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MiLB Recap: Herd splits double-header in Pompey’s debut

Craig Borden
Mar 6, 2016; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Dalton Pompey (23) squares to bunt the ball during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 6, 2016; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Dalton Pompey (23) squares to bunt the ball during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /
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Buffalo Bisons vs Syracuse Chiefs

Bisons extend their relationship with the Blue Jays as the signed through the 2018 season Tuesday.

Game 1 (Win 2-0)

Seven shutout innings started off the day for the Bisons.  Solid pitching and just enough offence led the way to the win in game one of the double header.  Chris Leroux started things off for the Herd and threw 4 innings of work.  Lots of pitches through those 4 innings as Leroux managed to scatter 5 walked batters and only allow 1 hit.

Leroux gave way to the pen at the beginning of the 5th where Chad Girodo would follow with two dominant innings of work.  Girodo would allow just 2 base runners and strike out 3 batters.  The lefty recorded the win and set up David Aardsma for the save in the 7th.  The combined shutout with only 2 hits was impressive, but having a few less free passes would have made this game stand out as a gem

Pitching grade: A

On offense the Herd had just enough going on.  Dalton Pompey was 1-2 and scored both of the Bison runs.  He was drove in by Andy Burns and Jesus Montero.  Andy Burns collected 2 hits and a double during the game to start pushing his batting average up.   Matt Dominguez also collected a pair of singles.  The Bisons compiled some timely hitting and were able to score the pair of runs to take the win from the Chiefs.

Offensive grade B

Line of the game – Dalton Pompey 1-2 with 2 runs scored

Game 2 (Loss 3-4)

The bats were more awake for game 2 of the Tuesday double dip.  A total of 21 hits between both teams through seven innings kept things interesting throughout.  Casey Lawrence got the game started and promptly allowed the Chiefs to gain the lead.  Lawrence would allow 3 earned runs in his 3 innings of work as the Chiefs attack never allowed him to settle in as he allowed 8 hits.

Chad Jenkins came on in relief and performed slightly better.  He would pitch 1.2 innings and allow a run.  Jenkins had issues with walks as he allowed 3 free passes during his work.  Ben Rowen would close the day out with a battle through his 1.1 innings of work.  He would allow 2 hits and 2 walks but still managed to wiggle out of the issues and not allow a run.

Pitching grade: C+

On offence the Bisons were able to collect plenty of hits but were not able to string enough of them together.  Matt Dominguez collected 2 RBIs on a sacrifice.  Dalton Pompey remained hot in his second game as he collected 3 singles in his 4 at bats.  Pompey also recorded his first steal in the game.  The Bisons would fall, however, and could not come up with a big hit.  The Herd batted 1-10 with runners in scoring position in the night cap.

Offensive grade: C

Line of the game – Dalton Pompey 3-4 with a stolen base

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