Down on the Farm – April 22

Down the lines and up the middle in the Blue Jays farm system.

Two out walks were the undoing of the Bisons in their game at Syracuse.  Buffalo struck for three in the top of the first, but the Chiefs tied things up in the home half of the third.  Bisons starter Jordan Romano walked former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow on a pair of close breaking balls with two out, which opened up the floodgates and Syracuse had a 3 on the board before the inning was over.

Danny Young came on in relief for Romano in the 5th, and gave up a two-out walk that came around to score in a close play at the plate that led to the ejection of Buffalo Manager Bobby Meacham.  Young was run himself a few batters later after he gave up a two-run homer.

After leading off the game with a walk, stolen base, and a run scored on a single by Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Bo Bichette was hit on the hand in his next at bat and had to leave the game.

At Lansing, the Lugnuts dropped a wild, 13-10 extra inning affair to South Bend.  Starter Joey Murray left things in good shape after hitting his pitch limit in the 7th, striking out a career high 10, and Lansing up 4-1.  Reliever Mike Pascoe allowed a pair of runners inherited from Murray to score on a soft single to LF, and three runners of his own to come in on a long HR to CF.  With Lansing trailing 6-4 in the bottom half of the inning, Jake Brodt went oppo for his first MWL HR, a three-run shot that put Lansing back on top.  In an 8th inning that took an hour to play, South Bend took the lead back with 3 runs, but the Lugs tied it up with a pair in the bottom half.

Off to extras the game went.  Lansing reliever Joey Pulido had a ball go off his glove that allowed a batter to reach, walked another, and thanks to the runner already on 2nd thanks to the extra inning rule, faced a bases loaded, one out situation.  Pulido gave up a soft liner down the LF line that McGregory Contreras got to in plenty of time, but had it roll through his legs, allowing all three baserunners to score on a play scored as a Double and an error, putting a runner on 3rd.  The runner came home to score on a sac fly.

Lansing threatened in the bottom of the 10th, scoring a run, but back-to-back strikeouts of Otto Lopez and Jake Brodt closed out the game.

Lansing RF DJ Neal hit a pair of long Home Runs over the LF wall for Lansing.


Dunedin travelled across state to take on Daytona, and were blanked 5-0.  Maximo Castillo fanned 7 in 6 innings for the D-Jays.

New Hampshire was rained out at home, and will play a double header against Trenton today.


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