It was a tough night for the Blue Jays minor league affiliates, with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats picking up the only win on Wednesday evening.
AAA- Bisons vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Yankees) 3-1 Loss
The Buffalo Bisons’ struggles continued on Wednesday night, as they dropped the second game of their current series, and their 26th in their last 32 games. Ouch.
The Bisons sent T.J. House to the hill and he had an admirable outing, but it wasn’t enough to carry the Bisons to victory on the evening. He ended up pitching six innings, allowing just three runs on four hits, and three walks, striking out six RailRaiders in the start. Billy McKinney hit a two run shot in the fourth inning to put the RailRiders ahead in the contest, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish again.
The Bisons didn’t get much offence, scoring their lone run on an RBI single from Rowdy Tellez, who knocked in veteran Michael Saunders, who was signed to an MiLB deal last week and went 2-4 in the game.
MVB: Michael Saunders, 2-4
Fisher Cats vs. Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox) 2-0 Win
The Fisher Cats picked up a second consecutive shutout victory on Wednesday night, riding a strong outing from Jon Harris to the win. Harris was dominant in improving his record to 4-8, throwing seven scoreless frames while allowing just three hits, and striking out four.
The game was actually scoreless until the eighth inning when the Cats finally got on the board. Derrick Loveless singled to lead off the inning and eventually scored the game’s first run on a throwing error. Richard Urena added a sacrifice fly in the eighth as well, giving the Fisher Cats a 2-0 lead, which was enough on Wednesday night.
The two squads will face off in the final game of their three game set on Thursday evening with Connor Greene getting the ball against Teddy Stankiewicz.
MVFC: Jon Harris- 7 IP, no runs allowed, 3 hits, 4 K
D-Jays vs. Lakeland Flying Tigers (Tigers) 3-0 Loss
The Dunedin Blue Jays were bested by the Lakeland Tigers on Wednesday evening, as the Tigers rode a strong start from Josh Turley to the shutout victory. Turley threw seven shutout innings and gave up just four hits on the evening.
Conor Fisk got the start for the D-Jays and had a decent enough outing, throwing 6.1 innings and allowed three earned runs, on six hits, two walks, and struck out three. Tayler Saucedo threw the final 1.2 innings and allowed just one hit.
There wasn’t much to talk about on the offensive side of the ball for the D-Jays, as they managed just four hits on the night, but first baseman Juan Kelly picked up a pair of hits. Michael De La Cruz and Cavan Biggio picked up the other two.
MVBJ: Juan Kelly, 2-4
Lugnuts vs. West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers) 6-5 Loss
The Lugnuts got off to a hot start on offence, but unfortunately dropped their contest with the West Michigan Whitecaps on Wednesday evening, losing by a score of 6-5. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit six sixth home run of the season, and the Lugnuts also had multi-hit nights from Nash Knight and Rodrigo Orozco, but it wasn’t enough to lift them over the Whitecaps.
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Both teams actually got on the scoreboard in the early going, with each squad picking up three runs in the opening frame, and a pair each in the 5th inning, it was the lone run by the Whitecaps in the fourth inning that made the difference in the contest.
Andy Ravel took the loss for the Lugnuts as he gave up six earned runs in the start, and Alfred Gutierrez picked up the win for the Whitecaps, performing just well enough to pick up the win, allowing five earned runs.
In a rare occurence, Bo Bichette had a hitless game, going 0-4 and dropping his batting average to .383. The top infield prospect has been flirting with the .400 mark for the bulk of the year.
MVL: Nash Knight, 2-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI