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The Blue Jays’ affiliates won two of their three games with some late-inning heroics in both Lansing and Hartford (the Fisher Cats were on the road).
Buffalo Bisons 5, Pawtucket Red Sox 6
The Pawtucket Red Sox came back to win in extra innings, scoring two in the bottom of the 10th to waste a couple of stellar performances from the Buffalo Bisons in what was a 6-5 loss for The Herd. Dalton Pompey, hitting in the leadoff spot, was 2/4 with two solo home runs while Danny Jansen was 3/4 with a walk and two doubles, driving in a run, stealing a base and scoring twice. The rest of the club had just three hits including a single, RBI and a stolen base from Devon Travis, a single, walk and an RBI from Jason Leblebijian and a single from Gift Ngoepe.
Josh DeGraaf, called up from Dunedin, started for Buffalo and gave up three runs on four hits (including a home run) and two walks with two strikeouts over 3 2/3 innings. Luis Santos logged another 3 1/3 innings, striking out a pair and Murphy Smith allowed an unearned run on a hit in an inning with two strikeouts. Sam Moll took the loss, pitching the ninth and to two batters in the 10th, allowing two runs in the first extra frame (one earned) on two hits.
L: Sam Moll (1-2)
HR: Dalton Pompey 2 (3)
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New Hampshire Fisher Cats 10, Hartford Yard Goats 5
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats, playing against the 21-win Hartford Yard Goats, notched the 21st win of their own, beating the Yard Goats 10-5 getting a four-run cushion thanks to a grand slam from Juan Kelly in the top of eighth inning. Vladimir Guerrero (3/5, HR, 2 RBI) got the offense going in the top of the first, hitting a solo home run for his sixth of the year and the three hits moved his batting average to .405 on the season. Bo Bichette could be coming out of a slump after hitting 3/5 with a double and two runs and Connor Panas had probably his best game with the Fisher Cats, going 3/5 with a triple, an RBI and a run. Cavan Biggio was 1/1 with three walks and an RBI before coming out of the game in the sixth inning. Juan Kelly came on for Biggio and went 1/4 in his only at bat, hitting a grand slam. Andrew Guillotte was 2/4 with a double, a walk, an RBI, a run and an outfield assist and Gunnar Heidt was 1/4 with a walk, an RBI and a run. Jonathan Davis was on twice, going 1/5 with a walk and two runs.
Jon Harris allowed five runs (four earned) with 11 hits against and a walk and four strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings to get his second win of the season. Andrew Case tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball, allowing a hit, which Zach Jackson struck out two over two innings of work.
W: Jon Harris (2-3)
HR: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (6), Juan Kelly (3)
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Vladimir Guerrero, Bo Bichette and Connor Panas
Dunedin Blue Jays, Tampa Tarpons
Postponed due to rain.
Roster Notes: Josh DeGraaf was promoted to Buffalo.
Lansing Lugnuts 4, Dayton Dragons 3
The first-place Lansing Lugnuts won again, taking a 4-3, walkoff win over the Dayton Dragons. Kevin Smith, fresh off winning his second Midwest League Player of the Week Award, went 3/4 with his fifth home run of the year, a walk and the single that drove home Chavez Young to win the game. Kevin Vicuna pushed his batting average to .324 with a double and a two singles, scoring a run and Chavez Young was 1/5 with the game-winning run and two stolen bases. Yeltsin Gudino was 1/3 with a walk.
The Lugnuts didn’t need any bullpen help as their piggy-backing starters pitched the whole game. Donnie Sellers was excellent, tossing five innings without giving up a run and only surrendering three hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Maverik Buffo scattered eight hits leading to three runs over four innings, striking out two.
W: Maverik Buffo (5-1)
HR: Kevin Smith (5)
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