The Blue Jays’ minor league affiliates won three games again on Friday with the first-place Lansing Lugnuts taking the only loss in a close game. Wait, didn’t I write that yesterday?
Buffalo Bisons 7, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 1
Ho-hum. Another day, another victory for the Buffalo Bisons. This time, it was a 7-1 shutdown of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The Bisons struck early, getting a three-run home run from Chris Colabello in the first inning and Colabello added a single and a double over the course of the night. Among the 11 hits the Bisons got were two from Ezequiel Carrera (who added a stolen base), two from Munenori Kawasaki and two from Andy Wilkins (including a double and two RBI).
The bullpen was called into action with Rob Rasmussen getting the start and allowing one run on four hits over three innings with four strikeouts. Scott Barnes, Ryan Tepera and Colt Hynes finished the game with two innings each and only Hynes pitched to more than the minimum.
Player of the Game: Chris Colabello
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 10, Binghamton Mets 5
Matt Boyd was shown to be merely human but he earned his first victory of the season, allowing his first earned runs of the year. Boyd went 6 1/3 innings, throwing 84 pitches and allowing five hits and one walk with three runs against and six strikeouts. Matt West followed with 1 2/3 innings, getting all of his outs via the strikeout and Arik Sikula allowed two runs in his inning of work.
The offense racked up 20 hits including five from K.C. Hobson who drove in three runs with his five singles, getting the most hits in one game for his career and tying the team-record. Each of the nine starters got at least one hit and all but two got more than one. Jorge Flores pushed his batting average to .311 with two singles and a double while jack Murphy (2/3, 2 BB, 2 RBI), Ryan Schimpf (2/5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI0, Jake Fox (2/5, 2 RBI) and Jon Berti (2/6) had multi-hit games.
Player of the Game: K.C. Hobson
Dunedin Blue Jays 9, Brevard County Manatees 8
If you were in Dunedin, you probably saw a wild game as the two teams matched up at six after nine innings, each team scored twice in the 11th before the Blue Jays broke the tie in the bottom of the 12th to walk off with the win. Matt Dean was the hero in this one, hitting two home runs (including a solo blast to tie the game in the eighth), adding a single and driving in three runs. Jorge Saez went 4/5 with two doubles and two RBI while Dawel Lugo was 2/5 with two doubles, a walk(!) and an RBI and Christian Lopes was 2/6.
Jeremy Gabryszwski made his first start of the year and only managed to get through 3 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and three walks. Alberto Tirado allowed another two runs in 2 2/3 innings on two hits (including a home run) and one walk with four strikeouts. Brady Dragmire rebounded with two scoreless innings while Jimmy Cordero faced six batters and got them all out (including three via the strikeout). Scott Silverstein allowed two runs in 1 1/3 innings before Wil Browning put out the first and picked up the win by finishing the game.
Roster Notes: Jeremy Gabryszwski was activated on the roster for the D-Jays and Jairo Labourt was placed on the 7-day DL.
Player of the Game: Matt Dean
Lansing Lugnuts 2, Bowling Green Hot Rods 4
The Lansing Lugnuts fell to 11-6 after dropping their second game in a row in a rain-shortened 4-2 loss to the Bowling Green Hot Rods. Chase De Jong got the start and was victimized by the home run ball, giving up a pair of long blasts and allowing four runs on six hits and a walk over five innings. Carlos Ramirez made his return to Lansing with an inning of scoreless relief.
Dickie Joe Thon and Rowdy Tellez led the offense with two hits apiece but Thon took a walk. Ryan McBroom was 1/2 with a walk and an RBI while Dan Jansen drove in the other run with a sac fly.
Player of the Game: Dickie Joe Thon and Rowdy Tellez
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