There were plenty of fireworks as the affiliates posted a second straight 7-1 night on the farm. Only the Buffalo Bisons missed out on the party.
Dwight Smith Jr. batted 1.000 but had just one plate appearance taking over for Dalton Pompey, who was 0-for-3. Jason Leblebijian and Jake Elmore had the other hits. Mike Ohlman walked and stole a base. Rowdy Tellez was 0-for-4 and Ian Parmley went 0-for-3.
Brett Oberholtzer was bombed for a converted touchdown over 6-2/3 innings. Tim Mayza had a hit, a walk and a strikeout over 1-1/3 scoreless frames in his Triple-A debut.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats
A Richard Urena double and a Tim Lopes single were the only hits for the Fisher Cats but they earned 12 walks. Urena, Jonathan Davis, Danny Jansen and Harold Ramirez walked twice while Matt Dean worked the count to ball four three times. Gunnar Heidt also earned a free pass. Ryan McBroom had a sacrifice fly.
Sean Reid-Foley spun six shutout innings by surrendering just three hits and three walks while striking out one. He also got eight ground ball outs. Daniel Young had two scoreless frames and Andrew Case threw a shutout ninth despite two hits but got a strikeout while lowering his ERA to 1.50.
Dunedin Blue Jays
A three-run home run by Connor Panas lifted the D-Jays to victory and pushed them over the .500 mark. Panas also drew a walk. Michael De La Cruz, Eduard Pinto and Josh Almonte had two hits apiece.
Josh DeGraaf was outstanding over six shutout innings, giving up just three hits and a walk while ringing up five. Adonys Cardona got the win with a shutout seventh. Zach Jackson gave up a run in two-thirds of an inning but Kirby Snead stranded two runners and got the final four outs, including a strikeout, for the save.
Rodrigo Orozco had a perfect day at the dish by going 4-for-4 with a walk and was a homer short of the cycle. Josh Palacios was 3-for-5 with two runs batted in. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. doubled, singled and walked while scoring three times. Nash Knight singled twice and walked. Edward Olivares homered for the 13th time this season and had a base on balls. Yeltsin Gudino had two walks and a hit. Nick Sinay singled, was hit by a pitch (I'm shocked!) and stole two bases. Bo Bichette doubled in five trips to the dish.
Osman Gutierrez made it through five innings to get the victory, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks. He had six K's and four groundouts. Dan Lietz had two goose eggs but Connor Eller gave up one in his two-inning stint.
Justin Dillon got the one-inning start and struck out one in a scoreless frame. Dalton Rodriguez followed with seven shutout innings of four-hit relief with a 1-1 K/BB ratio but a whopping 13 outs on the ground. Chris Hall finished up with one strikeout in a clean ninth.
Matt Morgan was on base in all four of his plate appearances with two hits and two walks. Deiferson Barreto also had a pair of hits. Kevin Vicuna singled, walked, drove in a run and stole two bases. Cullen Large had a hit, a walk and a steal. Brock Lundquist walked three times and scored a run. More dope right here.
Bluefield Blue Jays
Yorman Rodriguez led the Bluef-Jays 13-hit attack with three. Anthony Fuentes homered, doubled and drove in four runs and Jesus Severino went yard. Kevin Smith had two hits and two walks while McGregory Contreras and Reilly Johnson had two hits apiece with Contreras driving home two and Johnson drawing a walk. Tanner Kirwer had a hit in five at-bats.
Josh WinckowskI was knocked around for four runs in 3-1/3 innings. Joe DiBenedetto got the win despite allowing two runs in 1-2/3 innings. Mitch McKown and Ty Tice pitched two scoreless frames apiece to earn the hold and save respectively. McKown struck out three and Tice whiffed two.
GCL Blue Jays
D.J. Neal and Alvo Ovando led the G-Jays attack with three-hit efforts with Neal drawing a walk, stealing a base and driving home two. The on-base winner was D.J. Schneider with two hits and three walks. Luis De Los Santos, Jonelvy Molina and Jose Theran also had two hits apiece.
Roither Hernandez held the opposition to four hits and a walk over six scoreless innings and struck out five for the win. Anderson Nunez, Emmanuel Reyes and Danilo Manzueta completed the shutout by getting three outs apiece.
DSL Blue Jays
Gabriel Moreno was a homer shy of the cycle as he finished 3-for-4 with two RBI. The 9-1-2 hitters - Hugo Cardona, Yhon Perez and Steward Berroa - all had two hits and a ribbie apiece with Berroa collecting a double.
Starter Rafael Monsion yielded two runs over three innings but struck out five. Adolfo Molina picked up the victory with two shutout frames. Yunior Hinojosa notched his fourth save.
*** 3 Stars!!! ***
3. Dalton Rodriguez, Vancouver
2. Rodrigo Orozco, Lansing
1. Josh DeGraaf, Dunedin