The Jays took a tough loss last night against the Boston Red Sox 14-1 and the toothless offense they’ve been displaying for a while is rearing its head again.
Buffalo Bisons 11, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs
Buffalo broke their seven-game losing streak but it wasn’t looking good down the stretch of the game. The Bisons were down 4-3 after the fifth inning but managed to score a run in the ninth thanks to a sac fly from Mike Nickeas and then put an exclamation mark on their comeback by scoring seven runs in the top of the 10th. In that inning, the Bisons loaded the bases and Jonathan Diaz hit an RBI single. He was then followed by Ryan Goins who drove in two with a single and later on Ryan Schimpf and Brad Glenn each drove in another two runs with a single and double respectively. Leading the way with three hits each were A.J. Jimenez and Brett Wallace while Goins, Kevin Pillar, Schimpf and Glenn each had a pair of hits with Schimpf driving in three runs, Glenn and Goins had two RBI. Liam Hendriks got the start and gave up four runs on eight hits (including a home run) but didn’t walk anyone and struck out nine. Steve Delabar threw two excellent innings without giving up a hit and only walking one and striking out four and Chad Jenkins pitched a scoreless 10th.
Player of the Game: Ryan Schimpf and Brad Glenn
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 1, Trenton Thunder 4
In Game 1 of the double header, the Fisher Cats lost the game, mainly because they couldn’t get their offense going. John Anderson made the start, throwing 5 1/3 innings, a season high for him, and allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Tyler Ybarra threw 1 2/3 innings and gave up just two hits with two strikeouts. The Fisher Cats only had four hits with a double by Jon Berti the only extra-base hit.
Player of the Game: None
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, Trenton Thunder 8
In Game 2, Richard Bleier was victimized by the long ball, allowing two over his three innings and allowing five runs (four earned). The first four batters in the order accounted for all eight of the club’s hits with Dalton Pompey going 2/4, Jon Berti going 2/3 with another double and a walk, Matt Newman going 2/2 with two doubles, two walks and two RBI and Kevin Nolan going 2/4 with two doubles and three RBI.
Player of the Game: Matt Newman and Kevin Nolan
Dunedin Blue Jays 3, Bradenton Marauders 0
Taylor Cole gave what was probably his best performance of the season, going 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and one walk and striking out 12 batters. Wil Browning contributed by going 1 1/3 innings and getting all four outs via the strikeout while Arik Sikula earned his 22nd save. The offense only had five hits including a two-run home run from Dwight Smith, Jr. (his eighth of the year). Kevin Patterson drove in the third run with a double.
Player of the Game: Taylor Cole
Lansing Lugnuts 1, Clinton Lumberkings 2
Alonzo Gonzalez (a.k.a. Alonzo Gonzo) made a spot start for the Lugnuts and was very strong, allowing just one run in four innings, giving up two hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Jimmy Cordero was excellent through three innings, not allowing a run on three hits and one walk with two Ks. Brady Dragmire‘s defense let him down as he allowed the Lumberkings’ winning run thanks to an error by Dickie Joe Thon. The batters only got four hits including a triple by Justin Atkinson (he also walked). Dawel Lugo, Dickie Joe Thon and Daniel Klein all had singles with Lugo and Thon adding a walk.
Player of the Game: Alonzo Gonzalez and Jimmy Cordero
Vancouver Canadians 10, Tri-City Dust Devils 6
Looking to finish the first half of the season with a division championship and playoff spot, the Vancouver Canadians sent Miguel Castro to the hill against the Tri-City Dust Devils. Castro threw six innings and allowed just two runs on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts. The offense was in high gear as Ryan McBroom led the way with three hits but Franklin Barreto drove in three runs with a single, double a walk and a sacrifice Fly. Barreto also stole a base in a tour-de-force performance. Tim Locastro also got in on the action, going 2/4 with a single and double and two RBI while Roemon Fields went 2/5 and a stolen base and Ryan Metzler was 2/4. That was good enough to take a 10-2 lead into the ninth inning but Yefry Del Rosario got into trouble, getting charged with four runs (two were earned). Del Rosario left with the bases loaded, having allowed three runs and Francisco Gracesqui got out of the inning but allowed one of his inherited runners to score.
This win puts the Canadians in the driver’s seat for the division first-half title, giving them a half-game lead over the Spokane Indians. If the Indians lose tonight, the Canadians will be playoff bound yet again and will be able to challenge for their fourth-straight league championship.
Player of the Game: Franklin Barreto and Ryan McBroom
Bluefield Blue Jays 6, Pulaski Mariners 7
In another one-run loss, this time in 10 innings, the Bluefield Blue Jays came out on the wrong side of the score despite getting twice the number of hits as the Pulaski Mariners. The offense was generally clicking and Angel Rojas and Josh Almonte each had three-hit nights and Almonte added a walk and a stolen base. Rowdy Tellez was 2/4 with an RBI and a walk while Gabriel Cenas was 2/5 with an RBI. Richard Urena continues to hit well, going 2/6 with two runs and a stolen base. On the mound, Jesus Tinoco allowed four runs over his four innings but struck out five and Jordan Romano threw three perfect innings, striking out two. Oscar Cabrera blew the save and took the loss, giving up three runs (two earned) over the final 2 1/3 innings of the game.
Player of the Game: Josh Almonte and Angel Rojas
GCL Blue Jays 3, GCL Astros 8
The GCL Blue Jays took a loss with four runs allowed in the later innings by Turner Lee and another two (one earned) by Francisco Diaz. Grayson Huffman only allowed one hit through four innings, walking three and giving up just one run with three strikeouts. The offense only managed four hits with Gunnar Heidt driving in a run and hitting a double in his first pro game since signing with the Jays. Juan Tejada hit his fourth home run of the season.
Player of the Game: Juan Tejada and Grayson Huffman
DSL Blue Jays 9, DSL Angels 3
Juliandry Higuera was on the mound to dominate the Angels, throwing five scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and two walks and racking up 10 strikeouts. Kelyn Jose gave up all three runs without retiring a batter. Leudy Garcia had three hits and four RBI while Manuel Herazo, Francisco Rodriguez and Enmanuel Moreta each had two hits with Herazo driving in a pair and scoring twice.
Player of the Game: Juliandry Higuera and Leudy Garcia
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July 22 Preview
Buffalo Bisons (49-52)
The Bisons send an unannounced starter (possibly Radhames Liz) to the mound to face Jo-Jo Reyes of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Reyes is making his first start in affiliated baseball since 2012. Catch this one at 7:05 PM on MiLB TV.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (47-55)
The Fisher Cats have an undetermined starter facing Trenton today in a game that goes at 7:05 PM on MiLB TV.
Dunedin Blue Jays (61-39)
The Blue Jays get back to normal evening start times at 6:30 PM on the road in Bradenton. Kendall Graveman (8-3, 2.30 ERA) takes the hill against one of the Pirates’ top prospects, Tyler Glasnow who has a 1.77 ERA through 76 1/3 innings.
Lansing Lugnuts (46-53)
Scheduled Off Day
Vancouver Canadians (25-13)
Vancouver sends Starlyn Suriel (4-1, 3.41 ERA) to the mound at home against the Hillsboro Hops at 10:05 PM ET.
Bluefield Blue Jays (16-15)
The Bluefield Blue Jays don’t have an announced starter as they start their series at home against the Elizabethton Twins at 7:05 PM.
The GCL and DSL Blue Jays are also both in action today.
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