The bottom of the organization was much stronger on Monday, with all of the Short-Season teams but the Bluefield Blue Jays winning their games. The top levels of the organization were not very good, with Buffalo, New Hampshire and Dunedin taking losses.
Buffalo Bisons 3, Rochester Red Wings 4
Despite big games from Alex Hassan and Jonathan Diaz, the Bisons dropped the opener of their series against the Rochester Red Wings. Dalton Pompey was back in action after missing a couple of games due to an ankle injury but went 0/4. Hassan was 3/4 with a double and a run while Jonathan Diaz was 3/3 with an RBI and a run. Randy Wolf got the start and threw seven innings, giving up a pair of home runs among seven hits as well as four runs but he didn’t walk anyone and struck out seven. Aaron Loup was activated by the Bisons and pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit and striking out two.
Player of the Game: Jonathan Diaz and Alex Hassan
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 1, Reading Fightin Phils 8
The Fisher Cats are riding Ryan Schimpf who has now homered in four consecutive games but his solo shot in Monday’s game against the Phillies’ Double-A squad couldn’t carry the team to a win. Taylor Cole allowed five runs on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts over five innings. Cory Burns didn’t allow a hit over two innings of relief, striking out two and walking one while Greg Infante allowed three runs in his inning of work. The Fisher Cats only had five hits including Schimpf’s dinger and Dwight Smith, Jr.’s double.
Player of the Game: None
Dunedin Blue Jays 3, Clearwater Threshers 6
Anthony Alford has his second consecutive three-hit game, adding a walk but the D-Jays only managed to get three other hits on the night. Derrick Loveless had one of them, walking twice and scoring once while Matt Dean and Andy Fermin hit doubles with Dean driving in a run and Fermin driving in two. Conor Fisk had mixed results, giving up three runs (two earned) in the second inning but recovering and retiring the last 11 batters he faced, finishing with five innings and six strikeouts. Brad Allen allowed two runs over 2 2/3 innings while Arik Sikula gave up a run in 1 1/3 innings, finishing the game.
Roster Notes: Christian Lopes was sent down to Dunedin.
Player of the Game: Anthony Alford
Scheduled off day
Vancouver Canadians 7, Tri-City Dust Devils 3
Seven runs were more than enough for Tayler Saucedo and the Vancouver pitching staff as they held the Tri-City Dust Devils to just three runs for the win. Saucedo had another excellent start, allowing just one run on six hits and two walks over five innings with six strikeouts for the Canadians. Turner Lee threw three one-hit innings, striking out two and Daniel Young allowed two runs in the final inning.
Gunnar Heidt hit his first home run of the season, going 2/4 with two RBI while Sean Hurley (2/4, BB, RBI, 2 R) and Justin Atkinson (2/5, 2B, 2 RBI, R) each had two hits. Earl Burl III was on base three times, going 1/2 with two walks and an RBI.
Player of the Game: Tayler Saucedo and Gunnar Heidt
Bluefield Blue Jays 1, Bristol Pirates 2
While the pitching staff just gave up two runs, the offense couldn’t do any better, resulting in a loss for the Bluefield Blue Jays. Geno Encina had a solid start, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings, striking out four. Daniel Lietz allowed just a hit in 2 1/3 innings of relief and Alberto Guzman allowed just one hit in his inning, striking out two. Freddy Rodriguez continues to swing a hot bat, hitting his second home run in as many games. He was 2/4. Deiferson Barreto was 2/3 with two stolen bases and Juan Tejada had the other hit, going 1/4 with a stolen base.
Player of the Game: Freddy Rodriguez
GCL Blue Jays 6, GCL Tigers 5
The Blue Jays completed a suspended game on Monday that had already gone on for 23 innings on July 31. The Jays walked it off thanks to two batters hit by a pitch, a sac bunt and a fielding error so it definitely wasn’t pretty for the Tigers who committed a total of six errors over the course of the game (or really two-and-a-half games). While the Jays had 11 hits, they also took an insane 20 walks, but also struck out 36 times. Lance Jones was 3/9 with two walks, two runs and a stolen base while Javier Hernandez was 2/9 with a walk and a hit-by pitch. In the three-walk club were Juandy Mendoza (who stole two bases), Nash Knight, Levi Scott and Jake Thomas.
Luis Sanchez started the game and allowed two runs on 10 hits over six innings while Griffin Glaude allowed a run on four hits in three innings. Mike Estevez threw two scoreless innings while Gunner Eastman followed with four scoreless frames. Nate Abel allowed an unearned run in six innings of relief, giving up just one hit and one walk while striking out three and Kelyn Jose threw two innings, allowing a run on three hits and two walks. Juan Nunez got the win with a scoreless 24th inning.
Player of the Game: Lance Jones and Nate Abel
GCL Blue Jays 3, GCL Tigers 1
In the first of two scheduled games (following the completion of the suspended game, the second game was cancelled), the Blue Jays scored early and held off the Tigers for the seven-inning win. Dan Jansen, still rehabbing an injury, went 1/3 with a three-run home run in the first. Lance Jones had two hits and a walk as well, adding a stolen base.
Osman Gutierrez allowed only a solo home run in his six innings of work, giving up four hits but no walks and striking out seven. Mike Estevez earned his sixth save of the season with a perfect seventh.
Player of the Game: Danny Jansen and Osman Gutierrez
DSL Blue Jays 15, DSL Padres 11
The Blue Jays took their offensive show on the road, plating 15 runs against the DSL Padres who mounted a six-run rally in the bottom of the ninth but still fell four runs short. Francisco Rodriguez was the big bopper who went 3/5 with two home runs, a walk, two runs scored and six RBI for the Blue Jays. Rodriguez now has nine home runs on the season, leading the team. Kevin Vicuna was 3/6 with two runs while Norberto Obeso was 2/3 with three walks, a triple, two RBI and four runs. Yorman Rodriguez was 1/1 with two walks, two RBI and two runs.
The pitching staff wasn’t as prolific with Juan Meza allowing five runs over two innings, giving up six hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Ruben Ventura earned the win with three innings of no-hit ball, walking one and striking out six. Dany Jimenez allowed four runs in 3 2/3 innings while Wilton Mueses gave up two runs without retiring a batter and Orlando Pascual saved it with a one-out save.
Player of the Game: Francisco Rodriguez
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