• Charlie Greene

Spring Training Report 8

Hello Bisons Booster Club members, family and friends, This is your Booster Club First Vice President reporting from Dunedin, Florida after watching the Blue Jays defeat the Phillies 6-5. TRIVIA QUESTIONS: 1. Why did Ryan Borucki pitch for the Bisons in 2019? 2. What Cy Young Award winner struck out 17 batters and allowed no walks in a no-hitter? Answers below. WEATHER REPORT: The temperature at 6:37 AM when I started out on my 2 mile walk south on the Pinellas Trail and back on city streets was 59 degrees under a cloudless sky with a 14 mph wind blowing out of the NW.  The temperature at the 1:07 start of today's Blue Jays game was 63 degrees with a 16 mph wind blowing out to right field under mostly clear skies.  The normal high on this date is 74 degrees and the normal low 56 degrees. SPORTS PAGE: The Blue Jays may have gotten credit for today's victory, but it seemed more like the Bisons defeating the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.  With the Blue Jays trailing 5-3 in the bottom of the 7th inning Ruben Tejada, who had hit only 10 home runs in 9 years in the Major Leagues, blasted a 2-run home run to tie the game at 5.  Then, in the bottom of the 8th inning, Andy Burns drove in Santiago Espinal with the winning run.  Espinal had walked earlier in the inning. From the box score for the Jays: Bo Bichette SS went 0 for 2 with a walk and a strikeout. .077. Reuben Tejada PR-SS scored a run as a pinch runner plus the home run and 2 runs batted in. .143. Cavan Biggio CF hit a single and walked. .333. Lourdes Gurriel Jr LF was hitless in 3 at bats. .000. Randal Grichuk DH singled in one of his 3 times up to the plate and scored a run. .200. Rowdy Tellez 1B struck out twice. .385. Andy Burns 1B struck out and then hit that game winning single. .333. Danny Jansen C hit a home run and a single and struck out once. .571. Santiago Espinal 3B walked, scored on Burns home run and made one error in the field. On the mound: Justin Miller pitched 2/3 of an inning, allowing 1 hit and striking out one. 0.00. A.J. Cole pitched the top of the 9th inning giving up only a single and was credited with the save. 0.00. For the Phillies: Former Bison Zach Wheeler pitched the first 2 innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 1 hit (Jansen's home run) with one walk and one strikeout. 9.00 Game time: 3:01. Attendance: 5,844 Former Bisons in other games played today: For the Mets: Rene Rivera C went 0 for 2 with a walk. For the Marlins: Jon Berti 3B had a hit and drove in a run in one of his 3 times at bat. For the Yankees: Josh Thole C was 0 for 1. For the Dodgers: Justin Turner 3B had a hit in 2 of his 3 times to the plate and drove in 2 of the 6 runs the Dodgers scored in the bottom of the first inning. For the Rangers: Shin Soo Choo DH had a hit and scored one run. After Sunday's Rays vs Twins game, the wives of the players will take the Rays spring training Charlotte Sports Park field in Port Charlotte, Florida, for their third annual charity softball game, this year benefitting Girls on the Run of Greater Tampa Bay. IN OTHER NEWS: Mike Simoncelli, the Bisons Entertainment and Promotions Manager, has hired a summer intern for the Bisons who is from out of state, does not have any connections in Western New York and is interested in any option for housing for the summer.  If any person receiving this email has a room to rent for the baseball season and would be interested in offering space to the intern, please contact Mike at msimoncelli@bisons.com or Brad Bisbing, the Bisons Director of Marketing and Public Relations, at bbisbing@bisons.com or contact either one of them by calling the Bisons office at 846-2000. The distance from the Phillies training facility in Clearwater to TD Ballpark in Dunedin is five miles, so the Phillies took batting practice on their home field and then arrived in Dunedin about 65 minutes before the start of the game. Prior to today's game, I had chance to shake hands with former Bisons catcher and current Phillies third base coach Dusty Wathan and talk briefly with former Bisons  manager Bobby Meacham who is a special assistant to the new Phillies manager Joe Girardi.  Wathan is the only coach that Girardi held over from the previous manager's coaching staff. The Toronto program that I purchased at the first spring training game in Dunedin this season was more special than I originally realized.  The cover title is "Grand Opening" and features a photo of the front of the renovated stadium.  Then, it got wet during Wednesday's rain, fortunately not enough to destroy the contents because it is special.  The  cover of the program that is being sold at subsequent games features the Jays three young stars Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.  Only the cover has changed. TRIVIA ANSWERS: 1. Ryan Borucki landed on the Blue Jays injury list  on July 28, 2019 with left elbow inflammation and remained there for the rest of the season.  He underwent surgery to remove a spur in his left elbow on August 8th.  He then posted a 3.00 ERA (6 earned runs in 18 innings pitched) over 4 rehab starts across 3 levels, 1 for the Gulf Coast League club, 1 for A level Dunedin and 2 for AAA Buffalo. 2. Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer hurled a masterpiece on October 3, 2015, the only no-hitter with as many as 17 strikeouts and no walks.  Kevin Plawecki was the only Met to reach base when third baseman Yunel Escobar made a wild throw on his sixth-inning grounder. BACK PAGE: On Sunday, the Blue Jays travel 49 miles to Bradenton, Florida, for a game vs the Pirates, so it will be another tourist day for us. Charlie Greene, First Vice-President, Buffalo Bisons Booster Club


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