Buffalo Bisons (43-41)
It was a pitcher’s duel in Charlotte for nine innings until the Buffalo Bisons broke the stalemate with two runs in the tenth to win 3-1. Newly signed catcher Ramon Hernandez (playing first base) singled home the go-ahead run in the top of the tenth and he was followed by a Mike McCoy fielder’s choice that scored Anthony Gose to add an insurance run. Brad Lincoln closed the game out with a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the tenth. Starter Dave Bush pitched six excellent innings for the Bisons, giving up only one run on four hits and one walk and struck out nine. The team had only seven hits on the night — all of the starters picked up at least one except for Ryan Goins and Mauro Gomez.
Kevin Pillar – 1/5, K
Ryan Goins – 0/5
Mauro Gomez – 0/4, K
Jim Negrych – 1/4, 2 K
Eugenio Velez – 1/4, R, 2B
Sean Ochinko – 1/3, R, RBI, BB, K
Anthony Gose – 1/4, R, K, E
Ramon Hernandez – 1/4, RBI, K
Mike McCoy – 1/4, RBI
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Dave Bush
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (39-44)
Despite a record-tying performance from starter Marcus Stroman, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats lost their fourth straight game 3-1 to the New Britain Rock Cats. Stroman, one of the Jays’ top prospects, pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up all three runs on six hits and one walk but tied the Fisher Cats record with thirteen strikeouts. The offense was stifled by Tom Stuifbergen and two relievers, only putting together seven hits and one run. Brian Van Kirk had two hits and drove in the team’s only run while Brad Glenn and Amadeo Zazueta each had a double.
Adam Loewen – 1/4, K
Andy Burns – 0/4, K
Clint Robinson – 1/4
Brad Glenn – 1/4, 2B, K
Kevin Nolan – 1/4, R
Ryan Schimpf – 0/2, 2 BB, K
Brian Van Kirk – 2/4, RBI
Jack Murphy – 0/4, 3 K
Amadeo Zazueta – 1/4, 2B
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Marcus Stroman
Dunedin Blue Jays (41-35)
Scheduled Off Day
Lansing Lugnuts (34-47)
The Lansing Lugnuts lost the opener of their series against the Lake County Captains 6-2 on Wednesday. Starting pitcher Ben White scattered seven hits in his five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs but only one run was earned due to three errors by the Lugnuts. Efrain Nieves gave up three runs of his own in the seventh inning. Despite scratching out another run in the eighth inning, the Lansing offense could only come up with seven hits on the night, getting two from Dwight Smith, Jr. and another two from catcher Seth Conner. Dalton Pompey was on base twice with a single and a walk and also threw out Lake County right fielder Anthony Santander at home, cutting down another potential run.
Roster Note: OF Anthony Alford was transferred to the Lansing Lugnuts roster.
Dalton Pompey – 1/4, R, BB, 2 K
Dwight Smith, Jr. – 2/4
Christian Lopes – 0/3, BB
Kevin Patterson – 1/2, RBI, BB, SF
Chris Hawkins – 1/4
Santiago Nessy – 0/4, 2 K, E
Emilio Guerrero – 0/3, BB, K
Kellen Sweeney – 0/4, 2 K, E
Seth Conner – 2/4, 2 K, E
Ben White – L, 5 2/3 IP, 7 H, 3 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Efrain Nieves – 2 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Kevin Patterson
Vancouver Canadians (10-8)
Roster Moves: Three players were released from the Vancouver Canadians on Tuesday: RHP Markus Brisker, OF Ronnie Melendez and 2B Jorge Vega-Rosado. Newly drafted OF Chaz Frank was assigned to Vancouver.
Late night game summaries for the Vancouver Canadians will appear two days after the game day.
Bluefield Blue Jays (8-3)
Scheduled Off Day
Gulf Coast League Blue Jays (4-4)
Make up games rained out.
Roster Move: 1B Lydell Moseby was assigned to the GCL Blue Jays.
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