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Blue Jays Minor League Report - April 16

Lansing wins a marathon while Buffalo wins again.

Colabello hits first HR for Buffalo
Colabello hits first HR for Buffalo
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BUF (4-3) - W 5-1
NH (5-3) - L 8-5
DUN (4-4) - L 6-0
LAN (7-1) - W 4-2 in 16 innings

In Buffalo, the Herd got a 3-run HR from Matt Hague and a 2-run HR from Chris Colabello and a strong start from Scott Copeland in their win over Lehigh Valley. Copeland went 7 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 3 and got 16 ground ball outs. Preston Guilmet threw the last two innings, allowing 2 hits.

Colabello had 3 hits, including his first HR of the season. Hague had a single to go with his first HR of 2015 and a walk. BBB favourite Munenori Kawasaki had 2 doubles. Ezequiel Carrera also had 2 hits in the game. Caleb Gindl, Josh Thole and Jon Diaz all had singles. The Herd had 12 hits and 3 walks on the day.

New Hampshire had 13 hits in a losing effort. Dwight Smith had 2 hits, including his 1st HR of the year. He also added an outfield assist. Jake Fox had a double and 2 singles. Shane Optiz had a 2-hit game as well, including a double. Kevin Nolan had 2 singles and a walk. Jack Murphy added 2 singles. K.C. Hobson had a double and a walk. Matt Newman also had a hit. Ryan Schmipf & Jorge Flores were the only starters without hits, and both had 2 K's.

Taylor Cole started but didn't get out of the 3rd. He allowed 4 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. He gave up a homerun as well. Cole recorded 6 K's. Matt West went 2.1 scoreless innings. He allowed 1 hit and 1 walk, striking out 4. Cory Burns was not great, allowing 3 runs in 1.2 innings. He gave up 5 hits and struck out 1. Danny Barnes threw 1.1 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits and a walk. He struck out 2.

Dunedin didn't get much offense on Thursday. The D-Jays got a double from Andy Fermin and singles from Roemon Fields and Mitch Nay. Derrick Loveless added a walk, and that was all the baserunners for the day. Fermin and Matt Dean were the only ones without a strike out as well.

Jayson Aquino allowed 3 runs over his 5 innings. He allowed 8 hits, striking out 2. He had 4 ground outs and 5 fly outs. Alberto Tirado followed with 2 innings. Tirado allowed a home run on 3 hits. The positive was that he did not walk a batter. Scott Silverstein threw 2 innings as well. He gave up 2 runs on 3 hits, striking out 2.

Lansing got matching solid 5 innings performances from Starlyn Suriel and Shane Dawson in a marathon game that lasted 16 innings. Suriel allowed 1 run on 4 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 3. Dawson allowed a run on 2 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 6. He also got 5 ground ball outs. Colton Turner went 2 innings of shut out ball, but he allowed 2 hits and 4 walks. Turner struck out 3. Andrew Case then threw 4 scoreless innings as well. He allowed 3 hits and struck out 2.

The Lugs got 11 hits, but only the 4 runs. Rowdy Tellez had the big game with the winning HR in the 16th. He also had a single. Dickie Joe Thon had 3 hits, including a triple and a walk. Ryan McBroom and D.J. Davis each had 2 hits. Davis had a double and added 2 walks. He also had a stolen base, but was picked off to balance it out. Tim Locastro and Justin Atkinson also had singles. Michael De La Cruz had 2 walks and 2 stolen bases. Thon, McBroom, Gunnar Heidt and Josh Almonte each had 3 K's, while Tellez and De La Cruz added 2 each. Almonte also had an outfield assist.

Look Ahead

BUF - Randy Wolf starts against Lehigh Valley (PHI)
NH - Casey Lawrence takes the hill at New Britain (COL)
DUN - Luis Santos throws against Brevard County (MIL)
LAN - Chase Mallard is up against Great Lakes (LA) after playing 16 innings yesterday.