April 16 Minor League Report: Lugnuts Win in 16

Scott Copeland
Scott Copeland

It was a split day as the Bisons and the Lugnuts won and the Dunedin Blue Jays and the Fisher Cats lost. Scott Copeland continues to make his case for a big league call up sooner rather than later and some of young prospects in Lansing got their bats going.


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Buffalo Bisons 5, Lehigh Valley IronPigs 1


The Buffalo Bisons brought the lumber as well as the pitching as they rode to a convincing win over the Phillies’ top farm club. Starter Scott Copeland got an incredible 16 outs on ground balls while just one came on a fly out as he threw seven innings of three-hit, one run ball, walking three and striking out three. Preston Guilmet finished things off by throwing two innings without allowing a run.

Ezequiel Carrera has been showing more with the bat of late, going 2/4 but was caught stealing. Munenori Kawasaki had a pair of doubles and Matt Hague was 2/3 with a home run and three RBI. Chris Colabello also hit a home run, going 3/4 with the big fly, two runs and two RBI.

Roster Notes: Ryan Goins was called up to the Toronto Blue Jays while Andy Burns was promoted from New Hampshire to Buffalo. A.J. Jimenez was activated off the DL and sent to New Hampshire.

Player of the Game: Scott Copeland, Chris Colabello and Matt Hague



New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, Reading Fighting Phils 8


Dwight Smith
Dwight Smith

While the offense came into the game with hitting on its mind, Taylor Cole surrendered four runs in 2 2/3 innings (despite striking out six) and Cory Burns took the loss after giving up another three runs in 1 2/3 innings. Matt West was the best hurler on the mound, throwing 2 1/3 innings of one-hit, one-walk ball with four strikeouts while Danny Barnes finished the game off with 1 1/3 innings, allowing a run. Dwight Smith, Jr. was 2/5 with his first home run of the year, driving in a pair while Jake Fox scored twice, going 3/5 with a double. Kevin Nolan (playing third base), Jack Murphy and Shane Opitz (playing shortstop) also had two hits.

Roster Notes: Andy Burns was promoted to Buffalo, A.J. Jimenez was sent to New Hampshire and Melky Mesa was placed on the DL.

Player of the Game: Dwight Smith, Jr.


Dunedin Blue Jays 0, Bradenton Marauders 6


Jayson Aquino
Jayson Aquino

The Bradenton marauders held the Dunedin Blue Jays scoreless as the D-Jays fells to 4-4 after a 6-0 loss on Thursday night. Jayson Aquino allowed three runs on eight hits while striking out two in five innings to take the loss but Alberto Tirado allowed a solo home run in two innings (but didn’t walk anyone and struck out three) and Scott Silverstein allowed two runs in his two innings of work. The hitters only had three hits including singles from Mitch Nay and Roemon Fields and a double from Andy Fermin.

Player of the Game: None


Lansing Lugnuts 4, Great Lakes Loons 2


Rowdy Tellez
Rowdy Tellez

The Lansing Lugnuts won another game to push their record to 7-1 but this one took almost two games’ worth of innings to win. Rowdy Tellez drove himself and Dickie Joe Thon with his first home run of the year in the top of the 16th inning and Andrew Case threw his fourth scoreless inning of the night to preserve the win. Tellez drove in Thon in the first inning and went 2/7 with the home run and three RBI. Thon was 3/6 with two runs scored, a triple and a walk while D.J. Davis and Ryan McBroom also had two-hit nights with Davis stealing a base and getting picked off. While the Loons scored a run off of starter Starlyn Suriel (5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K) and piggybacking starter Shane Dawson (5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K), Colton Turner (2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 3 K) and Andrew Case (4 IP, 3 H, 2 K) went the rest of the way without allowing a run.

Player of the Game: Rowdy Tellez and Andrew Case


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