The Blue Jays had their hats handed to them and the minor league clubs had a mixed day. I finally saw a win in Lansing, though. More coming below!
Buffalo Bisons 11, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 7
Raul Valdes allowed four runs on seven hits through five innings but the offense was in high gear, generating 11 runs on 13 hits on the night. George Kottaras was 3/4 with a single, double and home run (as a catcher, he was probably very unlikely to get a triple to complete the cycle), driving in two runs. Cole Gillespie also had three hits, going 3/5 with a double, two runs and two RBI. Matt Hague hit twou doubles and drove in three while Dalton Pompey was 2/5 with two hits, two stolen bases and three runs scored.
Player of the Game: George Kottaras
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3, Portland Sea Dogs 4
Despite striking out seven batters, starter Casey Lawrence allowed four runs in six innings and the Fisher Cats’ offense couldn’t muster more than three runs in response. K.C. Hobson tried, going 2/3 with an RBI and Jorge Flores was 2/4 with a double and an RBI but it wasn’t enough for the Fisher Cats.
Player of the Game: Jorge Flores and K.C. Hobson
Dunedin Blue Jays 2, Tampa Yankees 5
Unfortunately, Matt Boyd couldn’t pitch the whole game. He was outstanding yet again, allowing just two hits and one walk over six innings while striking out eight. The bullpen coughed up all five runs over the last two innings of the game with Griffin Murphy charged with two over 2/3 of an inning and Danny Barnes getting charged for three (two earned) over 1 1/3. The Blue Jays could manage only five hits including two from Shane Opitz and a solo home run from Dwight Smith, Jr.
Player of the Game: Matt Boyd
Lansing Lugnuts 8, South Bend Silver Hawks 5
The Lansing Lugnuts evened their series against the South Bend Silver Hawks with an 8-4 victory. Starlyn Suriel was the starter and pitched five strong innings, allowing two runs in the first, giving up a two-out double, followed by a home run and another double but nothing else. He only walked one batter, retiring 13 of the last 14 batters he faced, striking out four. A chain of relievers that included Matt Dermody, Scott Silverstein, Roberto Espinosa and Brady Dragmire finished up the game with Silverstein allowing a couple of runs and Brady Dragmire allowing one more in the ninth.
On the offensive side of the ball,there were a few stars. David Harris, playing left field tonight. Harris was 2/4 with a double and a single (and was robbed of a hit in the bottom of the eighth) and drove in four runs. D.J. Davis also had a big day, going 2/3 with a single, double, two walks, three runs and two RBI. He also stole a base, was caught stealing and struck out to tie the all-time team record for strikeouts in a season. Rowdy Tellez was 0/3 but showed great patience taking a walk and gave the ball a ride on a long fly out to center field. Daniel Klein also showed his stuff with a 3/4 game that included a big home run onto Cedar St., outside of the ballpark.
Player of the Game: David Harris, Daniel Klein and D.J. Davis
Vancouver Canadians 3, Boise Hawks 10
Zakery Wasilewski continued his run of tough outings by only managing to go 1 1/3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on three hits and five walks. Jonathan Wandling allowed another three over 3 2/3. The offense had some life with Trent Miller, Roemon Fields and Chris Carlson all getting two hits. Gunnar Heidt hit his first professional home run in the loss.
Player of the Game: Gunnar Heidt and Roemon Fields
Bluefield Blue Jays 8, Kingsport Mets 4
In a rain-shortened ballgame, the Bluefield Blue Jays hung on for the victory after scoring seven runs in the first inning. Evan Smith wasn’t as sharp as he has been, allowing four runs over 4 1/3 innings. All of the batters had at least one hit except for Rolando Segovia. Lane Thomas and Aaron Attaway each had two hits, including a single and a double while Sean Hurley was 1/3 with a two-RBI double.
Player of the Game: Lane Thomas and Aaron Attaway
GCL Blue Jays 3, GCL Phillies 8
The Blue Jays’ offense failed them and they scored three runs despite getting only four hits; the seven walks that they took definitely helped. Matt Morgan wason twice with two walks while Trey Pascazi walked three times. Non-drafted free agent Turner Lee allowed the first three runs while Francisco Diaz, Joe Claver and Francis Eduardo all gave up at least one.
Player of the Game: None
DSL Blue Jays 5, DSL Tigers 10
Thanks to seven walks, the Blue Jays managed to punch above their weight class with just six hits as a team. Manuel Herazo, a catcher, was 2/3 with a stolen base and scored twice while Jesus Severino was 1/3 with a walk, a triple and two RBI. Jairo Rosario had the best day on the mound, going three innings and allowing one run on a hit and two walks.
Player of the Game: Manuel Herazo and Jesus Severino
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August 23 Preview
Buffalo Bisons (71-61)
The Buffalo Bisons, just two games back of the International League wildcard, host the team they’re trying to catch: the Pawtucket Red Sox starting tonight at 7:05 PM on MiLB TV. Kendall Graveman, who has a 1.04 ERA with the Bisons, takes the mound.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (63-68)
The Fisher Cats face another Red Sox’ affiliate in the form of the Portland Sea Dogs with Austin Bibens-Dirkx on the mound at 7:05 PM on MiLB TV.
Dunedin Blue Jays (75-55)
Jesse Hernandez takes the hill with a 4.97 ERA for the Blue Jays against the Tampa Yankees at 6:00 PM.
Lansing Lugnuts (58-71)
Mid-season pick up Brent Powers is going to start today for the Lansing Lugnuts against the South Bend Silver Hawks at 7:05 PM.
Vancouver Canadians (38-29)
Starting for the Vancouver Canadians, who also have playoff aspirations, is Chase Mallard with the Canadians 1.5 games behind Tri-City in the second-half standings. Tonight’s game is at 10:05 PM ET in Vancouver.
Bluefield Blue Jays (28-32)
Bluefield has another double header scheduled today and neither starter has been announced for the Blue Jays. The festivities start at 5:05 PM at Bowen Field in Bluefield.
The GCL and DSL Blue Jays are both in action today.
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