team, four players had three on the day including Yeison Estevez (3/5, 2B, 4 RBI, 3 R, 2 SB), Jesus Navarro (3/5, 2 RBI), Yorman Rodriguez (3/4, 2B, 2 RBI, SF) and Andrews Guerra (3/3, 2 BB, 2 R, RBI). Antonio Concepcion also had two hits (2/4, 2 R, BB), as did Mc Gregory Contreras (2/5, 2B, 3 R, RBI). Sam Buelens came in for Jose Briceno and was 1/1 with a double, two walks and three runs while Ronald Concepcion was 1/4 with three RBI and a sac fly.
Meliton Reyes had a good start, going 4 2/3 innings of scoreless ball, allowing three hits and two walks with one strikeout. Oscar Brito got the win, despite giving up two runs in 2 1/3 innings. Wilton Mueses was tagged for four runs in 1/3 of an inning while Jesus Colman allowed all three inherited runners to score in his 2/3 of an inning. Juan Bautista also surrendered a run in the ninth.
Player of the Game: Yeison Estevez, Yorman Rodriguez and Andres Guerra
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