Buffalo Bisons @ Rochester Red Wings (Win 10-2)
The Bisons raked in double-digit runs for the first time this season. It was not just the bats that won this game though. An excellent pitching game kept the Red Wing hitters off base for most of the game. Starter Dustin Antolin was incredible on Saturday. Antolin stuck out five of the first six batters he faced only allowed two base runners.
The right-hander only pitched 3.1 innings due to all the strikeouts and the fact he’s been used out of the bullpen thus far, but did not allow a hit during the outing. Antolin got the spot start because Drew Hutchison was promoted to the Blue Jays and he may have made a huge case for some extra innings. Colt Hynes came on and allowed the only runs for the Red Wings. Hynes was making his first outing for the Herd this season after being promoted from New Hampshire. The lefty did not even have the name plate on his jersey yet and was thrown right into action. His final line read 2.2 innings of work, four hits, two earned runs, and one strikeout. Both runs were scored in his last inning of work. Pat McCoy and David Aardsma finished off the Wings.
Pitching Grade – A
On to the dominant offence. Every batter in the lineup reached base and only Junior Lake, Joi Mier, and David Adams failed to collect a hit. Each of them were able to score at least a run after they collected a walk. Alexi Casilla acted as the team catalyst, collecting three hits in his five at-bats. He collected two RBIs and scored a run.
Matt Dominguez continues to blister International League pitching, collecting two hits and another RBI. That is his 4th RBI in 3 games and he extended his hitting streak to seven games. Domonic Brown continues to be an RBI machine as he picked up three more in a 1-for-4 performance. Catcher Tony Sanchez did not waste a starting opportunity and lit up Wings pitchers on Saturday. He proved to be a tough out and went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored, and two RBI
Offensive Grade – A+
Line of the game – Tony Sanchez 3-5 with 2 doubles, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI
New Hampshire Fisher Cats vs. Reading Fightin Phils (Loss 3-4)
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An extra-innings battle slipped away from the Fisher Cats on Saturday. Shane Dawson turned in a solid start as he worked 5.2 innings in which he scattered four hits and three walks. Dawson was able to strike out four batters and allow just the one unearned run. John Stilson and Daniel Schlereth combined for 2.1 innings of shut-down ball in relief.
This is where the game slipped away from the Cats as Chris Smith and the defence allowed a pair of runs in the 9th to allow the Phils to tie the game. In the 11th, the the Phils got the walk-off win on a Rhys Hoskins home run. Brady Dragmire gave up the homer and was saddled with the loss.
Pitching Grade – B-
On offence the Fisher Cats did just enough to stay in this game. Jon Berti had the only mulit-hit performance as he collected a pair of singles. Matt Dean collected an RBI on a sac fly. Wilkin Castillo collected the only other RBI and was a late-inning substitution. The Cats just had a tough time getting to the Phils pitchers to bunch together runs, leaving eight runners on base.
Offensive Grade – C
Line of the game – Shane Dawson 5.2 innings pitched with 4 hits, 0 earned runs, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts
New Hampshire Fisher Cats @ Reading Fightin Phils (Jeremy Gabryszwski vs. Ben Lively)
Dunedin Blue Jays @ Lakeland Flying Tigers (Win 2-0)
What a day for pitching in Lakeland. D-Jays pitchers threw a combined no-hitter in the 7-inning affair. Brad Allen got things going as he tossed four innings of no-hit ball and struck out five while only walking two. Adonys Cardona got the win and pitched 1.1 innings of hitless ball. Tim Mayza recorded the save (2), pitching 1.2 innings and striking out two to close out the no-hitter.
Pitching Grade – A+
On a day of lights-out pitching there was not a ton of offence needed. The D-Jays were able to strike for a run in the first inning on a Ryan McBroom sac fly. The D-Jays cruised with the one run until the 6th where they were able to pick up their second run on a balk. The D-Jays only picked up three hits in the game but were able to claw together the runs needed for the win on stolen bases and a few Tiger mistakes.
Offensive Grade – D+
Line of the game – Brad Allen 4 innings with 0 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts
Lansing Lugnuts vs. Lake County Captains (L 12-0)
Thing went as poorly as they could have for the Lugnuts on Saturday, being shut out by Lake County 12-0 and out-hit 19-4.
First baseman Juan Kelly, continuing to build on his strong start to 2016, was the only legitimate offensive threat for Lansing in this one, going 2-for-4 with a double to raise his batting average to .348.
Ryan Cook (0-2) got roughed up in the start, allowing six runs (four earned) on seven hits over 4.2 innings pitched. Dan Lietz and Evan Smith both ran into similar troubles coming out of the bullpen, allowing three earned runs apiece. It wasn’t a kind day to ERAs.
Tayler Saucedo (0-2, 3.55 ERA) will look to get the 8-6 Lugnuts back on track Sunday against the Captains in their series finale.