Buffalo Bisons (56-54)
The Buffalo Bisons lost a close one to the Columbus Clippers 3-2 on Wednesday. Chien-Ming Wang logged a quality start, going seven innings and giving up three runs on six hits and one walk with four strikeouts but he still took the loss. Mike McCoy and Kevin Pillar did their best to help the cause with each getting a pair of hits and stealing a base. McCoy took his grit to next level by hitting his third home run of the season.
Kevin Pillar – 2/5, K, SB
Anthony Gose – 1/4, BB, 2 K, OF Asst.
Mauro Gomez – 0/4, BB, K
Moises Sierra – 1/4, R, K
Andy LaRoche – 1/4, K
Clint Robinson – 0/2, 2 BB
Sean Ochinko – 1/4, RBI
Ryan Goins – 0/4, 2 K
Munenori Kawasaki – 2/4, R, HR, RBI, SB
Chien-Ming Wang – L, 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K
Mickey Storey – 1 IP
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Mike McCoy
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (53-55)
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats snapped a seven-game losing streak thanks to outstanding performances by Marcus Stroman and Andy Burns. Stroman tied a season high of thirteen strikeouts over six and two-thirds innings giving up only two runs on four hits and two walks but he got burned by his Achilles Heel thus far, the home run ball. If there’s one negative to his season, it’s that Stroman has been giving up 1.2 home runs per nine innings (before last night’s game) this season. On the offensive side, Andy Burns’s slow but steady improvement with the bat jumped forward with a three-for-five outburst that included a double and a home run. Kenny Wilson went two for five with a stolen base in his second game back from the DL and Gabe Jacobo went two for three with a double.
Kenny Wilson – 2/5, R, K, SB
Andy Burns – 3/5, R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, K, SB
A.J. Jimenez – 0/5, K
Brad Glenn – 0/4, RBI, BB
Adam Loewen – 1/3, BB, K
Kevin Nolan – 1/4, R, E
Ryan Schimpf – 0/4, 2 K
Gabe Jacobo – 2/3, 2 R, 2B, RBI
Tommy Manzella – 1/4, R, RBI, 2 K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Marcus Stroman and Andy Burns
Dunedin Blue Jays (52-51)
The Dunedin Blue Jays couldn’t score more than the two runs they got in the first inning and fell 5-2 to the Bradenton Marauders. Jesse Hernandez made the start and got through five shutout innings before the sixth and seventh did him in. He ended up taking the loss, pitching six and a third innings, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five. He didn’t necessarily pitch as bad as the four earned runs indicate: reliever Tony Davis came into the game with two of Hernandez’s runners on base and ended up allowing them to score. Kramer Champlin made his Dunedin debut with a perfect eighth inning. The offense only managed six hits, all singles except for Matt Newman‘s double and Jon Berti‘s triple. Mike Crouse notched the only RBI for the Blue Jays and stole two bases (but got caught once).
Roster Note: SS Jorge Flores was promoted from Lansing.
Jon Berti – 1/4, 3B, R
Shane Opitz – 1/4, K, E
Mike Crouse – 1/3, R, RBI, BB, K, 2 SB, CS
K.C. Hobson – 0/3, BB, K
Marcus Knecht – 1/4, K, OF Asst.
Gustavo Pierre – 1/4, 2 K
Oliver Dominguez – 0/4, 2 K
Chris Schaeffer – 0/3
Matt Newman – 1/2, 2B, BB, OF Asst.
Jesse Hernandez – L, 6 1/3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 5 K
Tony Davis – 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R
Kramer Champlin – 1 IP, 1 K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Matt Newman
Lansing Lugnuts (45-61)
Game postponed by rain.
Roster Notes: SS Jorge Flores was promoted to the Dunedin Blue Jays and the Lugnuts received pitcher Colton Turner from Vancouver.
Vancouver Canadians (26-20)
July 30 Game:
The Vancouver Canadians got a big 7-0 win to finish off the Eugene Emeralds and their road trip on Tuesday. Alberta-born Shane Dawson had an outstanding Vancouver debut with four shutout innings, giving up two walks and a hit with six strikeouts. Matt Dermody, Garrett Pickens and Chuck Ghysels went the rest of the way, racking up another seven strikeouts between them. The offense opened up for ten hits including two each from Dickie Thon (including a triple), Brenden Kalfus and L.B. Dantzler. Dantzler hit his seventh home run of the season (which leads the team), Dan Arcila hit his first of the year and Brenden Kalfus hit his first home run and fifth double of the season.
Ian Parmley – 0/3, R, 3 BB, 2 K, SB
David Harris – 0/5, K
Dickie Thon – 2/5, 2 R, 3B, 2 K
L.B. Dantzler – 2/5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, K
Justin Atkinson – 1/4, BB, 3 K
Brenden Kalfus – 2/4, R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB
Dan Arcila – 1/4, R, HR, RBI, BB, K
Seth Conner – 1/4, BB, 3 K
Melvin Garcia – 1/4, BB, 2 K
Shane Dawson – 4 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 6 K
Matt Dermody – W, 2 IP, 1 H, 4 K
Garrett Pickens – 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Chuck Ghysels – 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Shane Dawson and Brenden Kalfus
Bluefield Blue Jays (26-13)
In a game shortened by rain, the Bluefield Blue Jays took advantage of a four inning eighth inning to beat the Danville Braves 7-2 on Wednesday. Starter Zakery Wasilewski had a very good game, going four shutout innings, giving up only one hit but struggled with his control (or an umpire with a tiny strike zone) by walking five to go along with five strikeouts. Joe Lovecchio gave up the two runs in three innings on four hits and Yeyfry Del Rosario finished with an inning of scoreless baseball. Matt Dean continues to break out and had a three-hit game that included two doubles and three runs scored.
D.J. Davis – 1/4, K
Timothy Locastro – 1/4, 2 R
Nico Taylor – 0/4, R, K
Mitch Nay – 1/3, 2B, 2 RBI, K, SF
Dawel Lugo – 1/4, R, 3B, RBI, K
Matt Dean – 3/4, 3 R, 2 2B, RBI
Jonathan Davis – 1/3, 2B, RBI
Jorge Saez – 0/2, BB, 2 K
Lydell Moseby – 0/2, K
John Silviano – 1/1, RBI
Zak Wasilewski – 4 IP, 1 H, 5 BB, 5 K
Joe Lovecchio – W, 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 K
Yeyfry Del Rosario – S, 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Matt Dean
Gulf Coast League Blue Jays (15-18)
The GCL Blue Jays got some very good starting pitching but the bullpen coughed up the game in a 4-2 loss. 2013 second round draft pick Clinton Hollon made his second appearance, going three scoreless innings, giving up just a hit and a walk and striking out two.
#BlueJays Clinton Hollon continued to show a plus slider over 3 innings today. Commands his FB and repeats his delivery well
— Chris King (@StatsKing) July 31, 2013
Matthew Smoral walked four over his inning and two-thirds but struck out three.
#BlueJays Matt Smoral had trouble locating today. Velocity was good just couldn’t find his release point. Walked 4 in 1 2/3 innings
— Chris King (@StatsKing) July 31, 2013
Canadian Sean Ratcliffe ended up taking the loss, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks. John Tolisano, who is in town rehabbing, hit a home run while catcher Andres Sotillo had two singles.
Franklin Barreto – 1/4
Andres Sotillo – 2/4, 2 K, PB, PO, E
John Tolisano – 1/4, R, HR, 2 RBI, K
Rowdy Tellez – 0/4, K, E
Gabriel Cenas – 0/3, 2 K
Edwin Fuentes – 1/3
Sean Hurley – 0/3, 2 K
Josh Almonte – 0/3, 2 K
Nathan DeSouza – 1/2, R
Thomas Collins III – 0/1
Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Clinton Hollon and John Tolisano
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