The slide continues for the Jays as they went down to another defeat at the hands of the New York Yankees. On the bright side . . .
Buffalo Bisons 1, Columbus Clippers 3
Game suspended in the fourth inning due to rain. To be completed on June 19.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 6, Altoona Curve 5
Daniel Norris made his double-A debut and was, by all accounts, impressive despite allowing two home runs and four runs. Norris threw 88 pitches in 5 2/3 innings and allowed only two hits other than the home runs and walked only one batter while tallying nine strikeouts. A bench-clearing brawl in the seventh inning followed teams trading beanballs and resulted in eight players getting ejected along with New Hampshire manager Bobby Meacham. The first victim was Stetson Allie who was hit by Norris in the at bat that followed a home run. Zack Dodson then hit Andy Burns and Arik Sikula hit Jarek Cunningham and the benches cleared.
As far as the offense went, Kenny WIlson had two hits (including a double) and a stolen base while Andy Burns hit his sixth home run of the year to go along with a walk, a stolen base and two RBI. Jon Berti always seems to be able to get a big hit when needed, contributing a two-out single in the bottom of the eighth that drove in two runs to go ahead of the Curve and then came around to score on a bases-loaded walk by Kevin Nolan to give the Fisher Cats some (needed) insurance.
Player of the Game: Andy Burns and Daniel Norris
Dunedin Blue Jays 2, Brevard County Manatees 5
The Dunedin Blue Jays’ post All-Star break malaise continues as they lost their third consecutive game to the Brevard County Manatees. The Manatees got to starter Taylor Cole for all five runs as he allowed seven hits and two walks, striking out six, over five innings. Tony Davis provided another two scoreless innings of relief. The batters only had five hits, getting a two-RBI double from Andy Fermin as the highlight. Dalton Pompey was on twice with a single and a walk and stole his 26th base of the year.
Player of the Game: None
Lansing Lugnuts: On All-Star Break
Vancouver Canadians 2, Spokane Indians 5
The C’s losing skid continues and the defending Northwest Champions are now 3-3 after falling to the 5-0 Spokane Indians. Alberto Tirado had some big struggles with his control, walking five batters over 3 2/3 innings while giving up five hits and striking out two but somehow was charged with just one run. Tim Mayza was tagged for two runs over 1 2/3 innings and Brett Barber allowed two more (one earned) in two innings. Only Jose Fernandez kept the Indians off the scoresheet with 1 2/3 innings. Roemon Fields had the day on offense, going 2/4 with a triple, two stolen bases and an outfield assist. Franklin Barreto was kept off the bases for the first time this year.
Player of the Game: Roemon Fields
DSL Blue Jays vs DSL Tigers
June 19 Preview
Buffalo Bisons (32-36)
The Bisons continue their rain-suspended game today and also have a 12:05 matinee in Columbus that will likely feature Aaron Sanchez taking on T.J. House. Sanchez struggled in his first Triple-A start and is looking to bounce back. Catch it all on MiLB TV.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (29-41)
Richard Bleier remains in the starting rotation for now as the Fisher Cats continue to host the Altoona Curve in a game on MiLB TV at 7:05 PM.
Dunedin Blue Jays (46-23)
Hopefully the Dunedin Blue Jays will be able to start a new winning streak as they get out of Brevard County and come home to face the pathetic Clearwater Threshers who are 17-51 on the season. Dunedin send Matt Boyd to the mound with a 5-1 record and a stellar 0.55 ERA (in Dunedin) against Miguel Nunez who has an ERA over 6.00. Join Tyler Murray and Al Hernandez on the internet and/or radio at 6:30 PM.
Lansing Lugnuts (32-37)
The Lugnuts will open their second half against the Bowling Green Hot Rods but starters aren’t listed for the 7:05 pm start.
Vancouver Canadians (3-3)
The Vancouver Canadians are making it a habit to not announce their starters but will likely send Jairo Labourt out to face the 5-0 Spokane Indians and Nick Gardewine at 10:05 PM ET.
Bluefield Blue Jays (—)
That’s right folks, the Bluefield Blue Jays get their 2014 season under way tonight at home at Bowen Field against the Johnson City Cardinals at 7:05 PM ET. I’ll try to get you a separate post about the club’s roster later today but it features a lot of college players that the Jays drafted this year and high schoolers and Latin Americans who were in the GCL last year. Again, starters haven’t been announced and I have absolutely no idea who’s going to get the honour.
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