Bullpen Woes and Living Large

Thursday, April 26 2018 @ 09:57 PM EDT

Contributed by: Gerry

Only Dunedin and Lansing were in action and both of them had the bullpen blow leads. Dunedin survived to win in extra innings. Lansing came back to win in the ninth. It was a hitters night, the Dunedin hitters had 18 hits, the Lansing hitters had 16. Both Buffalo and New Hampshire had a scheduled day off. Lansing second baseman Cullen Large had a five hit night. Dunedin's Rodrigo Orozco had four.

Dunedin had a 9-4 lead heading to the eighth but the game was tied after the top of the eighth. The Jays used three relievers in the inning but a fielding error by Yeltsin Gudino and two throwing errors by Josh Palacios meant three of the runs were unearned. The Jays won the game in the tenth. Richard Urena started the inning on second and immediately Brad Jones singled him home for the walk-off 10-9 win.

The Jays racked up 18 hits, it would have been tough to lose with that hit total. The Jays have four hitters with batting averages over .300 and they each had a big night. Rodrigo Orozco had four hits, Josh Palacios had three hits and two walks, Nash Knight and DJ Davis had two hits each. Among the hitters with low batting averages Logan Warmoth and Richard Urena had two hits. The starter was Taylor Saucedo who gave up four runs, three earned, over five innings. Nick Hartman was the best of the relievers, two perfect innings with four K's.

Lansing had a 4-2 lead after five innings. Graham Spraker and Turner Larkins have been piggybacking and Spraker had done well for five innings, just two runs allowed. Larkins came on for the sixth, walked a hitter and then was hit by a batted ball. He was removed to be checked out and Andy Ravel came on. As often happens when a pitcher doesn't get a full warm-up Ravel gave up a hit, walked a pair, followed by a passed ball and a wild pitch. Suddenly the 4-2 lead was a 6-4 deficit. It was 7-5 in the bottom of the eighth when Kacy Clemens drove in two with a single to tie the game. In the bottom of the ninth Cullen Large and Ryan Noda singled, Matt Morgan bunted them over and Norberto Obeso singled in the winning run.

Lansing had 16 hits. Cullen Large was 5-5 with two doubles. Chavez Young was 3-4 with a walk. Ryan Noda and Kacy Clemens each had two hits.

Three Stars

Third Star - Chavez Young

Second Star - Rodrigo Orozco

First Star - Cullen Large