Friday afternoon, Danny Jansen learned he was headed to the All-Star Futures Game.
Friday night, well, he had himself quite a performance.
The catcher who was in the lineup as the Buffalo Bisons designated hitter went 2 for 3 with two runs scored, two runs driven in, and a walk for good measure. His offense helped power the Bisons to a 6-4 win over the Syracuse Chiefs at Coca-Cola Field.
Jansen led off the second inning with a single and later scored on a double by Gio Urshela. Jansen then belted his seventh home run of the season, this a two-run shot to left field, in the third inning. Jansen lifted his batting average to .292.
He was named to the Triple-A All-Star team, set to play in that game in Columbus, Ohio on July 11. Then he learned he will play for the United States in the annual Futures Game held during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Week. That game will be on July 15 in Washington.
Points of interest: The Bisons built a 4-0 lead in the early innings. Urshela had a two-run double in the second and Jansen hit his two-run home run in the third. ... The Herd added two more runs in the seventh on a single by Richard Ureña and a sacrifice fly from Dwight Smith Jr. ... Bisons pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts and just one walk.
Noteworthy: Sean Reid-Foley created a jam for himself in the fifth inning. He gave up three straight base hits to allow his first run of the game. Then he issued a bases-loaded walk with two outs, allowing another run to score. Then he hit Jacob Wilson, his second hit batter of the inning, to bring another run across the plate. Still, he picked up the win after six innings of work, improving to 5-2 in his ninth start of the season for the Herd. ... The Bisons are now 8-4 against Syracuse this season.
Up next: The Bisons host Syracuse at 6:05 p.m. Saturday and close out the series at 1:05 p.m. Sunday. It’s the final two games for the Herd before getting three days off for the Triple-A All-Star break.