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The Blue Jays minor league system went 2 for 4. There were a lot of fireworks on Friday, with the Bisons hitting 4 bombs and surrendering a pair, the Cats surrendering 3, and the Lugs hitting a pair and surrendering a pair.
Buffalo Bisons (19-24)
The Bisons pounded out 19 hits, winning 15 to 8. The Herd scored 5 runs in the 1st and 6th innings.
Starter- Andrew Sopko 4.0IP, 7H, 6R, 3BB, 3K, and 2HRA on 92 pitches
W- Zach Jackson (3-0, 5.14ERA)
Saturday, May 25th starting pitcher- Turner Larkins (Triple-A debut, promoted from Dunedin 4-2, 2.25ERA in 36IP.)
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (22-23)
The Fisher Cats lost to Forrest Wall‘s former team, the Yard Goats, by a score of 4 to 2.
Starter- Zach Logue 7.0IP, 4H, 4R, 0BB, 4K, and 3HRA on 81 pitches
L- Logue (3-3, 3.71ERA)
Saturday, May 25th starting pitcher- Nate Pearson
Dunedin Blue Jays (28-19)
The 1st place D-Jays won 4 to 0, getting a gem from starting pitcher Justin Dillon. Dunedin scored a pair of runs in the 6th and the 8th innings.
Starter- Justin Dillon 7.0IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 6K on 92 pitches
W- Dillon (3-1, 4.60ERA)
Saturday, May 25th starting pitcher- TBD
Lansing Lugnuts (19-27)
The Nuts and Bolts fell 7 to 2. Lansing was punished in the 5th inning allowing 5 Captains to cross home plate.
Starter- Josh Winckowski 4.2IP, 8H, 5R, 2BB, 3K, and 1HRA on 90 pitches
L- Winck (4-2, 2.40ERA)
Saturday, May 25th starting pitcher- Josh Hiatt
- Buffalo’s Anthony Alford (2-for-5, 2R, 2B, 2K), Socrates Brito (3-for-4, 3R, 2B, RBI, BB), Jordan Patterson (1-for-3, 3R, HR, 2RBI, 2BB), Teo Hernandez (2-for-5, R, RBI, K), Andy Burns (3-for-5, 3RBI, 2R, K), Reese McGuire (3-for-5, R, 2-2B, HR, 2RBI)
- NH’s Logue (see above, despite 3HRA), Patrick Kivlehan (3-for-3, R, RBI, BB), Brock Lundquist (2-for-2, 2BB, SB, CS)
- Dunedin’s Logan Warmoth (2-for-4, R, K), Cullen Large (2-for-4, R), Dillon (see above).
- Lansing’s Will McAffer (2.1IP, 2H, R, 3K), Jake Brodt (3-for-3, R, HR, RBI), Otto Lopez (2-for-4, R, HR, RBI, CS)
Player of the Day
Friday, May 24th POD goes to Alen Hanson
Alen Hanson, a native of La Romana, D.R., was acquired along with Derek Law from the San Francisco Giants for Kevin Pillar. Unfortunately, Hanson struggled during his time with Toronto and was DFA on May 3rd. The versatile Hanson made his Buffalo Bisons debut on May 12th, collecting hits in each of his first 4 games.
Entering play, Alen Hanson owned a .161 batting average and was 1-for-18. In his first at-bat in the 1st inning, the 26-yr-old free swinger ripped his 1st home run as a Bison. The long ball scored Patterson and Andy Burns to give the Herd a 5-0 lead.
Hanson grounded out in the 2nd inning to end Buffalo’s half of the frame and he struck out swinging in the 5th inning. After failing to reach base in his previous two at-bats, Alen Hanson sent another pitch, a 3-2 pitch right down the middle of the plate, over the right-field wall. Once again, Jordan Patterson and Andy Burns were on base for Hanson’s 2nd homer.
To finish off his day, Alen Hanson hit his first double as a Buffalo Bison and scored on Reese McGuire’s 7th double of the season. Hanson played 2B and batted 5th for the Herd, collecting 3 hits in 5 at-bats with a pair of HR’s, a double, and 6 runs batted in.
The Santiago Espinal and Alejandro Kirk Show
Santiago Espinal played SS and batted 2nd for the Fisher Cats. He picked up a single and drove in a run (26) in five plate appearances. Espinal batting average continues to dip, falling to .269 due to a cold stretch which has him batting just .122 over the past 10 games.
Alejandro Kirk appeared behind the plate and batted 4th for the Dunedin Blue Jays. Kirk went 2-for-4 with a run scored, a double, and 2 RBI. The 20-yr-old is batting .357 with 7 doubles, 8 RBI, 7BB, 6K, and a .973 OPS in 13 games with the D-Jays.
*Featured Image Credit: Wade Black
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