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The Fisher Cats had more runners thrown out at home than scored but they won 2-1. Marcus Walden had a good start. That was the only official game. Buffalo were off and Dunedin were rained out. Lansing played Michigan State and some prospects got to pitch.

Buffalo - scheduled day off


New Hampshire 2 Trenton 1

Three outs at the plate in this one as New Hampshire need some faster runners. New Hampshire scored first in the third inning on a single from Kevin Pillar. But Ricardo Nanita flied into a double play, Sean Ochinko was the running out. In the seventh Kevin Nolan flied into a DP with Ryan Schimpf dead on arrival. In the eighth Pillar grounded to third and Ochinko was again out at home.

Marcus Walden started and gave up one run in six plus innings. Walden gave up five hits, two walks, and three K's. Walden had ten ground outs and three fly outs. The game was tied at one into the ninth inning. Clint Robinson walked with one out, Brad Glenn singled and Kevin Nolan delivered the winning run. Joel Carreno pitched a one two three ninth for the save. Evan Crawford pitched two hitless innings for the win.


Dunedin at Jupiter - rained out

Aaron Sanchez was due to pitch Wednesday and Ricky Romero Thursday. Will Romero still pitch Thursday and Sanchez now Friday, or will both be pushed back a day. Oh the intrigue!


Michigan State 2 Lansing 10

Lansing played their annual exhibition game against the Michigan State Spartans baseballl team.  The Jays do not want to use their regular pitchers in this game so they usually fly up a bunch of guys from extended spring training to pitch. Kramer Champlin, Chase DeJong, Alberto Tirado, Justin Jackson and Adonys Cardona were due to pitch. Dwight Smith Jr was the hitting star of the night per the tweets. A boxscore has not been posted as of this writing. Smith was 3-3 mid-game.

In lieu of a boxscore here is Jesse Goldberg-Strassler's game summary: Chris Hawkins swatted a three-run homer amid a six-run 4th inning and Dwight Smith, Jr. went 4-for-4 with a walk, driving the Lansing Lugnuts to a 10-2 rout of the Michigan State Spartans before a Cooley Law School Stadium crowd of 11,619 in the seventh annual Crosstown Showdown presented by Auto-Owners Insurance.

Lansing reliever Chase DeJong earned the win, striking out four batters in two scoreless innings, while the loss fell on MSU starter Cody Huge.

The Lugnuts jumped on Huge in the first inning, scoring the first two runs in the seven-inning contest. Carlos Ramirez had an RBI single and Chris Hawkins had a sacrifice fly for Lansing.

Lansing added one in the third and six more runs in the fourth inning to lengthen its lead. The Lugnuts batted 12 batters in the fourth, climaxed by Hawkins' three-run blast to Larch Street in right.

Lugs starter Kramer Champlin fired a perfect first inning, relieved by DeJong for the second and third frames, with Alberto Tirado (2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K) working the fourth and fifth innings, Adonys Cardona (2 H, 2 K) taking care of the sixth, and infielder-turned-pitcher Justin Jackson firing a 1-2-3 seventh.


Three Stars

#3 - Dwight Smith Jr

#2 - Kevin Nolan

#1 - Marcus Walden




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hypobole - Wednesday, May 01 2013 @ 11:26 PM EDT (#271374) #
No star for Pillar tonight because he also K'd twice. However he did steal his 10th base and recorded his 7th OF assist.

Joel Carreno seems to have won the closer job and may yet resurface with the Jays. He's pitched in 12 games now and other than one appearance when he gave up 3 unearned runs his line is more than impressive:
13.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 24 K.

rubewaddell - Thursday, May 02 2013 @ 02:13 AM EDT (#271378) #
Lansing/MSU box

John Northey - Thursday, May 02 2013 @ 08:39 AM EDT (#271379) #
Wow.  Carreno really has figured out something this year - 24 K in 13 1/3 IP?  Wow.  7.2 K/9 in the majors so far, 9.7 in the minors but 16.2 this year.  His 1.4 BB/9 is also his best every by a lot and, of course, the 0 HR is his best too.  Even more impressive, of his 2 walks, one was intentional.  Hopefully the Jays move him to AAA soon to see if he can keep this up against tougher competition.  If he can, then in July he'll have to come up and become a part of the pen, with eyes towards closing once Janssen's contract is up.

Of course, that is getting a LOT ahead of things.  He has thrown only 13 1/3 IP so far and any pitcher can have a great stretch but those K's...oh those K's.

Mike Green - Thursday, May 02 2013 @ 11:02 AM EDT (#271380) #
Carreno was a strikeout pitcher as a starter in the minors, often averaging 9-10/9IP.  It would be normal for him to have a K rate of 12 or so as a reliever in the minors.  The control improvements this year are the key thing.  He may have a major league career as a high leverage reliever.  With Santos' injury, there is an opening for a RH reliever of his type, should he be able to sustain the control improvements; it is common for pitchers to improve both K rates and control when moved to the pen.
John Northey - Thursday, May 02 2013 @ 01:58 PM EDT (#271384) #
FYI: cool new feature at B-R, minor league game logs for 2013 (hopefully for past seasons soon too).  Very addictive...
Gose: April 20th on (12 games): 205/380/308 - ugh...taking walks but not much else.
Negrych same stretch: 333/394/467 - still solid but not 'omg' like his earlier stretch (9 games 515/568/879)

Gerry - Thursday, May 02 2013 @ 08:29 PM EDT (#271404) #
AJ Jimenez playing for Dunedin tonight.
Mike Green - Thursday, May 02 2013 @ 08:33 PM EDT (#271405) #
Tonight, the D-Jays pulled Sanchez in the fourth  inning with a 5-2 lead.  Sanchez was pitching well (1 walk, 6 Ks, 1 earned run), so it was surprising.

Negrych homered for the 3rd time this season (11 XBH in 70 PAs total).  He's slugging over .700 to lead the league by plenty.  This pop is new.
Turner - Thursday, May 02 2013 @ 11:32 PM EDT (#271416) #
Sanchez is on a 75-pitch limit. I guess it's a strict limit as they didn't let him finish the inning off.

Good to see Jimenez back. I see Justin Jackson has been added to the Nuts roster.
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