September 6, 2017 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
Able to focus on baseball, the Toronto Blue Jays' minor league teams in action on Wednesday were all successful with the Dunedin Blue Jays sweeping a doubleheader with the Tampa Yankees to win their series and become the Florida State League co-champions and the Vancouver Canadians getting off to a great start in their series with the Spokane Indians.
Dunedin Blue Jays 4, Tampa Yankees 1
The Dunedin Blue Jays got a strong all around game, beating the Tampa Yankees 4-1 to even their best-of-three game series over who would be the Florida State League co-champion. Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) started for the Blue Jays and, while he didn't strike anyone out, he allowed only one run on five hits and one walk over 6 2/3 innings for the win. Kirby Snead finished up, giving up just one hit and striking out three for the save.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Montreal, Que.) was on his game, going 3/4 with a home run and two runs in the win while Cavan Biggio was 2/3 with a home run, a walk, three RBI and a run.
Player of the Game: Jordan Romano, Cavan Biggio and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Dunedin Blue Jays 5, Tampa Yankees 3
In the second half of their doubleheader, the Dunedin Blue Jays rallied in the top of the ninth inning to overcome a two-all tie and eventually beat the Tampa Yankees 5-3 to secure the title of Florida State League co-champion. The ninth inning rally featured an RBI single by Jake Thomas and a two-RBI double by D.J. Davis, accounting for the three runs. Connor Panas (Toronto, Ont.) also had two solo home runs, going 2/4 while Edward Olivares was 2/3 with a walk and a run and D.J. Davis was 2/4 with the double and two RBI, stealing a base.
T.J. Zeuch allowed just one unearned run over four innings, giving up just a hit and a walk with one strikeout. Conor Fisk gave up a run on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings and Zach Jackson earned the win, pitching 1 2/3 innings and giving up a run on two hits and a walk with one strikeout.
Player of the Game: Connor Panas
Vancouver Canadians 2, Spokane Indians 1
The Vancouver Canadians (1-0) held on to win Game 1 of their best-of-three series with the Spokane Indians, beating them 2-1 at Nat Bailey Stadium despite Spokane being the home team. Logan Warmoth hit a two-run home run in the top of the eighth to provide the Canadians' scoring and he was 2/4 on the day. Reggie Pruitt was 1/3 with a walk, as was Chavez Young.
Nate Pearson was impressive on the mound, striking out 10 and allowing just one hit and walking four in a dominant performance. Brayden Bouchey pitched a perfect fifth, striking out two and Travis Bergen went three innings, allowing two hits and striking out two, earning the win. William Ouellette got the save, making things a bit dicey in the ninth, allowing a run but getting out of the game with the win.
Player of the Game: Logan Warmoth and Nate Pearson
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