The affiliates won just three of seven Saturday but continued to have the number of their Tigers counterparts.
Buffalo 3 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 1
Buffalo, NY -The Bisons took a page out of the parent club's handbook by using two long balls to beat the Yankees affiliate. A Dalton Pompey home run in the third opened the scoring and a Matt Hague two-run bomb three innings later snapped a 1-1 tie. Andy Burns had the only multi-hit effort with two singles and Jon Berti had a hit, a walk and a run scored. Sean Ochinko and Jonathan Diaz also had base hits. Chris Heisey and Munenori Kawasaki were both 0-for-3.
Jeff Francis (6-3, 2.35) gave up just two hits, one a solo homer, over eight innings while walking no one and striking out six. All 13 of his outs in play were handled by the infield, finishing with a Game Score of 80. Ryan Tepera finished up with a scoreless ninth, lowering his ERA to 1.06.
Binghamton 6 New Hampshire 3
Binghamton, NY - The Mets really gave it to Conner Greene (2-1, 5.68), who was charged with four runs on eight hits over three frames, walking two and striking out two. Dustin Antolin pitched the next three innings, allowing a run on four hits but striking out five. Cory Burns was also nicked for a run on two hits, a walk and a hit by pitch over two frames but struck out one.
The Fisher Cats had a promising start to this one after Melky Mesa mashed his fourth dinger of the season to score a Dwight Smith Jr. double in the first inning. They would not score again until the eighth when Smith doubled home a Roemon Fields walk. Fields, K.C. Hobson, Shane Opitz and Jorge Flores all had an entry in the hit column. Emilio Guerrero, Matt Newman and Martin Medina could not say the same in their four at-bats.
Dunedin 6 Lakeland 5
Dunedin, FL - The Jays blew a 3-0 lead to the Tigers afffiliate but scored twice in the fifth to take the lead for good. Matt Dean had the big hit by singling home the tying and go-ahead runs. The winning run came on an error in the sixth. Dean drove in four runs with an RBI groundout in the first and an RBI single in the third. Ian Parmley doubled home the other run in the first. Christian Lopes had a three-hit game and also stole a base. L.B. Dantzler and Boomer Collins had doubles and Aaron Attaway added a single. Dickie Joe Thon was hit by a pitch and stole a base. Anthony Alford had a walk. Jorge Saez struck out three times in his four at-bats. The losing pitcher in this one was former Jay Jairo Labourt.
Alonzo Gonzalez finished an out short of five innings as he allowed four runs on seven hits. He struck out six and walked only one. Matt Dermody (4-1) gave up a run on two hits over two frames. Brad Allen allowed just one hit and struck out one over 1-1/3 scoreless frames. Wil Browning whiffed two in the ninth for save number 22.
Lansing 7 West Michigan 6
Comstock Park, MI - The Lugnuts nearly let a 7-2 lead slip away but they held on against the Tigers affiliate. Alex Maldonado drove in two runs with a fielder's choice and a single while Jason Leblebijian, David Harris, and Christian Vazquez all brought in runs with base hits. Michael De La Cruz had a four-hit game that included a bunt single in the fifth inning that led to two runs after a throwing error by the pitcher. Richard Urena had two doubles among his three hits and stole a base. Vazquez and D.J. Davis had two hits apiece with Vazquez stealing a base. Leblebijian walked twice to get aboard three times and stole a base. Harris heard ball four once to get aboard twice and also swiped a bag. Josh Almonte had a double but Austin Davis was 0-for-5.
Jon Wandling (1-0, 4.08) was one out shy of a quality start, yielding three runs (two earned) in 5-2/3 innings on four hits and four walks. He had just one strikeout but 12 of his 13 outs in play were on the grass. Dusty Isaacs bailed out Wandling but escaping a bases-loaded jam to end the sixth but was taken deep twice and gave up three runs while whiffing two over two frames. Phil Kish allowed three hits but struck out a pair over two shutout innings to collect his seventh save.
Spokane 3 Vancouver 2 (12 Innings)
Spokane, WA - Another costly loss for the C's as their playoff hopes continue to dwindle. Bob Wheatley (1-2) was the walk-off victim against the Rangers affiliate as he was whacked for two doubles with an intentional walk in between in just one-third of an inning. Angel Perdomo had trouble finding the plate with five walks issued over five frames and also hit a batter. Spokane only scored two runs on four hits while whiffing three. Rolando Segovia got Perdomo out of the third inning by throwing out a runner at home from left field. Daniel Young put up two shutout frames despite four hits and a walk. Sean Ratcliffe pitched four innings of one-hit ball, striking out four while facing the minimum 12 batters.
The Canadians had a 2-0 lead on RBI singles by Earl Burl III and Connor Panas in the second and fourth innings respectively. Burl's hit scored a Sean Hurley walk while Panas' knock cashed in a Ryan Hissey triple. Hurley had three walks and a hit. Hissey and Ryan Metzler had two-hit performances. Burl had a hit and a walk while Segovia had a hit and a plunk. Justin Atkinson also put one in the hit column. Gunnar Heidt was 0-for-5 while Josh Reavis and Kevin Garcia came up empty in their lone plate appearances. Vancouver was 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position, 0-for-4 in stolen base attempts and left 11 men on base.
Danville 10 Bluefield 3
Danville, VA - Luis Sanchez (1-4, 7.08) was slapped around for six runs (four earned) on seven hits and a walk, giving up a homer but striking out five over five innings. John Kravetz also allowed a homer among three hits but struck out two over two frames. The Braves also got to Joe Claver for three runs in the eighth on one hit and three walks. Claver did strike out one.
Bluefield got the first two runs of this game on a two-run homer by D.J. McKnight in the second inning. McKnight would score the third run on a Deiferson Barreto double in the fourth but they found themselves trailing 6-3 at that point. Barreto had the lone two-hit game but Brett Wellman was the on-base leader with a hit and two walks. Dave Pepe, Yeltsin Gudino and Juan Tejada also added base hits. Mattingly Romanin walked once but Rodrigo Orozco and Christian Williams were 0-for-4 with Williams whiffing three times.
GCL Phillies 5 GCL Blue Jays 0
Dunedin, FL - The Jays were denied their 40th win of the season as they were unable to fight back from a 2-0 first-inning deficit. Juan Nunez (4-1, 1.93) was tagged for both runs and gave up three hits and two walks but struck out three over three innings. Gustavo Pierre and Hunter Barnett pitched one clean inning apiece. Kelyn Jose walked two but struck out three over two hitless frames. Gunnar Eastman was shot down for three runs on four hits while walking one, plunking one and striking out one. Nate Abel pitched a one-hit ninth and struck out a pair.
Nash Knight had a double among his three hits and Cliff Brantley had a pair of knocks in the leadoff spot. Kalik May, Jake Thomas and Juandy Mendoza also had base hits and May also threw out a runner at home from right field. Roberto Lucido had the lone walk. Jesus Severino and Reggie Pruitt were both 0-for-3 while 0-for-2 performances were turned in by Edward Olivares, John La Prise, Bryan Lizardo and Levi Scott. Javier Hernandez was 0-for-1.
*** 3 Stars!!! ***
3. Christian Lopes, Dunedin
2. Matt Dean, Dunedin
1. Jeff Francis, Buffalo