Bisons' Leblebijian goes deep twice in loss

Blue Jays infielder narrowly misses third homer, plates four runs

Jason Leblebijian leads Buffalo in on-base percentage (.382) and OPS (.921). (Rick Nelson/

By Michael Leboff / | May 29, 2017 11:35 PM

If Jason Leblebijian keeps this up, his tongue-twisting surname will one day grace the back of a Major League uniform. 

The Toronto infielder homered twice during his second four-hit game of the season and drove in four runs as Triple-A Buffalo fell to Charlotte, 9-7, on Monday. 

Video: Buffalo's Leblebijian homers again

Leblebijian put the Bisons on the board in the second inning when he smoked a 1-1 offering from Will Lamb over the fence in left-center field. The 26-year-old belted his second solo shot to left off Lamb in the fourth to tie the score, 3-3. 

The Bradley University product narrowly missed out on the hat trick in the seventh when he tattooed the first pitch from Kelvis Valerio (1-0) off the center-field wall for a two-run double. The native of Arlington Heights, Illinois also lined a single to center with two outs in the ninth. 

Gameday box score

In 44 games this season, Leblebijian has produced a .305/.382/.539 slash line with seven homers and 33 RBIs. His .920 OPS is fourth-best in the International League. 

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Leblebijian's strong start this year comes on the heels of a breakout 2016 campaign that saw the 26-year-old post a .294/.361/.436 slash line with 13 homers and 55 RBIs in 127 games between Class A Advanced Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire. 

Christian Lopes hit his second homer of the season and Dwight Smith Jr. added an RBI double for the Bisons.

After Nicky Delmonico went deep in the ninth for the Knights, Cody Asche ended the game with a three-run pinch-hit homer. 

Video: Charlotte's Asche hits pinch-hit walk-off jack

Yoan Moncada,'s top overall prospect, had an RBI single and scored twice for Charlotte.

Michael Leboff is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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