Jay Blue: Leblebijian, Opitz, Perdomo, Saez
May 29, 2016 Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Sunday was a good day for the Blue Jays’ minor league teams as they only took one game out of four on the slate.
Buffalo Bisons 2, Toledo Mud Hens 3
The Bisons squandered a solid start by Roberto Hernandez as the Toledo Mud Hens turned a Buffalo lead into a Toledo victory with two runs in the bottom of the ninth. Hernandez had more than a bit of luck on his side, getting three double play balls to help erase a few of his 10 hits surrendered in just 5 2/3 innings. He gave up just one run and walked two with four strikeouts. Pat Venditte was dominant, striking out five of the nine batters he faced over 2 1/3 innings, allowing one hit and no walks. Dustin Antolin got into the game in the ninth, nursing a 2-1 lead but allowed two runs in the walk off victory for Toledo.
The Bisons couldn’t make the most of their eight hits including two singles from Andy Burns and Jesus Montero (who drove in a run). Junior Lake was 1/2 with two walks.
Player of the Game: None
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 11, Reading Fightin Phils 8
The hitters came out to play as the Fisher Cats bombarded the Reading Fightin Phils early and held on to win 11-8. Leading the 12-hit attack was Shane Opitz (3/4, 2B, RBI, 2 R, SB) who brought his batting average up above the .200 mark with the effort. Christian Lopes also had a big game, going 2/3 with a double, a walk, a run and three RBI. Jon Berti was 2/5 wtih a double, an RBI and two runs, adding his 20th stolen base to the tally while Matt Dean was 2/4 with a run. Melky Mesa hit his second home run of the year, going 2/5 with a solo shot and Roemon Fields was 0/2 but walked three times.
John Anderson started for the Fisher Cats, going four innings and giving up six runs of his own (five earned) on 10 hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. Jason Berken allowed two runs on four hits and a walk in three innings, striking out three and earning the win. Chris Smith struck out two in 1 1/3 innings, walking one and Matt Dermody earned his first Double-A save, going 2/3 of an inning and allowing a hit and a walk but no runs and striking out one.
Player of the Game: Shane Opitz
Dunedin Blue Jays 4, Daytona Tortugas 8
Dunedin’s pitching staff was hit hard yet again, giving up eight runs and dropping another game to the Daytona Tortugas by an 8-4 score. Justin Shafer allowed seven of those runs, giving up eight hits and three walks with six strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings. Carlos Ramirez allowed an inherited runner to score, giving up two hits and striking out one in 2/3 of an inning while Alonzo Gonzalez finished the game, giving up a run in his inning of work.
On the offensive side D.J. Davis was 2/4 with a run and a stolen base, L.B. Dantzler was 2/3 with a walk and Jorge Saez was 2/4 with a double and two RBI. Jason Leblebijian was 1/3 with a home run and a walk.
Player of the Game: Jorge Saez and Jason Leblebijian
Lansing Lugnuts 0, South Bend Cubs 1
Baseball is one of those games when you never know what you’re going to see from day to day. On Saturday, the Lugnuts allowed 17 runs in a big-time loss to the South Bend Cubs. On Sunday, each team only had three hits and it was a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth for the Cubs that won the day. Angel Perdomo was outstanding for the Lugnuts, giving up just one hit and three walks with three strikeouts over seven innings. Starlyn Suriel gave up a total of two hits in his inning-plus but it was the leadoff batter in the ninth who hit the home run to end the game.
Gunnar Heidt was 1/3 with a double and a walk while Jacob Anderson hit a double, going 1/4.
Player of the Game: Angel Perdomo
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