With seven games on tap for the Blue Jays’ minor league affiliates, the clubs won five of those games, despite seeing some suspect defense from the lower levels.
Buffalo Bisons 3, Norfolk Tides 2
Wilmer Font rebounded from his poor previous outing and the Buffalo Bisons triumphed, beating the Norfolk Tides 3-2. Font won his first game with BUffalo, giving up one run on four hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings, striking out five. Chad Girodo finished the sixth while Franklin Morales allowed a run on two hits in the seventh and Ryan Tepera earned his 14th save of the season, striking out three and giving up one hit in two scoreless innings.
Player of the Game: Wilmer Font and Dalton Pompey
Roster Notes: Shane Opitz was sent back to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 7, Reading Fightin Phils 5
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats came from behind, scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth and another in the sixth to cap a 7-5 victory over the Reading Fightin Phils. Taylor Cole was on the mound, and bent but didn’t break despite allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings, striking out seven. Tim Mayza gave up just a hit over two innings with strikeouts and Chris Smith got the save, walking one in the ninth.
The Fisher Cats had 10 hits including two each from Christian Lopes (2/4, 2B, BB, 3 R, SB), Jason Leblebijian (2/5, 2 RBI, R), and Dwight Smith, Jr. (2/4, 2B). Ryan Lavarnway was only 1/2 with a double but walked three times and drove in two while Roemon Fields was 1/3 with two walks, two stolen bases and two runs.
Player of the Game: Christian Lopes and Ryan Lavarnway
Roster Notes: Shane Opitz came back to the New Hampshir Fisher Cats and Rowdy Tellez was placed on the 7-day DL.
Dunedin Blue Jays 2, Charlotte Stone Crabs 0
The Dunedin Blue Jays only needed two runs on four hits to beat the Charlotte Stone Crabs because of another dominant performance by Sean Reid-Foley in a 2-0 win. In an 11:00 AM start, Reid-Foley moved his record to 5-0 thanks to a six inning outing in which he gave up just one hit and two walks while striking out 10. Adonys Cardona walked two in his inning and Dusty Isaacs struck out two and gave up two hits, throwing two innings and earning his first save with the Dunedin Blue Jays.
Anthony Alford walked twice, went 1/2 and scored, stealing a base while Dickie Joe Thon was 1/2 with a triple, two walks and a stolen base. Richard Urena walked twice and Mike Reeves was 1/3 with a walk.
Player of the Game: Sean Reid-Foley
Scheduled Off Day
Vancouver Canadians 1, Spokane Indians 0
The Vancouver Canadians had an excellent pitching performance, particularly from the bullpen as they blanked the Spokane Indians 1-0. Luis Sanchez started and only allowed two hits through four innings but walked six and struck out two. Griffin Glaude tossed three scoreless innings of relief, allowing a hit and striking out three, earning the win, before Evan Smith (1 IP, 1 H, 2 K) and Jackson McClelland (S, 1 IP, 1 H) finished the game.
Player of the Game: Rodrigo Orozco, Lance Jones and Griffin Glaude
Bluefield Blue Jays 0, Bristol Pirates 3
The Bluefield Blue Jays had just four hits and committed four errors, allowing the Bristol Pirates to score three runs in a 3-0 loss. Kalik May (2/4, 2 OF Asst.) and Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. (2/4, 2 2B) accounted for all of the club’s hits while Bradley Jones, Nash Knight, Connor Eller and Jesus Severino each made an error.
Juliandry Higuera went six innings in a strong outing, allowing just one run on four hits and three walks with six strikeouts before Eller took over, allowing two runs (both unearned) on just one hit with two strikeouts in two innings.
Player of the Game: Juliandry Higuera
Roster Notes: Edward Olivares was placed on the DL.
GCL Blue Jays 1, GCL Pirates 11
The GCL Pirates turned the tables on the Blue Jays, handing them an 11-4 loss, helped in part by four Blue Jays errors resulting in five of the 11 runs being unearned. Wilfri Aleton was off to a strong start, allowing only just one hit through four innings and one run (on a double, fielding error and a steal of home on a first-and-third double steal) through five innings. In the sixth, however, Aleton walked the first batter and then allowed the next two batters to reach on his own errors on sacrifice bunt attempts before the next batter singled, ending Aleton’s afternoon. William Ouellette relieved Aleton with two runners on and both scored as Ouellette gave up those two runs (charged to Aleton, who allowed five runs but only one earned run on three hits and a walk through five innings, striking out four) plus four more (all earned) in one inning. Juan Meza allowed two more runs (one earned) on three hits in two innings.
Player of the Game: David Jacob
Roster Notes: Edward Olivares was placed on the 7-day DL.
DSL Blue Jays 6, DSL Reds 3
The Blue Jays scored three runs in the top of the 11th to defeat the DSL Reds 6-3. Jose Briceno hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning, going 1/3 and driving in two while Luis De Los Santos (2/5), Yhordegny Kelly (2/4, BB), Mc Gregory Contreras (2/5, 2B, R) and Jose Theran (2/5, 2B, 2 R) all had two hits each.
Meliton Reyes went five innings, allowing all three runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts before Adams Cuevas came on, dominating the Reds with six innings of two-hit ball, striking out six to seal the game with his third win of the year.
Player of the Game: Adams Cuevas
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