Blue Jays MiLB Recap: Lugnuts bats explode as Herd swept
Buffalo Bisons – 2 vs Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders- 7
The Bisons gave up an early lead to Scranton/WB in a 7-2 loss that completed a three-game sweep of the team – the first time Buffalo has been swept by the RailRiders since 2012.
Herd starter Felix Doubront lasted just four innings in which he allowed five runs, and is now 0-2 on the season with a 2.32 ERA. An errant throw by the southpaw proved costly as he tried to snag Rob Refsyder who reached safely as right fielder Tyler Austin drove him and Cole Figueroa in to take a 3-0 lead for Scranton/WB (34-27).
The Bisons (28-32) didn’t have much of an answer for one of the New York Yankees top prospects, Luis Severino, who secured his first win sitting down the first 11 batters of the game and allowing two runs from the Herd. Buffalo didn’t get on the board until the sixth inning, when Matt Hague hit a two-run single and cashed in Ramon Santiago and Sean Ochinko, who took a lead-off walk.
Buffalo looks to turn their five-game losing streak around in a doubleheader against the Charlotte Knights on Thursday.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – 1 vs Akron RubberDucks – 8
The shoe was on the other foot for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, who couldn’t muster the offence in an 8-1 loss to the Akron RubberDucks after a 9-1 routing of that same team Tuesday.
Casey Lawrence (4-7) was handed the loss as the team dropped the fifth of their last six games and fell to 10-15 on the road. He allowed six runs (five earned) and gave up eight hits.
An errant throw from Fisher Cats (27-31) center fielder Dalton Pompey gave Todd Hankins an extra bag on a double – he would score off a Bryson Myles double for Akron’s first run of the game. Pompey had two hits on the night, including a triple that has him batting a .375 AVG in 16 at bats.
Despite the big run differential, it was at one point a tie ball game in the second inning, when catcher Jack Murphy drew a walk from Akron starter Adam Plutko (2-0, 1.59 ERA), and scored on a well-hit Shane Opitz triple.
The RubberDucks (27-30) took back the lead in the third and never rescinded after an Opitz error left runners at second and third for Anthony Gallas, who grounded a two-run double. Gallas factored in again during the seventh inning pile-on, smacking a two-run homer off Dustin Antolin.
The Fisher Cats will try to take the rubber match Thursday against the RubberDucks. RHP Taylor Cole will be on the hill for New Hampshire against Akron righty Will Roberts.
Dunedin Blue Jays – 6 vs Charlotte Stone Crabs – 12
It was more of the same in Dunedin, but the Blue Jays halved their opponent’s score in a 12-6 loss to the Charlotte Stone Crabs.
The Crabs (40-19) tacked on four runs in the second inning, and Dunedin (25-34) seemed to be clawing back slowly by narrowing the score to 4-3 by the fourth inning, using two errors and a misplay by pitcher Buddy Borden (who picked up his seventh win of the season).
Martin Medina, Ian Parmley, and Christian Lopes loaded the bases with singles in the seventh for L.B. Dantzler and Matt Dean to knock in a run each and make it 8-5 – as close as the Blue Jays could make it. They’d get only one more run as the Crabs continued to surge with three insurance runs in the ninth.
Dunedin starter Jeremy Gabryszwski (3-4, 4.40 ERA) struck out four in his six innings, but surrendered 11 hits, one home runs, and six earned runs.
The Dunedin Blue Jays and Charlotte Stone Crabs conclude their four-game series on Thursday. Jeff Hoffman, Toronto’s 2014 first overall pick, will take to the hill against lefty Chris Kirsch.
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Lansing Lugnuts – 12 vs Quad Cities River Bandits – 5
All of the power in the Jays pipeline belonged to the Lansing Lugnuts – who put up a 12-5 victory over the Quad Cities River Bandits.
The River Bandits (39-19) got things started in the first posting a two-run inning, but the Lansing bats kept on rolling after back-to-back home runs from Anthony Alford and Richard Urena in the third. Urena now leads Lansing with nine home runs this season.
Anthony Alford, Ryan McBroom, Mike Reeves, Rowdy Tellez and Tim Locastro each had multi-hit games for the Lugnuts (35-24).
Starlyn Suriel (4-3) pitched five innings striking out two while allowing two runs.
Left fielder D.J. Davis registered a run and a walk.
The Lugnuts continue their six-game road trip with the second of a three-game set against Quad Cities Thursday. Lansing’s Sean Reid-Foley will toe off against Quad Cities’ Brock Dykxhoorn.