Buffalo (33-22) - Won 4-2 over Rochester
Buffalo scored twice in the top of the 9th inning to break a 2-2 tie and go on to defeat Rochester Thursday night. In the 3rd, Buffalo got a one-out walk from Logan Warmoth, who moved to second on a Dilson Herrera ground out and then scored on a Breyvic Valera single. In a similar fashion, Warmoth walked again in the 5th, stole second and then scored on a Herrera single to give the Herd a short lived lead. In the 9th, Juan Graterol worked a one-out walk. Warmoth singled to move Graterol up a base. Herrera grounded out, moving both runners up a base, and then Valera singled in both. Kevin Smith doubled to put runners at 2nd & 3rd, but Tyler White was unable to score them. Valera had 3 singles and a walk, driving in 3 runs. Warmoth had a single and 2 walks, scoring 3 runs. Cullen Large added 2 walks, while Riley Adams had a walk.
Tommy Milone started on the hill and went 2 innings, allowing 1 run on 2 hits. The run came on a triple and a wild pitch. Jackson McClelland had a scoreless inning, allowing a single and recording a strikeout. Nick Allgeyer threw 2.2 innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks. Allgeyer gave up a single, a double and a triple, but also struck out 4. Patrick Murphy got the final out of the 6th and then added a scoreless 7th. John Axford pitched a scoreless 8th, recording a strikeout. Bryan Baker picked up save #7 with a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.
New Hampshire (23-31) - Loss 5-1 to Binghamton
Maximo Castillo continued his pattern of having a rough outing after a decent outing. Thursday night, Castillo gave up 4 earned on 6 hits, 2 walks and a hit batter over 3 innings, as Binghamton scored in each of the first 3 innings. 3 of the hits allowed by Castillo were doubles. Marcus Reyes followed with 3 innings of 1-run work. The run came on a solo HR with 2-out in the 6th and was one of only 2 hits allowed. Reyes did walk a batter and had a wild pitch but struck out 6. Mike Ellenbest threw 2 perfect innings, striking out 4.
At the plate, New Hampshire picked up 7 hits and 2 walks, but were only 1-6 with runners in scoring position. Demi Orimoloye singled in the 8th, moved to 2nd on a Chris Bec single, then to 3rd on an Austin Martin single, before scoring on a wild pitch for the only Fisher Cat run. Martin had 2 singles in the game. Tanner Kirwer had 2 singles and a walk, but also was caught stealing. Kirwer has been caught as many times in AA (2) in 5 attempts as he was caught in 27 attempts in Vancouver. Vinny Capra had a single and Otto Lopez took a walk.
Vancouver (28-29) - Loss 5-4 to Spokane
A 4 run 6th inning was the difference in this game, as the game had been tied at 1’s through 5. Vancouver chipped away at the lead, but couldn’t get all the way back. Paxton Schultz started and cruised through the first 4 innings, before tiring in the 5th and having the wheels come off in the 6th. The 6th went walk, walk, single to load the bases. A strikeout gave the C’s a chance to get out of it, but a sac fly scored 1 and then a 3-run HR was the end of the line for Schultz. Schultz’ final line was 5 earned on 5 hits and 3 walks in 5.2 innings. Schultz was able to get 11 ground ball outs. Adrian Hernandez was up next and struck out 3 over 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. Hernandez did hit a batter. He was followed by Roither Hernandez who had 2 shut out innings, allowing 2 hits.
Vancouver scored 1 in the 3rd on back-to-back doubles from Davis Schneider & DJ Neal. In the 6th, Vancouver got one back as Ryan Gold reached on a 2-out error by the LF. He then scored on a Luis De Los Santos single. In the 7th, the C’s got 4 straight one-out singles. Schneider, Neal, Lantigua to load the bases and then Tanner Morris to plate 2. Unfortunately Lantigua was thrown out trying to go 1st to 3rd, and then a strikeout ended the rally. Schneider had 2 singles and a double int he game. Neal had a single and a double. Morris added a walk to his 2 run single. Gold went 0-4 with the run scored, but also was 2-2 for throwing out runners trying to steal.
Dunedin (22-33) - Loss 21-2 & Win 3-1 in a doubleheader with Tampa
In the first 7-inning game of the double header, Dunedin actually carried a 1-0 lead through 2 innings, before allowing 21 runs over the next 5 trips to the plate. Sem Robberse started and got through 2 innings allowing only a single. After getting the first out of the 3rd, Robberse proceeded to give up 6 straight hits (5 singles and a double) before getting a sac fly and a K to end the inning. Final line was 4 earned on 7 hits in 3 innings, striking out 3. Julian Valdez followed by allowing a 4-run inning of his own on 2 singles, a triple and 2 walks. Wilgenis Alvarado followed by giving up 4 in the 5th inning, including a 3-run HR, and then outdid himself with a 6 run 6th inning, which included a solo HR and a 2-run shot. All told, his final line was 10 earned on 9 hits and 2 walks in 1.2 innings. Geison Urbaez slowed the bleeding by only allowing 3 runs in the 7th. His final line was 1.1 innings, 3 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks.
At the plate, Orelvis Martinez went 2-2 with a solo HR (8) and 2 hit by pitches. Dasan Brown had a single and a double, and picked up 2 stolen bases. PK Morris had a double and a walk, scoring a run. MacKenzie Mueller had a single and drove in Morris for the 2nd D-Jay run, while also throwing out a runner at 3B from RF for a double play. Leo Jimenez had a single as well. Zach Britton had a tough game overall, as he went 0-4 with 4 K’s, on defense he allowed a stolen base and had a passed ball.
Game 2 was a much quieter game, as Tampa’s bats were overused already. Trent Palmer started for Dunedin and was unhittable, as he went 3 no-hit innings. Palmer walked 4, hit a batter and struck out 3. Nathanael Perez threw 2 shutout innings, allowing a single and a walk, striking out 1. Gabriel Ponce threw the final 2 innings to get his 6th save. Ponce allowed a run on a double, 2 walks and a hit batter. Ponce struck out 3 and was able to shutdown the win.
At the plate, Dunedin scored 3 runs in the 3rd as MacKenzie Mueller walked. Jose Ferrer struck out and Mueller stole second. Steward Berroa singeld in Mueller. Berroa then stole 2nd. Zac Cook was hit by a pitch. Leo Jimenez singled in Berroa and then Cook & Jimenez orchestrated a double steal, scoring Cook. Those were the only base runners who earned their way on base in the game, but it was enough. Dunedin had 3 hits, a walk and a hit batter on the night. Cook did get on via an error later in the game and stole his second base of the game.
FCL Blue Jays (2-4) - Win 14-4 & Loss 3-1 to FCL Tigers East
Game 1 was the completion of a previously suspended game from July 2. The Jays had a 1-0 lead with 1 out in the 4th when the game was halted. The FCL then exploded for 1 in that 4th inning, before adding 6 in the 5th and 3 in each of the 6th & 7th. The run in the 4th came on an Amell Brazoban double to score Emmanuel Sanchez. The 5th inning saw Justin Ammons double with 1-out. Jhon Solarte had a 2-out double to score Ammons. Victor Mesia hit a 2-run HR (1). Adriel Sotolongo reached on an error by the SS. Sanchez walked, Brazoban doubled again, driving in 2, and then Hugo Cardona tripled in Brazonban. Angel Del Rosario struck out twice in the inning, leading off and then to end the big inning. The 6th inning saw Ammons reach on an error by the SS. Jose Rivas & Solarte then walked to load the bases. Mesia had a sac fly to score Ammons, Sotolongo singled in Rivas. After an out, Brazoban walked to re-load the bases. Cardona walked to plate one. The following inning started with an Ammons double, a Rivas single to score him, a Solarte single to plate one. Mesia doubled in Rivas and then Sotolongo reached on an error by the 3B to make it 14-0.
On the mound Eric Pardinho started with a perfect inning. Brayan Mejia followed with a perfect inning. Jonatan Bernal had a 3rd straight perfect inning. Yunior Lara allowed the first base runners, as he worked around a single and a walk in his inning. Dahian Santos then threw 4 innings, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits (a double and a 2-run HR) while striking out 6. Jeury Hiciano pitched the 9th allowing 2 runs on 3 hits (2 doubles), while striking out 2.
Game 2 was a quieter game, that actually went through 7 innings scoreless before the Tigers plated 3 in the top of the first extra inning. The Jays could only counter with 1. Remind me if you have heard this one, but Eric Pardinho started this game. He went 2 innings, allowing a hit and striking out 3. Jonatan Bernal followed with 5 shutout innings. Bernal gave up 3 hits, including a triple, but no runs, while striking out 4. Elieser Medrano had a rough outing, starting with the Manfred Mann on 2nd. The leadoff hitter singled, and then a wild pitch plated the extra runner. After a ground out, a run scoring double, another wild pitch and a single scored two more runs. There was a walk and another groundout before Stephen Vargas came in to get the final out.
The Jays were able to get a run on a Peniel Brito single, but 2 strikeouts and the game was over. Brito had a solid game, as he had a hit and 2 walks in this one. Glenn Martinez had a single and a walk, scoring the only run as the extra runner. Adrian Montero had a single and a walk. JJ D’Orazio & Rainer Nunez each had singles. Marcos De La Rosa had a walk and a stolen base, but was also picked off 2nd and caught stealing.
Buffalo sends Connor Overton (2-0, 1.59 ERA, 2.45 FIP, 3.97 xFIP) to the hill for their Friday night match with Rochester
Simeon Woods Richardson (2-2, 5.30 ERA, 3.48 FIP, 4.23 xFIP) takes the ball for the Fisher Cats against Binghamton, trying to snap both his recent funk and the Cats losing streak
Vancouver starts Willy Gaston (0-0, 11.12 ERA, 6.42 FIP, 6.87 xFIP) against Spokane, looking to get the C’s back to .500
Dunedin takes on Tampa, but has no starter listed.
The FCL Jays are underway against the FCL Phillies, and because the game has started, we know that Michael Dominguez started. This is Dominguez’s first action since being drafted in the 15th round in 2019.