There were two double headers on the slate for Saturday and the Blue Jays’ affiliates posted a 6-3 record for the day’s action.
Buffalo Bisons, Pawtucket Red Sox
Postponed due to rain.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 2, Erie SeaWolves 8
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats’ winning streak was snapped thanks to an 8-2 loss to the Erie SeaWolves on Saturday. Ryan Lavarnway had a big game with the bat, going 3/4 with an RBI while Jon Berti made his return from the DL and didn’t miss a beat, going 2/4 with a double and a run. Rowdy Tellez was 0/2 with two walks and Emilio Guerrero was 1/3 with a walk.
Conner Greene had a rough start, giving up six runs on nine hits (including a home run) with two walks and six strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings. Colton Turner threw 2 1/3 innings of relief, giving up a run on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts and Wil Browning allowed a run on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts over 1 1/3 innings.
Player of the Game: Ryan Lavarnway
Roster Notes: Ian Parmley and Jon Berti were activated off the DL and John Stilson and Harold Ramirez were placed on the DL, both retroactive to August 4. Jason Berken was assigned to Buffalo from New Hampshire.
Dunedin Blue Jays 1, Brevard County Manatees 0
The Dunedin Blue Jays beat the Brevard County Manatees in the first game of their double header, making up Friday’s rainout. The game was delayed for two hours and 44 minutes and Jon Harris, the scheduled starter, didn’t throw a pitch and was scratched after he warmed up and the start bottom of the first was delayed. Conor Fisk took over and pitched all seven innings (although I doubt it will be scored a complete game), bumping his record to 7-3 with a two-hit, one-walk shutout, striking out seven.
Player of the Game: Conor Fisk
Dunedin Blue Jays 4, Brevard County Manatees 3
The Dunedin Blue Jays won the second half of their double header with the Brevard County Manatees, also by one run, posting a four-run salvo in the second inning and held of a three-run home run by Brevard County in the fourth. Michael De La Cruz, playing third base, was 2/3 with a double and two RBI while Josh Almonte was 1/3 and drove in the Blue jays’ other two runs. Anthony Alford was 1/3 with a single and a walk.
Francisco Rios threw the complete game, allowing just one big hit, the home run, but only gave up three hits overall and one walk, striking out eight to pick up his fifth win.
Player of the Game: Francisco Rios and Michael De La Cruz
Lansing Lugnuts 7, Fort Wayne TinCaps 4
The Lugnuts took advantage of four Fort Wayne errors (despite making three of their own) in a 7-4 win. Connor Panas hit his club-leading 14th home run, driving in one and scoring twice, going 2/4 while Juan Kelly was 3/4 with an RBI, a stolen base and run. Andrew Guillotte (2/5, 2B, RBI, R, SB) and John La Prise (2/5, RBI, R) had two hits apiece. Lane Thomas, was 1/3 with a double, two walks, a stolen base and a run.
Josh DeGraaf started and allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk in four innings, striking out four. Tayler Saucedo earned the win, giving up two unearned runs on just two hits and a walk with three strikeouts over three innings and Jackson Lowery was dominant over the final two frames, saving the game and striking out five of the six batters he faced.
Player of the Game: Connor Panas
Vancouver Canadians 4, Eugene Emeralds 5
The Vancouver Canadians tried mightily to complete a comeback but fell just short after scoring four runs over the seventh and eighth innings to eventually fall to the Eugene Emeralds 5-4. Starter Denis Diaz allowed five runs over four innings, giving up seven hits and two walks and Geno Encina pitched a scoreless fifth. Gabe Noyalis, in one of his best outings so far, threw two scoreless innings, striking out three and giving up just a hit and a walk. Jackson McClelland allowed a hit in the eighth inning.
Player of the Game: None
Bluefield Blue Jays 5, Danville Braves 2
The Bluefield Blue Jays got behind early to the Danville Braves but came from behind, scoring three times in the bottom of the seventh, thanks to a home run from Jesus Severino to beat the Braves 5-2. Starter Jose Espada allowed a two-run home run in the first inning but that was all the scoring he conceded, giving up just four hits and one walk over six innings. Stuart Holmes got the win, allowing a hit and a walk in the seventh inning.
Bluefield had just five hits including the game-winning, three-run home run from Severino (who was 1/3). Vladimir Guerrero was 0/2 with a walk and an RBI.
Player of the Game: Jesus Severino
Bluefield Blue Jays 2, Danville Braves 1
In Game 2 of the double header, the Blue Jays struck first, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first and then holding off the Danville Braves for a 2-1 win and a sweep of the twin bill. Juliandry Higuera had a strong outing for the Blue Jays, striking out eight and giving up just one run on five hits and one walk over six innings to pick up his first win with Bluefield this year. Connor Eller pitched a perfect ninth, striking out two to save his fourth game of the year.
Player of the Game: Juliandry Higuera
GCL Blue Jays 2, GCL Braves 10
The GCL Blue Jays are mired in a two-game losing streak after falling to the Braves by a 10-2 score. Juan Meza, who has been struggling all season, allowed five runs (including two home runs) on five hits with two strikeouts in just two innings. Yonardo Herdenez allowed two more runs on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts over five innings while William Ouelette gave up another home run (among three hits) and three runs over two innings with three strikeouts.
Player of the Game: None
DSL Blue Jays 2, DSL Padres 1
With a brisk pace and all of the scoring done in the ninth inning, the Blue Jays came back from their 1-0 deficit to rally for two runs in the bottom of the ninth and walk off with a victory over the DSL Padres. A fielding error allowed Luis De Los Santos to get on base to lead off the ninth for the Blue Jays when Mc Gregory Contreras doubled him home to tie the game. The very next batter, Antonio Concepcion, hit a sacrifice bunt and, thanks to a throwing error, Contreras was able to come around to score the game winner. Aldo Ovando didn’t figure into the decisive inning but went 2/4 with two doubles. De Los Santos also had a double and was 1/3 while Mc Gregory Contreras was 1/3 with a walk, a double, an RBI and a run.
Adams Cuevas was excellent, throwing seven scoreless innings for the Blue Jays and giving up just four hits and one walk with four strikeouts to lower his ERA to 0.64. Claudio Galva gave up the one run on two hits and a walk over 1 1/3 innings with two strikeouts and Jesus Colman earned the win, finishing the eighth and stranding two of the three runners he inherited over 2/3 of an inning.
Player of the Game: Adams Cuevas
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