Chris Rowley's excellent start helped Buffalo to win. Thomas Pannone came back from suspension for a shortened start and a home run from Connor Panas helped New Hampshire to win. Angel Perdomo went five and Dunedin won in extras. Lansing had Donnie Sellers punch out eight and a couple of home runs meant another win. The run of good starts ended in Vancouver where Randy Pondler struggled and the C's lost again. The GCL Jays and DSL Jays broke the pattern, the GCL team lost while the DSL team won. Bluefield were off.
The Bisons won 3-1. Chris Rowley doesn't have overpowering stuff and walks a fine line between success and failure. He wasn't great at the start of the season but has been improving as the season progresses. On Wednesday he had one of his best starts of the season. He went eight innings, five hits, no walks and six K's. The only run he allowed was a home run by Adam Lind. Rowley threw exactly 100 pitches, 73 strikes. Jake Petricka has a 1-2-3 ninth.
Dwight Smith scored the first run, he singled and scored on another single by Reece McGuire. Anthony Alford walked in the eighth,in a tied game. Darnell Sweeney delivered a go ahead RBI single. Roemon Fields made it 3-1 with a single. Fields was the only hitter with two hits.
New Hampshire won 11-6 in a game that featured 27 hits, 14 for the Fisher Cats. Connor Panas hit a three run home run. Harold Ramirez had three hits and three RBI. Jon Berti had two doubles. Ryan Hissey hit a solo home run. Bo Bichette, Jonathan Davis and Cavan Biggio had one hit each.
Thomas Pannone is making his way back from his suspension. He looked good for four innings but was pulled having thrown 86 pitches. He gave up one run on five hits with five K's. Four relievers were required to finish the game. Danny Young was the worst, he was hit around for four runs in one inning.
Dunedin won 3-2 in ten innings. In a 1-1 tie, the Jays scored twice in the top of the tenth and Florida once in the bottom. The winning runs came through a two out error by Florida. Following the error Josh Palacios and Eduard Pinto each singled in a run. The other run scored via a wild pitch. The Jays had just six hits, each by a different hitter. Kevin Smith had a triple, Riley Adams and Rodrigo Orozco doubled.
A 1-1 tie through nine innings means the pitching was good. Angel Perdomo went five shutout innings with ten K's. He did use 88 pitches so he wasn't very efficient. Juliandry Higuera and Andy Ravel kept the shutout going.
Lansing won 6-2. Even though they have lost players to Dunedin the Lugnuts are still winning more than they are losing. They are an impressive 6-1 over their last seven games. The Lugnuts had 13 hits in this one, even if leading hitter Chavez Young was 0-5. Brandon Grudzielanek was 3-4 including his first home run of the season. Brock Lundquist had just one hit but it was a three run shot. Ryan Noda had two hits but no home runs. Samad Taylor had two hits. He is hitting better in June and will look to carry that the rest of the way. Ryan Gold was 2-3 and is hitting .333. This is Gold's third season in the system and he has shown he can hit. He is still just 20 years old and he too will look to cement his position as someone to look out for in the second half.
Donnie Sellers gave up one run in six innings with eight strikeouts. It was one of his better starts in an inconsistent season.
The C's lost 9-2 and allowed 17 hits. Randy Pondler struggled and conceded 10 hits in three plus innings. He was charged with five runs. None of the three relievers distinguished themselves. It didn't help that the starting pitcher for Tri-City was Henry Henry, that's distracting.
The C's had just six hits. Bryan Lizardo had two, including a triple, and scored the first run. Our own #2JBrumfield was at the game and his full report is here.
Bluefield had a scheduled day off.
The GCL Jays lost 6-4 and were down 6-0 until the eighth. They had just six hits, all singles. Rafael Lantigua was 2-4 with two RBI.
The Jays made three errors and only one of the six Yankee runs was earned. Alvery De Los Santos was the best pitcher on the day, he pitched three shutout innings.
The DSL Jays won 7-4 even though they gave a day off to some of their big hitters. Jhon Solarte was 2-4 with two doubles and three runs scored. He is hitting .354 with a .924 OPS. The Jays used five pitchers, Alexis Carmona started and pitched four innings with two runs allowed although he does have an ERA over 8.
3rd star: Angel Perdomo
2nd star: Brandon Grudzielanek
1st star: Chris Rowley