April 20, 2017 - Florida State League (FSL) - Dunedin Blue Jays
Blue Jays starter Angel Perdomo provided Dunedin with a strong performance on the mound Wednesday night on his way to his first Florida State League win. The towering lefty allowed just one run over five innings and struck out seven St. Lucie hitters.
"He had better command of his fastball tonight and threw his slider for strikes," Manager John Schneider said after the game. "It was exactly what we needed from him tonight."
Perdomo received no shortage of run support from the Blue Jays (7-7) offense in their 9-1 victory over the St. Lucie Mets (7-7). RF Andrew Guillotte started a four-run first inning for the Jays with a leadoff single, also starting what would turn out to be a career game for him. The Blue Jays rightfielder finished the day 4-5 with a home run, double, and three runs scored.
"I got into some good counts and got some good pitches to hit. I was able to make some adjustments to the way they were pitching me," Guillotte said after the game.
Even when they were able to get Guillotte out, he hit the ball hard. In his final at-bat, he hit a fly ball deep to leftfield that was caught against the fence, leaving him a triple short of the cycle.
"Honestly, I thought it might have a chance to get out. It was definitely a potential triple if it hit off the wall, but it just didn't work out."
Following the team's win, Schneider echoed Guillotte's assessment of the game.
"He was getting ahead in counts and setting himself up to get fastballs to hit, and he didn't miss them. When he's doing that, he's very good. His approach was on-point."
Guillotte was not the only Blue Jays hitter swinging well. Four different hitters in addition to Guillotte had multiple hits, and the Blue Jays set a new season-high with six doubles in the game. SS JC Cardenas, CF Lane Thomas, and 1B Matt Dean each drove in a pair of runs. Guillotte and 2B Cavan Biggio each had an RBI of their own.
Schneider lauded his hitters' approach at the plate after the game.
"We were up there with a purpose trying to do damage early in counts and ahead in counts on fastballs which is what we've been preaching to these guys since Spring Training. It got contagious. Up-and-down (the lineup), good approach."
The Blue Jays bullpen was also solid, finishing Perdomo's strong start with four shutout innings of relief. RHP Adonys Cardona and RHP Jared Carkuff each threw two scoreless inning and both allowed just one hit.
The Blue Jays are home again tomorrow night against the Mets in the third game of their four-game set with the first pitch scheduled for 6:30 PM. First-round pick RHP T.J. Zeuch will take the ball on the mound for Dunedin. Fans at the ballpark tomorrow will also be able to enjoy pizza from a variety of Dunedin's top restaurants during the team's popular Pizza Night promotion beginning at 6:00 PM.
Cuban SS Lourdes Gurriel made his minor league debut for the Blue Jays Wednesday night after being activated from the disabled list prior to the game. In the first inning, Gurriel lined the first pitch thrown to him in his professional career into the gap in left for a double. He came up to bat again in the second, hitting a groundball to the thirdbaseman. Gurriel slowed and appeared to be in pain just short of first base while attempting to beat out the groundball and was forced to leave the game with a leg injury. He will be evaluated tomorrow