The Bisons and Fisher Cats dropped their first games of 2018. Lansing prevented a shutout on the farm. Dunedin was rained out in Palm Beach. They are scheduled to play two today.
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The Herd was held to four hits, two from Tim Lopes as he drove in the only run in the ninth. He also drew a walk. Teoscar Hernandez doubled but struck out twice. He has gone down swinging five times in the first two games. Danny Jansen had a 1-for-3 night and was hit by a pitch as the DH.
Ryan Borucki had nine baserunners to contend with in the form of six hits, two walks and a hit by pitch but only allowed two runs over five innings. He had three strikeouts and five groundouts but took the loss. Taylor Guerreri gave up the other run on three hits but struck out two in two innings. Chad Girodo worked a scoreless eighth.
Trenton 10 New Hampshire 4
Two-hit games were turned in by Bo Bichette and Lourdes Gourriel Jr.. Both of them drove in a run and are hitting .393 and .375 respectively. Jonathan Davis was 1-for-4 with a walk and a run batted in. Andrew Guillotte had a hit and a walk in the number nine spot. Max Pentecost was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Vlaidmir Guerrero Jr. was 1-for-5.
Francisco Rios was rocked for two home runs and five runs overall on six hits and four walks over 3-1/3 innings. He only struck out three. Zach Jackson saved Rios' line from further damage by stranding the bases loaded in the fourth. He offset two hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 2-1/3 innings. Craig Breslow was bombed for four runs in two-thirds of an inning. Jose Fernandez allowed both of his inherited runners to score and gave up one of his own on two hits and two walks while whiffing two in 1-1/3 innings.
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Ryan Noda's two-run single in the seventh gave the Lugnuts a come-from-behind victory. Noda also heard ball four once and has a 1.098 OPS over the first six games. Kevin Smith is giving Bo Bichette a run as the best-hitting shortstop in the Jays system by hitting .391 after going 3-for-5 with two RBI and a stolen base. Christian Williams connected for a home run and had a base on balls. Brock Lundquist had a two-hit night.
Maximo Castillo gave up four runs over four innings on five hits and three walks. He struck out four and recorded six outs on the ground. Dalton Rodriguez got the win by giving up a run on four hits and a walk over two innings. He struck out one and got three groundball outs.Brayden Bouchey struck out four of his six men he faced to record a pair of goose eggs. Ty Tice walked one but struck out two in the ninth for the save.
*** 3 Stars!!! ***
3. Lourdes Gourriel Jr.
2. Tim Lopes, Buffalo
1. Kevin Smith, Lansing