Everyone in the park-including Reese McGuire-thought the ball was going foul.
But the driving wind kept it fair and the result was a grand slam as the Buffalo Bisons kicked off their home stand with an impressive 8-1 win over the Norfolk Tides, Monday night.
McGuire’s slam highlighted a six-run, seventh inning for the Herd.
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Rowdy Tellez (2-for-4, 2R, 3RBI) and Gio Urshela (3-for-5, 3R) also stood out for the Bisons who are trying to gain some ground and claw their way back into the playoff picture.
Brandon Cumpton scattered four hits over his five innings of work as he improved to 2-0 and won his first Triple-A start since 2014. Cumpton was dominant with his fastball, worked both sides of the plate and was very effective with his slider as he struck out three and issued no walks. His lone slip up was a solo shot home run that came off the bat of Renato Nunez in the second inning.
Catcher Danny Jansen returned to the Herd after a big weekend that saw him crush a two-run home run in Team USA’s 10-6 win over the World in the MLB Futures Game that was played at Nationals Park on Sunday.
Jansen’s home run, which tied the game at 3-3 in the fourth, came while Team USA manager Torii Hunter was being interviewed on the TV broadcast.
“Tie game!” Hunter exclaimed to his troops. “It’s a tie game boys!!”
Jansen also took part in the Triple-A All-Star Game in Columbus on July 11. A game that saw the PCL defeat the IL, 12-7.
“The (Triple-A) one was special. You’ve got 10,000 screaming fans. Lots of fans from all over and that was really cool. But the Futures Game was just a different level,” Jansen said. “That was one of the coolest things I’ve ever been a part of and I got to wear USA across my chest and Toronto on my sleeve. I got to represent my family that was there. Fortunately, enough I hit a home run there. I was looking for my family to point at them. It was just a really cool moment to share with a lot of really cool and talented guys and I loved every moment of it.”
Jays prospect Bo Bichette got the start at shortstop in the Futures Game.
Don’t buy your tickets to see Vlad Jr. just yet. Early reports made it sound like Vlad Guerrero Jr., the top prospect in all of minor league ball, would be joining the Bisons as soon as he came off the DL. But the parent Blue Jays have made it clear they will not be rushing Vlad in anyway.
The 19-year old Guerrero is currently with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays where he has gone 3-for-9 in three games.
Vlad was batting .407 with 11 home runs and 55 RBI in 53 games with Double-A New Hampshire when a knee injury in early June landed him on the DL.
Blue Jays VP of baseball operations Ben Cherington, in a July 13 interview with sportsnet.ca, said that Vlad will not be rushed and might even spend time back in Double-A before coming to Buffalo.
“We just want to make sure he’s in the best possible position before he’s introduced to a new challenge, which would be moving up to a new level.”
There is also an outside chance that the Jays might want to avoid a media circus that will likely come with Vlad’s promotion if he were to make his debut in Buffalo. Starting on the road in Louisville on July 23 would allow Vlad to get a sense of life at Triple-A without the immediate pressure of the Toronto and Buffalo media swarming him.
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