The Blue Jays minor league clubs played a series of close games on Friday night, finishing with an even record at 2-2 with the Bisons and Lugnuts winning while Dunedin was shutout and the Fisher Cats lost in the 10th inning.
Buffalo Bisons 5, Pawtucket Red Sox 3
Despite David Price starting for the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Buffalo Bisons quickly nullified that advantage, chasing him from the game after two innings in a 5-3 win that took 13 innings, getting a win for an unusual pitcher. Mat Latos started for the Bisons, going six solid innings, allowing six hits and three walks with just two runs against and four strikeouts. Murphy Smith allowed two runs (one earned), walking three and giving up a hit in one inning. Wil Browning allowed an unearned run over two innings with two strikeouts before Chad Girodo came on for extra innings, tossing two scoreless frames, walking two and striking out three. Following Girodo, however, was outfielder Ian Parmley who finished the game, throwing two more scoreless innings in his professional pitching debut, allowing two hits but not runs and earning the win.
Rowdy Tellez was the big hero of the game for the Bisons. The 22-year-old first baseman launched his second hit into the seats but he waited until the bottom of the 13th inning before doing so, hitting his fourth home run of the season and his first since April 27. Tellez was 2/7 with the home run and two RBI. In addition to his pitching prowess, Ian Parmley was 3/6 with a double, two stolen bases and three runs scored. Jake Elmore also had three hits, going 3/6 with a double, three RBI and a walk. Roemon Fields brought up his batting average to .417 with a 2/4 game, walking twice, scoring a run and stealing three bases. Finally Raffy Lopez hit his fourth home run for the Bisons and his eighth all season, tying a career high in just over a quarter of the games played the last time he hit eight home runs in a season.
Player of the Game: Ian Parmley
Roster Notes: Andrew Guillotte was promoted from Dunedin to Buffalo.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 6, Reading Fightin Phils 7
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats rallied in the fifth and sixth innings to tie the game up but ultimately lost 7-6 to the Reading Fightin Phils in 10 innings. Danny Jansen continues to dominate with the bat, going 3/4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run. Ryan McBroom is also showing more life with the bat, going 2/5 with two RBI and a run and Emilio Guerrero notched another multi-hit game, going 2/5 with a run. Tim Lopes was 1/4 with a triple and a walk, driving in a run and scoring another while Richard Urena and Jonathan Davis were each 1/4 with a walk and a run.
Shane Dawson started for the Fisher Cats and was hit hard, giving up three home runs among 12 hits for six runs in 3 2/3 innings. Josh DeGraaf followed, pitching two scoreless innings while Justin Shafer walked two in 1 1/3 innings but it was Dusty Isaacs who had two strong innings, allowing a walk and a single before allowing a solo home run to Scott Kingery (who has 11 blasts already) to lead off the 10th.
Player of the Game: Danny Jansen
Roster Notes: Anthony Alford was recalled by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Dunedin Blue Jays 0, St. Lucie Mets 4
The Dunedin Blue Jays opened their series against the St. Lucie Mets with a loss, getting only five hits in a 4-0 defeat. Conor Fisk went seven strong innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits and just one walk with seven strikeouts and Philip Walby threw a scoreless eighth to finish the game.
Player of the Game: Conor Fisk and Juan Kelly
Roster Notes: Andrew Guillotte was promoted to Buffalo and Deiferson Barreto was assigned to Dunedin from extended spring training.
Lansing Lugnuts 5, South Bend Cubs 4
In a relatively low scoring game (for them), the Lansing Lugnuts (21-17) held on in the ninth for a 5-4 win over the South Bend Cubs. Three different players had two hits each including Edward Olivares (2/5, RBI), Jake Thomas (2/5, 2B, RBI) and Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. (2/4, 2 R). J.B. Woodman had a strong game, going 1/2 with a run and two walks.
Denis Diaz was on the mound to start and he had his best outing as a Lugnut, tossing five innings and allowing just one run on a hit and two walks with six strikeouts. Tayler Saucedo allowed two runs in the sixth and Daniel Lietz got a save, allowing one unearned run over three innings with two strikeouts.
Player of the Game: Denis Diaz
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