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Baby Bird Brief - May 15

The Baby Jays followed up a perfect Thursday with a winless Friday, as the affiliates go 0-4. Ryan Schmipf had 2 HR's for Buffalo and J.D. Davis debuted in Dunedin to see if he can continue his hot start.

Ryan Schimpf picked up 2 solo HR's for Buffalo, so here's a picture from when he was at LSU and teammates with Sean Ochinko
Ryan Schimpf picked up 2 solo HR's for Buffalo, so here's a picture from when he was at LSU and teammates with Sean Ochinko
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BUF (18-17) - L 4-3
NH (17-18) - L 9-8
DUN (15-20) - L 6-0
LAN (19-16) - L 11-4

Buffalo Recap
The bullpen was the culprit as Buffalo allowed the tying- and winning runs in the 8th inning in a 4-3 loss to Toledo. A 2-run HR was the difference in this one. Buffalo was able to score 3 runs on 5 hits and a walk. The Herd also picked up 6 strike outs against one-time Jay Thad Weber. Toledo had 10 hits and 6 walks in this one, while striking out 3 times.

  • Randy Wolf started and allowed a run on 4 hits and 3 walks in 5 innings. It wasn't Randy's best start, but he left the Herd in good shape. Wolf had 6 ground outs to 2 fly ball outs
  • Chad Jenkins followed and gave up a run on 3 hits and a walk over 2 innings. Jenkins put up a 5:1 ground out to fly out ratio
  • Colt Hynes had a rough outing, giving up a walk and the 2-run HR in 0.1 innings
  • Bobby Korecky pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up 2 hits and a walk. Korecky also had a strike out

  • Ryan Schmipf provided the bulk of the Buffalo offense with 2 solo HR's. That gives Schmipf his first HR and RBI's with Buffalo this year, and makes him the Baby Jay leader with 7 dingers
  • Matt Hague had a single
  • Chris Dickerson had a single and an RBI-ground out. He also picked up a stolen base
  • Brad Glenn picked up a walk and a K
  • Dalton Pompey went 0-4 with a ground out, a fly out, a line out and a pop out
  • Andy Burns went 0-for as well, with 2 K's, although he reached on one and scored a run

New Hampshire Recap
New Hampshire started good with 3 in the top of the first and then allowed Binghamton to pull ahead with 2 big innings. The Fisher Cats then put up runs in the 7th & 8th to tie the game, and then take the lead in the top of 9, before allowing Binghamton to score 2 and walk off the game in the bottom half. New Hampshire had 13 hits and 2 walks on the night. Binghamton also had 13 hits and 2 walks.

  • Joel Pineiro started and didn't look sharp. He allowed 6 runs on 7 hits, a walk and 2 hit batters over 4.2 innings. He also struck out 2
  • Austin Bibens-Dirkx followed and allowed a home run to the first batter he faced, but settled in after. He went 3 innings, allowing a run on 3 hits and 2 strike outs
  • Scott Barnes struck out the only batter he faced
  • Blake McFarland had his roughest outing of the year. He allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, a walk and a balk. He got a strike out and a fly out, which the winning run scored on.

  • Kevin Nolan continued to swing a hot bat, as he picked up 3 hits including a double. He also scored a run and struck out once
  • Dwight Smith had 2 hits in the game, but was strangely pinch-hit for in the 8th inning rally
  • Jack Murphy had 2 hits and drove in 2 runs
  • Pierce Rankin came on as a pinch hitter in the 8th and struck out for Ian Parmley, but then made up for it with a HR in the 9th to put New Hampshire ahead
  • Jon Berti & Andy Fermin both added doubles and a K each. Berti also walked twice
  • Ian Parmley & Jorge Flores both had singles
  • K.C. Hobson had a pinch hit single in the 8th

Dunedin Recap
Dunedin lost another game where they weren't able to find any offense, as they lost to Lakeland 6-0. The game was tight to the 7th inning, when Lakeland picked up 4 unearned runs to open the game up, although my understanding of scoring looks like they all should have been earned. Dunedin had 6 hits and 2 walks on the night, while striking out 6 times. Lakeland pounded out 14 hits and added a walk. Lakeland struck out 4 times.  Dunedin never really challenged to score in this one

  • Jeremy Gabryszwski started and allowed 2 runs over 5 innings. He gave up 8 hits and a walk, while striking out 2. Scrabble III got 6 ground outs against 2 fly outs
  • Matt Dermody allowed 4 runs over 1.1 innings. He allowed 4 hits and struck out 1, but was hurt by a Matt Dean dropped catch error
  • Alberto Tirado came in and pitched 1.2 scoreless on 2 hits. Tirado did strike out a batter, but he also allowed 2 of his 3 inherited runners to score

  • J.D. Davis made his Dunedin debut and picked up a hit. It will be interesting to see how he transitions to a level closer to his age
  • Dickie Joe Thon had a single, a walk and a K
  • Matt Dean had a single, a walk and a K
  • Mitch Nay had a single
  • Dawel Lugo had a hit
  • Roemon Fields had a hit
  • L.B. Dantzler went 0-4 with 2 K's ending his hitting streak at 10 games, the last 5 he had multiple hits in

Lansing Recap
Lansing fell behind early and was never able to bounce back. Down 5 after 3 innings, Lansing scored 2 runs to make it closer, but that was as close as it got as they lost 11-4 to West Michigan. Lansing picked up 7 hits and 3 walks on the night. The Lugs also struck out 8 times. West Michigan had 13 hits and 3 walks in this one, to go with 3 strike outs.

  • Sean Reid-Foley started and got roughed up a little. He allowed 5 runs (4 earned) over 3 innings. He allowed 2 walks and had 2 wild pitches, but over his 67 pitches he threw 43 strikes. SRF also picked a guy off 1st
  • Chase Mallard wasn't much better as he allowed 6 runs over 4 innings. He gave up 7 hits and 2 walks. Mallard also struck out 2
  • Carlos Ramirez had a scoreless inning giving up a hit and striking out 1

  • Ryan McBroom had a 2-run HR, his 2nd of the year. He also struck out once
  • Gunnar Heidt had a triple and drove in a run
  • Rowdy Tellez had a double and 3 K's
  • D.J. Davis had a double and struck out once
  • Tim Locastro, Richard Urena & Boomer Collins all had a hit. Collins also picked up a stolen base
  • Anthony Alford went 0-2 but had 2 walks and was hit by a pitch

Look Ahead
- Buffalo takes on Toledo (DET). Andrew Albers gets the start
NH - New Hampshire takes on Binghamton (NYM) in a matinee. The starter is TBD John Anderson
DUN - Dunedin plays Lakeland (DET). The starter is TBD Murphy Smith takes the ball
LAN - Lansing continues West Michigan (DET). Chase De Jong gets the start and looks to bounce back from two poor starts