Scores and analysis for Toronto Blue Jays minor league games played on Friday, May 21th
Buffalo Bisons (21-21) – 6
Pawtucket Red Sox (20-22) – 5
A mid-game surge put the Herd on top going into the late innings of this one but a Red Sox push in the 8th and 9th innings tied the game up. Joe Mier walked off the Red Sox with a single in the bottom of the 9th to secure the win. In this one offence was key and the Herd poured it on. Six total runs on 13 hits while collecting 8 walks gave way to the offensive outburst. The Bisons were only held to six runs because Red Sox pitchers were able to work out of trouble and strand base runners. Buffalo was 4-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
Dalton Pompey collected walks and went 1-for-2 during the game with a run scored. Andy Burns and Jesus Montero provided much of the pop as they each collected a pair of RBIs. Junior Lake turned in a nice performance as he went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Drew Hutchison continued to impress as he turned in his 3rd straight start of allowing earned run or less. Hutch threw seven innings and allowed only two hits, two walks, and a run while striking out four.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (19-20) – 4
Hartford Yard Goats (25-15) – 5
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Usually on a night that you collect three home runs you have a great chance to win but somehow the Yard Goats were able to come out on top. Dwight Smith Jr. got the Cats going with a solo home run in the 2nd. Smith went 2-for-2 and walked twice. In the 5th inning the Cats were looking to show off some more power as Jorge Flores hit a bomb out of the 9th spot. A few batters later, Rowdy Tellez mashed a two-run homer for his team-leading 7th of the season. Tellez finished the game 3-for-5 and now has a hit in 8 of his past 10 games.
Dunedin Blue Jays (17-25) – 4
Bradenton Marauders (21-19) – 5
The D-Jays jumped off to an early 4-1 lead in this one but watched it slowly fade away as the game progressed. A pair of two-run homers in the first few innings put the D-Jays on top by the end of the 3rd. Jonathan Davis mashed his 6th homer of the season in the 2nd with a runner on. Davis has now homered in two straight games and is showing signs of breaking out of his slump. Ryan McBroom hit his 7th homer of the season in the 3rd. The two-run bomb was his 3rd homer in his past 10 games as he continues to swing a hot bat. He is batting .415 with three homers, seven runs scored, and seven RBIs in his past 10 games.
Conner Greene pitched well for five innings only to watch the defence and bullpen lose the lead. Greene allowed a run on three hits and four walks while striking out four in. Conor Fisk was saddled with the loss and was on the mound for four runs (2 earned).
Lansing Lugnuts (20-19)
Great Lakes Loons (18-21)
Game 1 Loss – Lugnuts 3 Loons 6
Ryan Borucki was given the loss in game one of the shortened-game double header. He pitched all six innings for the Lugnuts and allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits. The Lugnuts offence was supplied by a two-run home run from Josh Almonte in the 4th inning.
Game 2 Win – Lugnuts 3 Loons 1
Juan Kelly was a one-man wrecking crew and came up with all the big hits in game two of the double-header. Kelly collected all 3 RBIs during the game and went 2-for-3 with a triple. The timely hits were enough for the Lugnuts to win this one as the combined pitching efforts of Patrick Murphy, Ryan Cook, and Dusty Isaacs held the Loons to just five hits and the one run.