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Blue Jays Minor League Report - April 17

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Buffalo wins their fourth in a row as the rest of the organization lose on Friday

Andy Burns debuts in Buffalo with 4 hits.
Andy Burns debuts in Buffalo with 4 hits.
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BUF (5-3) - W 5-1 over Lehigh Valley
NH (5-4) - L 4-3 to New Britain
DUN (4-5) - L 4-0 to Brevard County
LAN (7-2) - L 5-4 in 11 innings against Great Lakes

Andy Burns had a fantastic debut in Buffalo, collecting 4 hits, including a double, while turning 2 double plays at 2B. Sean Ochinko also had a strong showing at the plate with a double and 2 singles. Chris Dickerson had a double and a walk. Chris Colabello added a single and Ezequiel Carrera had 2 walks. Two familiar faces played against Buffalo in this one. Darin Mastroianni went 2 for 5 with 3 strike outs, while Adam Loewen threw an inning of relief as he continues his return as a pitcher.

On the mound, Randy Wolf had a decent start, going 5 innings and allowing only 1 run. Wolf gave up 7 hits and 3 walks, striking out 3. Rob Rasmussen followed with 2 perfect innings of relief, striking out 1. Steve Delabar threw an inning, allowing 2 hits. 12 of Delabar's 17 pitches found the strike zone. Gregory Infante pitched the 9th and struck out 2.

Casey Lawrence had a rough first inning, but settled in after that. He ended up throwing 6 innings and allowing 4 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks. Lawrence struck out 2 and continued to get ground ball outs. Luis Perez & Blake McFarland both pitched perfect innings. Perez struck out 1 and McFarland struck out 2.

Every NH starter had a hit except Jon Berti. Kevin Nolan & Shane Optiz both had a single and a double. Ryan Schimpf and Jake Fox both added doubles. Dwight Smith & Matt Newman had a single and a walk each. A.J. Jimenez picked up a single in his first action of 2015. K.C. Hobson also had a single in the losing cause. The Cats went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position, leaving 9 LOBsters for the game.

Dunedin's offense was very quiet, getting shut out for the 2nd straight night. The D-Jays had 6 singles, 4 walks and struck out 5 times. David Harris was the only hitter with 2 hits. Emilio Guerrero, Dawel Lugo, Matt Dean and Derrick Loveless all had singles. Roemon Fields had a walk and stole 2 bases, getting caught once as well.

On the mound, Luis Santos was hit around again for the 2nd straight start. He went 4.2 innings, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits. 2 of the hits left the ball park, but both were solo shots. Santos walked 2 and struck out 4. Jimmy Cordero threw 1.1 innings allowing a hit and striking out 2. Brady Dragmire threw the last 2 innings, striking out 3.

Lansing needed extra time for the second straight night, as they have played 3 games worth of innings in the last 2 games. Chase Mallard started for the Lugs, throwing 6 solid innings. He allowed 5 hits and a walk, while striking out 2. Chase Wellbrock did not fare as well. Wellbrock went 3 innings, allowing 5 hits and a walk. He struck out 1 and got 4 ground ball outs. Mark Biggs was a little wild taking the loss with the always exciting walk-off hit batter.  Biggs allowed 3 hits, walked a batter, hit the last two batters of the game and struck out 2.

The offense started strong, getting out to a 4-0 lead. Danny Jansen hit a solo HR in the 4th, followed a few batters later by Dickie Joe Thon's 2nd HR of the year. Thon had 4 hits in the game. Richard Urena had 2 singles. Rowdy Tellez and Ryan McBroom both doubled. Tim Locastro also added a single. D.J. Davis had a walk and 3 strikeouts in 5 plate appearances.

Look Ahead

BUF - Looks to continue their win streak with Chad Jenkins taking on Lehigh Valley (PHI)
NH - Currently a TBD as they continue their series with New Britain (COL) Michael Lee takes the mound for NH
DUN - TBD as they play at Brevard County (MIL)
LAN - Conner Greene takes the ball as Lansing returns home to play Dayton (CIN)