The Blue Jays’ minor leaguers eked out two wins out of four games with the Buffalo Bisons and New Hampshire Fisher Cats coming out on top. Several Blue Jays offensive prospects had excellent games, collecting multiple hits.
Buffalo Bisons 12, Charlotte Knights 7
The Buffalo Bisons made a stand in the top of the ninth inning, coming from behind to score seven runs to make sure they beat the Charlotte Knights 12-7. Three Bisons had four hits each including Rowdy Tellez who was 4/5 with a double and four RBI while adding a stolen base. Ian Parmley also had four hits including two doubles, a walk, an RBI, three runs and a stolen base while Roemon Fields pushed his batting average to .410 in 21 games in Buffalo, going 4/6 with a double, a triple, an RBI and two runs. Jake Elmore was 2/6 with a double, two RBI and two runs while Dwight Smith, Jr. was 2/4 with a walk and two runs. Mike Ohlman walked three times and Shane Opitz drove in two despite going 0/3 thanks to two sacrifice flies.
It was Jarrett Grube whom the offense got off the hook. Grube allowed six runs on eight hits and a walk with five strikeouts over five innings, giving up two home runs in the process. Cesar Valdez struck out two in his inning while Chad Girodo tossed 2/3 of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Chris Smith bailed him out, getting the win as he stranded the two runners he inherited from Girodo and struck out two in 1 1/3 innings. Matt Dermody allowed an unearned run in the ninth, giving up a hit and a walk but struck out two.
Player of the Game: Rowdy Tellez, Ian Parmley and Roemon Fields
Roster Notes: John Stilson was sent to New Hampshire.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4, Reading Fightin Phils 1
With Chris Rowley on the mound, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats scored enough runs to earn a 4-1 win over the Reading Fightin Phils. Rowley was constantly working his way out of jams but the only runner who scored was Scott Kingery who hit his 15th home run of the year in the third inning. That was the only run Reading scored despite getting seven hits and two walks against Rowley who struck out five. Josh DeGraaf walked one in two innings and Dusty Isaacs earned his first save with the Fisher Cats, walking one and striking out one in the ninth.
Danny Jansen struck for yet another multi-hit game, going 3/4 with a double and an RBI while Jonathan Davis (2/3, HR, 2 R) and Andrew Guillotte (2/4, HR) went deep for the ‘Cats with Guillotte hitting his first Double-A home run. Derrick Loveless was on base twice with a single, a walk and a run.
Player of the Game: Chris Rowley, Danny Jansen, Andrew Guillotte and Jonathan Davis
Roster Notes: John Stilson was sent down to New Hampshire from Buffalo and the Fisher Cats sent Kender Villegas down to Dunedin.
Dunedin Blue Jays 1, Lakeland Flying Tigers 2
The Dunedin Blue Jays could only score one run, and despite a strong game from the pitching staff, that run wasn’t enough as the Jays lost 2-1 to the Lakeland Flying Tigers. The D-Jays got two hits, a single and a double, from Cavan Biggio who also stole a base while Connor Panas was 2/3 with a run.
T.J. Zeuch was on the mound and had a solid start for Dunedin, going six innings and giving up just four hits but walked three, striking out five to allow two runs (one earned). Jon Wandling threw a scoreless seventh, walking one (and bringing his ERA down to 13.50) and Philip Walby pitched an uneventful eighth.
Player of the Game: Cavan Biggio and T.J. Zeuch
Roster Notes: Kender Villegas was sent to Dunedin from New Hampshire and William Ouellette was sent to extended spring training.
Lansing Lugnuts 2, Great Lakes Loons 7
The Lansing Lugnuts got a great start from Andy Ravel but the offense could only provide two first inning runs in a 7-2 loss to the Great Lakes Loons. Ravel gave up two runs on three hits and four walks through five innings but struck out nine Loons. Chris Hall took the loss, allowing four runs in the sixth inning and Kirby Snead dominated in two innings, allowing just a hit and striking out three. Daniel Lietz allowed the final run (unearned) on a hit while striking out two in the ninth.
Bo Bichette pushed his league-leading batting average to .377 with a 2/4 that included a double but he also made an error on a throw. Vladimir Guerrero and Bradley Jones were each 1/4 with an RBI and Jake Thomas continued to build his incredible OBP by going 1/2 with two walks.
Player of the Game: Bo Bichette, Jake Thomas and Andy Ravel
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