Scores and analysis from Toronto Blue Jays minor league games played on Sunday, June 5th
Buffalo Bisons (31-25)
Syracuse Chiefs (27-27) – PPD
No baseball in Syracuse yesterday afternoon. The teams will make up the game as part of a double-header on August 2nd. Buffalo opens a series against the Rochester Red Wings on Monday.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (26-29) – 8
Reading Fightin Phils (38-19) – 0
The double-A Fisher Cats thumped a strong Fightin Phils team on Sunday afternoon thanks to an excellent group effort from the pitching staff.
Jason Berken opened things up with four innings of shutout ball, allowing just one hit and striking out four. After Chris Smith and Matt Dermody both worked a pair of scoreless innings, Wil Browning wrapped things up in the ninth.
Wilkin Castillo and Jason Leblebijian both launched their first home runs of the 2016 season to lead the offence for New Hampshire. Castillo also added a double as part of a 3-for-5 day, driving in three runs. Rowdy Tellez was 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Dunedin Blue Jays (26-31) – 5
Palm Beach Cardinals (27-30) – 0
Speaking of shutout wins, Chris Rowley got the D-Jays started with six and two-thirds innings where he managed to work around three hits and four walks. Colton Turner followed suit with an inning and a third of scoreless pitching before Tim Mayza shut the door in the final frame. Turner has yet to allow a run in 10 Advanced-A appearances.
Jonathan Davis hit two solo home runs out of the leadoff spot, giving him eight on the season. Richard Urena was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a double while second-baseman Aaron Attaway went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Anthony Alford was held hitless on the day, but walked once and stole his 4th base of the season.
Lansing Lugnuts (29-26) – 6
Bowling Green Hot Rods (29-27) – 2
Sean Reid-Foley pitched six shutout innings for the Lugnuts (how many times are we going to say “shutout” here?). The powerful right-hander struck out five batters, allowing just two hits and a lone walk on 90 pitches. Starlyn Suriel allowed two unearned runs in his one and two-thirds innings of work before handing off to Dusty Isaacs, who lowered his ERA to 1.07 and earned his 11th save of the season.
Catcher Justin Atkinson hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the 7th. Centre-fielder Lane Thomas went 2-for4 with a triple, driving in one. Andrew Guillotte and Gunnar Heidt collected one hit each at the top of the lineup.