The affiliates won seven of eight on the eve of the fourth of July. Only New Hampshire did not hold up their end of the bargain.
Chris Rowley won his first Triple-A start with five solid innings of one-run ball on three hits. He walked two, struck out six and split his six outs in play evenly between the ground and the air. John Stilson was charged with a run in 1-1/3 innings. Matt Dermody stranded two of three runners for Stilson as he pitched 2-2/3 innings of one-hit, striking out three and inducing four groundball outs.
Raffy Lopez had the only two-hit night but Mike Ohlman was the on-base leader with a hit, two walks and a stolen base. Rowdy Tellez had a double and two RBI. Dwight Smith Jr., Jon Berti and Roemon Fields each had a hit and a walk with Fields and Berti stealing bases.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Tim Lopes had a 3-for-4 night at the plate, finishing a triple shy of the cycle. Richard Urena also homered as part of a two-hit night while Derrick Loveless had two hits and a walk. Danny Jansen had a triple and two runs driven in. Harold Ramirez was 2-for-4 with a stolen base.
Shane Dawson gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits over five innings but had good peripherals with an 8-2 K/BB total. Carlos Ramirez made his first appearance on the mound since April 30 and struck out two in a shutout sixth. Alonzo Gonzalez could not get any of the six men he faced, giving up five runs to take the loss. Yonardo Herdenez surrendered just one run in his three-inning Double-A debut.
Dunedin Blue Jays
Lourdes Gourriel Jr. belted his first professional home run to go along with a walk. J.C. Cardenas had a two-hit game with a double, a run batted in and two runs scored. Connor Panas singled and walked while Juan Kelly heard ball four twice.
Jordan Romano scattered three hits, two walks and a plunk over seven innings with a K an inning. Jackson McClelland maintained the shutout with two scoreless frames that included a punchout.
Bo Bichette and Josh Palacios led the Lansing attack with three hits apiece with Bichette clubbing his 10th dinger of the year and 31st double and Palacios swiping his fifth base and earning an outfield assist. Lansing broadcaster Jesse Goldberg-Strassler had a tweet about Bichette and his ability to bounce back from 0-for-5 games.
Bo's 0-for-5 games in 2017, and the next day's showing:
May 8, then 3-for-4
May 19, then 2-for-4
June 22, then 3-for-5
July 2, then 3-for-5
Mitch Nay singled and walked twice and Nick Sinay had two hits and a hit by pitch (quelle surprise!) but was caught stealing twice.
Geno Encina looked good in his first professional start. He made it through five innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits, striking out four and walking nobody. Nick Hartman stranded a runner and pitched 2-2/3 scoreless frames with one strikeout to offset his one hit allowed. Jared Carkuff walked one in a scoreless ninth.
Riley Adams had four hits in five trips to the plate, driving in a trio of runs. Reggie Pruitt and Owen Spiwak had two hits apiece.
Juan Nunez gave up two runs over 5-1/3 innings on four hits and three walks while whiffing four. Miguel Burgos pitched 2-2/3 innings scoreless frames and Orlando Pascual took care of the ninth. More deets on the game right here.
Bluefield Blue Jays
Ryan Noda and Ryan Gold had the big nights at the plate with Noda doubling and walking twice and Gold driving in five runs with two hits, including a triple. Anthony Fuentes singled, was hit by a pitch twice and scored three runs. Sterling Guzman and McGregory Contreras had a hit and a walk.
Joel Espinal gave up just one hit over five shutout innings, striking out six for a Game Score of 74. Jordan Barrett had a 4-2 K/BB total over two scoreless frames. Kelyn Jose and Jose Nova gave up two runs apiece over the last two frames.
GCL Blue Jays
Davis Schneider belted a two-run homer to give the G-Jays all the offence they needed. He also drew a walk. Joseph Reyes singled and was hit by a pitch. Hagen Danner went 1-for-4.
Jake Fishman put up a zero in the first inning before Elieser Medrano went the next five, surrendering a run on two hits, two walks and two plunks to earn the win thanks to five strikeouts. Maverik Buffo pitched two scoreless frames and Adams Cuevas struck out the side in a one-hit ninth for the save.
DSL Blue Jays
Steward Berroa had a triple, two runs batted in, two runs scored and a stolen base. Hector Guerrero had the lone two-hit game. Gabriel Moreno and Andres Martinez were 1-for-3 with an RBI with Moreno swiping a bag. Warnel Valdez singled and stole a base. Hugo Cardona walked and scored a run.
Emanuel Vizcaino was victimized for an unearned run over three innings. Jhon Victorino contributed a scoreless frame. Luis Alvarez pitched a one-hitter and struck out three over four shutout innings for the victory. Elixon Caballero struck out two in the ninth for the save.
*** 3 Stars!!! ***
3. Bo Bichette, Lansing
2. Jordan Romano, Dunedin
1. Joel Espinal, Bluefield