Blue Jays MiLB Recap – Lugnuts remain hot

Oct 4, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays hat and glove lay in the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays hat and glove lay in the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Buffalo Bisons @ Rochester Red Wings (Loss 3-8)

An early strike and another poor pitching performance by the Bisons led to a Red Wings win.  Chad Leroux got the ball for the Herd and allowed four runs right of the bat.  The first inning outburst by the Red Wings was capped off by a Adam Walker 2-run homer.  Leroux settled in and pitched shutout ball until the 6th where another 2 Red Wings were scored.

Leroux finished the inning but allowed six earned runs on eight hits while striking out three.  Leroux did not allow a walk so good hitting was what beat him Friday.  Bobby Korecky came on in the 7th and faced similar issues.  Two runs (1 Earned) scored over the remaining two innings kept the Bisons out of competition.  The two Bisons pitchers allowed 13 hits during the game for seven earned runs with 0 walks.  The Red Wings bats were just hard to miss during the game.

Pitching Grade – D+

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The Bisons had an equally difficult evening at the plate.  They were able to get seven hits but not enough offense to mount the huge comeback.  Matt Dominguez remains smoking hot with the stick as he blistered his second homer of the season.  The 2-run homer came in the 8th but was a little to late to get the Bisons back into the game.  Dominguez has now hit safely in the past six games going 12-23 in that span.  Jesus Montero collected another multi hit game as he went 2-4 with a run scored.  Montero is on an 8-game hitting streak as well.  He continues to be a huge threat in the Herd attack.  David Adams and Casey Kotchman collected a double each for the only other extra base hits during the game.  The offense did not receive any extra help from the Wings pitchers Friday either as they only issued 2 free passes while striking out 7.

Offensive Grade – C+

Line of the game – Matt Dominguez 1-4 with a 2 run homer

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New Hampshire Fisher Cats vs Reading Fightin Phils (Loss 3-6)

The Fisher Cats can not catch a break lately.  Last nights loss puts them at one win in their past six.  Jason Berken started the game and allowed 5 earned runs in his 5 innings of work.  Berken allowed three home runs to the Phils and left after five innings. Murphy Smith pitched two innings of shutout relief before Danny Barnes took the eighth.

Pitching Grade – B-

Melky Mesa was the leader offensively, hitting three singles in four at-bats. Jon Berti continued to give opposing pitchers fits on the base paths, stealing his 10th of the year

Offensive Grade –  C

Line of the game – Melky Mesa (3-4)

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Lansing Lugnuts vs Lake County Captains (Win 6-1)

Lansing moved to 8-5 on the season with a 6-1 win over the Captains. Top pitching prospect Sean Reid-Foley was excellent, earning the win (2-1) with 5.0 innings pitched. The right-hander allowed one earned run on just two hits, striking out seven. Josh DeGraaf earned the long save (1), pitching four innings of shutout ball to close it out.

Pitching Grade – A

Jacob Anderson went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs to lead the Lugnuts. Third baseman Aaron Attaway singled three times while shortstop Gunnar Heidt doubled and stole his seventh bag of the season

Offensive Grade – B+

Line of the game –  Jacob Anderson (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI)

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