Blue Jays MiLB Recap: Fisher Cats come back big!
By Craig Borden
Buffalo Bisons @ Rochester Red Wings (Loss 3-6)
A 9th-inning charge by the Bisons was not enough to over come an 8th-inning rally by the Red Wings. Bisons starting pitcher Scott Diamond pitched a gem through six innings and allowed only five hits and a walk. He struck out four over six shutout innings.
Ben Rowen came on in the 7th and allowed a pair of hits that led to the Wings first run. Ryan Tepera came on after Rowen, recording one out and got the Herd out of the 7th. Tepera then had massive difficulties in the 8th and was saddled with all five of the Wings runs that inning. Bobby Korecky came in to stop the bleeding and the 8th-inning rally. The bullpen had a hard time with the Red Wings in the late innings and could not keep it together to help Scott Diamond get his 3rd win of the season.
Pitching Grade: B-
Jesus Montero continues to be an offensive machine at the plate for the Bisons. He went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored during the game. Not to be outdone, Matt Dominguez also went 1-for-3 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI during the game. Montero and Dominguez extended their hitting streaks with, Montero’s now at nine games and Dominguez at eight.
David Adams joined the limited scoring for the Bisons on Sunday as he contributed two RBIs in his 1-for-4 day. The Bisons got to the Wings bullpen in the 9th but were shut down after scoring two runs. They could have capitalized on some missed opportunities, but the Herd only had one hit with runners in scoring position in 10 chances.
Offensive Grade – C+
Line of the game – Scott Diamond 6 IP, 5 hits, 0 ER, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts
Buffalo Bisons vs Rochester Red Wings (Wade LeBlanc vs Alex Meyer)
New Hampshire Fisher Cats @ Reading Fightin Phils (Win 6-5)
Huge comeback win in the 9th inning for the Fisher Cats. Is this the game that turns around their luck? The early pitchers duel turned into a late-inning bashing. Jeremy Gabryszwski pitched solid overall but had two bad pitches with runners on in a couple innings. All of the earned runs by the Phils came off of two home runs given up by Gabryszwski.
Harold Martinez tagged a two-run homer in the 3rd and Christian Marrero hit a three-run bomb in the 7th. The second homer knocked Gabryszwski from the game. Danny Barnes and Wil Browning pitched three shutout innings and kept the Cats close which opened the door for the comeback.
Pitching Grade: B-
The offence finally showed up in the 7th inning of this game as Wilkin Castillo drove in Melky Mesa on a sac fly to open up the scoring. Onto the explosive top of the 9th where the Cats made an unlikely comeback. Down 5-1 when the inning started, the Cats were looking to pounce.
A leadoff walk to K.C. Hobson led to a Castillo single. With runners on second and third, Shane Opitz scored Hobson on a sac fly and advanced Castillo. Ian Parmley singled in Castillo for the 2nd run of the inning making the score 5-3. Dwight Smith Jr. then singled to put runners on 1st and second. A ground-out later, both runners were in scoring position and Jon Berti stepped into the box. Berti homered over the right field wall to put the Cats up 6-5 for the eventual win. Berti picked the perfect opportunity for his first homer of the season.
Offensive Grade: B+
Line of the game – Jon Berti 2-4 with a run scored, a home run, and 3 RBI
New Hampshire Fisher Cats @ Trenton Thunder (Luis Santos vs Cale Coshow)
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