Buffalo Bisons (18-8)
The Buffalo Bisons pulled off a 4-3 victory in eleven innings against the Louisville Bats on Friday night. Josh Thole continues to swing a hot bat, going three for four and hitting his third home run of the season. Luis Jimenez and Andy LaRoche each also had three hits while Anthony Gose went one for six with a triple. Starter Edgar Gonzalez had an excellent night, throwing five innings, giving up only one run on five hits while striking out six. The bullpen combined for six more innings, giving up just two runs the rest of the way.
Roster Notes: RP Jeremy Jeffress was reassigned to the Bisons from Dunedin.
Jim Negrych – 1/6, K, E
Anthony Gose – 1/6, 3B, 3 K
Moises Sierra – 1/5, R, BB
Luis Jimenez – 3/6, 2 2B, 3 K
Mauro Gomez – 1/5, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K, E
Josh Thole – 3/4, R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, K
Andy LaRoche – 3/5, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
Ryan Langerhans – 0/3, 2 BB, 2 K
Mike McCoy – 1/4, K
Ryan Goins – 1/1
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Josh Thole
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (13-16)
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats got a home run from Brad Glenn and a four-run seventh inning that gave them the lead for good in an 8-5 win over the Reading Fightin Phils. In that fateful seventh inning, the Fisher Cats got singles from John Tolisano and Ricardo Nanita, a double from Ryan Schimpf and four consecutive walks to jump ahead. Nanita, Schimpf (who added a triple) and Adam Loewen all had two-hit nights. Starter Tyson Brummett got roughed up on Friday, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks in three innings but Chorye Spoone was dominant in relief, giving up only one unearned run in four innings of relief while striking out seven. Chad Beck notched his sixth save with two perfect innings.
Kevin Pillar – 1/5, 2B
Ricardo Nanita – 2/4, 2 R, BB, K
Ryan Schimpf – 2/4, 2 R, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, K
Clint Robinson – 1/2, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB
Brad Glenn – 1/3, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, K
Kevin Nolan – 0/2, RBI, 2 BB
Adam Loewen – 2/3, RBI, BB, E
Sean Ochinko – 0/4
John Tolisano – 1/4, R
Tyson Brummett – 3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 2 K
Chorye Spoone – W, 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 7 K
Chad Beck – S, 2 IP, 2 K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Chorye Spoone
Dunedin Blue Jays (17-10)
The Dunedin Blue Jays brought out the lumber, scoring six runs in the fifth inning on their way to an 11-4 victory over the Brevard County Manatees. Scott Copeland logged a quality start for the Blue Jays, throwing six innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk. The batters had a banner day. Each of the starting nine had at least one hit, while Marcus Knecht connected with his second home run of the season. Catcher Derrick Chung had three hits to raise his batting average to .327 while Matt Newman, Peter Mooney and K.C. Hobson each had two hits that included a double. Joining them in the two-hit club were A.J. Jimenez and Nick Baligod.
Roster Notes: The D-Jays lost a couple of pitchers today, with Ricky Romero being recalled by the Toronto Blue Jays and Jeremy Jeffress being assigned to the Buffalo Bisons. With those spaces on the roster available, OF Jonathan Jones and SP Efrain Nieves were activated from the DL.
Jon Berti –1/4, R, BB, 2 K, SB
Peter Mooney – 2/5, 2 R, 2B, RBI
Andy Burns – 1/4, 2 R, BB, K
A.J. Jimenez – 2/5, R, RBI, K
K.C. Hobson – 2/5, 2B, 2 RBI, K
Derrick Chung – 3/5, 2 R, 2 RBI
Matt Newman – 2/4, 2 R, 2B, RBI, K
Marcus Knecht – 1/3, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, 2 K
Nick Baligod – 2/4, RBI
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Derrick Chung
Lansing Lugnuts (8-17)
The Lansing Lugnuts lost a heartbreaker here in Lansing, dropping a ten-inning game 10-8 to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. The hitters started putting runs on the board early, and by the time starter Javier Avendano left the game, Lansing was up 4-2. The Lugnuts added four more in the sixth and got two solid innings from reliever Kramer Champlin who was just activated from the 7-day DL. The Timber Rattlers staged a comeback, scoring eight runs off relievers Tucker Donahue and Chuck Ghysels. Dalton Pompey managed to get to third base in the bottom of the ninth in a tie game but no one could bring him around to score. The defense really let the team down tonight, making three errors, but one was key in the 9th inning.
The hitters were smacking the ball all over Cooley Law School Stadium which is quite spacious and not a lot of fun for fly-ball hitters. Dwight Smith, Jr. continues to impress, going three for five with a run and a double, leading the way offensively. Carlos Ramirez and Gustavo Pierre had two hits apiece while Shane Opitz had a double and scored two runs. Chris Hawkins continues to hit the ball hard but had nothing to show for it on Friday while Christian Lopes demonstrated excellent contact hitting ability but failed to get on base in his five at bats.
Roster Notes: Roberto Osuna was placed on the 7-day DL while Kramer Champlin was activated. RP Justin Jackson was assigned to the Lugnuts from extended spring training and will make his professional debut as a pitcher shortly.
Dwight Smith, Jr. –3/5, R, 2B
Dalton Pompey – 1/4, RBI, 2 K, PO
Christian Lopes – 0/5, RBI, E
Chris Hawkins – 0/4, R, BB
Carlos Ramirez – 2/5, 2 R, K
Shane Opitz – 1/4, 2 R, 2B, RBI, BB, K, E
Gustavo Pierre – 2/5, R, 3 RBI, K, CS, E
Aaron Munoz – 1/3, R, BB, K
Kellen Sweeney – 0/2, RBI, 2 BB
Javier Avendano – 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K
Kramer Champlin – 2 IP, 2 H, 4 K
Tucker Donahue – 1 1/3 IP, 5 H, 5 R (4 ER), BB, K
Chuck Ghysels – L, 1 2/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Dwight Smith, Jr.
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