Scores and analysis for Toronto Blue Jays games played on Thursday, May 26th
Buffalo Bisons (25-22) – 13
Columbus Clippers (26-20) – 10
Pitching and defence took a seat during the slugfest that ensued Thursday. The Bisons offence mashed their way to a 13-10 win as every hitter recorded at least one hit. Seven of the hitters even recorded multi-hit games. The fact that only two hitters did not record an RBI during the game should attest to the dominance of the lineup.
Matt Dominguez was one of the two to not record an RBI but he contributed with a 2-for-4 game and scored three times. Jesus Montero also scored three times but he also supplied some power as he hit his 7th home run of the season. Junior Lake also hit a home run during the game. The two-run shot in the 4th inning was his 5th bomb of the year. He also scored twice and raked in three RBIs. A.J. Jimenez continues to swing a hot bat as he went 2-for-5 with a run scored, a double, and two RBI. Dalton Pompey collected a pair of hits, a stolen base, and two RBI as well.
If you love offence this would have been the game for you. The scoring was consistent through out the game as both team pitching staffs struggled with opposing hitters. Drew Hutchison got the start for the Herd and allowed four runs in 5.2 innings. He struggled with his control as he walked 5 and allowed a pair of home runs. Chad Jenkins was the first out of the pen and had a really rough inning of work. He allowed six runs ( five earned) as he mopped up the 6th and started the 7th. Pat McCoy and Ben Rowen held the lead and closed out the game. Rowen recorded his first save of the season.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (20-25) – 1
Trenton Thunder (26-19) – 2
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A low-scoring affair Thursday eventually led to a Thunder walk off win. Luis Santos dominated the Thunder through six innings of work as the Cats grabbed an early 1-0 lead. Santos allowed six hits over six innings but shut down the Thunder to the tune of eight strikeouts. Santos did not allow a run during his performance. The lead remained intact until the 9th when Wil Browning allowed four hits that eventually added up to a two-run inning and a walk off win for the Thunder.
Matt Dean collected the lone RBI as he drove in Jon Berti. Matt Dean went 2-for-4 with an RBI single. Dwight Smith Jr. also collected a multi-hit game which included a double. This is his 7th multi-hit game in his past 8 games. He is batting .450 with four home runs and 10 RBI in his last 10 games as he has becoming smoking hot.
Dunedin Blue Jays (21-27) – 8
Lakeland Flying Tigers (26-21) – 3
The D-Jays jumped out to an early lead in this one as they scored six runs in the first two innings. The D-Jays knocked Endrys Briceno out of the game after he surrendered the 6th run after recording just five outs in the game.
Derrick Loveless raked in three hits which included a double out of the leadoff spot. He also scored three times during the game. He was followed by Richard Urena and Jason Leblebijian who both went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Leblebijian also added an RBI to his stat line. Jonathan Davis enjoyed the base runners as he went 2-for-3 with three RBIs during the game. Anthony Alford also collected a pair of RBIs as the 1-to-5 hitters supplied the offence.
Chris Rowley pitched a solid 7.1 innings for the D-Jays. He allowed two runs on only five hits and two walks while striking out six. Alonzo Gonzalez followed in Rowley’s footsteps and allowed only a run over the remaining innings.
Lansing Lugnuts (24-21) – 3
Fort Wayne TinCaps (24-23) – 5
A late surge from the TinCaps sealed the loss for the Lugnuts in this one. After jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first four innings the Lugnuts lost the swing of things. Starter Sean Reid-Foley was electric through his seven innings of work. He allowed just one run on six hits and a walk while striking out seven. The TinCaps then slowly bled out the bullpen and struck hard in the 9th. Dusty Isaacs allowed three runs on two home runs in the 9th to take the loss.
Gunnar Heidt hit his 3rd home run of the season, a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the 1st. Max Pentecost collected a multi-hit game and still owns a .324 batting average as he gets into the swing of things after returning from his injury.