Buffalo (28-19) - Win 12-2 over Lehigh Valley
Buffalo got a big 3-run HR from Kevin Smith (11) in the 3rd inning to break a 1-1 tie, and didn’t look back after that on their way to a big win. Rowdy Tellez also added a solo HR later, his 2nd in AAA. Smith & Tellez each had 2 hits on the day. It was also rehab day as Alejandro Kirk & Danny Jansen both hit the Herd lineup. Kirk went 0-2 with 2 walks and a sac fly as the DH. Jansen started behind the plate and went 0-2 with 2 walks and 2 runs scored. Logan Warmoth had a single and a double, driving in 3. Cullen Large had two singles and a walk, scorin twice. Dilson Herrera had a single and a walk to drive in 2.
TJ Zeuch started and went 5.2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 8 hits. Zeuch struck out 5 and continues to get ground balls in AAA. Jeremy Beasley got the final out of the 6th, giving up a hit and a walk. Kirby Snead, Dany Jimenez & Curtis Taylor shut the door over the final 3 innings, giving up no hits and no walks, combining for 3 K’s in their inning each.
New Hampshire (22-26) - Win 10-9 over Portland in 10 innings
New Hampshire didn’t lead in this one until the winning run crossed the plate in the 10th. The Fisher Cats battled back, tying the game at 7 in the 7th, then gave up 2 in the top of 10. NH was lucky to get to extra innings, as they loaded the bases in the 9th with no one out, but were able to get out of it, setting the stage for the bats to score 3 in the 10th and walk this one off. The 10th was literally painful for the Cats, but it led to victory. Chris Bec led off with a single to score Tanner Kirwer, the extra runner. After a Reggie Pruitt strike out, Samad Taylor walked. Chavez Young was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Otto Lopez then was hit by another pitch, driving in Bec to tie the game. LJ Talley then singled to score Taylor and win the game.
Talley had 3 hits and a walk in the game, driving in 2. Kirwer had his first AA homerun, a solo shot off old friend Josh Winckowski in the 2nd. Kirwer also had a sac fly and scored 3 times in this one. Jordan Groshans had 2 doubles as he continues his recent power surge. Lopez had a single & double and drove in 3. Young had 2 singles. Taylor finished with a single and 2 walks.
Johnny Barbato got the start and gave up 7 runs (6 earned) on 10 hits and 3 walks in 5.1 innings. Fitz Stadler threw 1.2 scoreless, allowing a hit and getting a strikeout. Kyle Johnston finished with 2 scoreless, but in the 9th he gave up back-to-back singles and hit a batter to load the bases, before getting a strikeout, a lineout back to himself and then another strikeout to maintain the lead. Brody Rodning pitched the 10th to get the win, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and getting 2 strikeouts
Vancouver (26-23) - Loss 15-10 to Everett
The first 3 Vancouver batters scored, as Cameron Eden hit his 4th HR of the year in the first. Unfortunately, Everett responded with 8 runs in their half of the inning and it was downhill from there. At the plate, Vancouver pounded out 13 hits and took 4 walks. Ryan Gold had 3 hits on the night, including his 4th HR of the year in the 3rd, and a double. Gold drove in 3. Eden ended the night with his home run and 2 walks, scoring 3 runs. Eden also picked up 3 stolen bases to reach 30 on the season. Spencer Horwitz had 2 hits and a walk, including his 3rd HR of the year. Tanner Morris finished with a double and a triple, scoring 2 runs and adding a walk. Luis De Los Santos had a single and a double and scored twice.
On the mound CJ Van Eyk had his worst outing of the year, allowing 7 runs and not getting out of the first inning. Van Eyk gave up 4 hits and 3 walks as he recorded 2 outs. Brandon Eisert followed with 2 innings of relief, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks. Willy Gaston allowed a run on 5 hits in 2.1 innings. Cobi Johnson allowed 4 runs on 4 hits and a walk in 2 innings. Alex Nolan pitched the final inning, allowing 2 walks and striking 1 out, but was the only C’s pitcher who didn’t give up a run.
Dunedin (20-27) - Rained out
FCL (1-1) - Win 7-3 over FCL Yankees
The FCL club picked up their first win of the year, although it didn’t seem like it was going to happen. Through 6 innings, the FCL Jays were only able to muster 1 hit and 4 walks, as they were down 3-0 through 7. However, a 5-run 8th inning proved to be the difference. After a groundout, Peniel Brito walked, followed by a Gabriel Martinez single. JJ D’Orazio singled to load the bases. Amell Brazoban singled in 1. A wild pitch scored another run, and then Glenn Santiago hit his first professional home run to give the FCL squad a 5-3 lead. Although the game would not be completed, the Jays were able to get 2 more runs in the top of 9 before the game was called. Justin Ammons singled, stole second and stole third as Hugo Cardona walked. An Adrian Montero ground out drove in Ammons, while a balk scored Cardona. Angel Del Rosario picked up a single, a double and a walk in his professional debut. Gabriel Martinez & Amell Brazoban each had a walk to go with their single.
Tony Rosario started this one, lasting an inning with 3 walks and 2 strikeouts. Guillermo Villasmil allowed the 3 Yankee runs on 5 hits and a walk in 2 innings. Villasmil struck out 4. Edgar Castro followed with 2 shutout innings, allowing a hit and a walk, striking out 3. Spanish Marc Civit threw 2 hitless innings, allowing 2 walks and recording 2 strike outs. Jeury Hiciano made his professional debut with a shutout 8th inning. Hiciano allowed 2 hits but was able to record the save in his debut.
Buffalo sends Thomas Hatch (0-1, 1.88 ERA, 5.27 FIP, 5.54 xFIP) to the hill in game 2 of their series with Lehigh Valley
New Hampshire starts Elvis Luciano (0-0, 2.95 ERA, 3.26 FIP, 4.68 xFIP) as he continues to build his arm back up after being injured.
Adam Kloffenstein (2-3, 6.88 ERA, 5.07 FIP, 5.33 xFIP) takes the ball for Vancouver against Everett
Dunedin has a double header scheduled with Palm Beach. No starters are listed, but game 1 gets underway at 2:00
FCL appears to have the day off.
As a side note, I will work to get everyone updated on the happenings of the Baby Jays on Monday. Taking a couple of days to recharge myself.