I spent all day driving back from New Hampshire and Connecticut where I had a chance to watch and cover the New Hampshire Fisher Cats for the weekend. I’m really tired and half of today’s games were cancelled anyways, so I figured I’ll give a summary of the summary today. I’ll be writing a series of articles over at Blue Jays from Away about my time in New Hampshire, starting with a profile of pitcher Deck McGuire, and the next podcast will feature interviews that I did with Eastern League All-Stars Sean Nolin and Kevin Nolan, Canadian outfielder Adam Loewen and highly-touted prospect Marcus Stroman. Also be on the lookout for a transcript of my interview with Fisher Cats pitching coach Tom Signore.
Buffalo Bisons (42-41)
The Bisons were blanked on Monday, losing 3-0 to the Charlotte Knights. Not much happened on offense although, from what I caught on the radio driving through Rochester/Buffalo, Mauro Gomez was robbed of another home run. Thad Weber was good, but didn’t get any offense. Kevin Pillar had another hit.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (39-43)
Game postponed due to rain.
Dunedin Blue Jays (41-35)
Games postponed due to rain.
Lansing Lugnuts (34-46)
The Lugnuts lost their fourth in a row in a tight game 5-4 to the Great Lakes Loons. Starter Taylor Cole wasn’t great, not making it through five innings, but he kept the team in the game, giving up only three runs. Griffin Murphy gave up an unearned run in relief and Tucker Donahue was excellent, throwing two scoreless innings. Justin Jackson was tagged for his first professional loss giving up the winning run in the tenth. The offense had a good night overall, racking up twelve hits with Santiago Nessy (three), Chris Hawkins (two), Dalton Pompey (two) and Dwight Smith, Jr. (two) all having multi-hit games. Emilio Guerrero hit a home run, his third on the year and Smith was on base four times adding two walks to his single and triple.
Vancouver Canadians (10-8)
The Everett Aquasox ended up smacking the Vancouver pitching staff around in a 7-3 loss for the Canadians on Canada Day. Kyle Anderson ended up having a decent start going five innings and giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits and one walk while striking out four but relievers Matt Dermody (one run) and Jonathan Kountis (three runs) gave up the addition runs to lead to the loss. The offense only managed to get five hits with Dickie Thon putting together another good game and Jordan Leyland, Michael Reeves and Justin Atkinson each having one more hit.
Bluefield Blue Jays (9-3)
The Bluefield Jays continue their excellent start with a 3-0 win over the Danville Braves on Monday. Starter Zakery Wasilewski picked up his second win by going five shutout innings, giving up three hits, walking one and striking out three. Alberto Tirado had another good appearance pitching three more shutout innings and giving up only two hits and two walks while striking out five. Alvido Jimenez, a minor league Rule 5 draftee and recently demoted from Vancouver, picked up the save with a shutout ninth. Mitch Nay had another two hits, raising his batting average to .366 and Dawel Lugo and Jorge Saez each had a double while D.J. Davis hit a triple for the Blue Jays.
GCL Blue Jays (4-4)
Game cancelled due to rain.
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