Buffalo Bisons (16-6)
Center fielder Anthony Gose drove home the winning run on Sunday afternoon to help Marty Brown set the modern era record with his 254th win as the manager of the Buffalo Bisons in a 5-3 win over the Rochester Red Wings. Starter Edgar Gonzalez went five and a third innings giving up three runs while the bullpen locked things down afterwards for a great collective pitching effort. Gose, Moises Sierra, Andy LaRoche and Ryan Langerhans all had two or more hits and Langerhans added his fourth home run of the season in the winning cause. Second baseman Jim Negrych went one for five to drop his batting average to .458 while Ryan Goins had a one for four day and still hasn’t taken a walk on the season.
Jim Negrych – 1/5, R, 2B, K
Anthony Gose – 2/4, R, RBI, BB, K
Moises Sierra – 3/4, 2B, 2 RBI, K
Luis Jimenez – 0/4, RBI, K
Mauro Gomez – 0/4, K
Josh Thole – 0/4
Andy LaRoche – 2/4
Ryan Langerhans – 2/4, R, HR, RBI, 2 K
Ryan Goins – 1/4, 2 R, K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Ryan Langerhans
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (11-13)
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats played an epic, twelve-inning game on Sunday that was a true pitcher’s duel. Facing the Phillies’ top prospect, Jesse Biddle, Fisher Cats starter Tyson Brummett matched him every step of the way, each throwing six shutout innings. The bullpens kept the game scoreless until the top of the twelfth inning when Kevin Ahrens, Jack Murphy, and Amadeo Zazueta all singled, driving Ahrens in to make the score 1-0 for New Hampshire. Unfortunately, Tommy Hottovy couldn’t hold the lead, as two runs scored on a bases-loaded walk and a hit-batsman giving the Reading Fightin Phils a walk-off, 2-1 victory.
The Fisher Cats managed eight hits on the day, with two from center fielder Kevin Pillar and catcher Jack Murphy. Pillar leads the team in batting average, and Murphy (albeit with only thirty at bats) is now hitting .300 and has hit safely in his last seven games. There is still no news on Kenny Wilson who wasn’t in the lineup today.
Kevin Pillar – 2/5, 2B, RBI, BB
John Tolisano – 1/5, K
Ryan Schimpf – 0/4, BB, 3 K
Brad Glenn – 0/4, BB, 2 K
Clint Robinson – 1/5, 2 K
Kevin Ahrens – 1/5, R, 2 K
Ricardo Nanita – 0/4, BB, K
Jack Murphy – 2/5, K
Amadeo Zazueta – 1/4, BB, K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Tyson Brummett
Dunedin Blue Jays (15-8)
The Brevard County Manatees took the game 5-3 by scoring two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning off Dunedin Blue Jays reliever Dustin Antolin. The Jays loaded the bases to start out the ninth inning but were unable score any runs to complete the comeback. This was a heartbreaking loss for the D-Jays after a three-run blast by shortstop Jason Leblebijian tied the game up at three in the seventh inning.
Except for Andy Burns‘s two hits, the Blue Jays got almost all of their offense from the bottom of the order on Sunday. Catcher Derrick Chung and center fielder Nick Baligod had a pair of hits each to go along with Leblebijian’s home run. Outfielder Matt Newman‘s cold streak continues with an oh for four game that drives his batting average down to .242. He has only had one hit in his last five games.
Jon Berti – 1/5, PO, CS
Matt Newman – 0/4, BB, K
Andy Burns – 2/5, K, SB, E
K.C. Hobson – 0/4, K
Kevin Patterson – 0/4, K
Marcus Knecht –0/3, K, OF Asst.
Derrick Chung – 2/3, R, BB, K
Nick Baligod – 2/3, R, 2B, BB
Jason Leblebijian – 1/3, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Jason Leblebijian
Lansing Lugnuts (7-13)
A run for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in the bottom of the eighth put them on top for a 4-3 victory over the Lansing Lugnuts. Alonzo Gonzalez went six solid innings, although he didn’t strike out a batter and Wil Browning took the loss by giving up his first earned run of the season. Cedar Rapids hometown boy Kellen Sweeney went deep for his first home run of the season on a two for three day while Dalton Pompey continued his torrid hitting by going two for four with a double, a triple, two RBI and an outfield assist.
Dalton Pompey – 2/4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, OF Asst.
Jorge Flores – 0/4, 2 K
Chris Hawkins – 1/4, K
Christian Lopes – 0/4
Gustavo Pierre – 1/4, K
Shane Opitz – 0/4, K
Seth Conner – 1/4, R
Kellen Sweeney – 2/3, R, 2B, HR, RBI
Dwight Smith Jr. –1/3, R, K
Alonzo Gonzalez – 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 0 K
Wil Browning – L, 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Kellen Sweeney
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