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Blue Jays MiLB Recap: Herd loses 14-inning bout

Craig Borden
Mar 2, 2016; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Domonic Brown (81) bats in the third inning of the spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Florida Auto Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 2, 2016; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Domonic Brown (81) bats in the third inning of the spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Florida Auto Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
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Buffalo Bisons vs Rochester Red Wings (Loss 7-8)

A 4-4 tie to a slugfest in the 14th inning between Buffalo and Rochester.  Each team went toe to toe throughout, but in the 14th inning the Herd fell to the mat and couldn’t get back into the game.  The Bisons showed plenty of heart in this game and just let it slip through their fingers.

Wade LeBlanc pitched well through six innings of work and held the Wings to two runs. This gave the Herd a chance to get ahead in the early going.  LeBlanc allowed eight hits while walking one and striking out six during his outing.  Chad Jenkins and Chad Girodo shut down the Wings for another 1.2 innings.  David Aardsma came on for the save and allowed the Wings to tie the game at four.  Bobby Korecky pitched spectacularly through 3.2 innings and did not allow a hit while striking out five.

Ben Rowen had a great start to his outing, but in the 14th, lost control of the game.  He was saddled with four hits, four earned runs and a walk before his outing was over.

Pitching Grade:  B-

The offense made a valiant effort to come back in this one but came up just short.  In the 2nd inning Alexi Casilla opened up the scoring with a solo homer run.  The Bisons broke later out for three runs in the 7th.

Dalton Pompey hit an RBI single to start off the scoring in the inning.  A wild pitch scored Jio Mier with Domonic Brown at the plate for the second run.  Then Brown laced a single to score the third.  This put the Herd up 4-2 for the time being.  After the Wings tied the game in the 9th and eventually took the lead in the 14th the Bisons mounted a rally.  After the Wings scored 4 in the top of the inning the Herd were able to scrape three runs together but came up just short.

Domonic Brown had another RBI single in the 14th which was followed by a two-run homer by Jesus Montero.  The Bison offense collected 13 hits through the game but left 10 runners in scoring position.  The top of the Bison order raked in 8 of the 13 hits Tuesday.

Offensive Grade:  B

Line of the game – Bobby Korecky 3.2 innings of releif with 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, and 5 strikeouts

Up Next
Buffalo Bisons vs Rochester Red Wings (Roberto Hernandez vs Jason Wheeler)

New Hampshire Fisher Cats @ Trenton Thunder (Loss 0-4)

The Fisher Cats were on the wrong side of a historic pitching performance by the Trenton Thunder.  This just adds to the storm that the Cats have been living in lately as they are now 3-7 in their past 10 games.

John Anderson got the start for the Cats and was matched up against Ronald Herrera.  Anderson struggled where Herrera flourished for the Thunder.  Anderson made it through four innings of work and allow four runs while walking three and striking out three.  On the other side, Herrera was dealing and only allowew two walks through his eight innings of work.  Herrera handed off his no-hitter to Jonathan Holder in the 9th an he would shut down the Cats offence for the evening to complete the combined no-no.

The Cats bullpen came up big and kept them in the ball game.  Brady Dragmire and Chris Smith each pitched four innings and allowed one hit and a walk each.  They also combined for an impressive seven strikeouts.  The ‘pen gave the team a shot but the offence was non-existent Tuesday for the Fisher Cats and only had two base runners on a pair of walks.

Pitching Grade:  B-
Offensive Grade:  F

Line of the game – Have to award this to Ronald Herrera of the Thunder:  8 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts

Up Next
New Hampshire Fisher Cats @ Trenton Thunder (Casey Lawrence vs Dietrich Enns)

Next: A look at the single-A levels in Dunedin and Lansing

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