The Lansing Lugnuts salvaged the lone win for the Blue Jays’ minor league affiliates with New Hampshire having the day off. The Buffalo Bisons were swept by the Durham Bulls and the Dunedin Blue Jays continue to falter.
Buffalo Bisons 2, Durham Bulls 4
In his first minor league start of the year, Miguel Castro got hit hard, maxing out his pitch limit after just three batters in the second inning. He only managed to get three outs and gave up two runs on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Todd Redmond took the loss despite 4 1/3 strong innings of relief, allowing two runs on five hits but he didn’t walk anyone and struck out seven. Preston Guilmet and Bo Schultz finished up with 2 2/3 scoreless innings between them.
Roster Notes: After clearing waivers and electing free agency, Steve Tolleson re-signed with the Blue Jays, and started for the Bisons, leading off and playing shortstop.
Player of the Game: Todd Redmond and Dalton Pompey
New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Scheduled Off Day
Dunedin Blue Jays 1, Lakeland Flying Tigers 6
The Dunedin Blue Jays faced a new opponent on Thursday but had the same result, scoring just one run and taking another loss to drop them to 12-16. Jairo Labourt made his return from the DL and only threw two innings walking four but not allowing any hits or runs. Chad Girodo was called on for three innings and allowed Lakeland’s first two runs while Scott Silverstein allowed two runs (one earned) followed by John Stilson who also allowed two runs but got all four of his outs by strikeouts in his first outing of the season. Wil Browning had a clean ninth. The anemic offense only provided six hits including two by Roemon Fields (who was caught stealing for the fifth time this season) while Matt Dean and Mitch Nay each hit a double.
Roster Notes: Matt Dermody was placed on the 7-day DL and Scott Silverstein was activated.
Player of the Game: Roemon Fields
Lansing Lugnuts 8, Fort Wayne Tincaps 5
The Lugnuts struck for four runs in the first inning and tacked on another three in the fifth to jump out to a lead and hold on over the Fort Wayne Tincaps. Anthony Alford made waves on the bases, taking two walks and stealing three bases while Tim Locastro, Rowdy Tellez and Gunnar Heidt all swiped a bag of their own. Tellez had a pair of singles and an RBI while J.D. Jonathan Davis (I’m writing it like that so that Baseball Reference will pick up his name and link to his BR page) was 2/4 with a triple and two RBI while adding a walk. Richard Urena his his first home run from the right side of the plate (his third of the season) while Dan Jansen hit a solo shot in the fifth inning. Gunnar Heidt is showing signs of being roused from his early season struggles with a pair of hits and is now approaching the Mendoza Line at .191.
While he had moments when he was cruising, Shane Dawson ended up allowing five runs on eight hits (including two home runs) and striking out five. Colton Turner had two scoreless innings with three strikeouts and Carlos Ramirez had another two scoreless innings with just one hit allowed and three strikeouts to pick up his first save of the year.
Player of the Game: J.D. Davis
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