Jay Blue: Large, Noda, Orozco, Palacios

 Cullen Large had five hits for the low-A Lansing Lugnuts on Thursday. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

Cullen Large had five hits for the low-A Lansing Lugnuts on Thursday. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

April 26, 2018 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away

Only two of the Toronto Blue Jays' minor league teams were in action on Thursday and both won in walk-off fashion!

Buffalo Bisons

Scheduled off day.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats

Scheduled off day.

Dunedin Blue Jays 10, Clearwater Threshers 9

It took extra innings but the class-A Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays got an RBI single from Bradley Jones to score their 10th run and walk off with a 10-9 win over the Clearwater Threshers, overcoming five errors as a club.

While it was Jones's only hit, Rodrigo Orozco scored three times, going 4/5 with an RBI and the club's only stolen base in the offensive barrage. Joshua Palacios was on base five times, going 3-for-4 with two walks and three RBI. Richard Urena was 2-for-6 with a run and an RBI as he continues to rehab and Logan Warmoth had a single and a double with two runs. Nash Knight was 2-for-5 with a single, a double and two RBI to push his batting average to .343 while D.J. Davis pushed his average to .359 with a 2-for-4 game, hitting a double and taking a walk. Yeltsin Gudino was 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI, scoring once.

Tayler Saucedo started, allowing four runs (three earned) over five innings, giving up six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts before making way for Nick Hartman who threw two perfect innings, striking out four. Jake Fishman was tagged with four runs (two earned) on three hits in 2/3 of an inning and William Ouellette pitched to one batter, giving up a hit that drove in a run. Kirby Snead came on with two runners on and allowed both to score (one charged to Ouellette and one to Fishman), allowing a hit and two walks with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings. Juliandry Higuera picked up the win, tossing a scoreless top of the 10th, striking out one.

W: Juliandry Higuera (1-1)

Player of the Game: Joshua Palacios and Rodrigo Orozco

Lansing Lugnuts 8, Dayton Dragons 7

The resilient low-A Lansing Lugnuts came back to score four runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, walking it off in an 8-7 victory over the Dayton Dragons.

Norberto Obeso, making his season debut, was the hero in the end, saving his first hit of the year for heroics in the bottom of the ninth to drive Ryan Noda home to score the winning run. Noda was 2-for-5 with an RBI (but no walks) while Kacy Clemens was 2-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and a run and Christian Williams was 1-for-3 with two walks, a double and a run. Chavez Young was 3-for-4 with a walk, two runs and a stolen base but it was "El Grande," Cullen Large who dominated the stat sheet. Large was 5-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI, three runs and a stolen base (and an error) in the victory.

Graham Spraker had a very solid start, going five innings and giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Turner Larkins gave up two runs on a hit and a walk in 2/3 of an inning and Andy Ravel, allowing both inherited runners to score, tossed 2 1/3 innings, allowing three runs of his own to come in (two earned) on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Ty Tice got the win, pitching a scoreless ninth, giving up a walk and a hit but striking out two.

W: Ty Tice (1-0)

Roster Notes: Reggie Pruitt was placed on the 7-day DL and Norberto Obeso was assigned to Lansing from extended spring training.

Player of the Game: Cullen Large

Jay's Jay of the Day: Cullen Large

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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.