There were five games today and they featured starting pitching outings from Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd, Jesus Tinoco, Jeremy Gabryszwski and Chase De Jong. Some were excellent in their outings while others struggled.
Buffalo Bisons 0, Durham Bulls 1
Last night’s Buffalo Bisons game was notable for the return of Daniel Norris to the minors. He threw 95 pitches but only 53 of them for strikes as he only got through 5 2/3 innings with three walks and four hits against. The bright side is that Norris only allowed one run and struck out four but there are certainly things about the start that he’ll be working on going forward. Ryan Tepera pitched 2 1/3 innings and didn’t allow a baserunner, striking out four. The hitters were very quiet, unable to support their pitching, getting just five hits including doubles from Melky Mesa and Andy Burns.
Roster Notes: Steve Tolleson cleared waivers and elected free agency while RHP John Stilson was sent to the Dunedin Blue Jays on a rehab assignment.
Player of the Game: Daniel Norris and Ryan Tepera
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, Reading Fightin Phils 2
With Matt Boyd on the mound, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats got the better of the Reading Fightin Phils. Boyd went 6 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out four before giving way to Danny Barnes for a scoreless inning and Blake McFarland for 1 2/3 perfect innings to earn the save.
The batters knocked out 10 hits, getting a pair of doubles from Jon Berti and a single and a double (and two RBI) from Jack Murphy. Everyone in the lineup had a hit except for Emilio Guerrero, playing third base with Berti in center.
Player of the Game: Jack Murphy and Jon Berti
Dunedin Blue Jays 1, Tampa Yankees 9
The Dunedin Blue Jays continue to scuffle, surrendering nine runs again to the Tampa Yankees. Jeremy Gabryszwski didn’t come back for the second inning after throwing 38 pitches and allowing six runs (only two were earned) on six hits in the first. Matt Dermody surrendered three more runs over 4 2/3 innings, striking out four while Jimmy Cordero mopped things up with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. L.B. Dantzler had a pair of hits and the club’s only RBI while Jason Leblebijian had two hits.
Player of the Game: L.B. Dantzler and Jason Leblebijian
Lansing Lugnuts 7, West Michigan Whitecaps 2
The Lansing Lugnuts took game one of their doubleheader against the West Michigan White Caps, seeing new addition Jesus Tinoco take the reins for four innings of scoreless ball, striking out three, walking two and allowing four hits. Starlyn Suriel pitched a scoreless inning out of the bullpen while Conor Fisk gave up two runs on three hits and two walks in two innings of relief.
In the seven-inning game, the Lugnuts put together 10 hits including Boomer Collins‘s first home run of the year, cashing two runners. D.J. Davis was 2/4 with a stolen base while Jonathan Davis (a.k.a. J.D. Davis) had two hits and an RBI and Gunnar Heidt was 2/3 with an RBI.
Roster Notes: OF Chris Carlson was placed on the DL and Jesus Tinoco was assigned to Lansing.
Player of the Game: Jesus Tinoco and Boomer Collins
Lansing Lugnuts 2, West Michigan Whitecaps 6
Chase De Jong started Game 2 and managed to gut his way through five innings despite allowing six runs on nine hits, five of which came in the first and third. Mark Biggs had one of his better outings of the season, going two scoreless innings with just one hit and one walk allowed. The offense was quiet in this one, getting just four hits although one came from J.D. Davis who is now hitting .348 in his short time off the DL while Rody Tellez had the club’s only double.
Player of the Game: None
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