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Baby Bird Brief - May 14

The Baby Jays sweep the day with all 4 affiliates winning. Brad Glenn & Melky Mesa homered for Buffalo, Shane Optiz went long for New Hampshire, Justin Shafer bounced back for Dunedin and Starlyn Suriel had a good outing for Lansing

Melky Mesa hits his 1st HR with Buffalo as Baby Jays go 4-0
Melky Mesa hits his 1st HR with Buffalo as Baby Jays go 4-0
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BUF (18-16) - W 6-4
NH (17-17) - W 4-3
DUN (15-19) - W 6-3
LAN (19-15) - W 8-6

Buffalo Recap
Buffalo got runs in 3 of the first 4 innings and were able to put Toledo away at Coca-Cola Field. The Herd held Toledo to 5 hits and 3 walks on the night, while striking out 7 Mud Hen hitters. Buffalo picked up 11 hits, including 2 home runs, and 3 walks. Buffalo also struck out 8 times. Toledo scored all 4 of their runs in the 4th inning on 3 hits and 2 walks, but Buffalo shut them down aside from that inning.

  • Scott Copeland started and allowed 4 runs over 6 innings. He gave up 5 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 4. Copeland continued to get ground balls as he had 7 ground outs and 3 fly outs
  • Gregory Infante threw 2 scoreless innings. Infante allowed a walk and struck out 2
  • Bo Schultz threw the 9th inning and picked up a K

  • Brad Glenn had a good game with 2 hits, including a 2-run HR, his 1st of the year, in the 1st inning. He also picked up a walk. Glenn was also caught stealing and made an error in the field
  • Melky Mesa had a double and a solo home run, his 1st of the year. Mesa also struck out twice
  • A.J. Jimenez had a 2 hit game, picking up a double. He also had a K
  • Dalton Pompey had 2 hits in the game, as well as 2 strike outs. Pompey did pick up his 4th stolen base of the year
  • Andy Burns had a hit and drove in 2 runs
  • Chris Dickerson had a hit, a walk and a K
  • Caleb Gindl had a single
  • Matt Hague went 0-3 with a walk snapping his hit streak

New Hampshire Recap
The Fisher Cats got off to a quick start and then held on for a 4-3 win. Binghamton cut the lead to 1 in the bottom of 8 and had runners on 2nd & 3rd with 1 out, but New Hampshire was able to get out of it. New Hampshire scored 4 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks, while striking out 7 times. Binghamton picked up 10 hits and 3 walks. The Mets also struck out 7 times in the game.  Former Jay David Cooper made his 2015 debut after being signed earlier in the day. He went 0-3 with a walk.

  • Taylor Cole started and went 5.1 innings. Cole allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 3 batters and had a 2-to-1 ground out to fly out ratio
  • Danny Barnes threw 1.2 innings. He gave up 2 hits and struck out 3
  • Greg Burke allowed a run in the 8th on a hit and a walk. Burke also picked up a K
  • Luis Perez pitched the 9th to pick up his first save. He allowed a hit but got a double play to end the game

  • Shane Optiz had the big hit, a 2-run HR in the 2nd. He also added a walk and a K
  • Andy Fermin had a double and a walk
  • Jon Berti picked up a hit and scored a run
  • Kevin Nolan had a hit and a walk
  • Matt Newman struck out 3 times

Dunedin Recap
Dunedin scored 6 times in the first 2 innings and then kept Fort Myers at bay in a 6-3 win. Dunedin picked up 14 hits and 4 walks, while striking out 7 times. The D-Jays went 4-14 with runners in scoring position and left 10 LOBsters. Fort Myers had 11 hits, including a HR, and 4 walks. Dunedin struck out 6 batters. Fort Myers went 3-13 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base.

  • Justin Shafer bounced back with 5 shut out innings. He allowed 5 hits and a walk, while striking out 3. He got 6 ground outs to 3 fly outs
  • Alonzo Gonzalez allowed a run on 2 hits and 3 walks in 1.1 innings. He did get 1 K
  • Michael Kraft made his 2015 debut and allowed 2 runs in the 9th on a single and a homerun. He went 2 innings and struck out 2
  • Wil Browning threw the last 0.2 to close it out

  • Dickie Joe Thon had his best game since moving up to Dunedin. He went 3-5 with a triple and scored 2 runs
  • Matt Dean had 3 hits in this game as well, picking up a double and scoring a run. He also had a K
  • L.B. Dantzler had another 2 hit game, adding a double
  • Roemon Fields had 2 hits and a walk in this one. He also added his 14th stolen base
  • Dawel Lugo had 2 hits and a walk in the game
  • Jason Leblebijian & Jorge Saez added singles
  • Derrick Loveless & David Harris were the only D-Jays without a hit, but both had a walk and 2 K's

Lansing Recap
For the second straight day, the Lansing-South Bend game started with lots of offense and then turned in to a battle of attrition. Lansing picked up 3 in the top of the 1st, only to have South Bend come back with 4 in the bottom half. Lansing then scored 3 more in the 2nd and held on for the 8-6 victory. Lansing had 11 hits and 3 walks. The Lugs struck out 9 times. South Bend outhit the Lugnuts with 13 hits. The Cubs had 1 walk and 2 K's on the day. Lansing used 5 stolen bases to help the cause.

  • Conner Greene started and struggled. He allowed 5 hits and a walk in an inning of work, being charged with 4 runs. Greene picked up 1 K
  • Starlyn Suriel followed with 6.1 innings of strong relief. Suriel allowed an unearned run on 1 hit and 1 walk. He did not record a strike out, but did record 12 fly outs against 4 ground outs
  • Jose Fernandez allowed a run in 0.2 innings. He allowed 3 hits and struck out 1
  • Phil Kish came in in the 9th to relieve Fernandez after he had gotten in to a jam. Kish allowed 2 hits but shut the door on 3 fly balls

  • J.D. Davis had a strong game, picking up 3 hits, including a 2-out, 2-run HR in the 2nd. Davis also had a walk, struck out once and scored 4 runs. Davis also picked up 3 stolen bases, giving him 6 on the year
  • Ryan McBroom had 3 hits in this one, including a double. McBroom also picked up a walk
  • Boomer Collins had 2 singles and a K
  • Tim Locastro had a double and struck out. Locastro also picked up 2 stolen bases, putting him at 13
  • Rowdy Tellez had a hit and a walk. Tellez also struck out twice
  • D.J. Davis had a single and struck out for the first time in 3 games
  • Michael De La Cruz had 2 K's

Look Ahead
- Buffalo continues their series with Toledo (DET). Randy Wolf starts
NH - New Hampshire takes on Binghamton (NYM) again. John Anderson takes the mound
DUN - Dunedin travels to Lakeland (DET) to take on the Flying Tigers. Justin Shafer is listed as the starter, but since it's not the 1920's, we will call it a TBD
LAN - Lansing heads to West Michigan (DET) to start a series. Sean Reid-Foley gets the start