When the Buffalo Bisons lost in extra innings on Friday, it kept the Blue Jays’ minor league clubs from picking up wins in all four games as the Fisher Cats, the Dunedin Blue Jays and the Lugnuts all came away with victories.
Buffalo Bisons 4, Rochester Red Wings (MIN) 5
The Buffalo Bisons had a 4-1 lead over the Rochester Red Wings after 7 1/2 innings but the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead as they lost 5-4 in 10 innings.
Patrick Kivlehan had a monster game for the Bisons, hitting his first two home runs for Buffalo (after hitting four with Indianapolis before coming to the Blue Jays’ organization), going 2/4 with the two blasts, three RBI and two runs. Teoscar Hernandez was 2/4 with a run while Richard Urena was 1/4 with a solo home run (his second in as many games) and Reese McGuire was 1/3 with a walk and a stolen base.
Shawn Morimando went 7 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Kirby Snead came on with the bases empty in the eighth and allowed another run on two hits and a walk in 1/3 of an inning while Jordan Romano picked him up, finishing the eighth and pitching a scoreless ninth with a walk and a strikeout in 1 1/3 innings, stranding two inherited runners. Buddy Boshers gave up the winning run in the 10th, getting one out but allowing the unearned run on a hit and a walk with one strikeout.
L: Buddy Boshers (0-1)
HR: Richard Urena (2), Patrick Kivlehan 2 (6)
Player of the Game: Patrick Kivlehan
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, Altoona Curve (PIT) 4
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats opened their new series with the Altoona Curve, scoring one in the eighth and holding on to win 5-4 on Friday.
Forrest Wall continued his hot streak, going 3/5 with three doubles, an RBI and two runs. Kevin Smith also had three hits, going 3/4 with a solo home run, two RBI, two runs, a stolen base and an error. Nash Knight was 2/5 with two RBI and Riley Adams is staying hot with two hits including a double. Christian Williams was 2/4 with a double and a run and Chad Spanberger was 1/4 with a double and an outfield assist.
Yennsy Diaz had a rough start, going 4 2/3 innings and giving up four runs on five hits (including a home run) with four walks and six strikeouts. Tayler Saucedo didn’t give up a hit in 2 1/3 innings, picking up a win, walking one and striking out four while Danny Young went 1 1/3 innings, allowing a hit and a walk. Ty Tice picked up his third save of the year, striking out both batters he faced.
W: Tayler Saucedo (2-0)
S: Ty Tice (3)
HR: Kevin Smith (6)
Player of the Game: Forrest Wall and Kevin Smith
Dunedin Blue Jays 3, Clearwater Threshers (PHI) 1
The Dunedin Blue Jays got a strong game from Joey Murray as they beat the Clearwater Threshers 3-1 on Friday.
Murray went six outstanding innings, giving up just a run on a solo home run, among just two hits and two walks with eight strikeouts for his second win with Dunedin. Connor Law went two scoreless frames, allowing two hits and striking out one and Dany Jimenez got the save, striking out a pair in the ninth.
Cullen Large and Alejandro Kirk had three hits each with Large hitting two doubles and Kirk one, Large scoring twice and Kirk driving in two. Chavez Young was 1/3 with a double and a walk and Norberto Obeso was 1/3 with a double and a walk. Cal Stevenson was 1/5 and Kevin Vicuna was 1/4 with a stolen base.
W: Joey Murray (2-0)
S: Dany Jimenez (4)
Player of the Game: Joey Murray, Cullen Large and Alejandro Kirk
Lansing Lugnuts 5, Bowling Green Hot Rods (TB) 2
The Lansing Lugnuts beat a team that they always seem to struggle against, the Bowling Green Hot Rods, winning 5-2.
Griffin Conine continues to demolish Midwest League pitching, going 3/4 with a double and a triple, driving in two runs and scoring once. Jake Brodt also drove in a pair, hitting two doubles, going 2/4. Otto Lopez was 2/4 with the club’s other two hits, scoring twice.
Troy Miller picked up his first win of the season, going five innings, allowing two runs on four hits (including a home run) with three walks and four strikeouts. Marcus Reyes tossed 2 1/3 innings of scoreless ball, allowing a hit with a strikeout and Jackson Rees got the save, striking out a pair in 1 2/3 innings.
W: Troy Miller (1-3)
S: Jackson Rees (2)
Player of the Game: Griffin Conine
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