Buffalo's Playoff Hopes Fade

Saturday, September 09 2023 @ 07:19 AM EDT

Contributed by: Gerry

Buffalo lost again to Lehigh Valley, their third straight loss to the team that is ahead of them in the playoff chase. Wes Parsons was rocked. New Hampshire's bullpen cost them their game. It was left to Vancouver and Dunedin to deliver wins.

Lehigh Valley 11 Buffalo 2

New Hampshire 2 Bowie 6

Vancouver 8 Tri-City 2

Jupiter 3 Dunedin 7

Three Stars

Third Star - Jeffrey Wehler

Second Star - Manuel Beltre

First Star - Jommer Hernandez



Wes Parsons had been pitching well for Buffalo but that streak ended here. He gave up six runs in three innings. Stevie Berman came on to pitch in the ninth to get the final two outs.

Luis De Los Santos and Cam Eden had two hits each. Damiano Palmegiani doubled, walked and twice was hit by a pitch.

New Hampshire were tied in the seventh inning but Adrian Hernandez gave up a run. Then in the eighth Juan Nunez and Grayson Thurman combined to walk four hitters and give up three runs total. The game was called in the eighth inning.

The Fisher Cats had six hits, Trevor Schwecke had half of them. Will Robertson hit his 18th home run. Robertson is 25 now and has found something in the second half. He is hitting .307 with a .949 OPS in the second half. He should be ready for AAA in 2024.

Vancouver scored five runs in the first inning. Doubles by Josh Kasevich and Peyton Williams set the table and a two run home run by Jommer Hernandez was the coup de grace. In the eighth inning Vancouver drew three walks to load the bases. Jeffrey Wehler, back in Vancouver for the playoffs, tripled to bring three runs home. Wehler, Williams and Nick Goodwin had two hits each.

The Dunedin Jays scored four runs in the second inning with four straight singles and two walks. 20 year old Victor Arias was called up from the FCL and playing in his first game. He hit a two run home run in the fourth inning. Manuel Beltre had three hits, Edward Duran and Yhoangel Aponte had two hits each.

Lazaro Estrada went five innings, striking out six. He did give up a two run home run, the only runs he allowed.