Drew Hutchison had an interesting start for Buffalo. He didn't give up a hit, but walked four and hit a batter before being removed with one out in the 5th inning at 88 pitches. After a routine groundout to start the game, Hutchison walked the next three batters on 5, 7, and 9 pitches before hitting the next batter with the first pitch to bring in a run. With the bases loaded, already at 25 pitches and with his control heading downhill, it didn't look like Hutchison's outing would last much longer, but he got a strikeout and popout to limit the damage.
Like in his first gae in Buffalo, Hutchison then settled in nicely. He walked another batter in the 2nd inning, but retired the last nine batters in a row while piling up 5K while missing a solid number of bats. Obviously, Hutchison has to get off to better starts, but it's good to see him keeping things together and not imploding. On the negative side, it was more of the same when it came to troubles from the stretch, as things spiraled once the first runner got on. When the bases were clear, he got in a nice groove.
Jeremy Gabryzski turned in another solid if unspectacular start in New Hampshire, going 6 innings on only 77 pitches, and giving up just one run on six hits. He only had three strikeouts (all in the second when he struck out the side in order), but issued no free passes and characteristically had a lot of balls in play that he mostly contained. He did it with the usual formula: get ahead of batters by pounding the zone, and miss a few bats here and there. The one time Hartford got to him was the third inning, when they strung together three hits including two hard hit balls.
Tom Robson once again failed to make it out of the first inning, though there was some contributory negligence. He simply couldn't throw any strikes, falling behind every batter he faced, and only got 3 called strikes of his 25 pitches that were taken. But with two out and only two runs home, he induced a catchable ball that went off the left fielder glove, allowing two to score and prolonging the inning past 30 pitches. He walked the next batter, ending his evening and then to add insult to injury, all three inherited runners scored to close his line with 7 runs, only 2 earned.
Ryan Cook, an under the radar 2015 draftee who I was suprised to see get a starting role in Lansing and who turned in an excellent 2 inning debut relief outing last Friday turned in an excellent start. He faced one over the minimum in 6 innings, 1 hit and striking out 5. Process wise, there's nothing spectacular in his line other than an above average rate of missed bats. It appears he just generated a lot of weak contact in the air. He left with a 3-0 lead, but didn't get the win as the Lansing bullpen allowed 6 runs in the top of the 7th before the Lansing lineup counterpunched with 7 in the bottom of the inning.
A quick rundown of some relievers. Ryan Tepera had a rough outing, allowing a home run, two hard singles and a walk over 2 innings in which he coughed up a 2-1 lead. John Stilson and Danny Barnes pitched efficient single innings for New Hampshire, each allowing one extra base hit (Barnes a no doubt HR). Chris Rowley had another strong and quick inning for Dunedin. Evan Smith had his full season debut with a clean 9th for Lansing, which is a good start after rough 2016.