The affiliates won a pair of early games to boost their record to 4-2 on Monday. Buffalo and New Hampshire did not have to play ball and therefore they did not.
Dunedin 5 Fort Myers 1
Fort Myers, FL - Ryan McBroom put an end to a scoreless tie in the seventh by blasting his 13th home run of the season. Danny Jansen drove in two more runs with a single and Mike Reeves doubled home another in the four-run rally. J.D. Davis added one more in the eighth with a fielder's choice to score an Andrew Guillotte base hit. McBroom was the lone D-Jay with two hits. Dickie Joe Thon singled, stole a base and scored and Richard Urena had a base hit. Gunnar Heidt got the only walk.
Conor Fisk (4-2, 3.74) had solid management of the Twins affiliate in this morning affair, throwing 6-2/3 innings of one-run ball on four hits and two walks. He had two stretches of retiring seven in a row, striking out three for a Game Score of 68. The bullpen took care of the rest with 2-1/3 innings of shutout relief. Dusty Isaacs stranded a pair for Fisk by retiring the only hitter he faced and Jose Fernandez matched two walks with two K's to get the final six outs.
Lansing 5 Lake County 0
Lansing, MI - Max Pentecost's bat took its toll on the Cleveland affiliate. The 2014 first-round pick began and ended the scoring for the Lugnuts by doubliing home a Jake Thomas single in the first inning before putting one over the wall in left-center field in the seventh to plate a Thomas walk. An Austin Davis RBI single and a John La Prise sacrifice fly in the second inning rounded out the scoring for Lansing. Pentecost had a three-hit afternoon, one better than Ryan Hissey, and also stole a base. J.C. Cardenas had the other hit and Juan Kelly drew a walk. Connor Panas was hit by a pitch.
Jon Harris (8-1, 2.28) continues to enjoy life in the Midwest League. The 2015 first-rounder spun seven shutout innings of four-hit ball and walked only one. He rung up three batters and produced 11 outs on the ground. Tom Robson had an encouraging outing as he maintained the goose egg with four K's over two frames, walking just one.
Tri-City 4 Vancouver 1
Matt Smoral dominated in his one-inning stint.
Vancouver, BC - The C's could not complete the sweep of the Padres affiliate, who are now one game ahead of Vancouver for top spot in the Northwest League's North Division. A leadoff walk started the trouble for Juliandry Higuera (1-3, 3.92) in the fourth inning and eventually led to a pair of runs. A throwing error by catcher Javier Hernandez on a steal attempt of second resulted in the first run of the game and a two-strike base hit produced the other. Higuera allowed two runs on three hits and three walks over five frames. Gabe Noyalis got away with a double in the sixth but the Dust Devils added two more in the seventh off lefty Grayson Huffman, who struck out the first two batters but could not get that elusive third strike. One of the runs was unearned after a throwing error by Bryan Lizardo at third. Nick Hartman worked a perfect eighth and Matt Smoral struck out the side in the ninth.
Christian Williams got on base three times Monday night.
The C's did not get on the board until there were two outs in the ninth when Yeltsin Gudino walked with the bases loaded. However, Hernandez was rung up at the plate to end the game. Lance Jones, who scored the only run after a leadoff walk, had a seeing-eye single up the middle with one out in the first but the C's did not get another hit until Christian Williams started the fifth with a single. Rodrigo Orozco worked a walk in the sixth and moved up to second on a bunt single by Cavan Biggio before getting to third on a wild pitch with nobody out. Jones failed to get a bunt down and would strike out before J.B. Woodman lifted a shallow fly ball to left that Orozco tried to score on but he was thrown out at the plate to end the frame. Williams also had a double and a walk while Lizardo had a single but he struck out three times. Jacob Anderson returned to the lineup after a lengthy absence but went 0-for-4 as did Woodman.
Johnson City 14 Bluefield 9
Johnson City, TN - A dozen runs in the middle innings by the Cardinals were too much to overcome for the Jays. It was only 1-0 Cards after three but they rocked Jose Espada (0-3, 7.88) for six more runs as he could not get out of the fourth. Espada was spanked for a three-run home run among seven runs on 10 hits and a hit by pitch over 3-2/3 innings but his K-BB total was 6-0. Kyle Weatherly was rained upon for three more runs in 1-1/3 innings on four hits and a walk while whiffing two. Andrew Deramo allowed three more runs on three hits, a walk and a plunk but struck out one. Hunter Barnett was clipped for an unearned marker on two hits and a walk to go along with one strikeout in two innings.
The Jays bats were retired in order in the first three innings before Nick Sinay drew a walk. They didn't score until the fifth when they were already down by a converted touchdown. RBI singles by Earl Burl III and Jesus Severino accounted for two of the four runs scored in the frame. A balk and a Scott sac fly gave Bluefield two runs in the eighth before Vladimir Guerrero Jr. lined a three-run double in the ninth. Sinay had two hits and a stolen base to go with his walk and Cam O'Brien belted a pinch-hit double and went 2-for-2 after replacing Matt Morgan behind the plate. Kalik May was the on-base leader with a hit and two walks. Guerrero also drew a free pass.
GCL Blue Jays 5 GCL Tigers West 4
Lakeland, FL - The Jays scored twice in both the seventh and eighth innings to get the past the Tigers. David Jacob got the Jays going with a home run in the fourth inning but they took the lead for good in the seventh when Joshua Palacios scored on a passed ball and Francisco Rodriguez reached the pentagon on a wild pitch. The Jays added two more big runs in the eighth when Norberto Obeso homered and Jacob lifted a sac fly to score a Bo Bichette triple. Obeso was the only Jay with two hits and Kevin Vicuna was the only one with two HBPs. Manuel Herazo and Alfredo Bohorquez had base hits at the bottom of the order. Palacios was 0-for-4.
Jays pitchers had trouble finding the strike zone as Maximo Castillo walked three in four innings and Randy Pondler (1-0) issued four in two. Both pitchers gave up a run and struck out three. Juan Meza pitched a one-hit seventh. Jake Fishman was reeled in for a pair of runs in 1-1/3 innings but Brayden Bouchey stranded two runners and got away with a walk over the final two-thirds of an inning to get the save.
DSL Blue Jays 5 DSL Diamondbacks 0
Boca Chica, DR - The Jays only had three hits in this one but they got enough mileage out of them to charm the Snakes. Jose Briceno did all the legwork to get the Blue Jays' first run. After getting hit by a pitch to start the game, Briceno reached second on a wild pitch and stole third before scoring on a throwing error by the catcher on the steal attempt. Luis De Los Santos doubled to start the second and scored on a Yeison Estevez base hit. A Yorman Rodriguez two-run single completed a three-run rally in the seventh. Yhordegny Kelly and Aldo Ovando walked twice and Briceno also earned a free pass. Estevez had the other stolen base.
Elio Silva (3-0, 1.65) scattered seven hits and a walk over six shutout innings. He struck out a pair to arrive at a Game Score of 62. The outfielders had a boring time as only one of Silva's 13 outs in play came their way. Adams Cuevas pitched three shutout frames, giving up just a hit and a walk while whiffing two.
*** 3 Stars!!! ***
3. Conor Fisk, Dunedin
2. Max Pentecost, Lansing
1. Jon Harris, Lansing
Tuesday's Schedule / Probable Starters
GCL Tigers West @ GCL Blue Jays, 10:00 am ET - TBA
DSL Blue Jays @ DSL Padres, 10:30 am ET - TBA