Jay Blue: Case, Clemens, Larkins, Ramirez, Taylor, Vicuna

 Right-hander Turner Larkins hurled six scoreless innings, giving up just four hits while striking out seven, to earn the win for the low-A Lansing Lugnuts on Thursday. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

Right-hander Turner Larkins hurled six scoreless innings, giving up just four hits while striking out seven, to earn the win for the low-A Lansing Lugnuts on Thursday. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

May 17, 2018 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away

With three games going on in Blue Jays land, there was just one win in the minor leagues as the low-A Lansing Lugnuts continued their winning ways but the double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats came down to earth a bit with Tim Tebow visiting.

Buffalo Bisons

Scheduled off day.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 1, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 11

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats, one day after two-hitting the Hartford Yard Goats, were manhandled by the Binghamton Rumble Ponies who soundly defeated the Fisher Cats by an 11-1 score, getting 21 hits off the Fisher Cats' pitching staff.

Francisco Rios gave up seven hits over five innings, including two home runs, allowing four runs with a walk and five strikeouts over five innings. Jose Fernandez gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings while Andrew Case (Saint John, N.B.) also gave up seven hits and a walk leading to three runs with two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.

Harold Ramirez had two of the Fisher Cats' six hits, going 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. Cavan Biggio was 1-for-4 with a double and Vladimir Guerrero (Montreal, Que.) was 1-for-4 with a run. Andrew Guillotte was 1-for-3 with a walk and an outfield assist, throwing out Tim Tebow at second base.

L: Francisco Rios (0-3)

Player of the Game: Harold Ramirez

Dunedin Blue Jays 2, Tampa Tarpons 6

The class-A Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays lost their second straight game by a four-run margin, losing 6-2 to the Tampa Tarpons on Thursday night.

The Blue Jays had just five hits including a double from Kacy Clemens and singles from Logan Warmoth (1-for-3, BB, R), Alberto Mineo (1-for-4, RBI, R), Nash Knight (1-for-4) and D.J. Davis (1-for-3).

Starting pitcher Patrick Murphy took the loss, giving up four runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts over five innings. Juliandry Higuera didn't allow a base runner, pitching two perfect innings with two strikeouts and Ty Tice surrendered the final two runs on two hits (including a home run) and a walk in the final frame, striking out one.

L: Patrick Murphy (2-3)

Player of the Game: None

Lansing Lugnuts 4, Dayton Dragons 1

While Dory says "just keep swimming," the Lansing Lugnuts say "just keep winning," as they moved their record to 27-13 with a 4-1 win over the Dayton Dragons.

The pitching staff led the way in this one as Turner Larkins turned in a splendid performance, tossing six scoreless innings, giving up just four hits and striking out seven without walking anyone, using just 62 pitches. Brody Rodning got a three-inning save, tossing the final frames and giving up a run on two hits with one strikeout.

Kevin Vicuna was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs while Samad Taylor was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Kevin Smith was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run while Brock Lundquist was 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a walk. Brandon Polizzi, making his first start of the year, playing center field, was 1-for-3.

W: Turner Larkins (3-3)
S: Brody Rodning (3)

Roster Notes: Andres Sotillo was promoted from extended spring training and Javier Hernandez was placed on the 7-day DL.

Player of the Game: Turner Larkins

Jay's Jay of the Day: Turner Larkins

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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.