The Jays win! Marcus Stroman provided the pitching and the offense managed to score enough to beat the Red Sox. The minor league clubs had a few results with playoff implications so let’s get started!
Buffalo Bisons 6, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 5
In game one of a big double header for the Herd, the Bisons took the victory despite a somewhat shaky performance on defense that led to three of the five runs scored being unearned. Raul Valdes allowed all of the runs but only gave up six hits and two walks over six innings. Brett Wallace was 2/4 with a three run home run that capped a five-run seventh inning that gave the Bisons the lead (and the win).
Player of the Game: Brett Wallace
Buffalo Bisons 3, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 8
Game two wasn’t as smooth for the Bisons as Scott Copeland allowed six runs (four earned) over four innings and Ryan Tepera allowed another two over his inning. The offense, except for Cole Gillespie, was pretty quiet with Ryan Schimpf and Jonathan Diaz having doubles. Gillespie was 3/4 however. With the split of the double header, the Bisons trail the Pawtucket Red Sox by 1.5 games in the International League wildcard race.
Player of the Game: Cole Gillespie
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 6, Harrisburg Senators 9
The Fisher Cats scored six runs on 11 hits but it wasn’t enough as the Senators scored nine off of the New Hampshire pitching. K.C. Hobson made a costly error that led to four of Casey Lawrence‘s seven runs being unearned and it wasted tremendous offensive performances from Andy Burns and Brad Glenn. Glenn hit another home run, going 3/4, adding a single, a double and three RBI. Andy Burns was 3/4 with three doubles, three runs and one RBI.
Player of the Game: Brad Glenn and Andy Burns
Dunedin Blue Jays 2, Daytona Cubs 8
Matt Boyd had a rare bad outing for the Dunedin Blue Jays, allowing five runs (four earned) over four innings of work. Of note, Brandon Morrow made a rehab outing, and threw a scoreless inning, striking out one. On offense, Mitch Nay is starting to find his feet in Florida and went 2/4 with a double. Marcus Knecht and Nick Baligod also were 2/4 with Baligod driving in a run and hitting a double.
Player of the Game: Nick Baligod and Mitch Nay
Lansing Lugnuts 3, Dayton Dragons 2
The Lugnuts picked up a win on the road, squeaking by the Dayton Dragons with a run in the top of the ninth. Starlyn Suriel went six innings, allowing only two hits — but those hits were both solo home runs. He also walked two and struck out three. Alonzo Gonzalez and Brady Dragmire combined to finish the game with three innings of hitless relief. No one really stood out on offense but Jason Leblebijian hit a solo home run in the ninth to give the club the lead. Rowdy Tellez was 1/4 and David Harris was 1/3 with a walk.
Player of the Game: Jason Leblebijian and Starlyn Suriel
Vancouver Canadians 14, Eugene Emeralds 3
The Vancouver Canadians pushed their way into a one-game lead for a playoff spot with a big win over Eugene on Wednesday. The offense crushed 15 hits including home runs from Franklin Barreto and Ryan McBroom. Barreto was 3/4 with three runs, two RBI and a stlen base while McBroom added a double, a walk and drove in three. Chris Carlson had probably the biggest game, however, going 4/5 with a single, two doubles and a triple, scoring three times and driving in a pair. Roemon Fields was 2/5 with a double and an RBI as well. Ryan Borucki had a solid outing on the mound, going 5 2/3 innings, allowing just two hits with no walks and three strike outs and just one run. Alberto Tirado had a perfect outing, going two innings and striking out three.
Player of the Game: Chris Carlson
Bluefield Blue Jays 2, Pulaski Mariners 4
Despite solid pitching from Joey Aquino, Alberto Guzman and Dusty Isaacs, the Blue Jays couldn’t muster enough offense against Zack Littell and the Mariners. Aquino didn’t walk anyone and struck out six but allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits over four innings. The offense was concentrated at the top of the order as leadoff man Rolando Segovia was 3/4 with two runs and Angel Rojas was 2/4.
Player of the Game: Rolando Segovia
GCL Blue Jays 4, GCL Yankees1 7
Game one of a double header had 12 hits for the Blue Jays but not many runs. Cliff Brantley, Deiferson Barreto, Nathan DeSouza and Dave Pepe each had two hits with Pepe driving in a pair of runs. Juan Kelly had a 3/4 game with a run. The pitching isn’t worth talking about much as both Angel Perdomo (3 2/3 innings, 4 runs) and Joe Claver (2 1/3 innings, 3 runs) got hit hard, giving up a home run each.
Player of the Game: Juan Kelly
GCL Blue Jays 3, GCL Yankees1 5
Game two was a little better. Hansel Rodriguez allowed four runs over three innings but two of those runs were unearned. Bobby Wheatley finished the game, allowing just one hit and one walk over three innings, striking out three. Dave Pepe had a phenomenal day, adding three more hits (including two doubles) and two mor RBI to his totals from the first game. Cliff Brantley also had another multi-hit game, going 2/4. Juan Kelly and Nathan DeSouza took all five walks the Jays took withe Kelly getting three free passes and DeSouza getting two to go with a hit.
Player of the Game: Dave Pepe
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