The Buffalo Bisons got a second straight strong performance on the mound from a former Vancouver Canadian in his International League debut.
A day after 2017 C’s closer William Ouellette earned the victory in his first appearance with the Herd, 2015 C’s lefthander Tayler Saucedo earned the win in his Bisons debut Tuesday. The big lefty stranded the bases loaded for his fellow 2015 Vancouver teammate Conor Fisk as part of 3-1/3 scoreless innings to help Buffalo take Game 1 of an eventual doubleheader sweep against Pawtucket Tuesday. The 25 year-old from Honolulu yielded just one hit, striking out a batter and producing seven groundball outs.
2016 C’s second baseman Cavan Biggio put Saucedo in a position to win after belting a three-run home run to erase a 3-0 deficit. 2014 catcher Michael De La Cruz gave the Herd the lead for good with an RBI single to cap off a four-run third.
Biggio and De La Cruz also figured into the Game 2 victory over Pawtucket with Biggio doubling and walking while De La Cruz heard ball four twice. Biggio is now hitting .361 on the season while De La Cruz has done a decent job with his limited playing time, hitting .250 with an on-base percentage of .423 in 20 at-bats. The 25 year-old Dominican has played in seven games, nearly half of his 2018 total with Buffalo last year. The switch-hitting catcher has shown a decent eye at the plate with a .338 career OBP over his seven-year pro career that began in 2013 after signing with the Jays as a free agent in November, 2012.
2017 C’s lefthander Zach Logue gave up two home runs but turned in a quality start of three runs over six innings in New Hampshire’s loss at Trenton. The former Kentucky Wildcat gave up six hits but struck out six with zero walks.
2018 C’s shortstop Vinny Capra is keeping his head above water with the bat as he is hitting .250 with a .351 OBP over 18 contests. The former Richmond Spider split time between Vancouver and Lansing last season.
In Dunedin, 2017 Vancouver teammates Samad Taylor and Cullen Large had sterling efforts in a losing cause against Daytona. Taylor was a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI and Large doubled, singled and drove in three to boost his batting average to .312 and his on-base-plus-slugging percentage to .912. The William & Mary product hit .316 in an injury-shortened 2018 in which he wound up on the injured list twice. His 34 games played with Vancouver in 2017 is the mark Large is hoping to surpass by a wide margin this season.
This edition of C-Tweets begins with a reference to the no-hitter thrown by the number one pick in the 2018 MLB draft Casey Mize in his Double-A debut with the Erie SeaWolves. The Detroit Tigers prospect was a teammate of 2018 Vancouver Canadians catcher Brett Wright during their playing days in Auburn. Wright had an interesting response to Mize’s tweet after the no-no.