With the Fisher Cats’ game postponed due to weather, there were three games on the docket with only the Buffalo Bisons coming away the winners.
Buffalo Bisons 10, Worcester Red Sox 1
The Buffalo Bisons got their third straight dominant pitching performance in a row as Alek Manoah, the former first-round pick, and two relievers decimated the Worcester Red Sox lineup on the way to a 10-1 victory.
In his first pro start above Short-Season-A, Manoah left a trail of shaking heads in his wake, striking out 12 Red Sox in just six innings, while giving up two hits and hitting three batters. Connor Overton made his Blue Jays debut with two innings, allowing just an unearned run, giving up a hit and striking out three and Jeremy Beasley struck out three more in the ninth, totalling 18 strikeouts for the Bisons/Thunder.
The offense was riled up too, scoring 10 runs on 17 hits with home runs from Rowdy Tellez (2/3, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, R, 2 BB), Christian Colon (3/4, HR, 3 RBI, R, SF) and Logan Warmoth (1/4, HR, RBI, 2 R, BB). Also getting three hits was Forrest Wall (3/6, 2B, 2 R) and Cullen Large (3/4, 2 R) while Breyvic Valera was 2/6 with 2 RBI and a run and Juan Graterol was 2/5 with a double, and an RBI. Josh Palacios was 1/4 with an walk.
W: Alek Manoah (1-0)
HR: Rowdy Tellez (1), Logan Warmoth (2), Christian Colon (1)
Player of the Game: Alek Manoah
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 6, Portland Sea Dogs (BOS) 9
In the first game of their doubleheader, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats got out to a 5-0 lead over the Portland Sea Dogs but couldn’t hold that lead, falling 9-6.
Despite taking six walks, the Fisher Cats only had four hits with an RBI double from Gabriel Moreno (1/4, 2B, RBI) and a bases-clearing triple from Nick Podkul (1/3, 3B, BB, 3 RBI) while Jordan Groshans was 1/3 with a walk and a run and Brock Lundquist was 1/2 with a walk, an RBI and two runs.
Only three of the nine runs were earned as three errors (one by Chavez Young and two by third-baseman Samad Taylor) plagued the pitching staff. Simeon Woods Richardson had a solid start, going four innings with three runs allowed (one earned) on four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts. Curtis Taylor made his Blue Jays debut (after being acquired in a trade at the end of 2019), allowing five runs (one earned) on four hits with two strikeouts in 2/3 of an inning. Connor Law relieved him with two runners on and allowed both to score, walking four in 1 1/3 innings, giving up a run on one hit.
L: Curtis Taylor (0-1)
Player of the Game: Simeon Woods Richardson
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3, Portland Sea Dogs (BOS) 4
The Fisher Cats ended up getting swept in the double header, falling 4-3 to the Sea Dogs in the second half.
The offense was even less potent in the nightcap, combining for just four hits with four walks. Austin Martin hit a double, going 1/4 while Otto Lopez (1/4), Jordan Groshans (1/2, BB, R) and Kevin Vicuna (1/2, BB, 2 RBI) each had a hit.
Elvis Luciano was on the mound and struck out six in four innings but gave up three runs on three hits and three walks. Jon Harris took the loss, giving up a solo home run in two innings but striking out four.
L: Jon Harris (0-1)
Player of the Game: None
Vancouver Canadians 5, Tri-City Dust Devils (LAA) 2
The Vancouver Canadians won their first game of the season, beating the Tri-City Dust Devils 5-2.
Troy Miller got the start and struck out seven in 4 2/3 innings, allowing just two runs on three hits (one HR) and one walk. Parker Caracci struck out four in 2 1/3 innings, walking just one to earn the win and Hagen Danner, in his professional pitching debut, struck out four in two innings for the save.
Canadian Tanner Kirwer had another 2/5 game in the leadoff spot, hitting a solo home run for the C’s and stealing a base. Spencer Horwitz had a big game with the bat, going 2/2 with two walks, an RBI and a run while LJ Talley was 2/4 with a double and two RBI. Ryan Gold (1/4, R), Ronny Brito (1/4, BB, R) and Phil Clarke (1/5) each had a hit.
W: Parker Caracci (1-0)
S: Hagen Danner (1)
HR: Tanner Kirwer (1)
Player of the Game: Spencer Horwitz
Dunedin Blue Jays 6, Tampa Tarpons (NYY) 10
The Dunedin Blue Jays gave up double digits in runs again but at least a position player didn’t come in to pitch as they lost 10-6 to the Tampa Tarpons.
Naswell Paulino got rocked for six runs on nine hits (one HR) and two walks in three innings despite striking out five before Rafael Monsion arrived on the scene, striking out six in just 2 2/3 innings, allowing a run on three hits. Lazaro Estrada gave up three more runs on three walks and a home run in 2 1/3 innings, striking out three.
Zach Britton had a strong game, going 2/3 with a double, a run and was hit by a pitch while Mack Mueller was 1/4 with a triple and a run. Orelvis Martinez hit the sole home run for the Blue Jays, going 1/4 with two RBI and Jhon Solarte also drove in two runs, going 1/5. Justin Ammons was 1/4 with a walk, an RBI and a run while Davis Schneider was 1/3 with a walk and a run.
L: Naswell Paulino (0-1)
HR: Orelvis Martinez (1)
Player of the Game: Zach Britton, Orelvis Martinez and Rafael Monsion
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