With five games on the agenda, the Blue Jays’ affiliates won three, getting some great pitching on a day when offense was generally hard to come by.
Buffalo Bisons 2, Syracuse Chiefs 0
In the first game of a double-header, the Bisons’ pitching was the story as three pitchers combined to two-hit the Syracuse Chiefs in a 2-0 shutout. Newcomer Chris Leroux went the first four innings, allowing just one hit and five walks with a strikeout while Chad Girodo picked up the win, allowing a hit and a walk with three strikeouts over two innings and David Aardsma threw a perfect seventh for his second save of the season.
The Bisons had five hits including two from Andy Burns who was 2/3 with a double and an RBI. Matt Dominguez also had two hits while Dalton Pompey was 1/2 with a walk and two runs, returning to the lineup.
Player of the Game: Chris Leroux and Andy Burns
Roster Notes: Scott Copeland was officially released to play in Korea while Chris Leroux and Casey Lawrence were assigned to Buffalo.
Buffalo Bisons 3, Syracuse Chiefs 4
In the second game of the double-header, newly promoted Casey Lawrence was hit frequently as the Syracuse Chiefs got 12 hits and beat the Bisons 4-3. Lawrence allowed three run son eight hits in just three innings while Chad Jenkins struggled with his control, giving up a run on two hits and three walks in just 1 2/3 innings. Ben Rowen also walked two and allowed two hits (letting a runner inherited from Jenkins score) with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings.
Dalton Pompey had three hits and a stolen base for the Bisons, leading the offense while Jesus Montero pushed his batting average to .421 with a 2/3 game. Matt Dominguez had a sac fly among his two official at bats and drove in another run, going 0/2. David Adams walked three times while Junior Lake was 1/3 with a triple and Andy Burns was 1/3 with a double.
Player of the Game: Dalton Pompey
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4, Hartford Yard Goats 0
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats, in a “home” game against the Hartford Yard Goats, stymied their hitting and came away with a 4-0 victory. Albertan Shane Dawson, making his first Double-A start, was stellar, posting five shutout innings and needing just 71 pitches to do it, allowing only three hits and striking out four along the way. Brady Dragmire and Colt Hynes each provided two scoreless innings to complete the shutout with Dragmire facing the minimum and striking out one and Hynes giving up two hits and a walk with three strikeouts.
Matt Dean followed Rowdy Tellez‘s example on Tuesday and made his first Double-A hit a home run as he went 1/4. Tellez had a good game too, going 1/3 with a double, a sacrifice fly and two RBI but it was Jon Berti who was the offensive catalyst, hitting a single, a double, walking once and scoring three times, partially due to his terrorizing the Yard Goats’ pitchers and catcher for three stolen bases. Roemon Fields also had a pair of hits while Shane Opitz was 1/3 with a walk.
Player of the Game: Jon Berti and Shane Dawson
Roster Notes: Casey Lawrence was promoted to Triple-A Buffalo and Luis Santos got the call from Advanced-A Dunedin.
Dunedin Blue Jays 0, St. Lucie Mets 1
The Dunedin bats fell dead silent in a 1-0 loss to St. Lucie on Tuesday. Ryan McBroom and D.J. Davis had the only two hits of the game with McBroom adding a stolen base and Davis getting caught stealing. Conner Greene had a solid start, allowing only one run on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts in an 83-pitch, five-innings start, with 49 of those pitches going for strikes (but he did get eight ground outs and three flyouts). Alonzo Gonzalez had a solid outing, going two hitless innings, allowing two walks and striking out a pair. Juliandry Higuera made his full-season debut, giving up just one hit in his inning.
Player of the Game: Conner Greene
Roster Notes: Luis Santos was promoted to Double-A New Hampshire while lefty Juliandry Higuera was promoted to Dunedin.
Lansing Lugnuts 5, Dayton Dragons 2
The Lansing Lugnuts picked up their second consecutive win over the Dayton Dragons, this time, winning 5-2. Sean Reid-Foley got the start and allowed only two unearned runs on one hit and four walks in six innings, needing only 74 pitches, throwing 49 strikes. He struck out four batters in his first outing of the year (which has been on hold since Thursday). Starlyn Suriel allowed just one hit in two innings, striking out three and Dusty Isaacs got the save, striking out a pair in a hitless inning.
With just six hits, the offense couldn’t be called particularly prolific but Gunnar Heidt had another big game, going 2/4 with a home run, two runs and a stolen base. J.C. Cardenas drove in two runs with a double while Carl Wise, Juan Kelly and Lane Thomas added singles (Thomas and Kelly also took a walk each). Defensively, Justin Atkinson is still adjusting to his new position behind the plate and made two throwing errors while Heidt, Carl Wise and Cardenas also made errors which, surprisingly, only cost the Lugnuts the two runs.
Player of the Game: Gunnar Heidt and Sean Reid-Foley
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