Daniel Norris Shines: June 3 Minor League Report


Buffalo Bisons (31-25)

The Buffalo Bisons took three of four games from the Norfolk Tides with a 10-5 win on Monday afternoon. Starting pitcher Claudio Vargas got the win for his five strong innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks. Neither reliever emerged unscathed with Bobby Korecky giving up two runs and Joel Carreno one. Carreno basically made one bad pitch, striking out three batters out of the five he faced and gave up a ground ball that he fielded himself. His only blemish was a solo home run hit by Jason Pridie. The Bisons hitters destroyed Jake Arrieta, scoring eight runs off of him in his five and two-thirds innings. The attack was led, once again, by Eugenio Velez who went three for five with two RBI while Jim Negrych, Josh Thole, Mauro Gomez and Mike Nickeas had two hits each. Thole hit a home run and drove in three while Gomez hit two home runs and also drove in three runs. Nickeas raises his batting average to .155 with his two doubles.

Roster Note: RP Mickey Storey was optioned back to AAA Buffalo from Toronto in advance of a few moves that will be made on Tuesday.

September 17, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Mauro Gomez (50) hits a 2 RBI single in the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Eugenio Velez – 3/5, R, 2B, 2 RBI, SB
Jim Negrych – 2/4, R
Josh Thole – 2/5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, K
Mauro Gomez – 2/5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
Ryan Langerhans – 0/4, K
Andy LaRoche – 0/4
Ricardo Nanita – 1/3, R, BB, E
Ryan Goins – 1/4, R
Mike Nickeas – 2/4, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI


Claudio Vargas – W, 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
Bobby Korecky – 2 2/3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
Joel Carreno – 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Mauro Gomez

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (28-30)

Scheduled Off Day

Dunedin Blue Jays (30-23)

Scott Copeland and the Dunedin Blue Jays pitchers were too much for the Charlotte Stone Crabs as the Blue Jays came out with a 3-0 win. Copeland won his sixth of the year, going six shutout innings and giving up four hits and three walks. The offense generated thirteen hits but only three runs. Speedster Jon Berti led the way with three hits, but K.C. Hobson did the most damage with his two doubles. Mike Crouse also had two hits including a double as well as a walk.


Jon Berti – 3/5, R, K, SB, PO
Nick Baligod – 1/5, 2B
Gabe Jacobo – 2/3, R, RBI, BB
K.C. Hobson – 2/4, R, 2 2B, RBI
Mike Crouse – 2/3, 2B, BB
Matt Newman – 0/4
Peter Mooney – 1/3, BB
Chris Schaeffer – 0/4, K
Shane Opitz – 2/4, RBI


Scott Copeland – W, 6 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 5 K
Shawn Griffith – 2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
Ajay Meyer – 1 IP, 3 H, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game:  Scott Copeland

Lansing Lugnuts (25-29)

Daniel Norris had another great start as he and the Lugnuts bullpen led the team to a 2-1 victory over the Great Lakes Loons. Norris went five innings, giving up only one run on two hits and three walks despite only two strikeouts. Three pitchers came on to preserve the victory with Arik Sikula getting the save. The offense only had five hits but first baseman Kevin Patterson had the big blow, with a home run in the seventh inning.


Dwight Smith, Jr. – 0/3, BB, K
Jorge Flores – 1/4, RBI, SB, E
Christian Lopes – 0/4, K
Kevin Patterson – 2/4, R, HR, RBI, K, E
Gustavo Pierre – 0/3, 2 K
Kellen Sweeney – 0/1, BB
Carlos Ramirez – 1/3, 2B, K
Chris hawkins – 1/3, R, BB, K
Aaron Munoz – 0/3, 2 K
Dalton Pompey – 0/3, BB


Daniel Norris – 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 2 K
Kramer Champlin – 1 IP, 2 K
Ian Kadish – W, 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
Arik Sikula – S, 1 IP, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Daniel Norris

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