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Buffalo- The Bisons improve to 7-1 in the Final stretch portion of the season. The Herd won their 7th in a row for 78 wins in the 2021 season. Buffalo struck early and often with a run in the 1st and 3rd before erupting for 3-runs in the 4th, 5th, and 8th innings.
In the 1st, Tyler White scored Mallex Smith with a single to RF. Smith homered in the 3rd inning, it was his 2nd HR in as many games. Smith was at it again in the 4th, scoring Cullen Large and Juan Graterol with a single up the middle. Still in the 4th, Otto Lopez scored Logan Warmoth with a sac fly.
In the 8th, Colon doubled to LF, scoring Polanco. Graterol singled home White and Colon to push the lead to 11-0.
In the 9th, Gregory Polanco kept the ball rolling with an RBI single to RF, scoring Lopez with Buffalo’s 12th run.
On the bump, the Herd got a nice wildly effective start from Bowden Francis. The former Brewers prospect walked 5, struck out 6, allowing 1 hit through 5 shutout innings. Kyle Johnston followed with a one shutout inning, allowing just one hit with a strikeout. Fitz Stadler pitched a clean 7th with one walk. Curtis Tayler allowed the Mets to get on the board, allowing one run on two hits.
The Durham Bulls remain undefeated in the Final Stretch with a 2-1 win in 10 innings. Nashville lost to fall to 6-2, which means Buffalo owns the 2nd best record.
Blue Jays (78-47)
Won 12 to 1
HR- Smith (3) and Polanco (8)
Starter- Francis 5.0IP, 1H, 0R, 5BB, 6K on 96 pitches
W- Francis (10-6, 3.95ERA)
- Buffalo- Mallex Smith (2-for-5, 2R, 3RBI, BB, K, HR), Otto Lopez (2-for-5, R, RBI, K), Polanco (4-for-5, 2R, 2RBI, BB, HR), Graterol (2-for-4, R, 2RBI, BB)
Year In Review
Jonatan Bernal signed out of from Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico on April 7th, 2019. He made his pro debut that season with the DSL Blue Jays. Bernal posted a 1-3 record with a 3.27ERA, striking out 21. He allowed 30 hits in 33IP with 5BB with a 1.06WHIP.
The 19-yr-old played the 2021 season as a member of the GCL Blue Jays. He made 9 starts and 3 relief appearances. Bernal started the season strong with a 0-1, 2.70ERA in 20 innings in July. In August, RHP regressed posting 6.23ERA in 13 innings. During the final month, Bernal only pitched 9.2 innings, posting a 5.59ERA.
The 6-foot-1 pitcher finished a 0-3 record and 4.43ERA while also posting a 5.53FIP and 5.02xFIP over 42.2 innings. He allowed fly balls at a rate of 36.9% and a groundball rate at 43.8%. His strikeout rate was 7.38/9IP and walked 2.53/9IP, finishing with 12 walks and 35K while allowing 6HR.
Bernal will move up to Dunedin in 2022. The question is will continue to be viewed as a starter? In two minor league seasons, Jonathan has thrown a combined 75.2 innings. Bernal should double his career innings in 2022. The innings leader for the D-Jays threw 96.2IP with two pitchers throwing 63IP.
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