Blue Jays from Away
The Lansing Lugnuts went whole hog on Thursday night, pasting the South Bend Cubs while both of the other two teams in action won their games for a 3-0 record on the night.
Buffalo Bisons 9, Toledo Mud Hens 5
While Saskatchewan-born starter Andrew Albers had a sub-par start (compared to what he’s done recently), he gutted through six innings of five run (four earned), nine-hit ball but kept the Bisons in the game long enough to take a late-inning victory from the Toledo Mud Hens. Rob Rasmussen earned the win with an inning of relief, striking out two and walking two while Greg Infante finished the game with two innings of scoreless, hitless relief (allowing one walk).
A trio of hitters finished with a trio of hits each with Brad Glenn hitting another home run (his fourth on the year) and adding a single and a double with four RBI. Andy Burns made an error but made up for it with three hits (including a double), scoring twice and driving in a run. Matt Hague had three doubles, two runs and three RBIs while adding a walk. Jose Reyes made a start and went 1/4 before making way for Jonathan Diaz.
Roster Notes: Jose Reyes was sent to Buffalo on a rehab assignment.
Player of the Game: Glenn and Hague
New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Scheduled Off Day
Dunedin Blue Jays 3, St. Lucie Mets 2
The Blue Jays are creeping their way back up to the .500 mark, coming with in three games after coming from behind to beat St. Lucie with two runs in the ninth inning. While Derrick Loveless started the ninth inning with a solo home run (his third of the year), it was Boomer Collins taking a bases-loaded walk that clinched the walkoff win for the Blue Jays. Mitch Nay (2/4, 2B) and Dawel Lugo (2/4, 2B, RBI) both had two-hit games while Collins was 1/3 with a walk. Maicer Izturis, continuing his rehab assignment, was 1/4.
The pitching was very good for the Blue Jays as Murphy Smith went five innings, allowing both St. Lucie runs on five hits and two walks while Jimmy Cordero allowed two hits in two innings, striking out a pair and Chad Girodo picked up the win with two innings of one-hit ball with three strikeouts.
Player of the Game: Collins and Lugo
Lansing Lugnuts 17, South Bend Cubs 2
The Lugnuts used their home field to their advantage, sweeping away South Bend thanks to a monster performance from the bats and a terrific outing from Chase De Jong. De Jong came one out away from a complete game, pitching 8 2/3 innings with two runs against (both on a two-run home run in the fourth inning) on six hits but had six strikeouts without walking anyone. Mark Biggs struck out the only batter he faced.
Dan Jansen and Rowdy Tellez were each on base four times as Tellez drove in three runs with two doubles, a single, a walk, a stolen base and a sac fly while scoring three times. Jansen also had a pair of doubles, drove in two runs, added a single and scored twice. Chris Carlson was 3/5 with a single, a double and a triple, driving in one and scoring twice. Tim Locastro stole a pair of bases, going 2/3 with a double, a walk, an RBI and three runs scored and Anthony Alford scored three times, going 1/4 with two walks and an RBI. Josh Almonte was 2/5 with two singles, two runs and two RBI and Ryan McBroom used a double to drive in a pair, going 1/5 on the night.
Player of the Game: De Jong, Tellez and Jansen
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