Jay Blue: Bichette, Buffo, Guerrero Jr., Jansen, Mineo, Pompey

 Maverik Buffo allowed just one run in six innings in his start for the low-A Lansing Lugnuts on Thursday. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

Maverik Buffo allowed just one run in six innings in his start for the low-A Lansing Lugnuts on Thursday. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

May 24, 2018 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away

The Toronto Blue Jays' affiliates split the day on Thursday as the top two clubs lost their games and the bottom two came out on top.

Buffalo Bisons 8, Syracuse Chiefs 11

Sean Reid-Foley made his triple-A debut and it wasn't one to write home about as the Buffalo Bisons got slugged 11-8.

Reid-Foley threw 2 1/3 innings, needing 64 pitches and gave up eight runs on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Dusty Isaacs, another recent call up from double-A, relieved him, allowing one of two inherited runners to score in the third and gave up two more runs of his own over 2 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Sam Moll gave up the Chiefs' last run, surrendering two hits and a walk in an inning, striking out one. Al Alburquerque was the first pitcher to get through an inning without giving up a run and Darnell Sweeney struck out a batter in his inning of work before lefty Ian Parmley struck out one in the ninth.

Danny Jansen had three doubles and drove in three runs, scoring once while Rowdy Tellez drove in two runs with two doubles and a sacrifice fly, scoring once. Richard Urena was 2-for-5 with a triple and two runs and Dalton Pompey (Mississauga, Ont.) was 2-for-5 with a double and a home run, driving in two runs and scoring twice. Anthony Alford continues to struggle, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

L: Sean Reid-Foley (0-1)
HR: Dalton Pompey (4)

Roster Notes: Sean Reid-Foley was promoted to Buffalo and Deck McGuire was optioned from Toronto to Buffalo.

Player of the Game: Dalton Pompey and Danny Jansen

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3, Reading Fightin Phils 4

Despite getting home runs from Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the same inning (the fifth), the double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats couldn't score again in a 4-3 loss to the Reading Fightin Phils.

Bichette looks as if he's breaking out of his funk, going 2-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base, and two RBI while Guerrero Jr. was 2-for-4 with the solo blast, raising his batting average to .427. Juan Kelly, Gunnar Heidt and Ryan Hissey had the club's only other hits.

On the mound, Josh DeGraaf went 5 1/3 innings, allowing all four runs although just two were earned, allowing seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Danny Young allowed a hit in 1 2/3 innings and Zach Jackson walked two but struck out three in the eighth.

L: Josh DeGraaf (0-1)
HR: Bo Bichette (2), Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (9)

Roster Notes: Sean Reid-Foley was promoted to Buffalo and Luis Santos was sent down from Buffalo.

Player of the Game: Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Dunedin Blue Jays 5, Lakeland Flying Tigers 1

Connor Eller finally got his season underway by helping to pitch the class-A Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays to a 5-1 win over the Lakeland Flying Tigers.

Eller tossed 2 1/3 hitless innings, walking one and striking out one before Randy Pondler took over, throwing 4 2/3 innings for the win, allowing just one run on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Travis Bergen gave up two hits in an inning's worth of work striking out one and Jake Fishman struck out one in the ninth, finishing it off.

Alberto Mineo and Riley Adams each had a single and a double, both adding a walk and an RBI while Mineo scored twice and Adams once. Kasey Clemens was 1-for-4 and Eduard Pinto was 1-for-4 with a double and an outfield assist. Joshua Palacios drove in two runs, going 1-for-4.

W: Randy Pondler (1-0)

Roster Notes: Randy Pondler was added to the roster from extended spring training.

Player of the Game: Riley Adams and Alberto Mineo

Lansing Lugnuts 6, South Bend Cubs 4

The low-A Lansing Lugnuts picked up their 30th win in the Midwest League, beating the South Bend Cubs by a 6-4 score.

Brock Lundquist launched his ninth home run of the season, going 1-for-2 and taking a walk. Both Kevin Vicuna and Kevin Smith had a single and a walk and both drove in a run and scored once with Smith adding his 11th stolen base of the year. Brandon Grudzielanek was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI while Yeltsin Gudino was 1-for-3 with a walk, a double and two runs. Brandon Polizzi also had a single and a walk.

Maverik Buffo had a stellar start, throwing six innings and giving up just one run on six hits without walking anyone and striking out nine. Claudio Custodio made his Lansing debut, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk without any strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings. Andrew Deramo allowed one of his two inherited runners from Custodio to score, allowing two hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings, striking out a pair and Dany Jimenez retired the only batter he faced to get the save, stranding two runners.

W: Andrew Deramo (1-0)
S: Dany Jimenez (2)
HR: Brock Lundquist (9)

Player of the Game: Maverik Buffo

Jay's Jay of the Day: Maverik Buffo

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Jay Blue

A lifelong Toronto Blue Jays fan, Jay Blue started blogging about the Jays when he was living in Berlin, Germany. He founded his own blog, Blue Jays from Away, to write about developments with his home town team, focusing on the Jays' minor league system. When he's not watching baseball, he is usually on the diamond umpiring or he's pursuing his research interests in the field of ethnomusicology.