Solo Homers Sink Blue Jays

Blue Jays starter Angel Perdomo threw 5.2 strong innings Sunday, but was saddled with the loss by four solo home runs. (Jim Goins)

By Daniel Venn / Dunedin Blue Jays | April 9, 2017 4:41 PM ET

DUNEDIN, FL- Coming off their 12-run outburst in last night's Home Opener, the Dunedin Blue Jays (2-2) offense was stifled by Clearwater starter LHP Cole Irvin on Sunday afternoon in a 4-2 loss to the Threshers (2-2).

Irvin, a 5th-round draft pick in last July's draft, held the Blue Jays scoreless for six innings, allowing just two hits and striking out eight before ceding to the bullpen. 

"Give credit to Irvin, he threw well," Blue Jays Manager John Schneider said after the game. "He did a good job of using his secondary pitches, especially behind in counts. He kept us off balance and didn't give us a chance to put anything together."

On the Blue Jays side, starting pitcher LHP Angel Perdomo was hurt by the longball, allowing four runs on four solo home runs in an otherwise effective outing. He went 5.2 innings, giving up eight hits and four walks in his Florida State League debut.

"Obviously the homers hurt him, but I was pleased that he got into the sixth and made some adjustments. It's a new league and new offensive approach for him, so hopefully he learns from it and continues to go forward," Schneider said of Perdomo's outing.

After mustering just two hits through six innings, the Blue Jays broke through in the seventh off Threshers reliever RHP Edgar Garcia. With one out, C Danny Jansen reached on an error and was doubled home by RF Derrick Loveless. The Blue Jays threatened to continue the rally, loading the bases with a hit-by pitch-and walk, but Garcia was able to retire SS JC Cardenas and 2B Andrew Guillotte to escape the jam.

The Blue Jays threatened again in the eighth. With the bases loaded, CF Lane Thomas shot a base hit through the right side, driving in DH Max Pentecost from third. However, the Jays again left the bases loaded when 1B Matt Dean lined out to right.

With the split away-home series with Clearwater complete, the Blue Jays head on the road for a six-day, seven-game road trip. The trip begins with three games in Kissemmee against the Florida Fire Frogs (2-2) and concludes with four games against the Jupiter Hammerheads (2-1). RHP Conor Fisk is slated to start the first game against the Fire Frogs.

Of Note:

Clearwater LF Cornelius Randolph started the scoring for the Threshers with a first-inning home run to rightfield. He has homered in three consecutive games.

"I was looking for a fastball early, trying to hit something to the gap and get something started for the team," he commented after the game about the home run. "It felt great."

Injury Notes:
Blue Jays starter RHP T.J. Zeuch left Saturday's game after one inning with a lower-body injury. He is considered day-to-day. 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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