Scores and analysis for Toronto Blue Jays games played on Friday, May 27th
Buffalo Bisons (25-23) – 0
Toledo Mud Hens (21-25) -8
After an explosion of offence the day prior the Bisons’ bats fell silent Friday. Scott Diamond battled through five innings of work but allowed five earned runs which included a home run. Tyler Collins hit a solo homer in the the 2nd inning of Diamond to open up the scoring. Diamond barely escaped the 5th as he allowed three runs during the inning. Pat McCoy came on in relief and had issues right from the start. He allowed three run during the 6th on three hits an a walk. He also allowed a two-run homer to John Hicks.
On offence the Herd was only able to amass six hits and a pair of walks. Former Blue Jay Daniel Norris marched right through his old team en route to the win. Norris turned in his best start of the season with six innings pitched, four hits, a walk, and eight strike outs. Aaron Loup pitched a scoreless 2/3 of an inning was one of the few bright spots for the Bisons in this one. They also turned a triple play in the 4th inning. Their first since June of last season.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (20-26) – 8
Reading Fightin Phils (33-15) – 9
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An extended-inning slugfest finished in a loss for the Cats on Friday. Both teams beat up the opposing starting pitchers in the first inning as each pitcher allowed four earned runs. Jeremy Gabryszwski settled down after the first and finished with a decent start if you ignore the 1st inning. His final line read seven innings with seven hits, four earned runs, one walk, and three strikeouts. The bullpen allow the remaining five runs as the game went into extra innings. Brady Dragmire and the defence allowed the winning run to score in the top of the 13th inning.
On offence the Cat attack was clicking. Four Cats hitters had multi hit games and collected the majority of RBIs. Roemon Fields collected a pair of singles with a stolen base. He also scored a run and an RBI. Christian Lopes did most of the damage on a three-run homer in the 6th. Lopes would collect a 4th RBI during the game also in a 2-4 performance. Ryan Lavarnway made his debut with the Cats and went 2-5 with a run scored and a pair of RBIs.
Dunedin Blue Jays (22-27) – 13
Daytona Tortugas (21-28) – 1
The D-Jays got to Tortuga starter Seth Varner right off the bat in this one. The offence unloaded on him in the first inning which set the trend for the remainder of the game. Varner settled down and pitched five innings but once he exited the offence surged again for eight runs through the final three at bats by the D-Jays.
The D-Jays supplied plenty of power during this one as they collected extra base hits. They finished the game with seven doubles, a triple, and a home run among their 16 hits. The only D-Jay without an RBI was Jonathan Davis and he still managed to score twice. The main thunder was supplied by the 4,5,6, hitters. Ryan McBroom went 3-5 with a double and a 2 run homer en-route to a 3 RBI game. Anthony Alford followed him with a 2-5 game with a run scored and 2 RBIs. Derrick Loveless batted 6th and also had 3 RBIs during a 3-5 game while scoring 2 time and being just a home run short of the cycle.
With offence plentiful during this one it could be easy to overlook the gem tossed by Francisco Rios. Rios threw a complete game and allowed only one earned run in the 7th inning. Rios only allowed seven hits and a walk as he was on top of his game Friday. He also struck out three batters.
Lansing Lugnuts (24-22) – 2
South Bend Cubs (29-17) – 4
The Lugnuts were held to just five hits, with a Ryan Hissey home run leading the offence. Max Pentecost was 1-for-4 with a single and three strikeouts.
Tayler Saucedo pitched five innings in the start, allowing two earned runs on seven hits but managing just one strikeout. Ryan Cook took the loss in relief, allowing two earned runs of his own in three innings.