Jay Blue: Diaz, Fisk, Happ, Panas, Saltalamacchia
May 25, 2017 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
In four games, the Blue Jays' affiliates ran the table with a clean sweep despite the New Hampshire Fisher Cats getting rained out. The Dunedin Blue Jays swept a doubleheader while the Lansing Lugnuts came from behind to walk one off.
Buffalo Bisons 4, Gwinnett Braves 1
A four-run outburst in the third inning that included Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s first Buffalo home run gave the Buffalo Bisons enough of a cushion to defeat the Gwinnett Braves 4-1 in afternoon action. Saltalamacchia was 3/3 with the blast, three RBI and a walk as the DH for the Bisons. Jake Elmore and Dwight Smith, Jr. were each 2/4 with a walk and a run and Rowdy Tellez was 1/3 with a double and a sacrifice fly.
Mat Latos was the beneficiary of the four runs and didn’t even need all of them, giving up just one run on five hits (including a solo home run) and two walks with seven strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings. Matt Dermody tossed 1 1/3, allowing two hits while Murphy Smith and Leonel Campos combined for 2 1/3 innings without allowing a walk or a hit (Smith hit a batter).
Player of the Game: Jarrod Saltalamacchia
New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Portland Sea Dogs
Game postponed due to rain.
Roster Notes: Emilio Guerrero was placed on the 7-day DL and Matthew Dean was promoted to the Fisher Cats.
Dunedin Blue Jays 5, Fort Myers Miracle 4
The Dunedin Blue Jays needed nine innings to come up with a walk-off 5-4 win in their (supposedly) seven-inning first game of their double header with the Fort Myers Miracle. The big news was that J.A. Happ was starting for the Blue Jays, throwing three innings in a rehab assignment and allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out three. WIlliam Ouellette tossed a scoreless fourth, taking over after Happ who gave up a leadoff single which came around to score after Ouellette allowed a single after getting two ground outs. Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) came on for four innings of his own, allowing a run on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts and Ryan Cook pitched the ninth, stranding a hit and a walk to pick up his fourth win.
Nash Knight had a great game in his first in a Dunedin Blue Jays uniform. After getting called up from Lansing, Knight delivered, driving in the winning run with the second of his two doubles while adding a walk. Connor Panas (Toronto, Ont.) hit his fourth home run of the year, getting two hits and a walk with two RBI. Juan Kelly was on base twice with a 1/3 game, adding two walks and scoring twice, including the game winner.
Player of the Game: Nash Knight and Connor Panas
Roster Notes: Nash Knight came up from Lansing while J.A. Happ was added on a rehab assignment. Matt Dean was promoted to New Hampshire.
Dunedin Blue Jays 2, Fort Myers Miracle 1
In Game 2 of their doubleheader with the Fort Myers Miracle, the Dunedin Blue Jays completed their sweep on the back of a strong start from Conor Fisk. Fisk threw the full game, giving up just one unearned run over seven innings, giving up eight hits but no walks and struck out three.
Max Pentecost was 2/3 with a double and a run while Cavan Biggio was 1/3 with a triple and a run. Panas added another double to his hit parade on the night.
Player of the Game: Conor Fisk
Lansing Lugnuts 4, Lake County Captains 3
The Lansing Lugnuts rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, and then scored in the bottom of the tenth to come away with a 4-3 win over the Lake County Captains. Denis Diaz had his second consecutive solid start, fanning six batters in six innings and allowing just one run on three hits and three walks. Andrew Deramo allowed two unearned runs in his two innings, giving up two hits and two walks while striking out three. Zach Jackson pitched a strong ninth and came out for the 10th, getting two more outs but also allowing two runners. Kirby Snead got the final out of the inning, stranding the two inherited runners, earning the win.
Ryan Hissey provided the walk-off fireworks by singling home Bradley Jones to give the Lugnuts the win. Hissey was 2/5 on the game. Jones was 1/4 with a walk, a run and a stolen base. Jake Thomas was 2/4 with a walk, two RBI and two stolen bases while Vladimir Guerrero was 1/4 with a walk.
Player of the Game: Dennis Diaz and Jake Thomas
Roster Notes: Nash Knight was promoted to the Dunedin Blue Jays.
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