May 17, 2017 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
The Blue Jays minor leaguers posted a collective 1-3 record on Wednesday, getting their sole win from the Dunedin Blue Jays as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats continue to struggle despite strong performances from some of the club's top prospects.
Buffalo Bisons 5, Syracuse Chiefs 7
After a solid win on Tuesday, the Buffalo Bisons dropped their Wednesday game against the Syracuse Chiefs 7-5. The offense was in full flight, getting 12 hits, including six doubles, led by Jason Leblebijian who was 2/5 with two doubles while Jarrod Saltalamacchia, playing DH, was 2/5 with a double and an RBI (and three strikeouts) and Roemon Fields was 2/3 with a double, a walk, an RBI and a run. Dwight Smith had two singles in four at bats, driving in a run while Ian Parmley, hitting in the leadoff spot and playing center field, was 1/5 with a double and two RBI. Shane Opitz hit a double and Jonathan Diaz was 1/3 with a walk.
T.J. House got the start and took the loss, going five innings and giving up four runs on five hits and six walks with three strikeouts. John Stilson allowed a run on three hits and a walk in three innings and Wil Browning gave up two runs on three hits (including a home run) in the ninth.
Player of the Game: Jason Leblebijian and Roemon Fields
Roster Notes: Deiferson Barreto was assigned back to extended spring training.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 6, Trenton Thunder 7
While the position playing prospects performed, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats lost again to the Trenton Thunder, losing 7-6 despite coming within one run with a run in the bottom of the ninth. Anthony Alford had a huge game, going 4/5 with a run and an outfield assist. Ryan McBroom hit his sixth home run of the season, going 3/5, adding a double while Emilio Guerrero was 2/4 with a double and an RBI. Danny Jansen continues to hit wherever he is, going 1/3 with a double and two runs while Richard Urena was 2/5 with a solo home run in the ninth and two RBI.
Conner Greene was on the mound to start the game and took the loss, going five innings and giving up five runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts, despite getting eight ground outs to just three fly outs. Jose Fernandez followed, giving up two runs in his one inning while Josh DeGraaf allowed just a hit in his inning of work, striking out two. Alonzo Gonzalez and Justin Shafer each provided a scoreless inning of work.
Player of the Game: Anthony Alford and Ryan McBroom
Dunedin Blue Jays 7, Charlotte Stone Crabs 6
The Dunedin Blue Jays scored enough to get on top early and hold on to a lead as they defeated the Charlotte Stone Crabs 7-6. Lane Thomas drove in three runs with an RBI ground out and a two-RBI single. Max Pentecost was 2/3 with a walk, an RBI and a run while Juan Kelly hit a double and a triple, driving in one and scoring twice. Matt Dean was 2/4 with a double and a run while D.J. Davis was 2/4 with a triple, a run and an RBI. Andrew Guillotte continues his well-rounded season, going 1/4 with a double and a run and adding yet another outfield assist from centre field.
On the mound, last year's No. 1 draft pick, T.J. Zeuch picked up his third win, going seven innings and allowing four runs on 11 hits and two walks while striking out six and getting an eight-to-one groundout-to-flyout ratio. Tom Robson (Richmond, B.C.) threw a perfect inning in relief, striking out one and Danny Young made it interesting, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk in the ninth but striking out the side to earn the save.
Player of the Game: Juan Kelly and T.J. Zeuch
Lansing Lugnuts 4, Fort Wayne TinCaps 6
The Lansing Lugnuts' pitching staff was a little better on Wednesday, holding the Fort Wayne TinCaps to six runs but the offense only scored four times (despite an excellent day from Bo Bichette) in a 6-4 loss. Justin Maese allowed just three runs on eight hits and a walk over 6 2/3 innings while striking out five before Zach Jackson stranded two runners in the seventh and pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out two. That gave the Lugnuts the lead going into the ninth and the chance to salvage a win in this series. Jackson McClelland, the club's usually reliable closer gave up three hits and the TinCaps scored three times, in part thanks to an error by Yeltsin Gudino that led to two of the runs being unearned.
Bo Bichette was 2/2 with a double, three RBI and two walks to lead the offense. Edward Olivares was 2/5 with a double, a run and an outfield assist and J.B. Woodman was 1/3 with a double and two strikeouts. Bradley Jones was 1/4 with an RBI.
Player of the Game: Bo Bichette
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