Blue Jays MiLB Recap – Roberto Hernandez Dominates
Buffalo Bisons vs Syracuse Chiefs (Win 4-2)
Roberto Hernandez and the Bisons were able to pull out a win in a close game on Sunday. The Bisons got things going early on a solo home run by Domonic Brown. The homer to right field was his 5th of the season. The rest of the offense came in the 4th inning where the Herd scored three runs. It all started with a pair of walks and a pair of outs. The two-out rally kicked off on a single by Joe Mier. Mier promptly stole 2nd to put runners on second and third for Dalton Pompey. Pompey slapped a hard line drive into left field for a two-run double. This put the Bisons on top 4-2 and the pitching staff held that lead for the remainder.
Hernandez got the pitchers off to a hot start but the Bisons defence let him down in the top of the 4th. A pair of errors led to the only Chiefs runs. Hernandez looked great throughout the start, though. His final line was 5.2 innings, two hits, zero earned runs, zero walks, and six strikeouts. Colt Hynes came in for Hernandez after he threw 89 pitches. Hynes picked right up where Hernandez left off and struck out two in his inning of work. Dustin Antolin pitched the 9th and pick up the save, his first of the season
Pitching Grade – A+
Offensive Grade – B
Line of the Game – Roberto Hernandez 5.2 IP with 0 earned runs, 2 hits, 0 walks, 6 strike outs
Buffalo Bisons @ Durham Bulls (Arnold Leon vs Justin Marks)
New Hampshire Fisher Cats @ Hartford Yard Goats (Loss 0-10)
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A rough game on all accounts led to a loss for the Fisher Cats Sunday. The Yard Goats one-hit the Cats and crushed their pitchers as well. The Goats were at the top of their game both on the mound and in the batters box. They got to Casey Lawrence quickly and knocked him out of the game in just three innings. Lawrence was saddled with nine hits and six earned runs. Those earned runs included a two-run homer to Dillon Thomas.
Daniel Schlereth was the first out of the ‘pen and did not fare much better. He allowed only one hit but he walked three batters to allow two earned runs in his inning of work. Bo Shultz came on and got two-thirds of an inning in and allowed another two runs as he was also unable to stop the bleeding. Chris Smith and Danny Barnes would finally pour water on the fire but it was already 10-0 by that point.
The Cats offense was absent Sunday as Goats starting pitcher German Marquez stomped all over them. Marquez allowed just one hit through eight innings while striking out eight and only walking two. Wilkin Castillo was the only cat batter to touch Marquez with a single.
Pitching Grade – F
Offensive Grade – D-
Line of the Game – Chris Smith 2.1 IP with 0 earned runs, 1 hit, 0 walks, 2 strike outs
New Hampshire Fisher Cats vs Portland (Jason Berken vs Theodore Stankiewicz)
Dunedin Blue Jays vs Daytona Tortugas (Loss 3-6)
An decent offensive performance was not backed up by the pitchers Sunday as the D-Jays dropped yet another game. Kyle Westwood got the start and allowed four earned runs through six innings of work. He allowed five hits and walked three batters while striking out six. Westwood was followed by Matt Dermody who also struggled. Dermody allowed a pair of runs on three hits to put the Tortugas on top. The D-Jays pitchers locked it up over the last two innings to keep them in the game but the offence was unable to get the last few runs to tie the game up.
Derrick Loveless showed no love for Tortugas pitchers during this game on his way to a 3-for-5 day at the plate. He hit a pair of doubles and score a run. Jason Leblebijian had a multi-hit game and collected an RBI and a double. Ryan McBroom and Mike Reeves also had multi-hit games. D.J. Davis provided the power with a monster home run to centre field in the 4th. This was Davis’s first homer of the season. The D-Jays gathered 12 hits but did not have enough timely hitting to score more runs. This is shown by their 2-for-9 performance with runners in scoring position.
Pitching Grade – C
Offensive Grade – C+
Line of the Game – Derrick Loveless 3-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored
Dunedin Blue Jays vs Clearwater Threshers (TBD vs Tyler Viza)
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