Heard a bang bang bang, and down you go.
Rain interfered with the schedule on Friday. The Bisons were rained out while the Lugnuts game was suspended in the 12th inning. New Hampshire had 18 hits and lost. Dunedin played the best game and continued their winning ways. Kenny Wilson, John Tolisano and Kevin Pillar continued their hit hitting for New Hampshire. Andy Burns did the same for Dunedin while Efrain Nieves locked things down on the mound.
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On an afternoon in which Blue Jays pitching was anything but Major League, Jays fans can take solace in the efforts of two pitching prospects. Aaron Sanchez no-hit an impressive Tampa Yankees line-up through five innings down in Dunedin, while Deck McGuire turned in a two hit (one earned run) effort further north in Binghamton.
Kevin Pillar and John Tolisano at the top of the order led New Hampshire to victory. Marcus Walden and Matt Wright supported on the mound. Dunedin stole a win with an eighth inning rally. Lansing were soundly beaten. Buffalo were rained out.
Mediate, alleviate, try not to hate!
The three affiliates in action Monday all have records of 3-2. That was only good news for one of them.
Minor leaguers often try and one-up the major leaguers. Dickey gives up five runs in the first? The Bisons gave up five in the first AND five in the second. They lost 14-5. Give them credit for scoring at least.
Roberto Osuna was the story for the Lugnuts, Efrain Nieves was almost as good for Dunedin. The Fisher Cats had a great come from behind win thanks to John Tolisano.
Buffalo and Lansing were the winners on Saturday. Buffalo were led by Andy LaRoche who had 4 hits and a home run. Kevin Pillar also had four hits but in a losing cause for New Hampshire. Deck McGuire was either bad or showed promise depending on your perspective. Alonzo Gonzalez pitched six shutout innings for Lansing whose offense was spread around. Aaron Sanchez pitched mostly well for Dunedin, four three up, three down innings and one three run inning.
The bats were hot on Thursday but were a lot cooler on Friday. The Lugnuts won with strong performances by Taylor Cole, Christian Lopes and Emilio Guerrero. Dunedin had to go to extra innings to win. The Bisons got an eighth inning home run from Luis Jimenez to break the tie. Anthony Gose scored two runs thanks to two hits.