Buffalo Bisons 0, Syracuse Chiefs 5
Austin Bibens-Dirkx made the start for the Bisons but got knocked around a bit, allowing four runs on five hits in four innings pitched. Kyle Drabek was very good, giving up just two hits over two innings with three strikeouts. Randy Boone made his return to Triple-A (for the first time since 2011) with a scoreless inning. The offense couldn’t get anything going against A.J. Cole, getting only four hits including two from Jonathan Diaz.
Player of the Game: None
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 2, Trenton Thunder 5
Matt Boyd did not have a good start against the Trenton Thunder, allowing five runs on seven hits and one walk in four innings. Scott Gracey and Mickey Storey combined for five innings of scoreless relief to give the Fisher Cats a chance to get back into the game but the Thunder pitchers held the bats at bay. Only four players accounted for all eight hits including two hits each from Dalton Pompey, K.C. Hobson (who hit a double) and Jorge Flores. Jack Murphy subbed in for Sean Ochinko and hit a home run and a double.
Player of the Game: Jack Murphy
Dunedin Blue Jays 0, Bradenton Marauders 4
The Blue Jays were hurt by the long ball as they couldn’t get any offense going either, losing by a score of 4-0. Jesse Hernandez allowed three solo home runs over six innings and Justin Jackson gave up the fourth solo shot in the eighth with Griffin Murphy throwing another scoreless inning. Of the club’s eight hits, three came from Shane Opitz and another three came from Gustavo Pierre with Emilio Guerrero going 1/3 with a walk.
Player of the Game: Shane Opitz and Emilio Guerrero
Lansing Lugnuts 8, Peoria Chiefs 7
Both teams saved their scoring until the later innings but the Lugnuts managed to score that one extra run in the top of the 10th to come away with a victory. Brent Powers only threw three innings, allowing an unearned run before Matt Dermody came in to throw another four scoreless innings. Starlyn Suriel, freshly promoted from Vancouver, came out of the pen to throw an inning allowing an unearned run before Phil Kish took over and gave up five runs in 1/3 of an inning in a rare, poor outing. Scott Silverstein picked up the win, pitching the last 1 2/3 innings of the game. Matt Dean showed off his power, going 2/5 with a double, a home run and two RBI while Chaz Frank and Derrick Loveless each had two hits (a single and a triple) and two RBI with Loveless picking up a walk. D.J. Davis was 1/3 with two walks and two stolen bases (but was picked off and caught stealing) and Justin Atkinson drove in the winning run with his 10th-inning single, going 1/5.
Player of the Game: Matt Dean
Vancouver Canadians: Game postponed due to rain
Bluefield Blue Jays 2, Elizabethton Twins 5
Ryan Borucki had a great game, striking out seven batters without walking anyone over five innings and allowing only one run on three hits. Conor Fisk was also very strong out of the pen, going three innings and striking out five. It was Dusty Isaacs who allowed the Twins to score four runs (two earned) in the ninth inning to give the Twins the victory. Notably, the Bluefield Blue Jays didn’t walk anyone through the entire game. Dan Jansen had one of his best games as a professional, going 3/4 with a double and a home run while Aaron Attaway was 1/2 with a triple, a walk and an RBI.
Player of the Game: Ryan Borucki and Dan Jansen
GCL Blue Jays: Game postponed due to rain
DSL Blue Jays 6, DSL Tigers 11
The pitching was not good despite the club racking up 15 strikeouts as a whole. Luis Sanchez struck out seven in 4 1/3 innings but allowed five runs while Wilfri Aleton (2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 K), Kelyn Jose (1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 3 K) and Thony Vinicio (2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K) picked up the pieces. Edward Olivares continues to prove himself to be a good signing; the 18-year-old outfielder was 2/5 with a home run and three RBI. Manuel Herazo was 2/3.
Player of the Game: Edward Olivares
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July 24 Preview
Buffalo Bisons (50-53)
The Herd continue their homestand with a game against their division rival Syracuse Chiefs with Raul Valdes on the mound against Taylor Hill. Catch this game at 1:05 PM either at Coca-Cola Field just over the border or on MiLB TV.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (48-56)
The Fisher Cats head out on the road to face another Washington Nationals affiliate, the Harrisburg Senators. Daniel Norris will start for the Fisher Cats at 7:00 PM against an undetermined starter on MiLB TV.
Dunedin Blue Jays (61-41)
Sean Nolin continues his comeback from injury with the D-Jays, starting a 6:30 PM game at home against the Charlotte Stone Crabs.
Lansing Lugnuts (47-53)
The Lugnuts will send Chase De Jong to the hill for another shot while facing the Peoria Chiefs on the road at 8:00 PM.
Vancouver Canadians (25-14)
Maritimer Andrew Case is scheduled to make his first professional start as a member of the Canadians in the first half of a double header that starts at 8:05 PM ET against the Hillsboro Hops. Jairo Labourt is scheduled for the back half.
Bluefield Blue Jays (17-16)
Joey Aquino takes the hill for the Blue Jays as they continue to host the Elizabethton Twins at 7:05 PM.
The GCL and DSL Blue Jays are also both in action today.
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