Jay Blue: Alford, Allgeyer, Guerrero, Lopez, Smith

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Montreal, Que.) had a home run and a double in his 2019 debut with the triple-A Buffalo Bisons on Thursday. Photo: Jay Blue

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Montreal, Que.) had a home run and a double in his 2019 debut with the triple-A Buffalo Bisons on Thursday. Photo: Jay Blue

April 11, 2019 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report

By Jay Blue

Blue Jays from Away

Buffalo Bisons fans saw an offensive performance against the RailRiders come up in vain but Dunedin Blue Jays fans saw a stellar pitching performance to finish Thursday with the organization's only win on a 1-3 day in the Jays' minor leagues.

Buffalo Bisons 8, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 9

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Montreal, Que.) returned to triple-A Buffalo, helping to keep the club in the game after they got down by seven runs early, but the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders eked out a 9-8 win in 10 innings over the Bisons.

Guerrero was 2/4 with a home run and an opposite field double to the wall, driving in four, scoring twice and drawing a walk and even stealing a base. Anthony Alford also had two hits and four RBI, hitting his second home run and a double. Cavan Biggio was 2/4 with a double, a walk, two runs and a stolen base and Eric Sogard was 2/4 with a walk and two runs. Bo Bichette was 1/5 with a run and Reese McGuire was 1/4 with a double and a walk.

On the mound, Shawn Morimando was roughed up early, giving up seven runs on eight hits (including a home run) with two walks and one strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings. Danny Young walked three and allowed two hits in his 1 1/3 innings, but he only allowed a run and struck out three. Corey Copping struck out five in his two innings of work, walking one. Justin Shafer allowed just a walk in his two innings, striking out three. Derek Law came on in the ninth, pitching through his first inning of relief, striking out two, and walking one before getting Billy Burns to pop out but with a a runner on second to start the 10th, he got a fly out to start the inning but threw a wild pitch to get the runner to third and he was singled home by the next batter to give the RailRiders a walkoff win.

L: Derek Law (0-1)
HR: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (1), Anthony Alford (2)

Player of the Game: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Anthony Alford

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, Hartford Yard Goats 10

The double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats tried an early comeback but the Hartford Yard Goats piled the runs on, beating the Fisher Cats 10-5.

Kevin Smith missed a cycle by a triple after homering in his first at bat, doubling in his second and getting a single later on, going 3/5 with an RBI and a run. Nash Knight also had three hits, going 3/5 with an RBI and a run. Alberto Mineo had a pair of singles, scoring once and Forrest Wall also had three hits, going 3/4 with a double and a run, adding an outfield assist. Chad Spanberger was 1/4 with an RBI double and a walk. After two at bats, Joshua Palacios left the game to be replaced by Brock Lundquist who was 1/3 with two RBI. Ryan Hissey also had a single and a run for the 'Cats.

It wasn't starter Hector Perez's night, as he allowed seven runs on eight hits (including a home run) in three innings despite striking out five. Andrew Case (Saint John, N.B.) gave up two runs in two innings, allowing five hits and a walk with one strikeout. Tayler Saucedo went two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, walking two, hitting a batter and striking out a pair and Jackson McClelland's hit batter came around to score despite the fact that he didn't give up a hit or a walk and struck out two.

L: Hector Perez (0-1_
HR: Kevin Smith (1)

Player of the Game: Kevin Smith

Dunedin Blue Jays 5, Fort Myers Miracle 0

After being shut out for two straight games, the class-A Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays turned the tables and blanked the Fort Myers Miracle on Thursday, winning 5-0.

The pitching staff was stellar with Nick Allgeyer firing five innings of two-hit ball, striking out five. Kyle Weatherly didn't allow a hit but walked three and struck out three in two scoreless frames of his own and Dany Jimenez worked around two hits to strikeout one in his inning. Jonathan Cheshire finished the game, allowing a hit in the ninth.

Ryan Noda had an outstanding game, going 2/4 with a home run and two RBI. Cullen Large also hit his first home run of the year, going 1/3 with a walk, the solo blast and two runs. Norberto Obeso was 1/4 with a double and a run while Chavez Young and Cal Stevenson had a hit each.

W: Nick Allgeyer (1-1)
HR: Cullen Large (1), Ryan Noda (1)

Player of the Game: Nick Allgeyer

Lansing Lugnuts 3, West Michigan Whitecaps 7

The low-ALansing Lugnuts played a matinee on Thursday, falling to the West Michigan Whitecaps 7-3.

Josh Hiatt, who has been piggybacking with Juan De Paula, started this game, giving up three runs on four hits and four walks with three strikeouts in four innings before handing it over to De Paula, who allowed another three runs on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings. Mike Pascoe finished the game, allowing a run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.

The Lugnuts had eight hits as a group with Otto Lopez (Montreal, Que.) going 2/4 with a double, a walk, an RBI, a run and a stolen base while Dom Abbadessa was 2/4 with a triple and an RBI. John Aiello was 2/3 with an RBI and a sac fly and Alejandro Kirk was 1/3 with a walk and a double.

L: Josh Hiatt (0-1)

Player of the Game: Otto Lopez and Dom Abbadessa

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