Three of the four Jays farm teams won on Thursday, however, the story was the starting pitching. In twenty-four combined innings, the Jays starters allowed just fifteen hits, four runs, and struck out twenty-six batters.
Three-Run Sixth Sends Syracuse to Victory
The Syracuse SkyChiefs were victorious Thursday night with a 6-3 win over Buffalo. Bryant Nelson got Syracuse on the board in the bottom half of the first inning trailing 2-0, when he singled to center field to score Aaron Hill. Hill then homered in the fifth inning to cut the Buffalo lead to 3-2 and Syracuse would capture the lead for good the following inning. After a Chad Mottola double and a single by Andy Dominique to put runners at the corners, Danny Solano double in two runs – and subsequently scored on a Aaron Hill sacrifice fly. The SkyChiefs would get one more run in the eighth when Justin Singleton tripled in Chad Mottola.
SkyChiefs started Francisco Rosario left with two outs in the fifth inning and just missed out on getting the victory. Reliever Michael Nannini picked up the victory pitching 2 1/3 scoreless innings, and Matt Whiteside picked up the save with a scoreless ninth. Rosario did strike out nine batters in his five plus innings of work.
Nelson, Mottola and Singleton each had two hits on the evening with Hill and Solano each driving in two runs.
Player of the Game:: SS- Aaron Hill: 1-3, 2R,, HR, 2RBI
Fisher Cats Win Again
A four-run fifth inning sent the Fisher Cats to victory Thursday night in Binghamton. The onslaught started when Eric Junge relieved top prospect Yusmeiro Petit. Vito Chiaravalloti doubled to center, and after moving to third on a ground out, scored on a Carlo Cota triple. Kevin Barker followed with an RBI single, and Maikel Jova also singled and advanced to second on an error by the right fielder. Cota picked up another RBI in the sixth when he singled in Chiaravalloti. The Fisher Cats scored their sixth run of the game in the eighth when Brad Hassey doubled to score Rob Cosby.
Vince Perkins was brilliant once again striking out seven and allowing just one run for his first victory of the season. Carlo Cota and Kevin Barker each had three hits on the evening with Rob Cosby and Vito Chiaravalloti contributed with two hits.
Player of the Game: SP- Vince Perkins: 6IP, 4, 1ER, 1BB, 7SO
Dunedin Allows One Hit in Victory
Two Dunedin pitchers combined to throw a one-hitter Thursday evening as the Blue Jays were 6-0 winners improving their record to 6-2. Starter Michael MacDonald allowed just one hit, a third inning single to Ronald Perodin as he struck out six, and walked two in his seven innings of work. MacDonald improved to 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA on the season. Brad Mumma pitched the eighth and the ninth innings allowing just one walk. David Smith and Eric Arnold picked up an RBI single and an RBI double in the third inning, as Joey Reiman picked up an RBI single in the sixth and Brian Patrick scored on a fielders choice attempt with Jayce Tingler at the plate. The final two runs of the game came in the ninth when Ryan Roberts doubled in two runs. MacDonald retired twelve of the final thirteen batters he would face in the game.
Player of the Game: SP- Mike MacDonald: 7IP, 1H, 0ER, 2BB, 5SO
Lansing’s Offense Stalls
The Lansing Lugnuts had a tough time finding a hit Thursday evening as they dropped a 6-1 content to South Bend. Lansing accumulated just two hits on the evening – one by Chip Cannon and the other by Eric Nielsen.
Kyle Yates was spectacular on the mound pitching six innings of scoreless baseball allowing five hits, and striking out five batters, however, their defense fell apart in contributing to the loss. Po-Hsuan Ken allowed a two run homer in the seventh inning, and then an error by Jason Armstrong contributed to three more unearned runs in the eighth.
Player of the Game: SP- Kyle Yates: 6IP, 5, 0ER, 0BB, 5SO