Sunday was a split-squad day for the Blue Jays, and you know what that means? Lots of minor leaguers getting into action in big league camp! Let’s take a look at how they did.
In the home game against the Orioles, we saw a near-major-league lineup to start the game. That said, the bottom third of the order consisted of Josh Palacios, J.B. Woodman and Shane Opitz. While Opitz has time at Triple-A under his belt, neither Palacios nor Woodman have played above A-ball. Of the three, Woodman had the best game, going 2/3 with two singles and a strikeout. Palacios was 0/3 with a strikeout, as was Opitz.
The away game had the Blue Jays traveling to Lakeland to meet the Tigers. In the starting lineup were Gregorio Petit at shortstop, Mike Ohlman behind the plate, Darrell Ceciliani in right field, Ryan McBroom at first base, Jake Elmore at second, Gunnar Heidt at third and Jonathan Davis in center.
McBroom went McBoom once again, hitting his third home run of the spring, going 1/3 with two RBI and a strikeout. Ohlman was 1/3 with a double.Petit was 0/3 as was Ceciliani who struck out twice. Elmore was 0/1 with two walks while Heidt was 0/3 with a strikeout and Davis was 0/2.
Of the subs, Alex Monsalve (1/1) and Christian Lopes (1/1) each hit a solo home run. Ian Parmley (0/1, GO), Jason Leblebijian (0/1, K), Josh Almonte (0/1, K), Derrick Loveless (0/1, FO) and Emilio Guerrero (0/1, FO) all got in the game.
Casey Lawrence had the start and threw five innings of two-run ball, giving up six hits, no walks and struck out three. Of typical Lawrencian fashion, he allowed got seven groundouts and just three flyouts. Dominic Leone went 1 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out one while Chad Girodo finished the seventh inning, getting two groundouts. Leonel Campos got the win, giving up a hit in the eighth inning while Jeff Beliveau gave up a run on four walks with one strikeout in the top of the ninth, needing Brad Allen to clean up and retire the only batter he faced to earn the save.
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