I got my 1st taste of Triple A baseball yesterday and I've got to say that I'm impressed.
Game 1 started off a little rocky for Dave Bush and I was getting a bit worried, but Bush escaped a tough 1st inning with just 1 unearned run. He cruised through 4 more innings, allowing a total of 3 hits on the day.
Brad Lincoln pitched a rocky shutout 6th and Juan Perez pitched a clean 7th to finish it off.
Anthony Gose had an interesting game. He went 3-4, but was thrown out trying to steal and also picked off. He's going to need to be successful on the bases if he wants to return to Toronto. He played a good CF too, gliding to everything with ease.
Ryan Goins had the big hit, a bases clearing 2B off a LH reliever in the 1st inning. Andy LaRoche added a couple hits and Josh Thole added a 2 RBI single.
Yankees former top prospect Dellin Betances got the start for the bad guys and got shelled, giving up 6 ER in 2/3 of an inning. The bullpen held it together, but it was too little in a 6-1 Bisons win.
Game 2 was a different story.
New signing Miguel Batista got the start and was not sharp, giving up 3 hits and a walk. Shaky defense led to 2 unearned runs of the 3 given up.
Waiver wire pickup Mickey Storey didn't fare much better, but did give the Herd 2.1 innings of work. He surrendered 3 runs of his own (all earned) on 2 hits and 2 walks.
Ex-Brave Buddy Carlyle added fuel to the fire, giving up 4 runs (3 earned) on 3 hits and 3 walks in 1.2 ip.
Alex Hinshaw came on and cleaned up after Buddy, posting a hitless 1.1 ip. He did manage to impressively walk 4.
Neil Wagner finished the day by giving up 2 ER on 3 hits and a walk.
All together, the Bisons pitchers walked 11. The defense made 3 errors. This was an ugly game.
The offense was pretty good in game 2, but they just couldn't keep up.
Super utility man Mike McCoy led off and was 2-2 adding 2 walks. Langerhans and Negrych added 2 hits apiece, while Velez hit a triple and drove in 3.
The Bisons are now 4-4 on the season, as they travel to Syracuse to take on the Nationals affiliate for 4 games.
Tonight or tomorrow I'm going to take a look at the Syracuse roster and share my thoughts on some of their key players and prospects.
Until next time.