The hitters were taking Labour Day seriously, taking a break from work. Dunedin had 2 and 3 hits in two games, Buffalo, New Hampshire and Lansing each had four hits. That's a total of 17 hits in five games. Even with so few hits Buffalo were able to win, the others all lost. Brandon Morrow pitched for Buffalo.
Vancouver had a big come from behind win to lower their magic number to one.
A concerning moment for starter Jairo Labourt, who appeared to have some sort of hand, finger or blister problem in the first inning. Catcher Michael De La Cruz holds Labourt's wrist. Third baseman Alexis Maldonado heads to the mound.
It's playoff hunting season in the minor leagues. Dunedin are in the playoffs and three other teams are chasing a spot. There was mixed news for the affiliates on Friday. Vancouver won to put them a game ahead for the last playoff spot. Lansing won but five teams are within a game of that spot, they likely need to run the table. Buffalo lost are on life support.
Sean Nolin was decent for Buffalo but the hitters were held to two runs. Gustavo Pierre had a big, ninth inning, two run home run for the Fisher Cats. Lansing scored eight more runs as they are red hot right now. Brad Allen pitched well. Vancouver had a big win and Bluefield won their last game of the season.
Zak Wasilewski got the start for the C's Friday afternoon and it did not go well. He struck out the first and last batter he faced in the first inning but only went one out further. Four of his five runs were earned on three hits and five walks. Wasilewski's velocity was in the 79-89 MPH range.
And we know what we want
And the future is certain
Give us time to work it out
John Farrell and the last-place Red Sox are coming to town.
This game featured the debut of Richard Urena, called up from Bluefield. The 18 year-old Dominican throws out Victoria native Jesse Hodges but a run scored on the play to make it 2-0 Boise. Urena was inserted into the lineup at shortstop and handled a couple of tough hops flawlessly. He would go 0-for-5 with a walk but he made the Hawks pitchers work for it by working deep counts in each plate appearance. You may have noted Urena wears #6, the same number 2014 first round pick Max Pentecost wore earlier this year in Vancouver.
Lane Thomas was 19 today and he got to play in a doubleheader. Thomas had five hits between the two games, two doubles and a walk. Thomas is the top performer so far for the Jays 2014 draft class. Bluefield split the doubleheader. Buffalo exploded for 19 hits, Ryan Goins led with 4. Of note Dalton Pompey had three hits and Kevin Pillar had two including a three run home run. Vancouver won with good performances from Roemen Fields, Franklin Barreto and Chase Mallard.
New Hampshire were one hit, Dunedin and the GCL Jays were three hit and Lansing were seven hit. All four lost. Sean Reid-Foley pitched well for the GCL Jays.