Outfielder Dwight Smith, Jr. warms up before a game in Lansing, Michigan on May 3, 2013. Mandatory Credit: Jay Blue

May 9 Minor League Report

Buffalo Bisons (20-12)

Despite the fact that the Bisons managed to get Zach Britton out of the game after just four and a third innings, Buffalo ended up dropping another game to the Norfolk Tides 7-3. Starter Miguel Batista got roughed up and only threw three and two-thirds innings of his own, giving up six runs on seven hits and four walks. The bullpen proved very effective, giving up only one run in five and a third innings the rest of the way. Jim Negrych lowered his batting average two points by going two for five, while third baseman Andy LaRoche went two for four. Center fielder Anthony Gose had a rough day at the plate, going oh for four with four strikeouts and a walk.

Hitting:

Anthony Gose – 0/4, R, BB, 4 K
Jim Negrych – 2/5, 2B, K
Moises Sierra – 1/4, 2 K
Luis Jimenez – 1/3, R, RBI, 2 BB, K
Andy LaRoche – 2/4, R, BB, K
Ryan Langerhans – 0/4, BB, 3 K
Eugenio Velez – 1/3, 2 RBI, BB
Mike McCoy – 0/2, 2 BB, SB
Mike Nickeas – 0/3, 2 K

Pitching:

Miguel Batista – L, 3 2/3 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 4 BB, 3 K, 2 HR
Buddy Carlyle – 2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 4 K
Alex Hinshaw – 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Jeremy Jeffress – 1 2/3 IP, 3 K
Juan Perez – 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Buddy Carlyle

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (16-19)

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats got a strong performance out of starter Deck McGuire and made efficient use of their ten hits, beating the Trenton Thunder 8-3 on Thursday night. McGuire threw five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and three walks while the bullpen gave up just one more run in four innings. Kevin Pillar slammed three of the team’s ten hits while catcher Sean Ochinko hit a home run and drove in three.

Hitting:

Kevin Pillar – 3/5, 3 R, 2 2B, K
Ricardo Nanita – 1/5, RBI
Brad Glenn – 1/4, R, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 K
Ryan Schimpf – 1/5, R, RBI, 2 K
Kevin Nolan – 1/5, RBI, 2 K
Adam Loewen – 1/4, R, 2B, 2 K
Brian Van Kirk – 1/1, R, 3 BB
Sean Ochinko – 1/2, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB
John Tolisano – 0/4, 2 K

Pitching:

Deck McGuire – W, 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 K
Tommy Hottovy – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Evan Crawford – 1 IP, 2 BB, 2 K
Joel Carreno – 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game:  Kevin Pillar

Dunedin Blue Jays (20-13)

In another close game, the Dunedin Blue Jays lost 4-3 to the Daytona Cubs. The Cubs chipped away at Dunedin starter Casey Lawrence, scoring two in the second, one in the third and one in the sixth. The Blue Jays were only able to answer with single runs in the first, fourth and fifth. Andy Burns was the star again, going three for four with two runs, a double and a stolen base while first baseman Jon Talley hit two doubles and drove in two and DH K.C. Hobson went deep for his team leading fifth home run: a solo shot in the fourth inning.

Hitting:

Jon Berti – 0/5, K, CS
Peter Mooney – 0/3, BB
Andy Burns – 3/4, 2 R, 2B, SB
Jon Talley – 2/4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, K
Marcus Knecht –0/4, K
K.C. Hobson – 1/4, R, HR, RBI
Derrick Chung – 1/4, K
Matt Newman – 1/4
Jonathan Jones –  1/3, BB, K, SB

Pitching:

Casey Lawrence – L, 6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 K
Efrain Nieves – 1 IP, 1 H
Tyler Ybarra – 1 IP

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Andy Burns

Lansing Lugnuts (9-21)

The Lansing Lugnuts attempted a comeback but ran out of real estate, scoring three in the eighth and one in the ninth but losing to the Dayton Dragons 9-6. The Lugnuts scored three runs in the eighth inning off of a two-run home run by Carlos Ramirez and an RBI triple by Kellen Sweeney. They scored another via an RBI ground out by Christian Lopes in the ninth which scored a Dalton Pompey double. Starter Javier Avendano got butchered by the Dragons offense, giving up eight runs (six earned) on seven hits and four walks in his three innings. Reliever Kramer Champlin only gave up a solo home run in his three innings and Browning and Sikula pitched clean innings for the eighth and ninth. Both Dwight Smith, Jr. and Kellen Sweeney had multi-hit games, with Smith getting three knocks, including a double and a triple. Sweeney hit a single and a triple while right fielder Carlos Ramirez hit the only home run of the game for the Lugnuts.

Hitting:

Dalton Pompey -1/5, R, 2B, 3 K
Dwight Smith Jr. – 3/5, R, 2B, 3B, RBI, K
Christian Lopes – 1/5, R, 2 RBI, K
Carlos Ramirez – 1/5, R, HR, 2 RBI, 3 K, OF Asst.
Chris Hawkins – 0/3, BB
Gustavo Pierre – 0/4, 3 K
Shane Opitz – 1/3, R, BB
Kellen Sweeney – 2/4, 3B, RBI, K
Aaron Munoz – 1/3, R, BB, 2 K

Pitching:

Javier Avendano – L, 3 IP, 7 H, 8 R (6 ER), 4 BB, 4 K
Kramer Champlin – 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 3 K, 1 HR
Wil Browning – 1 iP, 2 K
Arik Sikula – 1 IP, 2 K

Jay Blue’s Player of the Game: Dwight Smith, Jr.

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