Jay Blue: Berti, Burns, Castillo, Flores, Opitz, Wise

Andy Burns hit his second homer as triple-A Bufflo loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Photo: Jay Blue.

Andy Burns hit his second homer as triple-A Bufflo loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Photo: Jay Blue.

    
May 4, 2016 Minor League Report

 

By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away

The Blue Jays affiliates came away from Wednesday’s games with no wins and a rainout in Florida kept the Dunedin Blue Jays from losing their game too.

 

Buffalo Bisons 4, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 6
The Bisons ultimately lost a see-saw battle with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders by a 6-4 margin, allowing 14 hits to their opponents. Arnold Leon made his first start with the Bisons, allowing two runs on seven hits in three innings with three strikeouts. Chris Leroux followed with five innings of ball, giving up two earned runs (three in total) on four hits and two walks. Ben Rowen finished the game, allowing one more run in the ninth, on three hits.

On the bright side, some of the Bisons hitters got on track a bit with home runs from Andy Burns and Jon Berti. For Burns, it was his second of the year and he drove in two runs, took a walk and scored twice. Berti was 2/4 with the blast.

Player of the Game: Andy Burns and Jon Berti

Roster Notes: Chad Girodo was promoted to Toronto and Matt Dominguez was sent back to Buffalo.

 

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3, Reading Fightin Phils 4
One run by the Reading Fightin Phils in the third inning made all the difference as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats went to 9-15 on the season with a 4-3 loss. Jason Berken allowed all four runs on seven hits and three walks over six innings with three strikeouts. Brady Dragmire struck out a pair in his inning of work, walking one while Danny Barnes threw two perfect innings, striking out three and dropping his ERA to 1.26.

The offense had just five hits including two by Wilkin Castillo and Jorge Flores who added a stolen base. Shane Opitz was 1/4 with a double and drove in the club’s three runs.

Player of the Game: Shane Opitz, Wilkin Castillo and Jorge Flores

Roster Notes: Bo Schultz was promoted from Dunedin to New Hampshire on his rehab assignment.

 

Dunedin Blue Jays, Brevard County Manatees
Game postponed due to rain

 

Lansing Lugnuts 2, Cedar Rapids Kernels 8
The Lugnuts were hit hard early as the Cedar Rapids Kernels scored eight runs in the first five innings on their way to an 8-2 win. Ryan Cook got the start and surrendered the first five runs on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings. Cook left two runners on for Starlyn Suriel who stranded them but he was charged with three runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings with one strikeout. Gustavo Pierre gave up a hit in two innings while Dusty Isaacs pitched a perfect eighth, striking out one.

The batters only managed to score twice on eight hits, getting a pair from Carl Wise (2/3, BB, 2B), Connor Panas (2/4, RBI) and Justin Atkinson (2/4, 2B).

Player of the Game: Carl Wise

 

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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.