Patrick Murphy was dominant for seven innings on Wednesday. But the Dunedin bullpen, and Vancouver's too, coughed up four runs in the ninth to turn likely wins into two losses. Lansing also dominated but with offense, Ryan Noda and Chavez Young led the hitters. Bluefield had a late lead but lost it and the game. Buffalo and New Hampshire had their all-star breaks and the GCL Jays had a routine day off. In Vancouver's loss Otto Lopez went four for four and has yet to strike out with Vancouver.
Buffalo are in their all-star break. In the game Danny Jansen caught three innings and popped up in his only at-bat. Jason Leblebijian was 1-2 with a walk.
The Fisher Cats are also in their all-star break. The pitchers impressed, Jordan Romano started and had a nice 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts. TJ Zeuch just needed eight pitches for his 1-2-3 inning with one K. Cavan Biggio played the full game at second base and was 1-3 with a walk. Jonathan Davis was 0-1 with a walk.
Patrick Murphy was dealing, going seven innings with just two hits allowed. Murphy walked one and struck out eight. Murphy has been hot for a while now and must be close to a more permanent move to AA. The Jays lost 4-0 when Ty Tice gave up four runs in the ninth.
Dunedin were shut out on five hits. Ivan Castillo, who has been hot, had two hits. Brock Lundquist, who has also been hot, had one hit. Kevin Smith had the night off.
Lansing won 6-2 and outhit the Bees 12-4. Ryan Noda led the offense with a 3-4 day. He had two doubles, a triple and a sac fly and drove in three runs. All three of his RBI's were to drive in Chavez Young. Ryan Gold broke out of a mini-slump with a two hit game with two RBI. Kevin Vicuna, Chavez Young and Reggie Pruitt also had two hits each. Young's hits were a double and a triple.
Matt Gunter has been pitching well recently and he went six innings with one run allowed on three hits. Kyle Weatherly got the last six outs in order to preserve the win.
The C's scored in the first inning when Yorman Rodriguez and Griffin Conine hit back to back doubles. The C's added two more in the fifth, McGregory Contreras singled, Jesus Severino walked, Tanner Kirwer singled in one run and Otto Lopez drove in the third run with a single. Kirwer, double, and Lopez, single, combined to score the fourth run in the seventh. Jake Brodt delivered a sac fly to score run number five in the eighth. That run gave Vancouver a 5-2 lead that lasted until the bottom of the ninth. Otto Lopez was 4-4 and is hitting over .400 for Vancouver. He hit .364 for Bluefield before being promoted. Lopez has yet to strike out in eight games in Vancouver. He had five K's in Bluefield in 33 at-bats.
Josh Winkowski pitched well for six innings, allowing two runs, one earned. Winkowski seems to have fixed something in his delivery. Last year he walked 24 hitters in 54 innings for Bluefield. This year he has just four walks in 27 innings. As mentioned the ninth inning was bad, leading to a walk off grand slam. Justin Watts put the first two hitters on but it was local boy Will McAffer who gave up the slam.
Bluefield had a 5-4 lead in the eighth but Mike Pascoe gave up three runs to turn it into a 7-5 loss. Felipe Castaneda started and went five innings. He was charged with four runs, three earned. Castaneda is just 18 years old but his ERA is 8.10. Josh Almonte pitched two shutout innings to lower his ERA to 9.00.
Dominic Abbadessa scored the first run on a double steal, Abbadessa stole home. Andy McGuire, the pitcher/hitter, doubled and scored the second run when Cal Stevenson singled. Stevenson scored on an error. Luis De Los Santos, who had been hit by a pitch, scored the fourth run on a wild pitch. Alejandro Kirk homered to score run number five. The Jays had just five hits, Kirk had two of them.
GCL Blue Jays
The GCL Jays had the day off.
DSL Blue Jays
The Jays lost both ends of a doubleheader. They were shutout and held to three hits in game one. They had seven hits in game two. Jose Zepeda had two and is hitting .318. Miguel Hiraldo had one and is hitting .328. He has cooled off after a very hot start.
Third Star - Otto Lopez
Second Star - Ryan Noda
First Star - Patrick Murphy