Friday featured a plethora of action for the Blue Jays affiliates. The Buffalo Bisons played a double header with the Pawtucket Red Sox and saw Ricky Romero start Game 1. The Fisher Cats were in action and the Lansing Lugnuts had 18-year-old prospect Roberto Osuna on the mound. Finally, the Vancouver Canadians kicked off their season with action against the Tri-City Dust Devils with Thunder Bay native Eric Brown on the hill.
Buffalo Bisons (34-31)
The Buffalo Bisons lost Game 1 of their double-header with their division-rival Pawtucket Red Sox 1-0 on a walk-off single off of Brad Lincoln with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. The starter was Ricky Romero who had, by far, his best game in a Bisons uniform, going six shutout innings and giving up two hits and three walks while striking out three. He threw 83 pitches but only 48 of them were for strikes (only 58% strikes). Unfortunately, Romero’s great outing was wasted as Allen Webster, the Red Sox #4 prospect (according to MLB.com) threw six innings of one-hit ball at the Bisons.
Roster Notes: Andy LaRoche was outrighted to the Bisons.
Ricky Romero – 6 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 3 K
Brad Lincoln – L, 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Ricky Romero
After exploding for seven runs in the top of the sixth inning, the Bisons self-destructed in the bottom of the seventh to allow the Paw-Sox to tie up the game on their way to defeating the Bisons 8-7 with another walk-off win, this time in the bottom of the ninth. The Bisons got what has become a fairly typical start from Justin Germano, five innings, two runs on seven hits and only one walk while striking out three. Mickey Storey and Claudio Vargas couldn’t staunch the bleeding in the bottom of the seventh though, and coughed up five runs between the two of them. After John Stilson ended the seventh and pitched a perfect eighth, Pawtucket scored the game’s final run off of Joel Carreno. Ryan Goins and Mauro Gomez had two-hit games, each driving in two runs for Buffalo.
Anthony Gose – 0/3, R, BB, 2 K
Ryan Goins – 2/5, R, 2B, 2 RBI, K
Mauro Gomez – 2/5, R, 2 RBI, 3 K
Luis Jimenez – 1/5, K, E
Moises Sierra – 1/4, R, BB
Jim Negrych – 1/3, R, RBI, BB
Eugenio Velez – 0/3, R, BB, K
Ricardo Nanita – 1/2, R, RBI, 2 BB, SB
Sean Ochinko – 0/3, RBI, BB, K
Justin Germano – 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Mickey Storey – 1 1/3 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 2 BB
Claudio Vargas – 1/3 IP 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
John Stilson – 1 1/3 IP, 2 K
Joel Carreno – L, 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Ryan Goins
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (32-35)
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats were vastly outplayed despite it not being reflected in the final score of a 6-3 loss to the Erie Seawolves. The Fisher Cats scored three runs but only had five hits and made two defensive errors while the pitching staff was stung for fourteen hits by the Seawolves. Starter Ryan Tepera struggled through five innings of work, scattering eight hits and four walks over his five innings but gave up only three runs. Tyson Brummett, who has been excellent of late, gave up another run and Randy Boone pitched the final two innings, giving up the last two runs (only one was earned). The offense didn’t get much done, with only single hits by Kevin Pillar, A.J. Jimenez (who caught a runner stealing), Adam Loewen and Tommy Manzella. Brad Glenn had a double and a walk. Shortstop Kevin Nolan’s slump deepened as his batting average dipped below .240 with an oh-for-four night.
Kevin Pillar – 1/5, K
Ryan Schimpf – 0/3, BB, 2 K
A.J. Jimenez – 1/4
Clint Robinson – 0/2, R, 2 BB
Brad Glenn –1/3, 2B, BB
Kevin Nolan – 0/4, 2 K
Adam Loewen – 1/4 , RBI
Brian Van Kirk – 0/3, RBI, BB, K OF Asst.
Tommy Manzella – 1/3, R
Jon Talley – 0/1
Ryan Tepera – L, 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 5 K
Tyson Brummett – 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Randy Boone – 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Brad Glenn
Dunedin Blue Jays (34-29)
On All-Star Break
Lansing Lugnuts (32-35)
Another outing by phenom Roberto Osuna led to another win for the Lansing Lugnuts who took a 3-1 victory over the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Friday night. Osuna went six innings this time and only gave up one unearned run on four hits and one walk while striking out six. The bullpen trio of Kramer Champlin, Griffin Murphy and Arik Sikula finished off the Hot Rods, combining for three shutout innings and striking out another four batters. The limited offense was provided by Emilio Guerrero who went two for three with his first home run of the season, a three-run shot that scored him, Kevin Patterson and Carlos Ramirez.
Dwight Smith, Jr. – 0/3, BB
Dalton Pompey – 0/4, K, SB
Christian Lopes – 1/3, 2B, BB
Kevin Patterson – 1/4, R, 2 K, E
Gustavo Pierre – 0/4, 3 K, E
Carlos Ramirez – 0/3, R, 2 K
Emilio Guerrero – 2/3, R, HR, 3 RBI
Jorge Flores – 2/3, R
Seth Conner – 0/3
Jorge Flores – 0/2, BB
Roberto Osuna – 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 6 K
Kramer Champlin – 1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Griffin Murphy – 1/3 IP
Arik Sikula – S, 1 IP, 2 K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Roberto Osuna
Vancouver Canadians (0-0)
Roster Notes: Newly signed college players OF Brendan Kalfus and Canadian C Mike Reeves were assigned to Vancouver and P Drew Permison was assigned to Lansing. Neither Kalfus nor Reeves were in the lineup for Vancouver for Friday’s opener.
Late night game summaries for the Vancouver Canadians will appear two days after the game day.
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