On Saturday, the Bisons and Dunedin Blue Jays won while the Fisher Cats and the Lugnuts lost. A 2-2 day isn’t bad, but I’m sure we’d all like to see better.
Buffalo Bisons 2, Lehigh Valley IronPigs 1
The Buffalo Bisons’ pitching staff continues to shine as they held the Lehigh Valley IronPigs to just one run for the second consecutive game. On Saturday, they were led by Chad Jenkins who made the start and pitched five innings with just two hits allowed including a solo home run that accounted for all of the scoring. Jenkins threw just 76 pitches through his five innings as he continues to stretch out as a starter and induced seven ground balls outs with just two fly balls and also struck out three. Ryan Tepera picked up the win with two scoreless innings while Bo Schultz finished it off for his second save of the season with another two scoreless innings.
The offense didn’t produce much for the Bisons but Chris Colabello‘s solo home run and Andy Wilkins‘s sacrifice fly of Ezequiel Carrera were enough. Colabello also walked twice and Josh Thole had a pair of hits. Yesterday’s darling, Andy Burns, was 0/4 in his second Buffalo start, this time at third base.
Player of the Game: Chris Colabello and Chad Jenkins
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 1, New Britain Rock Cats 5
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats dropped to a 5-5 record after losing to the New Britain Rock Cats 5-1 on Saturday. Mike Lee got the start but allowed 10 base runners (seven hits and three walks) over 4 2/3 innings before the bullpen shut the door, giving the Fisher Cats a chance. Lee allowed five runs (four earned thanks to a K.C. Hobson error) while striking out five. Greg Burke stranded two runners and pitched a flawless 1 1/3 innings while Dustin Antolin and Arik Sikula each threw a scoreless inning.
While the hitters clubbed 10 hits, they could only manage to push one runner across the plate. K.C. Hobson had three hits and the only RBI of the game for the Fisher Cats while Dwight Smith, Jr. scored the team’s only run after getting two hits. Matt Newman also had two hits for New Hampshire.
Player of the Game: K.C. Hobson
Dunedin Blue Jays 4, Brevard County Manatees 2
The Dunedin Blue Jays also squared their record at 5-5 but they did so in a winning fashion, beating the Brevard County Manatees 4-2 on Saturday evening. Getting a two-run home run from Dawel Lugo and a solo shot from Emilio Guerrero, some big bats got the job done. Matt Dean was 2/4 with a triple and Guerrero added a single to his game’s total. Jairo Labourt had a much better outing this time, going four innings and allowing just one run on a solo blast with four hits surrendered and two walks in total while striking out eight. Tiago Da Silva picked up his first affiliated win with 2 2/3 innings of two-hit, one-run ball with four strikeouts while Chad Girodo and Wil Browning finished the game.
Player of the Game: Jairo Labourt and Emilio Guerrero
Lansing Lugnuts 3, Dayton Dragons 9
Conner Greene was cruising through two innings against the Dayton Dragons, striking out the first three batters he faced and four of the first six. In the third inning, Greene was playing with fire, hitting the first batter of the inning and walking the next, then allowing a single to load the bases before striking out the next batter and getting a double play to end the inning. In the fourth, however, Greene couldn’t escape from trouble and was eventually charged with five runs on a single, a walk, another single, two doubles and another single before Alonzo Gonzalez entered to get the final out of the inning. Gonzalez went on to allow another four runs (two were earned) over 4 2/3 innings before Jose Fernandez came in to finish the game (but allowing one of Gonzalez’s inherited runners to score).
Despite a pair of hits each from D.J. Davis (including a triple and an RBI) and Josh Almonte, the Lugnuts got almost all of their scoring from Dickie Joe Thon who went 1/4 with two RBI but also struck out three times and made a throwing error. Danny Jansen scored twice for the Lugnuts.
Player of the Game: D.J. Davis
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