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Baby Bird Brief - May 27

Only a 9th inning comeback was able to keep the Baby Jays from having a second straight winless night, as Lansing was able to come back and win on a Danny Jansen double, moving back in to a 1st place tie in their division. Buffalo & Dunedin struggled for offense, while New Hampshire scored 10 runs, but it wasn't enough.

Daniel Norris started for Buffalo and lost a tight 2-1 game
Daniel Norris started for Buffalo and lost a tight 2-1 game
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BUF (23-24) - L 2-1 to Indianapolis (PIT)
NH (22-24) - L 12-10 to Reading (PHI)
DUN (19-27) - L 3-2 to Jupiter (MIA)
LAN (27-20) - W 6-3 at Bowling Green (TB)

Buffalo Recap
Buffalo got a decent start, but couldn't find enough offense to beat Indianapolis in a 2-1 loss. Buffalo hit in to 3 double plays early in the game after having runners on quickly, and that was part of what cost them the game. Buffalo ended up with 5 hits and 4 walks, while striking out 7 times. Indianapolis finished with 9 hits and 5 walks and also struck out 7 times. Buffalo went 0-7 with runners in scoring position, although the pitchers did a good job of limiting Indianapolis to 2-14 in the same category

  • Daniel Norris started and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks over 6.1 innings. Norris recorded 4 strike outs to go with 9 ground outs against 3 fly ball outs. Norris threw 94 pitches, 61 were strikes
  • Gregory Infante followed with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. He didn't allow a base runner and struck out 2
  • Bo Schultz pitched an eventful, scoreless inning, giving up 2 hits and walking a batter intentionally. Schultz recorded a strike out and got a double play with the bases loaded

  • Luke Scott had 2 hits in this one
  • Munenori Kawasaki had a double and scored the Herd run. He also struck out twice
  • Dioner Navarro went 0-1 with 2 walks and a sac fly
  • Chris Dickerson & Sean Ochinko both added a hit. Dickerson also picked up his 8th stolen base

New Hampshire Recap
New Hampshire decided that they wanted to play a high scoring affair with Reading, as the teams scored early and often in a 12-10 Reading win. New Hampshire scored more early, but Reading kept adding runs as they scored in 5 straight innings, including 3 3-run at bats. New Hampshire had 14 hits and 2 walks on the night, striking out 8 times. The Fisher Cats also made 3 errors which led to 2 unearned runs. Reading pounded out 21 hits and walked 4 times. They also struck out 5 times on the night. Reading also made 3 errors, which also led to 2 unearned runs. As you can imagine, it wasn't a pretty game from a game score perspective, as the two starters combined for an 11

  • John Anderson started and allowed 7 runs (6 earned) on 11 hits and 3 walks in 3 innings. Anderson gave up a 3-run HR, but was able to get 5 ground outs and a double play
  • Dustin Antolin followed with 2 innings of relief. He allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits
  • Greg Burke threw 2 scoreless innings, allowing a walk and striking out 4
  • Danny Barnes threw 2 innings, allowing a run on 4 hits and striking out 1

  • Dwight Smith picked up 3 hits in the game and scored 2 runs. Smith also got an assist on a double play at 1st base
  • Shane Optiz continued his little hot run with 2 doubles. Optiz also struck out 3 times
  • Jorge Flores had 2 hits
  • Kevin Nolan picked up 2 hits and was hit by a pitch
  • Ian Parmley hit a 3-run HR, his first professional HR in over 700 at-bats
  • Jack Murphy picked up a double
  • Daric Barton, K.C. Hobson & Matt Newman each had singles. Barton also walked. Newman picked up an outfield assist on a double play at 2nd

Dunedin Recap
Dunedin was able to keep the game close again with Jupiter, but wasn't able to find enough offense to win the game, as they fell 3-2. Both teams had 7 hits on the night. Dunedin took 3 walks and struck out 5 times, while Jupiter walked 5 times and struck out 3 times. The difference was 2 Dunedin errors which led to 2 unearned runs.

  • Murphy Smith started and allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits and 3 walks in 6 innings. Smith recorded 2 strike outs and got 8 ground outs to 2 fly ball outs
  • Alberto Tirado followed with 2 scoreless innings. He didn't allow a hit, but walked 2 and struck out 1

  • Roemon Fields had a double and scored a run
  • Mike Reeves doubled and walked. Reeves also struck out once and made a throwing error in the 1st which led to a run
  • Dawel Lugo, Mitch Nay, Derrick Loveless, Boomer Collins & Dickie Joe Thon all had a hit. Thon added a walk
  • Alex Hassan was 0-2 but took a walk and was hit by a pitch
  • Matt Dean went hitless and struck out twice

Lansing Recap
The lone bright spot for the Baby Jays, and it wasn't looking good. Lansing was able to score 4 runs in the top of 9 to come back and beat Bowling Green 6-3. Until the 9th inning, it looked like it was going to be 2 straight winless nights. Bowling Green got out early, scoring 2 in the 1st. Lansing chipped away and tied the game in the 6th, before Bowling Green went ahead in the 8th. Lansing got a bases-loaded double to erase the lead and was able to add one more before shutting things down. Lansing had 10 hits and 3 walks on the night. They struck out 5 times. Bowling Green picked up 6 hits and 5 walks, while striking out 6 times. Both runs Lansing allowed in the 1st were unearned, as they made 2 errors on the night

  • Jesus Tinoco started and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks in 6 innings. Tinoco picked up 6 strikeouts in a solid start, as he didn't allow a hit after the 1st. Tinoco did add 2 wild pitches. Tinoco had 9 ground outs and only 1 fly ball out
  • Mark Biggs got the win on 3 innings of relief. He allowed a run on 3 hits. Biggs recorded 8 ground outs including a double play

  • Danny Jansen had the big hit in the 9th as he doubled in 3.
  • Josh Almonte picked up 2 doubles, including one in the 9th to drive in Jansen
  • Rowdy Tellez, D.J. Davis & Tim Locastro all had 2 hits in this one. Locastro picked up his 21st stolen base of the year, and made 2 errors in the field
  • Anthony Alford had a hit and took a walk. He was also picked off 1st
  • Ryan McBroom had 2 walks and a strike out

Look Ahead
- Buffalo has a day off
NH - New Hampshire takes on Reading (PHI) again, looking to get back in the win column with Matt Boyd on the mound.
DUN - Dunedin continues at Jupiter (MIA) as Jairo Labourt takes the hill
LAN - Lansing takes on Bowling Green (TB) tied in the standings. Shane Dawson gets the ball