MLN: Hicks Homers, Janssen Throws a Gem...Again!

David Smith homered and drove in three runs

<B>Big Leaguers Can't Sent Jays to Victory</b> <Br> <br> Ryan Glynn and Brandon League, both of whom of seen action in the major leagues, could not pitch Syracuse to a victory Friday afternoon as they dropped a 5-2 contest to Scranton.

The middle innings hurt the SkyChiefs as Scranton scored all of their five runs in the fourth through sixth innings. Carlos Ruiz doubled to right field with runners on first and third to score the first run of the game, and the second run scored the following at bat when Danny Solano could not handle a ground ball to him. The SkyChiefs picked up a run of their own in the top of the fifth when Aaron Hill singled, and scored two batters later on a Chad Mottola single. Scranton would pick up one more run in the bottom half of the fifth on a Ryan Howard single to center. Once again Syracuse showed some signs of life as Jason Alfaro led off the sixth with a solo homer to left field to make it a 3-2 game, however, Scranton would put it away in the bottom half of the sixth with Brandon League on the mound. League allowed a leadoff walk and a single to open the inning, as the runners moved up a base on ground out. League then allowed a two run single to Danny Sandoval to make it a 5-2 game. League will be making several more appearances as a reliever until he has built up enough arm strength to enter the SkyChiefs rotation.

Ryan Glynn allowed three runs on four hits during his 4 1/3 innings of work. League pitched three innings and allowed four hits, two runs, two walks and struck out one. Michael Nannini pitched to two batters and retired both of them.
Player of the Game:: 3B- Jason Alfaro 3-4, R, HR, RBI

Binghamton Has an Easy Time Over New Hampshire

Ismael Ramirez and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats dropped a 5-1 decision to Binghamton Friday night with Brian Bannister on the mound, as he picked up his league leading fourth win of the season.

The only run for New Hampshire came in the third inning when Raul Tablado belted his second homer in as many days.

Ramirez picked up his third loss of the season and fell to 1-3 while raising his ERA to 4.03. The right-hander lasted 5 2/3 innings as he allowed three runs on eight hits while striking out four batters. Bubbie Buzachero pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing one hit, two walks and striking out two batters. Jordan De Jong continued his struggles as he allowed three hits leading to run runs in his inning of work, raising his ERA to 10.12.
Player of the Game: SS- Raul Tablado:1-4, R, HR, RBI

Dunedin Wins Extra-Inning Slugfest

It took eleven innings, twenty-four hits and seventeen runs to decide the outcome, however, a leadoff homer by David Smith in the eleventh inning gave the Dunedin Blue Jays to 9-8 victory Friday night.

Smith was the star of the game going 2-5 with a run scored, a homer three RBI, however Manuel Mayorson has a solid night also driving two doubles, a single, scoring a run, and driving in two runs. Ryan Roberts also had a multi-hit game with two singles, scoring two runs and driving in a run of his own. Adam Lind added a two-run double and come around to score for his only hit of the game.

Davis Romero started the game and allowed three runs on seven hits, while walking two and striking out six in his six innings of work. Tracy Thorpe was ineffective in relief allowing a hit and three walks all leading to a run while retiring just one batter. Danny Core followed, however, did not have any better success allowing two runs on two hits in his 2/3 innings of work. Milton Travarez was charged with his second blown save of the season as he allowed a run in the ninth inning with Dunedin leading by one. Bradley Mumma allowed a run in the tenth inning on two hits. Russell Savickas picked up the victory pitching a scoreless eleventh inning, despite allowing a hit and walking two batters. Savickas was called up from Pulaski earlier in the day.
Player of the Game: RF- David Smith: 2-5, R, HR, 3RBI

Lugnuts Comeback, then Blow Game inNinth

Danny Hill allowed two unearned runs in the ninth inning of Friday's game as the Lansing Lugnuts suffered a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to the hands of West Michigan. Hill allowed consecutive singles to open the ninth inning, and then recorded the first out of the inning on a sacrifice bunt that advanced the runners to second and third. However, a fielding error by Chris Snavely during the next at bats allowed both runners to score and give West Michigan the 4-3 lead.

Lansing made a comeback of their own in the eighth inning as they trailed 2-1. Juan Peralta singled in David Hicks and then Curtis Thigpen singled in Peralta to give Lansing the 3-2 lead. Chris Snavely had the first run of the game when he hit a solo homer in the fifth inning to right field.

Casey Janssen was brilliant once again in his fourth start of the season allowing just five hits and two runs in seven innings of work. Janssen walked just one batter and struck out nine as he currently has a 1.04 ERA.
Player of the Game: SP- Casey Janssen: 7IP, 5H, 2ER, 1BB, 9SO

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