Buffalo Bisons (37-36)
Jose Reyes sparked the Buffalo Bisons to a 3-2 victory over the Durham Bulls with a double and later scored the winning run. Thad Weber had another great start for the Bisons and the bullpen locked it down for the final three innings. Weber went six, giving up two runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out five. In other exciting news, center fielder Kevin Pillar made his Triple-A debut for the Bisons after his promotion and was the only Bison to notch two hits, going two for four with a double in the fifth that drove home Sean Ochinko and Reyes to give the Bisons the lead.
Roster Notes: OF Kevin Pillar was promoted from AA New Hampshire and OF Ryan Langerhans was released to make room on the roster.
Jose Reyes – 1/4, R, 2B
Kevin Pillar – 2/4, 2B, 2 RBI, K
Mauro Gomez – 0/4, K
Luis Jimenez – 0/4, K, E
Moises Sierra – 1/4, 2 K, E
Jim Negrych – 1/3, R, 2B
Eugenio Velez – 1/2, BB
Ryan Goins – 1/3, 2B, RBI, K
Sean Ochinko – 1/3, R, PB
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Kevin Pillar
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (33-38)
Andy Burns’s fireworks with the bat weren’t enough to keep New Hampshire Fisher Cats on top in a 7-6 loss to the Harrisburg Senators. Burns made his AA debut by going three for five with a double and a triple but also made a costly error and was thrown out from the outfield on the bases. Brad Glenn drove in two runs with a two-for-five night and second baseman Tommy Manzella also knocked in two going two for four in the losing cause. Marcus Stroman had a strong start, giving up only one run on three hits and a walk in five innings while striking out four but the bullpen couldn’t hold off the Senators, getting tagged for six runs (five earned) with Dustin Antolin particularly struggling with his control, walking four in only two-thirds of an inning.
Roster Note: 3B Andy Burns was promoted from A+ Dunedin while Kevin Pillar was promoted to AAA Buffalo.
Adam Loewen – 1/4, 2 R, 2B, 2 BB, 2 K
Andy Burns – 3/5, 2 R, 2B, 3B, RBI, K, E
Brad Glenn – 2/5, 2 RBI, K
A.J. Jimenez – 1/5, 2B, RBI, K
Clint Robinson – 1/5, 2B, 2 K
Kevin Nolan – 1/5, R, K
Ryan Schimpf – 1/4, R, BB, 2 K
Brian Van Kirk – 1/3, 2 BB
Tommy Manzella – 2/4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Andy Burns
Dunedin Blue Jays (38-30)
Aaron Sanchez returned to the mound for the Dunedin Blue Jays and got them off to a great start on the way to a 3-1 victory over the Daytona Cubs. Sanchez, on a strict pitch limit, only threw three innings, but gave up just one hit in that span and struck out three. The relief corps of Shawn Griffith, Tyler Ybarra and John Anderson came on to pitch the remaining six innings, with Ybarra and Anderson being particularly effective over the last four and a third, striking out six and facing only one batter over the minimum. Gabe Jacobo hit a home run and Shane Opitz pitched in with two hits in the victory.
Roster Notes: SP Aaron Sanchez was activated off the DL and 3B Andy Burns was promoted to AA New Hampshire.
Jon Berti – 0/4, K
Peter Mooney – 0/3, BB, K
Gustavo Pierre – 1/4, SB
Gabe Jacobo – 1/4, R, HR, RBI, K
Mike Crouse – 0/4
Matt Newman – 0/4
Marcus Knecht – 1/4, R, 2B, OF Asst.
Pierce Rankin – 1/3, RBI, K
Shane Opitz – 2/3, 2B, RBI
Aaron Sanchez – 3 IP, 1 H, 3 K
Shawn Griffith – 1 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Tyler Ybarra – W, 2 1/3 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
John Anderson – S, 2 IP, 4 K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Aaron Sanchez, Tyler Ybarra and John Anderson
Lansing Lugnuts (32-39)
Despite scoring a run, the Lansing Lugnuts were no-hit by the Bowling Green Hot Rods and lost 14-1 on Friday night. Ben White got the start and couldn’t keep the Hot Rods off the board, giving up eight runs on eight hits and a walk in three innings. Efrain Nieves and Griffin Murphy couldn’t stop the bleeding either, combining to give up another six run (five earned) in two and two-thirds innings. Tucker Donahue and Ian Kadish were both very effective, pitching the final two and a third innings and not giving up any more runs while striking out four batters. The offense, despite taking seven walks, couldn’t get anything going with the bats and did not register a hit against the Hot Rods.
Dwight Smith, Jr. – 0/3, BB, K
Dalton Pompey – 0/4, 2 K, CS, OF Asst.
Christian Lopes – 0/3, BB, K
Kevin Patterson – 0/4, 2 K
Jason Leblebijian – 0/3, K, E
Emilio Guerrero – 0/1, 2 BB, CS, E
Chris Hawkins – 0/2, BB
Seth Conner – 0/3, K
Jorge Flores – 0/1, R, 2 BB, K
Ben White – L, 3 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Efrain Nieves – 1 IP, 4 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB
Griffin Murphy – 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 1 K
Tucker Donahue – 1 1/3 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
Ian Kadish – 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Tucker Donahue and Ian Kadish
Vancouver Canadians (4-3)
June 20 Game:
The Vancouver Canadians scored late and ended up beating the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 6-4 with a two-run rally in the ninth inning. In the top of the ninth, Andy Fermin doubled home Ronnie Melendez and Shaun Valeriote to give the team the two-run lead that it needed to come up on top. Canadians’ starter Kyle Anderson went five and two-thirds, giving up four runs on seven hits, but didn’t walk a batter and struck out six. The bullpen took over to shut down the Volcanoes the rest of the way.
David Harris – 0/3, 2 K
Shaun Valeriote – 0/1, R, BB
Dickie Thon – 2/5, SB
Andy Fermin – 1/5, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, K
Jordan Leyland – 2/5, 2 K
Brenden Kalfus – 1/4, R, K
Justin Atkinson – 1/3, R, 2 RBI, K
Michael Reeves – 1/3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, K
Nico Taylor – 1/3, 2B, BB
Ronnie Melendez – 2/4, R, 3B, SB
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Ronnie Melendez
Late night game summaries for the Vancouver Canadians will appear two days after the game day.
Bluefield Blue Jays (1-1)
Despite several highlights on offense, the Bluefield pitching got torched as they fell 9-5 to the Greeneville Astros. Zakery Wasilewski was charged with four earned runs in his three innings while Dominican Alberto Tirado relieved him and pitched three and a third giving up another four (two were earned) in what looks like a “piggy-backing” scenario with some young pitchers in Bluefield. Yeyfry Del Rosario came on to pitch two and a third innings of one-run ball and struck out four, the best total for a Blue Jay pitcher on Friday. On offense, D.J. Davis went three for five with a double, a triple and an RBI while Eric Arce had a two-for-three night that included his first home run of the season. Making their professional debuts, outfielder Jonathan Davis and infielder Alexis Maldonado each had a hit and scored a run. Despite getting nine hits and scoring five runs, the Bluefield club struck out an incredible sixteen times on the game.
D.J. Davis – 3/5, R, 2B, 3B, RBI, K
Jesus Gonzalez – 0/5, 4 K
Dawel Lugo – 1/5, RBI, 2 K, E
Jorge Saez – 0/4, 2 K, PB
Mitch Nay – 1/4, 2 K
Matthew Dean – 0/4, R, 3 K
Eric Arce – 2/3, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, K
Jonathan Davis – 1/4, R, K
Alexis Maldonado – 1/3, R, BB, E
Zakery Wasilewski – L, 3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 K
Alberto Tirado – 3 1/3 IP, 5 H, 4 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 2 K
Yeyfry Del Rosario – 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K
Francisco Gracesqui – 0 IP, 1 BB
Adaric Kelly – 1/3 IP
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Eric Arce
Gulf Coast League Blue Jays
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