Jay Blue: Biggio, Buffo, Harris, Pompey, Urena, Williams

 Christian Williams socked two home runs for low-A Lansing Lugnuts on Sunday. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

Christian Williams socked two home runs for low-A Lansing Lugnuts on Sunday. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

April 22, 2018 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away

The Toronto Blue Jays' minor league teams went 2-2 on Sunday with the double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats and low-A Lansing Lugnuts taking victories away from the day and the triple-A Buffalo Bisons and class-A Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays losing.

Buffalo Bisons 1, Norfolk Tides 6

The Buffalo Bisons didn't have much of an answer for the pitching of the Norfolk Tides, particularly for former Blue Jay minor leaguer Asher Wojciechowski who tossed five one-run innings at The Herd out of the bullpen in a 6-1 loss to the Norfolk Tides.

The Bisons scattered eight hits but only scored once, coming from an RBI double by Danny Jansen who went 1-for-4. Rowdy Tellez had a single and a double and scored while Dalton Pompey (Mississauga, Ont.) was 2-fpr-5 with a double and a stolen base. Tim Lopes also had two hits, going 2-for-4 with a triple and pushed his batting average to .455 on the season.

Deck McGuire started and walked four over four innings, giving up two hits (including a solo home run) with just one run against, striking out three. Matt Dermody followed with an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Al Alburquerque allowed a hit and struck out two in two innings and Jake Petricka made his season debut, allowing two unearned runs on two hits in the eighth, striking out a pair.

L: Deck McGuire (1-1)

Roster Notes: Richard Urena was sent to the Dunedin Blue Jays to begin a rehab assignment.

Player of the Game: Rowdy Tellez, Dalton Pompey and Tim Lopes

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4, Reading Fightin Phils 2

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats pushed their record to 11-4 with a 4-2 victory over the Reading Fightin Phils.

Cavan Biggio was 1-for-3 with a sixth-inning home run, two RBI, two walks and two runs. Bo Bichette also scored twice, going 1-for-4 with a walk, a double and a stolen base. Jonathan Davis also stole a base, his ninth, going 2-for-4 with a double.

Jon Harris had a strong start, tossing six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts and giving up a solo home run to Zach Green. Harris was followed by Dusty Isaacs (1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 3K), Danny Young (2/3 IP, 1 H) and Zach Jackson (2/3 IP, 1 K, S) to compete the game and keep the Fightins at bay.

W: Dusty Isaacs (2-0)
S: Zach Jackson (2)
HR: Cavan Biggio (3)

Player of the Game: Jon Harris and Cavan Biggio

Dunedin Blue Jays 1, Daytona Tortugas 5

The Dunedin Blue Jays couldn't get much offence going, despite out-hitting the Daytona Tortugas, they were held to just one run in a 5-1 loss. Joshua Palacios produced the only run, going 1-for-4 with a solo home run while Richard Urena was 1-for-3 in his first rehab outing of the year. Logan Warmoth was 1-for-1 coming in later in the game for Urena while Nash Knight, Ivan Castillo, Rodrigo Orozco, D.J. Davis and Yeltsin Gudino each had a single.

T.J. Zeuch started and was charged with all five Daytona runs. He pitched 5 2/3 innings, leaving two runners on in the sixth for Jonathan Cheshire who allowed both to score. Zeuch's line had him giving up five runs on four hits and four walks with two strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Cheshire gave up two hits in 1 2/3 innings, making his season debut and allowed his two inherited runners to score but none of his own, striking out two. Juliandry Higuera allowed a hit and a walk in 1 2/3 innings, striking out one.

L: T.J. Zeuch (2-2)
HR: Joshua Palacios (2)

Roster Notes: Richard Urena was assigned to Dunedin for rehab and Jonathan Cheshire was assigned to Dunedin with J.C. Cardenas and Jackson McClelland going on the DL.

Player of the Game: Joshua Palacios

Lansing Lugnuts 4, South Bend Cubs 2

The Lansing Lugnuts moved their record to 9-6 after a 4-2 victory over the South Bend Cubs on Sunday that was powered by a two-home run game for Christian Williams. Williams, the DH was 2-for-4 with three RBI on the day while the Lugnuts got just three other hits, one each from Kevin Smith (1-for-4), Matt Morgan (1) and Brock Lundquist (1). Ryan Noda was held hitless but he walked three times, scoring once.

Maverik Buffo was solid on the mound, tossing five innings and giving up four hits and two walks leading to two runs with five strikeouts. Andy Ravel tossed three frames, giving up three hits but no walks or runs, striking out four and Ty Tice racked up his fourth save, pitching a scoreless ninth, allowing a hit and striking out two.

W: Maverik Buffo (1-1)
S: Ty Tice (4)
HR: Christian Williams 2 (3)

Roster Notes: Catcher Andres Sotillo was placed on the DL and Javier Hernandez was activated on Saturday.

Player of the Game: Christian Williams

Jay's Jay of the Day: Christian Williams

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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.