Baby Bird Brief – April 12
Solid 5-1 day for Jays system
BUF (1-2) – W 2-0
NH ( 3-1) – L 3-0 & W 4-0
DUN (2-2) – W 6-5
LAN (3-1) – W 4-3 in 10
Randy Wolf and 4 relievers combined to shut out Rochester. Wolf went 5 innings, giving up 5 hits and 3 walks to go with 4 K’s. Preston Guilmet pitched 2 strong innings with 3 strikeouts, giving up only a hit. Scott Barnes faced a batter and came out, no word on that. Gregory Infante pitched a perfect inning with 1 K and Bobby Korecky shut the door, striking out 2 and giving up 2 hits.
Not much on the offense. Spring Training star Caleb Gindl had a triple and a walk. Chris Dickerson had 2 hits and 2 walks. Not much else to write home about. Herd had 6 walks and struck out 6 times. As a team, Buffalo is only hitting .176 for the year.
Game one New Hampshire only put up 3 hits in the loss. They also committed 4 errors in the loss. Casey Lawrence was solid through 6, but gave up 2 in the 7th. Final line was 6.1 pitched, 8 hits, 2 walks and 5 K’s. He also got 12 ground outs. Blake McFarland pitched the last 0.2 with a K. Offensively, K.C. Hobson, Kevin Nolan and Matt Newman each had singles, and that was all the Cats could muster.
In the night cap, Dustin Antolin, Greg Burke and Danny Barnes combined for the shut out. Antonlin made his first professional start and went 2.2 with 3 walks, 3 K’s and one hit. Burke threw 2.1 and gave up 4 hits and a walk to go with 3 K’s. Danny Barnes went the last 2 innings perfectly, striking out 2. Offense was a little better in game 2. Matt Newman hit his first HR of the season among his two hits. K.C. Hobson also had a double. Only 2 strikeouts in this one for the FIsherCats
In Dunedin, the game went back and forth all day. On Offense, David Harris had the best day with 2 hits including a solo home run in the 4th. Andy Fermin had 2 hits in his debut and Matt Dean had 2 hits and a SF for the day. Michael Saunders had a single and scored a run, but then left the game for precautionary reasons.
Luis Santos looked more hittable in the rotation than he did Thursday in relief. He struck out 3 in 4.2 innings, giving up 7 hits and walking 2. Tiago Da Silva went 2 innings, with 2 hits allowed and striking out 2. Chad Girodo gave up the lead in the 8th, as he gave up 2 hits in 1.1. Also had 2 strike outs. Wil Browning allowed a hit and a walk in the 9th, but shut the door on the victory.
Lansing needed a tying run in the 9th and scored again in the 10th to win against Fort Wayne. Chase Mallard made the start going 5 innings, allowing 8 hits while striking out 4. Colton Turner returned after missing 2014 with injury. He threw 3.1 with 2 hits allowed, 2 walks and struck out 3. Solid return for Turner getting 4 ground outs as well. Phil Kish went 1.2 perfect to get the win.
Baby Bird Performers of the Week
Offense – Matt Newman (NH) – went 7 for 13 with a 2B, 3B & HR. OPS was 1.571. Also had a walk and 2 K’s.
Honorable Mention – K.C. Hobson (NH) – went 6-14 with 2 2B & 2 HR. OPS of 1.467. Had a walk, an IBB and 2 K’s.
Pitching – Scott Copeland (BUF) – 7 IP, 3 K’s. Gave up one hit and one walk. Had 12 ground ball outs
Honorable Mention – Starlyn Suriel (LAN) – 5 IP. 8 K’s. Gave up one hit and one walk as well.
BUF – Chad Jenkins takes the mound against Pawtucket
NH – Starter TBD to welcome Reading to New Hampshire. Michael Lee is now listed as the starter
DUN – No starter listed yet against Bradenton tonight. Scott Silverstein is listed by MILB as a starter
LAN – Conner Greene makes his full season debut at Fort Wayne
Edit - Added starters for NH & DUN, at least according to MILB.