The Blue Jays’ affiliates were 2-1 on Saturday as the Buffalo Bisons’ game was washed out and the organization got wins from the Fisher Cats and Dunedin Blue Jays.
Buffalo Bisons, Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Game postponed due to rain.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 7, Altoona Curve 5
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats got back into the win column with a 7-5 win over the Altoona Curve, scoring three runs in the top of the ninth. Gunnar Heidt started the ninth with a single and, after two outs, Derrick Loveless got on by getting hit by a pitch while Jonathan Davis drove in Heidt with a single and Richard Urena drove in Davis and Loveless to give the Fisher Cats their two-run cushion. Davis (2/5, 2B, RBI), Urena (2/5, 2B, 3 RBI), Anthon Alford (2/4, 2B), Tim Lopes (2/3, 2B, BB) and Gunnar Heidt (2/4, R) all had two hits each while Ryan McBroom hit a solo home run in the sixth inning, going 1/4.
Jon Harris got the start, allowing four runs in the bottom of the first inning, but recovering to allow just one more, allowing 10 hits over six innings. Jose Fernandez threw a scoreless seventh and Dusty Isaacs allowed one hit and one walk over two innings, striking out two.
Player of the Game: Richard Urena
Dunedin Blue Jays 5, Daytona Tortugas 2
The Dunedin Blue Jays were the beneficiaries of strong pitching and timely hitting to beat the Daytona Tortugas 5-2 on Saturday. While Troy Tulowitzki was originally supposed to play for the Blue Jays, he was scratched from the lineup likely due to wet conditions. The Blue Jays did get Chris Smith starting and Smith threw his inning, striking out two batters. Conor Fisk took over, tossing another 6 1/3 innings and allowing just two runs on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts before Daniel Young took over for the rest of the eighth inning, striking out one. Tom Robson earned his first save of the season, striking out two in the ninth.
Andrew Guillotte had an outstanding all around game, going 2/4 with a double, a walk, two runs, a stolen base and yet another outfield assist. Danny Jansen had another multi-hit game, going 2/4 with a double and two RBI while Max Pentecost drove in a pair of runs, going 0/2 with a walk. Cavan Biggio had an interesting line, going 0/0 with three walks, a run and an RBI.
Player of the Game: Andrew Guillotte
Roster Notes: Jared Carkuff was assigned to extended spring training and Chris Smith was assigned to the Dunedin Blue Jays for a rehab assignment.
Lansing Lugnuts 6, Kane County Cougars 4
Denis Diaz had another rough start for the Lansing Lugnuts and the Lugnuts just couldn’t play catch up as they lost to the Kane County Cougars 6-4. Diaz tossed three innings, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Diaz walked the first batter he faced in the fourth before being relieved by Griffin Glaude who stranded the runner but he allowed a double, a triple, a sac fly and a home run to start the fifth inning before Kirby Snead came in to try his hand. Snead threw 1 1/3 innings, striking out three and walking one while Geno Encina also threw a scoreless 1 1/3 inning. Daniel Lietz relieved Encina and threw a scoreless eighth inning, giving up two hits.
Bo Bichette had himself a day, going 3/5 with a double, an RBI and a run, taking over the Midwest League lead in batting average at .367 while Bradley Jones was 2/5 with a run, stealing home on a double steal along with Jake Thomas who stole second and went 1/2 with an RBI and two more walks.
Player of the Game: Bo Bichette
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