Blue Jays Triple-A Heating Up In Trenton

Toronto Blue Jays Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons won five of six games this week in a series against the Rochester Red Wings (Nationals affiliate). The Bisons have been temporarily relocated to Trenton, NJ as their home stadium, Sahlen Field in Buffalo, NY is currently being prepped for the Blue Jays MLB squad to play home games starting June 1. 

The Bisons are bringing winning baseball back to Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, as they have won nine of their first 12 games and sit tied atop the Triple-A East Division. The Bisons bats were alive through the entirety of the series, scoring 32 runs over the six games, which included a strong performance on Sunday as they earned the win against MLB All-Star Stephen Strassburg, pitching for Rochester on a rehab assignment. 

Bisons outfielder Logan Warmouth is off to a strong start this season, hitting .333 with three home runs, including a two-run shot on Wednesday that led the Bisons to victory. 

While battling for a big league roster spot, utility man Breyvic Valera had eight hits in the six game set, bringing his average up to .341 on the season. 

Bisons infielder Christian Colon continued his red hot start to the season blasting two home runs in the series and accounting for seven RBI, including an emotional go-ahead three run homer on Colon’s birthday Thursday, which occurred moments after a heartfelt video from his family was played on the scoreboard. 

Bisons pitchers held the Red Wings to an average of two runs per game, highlighted by dominant starts from Alek Manoah, TJ Zuech, Connor Overton, and Nick Allgeyer. 

Nick Allgeyer threw six innings, allowing only one run on Tuesday night, earning himself a big league promotion by the end of the week. TJ Zuech threw six shutout innings on Thursday, and on Saturday night, Connor Overton went six innings, allowing no runs, no walks, two hits, and striking out three. 

Toronto Blue Jays #6 prospect Alek Manoah continued his strong start to the season on Wednesday, with a six inning performance in which he allowed no runs, one hit, and struck out five. Through two starts and 12 innings on the young season, he is yet to allow a run. Manoah’s starts have become must watch, especially with the recent anticipation that he will soon be dawning a Blue Jays MLB uniform, backed by the fact that Blue Jays General Manager Ross Atkins was in attendance for Wednesday's game.

Bisons reliever Tayler Saucedo did not allow a single run in his four innings of work out of the bullpen, nor did Kirby Snead in his 3.1 innings of work through the series. 

“(Our pitchers) did a great job attacking and trusting their stuff,” Bisons Manager Casey Candaele told the media. “If you pitch well, go after people, and play quality defense you're going to be in most games. They've been doing that and hopefully we can keep it up,” he added.

The Bisons will hit the road and head to Polar Park, where they will square off with the  Worcester Red Sox for a six-game series starting Tuesday.  They will continue their road trip and head to Scranton, PA for a six-game series with the RailRiders before heading home on June 1 as they welcome the Syracuse Mets.

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Eli Fishman is the Minor League Baseball writer for Jersey Sporting News. He has experience writing for sites such as In The Zone and Last Word on Baseball as well as writing for his school paper, The Columbian. Eli is an incoming freshman at Ithaca College and will be majoring in Sports Media.