By Jay Blue
Blue Jays From Away
It was another great day in the Blue Jays’ organization for starting pitching but, unfortunately, the Jays’ affiliates weren’t able to capitalize with a bunch of wins. Out of the five games played, the Blue Jays’ farm clubs only won two.
Buffalo Bisons 0, Rochester Red Wings 2
The Bisons squandered an outstanding start from Scott Copeland who threw seven scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out three and getting 12 groundouts (and only four flyouts). Steve Delabar pitched a perfect eighth but Bo Schultz let the Red Wings walk off with the victory after giving up a walk and a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth. The Bisons only mustered six hits including two from Ryan Goins and Matt Hague (1/3) was cut down at the plate trying to score.
Player of the Game: Copeland.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, New Britain Rock Cats 4
Right fielder Matt Newman was the hero for New Hampshire in this one, using his eyes to take a bases-loaded walk to win the game. Aside from winning the game, the offensive hero was K.C. Hobson who homered in his second consecutive game, going 2/4 and adding a double. Melky Mesa also had another multi-hit game, going 2/3 with a walk while every starter aside from Jake Fox and Jorge Flores had at least one hit.
Taylor Cole got the start but wasn’t at his best, allowing three runs on eight hits and one walk over five innings with four strikeouts. Matt West threw two scoreless innings, giving up one hit and two walks while Greg Burke threw a perfect eighth. Cory Burns surrendered the tying run (blowing the save) but earned the win after keeping the New Britain Rock Cats off the board in the 10th inning.
Player of the Game: Hobson.
Dunedin Blue Jays 1, Clearwater Threshers 2
Starter Jayson Aquino was strong for the Blue Jays, throwing five innings of one-run ball on four hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Jimmy Cordero had probably one the best outings of his career, going two innings and allowing just one hit (and, most importantly, no walks) with two strikeouts. Matt Dermody followed with three scoreless innings before Brady Dragmire was let down by his defense, allowing the winning run (unearned) thanks to a throwing error by Dawel Lugo.
Player of the Game: Aquino.
Lansing Lugnuts 3, Lake County Captains 2
In Game 1 of their regularly scheduled double header, the Lansing Lugnuts narrowly defeated the Lake County Captains after getting a three-run home run from Dickie Joe Thon. Despite a very strong start from Starlyn Suriel, who went five innings, surrendering just one hit and one walk while striking out eight, Tim Mayza almost handed the Captains the game by issuing five free passes over 1 1/3 innings. Andrew Case allowed both of his inherited runners to score but closed the door before the Captains could come back for a victory. In addition to Thon’s home run (1/2, 3 RBI), Ryan McBroom had another two hits including a double.
Player of the Game: Suriel.
Lansing Lugnuts 1, Lake County Captains 2
In Game 2 of the twin bill, Alberta’s Shane Dawson got the start and struck out six batters in his five innings while walking one and giving up two hits (including a two-run home run). Jose Fernandez made his Lansing debut and threw two scoreless innings. The batters only had five hits including one each from D.J. Davis (who struck out twice), Rowdy Tellez (his first hit of the year), Ryan McBroom (who drove in the team’s only run), Gunnar Heidt (who walked twice and is hitting .667) and Chris Carlson.
Player of the Game: Heidt.
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