Nate Pearson was the story of the day in the Blue Jays farm system, on a day in which the system went 1-3, with Lansing rained out.
Pearson’s last start was limited to 2 innings, but the wraps were off in his start for Dunedin yesterday. Pearson threw 5 scoreless innings, allowing only one baserunner – a 4th inning single. He fanned 7 of the last 9 hitters he faced, and struck out 9 on the day – a career high, picking up the W as the D-Jays topped Bradenton 5-2. Chavez Young had a big day at the plate for Lansing, going 2-4 with 3 runs driven in, and hit his first Florida State League round tripper. Logan Warmoth also homered for Dunedin.
New Hampshire lost back-to-back games for the first time this season when they dropped a 3-2 decision to Hartford. Andrew Sopko struck out 7 over 5 innings, and Jackson McClelland (2) and Bryan Baker (1) combined to toss three innings of scoreless relief. Kevin Smith had a pair of hits in a losing cause.
Buffalo was swept in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 9-5, despite two hits from Richard Ureña in his return to AAA, and three from Vladimir Guerrero Jr, who edges closer to his MLB debut with every plate appearance. Bisons starter David Paulino was knocked for 5 runs and 7 hits before departing with two outs in the 4th, while rehabbing Ryan Tepera gave up a pair of runs in his second one-inning outing.
The nasty weather sweeping across the Midwest and Southern Ontario forced a cancellation of Lansing’s series finale with South Bend, which will be made up as part of a twin bill when the Lugnuts return in June.