JB: Newman helps Cats to new life

Mark Newman had three walks and homered as the double-a New Hampshire Fisher Cats beat the Binghamton Mets 12-11 in 11 innings.

Mark Newman had three walks and homered as the double-a New Hampshire Fisher Cats beat the Binghamton Mets 12-11 in 11 innings.

Late rallies, great pitching, close games and big blasts: Sunday had plenty of action for the fans of the Blue Jays’ minor league teams as the clubs closed the day with a 3-1 record.

Buffalo Bisons 3, Louisville Bats 2
The Bisons staged an eighth-inning comeback to overtake the Louisville Bats and hang on to a 3-2 win on Sunday. With Matt Hague and Chris Colabelloon base, Brad Glenn hit a triple scoring two and came in himself on an error, giving the Bisons the lead. Bo Schultz worked his way out of trouble in the top of the ninth to earn the save. Randy Wolf made the start and appears to be working his way back into mid-season form, throwing six innings, allowing one unearned run on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Todd Redmond worked 1 1/3 innings, allowing the other run while Steve Delabarpicked up the win, stranding two runners and working out of Redmond’s jam.

Brad Glenn had a pair of hits including his triple and had the Bisons’ only two RBI for the game. Dalton Pompey was 0/3 with a walk in his return to Buffalo while A.J. Jimenez and Ryan Schimpf were both 1/3 (with Schimpf taking a walk).

Player of the Game: Glenn.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 12, Binghamton Mets 11
In a wild and crazy game that took 11 innings to resolve, the Fisher Cats rallied for four runs over the last two innings to tie the game and scored five times in the 11th and managed to hold off Binghamton in the bottom half for the victory.Mike Lee got the start for the Fisher Cats but only lasted four-plus innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on nine hits and two walks. Greg Burkefollowed with two scoreless innings before Tiago Da Silva made his Double-A debut, allowing two runs on three hits (including a home run) over two innings.Blake McFarland earned the win with two perfect innings and Cory Burnsallowed four runs in the 11th but managed to close the door there to seal the win.

Jon Berti led the 18-hit attack with four of his own including two RBI whileJorge Flores (3/5, 2 R, 2B, RBI, BB) and K.C. Hobson (3/6, 2 R) also had multi-hit games. Matt Newman was 1/3 but walked three times and hit his fourth home run of the season, driving a pair and scoring three times whileJack Murphy had a big blast in the top of the 11th with a three-run home run and also driving in a fourth run earlier in the game.

Player of the Game: Newman and Berti.

Dunedin Blue Jays 8, Clearwater Threshers 0
Jayson Aquino set the tone for Dunedin pitching with a six-inning, five-hit, one-walk outing while Brady Dragmire (2 IP, 2 H) and Chad Girodo (1 IP) helped finish off the shutout of Clearwater. All three pitchers induced a ton of ground balls with Aquino racking up 12 ground outs while Girodo and Dragmire only gave up one fly out each.

The offense only had eight hits but maximized their results, getting a three-run home run from Derrick Loveless who went 1/3 with a walk. Roemon Fieldswas 3/5 with a stolen base (his 11th) and two runs.

Player of the Game: Aquino and Fields.

Lansing Lugnuts 5, Bowling Green Hot Rods 6
Bowling Green scored five runs in the seventh with home runs off of Conner Greene and Andrew Case to spoil a solid offensive outing from the Lugnuts in a 6-5 loss (for the ‘Nuts). Greene had his longest outing of the season, going 6 1/3 innings and allowing five runs (four earned) on just four hits and two walks but those hits included a home run by Jace Conrad. Case came in with the lead and earned a blown save after giving another home run, this time to catcher Mac James before finishing off the game with 2 2/3 innings of three-hit, one-run ball with two strikeouts.

The offense was pretty solid and featured a two-run home run by Rowdy Tellez who was 2/3 with a walk and three RBI. Richard Urena (2/5) andJonathan Davis (2/5) also had multi-hit games while Tim Locastro was 1/3 and, you guessed it, hit by a pitch.

Player of the Game: Tellez.

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Jay Blue

A lifelong Toronto Blue Jays fan, Jay Blue started blogging about the Jays when he was living in Berlin, Germany. He founded his own blog, Blue Jays from Away, to write about developments with his home town team, focusing on the Jays' minor league system. When he's not watching baseball, he is usually on the diamond umpiring or he's pursuing his research interests in the field of ethnomusicology.