In five games of action, the Bisons won their game, the Fisher Cats and Dunedin Blue Jays were both edged in extra innings and the Lugnuts split a double header.
Buffalo Bisons 6, Pawtucket Red Sox 5
On a night when the Toronto bats flared into action, the Buffalo Bisons responded too, scoring six times on 13 hits and beating the Pawtucket Red Sox by a 6-5 score to return to the .500 mark and squaring their record at 21 wins and losses. Rehabbing Devon Travis was held hitless as he went 0/5 with a strikeout but Andy Burns took over the offensive mantle, going 2/3 with two walks, two RBI and a run. Matt Dominguez was 2/5 with an RBI and Domonic Brown was 2/5 with a stolen base. Junior Lake had three hits and a walk, scoring once while Dalton Pompey was on base four times, going 1/2 with three walks and two runs.
Drew Hutchison had an excellent outing, racking up a game score of 71 with seven innings of two-hit, one-run ball with two walks and four strikeouts. Bo Schultz, also rehabbing, finished the game with two innings but needed 39 pitches to get through them, giving up four runs on five hits including a home run.
Player of the Game: Drew Hutchison and Andy Burns
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4, Hartford Yard Goats 5
New Hampshire and Hartford are playing each other an awful lot in the early part of the year and have produced a number of close games. Friday’s matchup wasn’t any different as it took 10 innings for the Yard Goats to defeat the Fisher Cats in a 5-4 game. Casey Lawrence allowed the first four runs on nine hits and a walk over five innings and Brady Dragmire threw two perfect innings, striking out two. Chris Smith scattered three hits in his two innings but didn’t concede a run, striking out three. Daniel Schlereth was charged with the loss, allowing the winning run on one hit in the 10th inning.
Rowdy Tellez continues to rouse from his early offensive stupor, clubbing three hits, including his seventh home run of the year in five at bats, driving in two runs. Dwight Smith, Jr. was 2/2 with two walks and his first home run of the year while Jorge Flores also hit his first home run of the year, going 1/4. Jon Berti had a 2/5 game with two stolen bases.
Player of the Game: Rowdy Tellez and Dwight Smith, Jr.
Dunedin Blue Jays 4, Bradenton Marauders 5
The Dunedin Blue Jays scored two runs in each of the second and third innings but the Bradenton Marauders went one better, eventually scoring the winning run in a walk-off victory in the 10th inning. Starter Conner Greene needed 91 pitches to get through five innings but left the game with a 4-1 lead thanks to a one-run, three-hit, four-walk outing in which he struck out four. Conor Fisk blew the save, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. Carlos Ramirez came in with two runners (of Fisk’s) on and the only batter he faced, loading the bases, and then throwing a wild pitch to bring the winning run home.
Ryan McBroom continues to swing a hot bat, hitting his seventh home run of the season and driving home two runs in a 1/5 effort. Jonathan Davis provided the other batch of scoring, hitting a two-run home run of his own, going 1/3 with two RBI and a walk.
Player of the Game: Ryan McBroom and Jonathan Davis
Roster Notes: David Harris (who had been sent to extended spring training from Dunedin) was suspended for 76 games for testing positive for a performance enhancing drug.
Lansing Lugnuts 3, Great Lakes Loons 6
The Lansing Lugnuts lost the opener of their double header with the Great Lakes Loons 6-3. Ryan Borucki pitched the whole game (all six defensive innings of it), allowing six runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
The Lugnuts got only six hits including a two-run home run by Josh Almonte, his first of the year.
Player of the Game: Josh Almonte
Lansing Lugnuts 3, Great Lakes Loons 1
In Game 2 of the double header, the Lugnuts’ bats were just as cold but they made the most of them, getting three runs in support of the bullpen which held the Loons to one run on five hits. Patrick Murphy got the start and he threw well, allowing only one hit and two walks, resulting in one unearned run, with two strikeouts over three innings. Ryan Cook earned the win with two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out four. Dusty Isaacs picked up his sixth save of the season, giving up two hits in the seventh but striking out two.
Player of the Game: Juan Kelly
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