The Affiliates - 29th April Recap

Lansing 2, Kane County 1
- Huggins proved my call for a HiA promotion is justified while he hurled 6 shutout innings of 1 hit ball while striking out 7 and walking only 1. Moody allowed the only run in relief and Yorman Mayora shut the door with a notable 2 inning save. It is notable because he struck out 5 of 7 hitters faced and only allowed one hit. Offensively, 2B Bryan Kervin was the only Lugnut with 2 hits while Pastornicky walked twice. The team was lucky enough to get a run through by a way of walks due to a bad outing by Kane County's Pedro Figueroa who walked 5 in only 3.2 innings. This is a big win over the league leaders for Lansing and could provide them with much needed confidence.

Dunedin 3, Clearwater 4
- The rebound from a horrible start continued for SP Ryan Page who lasted 6 innings while allowing all 4 Clearwater runs. The very encouraging part of his outing was that he walked none, and was bitten by way of 2 homers. Page only allowed 2 other hits in his outing and he was obviously throwing strikes. Magnuson came on in relief for 2 innings and struck out 2 while allowing 2 hits. Offensively, Mastroianni continued his hot start with a pair of hits and a stolen base, but ws also caught stealing once. 1B Manuel Rodriguez and converted SP Adam Loewen also had 2 hits a piece, and while Dunedin was able to outhit Clearwater, they did not do a great job of driving their baserunners in.

New Hampshire 5, New Britain 0
- Pitching wins baseball championships, everyone knows this, and luckily for the Jays their AA affiliate is just filled with pitching potential. Marc Rzepczynski had his strongest outing of the season against the Minnesota AA affiliate, but he only lasted 5 innings due to his high pitch count. During his 5 IP, he struck out 8, walked 4, and allowed 3 hits. He is still trying to strike every hitter out and I'd love to hear what the pitching coaches are telling him, but it's obvious he has the right stuff to pitch at a higher level. David Shinskie had a great relief outing pitching 3 scoreless innings while striking 3 out and allowing only one hit. Offensively, CF Adam Calderone and 1B Brian Dopirak provided some pop with a homer each which was ironically the 4th homer of the season for both of them. The team was able to get 11 hits overall, while 3B Brad Emaus and 2B Luis Sanchez stole a base a piece.

Las Vegas had the day off.

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