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Baby Bird Brief - June 17

The Baby Birds go 2-3 on Wednesday as Lansing comes back to win, Dunedin finds a way to win it, and the other 3 bullpens blow leads late. Mitch Nay homered for Dunedin while Tim Locastro continues to be the best #9 hitter in the organization. Vancouver also opens their 2015 season on Thursday

Mitch Nay homered to lead Dunedin to victory
Mitch Nay homered to lead Dunedin to victory
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

BUF (32-35) - L 8-7 to Lehigh Valley (PHI)
NH (29-36) - L 6-3 in 13 innings to Erie (DET)
DUN (30-36) - W 5-1 over Palm Beach (STL)
LAN (39-27) - W 5-3 over Bowling Green (TB) in a rain shortened game
DSL (8-8) - L 9-8 in 11 innings to DSL D-backs

Buffalo Recap
Buffalo fell in a walk-off to Lehigh Valley on 2 runs in the 9th inning on Wednesday. It was a back and forth game where Buffalo had the early lead, Lehigh Valley took the lead in the 4th, Buffalo tied the game in the 7th, the IronPigs regained the lead in the bottom of 7, Buffalo took the lead in 8 and then lost in the 9th. Buffalo ended up with 10 hits, 7 walks and 7 strike outs. Lehigh Valley had 15 hits, 3 walks and 7 strike outs.

  • Randy Wolf started and allowed 4 runs on 9 hits and a walk in 5 innings. Wolf struck out 3 and had 6 ground outs and 5 fly outs
  • Rob Rasmussen allowed 2 runs on a hit and a walk in 1.1 innings. Rasmussen did strike out 2
  • Chad Jenkins allowed 2 hits in 0.2, allowing both his inherited runners to score
  • Colt Hynes had a scoreless inning, with a hit and a strike out
  • Bobby Korecky allowed 2 unearned runs in the 9th on 2 hits and an intentional walk to go with a Matt Hague fielding error

  • Jonathan Diaz led the charge with 2 hits, including a 2-run HR, his 1st of the year. Diaz also added a walk
  • Luke Scott had 2 hits, including a triple
  • Matt Hague & Josh Thole both had 2 hits. Hague had 2 walks & Thole walked once
  • Caleb Gindl & Ramon Santiago both had a hit. Gindl also walked and threw a runner out at the plate
  • Steve Tolleson went 0-5 with an RBI and 2 K's as he continues his rehab stint

New Hampshire Recap
In a familiar theme, New Hampshire played a tight game on Wednesday, taking the lead in the 9th, and then allowing Erie to tie it up, before taking the lead again in the 13th inning. Erie then came up with a walk-off grand slam in a 6-3 win. New Hampshire used 6 relievers from the 8th inning forward, which doesn't bode well for the weekend. New Hampshire ended up with 10 hits and 7 strike outs on the day. Erie had 15 hits, 4 walks & 7 strike outs as well

  • Joel Pineiro allowed a run on 7 hits and 2 walks over 7.2 innings. He struck out 1 and had 13 ground outs against 5 fly outs
  • Scott Barnes struck out the only batter he faced to end the 8th
  • Blake McFarland gave up a run on 3 hits in 1.2 innings. He struck out 3
  • Chad Girodo got the only batter he faced to ground out
  • Dustin Antolin pitched 1.2 scoreless, allowing a hit and 2 walks
  • Luis Perez got the last out of the 12th before running in to troubles in the 13th. Perez allowed 3 runs on a hit and 2 walks in 0.1 inning
  • Greg Burke allowed the grand slam to the only batter he faced
  • Jon Berti had 3 hits; including a 9th inning solo HR to put the Fisher Cats ahead. It was his first HR of the year
  • Shane Optiz had 3 hits in the game as well
  • Devon Travis had a hit as he went 1-4. Travis was in on 3 double plays as well
  • Dalton Pompey doubled in the go ahead run in the 13th as he went 1-6 with a strike out. Pompey also had an outfield assist
  • Jorge Flores & Dwight Smith each had a hit. Smith also struck out twice
  • Pierce Rankin & Matt Newman both went 0-5 with 2 K's

Dunedin Recap
Dunedin got a strong pitching performance and some timely hitting as they were able to beat Palm Beach 5-1 Wednesday. Dunedin had 7 hits and a walk, striking out 16 times in the game. Every D-Jay hitter had at least one K. Palm Beach could only muster 4 hits and 8 strike outs

  • Murphy Smith allowed a run on 2 hits & a hit batter over 5 innings. Smith struck out 6, had 6 ground outs and a fly out
  • Brady Dragmire had 2 scoreless innings, allowing no hits or walks, striking out 1
  • Matt Dermody had a scoreless inning with a hit and a strike out
  • Wil Browning pitched a shutdown 9th allowing a hit

  • Matt Dean had 3 hits, including a triple, driving in a run and scoring 3 runs. Dean also struck out once
  • Mitch Nay had 2 hits, including his 5th HR of the year, a 2-run shot in the 8th. Nay also struck out twice
  • Dickie Joe Thon had a double, scored a run and struck out 3 times
  • Roemon Fields had a hit and a strike out
  • Derrick Loveless had a walk and a K
  • Dawel Lugo had 3 K's
  • Jorge Saez had 2 strike outs
  • L.B. Dantzler & Ian Parmley both struck out once

Lansing Recap
Lansing fell behind early, but were able to battle back and take the lead in the 6th inning with a 4-run inning. The rain started to fall after the 7th, and the game was called after Lansing had gotten an out in the 8th, but it was enough for Lansing to open up a 2 game lead on Bowling Green, who fell out of a playoff spot with their loss. Lansing had 11 hits, 1 walk and 3 strike outs. Bowling Green ended up with 10 hits, 2 walks and 5 K's

  • Sean Reid-Foley started and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks over 4.2 innings. SRF had 5 K's, 5 ground outs and 4 fly outs in the start
  • Chase Mallard allowed a run on 3 hits over 2 innings to get the win
  • Jose Fernandez recorded 2 outs and gave up 3 hits, but got the save. Fernandez started the 8th inning off by giving up 3 straight hits, having Anthony Alford throw a runner out at the plate before the game was called

  • Jason Leblebijian had 2 hits and drove in 2 runs in the game
  • Rowdy Tellez had 2 hits and scored a run
  • Chris Carlson had 2 singles, scored a run and stole a base
  • Tim Locastro drove in 2 on a double in the 6th inning comeback. Locastro also had a strike out
  • Ryan McBroom had a double and a walk in the game
  • Anthony Alford had a hit and a stolen base and picked up the outfield assist
  • Richard Urena & D.J. Davis each had a hit

DSL Recap
The DSL Blue Jays got out of the gate quickly with 3-run innings in the 1st & 2nd, but were victim to the Wednesday blown save parade in the organization as they allowed 3 in the 9th inning, before losing in the 11th 9-8 to the DSL D-Backs. The Jays had 10 hits, 4 walks and 5 K's on the day. The D-Backs had 12 hits, 6 walks and 8 strike outs. The Jays weren't able to take enough advantage of 5 D-Back errors.

  • Jose Nova allowed 5 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits in 4.2 innings. He struck out 2 and got 8 ground balls and 2 fly outs
  • Tommy Henriquez pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits. Henriquez struck out 3
  • Jairo Rosario had a scoreless inning with 2 walks and 2 strike outs
  • Guillermo De La Cruz allowed a 2-out 3-run HR in the 9th inning. He was on the hook for 3 runs on 2 hits and a walk in an inning
  • Pedro Diaz allowed a run on 1 hit and 3 walks in 1.1 innings. Diaz struck out 1
  • Joel Espinal got a fly out for the only batter he faced, but it was deep enough to score the winning run

  • Kevin Vicuna had a 2 hit game, scoring 3 runs and driving in a run. He also stole a base
  • Jean Almanzar had 2 hits and a walk, while striking out once
  • Francisco Rodriguez had a 3-run HR in the 1st inning, his 4th of the year
  • Enmanual Moreta & Cristian Peguero both had doubles. Peguero also added a walk
  • Jesus Navarro had a hit and a walk, scoring 2 runs
  • Norberto Obeso & Antony Fuentes both had a hit

Look Ahead
- Daniel Norris takes the hill against Lehigh Valley (PHI). He throws against Aaron Nola, a former Blue Jays pick, making his AAA debut
NH - New Hampshire is off on Thursday
DUN - Dunedin takes on Palm Beach (STL) again in a matinee. Jairo Labourt gets the start
LAN - Lansing has another important match up with Bowling Green (TB). Chase De Jong gets the start
VAN - Vancouver starts their season at Salem-Kaizer (SF). Clinton Hollon gets the opening day start, his first action since 2013
DSL - Takes on the DSL Padres. Starter TBD