There was lots of hitting and some good pitching on Thursday. On some nights there are only a couple of hitters with a multi hit game. Vancouver had seven of them, Dunedin had four. Sean Reid-Foley ran hot and cold but Buffalo won in the tenth inning. Max Pentecost hit a three run home run in the first inning but the Fisher Cats could not build on it and lost 5-4. Riley Adams and Kevin Smith hit well, Dunedin won 3-0. Lansing bats were hot, Chavez Young hit a grand slam, the Lugnuts won 11-8. Vancouver put up 16 hits, very high for them and won 7-1. Otto Lopez keeps on hitting. Bluefield bats were also hot, Davis Schneider went deep as the Jays won. The GCL and DSL Jays also won.
Buffalo won 4-3 in ten innings. Through five innings Sean Reid-Foley was working on a no-hitter. He had walked two and hit a batter. But in the sixth he walked a couple of hitters, one of them Ryan Goins, and then was taken deep for a three run home run. SRF was done soon after, his line was 5.1 3 3 3 4 9. SRF pitched really well for five innings, the nine K's were great but the four walks and the hit batter show command needs to improve. I am not sure what the Jays plan is for Craig Breslow but he pitched two perfect innings. Brandon Cumpton and Jose Fernandez held the Pigs at bay to get the win.
The Bisons first run came when Tim Lopes doubled and Roemon Fields came through with a sac fly. After going down 3-1 the Bisons tied the game thanks to three consecutive errors by the Iron Pigs. Anthony Alford delivered the game winning sac fly in the tenth. The Bisons had six hits with six hitters having one hit each.
The Fisher Cats scored four runs in the first inning but could not add to it and lost 5-4. In that first inning the key hit was a three run home run by Max Pentecost. Pentecost finished with two hits. Dalton Pompey was 2-3 before being removed, I assume to break him back in slowly. Max Ramirez had three hits. Bo Bichette was 0-4, his average is down to .264.
Josh DeGraaf went 5.2 innings and was charged with three runs. Kirby Snead took the loss. After a lead off error he walked four batters leading to the tying and go-ahead runs.
Dunedin won 3-0. Jamie Garcia started and pitched one inning then it was normal starting pitcher Zach Logue's turn. Logue pitched six shutout innings without a walk. His line was 6 7 0 0 0 7. Logue's ERA is now 3.46.
Dunedin had nine hits and unusally four hitters had a multi hit game and five went hitless. Riley Adams had three hits. One of them was a double and he scored on a Kacy Clemens single. Clemens had two hits. Kevin Smith had two hits including his ninth home run. Ivan Castillo stayed hot with two more hits including an RBI for the third run. Santiago Espinal was 0-4 and his average is down to .196. It's not unusual for a traded player to struggle for a while as they try too hard toimpress their new bosses.
Lansing won 11-8. Lots of offense for the Lugnuts in this game. They had eleven hits. Chavez Young had only one hit but it was a grand slam. Ryan Noda had two hits, both doubles, and walked twice. Norberto Obeso and Kevin Vicuna had two hits each.
Jordan Barrett made his first start after his promotion and he lasted just three innings with four runs allowed. Braydon Bouchey pitched well in relief, three innings, one run allowed.
The C's offense has improved since Otto Lopez arrived. Coincidence? Lopez and Hunter Steinmetz combined early. Steinmetz tripled in the second inning and scored when Lopez singled. In the fourth Chris Bec walked and Steinmetz doubled him to third. Lopez singled in the second run then Tanner Kirwer singled in Steinmetz. In the fifth inning Griffin Conine and Bec singled. Conine scored on an error to make it 4-1. It was 5-1 in the sixth, Kirwer tripled and Yorman Rodriguez singled him in. Lopez hit a solo shot in the eighth. Conine singled and scored on a sac fly in the ninth. Just like Dunedin, there were no hitters with just one hit. Seven hitters had multi-hit games. Lopez and Conine were both 3-5.
Elio Silva started and pitched four innings Marcus Reyes followed with four shutout innings.
The Jays won 5-3. The Jays bats had cooled off a little recently but they racked up eleven hits in this game. Davis Schneider hit a two run home run and added a sac fly. Rafael Lantigua, Patrick Morris and Cal Stevenson had two hits each. Four other hitters had one hit in a team performance.
Nathanael Perez pitched six innings, one run, seven k's. Andy McGuire was back to pitching and struck out two in his one inning. McGuire has played well on both sides of the ball.
GCL Blue Jays
The Jays won 2-1. They scored their two runs in the sixth inning. Warnel Valdez led off with a triple. Steward Berroa singled him in. Berroa later scored on a double by Gabe Moreno. Moreno finished with two hits. Jordan Groshans had struggled a bit recently so he was dropped down to fifth in the order. He responded with two hits. Hector Guerrero also had two and is hitting .375.
Rafael Monsion pitched five good innings. He had seven strikeouts and just one walk. Franniel Polanco was recently promoted from the DSL. This was his second game since his promotion and he shut down the Tigers for two innings.
DSL Blue Jays
The Jays won 4-1. Pitching was the name of the game. Bonus baby Ronald Govea went five innings. The only run he conceded was unearned thanks to his own error on a pickoff. His ERA is 0.73. Govea was over-shadowed by Adrian Hernandez, an 18 year old fromMexico. Hernandez went four hitless innings with five K's. His ERA is 1.00.
The Jays had just six hits. Rainer Nunez had two including his second home run. Erickvi Celedonio drove in two runs.
Third Star - Otto Lopez
Second Star - Davis Schneider
First Star - Riley Adams