The Blue Jays’ affiliates combined for just two wins and six losses over eight games on Saturday as I continued my visit to Lansing.
Buffalo Bisons 0, Columbus Clippers (CLE) 6
The Buffalo Bisons were shut out by the Columbus Clippers in the second game of their series, losing 6-0.
The Bisons had just six hits with singles from Socrates Brito (1/5, SB), Patrick Kivlehan (1/5), Rowdy Tellez (1/5), Jonathan Davis (1/3), Jordan Patterson (1/3) and Michael De La Cruz (1/3, BB). Richard Urena was 0/2 with two walks.
Shawn Morimando allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits (including a home run) and four walks with six strikeouts over six innings. Kirby Snead allowed two runs on two walks with three strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings while Bryan Baker allowed a run on two hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings.
L: Shawn Morimando (2-5)
Player of the Game: None
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 9, Reading Fightin Phils (PHI) 4
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats beat up on the Reading Fightin Phils, getting a home run from Kevin Smith on their way to a 9-4 win.
Smith was 1/3 with the home run, a walk and two RBI while Nash Knight was 3/4 with a walk, a double, an RBI and a run. Josh Palacios had a perfect night at the plate, going 1/1 with a double, four(!) walks, an RBI and three runs but he was picked off and caught stealing. Riley Adams was 2/4 with a double, two RBI, a run and a sac fly, while Chad Spanberger drove in two runs, going 1/3 with a run and a sac fly.
Joey Murray got back into action, tossing four innings, giving up a solo home run among two hits (for just one run overall) and a walk with five strikeouts. Justin Dillon allowed three runs in relief, tossing five innings with four hits but three of them were solo home runs, with two walks and three strikeouts, finishing the game by tossing five innings.
W: Justin Dillon (2-2)
HR: Kevin Smith (13)
Player of the Game: Joshua Palacios
Dunedin Blue Jays 2, Charlotte Stone Crabs (TB) 3
In the first game of their double header on Saturday, the Dunedin Blue Jays fell 3-2 to the Charlotte Stone Crabs. The second game was suspended in the fifth inning.
Demi Orimoloye was 2/3 with a run and a stolen base, adding an outfield assist and Chavez Young was on base twice, going 1/2 with a double, a walk, an RBI and a stolen base. Cal Stevenson was on base twice with a double and a walk and Cullen Large was 1/4 with a run and a stolen base.
Graham Spraker turned in a strong outing, giving up just two runs on five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts over five innings. Kyle Weatherly took the loss, allowing a run on two hits and two walks with two strikeouts in the sixth.
L: Kyle Weatherly (2-3)
Player of the Game: Graham Spraker and Demi Orimoloye
Lansing Lugnuts 4, Burlington Bees (LAA) 5
The Lansing Lugnuts made it close but they couldn’t come back after giving up the lead, losing 5-4 to the Clinton Lumberkings.
Eric Pardinho started for the Lugnuts, cruising through four innings before running into trouble in the fifth, giving up a run on three hits and two walks before gutting his way out of the jam. He struck out four over his five innings. Sean Rackoski looked strong for two innings before he was kept in the ballgame for the eighth, surrendering two runs on three hits with three strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings and Cre Finfrock shut the door in the eighth before pitching a strong ninth but in the 10th, he gave up a two-run home run, allowing those runs (one earned) on two hits with three strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.
Ryan Gold hit a big, two-run home run in the fourth inning going 1/4 with a walk while Gabriel Moreno drove in a run to lead off the 10th, going 2/5 with an RBI. Tanner Kirwer had two infield hits and scored twice, stealing a base and getting caught once. Otto Lopez was 1/5 and Jake Brodt was 1/4 with a walk. D.J. Neal was 2/3 with a walk.
L: Cre Finfrock (0-1)
HR: Ryan Gold (3)
Player of the Game: Eric Pardinho and D.J. Neal
Vancouver Canadians 5, Tri-City Dust Devils (SD) 2
The Vancouver Canadians beat the Tri-City Dust Devils 5-2, talking the lead in the seventh and holding it for the win.
Trevor Schwecke pushed his batting average to .298 with a 3/5 game, hitting two doubles and driving in three while Yorman Rodriguez is now hitting .369 after hitting two singles with an RBI and a run. Tanner Morris was 2/4 with a walk and two runs and Jesus Lopez was 1/4 with a double. Adrian Ramos was on base twice, going 1/3 with a walk and two runs while Cameron Eden was 1/4.
On the mound, Alex Nolan had a strong game, tossing six innings and giving up just two runs on seven hits (including a home run) while Parker Caracci got the win, striking out five batters in two innings, giving up just one hit and Mike Pascoe got the save, allowing a hit and a walk but striking out the side in the ninth.
W: Parker Caracci (1-1)
S: Mike Pascoe (1)
Player of the Game: Trevor Schwecke
Bluefield Blue Jays 7, Elizabethton Twins (MIN) 10
The Bluefield Blue Jays scored seven runs but it wasn’t enough as the Elizabethton Twins score 10, handing the Blue Jays a 10-7 loss.
Eric Rivera had three hits, driving in a pair of runs while Ryan Sloniger was 2/4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs. Scotty Bradley was 3/4 with three runs and Steward Berroa was 2/3 with a walk and a run. Patrick Morris was 1/3 with a walk and a sac fly, driving in one run on the night while Angel Camacho was 1/5. Miguel Hiraldo was 0/4 but walked and drove in a run.
Sam Ryan allowed six runs on six hits (including two home runs) with one walk and four strikeouts in four innings and Adams Cuevas allowed another four runs on six hits (including a home run) with a walk and four strikeouts in three innings. Kyle Huckaby struck out three in two perfect innings to finish the game.
L: Sam Ryan (0-1)
HR: Ryan Sloniger (4)
Player of the Game: Ryan Sloniger, Scotty Bradley and Eric Rivera
GCL Blue Jays 4, GCL Yankees West 5
The GCL Blue Jays lost their Saturday game to the GCL Yankees West, giving up three runs over the final two innings and having the Yankees walk it off with a 5-4 win.
Alberto Rodriguez was 2/4 with a double, a run and two stolen bases while Rainer Nunez was 2/4. Pedro Hurtado was 2/3 with a triple, a walk and two runs. Gustavo Ruiz was 1/2 with a double and an RBI while Javier D’Orazio was 1/2 with a stolen base. Hugo Cardona also hit a triple, going 1/4 with a walk, an RBI and a run, stealing a base and Jhon Solarte was 1/4.
Santos Moreno got the start, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts in four innings and Williams Moreno allowed two hits and a walk without giving up a run with three strikeouts over three innings. Eliezer Bello gave up a run on a walk in one inning while Jose Brito gave up two unearned runs on a hit and a walk with a strikeout in 2/3 of the ninth.
L: Jose Brito (0-1)
Player of the Game: Williams Moreno, Alberto Rodriguez and Pedro Hurtado
DSL Blue Jays 6, DSL White Sox 15
While the DSL Blue Jays scored the same number of runs that they did in their Friday win against the DSL White Sox, six runs weren’t enough as they were slammed 15-6.
The Blue Jays only had six hits including a double from Leonel Callez (1/3, 2B, 2 RBI, SF, SB, HBP) and a triple from Glenn Santiago (1/3, 3B, BB, 2 R, HBP). Juan Pizarro (1/5, SB), Junior Ramos (1/4, R), Gary David (1/2, R, 2 HBP) and Francisco Fajardo (1/4, BB, 2 R, SB) each had a single. The Blue Jays made six errors, however, with Leonel Callez, Emmanuel Sanchez (2), Amell Brazoban and Gary David committing errors.
The Blue Jays went through six pitchers as Winder Garcia took the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits (including a home run) with two walks and two strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings. Francis Mercedes allowed two unearned runs over 1 2/3 innings, giving up two hits and a walk with one strikeout and Andres Garcia allowed an unearned run on a hit and a walk in one inning with a strikeout. Juanfer Castro gave up four runs, allowing four hits and two walks with a strikeout in 2/3 of an inning and Jorman Gonzalez allowed five more runs on six hits with a walk and a strikeout in 1 2/3 innings. Alcindo Pontes allowed a hit and a walk, pitching 2/3 of an inning to finish the game.
L: Winder Garcia (4-1)
Player of the Game: None
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