Buffalo Bisons (34-28)
Starting pitcher Dave Bush was excellent, as was the offense, in the Buffalo Bisons 4-1 victory over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders on Sunday. Bush pitched six shutout innings, giving up only two hits while striking out five. Joel Carreno pitched two solid innings in relief while Buddy Carlyle gave up the Rail Riders’ only run which came unearned in the ninth. The offense was spread evenly up and down the lineup with ten hits including Mauro Gomez’s team leading sixteenth home run. Luis Jimenez, Jim Negrych and Mike McCoy also had two-hit games.
Roster Notes: Brad Lincoln was sent down to Buffalo on Saturday with Thad Weber getting recalled to have a fresh arm in the bullpen. Thad Weber will be returned to Buffalo with Darren Oliver getting activated from the DL.
Anthony Gose – 0/4, 3 K, CS
Ryan Goins – 1/3, R, 2B, 2 BB
Luis Jimenez – 2/5, R, 2B, RBI, K
Mauro Gomez – 2/5, R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
Jim Negrych – 2/4, R, 2B
Eugenio Velez – 0/4
Ryan Langerhans – 1/4, RBI, 2 K
Sean Ochinko – 0/4
Mike McCoy – 2/3, BB, 2 SB
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Dave Bush
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (31-33)
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats swept their series with the Erie Sea Wolves on another strong pitching performance in a 3-2 victory on Sunday. Marcus Stroman got the start and went five strong innings, giving up just a solo home run but also coughed up three other hits and three walks. He was strong, striking out eight in his outing, but ran his pitch count up to 91 in those five innings so he came out of the game. Chorye Spoone was also very effective, pitching three scoreless innings in relief. Catcher Jack Murphy had a three-hit game while Brian Van Kirk drove in two of the three runs on two hits and Kevin Pillar had a single and a double.
Kevin Pillar – 2/3, R, 2B, BB, PO, CS
Brian Van Kirk – 2/4, 2 RBI
Kevin Nolan – 0/4, K, E
Brad Glenn –0/2, 2 BB
Clint Robinson – 0/4, K, E
Kevin Ahrens – 1/4, R, K
Jack Murphy – 3/3
Amadeo Zazueta – 0/3, R, BB, K
Tommy Manzella – 0/4, 3 K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Marcus Stroman
Dunedin Blue Jays (33-26)
The Dunedin Blue Jays only scored one run in two games against the Clearwater Threshers, dropping the first 2-0 and the second 3-1. The only run was provided by a solo home run by third baseman Andy Burns in the first inning of Game 2.
Scott Copeland – L, 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Scott Copeland
Jon Berti – 2/3, K, SB, E
Andy Burns – 1/3, R, HR, RBI, 2 K
K.C. Hobson – 1/3
Gabe Jacobo – 0/3
Matt Newman – 1/3, K, SB
Marcus Knecht – 0/3, K
Nick Baligod – 0/3, OF Asst.
Chris Schaeffer – 0/2, K
A.J. Jimenez – 0/1
Shane Opitz – 0/2
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Andy Burns
Lansing Lugnuts (28-33)
Roster Notes: Consensus #2 Blue Jays prospect, 18-year-old righty Roberto Osuna was activated from the DL by the Lugnuts with Friday’s almost-perfect starter Kramer Champlin being put on the temporary inactive list.
The Lansing Lugnuts lost a hard-fought opener, with the West Michigan White Caps needing three extra innings to beat the Lugnuts 4-3. Starting pitcher Daniel Norris left the game in the second with what may be a hip injury while the bullpen pitched well to keep the team in the game. Ian Kadish deserves special mention for three shutout innings, giving up only two hits while striking out three. Dwight Smith, Jr. had another outstanding game, going three-for-five with a double while catcher Aaron Munoz had a three-hit game of his own with an RBI.
Dwight Smith, Jr. – 3/5, R, 2B
Jorge Flores – 2/4, RBI, CS
Christian Lopes – 0/4, BB, 2 K
Kevin Patterson – 0/4, BB, K
Gustavo Pierre – 0/2, K
Kellen Sweeney – 0/3, K
Carlos Ramirez – 0/2, R, 3 BB, PO
Chris Hawkins – 0/4, R, BB, K
Aaron Munoz – 3/4, 2B, RBI
Emilio Guerrero – 1/4, RBI
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Dwight Smith, Jr.
Roberto Osuna was dominant in his return from the disabled list on Sunday in a 2-0 win in the second half of a double-header with the West Michigan White Caps. Osuna was in command, throwing filthy changeups and hitting 97 mph on the radar gun as he needed only 57 pitches to throw five shutout innings while striking out five and giving up only two hits. Designated hitter Kevin Patterson took the “Patty Wagon” downtown, providing all the runs the Lugnuts would need with a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Christian Lopes had the Lugnuts only other hit in the game.
Dwight Smith, Jr. – 0/3
Emilio Guerrero – 0/3, R, K
Christian Lopes – 1/3, K
Kevin Patterson – 1/3, R, HR, 2 RBI, K
Gustavo Pierre – 0/3
Carlos Ramirez – 0/3
Chris Hawkins – 0/2, K
Seth Conner – 0/2, 2 K
Kellen Sweeney – 0/2
Roberto Osuna – W, 5 IP, 2 H, 5 K
Wil Browning – S, 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Roberto Osuna
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