The GCL Blue Jays edge ever closer to elimination despite the second-best record in the GCL and the Dunedin Blue Jays edge towards a playoff spot, leading their division.
Buffalo Bisons 2, Lehigh Valley IronPigs 12
Saturday was not a day for the Buffalo Bisons’ pitching staff to remember as the club was pummeled 12-2 by the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Chris Leroux was victimized for 10 runs on eight hits and two walks over just 1 2/3 innings and Jason Berken gave up two unearned runs on seven hits and two walks over the next 4 1/3. Chad Girodo struck out two and allowed a hit over two innings and Ryan Tepera finished the game, giving up a hit and striking out one in the ninth.
The Bisons had just four hits including a solo home run from Chris Colabello.
Player of the Game: Chris Colabello
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, Reading Fightin Phils 3
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats used two runs in the top of the ninth inning to defeat the Reading Fightin Phils 5-3 despite getting outhit and committing more errors. Christian Lopes made his two hits count, getting a single and a triple and drove in four runs. Ian Parmley also had two hits, going 2/4 with a single and a double, scoring once. Emilio Guerrero scored twice, going 1/3 with a walk.
Conner Greene allowed just one run on five hits and three walks with six strikeouts in five innings of work while Brady Dragmire blew a save, throwing two innings and surrendering two runs on a two-run home run in the seventh. Wil Browning got the win, pitching two innings and allowing a hit with two strikeouts.
Player of the Game: Christian Lopes
Dunedin Blue Jays 6, Lakeland Flying Tigers 2
Ryan McBroom went McBoom once again but it was Conor Fisk who was impressive in a 6-2 victory for the Dunedin Blue Jays over the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Fisk earned his 10th win of the season, throwing eight strong innings, giving up a run (on a solo home run) with just two hits and two walks against, striking out six. Adonys Cardona started the ninth and got two outs but walked one and gave up a hit, leading to a run while Dusty Isaacs stranded a runner to finished the game, retiring the only batter he faced.
Four Blue Jays had two hits each starting with Ryan McBroom who was 2/3 with a walk and a solo home run. Max Pentecost was 2/4 with an RBI and a run while Jorge Flores was 2/3 with two doubles, an RBI, two runs and a stolen base. Anthony Alford also had two singles and two RBI and was caught stealing.
Player of the Game: Conor Fisk
Lansing Lugnuts 5, Lake County Captains 6
The Lansing Lugnuts welcomed several new faces as they fight down to the wire for a playoff spot. The top three batters in the Lugnuts’ batting order on Saturday were all promoted today from the Vancouver Canadians with Joshua Palacios, Cavan Biggio and J.B. Woodman leading things off. Woodman made the biggest impression in the 6-5 loss to the Lake County Captains, going 3/3 with a walk, a home run, three RBI and two runs. No other Lugnut had more than one hit as the club had just six overall. Biggio was 0/3 with a walk and a stolen base.
Josh DeGraaf had a solid start, throwing 62 pitches over four innings and giving up one run on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Daniel Lietz allowed four runs over 2 2/3 innings to take the loss and Jackson Lowery cleaned up the two inherited runners in the seventh, striking out the only batter he faced. Starlyn Suriel gave up the sixth run in the eighth inning, allowing two hits but striking out the side.
Player of the Game: J.B. Woodman
Roster Notes: Juan Tejada was sent down to Vancouver while Joshua Palacios, Cavan Biggio and J.B. Woodman were promoted to Lansing from Vancouver. Starlyn Suriel was activated off the DL.
Vancouver Canadians 1, Everett AquaSox 10
A depleted Vancouver Canadians lineup was no match for the powerhouse Everett AquaSox in a 10-1 loss. Juan Tejada, recently sent down from Lansing, was the lone shining light with two doubles and a walk.
Player of the Game: Juan Tejada
Roster Notes: Juan Tejada was sent back to Vancouver from Lansing while Cavan Biggio, J.B. Woodman and Joshua Palacios were promoted to the Lugnuts.
Bluefield Blue Jays 9, Johnson City Cardinals 8
The rally kids did it again with the Bluefield Blue Jays coming out on top of a see-saw battle against the Johnson City Cardinals. The Cardinals took an early lead and the two clubs were neck and neck through four innings before the Blue Jays scored three in the fifth to go up 6-4. Then the Cardinals tied it in the top of the sixth before the Blue Jays went back on top by two in the bottom of the eighth. In the top of the ninth, the Cards tied things up again and the Blue Jays walked it off in the bottom of the ninth.
Reggie Pruitt had himself a day, going 3/5 with a triple, three RBI and a stolen base while Levi Scott also had three singles and a walk, scoring once. Nick Sinay (2/4, 3B, BB, RBI, 2 R, SB), Lance Jones (2/4, RBI, R), Bradley Jones (2/5, 2B, RBI, R), Cam O’Brien (2/3, 2B, BB) and Jesus Severino (2/5, 2B, RBI, 2 R) all had two hits while Javier Monzon was 1/3 with a run.
Osman Gutierrez gave up four runs on eight hits (including three home runs) and two walks, striking out five in five innings while Brayden Bouchey allowed two runs (one earned) on three walks in 2/3 of an inning. Stuart Homes went 1 1/3 with a walk and two strikeouts while Connor Eller got the win, throwing two innings with two runs against on three hits (including a home run) and two strikeouts.
Player of the Game: Reggie Pruitt and Nick Sinay
GCL Blue Jays 2, GCL Yankees West 4
The Blue Jays lost a close one to the GCL Yankees West club on Saturday and saw their Elimination Number drop to just two (a combination of two Blue Jays losses and/or GCL Phillies wins eliminates the Jays from the playoffs) after a 4-2 loss. Yorman Rodriguez was 3/4 with a run and three stolen bases and was responsible for half of the Blue Jays’ hits.
Jose Nova was excellent, holding the Yankees to just two hits and a walk in five innings with four strikeouts. Juan Meza took the loss, allowing three runs on four hits (including two home runs) with three strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings and Jared Carkuff gave up the other run over 2 1/3 innings with three strikeouts.
Player of the Game: Jose Nova and Yorman Rodriguez
DSL Blue Jays, DSL D-backs
Cancelled due to rain.
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