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Baby Bird Brief - June 16

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Lansing wins a big show down to go up a game for first in the Midwest. Buffalo splits two games 3-1 & 3-1. New Hampshire loses late. Dunedin can't find much offense in their loss and the DSL Jays lose a 1-run game. Anthony Alford has a big game for Lansing, while Jeff Hoffman threw 5 scoreless before running in to trouble in the 6th inning.

Anthony Alford has a big game for Lansing in their battle for 1st
Anthony Alford has a big game for Lansing in their battle for 1st
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Buffalo lost the opener, which was a continuation of Monday's game, 3-1. Buffalo was only able to find 5 hits in the first game, so they didn't have a lot of baserunners to work with. Buffalo did turn the unusual 1-4-2 double play, so that was interesting.

  • Felix Doubront started and allowed 2 runs in his 3 innings prior to the suspension of the game.
  • Andrew Albers allowed a run in 4.1 innings
  • Gregory Infante finished up with 0.2 scoreless
  • Steve Tolleson went 1-4 with an RBI and a strike out
  • Caleb Gindl, Andy Burns, Alex Hassan & Jonathan Diaz each had a hit

Buffalo found a little more offense in the second game, as they picked up 8 hits in a 3-1 win over Lehigh Valley.

  • Jeff Francis started and went 6 innings, allowing a run on 3 hits and striking out 5
  • Bobby Korecky threw a shutout inning
  • Matt Hague had 3 hits
  • Munenori Kawasaki had a double
  • Caleb Gindl, Andy Burns, Josh Thole & Ramon Santiago each had a hit

New Hampshire fell behind, scored 3 to take the lead, but allowed Erie to tie the game and then take the lead in the 8th for a 6-3 win.NH only picked up 4 hits on the night, which made scoring runs difficult. Plus the Fisher Cats made 3 errors

  • Taylor Cole allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits in 6 innings. He struck out 4
  • Danny Barnes allowed 3 unearned runs in 2 innings to take the loss. He allowed 3 hits and a walk
  • Dalton Pompey had another 2 hit game, although he was thrown out trying to stretch one in to a double, and struck out twice
  • Ryan Schimpf hit a 3-run HR for NH, his 7th for NH (9th overall this year). His next HR will be his 100th professional dinger
  • Jon Berti had the other NH hit

Dunedin played a tight game for the first half, but fell apart late as they fell 6-1 to Palm Beach. Dunedin had 8 singles & a walk. Palm Beach had 12 hits and 5 walks.

  • Jeff Hoffman started and went 5.2 innings. The first 5 innings were decent, but the 6th saw Hoffman allow 4 singles and a walk. He was hurt by an error as well, but overall, he allowed 3 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks, while only striking out 1
  • Phil Kish threw 1.1 scoreless innings
  • Matt Smoral had another rough outing, allowing 3 runs on 2 hits, a walk and a hit batter in 0.1 innings.
  • Backup catcher Chris Schaeffer threw 0.2 innings to close the inning out, recording 2 ground outs and a walk
  • Roemon Fields had 2 hits and made a fielding error.
  • J.D. Davis, L.B. Dantzler, Matt Dean, Mitch Nay, Dawel Lugo & Martin Medina each had a hit

Lansing got a good start and found more offense late in a 13-3 win over Bowling Green. The win puts Lansing up 1 game on Great Lakes & Bowling Green with 5 to go. Lansing still has 2 more with Bowling Green & then 3 with Great Lakes to wrap up the first half.Lansing had the big sticks working in this one, as they had 17 hits, including 3 doubles, 2 triples and 4 HR's

  • Starlyn Suriel started and went 6 shut out innings. Suriel allowed 6 hits and a walk, while striking out 1
  • Dusty Isaacs allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, in 2 innings of relief
  • Carlos Ramirez had a scoreless inning
  • Anthony Alford had 4 hits to break out of his slump. He finished a HR short of the cycle, scored 2 runs and drove in 2
  • Chris Carlson had a 4 hit game, finishing a double short of the cycle. He hit his 1st HR of the year
  • Jason Leblebijian had a big game, with 2 HR's, driving in 3
  • Richard Urena hit his 11th HR to keep his gap at the top of the leaderboard. Urena also had 2 errors
  • Josh Almonte had 2 hits
  • Ryan McBroom & Tim Locastro both had doubles. Locastro was also hit by a pitch
  • Rowdy Tellez also had a hit & made 2 errors in the field

The DSL Jays got beat up early, allowing 6 runs in the first 3 innings and weren't quite able to complete the comeback, as they lost 10-9. The Jays did score 4 in the 9th to make it close, but couldn't find the equalizer

On Tap:

  • Randy Wolf starts for Buffalo against Lehigh Valley
  • Joel Pineiro throws for New Hampshire against Erie, as the Baby Jays toss all their old MLB starters out today
  • Murphy Smith gets the ball for Dunedin as they take on Palm Beach
  • Sean Reid-Foley starts as the Lugnuts look to extend their lead against Bowling Green
  • The DSL Jays take on the D-Backs