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 5, Columbus Clippers 3
In the completion of Wednesday’s rain-suspended game, the Bisons were down by a 3-1 score going into Day 2. Kyle Drabek came on to pitch and spun five scoreless innings after Esmil Rogers was knocked around for 3 runs over the first three. Bobby Korecky came in, striking out two in the ninth to pick up his seventh save. Darin Mastroianni had three hits including his fourth home run of the season while Jared Goedert hit a three-run blast for his ninth. Adron Chambers was 2/4, Kevin Pillar was 2/5 (with a 2B) and Brad Glenn was 3/5.
Player of the Game: Kyle Drabek and Darin Mastroianni
Buffalo Bisons 7, Columbus Clippers 4
In Game 2, Austin Bibens-Dirkx was rocked in the first inning for four runs by the Clippers but didn’t bend after that, going five solid innings of four-run, seven-hit ball to pick up the win. Rob Rasmussen held the Clippers off in his inning of work and Bobby Korecky came in to pitch another inning and pick up his second save of the day by pitching to four batters (he hit one) and getting the three outs. The home run was also big in game two with Brad Glenn knocking another two hits including his third home run of the season with Buffalo. Andy LaRoche had three hits, going 3/3 with a single, double and a home run, driving in two and scoring three times. Kevin Pillar also had a second multi-hit game of the day, going 2/3 with a double and a walk.
Player of the Game: Andy LaRoche
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 7, Altoona Curve 6
Thanks to an RBI, bases-loaded single by Andy Burns in the bottom of the 11th inning, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats walked off with a victory over the Altoona Curve on Thursday. Richard Bleier got the start and allowed four runs in five innings and the rest of the bullpen was solid, getting shutout innings from Blake McFarland and Dustin Antolin (with a combined five strikeouts) while Tyler Ybarra and Arik Sikula each allowed a run. John Anderson picked up his first win of the year with 1 1/3 innings of scorless ball. Kenny Wilson had the biggest day with the bat, going 4/6 with a stolen base. Jon Berti continues to swing a hot bat, going 2/4 with two walks and Mike McDade drove in three runs thanks to a 2/5 game. Mike Crouse also had two hits and added a walk.
Player of the Game: Kenny Wilson
Dunedin Blue Jays 5, Clearwater Threshers 5
The Dunedin Blue Jays started the second half of the season with a bang, winning 5-4 over the Clearwater Threshers in walk-off fashion. Matt Boyd was solid, allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts over five innings. Efrain Nieves allowed the other run over his three innings of work and Wil Browning took the win with a perfect ninth. Dalton Pompey picked up right where he left off, going 2/4 with a triple, a walk and an RBI while L.B. Dantzler also had two hits. Santiago Nessy was 1/3 with a double and a walk.
Player of the Game: Dalton Pompey and Matt Boyd
Lansing Lugnuts 4, Bowling Green Hot Rods 10
With Matt Dermody on the hill, the Lugnuts kicked off their post-All-Star-Break schedule with a new face in the lineup. Michael Reeves went 0/4 in his Lansing debut but it wasn’t a great night for many of the Lugnuts, especially the pitchers. Dermody allowed seven runs (five earned) on nine hits but just one walk in 4 1/3 innings, striking out five. Adaric Kelly allowed three runs of his own in 2 2/3 innings while Brady Dragmire and Phil Kish each threw a scoreless inning. The offense put together 11 hits but just four runs. Derrick Loveless, who has been quiet of late, went 2/4 with a triple a walk and an outfield assist while Mitch Nay had two singles and an RBI. Dawel Lugo was 3/4 but with two throwing errors and Chaz Frank was 2/3 with 2 RBI and a walk. Dickie Joe Thon was also 2/4.
Roster Notes: Pitcher Yeyfry Del Rosario was sent down to Vancouver and 3B Davis Harris was promoted from Vancouver to Lansing. Michael Reeves was sent down from Dunedin while catcher Jorge Saez was promoted.
Player of the Game: Derrick Loveless
Vancouver Canadians 1, Spokane Indians 0
Game suspended in the second inning due to rain.
Bluefield Blue Jays 0, Johnson City Cardinals 13
It wasn’t pretty for the Bluefield Blue Jays in their season debut. Jesus Tinoco started and was tagged for seven runs (five earned) on nine hits and one walk in four innings. Dusty Isaacs gave up two runs in one inning and Francisco Rios allowed two in two innings, but with three strikeouts. Carlos Ramirez, making his first pro appearance as a pitcher, alowed two runs (one earned) in two innings but struck out three. The batters only put together six hits, coming from Anthony Alford, Jacob Anderson, Rowdy Tellez, Gabriel Cenas (playing third base), Jesus Gonzalez and Rolando Segovia.
Player of the Game: None
DSL Blue Jays 6, DSL Rangers1 7
The pitching was okay with Osman Gutierrez allowing four runs (two earned) in three innings on five hits and one walk with four strikeouts while Wilfri Aleton allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits with four strikeouts in his four innings. The offense was a little better, getting 13 hits including three from Jesus Severino, who finished a home run short of the cycle with two runs and two RBI as well as a walk. Bryan Lizardo made some solid contact with a 2/5 game that included a double and two RBI while Francisco Rodriguez and Rodrigo Orozco went 2/5.
Player of the Game: Jesus Severino
June 20 Preview
Buffalo Bisons (34-36)
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (30-41)
Dunedin Blue Jays (47-23)
Jesse Hernandez gets his first start in what seems like forever as the Dunedin Blue Jays are “on the road” in Clearwater (more like, “down the road”) to face the Threshers and Campbell River, BC native Ethan Steward at 6:30 PM.
Lansing Lugnuts (32-38)
Vancouver Canadians (3-3)
The Vancouver Canadians will finish their suspended game and play their regularly scheduled game with Miguel Castro on the mound for the second part of the double-header. The games start at 4:05 PM ET.
Bluefield Blue Jays (0-1)
Bluefield hasn’t announced their starter for Game 2 of their series against the Johnson City Cardinals at home in Bluefield.
The GCL Blue Jays open their season today against the GCL Phillies.
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