The Bluefield Blue Jays were all ready to start their season except the weather didn’t cooperate, resulting in a suspended game after three innings. Of the five completed games, the Blue Jays’ teams were 4-1 with wins from Buffalo, Dunedin, Lansing and Vancouver.
Buffalo Bisons 9, Louisville Bats 6
A big, five-run sixth inning gave the Buffalo Bisons, who slammed six doubles, enough of a cushion to withstand a late run by the Louisville Bats to defeat them 9-6. The Bisons had three-hit games from both Jesus Montero (3/4, 2B, 2 RBI, SF, 2 R) and Junior Lake (3/5, 2 2B, 3B, RBI, 2 R) while Melky Mesa went 2/4 with a double and two RBI. A.J. Jimenez had a sac fly and a double, driving in two runs while Casey Kotchman also got into the double action with one of his own.
Drew Hutchison continued to rack up strikeouts, whiffing seven Bats but also gave up three runs on five hits and three walks over six innings, earning his fifth win. Colt Hynes allowed three runs in an inning, striking out two and giving up a home run among three hits while Bo Schultz got his first save of the year, allowing just one hit over two innings.
Player of the Game: Jesus Montero and Junior Lake
New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Scheduled Off Day
Dunedin Blue Jays 6, Brevard County Manatees 1
The Dunedin Blue Jays got another great game from Sean Reid-Foley, who kept the Brevard County Manatees close until the Blue Jays exploded for four runs in the top of the ninth to put the game away. The win gave the D-Jays five wins in a row and they’re a perfect 4-0 since resuming play after the All-Star Break. Reid-Foley allowed only three hits over six innings, striking out three and not walking anyone. Franklin Morales and Brett Cecil both got into another rehab game. Morales allowed a hit and a walk with two strikeouts while Cecil gave up a run on two hits with two strikeouts in his inning. Jose Fernandez finished the game with a perfect ninth, inducing three ground outs.
Richard Urena had two hits (including a triple) and stole a base. Emilio Guerrero was on base three times, walking twice and hitting a double, driving in one. Aaron Attaway scored twice with a double in four at bats, while Jonathan Davis was 1/4 with a walk, a run, an RBI and a stolen base.
Player of the Game: Sean Reid-Foley
Lansing Lugnuts 5, West Michigan Whitecaps 1
The Lansing Lugnuts got a great game from Ryan Borucki, beating the West Michigan Whitecaps by a 5-1 score. Borucki went eight innings, throwing 100 pitches and allowing one run on five hits with eight strikeouts and no walks. Ryan Cook finished the game with an inning, giving up just one hit.
Andrew Guillotte and Max Pentecost led the 11-hit attack, getting three hits each with Pentecost scoring twice and hitting a double. Justin Atkinson was 1/3 with a solo home run, his third of the season.
Player of the Game: Ryan Borucki
Vancouver Canadians 4, Hillsboro Hops 2
The Vancouver Canadians took the series opener against the Hillsboro Hops 4-2, getting an excellent rebound start from Dalton Rodriguez and a home run from Jacob Anderson. The Vancouver defense, on the other hand, was not strong with four errors on the night including two from shortstop Yeltsin Gudino. Rodriguez threw 6 1/3 innings and allowed two unearned runs on just three hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Griffin Glaude finished the seventh, allowing an inherited runner to score while Nick Hartman pitched a scoreless eighth and Jackson Lowery threw a perfect ninth, striking out a pair.
Anderson had a big night, going 3/4 with a home run, accounting for three of the seven Vancouver hits. Cavan Biggio hit a double as did D.J. McKnight and Rodrigo Orozco and Christian Williams added singles.
Player of the Game: Dalton Rodriguez and Jacob Anderson
Bluefield Blue Jays, Bristol Pirates
Game suspended in the third inning.
DSL Blue Jays 3, DSL Reds 6
The Blue Jays didn’t get much offense (just three hits) in losing to the DSL Reds 6-3. Jonelvy Molina was 1/4 with a double and an RBI while Yeison Estevez was 1/4 with a walk and an RBI, stealing a base.
Starter Jose Dominguez only lasted two innings, giving up five runs on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Luis Mendoza gave up the final run, but it was unearned on three hits and two walks with one strikeout over four innings. Juan Bautista gave up just a hit in two innings, striking out one.
Player of the Game: None
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