Jay Blue: Bichette, Diaz, Fields, Large, Lopes, Obeso

 Norberto Obeso had four hits, including a walk-off single, for the low-A Lansing Lugnuts on Thursday. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

Norberto Obeso had four hits, including a walk-off single, for the low-A Lansing Lugnuts on Thursday. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

May 31, 2018 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away

All three of the Toronto Blue Jays' minor league squads in action on Thursday night went into extra innings, with two of the clubs winning.

Buffalo Bisons 4, Columbus Clippers 3

The triple-A Buffalo Bisons beat the Columbus Clippers on Thursday, going to 10 innings and getting a game-winning, walk-off sacrifice fly to win 4-3.

Randal Grichuk was back in the saddle again, going 1-for-4 with a walk as the Bisons' DH while Tim Lopes, who drove in the winning run with a sac fly was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run. Roemon Fields was 3-for-4 with an RBI but was caught stealing. Ian Parmley was also 1-for-4 with a walk.

Chris Rowley was on the mound to start and struggled with his command, walking five batters and giving up three runs on four hits with three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. Luis Santos tossed three scoreless frames, allowing two hits and two walks with two strikeouts and Justin Shafer threw the final 2 1/3 innings, walking one and giving up a hit, earning his first win with Buffalo.

W: Justin Shafer (1-0)

Roster Notes: Jose Mayorga was placed on the 7-Day DL and Dusty Isaacs was promoted from double-A New Hampshire.

Player of the Game: Roemon Fields and Tim Lopes

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 9, Portland Sea Dogs 12

The double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats had their game also go to 10 innings but they came out on the wrong side, losing to the Portland Sea Dogs 12-9.

The Fisher Cats got on a roll early, getting a home run from Bo Bichette and another one from Max Pentecost before the first inning was done. Bichette was 2-for-5 with a homer, two RBI and a run while Pentecost was 1-for-5 with two RBI and two runs. Jonathan Davis was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a triple while Gunnar Heidt was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple, taking a walk and driving in a run and scoring two runs. Aledmys Diaz was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was 1-for-4 with a walk and a run. Cavan Biggio was on base three times, going 1-for-1 with two walks and an RBI, hitting a sacrifice fly and a sac bunt.

Jon Harris had another solid start, giving up just two runs in 5 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Danny Young was charged with five runs in an inning of work, allowing four hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Nick Hartman was charged with the loss, giving up five runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings and Andrew Case (Saint John, N.B.) allowed two hits (and let both inherited score) with a strikeout in the 10th.

L: Nick Hartman (1-1)
HR: Bo Bichette (4), Max Pentecost (3)

Roster Notes: Dusty Isaacs was promoted to Buffalo while Nick Hartman was promoted to New Hampshire from Dunedin.

Player of the Game: Bo Bichette, Gunnar Heidt and Jon Harris

Dunedin Blue Jays, Florida Fire Frogs

Game postponed due to rain.

Roster Notes: Nick Hartman was moved up to class-A Advanced Dunedin and Andy Ravel was promoted from low-A Lansing to Dunedin.

Lansing Lugnuts 8, Lake County Captains 7

The low-A Lansing Lugnuts have a never-say-die attitude in 2018 and they proved that, coming from behind twice to overcome the Lake County Captains and register their 35th win, beating the Captains 8-7 in 11 innings.

The Lugnuts, down 5-1, scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game, scored two more in the bottom of the 10th to tie it yet again, and got an RBI single from Norberto Obeso in the bottom of the 11th to win it. That was Obeso's fourth hit and he scored a run in addition to driving one in. Cullen Large was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run while Chavez Young was 2-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base and an RBI. Brock Lundquist tied the game for the second time in the bottom of the 10th with a two-run home run, going 1-for-4 with the blast and two runs and Ryan Noda was 1-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and a run. Kevin Vicuna was 1-for-5 with a triple.

Colton Laws started and gave the Lugnuts 5 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits including three home runs with three strikeouts. Claudio Custodio went 1 2/3 innings, allowing two hits and Brody Rodning gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits with three strikeouts in three innings of relief. Andrew Deramo walked one and struck out two in his inning of relief.

W: Andrew Deramo (2-0)
HR: Brock Lundquist (10)

Roster Notes: Andy Ravel was promoted to Dunedin and Emerson Jimenez was activated off the DL.

Player of the Game: Norberto Obeso

Jay's Jay of the Day: Norberto Obeso

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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.