And the Jays fall yet again. At least it was close this time, a 4-3 loss with Johnny Cueto on the mound for the Reds. The bad news was that both Brett Lawrie and Jose Bautista went down with injuries in the. Reports are that Lawrie was diagnosed with a fractured finger and will probably hit the DL, causing further problems for the Jays and their infield woes.
Buffalo Bisons 3, Rochester Red Wings 2
The Buffalo Bisons jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to some good work from Anthony Gose and a two-run home run by Kevin Pillar. P.J. Walters, making his first start for Buffalo, went five innings and allowed just one run on six hits and two walks while John Stilson, Ryan Tepera and Bobby Korecky combined for four innings of one-run ball to seal the win with Korecky notching his ninth save. Ryan Goins also had two hits for the Herd.
Player of the Game: P.J. Walters and Kevin Pillar
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 7, Trenton Thunder 2
The Fisher Cats got a solid win, beating the Yankees’ Double-A squad 7-2 on Sunday. Casey Lawrence came off the DL to start for the Fisher Cats, throwing 52 pitches and going four strong innings, allowing no runs on two hits with three strikeouts. Arik Sikula was charged with the two runs over his two innings while Scott Gracey and Gregory Infante brought the victory home with three scoreless innings to close the game. Infante earned his seventh save with two innings of one-hit ball while striking out four. Kenny Wilson and Michael Crouse were the hitters in the zone. Both had three hits while Crouse had a single, double and home run to go with a walk, two stolen bases, two runs scored and three RBI. Kevin Nolan had a pair of hits while Andy Burns hit a double, took a walk and drove in a pair.
Player of the Game: Mike Crouse
Dunedin Blue Jays 5, Brevard County Manatees 6
The Dunedin Blue Jays too yet another one-run loss to the Brevard County Manatees. Ben White scattered eight hits for three runs but Justin Jackson was tagged for three runs (two earned) in just 1/3 of an inning. Tony Davis was outstanding, striking out four in 2 2/3 innings with just one hit allowed while Wil Browning threw a perfect ninth, striking out two. Gustavo Pierre had a huge game, going 4/4 with his fourth home run and three RBI as well as a stolen base. Dalton Pompey (2/5, 2B, SB), Marcus Knecht (2/5) and Jorge Saez (2/3, BB, 3B) also had multi-hit nights.
Player of the Game: Gustavo Pierre
Lansing Lugnuts 5, Bowling Green Hot Rods 4
The Lugnuts got a good start from Jeremy Gabryszwski who went 5 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on eight hits with three strikeouts. Brady Dragmire had an excellent outing, taking the club to the ninth inning and striking out three while Griffim Murphy earned his 12th save but made it interesting, allowing the Hot Rods to close the gap to one run before finally finishing it out. Michael Reeves knocked three hits in four at bats, driving in a run while Ian Parmley had a pair of hits (including a double) and an RBI. Matt Dean went deep for his third home run of the season.
Player of the Game: Michael Reeves
Vancouver Canadians 3, Hillsboro Hops 2
The Canadians moved their record to 6-4 thanks to another strong start from Starlyn Suriel. Suriel allowed two runs on five hits and two walks in five innings with three strikeouts. Mark Biggs struck out four in his two scoreless innings and Jose Fernandez also contributed a scoreless frame. Brett Barber earned his second save with a rough inning in which he allowed a run on three hits. Ryan McBroom, a 2014 draftee, connected for his first professional home run and had a 2/4 game. Franklin Barreto went 2/5 and Brenden Kalfus hit a triple and drove in a pair of runs.
Player of the Game: Ryan McBroom
Bluefield Blue Jays 2, Kingsport Mets 5
Alberto Guzman made the start for the Blue Jays but only lasted one inning, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks. Miguel Burgos allowed another three in just four innings but Carlos Ramirez continues to impress, logging three scoreless innings, allowing two hits and getting six outs via ground balls. The batters only had three hits with a double by Rowdy Tellez and singles by Josh Almonte and Jesus Gonazlez.
Player of the Game: Carlos Ramirez
GCL Blue Jays: Scheduled Off Day
DSL Blue Jays: Scheduled Off Day
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June 23 Preview
Buffalo Bisons (37-37)
Esmil Rogers is scheduled to start a 7:05 PM game at home to the Rochester Red Wings against Alex Meyer, one of the Minnesota Twins’ top prospects.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (31-43)
The starter for the Fisher Cats is TBD at this time but the club will be on the road, facing the powerhouse Portland Sea Dogs (affiliated with the Boston Red Sox) at 7:00 PM on MiLB TV.
Dunedin Blue Jays (48-25)
Taylor Cole (5-3, 2.60) is on the hill at home for the D-Jays as they face the Brevard County Manatees for a matinee at 11:00 AM.
Lansing Lugnuts (34-39)
Scheduled Off Day
Vancouver Canadians (6-4)
Vancouver’s starter is likely to be Alberto Tirado in a 10:05 PM ET start against the Hillsboro Hops.
Bluefield Blue Jays (1-3)
Bluefield hasn’t been posting their rotation so your guess is as good as mine! They continue their series in Kingsport against the Mets, starting at 7:00 PM ET.
Don’t forget about the GCL and DSL Jays, both in action today!
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