A great Saturday night on the farm as the affiliates went 7-2. A loss in Buffalo and a first-game shutout in a doubleheader at New Hampshire were the only blips on the radar.
Syracuse 3 Buffalo 1
Buffalo, NY - Todd Redmond (2-5, 4.33) put in a quality start of six innings and three runs on five hits and two walks. The kill shot was a two-run homer by Matt Skole in the sixth to snap a 2-2 tie. Redmond struck out four for a Game Score of 54. Colt Hynes, Ben Rowen and Aaron Loup all pitched scoreless frames with one strikeout. Only Loup allowed a hit.
The Herd's only run came in the form of a Munenori Kawasaki groundout that sent Jon Berti home in the eighth after his leadoff single. Kawasaki had two hits while Dalton Pompey, Chris Heisey and George Kottaras had base knocks. Heisey and Jonathan Diaz both walked. Andy Burns, Alex Hassan and Ty Kelly were 0-for-12 in the heart of the order against the Nationals affiliate.
Binghamton 3 New Hampshire 0 (Game 1 - 7 Innings)
Manchester, NH - Austin Bibens-Dirkx (5-7, 4.37) also put together a quality start and got a loss for his efforts. He allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks and rung up five batters for a Game Score of 59. Chad Girodo had a shutout seventh with just one hit on his line.
Dwight Smith Jr. had two of the four New Hampshire hits against the Mets. Melky Mesa and Sean Ochinko had the others. K.C. Hobson had two bases on balls and Ryan Schimpf had one. Roemon Fields, Matt Newman, Kevin Nolan and Shane Opitz were all 0-for-3.
New Hampshire 3 Binghamton 0 (Game 2 - 7 Innings)
Luis Perez (2-1, 3.27) was terrific coming out of the bullpen in his first start of the year. He threw five no-hit innings, walking three and striking out three for a Game Score of 67. Blake McFarland could not keep the no-hit bid going by giving up a one-out single but struck out three over two scoreless frames for his 13th save.
Ryan Schimpf and Derrick Chung spearheaded the offence with Schimpf scored on a sacrifice fly by Chung in the second before going deep for a home run in the fourth, his 19th of the year. Chung drove in his second run with a base hit that same inning. Schimpf was 2-for-2 with a walk. Kevin Nolan had a double and Melky Mesa had a single. K.C. Hobson heard ball four for the third time in this doubleheader. Roemon Fields and Dwight Smith Jr. were 0-for-3. Emilio Guerrero and Jorge Flores were 0-for-2.
Dunedin 6 Lakeland 4
Lakeland, FL - The D-Jays got the upper hand on a former teammate in this one. Matt Dean hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Christian Lopes had a two-run single in the third. L.B. Dantzler doubled home a pair to snap a 4-4 tie in the fifth. All six runs were given up by Jairo Labourt. Dantzler and Mike Reeves had two-hit nights. Lopes and Boomer Collins had a hit and a walk. Ian Parmley and Dickie Joe Thon added one to the hit total with Parmley also stealing a base. Andy Fermin and Derrick Loveless were both 0-for-4.
Conor Fisk coughed up four runs over 4-1/3 innings on six hits and two walks with a trio of strikeouts. Arik Sikula (1-1) earned the victory with 2-2/3 innings of one-hit ball, stranding a runner and striking out one. Chris Smith struck out two in a clean eighth inning and Wil Browning struck out one in a scoreless ninth for his 19th save.
Lansing 11 Lake County 3
Lansing, MI - The Lugnuts put up runs in six different innings to hammer the Cleveland affiliate. A Ryan McBroom sacrifice fly capped a two-run first inning before Christian Vazquez doubled in a run in the second and David Harris bringing in another with a single in the third. D.J. Davis drove in a pair with a single before scoring on a McBroom home run in the fourth. Danny Jansen singled home a Harris triple in the seventh and McBroom doubled home a Richard Urena triple and a D.J. Davis hit by pitch in the eighth. Urena and Harris led the hit parade with three apiece. Alex Maldonado and Christian Vazquez joined McBroom and D.J. Davis in the two-hit club. McBroom also walked and D.J. Davis was plunked to get on base three times. Josh Almonte and Austin Davis also had hits with Austin Davis getting a walk.
Tim Mayza (2-1, 2.60) graced his way through five shutout innings with just one hit and one walk. The lefty struck out five and induced six groundball outs to give him a Game Score of 69. Dusty Isaacs allowed the first run on two hits but racked up four K's over two frames. Phil Kish gave up the other two runs on five hits over the final two innings.
Vancouver 11 Spokane 3
Spokane, WA - A converted touchdown in the first gave the C's their second straight win over the Rangers affiliate. Justin Atkinson knocked home an Andrew Guillotte leadoff triple to open the scoring, followed by two-run singles from Sean Hurley and Gunnar Heidt and a two-run double from the Opera Man, Connor Panas. Carl Wise would single home another run in the second before Panas belted his first home run of the season in the third. Guillotte gave Vancouver its 10th run with an RBI base hit in the fifth before Panas went deep again for another solo shot in the seventh. Panas was 3-for-4 with a walk out of the number nine spot in the batting order. Guillotte and Heidt both had two-hit performances. Ryan Hissey doubled and walked while Hurley also walked to reach base twice. Ryan Metzler and Juan Kelly also had base hits. Only James Lynch was hitless and that came as a pinch-hitter.
Tayler Saucedo (3-1, 1.35) was too hot for Spokane, throwing a three-hitter and striking out seven over six shutout innings for a Game Score of 73. Ryan Cook was steamed for three runs on five hits and a walk but struck out one and earned the three-inning save, his first of the year.
Bluefield 3 Kingsport 2
Bluefield, WV - The Jays scored three times in the first to beat the Mets. Christian Williams had the key hit with a two-run single. The other run scored on an error. Juan Tejada had a double while Freddy Rodriguez, Deiferson Barreto, Nick Sinay and Matt Morgan added singles. Sinay was also hit by a pitch and helped throw out a runner at home from left field. Yeltsin Gudino and Rodrigo Orozco were a combined 0-for-8.
Juliandry Higuera (4-3, 3.68) hung around for five innings for the win, surrendering two runs on eight hits and a hit by pitch but struck out two with zero walks. Joe Claver struck out two over two shutout innings and Jackson Lowery overcame three hits and a walk for the two-inning save, his first, while striking out one.
GCL Blue Jays 3 GCL Phillies 1
Dunedin, FL - A pair of two-out singles by Jesus Severino and Javier Hernandez in the fourth inning lifted the Jays to victory. Levi Scott brought in the other run on a fielder's choice in the seventh. Nash Knight had a double while Scott, Kalik May, Jake Thomas and Reggie Pruitt had base hits. Cliff Brantley walked while Thomas and Juandy Mendoza were plunked.
Osman Gutierrez (4-3, 4.76) gave up just one hit and two walks with seven strikeouts over 5-2/3 shutout innings for a Game Score of 72. Griffin Glaude stranded a runner for Gutierrez but was nicked for an unearned run on one hit but struck out three over 2-2/3 innings. Mike Estevez walked one and whiffed one in the ninth to notch his seventh save.
DSL Blue Jays 5 DSL Reds 4
Boca Chica, DR - The Jays fought back from a 4-1 deficit with four runs in their final two at-bats. Antony Fuentes plated the first run on an groundout in the fifth and Fuentes singled home another as part of a three-run seventh that included an Antonio Concepion run-scoring single and a Manuel Herazo RBI groundout in the seventh. Norberto Obeso knocked in the winning run with a single to score a Sterling Guzman triple. Yorman Rodriguez had a three-hit day and was 2-for-3 in stolen base attempts. Obeso and Guzman also walked to get on base twice while Herazo added a single. Kevin Vicuna was 0-for-4, Jesus Navarro was 0-for-3 and Francisco Rodriguez and Sam Buelens were both 0-for-2.
Juan Meza went the first four innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits but posted a K-BB total of 3-0. Alvardo Galindo also allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits, walking one and striking out one over three frames. Wilton Mueses (1-0) had a hit, a walk and a hit by pitch on his line but struck out two over 1-2/3 shutout innings. Luis Mendoza stranded a pair of runners and got the final out for the save.
*** 3 Stars!!! ***
3. Tim Mayza, Lansing
2. Tayler Saucedo, Vancouver
1. Luis Perez, New Hampshire