Jay Blue: Bichette, Case, Guerrero Jr., Jansen, Panas, Pompey

 Switch-hitting outfielder Dalton Pompey (Mississauga, Ont.) homered from both sides of the plate for the triple-A Buffalo Bisons on Monday. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

Switch-hitting outfielder Dalton Pompey (Mississauga, Ont.) homered from both sides of the plate for the triple-A Buffalo Bisons on Monday. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

May 14, 2018 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away

The Toronto Blue Jays' affiliates won two of their three games with some late-inning heroics in both Lansing and Hartford (the Fisher Cats were on the road).

Buffalo Bisons 5, Pawtucket Red Sox 6

The Pawtucket Red Sox came back to win in extra innings, scoring two in the bottom of the 10th to waste a couple of stellar performances from the Buffalo Bisons in what was a 6-5 loss for The Herd.

Mississauga, Ont., native Dalton Pompey, hitting in the leadoff spot, was 2-for-4 with two solo home runs while Danny Jansen was 3-for-4 with a walk and two doubles, driving in a run, stealing a base and scoring twice. The rest of the club had just three hits including a single, RBI and a stolen base from Devon Travis, a single, walk and an RBI from Jason Leblebijian and a single from Gift Ngoepe.

Josh DeGraaf, called up from Dunedin, started for Buffalo and gave up three runs on four hits (including a home run) and two walks with two strikeouts over 3 2/3 innings. Luis Santos logged another 3 1/3 innings, striking out a pair and Murphy Smith allowed an unearned run on a hit in an inning with two strikeouts. Sam Moll took the loss, pitching the ninth and to two batters in the 10th, allowing two runs in the first extra frame (one earned) on two hits.

L: Sam Moll (1-2)
HR: Dalton Pompey 2 (3)

Roster Notes: Anthony Alford was optioned from Toronto to Buffalo while Josh DeGraaf was sent to Buffalo from Dunedin. Shortstop Tyler Ladendorf was placed on the DL.

Player of the Game: Dalton Pompey

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 10, Hartford Yard Goats 5

The double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, playing against the 21-win Hartford Yard Goats, notched the 21st win of their own, beating the Yard Goats 10-5, getting a four-run cushion thanks to a grand slam from Juan Kelly in the top of eighth inning. Montreal-born Vladimir Guerrero (3-for-5, HR, two RBI) got the offence going in the top of the first, hitting a solo home run for his sixth of the year and the three hits moved his batting average to .405 on the season. Bo Bichette could be coming out of a slump after hitting 3-for-5 with a double and two runs and Connor Panas (Toronto, Ont.) had probably his best game with the Fisher Cats, going 3-for-5 with a triple, an RBI and a run. Cavan Biggio was 1-for-1 with three walks and an RBI before coming out of the game in the sixth inning. Juan Kelly came on for Biggio and went 1-for-4 in his only at bat, hitting a grand slam. Andrew Guillotte was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, an RBI, a run and an outfield assist and Gunnar Heidt was 1-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and a run. Jonathan Davis was on twice, going 1-for-5 with a walk and two runs.

Jon Harris allowed five runs (four earned) with 11 hits against and a walk and four strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings to get his second win of the season. Andrew Case (Saint John, N.B.) tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball, allowing a hit, which Zach Jackson struck out two over two innings of work.

W: Jon Harris (2-3)
HR: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (6), Juan Kelly (3)

Player of the Game: Vladimir Guerrero, Bo Bichette and Connor Panas

Dunedin Blue Jays, Tampa Tarpons

Postponed due to rain.

Roster Notes: Josh DeGraaf was promoted to Buffalo.

Lansing Lugnuts 4, Dayton Dragons 3

The first-place low-A Lansing Lugnuts won again, taking a 4-3, walkoff win over the Dayton Dragons.

Kevin Smith, fresh off winning his second Midwest League Player of the Week Award, went 3-for-4 with his fifth home run of the year, a walk and the single that drove home Chavez Young to win the game. Kevin Vicuna pushed his batting average to .324 with a double and a two singles, scoring a run and Chavez Young was 1-for-5 with the game-winning run and two stolen bases. Yeltsin Gudino was 1/3 with a walk.

The Lugnuts didn't need any bullpen help as their piggy-backing starters pitched the whole game. Donnie Sellers was excellent, tossing five innings without giving up a run and only surrendering three hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Maverik Buffo scattered eight hits leading to three runs over four innings, striking out two.

W: Maverik Buffo (5-1)
HR: Kevin Smith (5)

Player of the Game: Kevin Smith

Jay's Jay of the Day: Dalton Pompey

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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.