Jay Blue: Jansen, McGuire, Oberholtzer shine; Pentecost demoted

 Chris Rowley worked three innings of relief, striking out three and giving up three hits in a double-A New Hampshire loss.

Chris Rowley worked three innings of relief, striking out three and giving up three hits in a double-A New Hampshire loss.

April 11, 2017 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report

By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away

The Blue Jays’ minor league affiliates were swept on Tuesday, losing all three games played while the Lansing Lugnuts had their game swept away by rain.

Buffalo Bisons 0, Rochester Red Wings 5
The Buffalo (4-1) couldn’t solve Red Wings starter Aaron Slegers (or any of the other pitchers for that matter), falling 5-0 on Tuesday in their first loss of the season. The batters had just two hits including one from the red-hot Jason Leblebijian who played shortstop and another from Ian Parmley, playing center field.

Brett Oberholtzer made his first start for the Bisons and was very solid, giving up three hits and two walks in just four innings, striking out seven. John Stilson allowed a run on a solo home run in 1 2/3 innings, taking the loss while Jeff Beliveau gave up another run in 1 2/3 and Wil Browning surrendered three more runs on four hits (including a home run) and two walks in two innings despite striking out three.

Player of the Game: Brett Oberholtzer

Roster Notes: Casey Lawrence was optioned back to Buffalo after the Blue Jays activated Roberto Osuna from the DL.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, Reading Fightin Phils 10
The son of a former big leaguer threw five solid innings at the Fisher Cats as they fell to the Fightin Phils by a 10-5 score. Brandon Liebrandt, son of Charlie Liebrandt, held the Fisher Cats to just two unearned runs on three hits and a walk, letting his own club jump out to a big lead. The Fightins jumped all over lefty Shane Dawson who gave up eight runs on 11 hits (including three home runs) in four innings for the Fisher Cats. Chris Rowley provided three excellent innings of relief, striking out three and giving up just three hits. Luis Santos allowed two more runs on three hits and a walk in one inning and Dusty Isaacs finished the game with a scoreless ninth, striking out one.

Offensively, the Fisher Cats had just six hits including a single from Reese McGuire who drove in three runs. Anthony Alford, Tim Lopes, Gunnar Heidt, Anthony Alford, Ryan McBroom and Emilio Guerrero provided the other hits.

Player of the Game: Reese McGuire and Chris Rowley

Dunedin Blue Jays 4, Florida Fire Frogs 5
Juan Kelly led an 11-hit attack for Dunedin (2-4) but despite coming back to tie up the Florida Fire Frogs, an eighth inning run by the Fire Frogs led to a 5-4 loss for the Blue Jays. Juan Kelly was 2/5 with a double and Danny Jansen (2/5, RBI, R) and J.C. Cardenas (2/4) had two hits each. Lane Thomas was 1/4 with a triple and an RBI while Derrick Loveless was 1/4 with a walk and an RBI. The defense in the game was not up to snuff, with the Jays committing three errors (by Jansen, Andrew Guillotte and Connor Panas) but none of the errors led directly to Fire Frogs runs.

Starter Ryan Borucki struck out six in his five innings but allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks, coming away without a decision. Justin Shafer had two very good innings of relief, striking out four and giving up just one hit. Tom Robson took the loss, allowing two hits and a run despite throwing 13 of his 19 pitches for strikes and striking out two batters in one inning.

Player of the Game: Juan Kelly, Danny Jansen and Justin Shafer

Roster Notes: Max Pentecost was sent back to extended spring training and Deiferson Barreto was promoted to Dunedin.

Lansing Lugnuts, Bowling Green Hot Rods
Game Postponed due to rain.


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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.