April 10, 2018 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
On Tuesday, it was the Dunedin Blue Jays who had their game canceled because of weather but the other three Toronto Blue Jays' affiliates had their first losing day, going 1-2 with the triple-A Buffalo Bisons and double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats handed their first losses of the season.
Buffalo Bisons 1, Pawtucket Red Sox 3
Despite a strong start from Ryan Borucki, the Buffalo offence was handcuffed on the way to a 3-1 loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox on Tuesday night. The Herd had just four hits including a pair from Tim Lopes who also walked and drove in the club's only run. Teoscar Hernandez hit a double and Danny Jansen was 1-for-3.
Borucki went five innings, giving up two runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Taylor Guerrieri went another two frames, allowing a run on three hits with two strikeouts before Chad Girodo finished things off, pitching a perfect ninth with a strikeout.
L: Ryan Borucki (0-1)
Roster Notes: Tim Mayza was called up to the Blue Jays and Murphy Smith was assigned to Buffalo to take his place.
Player of the Game: Tim Lopes
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4, Trenton Thunder 10
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats took their first loss of the year, falling 10-4 to the Trenton Thunder. Francisco Rios was back on the hill but he wasn't as effective as in his first start. He went 3 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on six hits and four walks with three strikeouts, giving up two home runs. Zach Jackson provided 2 2/3 scoreless innings and stranded the bases loaded, giving up two hits and two walks and striking out two. Craig Breslow was charged with four runs on a hit and three walks with one strikeout. Jose Fernandez allowed his two inherited runners to score and gave up another run, throwing 1 1/3 innings, walking two and giving up two hits with two strikeouts.
On the offensive side, Bo Bichette went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run but made an error in the field while Lourdes Gurriel was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run. Max Pentecost was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI while Jonathan Davis was on base twice, going 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, an RBI but also an error. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Montreal, Que.) was 1-for-5 and Andrew Guillotte was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run.
L: Francisco Rios (0-1)
Player of the Game: Lourdes Gurriel
Dunedin Blue Jays , Palm Beach Cardinals
Game postponed due to rain
Lansing Lugnuts 6, Fort Wayne TinCaps 5
The Lansing Lugnuts fought back again and again and finally saw their efforts pay off with a win as they defeated the Fort Wayne TinCaps 6-5 to keep the TinCaps from their first victory of the year. Starter Maximo Castillo ran into trouble early, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks in four innings, striking out four. Dalton Rodriguez made his season debut, throwing two innings and giving up a run on four hits and a walk with a strikeout while Brayden Bouchey (Vancouver, B.C.) was right behind him in his season debut, striking out four in two perfect innings. Ty Tice walked a batter and had a hard shot hit off him (but was caught in a spectacular play by Chavez Young) and struck out two batters in the ninth to pick up his second save.
Kevin Smith, once again, drove the offence, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI (leading the league in RBI with 10 through six games). Smith also stole a base and scored a run but also committed an error. Brock Lundquist was 2-for-4 with a double and a run. Christian Williams provided some fireworks, going 1-for-3 with a walk and his first home run of the season.
W: Dalton Rodriguez (1-0)
S: Ty Tice (2)
HR: Christian Williams (1)
Player of the Game: Kevin Smith
Jay's Jay of the Day: Kevin Smith
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