MiLB Recap: Kevin Pillar Gets Game Winning Triple


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Buffalo Bisons (16-10)

The Bisons won the fifth game in a row beating Charlotte 6-5 for their 7th win in 10 games. Kevin Pillar continues his hot streak with a walk off triple.

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Pillar went 2 for 5 and is now hitting .395 with 17 hits in his past 10 games. Ryan Goins also had a productive night with three hits and a triple of his own. Fan favorite Munenori Kawasaki wnet 2 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI.

Ryan Tepera and  Rob Rasmussen combined to throw 5.0 IP of no-hit relieve for Ricky Romero. Romero pitched four innings, allowing five runs and walking four while stiking out three….the struggles continue.

Check out Darin Mastroianni‘s diving catch.

Darin Mastroianni-2/4, 2R, BB, K

Ryan Goins- 3/5, 2R, 3B(1), RBI(2)

Kevin Pillar- 2/5, 3B(2), 2RBI(15), K, OF assist

Dan Johnson– 1/4, RBI(18)

Matt Tuiasosopo– 0/3, BB, K

Jared Goedert-1/4, K

Jonathan Diaz– 0/4, R, K

Mike Nickeas– 2/4, RBI(3), K

Munernori Kawasaki- 2/4, 2 2B(4), RBI(4), 2K, E(2)

Ricky Romero- 4.0IP, 8H, 5R, 4BB, 3K

Rob Rasmussen- 2.0IP, 4K

Ryan Tepera (W, 1-1)- 3.0IP, BB, 4K

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (12-15)

New Hampshire lost 6-5 to New Britain on a night when Aaron Sanchez was on the mound. Sanchez didn’t appear to have his best stuff as he committed his balk of the season, gave up his second home run of the season only throw half of his 88 pitches for strikes. When you only throw half your pitches for strikes you are bound to issue a couple free passes as Sanchez issued four.  On the plus side Sanchez had a solid GO/AO ratio with 8 ground outs to 3 fly outs.

After taking the lead in the top of the 12th inning Richard Bleier was not able to close it out and earned his first blown save of the year by serving up a two run walk-off home run. You aren’t going to win too many games when you allow three home runs.

On offence A.J. Jimenez was easily the best Fisher Cat as he had a home run, his first of the year, to go with a double and was 3-6 on the night. Jimenez is now hitting .306/.366/.472 over his first 10 games. Jimenez is having zero problems with Double-A pitching as he has 11 hits, 3 doubles, 10 RBI, and 6 runs in 36 AB. Mike Crouse continues to be just as hot with another two hit performance and has 14 hits in his past 10 game (.389/.476/.556). Jon Berti got on base twice and stole his 11th base of the year, good for third in the Eastern League.

Jon Berti- 2/5, 2H, 2B(3), RBI(8), SB(11), CS(2)

Andy Burns– 1/5, RBI(8), BB, 2K, CS(2)

A.J. Jimenez- 3/6, 2R, 2B(3), HR(1), RBI(10)

Brad Glenn– 0/4, BB, 4K (wow)

Mike Crouse- 2/5, RBI(10), K

Kevin Nolan– 1/4, 2R, BB, E(2)

Brian Van Kirk– 1/4, R, 2K

Jonathan Jones– 1/5

Aaron Sanchez- 5.1IP, 4H, 3R, 4BB, 2K, HR

Tyler Ybarra– 1.2IP, BB, 2K

Dustin Antolin– 1.0IP, 2BB, 3K

John Anderson– 3.0IP, H, R, BB, 6K, HR

Richard Bleier (BS, 1)(L, 1-3)-0.1IP, 2H, 2R, HR

Dunedin Blue Jays (20-8)

Dalton Pompey continues to impress as he has reached base in 26 of the D-Jays 27 games, but the D-Jays were shut out (2-0) for the second game in row. RHP Ben White provided the D-Jays with another quality start and has gone 6+ IP in his last three starts. One are of concern for White is his GO/AO ratio. White got 10 outs from fly balls and 5 from ground outs.

The D-Jays were only able to muster three singles of of Lakeland pitching. It was good to see Dwight Smith Jr. Back in the line-up, even if he did go 0/4. Every D-Jay struck out at least once with the exception of Derrick Chung and Jorge Flores.

Dwight Smith Jr- 0/4, K

Dalton Pompey- 1/4, K

K.C. Hobson– 1/3, BB, 2K

Marcus Knecht– 0/4, 2K

Emilio Guerrero– 0/3, K

Derrick Chung- 0/3

Nick Baligod– 1/3, K

Gustavo Pierre– 0/3

Jorge Flores- 0/2, BB

Ben White (L, 1-1)- 7.0IP, 4H, 2R, 4K, 1HR

Justin Jackson– 0.1IP, 1H

Chad Girodo– 0.2IP, K

Lansing Lugnuts (14-14)

Matt Dean and Hustin Atkinson (native of Surrey BC) powered the Lugnuts to a 2-1 vicotry over West Michigan. Jeremy Gabryszwski improved to 2-2 with a 6 stikeout, 4 hit performance and got 7 groundouts versus 5 flyouts. Griffin Murphy has been lightout for the Lugnuts bullpen coverting 3 saves, striking out 20, and walking 2 in 13.1 IP. Murphy has dominated lefties to tune of .111 average; however, he hasn’t figued out rights as they are hitting .311 against him.

Matt Dean has been a consistent contributor to the Lugnuts offence over the first 26 games of the season. Over his past ten games he has shown much better patience at the plate with 6/10 BB/K. On the night Dean hit his second homerun and his second triple of the season and now has 13 RBI in 26 games. As hot as Dean has been Justin Atkinson has been super hot with 16 hits over the past 10 games. Atkinson was 2-2 last night and drove in the clubs winning run with Dean on base.

Atkison is showing great plate discipline with 4/2 BB/K over 10 games and 7/8 BB/K in 19 games this season….pretty impressive for a guy that walked 31 times and struck out 74 times last season in 64 games with the Vancouver Canadians.

D.J. Davis-0/4, 3K

Dickie Joe Thon– 1/4, 3B(1), 2K

Mitch Nay– 0/4, K

L.B. Dantzler– 0/4, K

Matt Dean- 2/4, 2R, 3B(2), HR(2), RBI(13), K

Justin Atkinson- 2/2, RBI(7), BB

Dawel Lugo– 1/3, K

Jorge Saez– 0/2, BB, K

Carlos Ramirez– 0/3, K

Jeremy Gabryszwski (W, 2-2)- 6.1IP, 4H, R, 6K

Scott Silverstein– 1.2IP, H, BB, 2K

Griffin Murphy (S,3)- 1.0IP, H, BB, 3K