Minor League Recap: Lansing Lugnuts win in extra innings
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Dunedin Blue Jays (12-13, 4th )
The D-Jays have started the month of May off with a 3-1 record with a 3-2 extra innings win over Tampa, as they take game one of the 3-game series. The game went into extra innings when Tampa scored in the bottom of the 7th.
Jason Leblebijian wore the golden sombrero, but it was his hit in the top of the 13th inning that gave the D-Jays the win. With Leblebijian at the plate and C Jorge Saez on 2nd, Conor Mullee uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Saez to move over to third. Leblebijian would hit a ground ball to the third baseman driving in the games winning run.
The D-Jays struck out an uninspiring 14 times with only 3 BB. Lucky for them the Tampa Yankees were also swinging at everything as they struck out 17 times.
Justin Shafer, making his D-Jays début, pitched 5 innings allowing one run, one hit, 3 walks, and 3 K. Alonzo Gonzalez (BS, 1) pitched 3 innings allowing the tying run to cross. He struck out 5 and walked 2. Luis Santos showed he is a better reliever than a starter with 4 strong innings of 2 hit, 7 strike out relief. Finally, Wil Browning came on in the bottom of the 13th to close the door.
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Lansing Lugnuts (15-10, Tied for 1st)
The Whitecaps made a game of it in the final two innings. Down 7-2 heading into the 8th the Whitecaps scored a pair and followed that up with another pair in the top of the 9th before Phil Kish (SV, 4) managed to put an end to the rally and secured a Lansing Lugnuts victory, 7-6.
Sean Reid-Foley and Chase Mallard (W 1-1, 4.03 ERA) piggy-backed, pitching 4 innings each. Sean allowed 3 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, and struck out 4. He also induced 6 ground ball outs to 1 fly ball out. Mallard had a similar line, but with one extra walk. Chase induce 7 ground ball outs and zero fly ball outs. Both starters did a good job of keeping the ball on the ground.
At the plate Anthony Alford (2-for-4) and Richard Urena (3-for-4) had multi-hit games. Alford stole his first base in the 3rd, and D.J. Davis and Ryan McBroom hit their first home runs. Danny Jansen, despite hitting .158, continues to impress me with a double and 2 RBI….and zero strike outs. In his last 10 games he has struck out twice and walked 6 times while only hitting .206. The results will come the young catcher.
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