There were three wins in Blue Jays land and one of the Blue Jays’ first-round picks from 2014 made his long-awaited return to action.
Buffalo Bisons 3, Durham Bulls 0
Everything locked in for the Buffalo Bisons as they won their getaway day game against the Durham Bulls, shutting out the hosts 3-0. Wade LeBlanc lowered his ERA to 1.88 on the season, throwing 6 1/3 innings of nine-hitter without walking anyone and striking out six. Ben Rowen followed with 1 2/3 innings of one-hit ball, striking out two and David Aardsma threw a perfect ninth, striking out one.
The offense was generally quiet, getting three runs on only six hits including a single and a double from Jio Mier who scored twice and walked once. Dalton Pompey drove in a run and was 1/4 while Casey Kotchman was also 1/4 with an RBI.
Player of the Game: Wade “Gandalf” LeBlanc
Roster Notes: Ryan Tepera was optioned to Buffalo from Toronto.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, Hartford Yard Goats 3
John Anderson gave up three runs in the first inning but found his groove after that, not allowing any more runs for five more innings and got enough offense to get the Fisher Cats a 6-3 victory. In all, Anderson allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six innings. He was followed by Chris Smith who struck out the side in the seventh, Danny Barnes who allowed one hit in the eighth and Wil Browning who picked up his sixth save with a perfect ninth.
The offense got 12 hits including two each from Roemon Fields (2/5, R), Jon Berti (2/4, R, RBI), Dwight Smith, Jr. (2/5, 2B, RBI), and Christian Lopes (2/4). Jorge Flores was 1/3 with a walk and two runs and Rowdy Tellez hit his fifth home run of the year, going 2/4.
Player of the Game: Rowdy Tellez
Dunedin Blue Jays 2, Clearwater Threshers 5
Francisco Rios didn’t dominate in Dunedin the way he did in Lansing as he was touched for four runs in a 5-2 loss to the Clearwater Threshers. Rios allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings, giving up nine hits and two walks but still struck out six. Jackson Lowery, making his first appearance with the D-Jays this year, allowed a run on a hit and two walks in 2 2/3 innings with two strikeouts.
The batters only had five hits, getting a pair of singles and a walk from Jason Leblebijian, a double from Emilio Guerrero and two walks from Anthony Alford who also stole a base.
Player of the Game: Jason Leblebijian
Roster Notes: Max Pentecost was sent to Lansing.
Lansing Lugnuts 5, South Bend Cubs 0
The Lansing pitching staff was in full flight on Thursday but it was the return to action of a highly touted prospect that got people talking in Lansing. Jon Harris threw the first five innings, allowing just two hits and two walks with two strikeouts and Angel Perdomo put on another clinic, throwing four hitless innings, walking one and striking out seven.
Max Pentecost made his return to baseball since injuries had sidelined him for all of 2015. Pentecost made his presence felt immediately, hitting third and being used as the DH. In his first at bat, he drove in a run with a single and hit a home run in his second at bat. Pentecost finished the day 3/4 with a home run and two RBI while Gunnar Heidt was 2/3 with a double. Josh Almonte drove in two runs with a double.
Player of the Game: Max Pentecost, Jon Harris and Angel Perdomo
Roster Notes: Max Pentecost was assigned to the Lansing Lugnuts.
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