Five of the Jays’ affiliates’ eight games went down as victories on Saturday and while there weren’t any truly dominant performances on the day, there several very good ones.
Buffalo Bisons, Pawtucket Red Sox
Game postponed due to rain.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 2, Trenton Thunder 8
A seven-run second inning for the Trenton Thunder sealed the fate of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats as they fell 8-2 on Saturday. Jeremy Gabryszwski was charged with all eight runs, pitching just 1 1/3 innings and allowing eight hits (including two home runs) and a walk. John Anderson entered and had a strong outing, giving up just two hits over 3 2/3 innings, striking out a pair. Alonzo Gonzalez had his best Double-A appearance, throwing 2 2/3 innings of scoreless ball with two strikeouts while walking two and giving up two hits. Colton Turner retired the final batter for the Fisher Cats.
The offense had eight hits including a 1/3 game from Rowdy Tellez who drove in both of the Fisher Cats’ runs while also taking a walk. Christian Lopes was 2/4 with a double and a walk while Jon Berti scored both runs, going 2/4 with a triple.
Player of the Game: Christian Lopes and Jon Berti
Dunedin Blue Jays 4, Brevard County Manatees 3
The Brevard County Manatees didn’t make it easy on the Dunedin Blue Jays, taking them to extra innings, then scoring in the top of the 10th. Then, in the bottom of the 10th, the Blue Jays took advantage of some defensive miscues to score two runs. Josh Almonte singled on a bunt and advanced to second on an error and third on a passed ball. With one out, Dickie Joe Thon was hit by a pitch then stole second. The runners moved up one base each, scoring the tying run, on a wild pitch and then Ryan McBroom singled home the winning run with two outs in the 10th. McBroom finished the game 2/5 with a double and two RBI while L.B. Dantzler hit a solo home run and took a walk.
Luis Santos allowed two runs over the first six innings of the game, giving up six hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Adonys Cardona pitched a clean seventh and Jose Fernandez threw the final three innings, allowing a run in the tenth and giving up two hits and two walks with two strikeouts.
Player of the Game: Ryan McBroom
Lansing Lugnuts 5, West Michigan Whitecaps 3
The Lansing Lugnuts and West Michigan Whitecaps completed their suspended game from Friday night with the Lugnuts scoring twice in the top of the 11th inning and holding the lead in the bottom half for a 5-3 win despite getting out-hit 5-3. Lane Thomas had two hits and a walk, driving in a run and scoring while also contributing on defense with an outfield assist. Juan Kelly was 1/3 with a double, two walks and a run while Connor Panas also walked twice, drove in a run and scored, going 1/3. Ryan Metzler contributed the two-run single in the 11th, going 1/5.
Josh DeGraaf started on Friday, allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts over five innings. Tayler Saucedo went 4 2/3 innings, giving up three hits and a walk with three strikeouts and Jackson Lowery got the win, throwing the final 1 1/3 innings with a hit and a walk against, striking out one.
Player of the Game: Lane Thomas and Tayler Saucedo
Lansing Lugnuts 2, West Michigan Whitecaps 3
In the regularly scheduled game, the Lugnuts wanted to go extras again, providing West Michigan fans with another 12 innings of baseball before the Whitecaps satisfied their home crowd with a walkoff win. The Lugnuts had only four hits including Connor Panas’s team-leading 15th home run of the season (a solo shot) while Juan Kelly was 1/4 with a walk and an RBI.
Starter Justin Maese had a solid game, going 6 1/3 innings and giving up six hits, one walk and two runs with six strikeouts. Kirby Snead allowed two hits and struck out one in 2 2/3 innings and Starlyn Suriel took the loss, walking four and giving up three hits in 2 1/3 innings with three strikeouts.
Player of the Game: Justin Maese
Vancouver Canadians 4, Hillsboro Hops 0
The Vancouver Canadians snapped their eight-game losing streak thanks to a tremendous pitching performance on Saturday. The duo of Andy Ravel (3 IP, 1 H, 2 K) and Mike Ellenbest (3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) combined for six innings of shutout work while Zach Jackson (2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K) and Griffin Glaude (1 IP, 1 H) completed the shutout.
The Canadians got two hits each from Nash Knight (who drove in two runs), Joshua Palacios (2/4, 2B, RBI) and J.B. Woodman (2/4, 2B, R) whle Bryan Lizardo (1/3, BB) and Deiferson Barreto (1/4, R, BB) each was on twice.
Player of the Game: Andy Ravel, Mike Ellenbest and Nash Knight
Bluefield Blue Jays 9, Elizabethton Twins 6
The Bluefield Blue Jays’ offense continues to power its way to victories but on Saturday, the club needed to take advantage of five errors by the Elizabethton Twins to come away with a win. Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. had three hits and three RBI and was caught stealing while Javier Monzon was 2/4 with a walk and two RBI and Kalik May was 2/4 with two runs and a stolen base. Nick Sinay (1/3, RBI, 2 R) and Bradley Jones (0/3, 2 BB) each stole two bases.
Joel Espinal got the win but actually gave up five runs on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Brayden Bouchey allowed three hits and two walks but didn’t give up any runs in 1 1/3 innings, striking out three. Connor Eller picked up his sixth save of the season, throwing two innings and allowing an unearned run on two hits with two strikeouts.
Player of the Game: Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.
GCL Blue Jays 5, GCL Tigers West 4
The GCL Blue Jays scored five runs on 13 hits, all singles, contributing to their 5-4 win against the GCL Tigers West in a “death-by-a-thousand-cuts” fashion. Norberto Obeso went 3/5, pushing his batting average to .333 while Ryan Gold (2/5, RBI, R), Yorman Rodriguez (2/4, BB, 2 R, SB) and Antony Fuentes (2/4, RBI, SB) each had two hits.
Tyler Olander threw two scoreless innings, walking one and striking out one while Alvaro Galindo gave up two runs on three hits and a walk with three strikeouts in four innings. Jose Nova pitched two scoreless, giving up two hits and striking out one and Jared Carkuff blew the save but also earned the win, pitching an inning and giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk but struck out the side.
Player of the Game: Norberto Obeso and Yorman Rodriguez
DSL Blue Jays 3, DSL White Sox 4
With just five hits, the DSL Blue Jays fell to the White Sox, 4-3. Yhordegny Kelly was 1/3 with two walks and an RBI while Victor Figuereo was 1/4 with a walk and a solo home run. Mc Gregory Contreras was 1/3 with a single and a walk.
Luis Mendoza gave up three runs on eight hits with four strikeouts over five innings while Elio Silva took the loss, giving up the game-winning run on three hits and a walk with a strikeout in three innings.
Player of the Game: Victor Figuereo
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