Buffalo Bisons (48-47)
The Buffalo Bisons scored a grand total of one run in losing both halves of their double header with the Yankees affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders on Saturday.
In Game 1, the Herd lost 2-1 after a very good performance from Chien-Ming Wang kept the Bisons close. Wang went 6 innings and gave up two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three. The damage came on a two-run home run by Dan Johnson in the fourth inning. The only scoring came from Sean Ochinko who hit a solo home run for the Bisons.
In Game 2, three Rail Riders pitchers combined to five-hit the Bison while Dave Bush got roughed up in a 5-0 loss. Bush threw four and a third innings giving up four runs on nine hits and two walks while Claudio Vargas and Jeremy Jeffress completed the game. Jeffress made his first appearance in almost two months after an injury forced him onto the disabled list. Mike McCoy had a pair of hits and a stolen base in the night cap.
Roster Moves: Catcher Mike Nickeas was activated from the Temporary Inactive List while catcher Jack Murphy was sent back down to New Hampshire. The Blue Jays activated IF Brett Lawrie from the DL and sent Munenori Kawasaki back to Buffalo. Pitcher Bobby Korecky was placed on the disabled list.
Kevin Pillar –0/2, BB
Ryan Goins – 0/3, K
Jim Negrych – 0/2, BB
Mauro Gomez – 1/3
Andy LaRoche – 1/3
Eugenio Velez – 0/2, BB, K, SB
Clint Robinson – 0/3, K
Anthony Gose – 1/3, K
Sean Ochinko – 1/2, R, HR, RBI
Chien-Ming Wang – L, 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
John Stilson – 1 IP, 1 H
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Sean Ochinko
Kevin Pillar – 0/3, K
Mike McCoy – 2/2, BB, SB, CS
Mauro Gomez – 1/3, K
Andy LaRoche – 0/2, BB
Jim Negrych – 0/3
Eugenio Velez – 0/2, BB, K
Sean Ochinko – 1/3
Anthony Gose – 1/3, 2 K, OF Asst.
Clint Robinson – 0/3, 2 K, E
Dave Bush – L, 4 1/3 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
Claudio Vargas – 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 K
Jeremy Jeffress – 1 IP, 1 H
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Mike McCoy
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (45-46)
Gabe Jacobo and Deck McGuire led the way as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats beat the Reading Fightin Phils 6-3 on Saturday. McGuire earned the win, going six innings and giving up three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out eight. In what has become his typical fashion, McGuire gave up all the runs in one inning including a two-run home run to Anthony Hewitt. Jacobo went one for three with a walk and his second home run in as many Double-A games. Jack Murphy also hit a home run (his second of the year) in the process of having a two-for-five game while Tommy Manzella also had a two-hit game. Ryan Schimpf didn’t have any hits, but walked three times and scored once.
Roster Moves: C Jack Murphy was returned to New Hampshire with Mike Nickeas coming back from the Temporary Inactive list. Catcher A.J. Jimenez was placed on the Temporary Inactive List.
Adam Loewen – 1/5, RBI, 2 K
Andy Burns – 0/4, BB
Gabe Jacobo – 1/3, R, HR, RBI, BB
Brad Glenn – 0/5
Ryan Schimpf – 0/2, R, 3 BB, 2 K
Kevin Nolan – 1/5, K
Brian Van Kirk – 1/3, R, 2 BB
Jack Murphy – 2/5, 2 R, HR, RBI
Tommy Manzella – 2/4, R, 2B, 2 RBI
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Jack Murphy
Dunedin Blue Jays (45-41)
Game postponed due to rain.
Lansing Lugnuts (37-54)
The Lansing Lugnuts deserved their 11-5 defeat at the hands of the Burlington Bees because of their horrible defense that culminated in six errors and seven of the eleven runs being unearned. It’s hard to know what to make of Daniel Norris’s performance because of this. He started the game and went four innings, giving up only four hits and no walks while striking out five, but allowed two unearned runs. The unearned run parade continued as three of Efrain Nieves four runs and two of Alonzo Gonzalez’s three runs were unearned. The offense scattered nine hits and got a home run from Dwight Smith, Jr. (his second in as many games) as well as a single and triple from Christian Lopes and two singles from Dalton Pompey. Jorge Flores had a rough night, going oh for four with a walk and four strikeouts.
Jorge Flores – 0/4, BB, 4 K
Dalton Pompey – 2/4, R, 2 K, PO, CS
Emilio Guerrero – 1/4, R, RBI
Dwight Smith, Jr. – 1/4, R, HR, RBI, BB, K
Christian Lopes – 2/5, 3B, RBI, K
Santiago Nessy – 1/4, 2B, BB, PB
Kevin Patterson – 0/3, 2 BB, E
Jason Leblebijian – 1/3, BB, K, SB, 2 E
Carlos Ramirez – 1/3, 2 R, 2B, BB, K, E
Daniel Norris – L, 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R (0 ER), 5 K
Efrain Nieves – 2 IP, 3 H, 4 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K
Alonzo Gonzalez – 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (1 ER), 1 K
Ian Kadish – 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Dwight Smith, Jr.
Vancouver Canadians (18-10)
Late night game summaries for the Vancouver Canadians will appear two days after the game day.
Bluefield Blue Jays (11-8)
The Bluefield Blue Jays actually played a game, defeating the Pulaski Mariners 6-1 despite getting only four hits. Matt Dean had the big one, driving in two runs with his first home run of the season as part of a two-for-three night with a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base. Adonys Cardona had the start and went three shutout innings, giving up only two hits and walk while striking out five in his best appearance of the year. Mark Biggs picked up the win, going another three innings, but gave up a run and Brady Dragmire earned the save pitching the final three innings without giving up a run and striking out three.
D.J. Davis – 1/4, BB, 2 K, PO
Jonathan Davis – 0/4, K, SB
Derrick Loveless – 0/3, R, BB, 2 K
Mitch Nay – 0/4, 2 K, E
Dawel Lugo – 0/3, R
Jorge Saez – 1/3, 2 R, RBI
Matt Dean – 2/3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, SB
Tim Locastro – 0/4, RBI
Jesus Gonzalez – 0/3, 2 K
John Silviano – 0/1, K
Adonys Cardona – 3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K
Mark Biggs – W, 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Brady Dragmire – S, 3 IP, 2 H, 3 K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Matt Dean
Gulf Coast League Blue Jays (8-9)
The GCL Blue Jays lost their second straight game to the GCL Yankees1 team but this time they managed to bring the bats out in a 9-8 loss. This game must have been torture to watch as it featured eight errors split equally between the two teams. J.A. Happ made his first rehab start and went three innings, giving up two unearned runs on four hits. The rest of the game featured outings by the usual cast of free agent signees as well as fourth round pick Evan Smith who gave up three runs in his inning (although two of those runs were allowed to score as inherited runners by Cale Wine). Right fielder Andres De Aza had the best day with the bat, going two for four with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI. Franklin Barreto, Edwin Fuentes and Andres Sotillo each had a double. Canadian Nathan DeSouza hit his second home run of the season going one for four.
Franklin Barreto – 1/4, R, 2B, BB, K, SB, CS
Koby Kraemer – 1/5, E
Thomas Collins III – 1/4, RBI, BB, SB
Sean Hurley – 0/5, K
Edwin Fuentes – 1/3, 2 R, 2B, BB, K, SB
Andres Sotillo – 1/3, 2 R, 2B, RBI
Andres De Aza – 2/4, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, K
Nathan DeSouza – 1/4, R, HR, 2 RBI, K
Will Dupont – 0/3, RBI, E
Gabriel Cenas – 0/0, BB
J.A. Happ – 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R (0 ER)
Evan Smith – 1 IP, 1 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB
Cale Wine – 1 2/3 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), BB
Chris Rowley – 1/3 IP
Oscar Cabrera – L, 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 K
Phil Kish – 1/3 IP, 1 K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Andres De Aza
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