Buffalo (32-22) - Loss 4-3 to Rochester
A tough 3rd inning for Zach Logue was the difference in this one, as Logue served up a grand slam to Blake Swihart, which accounted for all of Rochester’s offense. Logue was charged for 4 runs on 5 hits, a walk and a hit batter over 3 innings. Casey Lawrence had a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Joel Payamps & Ryan Borucki each had a perfect inning of relief. Dany Jimenez had a scoreless inning, allowing a single, a hit and a wild pitch. Travis Bergen pitched the final inning, allowing a single but no runs. Positive to see Borucki getting into a game after being on the injured list. Also interesting to see the Bison bullpen gaining some length as the Blue Jays bullpen gets stronger. 3 of the pitchers who threw last night have been pieces in the big league bullpen.
On offence Buffalo scored 2 in the 3rd as Nash Knight singled, Breyvic Valera doubled and after 2 outs, Riley Adams singled in both. In the 8th, Valera singled, Alejandro Kirk singled, moving Valera to 3rd and then Riley Adams scored Valera with a fielder’s choice where he beat the double play ball. Unfortunately that was all the offence the Herd had last night. Valera had 2 hits, including the only extra base hit. Kirk had a hit and a walk, as did Tyler White. Adams was credited with driving in all 3 runs on the night. Richard Urena & Nash Knight each had a single as well.
New Hampshire (23-30) - Loss 5-3 to Binghamton
Elvis Luciano started for New Hampshire and wasn’t as sharp as he has been since coming off the IL. Luciano allowed 2 in the first on back-to-back singles, a double and a sac fly. In the 3rd, Luciano struck out the first 2 batters, but then walked a guy before allowing a 2-run HR. All told Luciano went 5 innings, allowing 4 earned on 6 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 3. The positive is that Luciano is up to 81 pitches and 5 innings, so hopefully he continues that. Graham Spraker had a scoreless inning of relief, allowing a hit and a walk, while striking out 3. Sean Rackoski gave up 2 doubles, which led to a run in his inning of work. Kyle Johnston threw the final inning, allowing a single and striking out 1.
New Hampshire was able to muster 9 hits and 2 walks on the day, but were unable to score many runs. In the 3rd, Rodrigo Vigil & Demi Orimoloye singled, Reggie Pruitt hit a ball back to the pitcher, but the shortstop made an error to load the bases. Austin Martin grounded into a double play to plate Vigil as the only run. In the 4th, LJ Talley doubled, Vinny Capra singled him to 3rd, with no one out, and then Tanner Kirwer grounded into a force out to score Talley. Vigil grounded into a double play to end the inning. In the 6th, Otto Lopez singled, Talley doubled him to 3rd and Capra had an infield single to score Lopez. Kirwer and Vigil both struck out to end the inning.
Talley had 2 doubles and a walk on the game. Capra had 2 singles. Pruitt added a double. Martin, Lopez, Vigil & Orimoloye had singles, while Chavez Young had a walk. Pruitt & Martin both had stolen bases.
Vancouver (28-28) - Loss 3-2 to Spokane
Vancouver picked up single runs in the 1st & 3rd innings, but were unable to score again after. In the 1st, Tanner Morris singled with 1-out. Morris moved to 2nd on a wild pitch and then scored on a Ryan Gold 2-out single. In the 3rd, Rafael Lantigua walked, moved to 2nd on a balk, stole 3rd and then scored on a Morris ground out. On the night, the C’s only picked up 3 hits and 5 walks, while striking out 15 times. Spencer Horwitz had a double and 2 walks. Lantigua walked twice, was 1-2 in stealing bases and threw a runner out at 2nd from RF. Sebastian Espino walked and stole a base. Johnny Aiello had 3 K’s, but every hitter struck out at least once on the night.
Luis Quinones took a 2-0 lead into the 4th inning, but was undone by a couple of errors. The leadoff batter had an infield single. Quinones threw over to first, but Ronny Brito missed the pick off throw, allowing the runner to move to 2nd. A single to CF scored the first run. After a strikeout, Aiello made a throwing error to allow the runner to move to 3rd and score on another single. All told Quinones went 4.2 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 singles and 4 walks, while striking out 8. Quinones threw 92 pitches, with 60 strikes for a 65% strike rate, but still had a lot of walks. Brandon Eisert threw 3 innings, allowing 4 hits including back-to-back doubles at the end of his outing to give up the winning run. Eisert allowed 2 singles and a walk earlier, while striking out 2. Cobi Johnson pitched the final 1.1, allowing a single and striking out 1.
A bit of a dive into Quinones pitching shows some solid swing and miss stuff, but a lack of command. Last night Quinones had 22 swinging strikes as he faced 24 batters. That is the highest number he’s had this year, but an average start so far has led to 14 whiffs per game, which is impressive.
Dunedin (21-32) - Postponed in Tampa
FCL (1-3) - Postponed due to weather
Tommy Milone (0-0, 3.00 ERA, 6.67 FIP, 7.56 xFIP) is continuing his rehab assignment as the listed starter for Buffalo. Not sure where this will leave Milone, as he is still on the 60-Day IL, but it’s difficult to see a path back to the Jays at this point
Maximo Castillo (6-1, 4.80 ERA, 5.08 FIP, 5.12 xFIP) looks to add to his win total as New Hampshire takes on Binghamton, trying to get back in the win column
Paxton Schultz (3-0, 4.01 ERA, 3.74 FIP, 3.84 xFIP) takes the ball for Vancouver as they look to climb back over .500 against Spokane.
Dunedin has a double header with Tampa today. No starter has been listed for Dunedin for either game. I have no idea who is going to be starting today based on the rainouts and last weeks schedule, but I would think Sem Robberse and Nathanael Perez could be in line.
The Florida Complex League Jays will look to finish a previously suspended game with the FCL Tigers East, and then play another game. The Jays lead the suspended game 1-0 with 1 out in the top of the 4th. The Jays will be at the plate and then will become the home team in the full game.