The Blue Jays’ minor league teams had a solid day of work on Friday, going 3-1 in action with some excellent relief pitching performances and a big extra-inning win for the Fisher Cats.
Buffalo Bisons 1, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 6
The offensive magic that the Buffalo Bisons wielded on Thursday was largely absent against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on Friday as they fell 6-1.
The Bisons’ only run came off of Andy Burns‘s bat as he hit a solo home run in the seventh as he went 1/3 for the Bisons. Bo Bichette had two of the club’s four hits including a double but he also made a fielding error. Cavan Biggio was 1/4 with the Bisons’ other hit.
Shawn Morimando was hit fairly hard, giving up two runs on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts in three innings, taking the loss. Dusy Isaacs was outstanding in relief, giving up just a hit over three innings and striking out seven. Zach Jackson allowed two unearned runs in the seventh, striking out two and giving up two hits. Justin Shafer allowed another two runs (one earned) in 1 1/3 innings, and Danny Young finished the game, allowing his inherited runner from Shafer to score on a fielder’s choice but he didn’t allow any further scoring, finishing the game with two outs in the ninth.
L: Shawn Morimando (0-1)
HR: Andy Burns (1)
Player of the Game: Andy Burns and Dusty Isaacs
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 4
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats scored twice in the bottom of the 11th, beating the Binghamton Rumble Ponies 5-4 on an RBI Single by Kevin Smith.
Smith was 1/6 with n RBI but Joshua Palacios was 2/5 with a walk and a stolen base. Santiago Espinal also had two hits, going 2/5 with a run and Ryan Hissey was 2/4 with a stolen base. Forrest Wall was 1/4 with a walk, an RBI and a run and Chad Spanberger was 1/4 with a walk and a run. Kacy Clemens drove in two runs, going 1/5.
Hector Perez started for the Fisher Cats and he struggled, giving up two runs but five hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings. Francisco stranded two runners in the third and pitched another three innings, giving up just a hit and striking out two in 3 2/3. Jake Fishman gave up a run on one hit, striking out three in two innings and Bryan Baker walked two in two innings, striking out three and Kirby Snead earned a win, allowing an unearned run on a hit in the 11th inning.
W: Kirby Snead (1-0)
Player of the Game: Francisco Rios
Dunedin Blue Jays 7, Clearwater Threshers 3
Young was 3/5 with an RBI and two runs, hitting a triple while Adams was 3/4 with two RBI, a double and a walk. Demi Orimoloye was 1/3 with two walks, an RBI and two runs, adding a stolen base. Cullen Large was on base with three walks and a run while Ryan Noda was 0/4 but took his first walk of the season. Kevin Vicuna was 0/4 but drove in a run and took a walk and Samad Taylor was 1/4 and Cal Stevenson was 0/4 with a walk and a run. Logan Warmoth also took a walk, drove in a run and scored.
Starter Maximo Castillo was strong, allowing just a run in four innings, giving up two hits (including a solo home run) and striking out five. Jonathan Cheshire took over, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk with one strikeout in the fifth, picking up a win. William Ouellette allowed just a hit and struck out three in three innings and Dany Jimenez finished it off with two strikeouts in the ninth.
W: Jonathan Cheshire (1-0)
Player of the Game: Chavez Young and Riley Adams
Lansing Lugnuts 7, Fort Wayne TinCaps 3
The Lansing Lugnuts got a couple of runs early but broke out in the later innings to take control of the game and didn’t relinquish the lead in a 7-3 win.
The Lugnuts got two hits from five different players along the way to their seven runs. Reggie Pruitt was 2/5 with three stolen bases and a run while Jake Brodt was 2/5 with two triples and an RBI. Jordan Groshans was 2/3 with a double and two walks, driving in two and scoring twice and John Aiello was 2/5 with a run and a stolen base. Alejandro Kirk was 2/4 with a double, a walk, an RBI and a run. Mc Gregory Contreras and Dom Abbadessa each contributed a hit with Abbadessa hitting a double but was caught stealing a base, committed an error but also got an outfield assist.
The Lansing pitching staff survived five errors (one each by Abbadessa, Aiello, Will McAffer, Nick Podkul and Connor Law) and Joey Murray tossed five innings with just two unearned runs, giving up four hits and two walks with five strikeouts for the win. Will McAffer threw two innings, giving up a hit and a walk with two strikeouts and Joey Pulido walked one in the eighth. Connor Law allowed an unearned run in the ninth, allowing two hits and striking out one.
W: Joey Murray (1-0)
Player of the Game: Jake Brodt and Jordan Groshans
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