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Batting Practice: Bullpen blues, Guerrero Jr. by the numbers and more

Bullpen blues

Buffalo Bisons relievers had a tough stretch in Indianapolis this past weekend, racking up three blown saves in three losses over two days. Danny Smith blew a save in a 4-3 loss to the Indians in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday, then it was Tim Mayza’s turn in the 6-3 nightcap loss. On Saturday, it was Conor Fisk, suffering his third blown save, in a 6-4 loss.

As of Sunday, the Herd had nine blown saves in losses in July.

Holding a lead has been a problem all season as the Bisons have eight losses when leading after six innings, tied for the league’s worst with Charlotte and Gwinnett.

Take one for the team

Danny Jansen’s on-base percentage of .390 ranks third in the International League. And while the catcher had been hitting pretty well (.265 on the season), he has also taken a few for the team. Jansen has reached base after being hit by a pitch 13 times – tied for the most in the International League with Lehigh Valley’s Dean Anna.

Name to know

Jonathan Davis. The center fielder has 111 hits between the Bisons and Double-A New Hampshire this season – the most in the Toronto Blue Jays system. Davis, a 2013 15th-round draft pick of Toronto, started the season in New Hampshire, earning his first Triple-A promotion on July 13. In his last 10 games with the Herd has hit .306 driving in six runs and scoring four.

By the numbers:

.330 – batting average for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in his first three pro seasons.

35 – career home runs for Guerrero Jr.

184 – career RBIs for Guerrero Jr.

He said it:

“I guess if you could say anybody has earned it, he has.” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons on Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s promotion to Triple-A.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. meets the media in Buffalo

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