Jays Journal takes a look around the Toronto Blue Jays Minor League organization for Friday, July 1st
Buffalo Bisons (50-32) – 1
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders (46-36) – 2
A long night for the offence led to a loss. The Bisons were only able to scrounge up six hits but were able to keep the game close. In the 9th they scored one but could not keep the rally going to tie up the game. Darrell Cecilliani hit a solo home run in the 9th inning to come within one. Andy Burns managed to pull in a multi hit game as he went 2-for-4. Overall the Herd was unable to get anything going against the Rail Riders pitching staff. Dietrich Enns shut down the Bisons attack through 6.2 innings and the bullpen followed his lead.
The Bisons pitching staff kept them in the game through this one but the offence just could not find a foot hold. John Anderson took a hard loss and only allowed one run on four hits. Anderson did walk three batters but struck out three in his best start Herd thus far. Franklin Morales threw a scoreless inning but did walk two batters. Danny Barnes tossed a pair and struck out four to keep the game 0-1. Ryan Tepera allowed the 2nd run in the 9th which put the game just out of reach.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (35-45)
Binghampton Mets (34-45)
Game 1 Loss 4-10
The Fisher Cats dropped game one of the double-header on a mountain of un-earned runs. Taylor Cole got the start and allowed four earned runs through three innings of work but the defence allowed five un-earned runs. Three errors led to a loss in a game that might have been pretty close if the defense could have held it together. Cole did allow two home runs and 11 hits but it is hard to put everything on him when he did not get a ton of support. Rowdy Tellez hit a two-run homer in the first inning to put the Cats ahead temporarily. He finished the game going 2-for-3. Ryan Lavarnway also had a multi-hit game going 2-for-3 with a double and a pair of runs scored.
Game 2 Win 11-5
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The Cats bats came alive in the night game of the double header as they teed up Mets pitchers for 11 runs on 10 hits. Three Fisher Cats collected multi-hit games en route to the win. Roemon Fields had two hits, scored two times, and drove in two, while stealing two bases. Jason Leblebijian pounded out two doubles and a pair of runs and RBIs. Shane Opitz also had a 2-for-3 game with two runs scored. Jorge Saez hit a three-run homer in the 1st to kick start the offense and picked up another RBI on a sac fly later in the game. Rowdy Tellez also scored twice and drove in two.
The offence made things pretty easy for the pitching staff. Jason Berken pitched three innings and allowed just one run on four hits. He was replaced in the fourth by Brady Dragmire and he struggled through two innings as he allowed three earned runs on four hits and three walks. He gave up a three-run homer to Mets clean up hitter Phillip Evans. Chris Smith was on mop up duty as the Cats surged offensively to take the win.
Dunedin Blue Jays (7-2) – 2
Tampa Yankees (7-2) – 4
A three-hit effort by Richard Urena and Mike Reeves was not enough for the D-Jays to take this one from the Yankees. Urena hit three singles and picked up his 24th RBI of the season. Urena and Reeves also stole one base each. The only other RBI was from Anthony Alford on a ground out.
On the mound Conor Fisk was charged with three earned runs over four innings of work. He managed to strike out six in the short performance. Alonzo Gonzalez took the ball in the 5th and was solid for three innings. He allowed just one hit while striking out a trio of Yankee hitters. Dusty Isaacs allowed another Yankee run during his four outs of work. He struggled and walked a pair but did strike out three.
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