Patrick Murphy was the story in the Blue Jays farm system Sunday.
After giving up some contact (7 Hits and as many Earned Runs in 4.2 IP) in his last start, Murphy was dominant in a start against Altoona, beating the Pirates affiliate for the second time in ten days, as the Fisher Cats topped the host Curve 4-1.
Murphy needed only 70 pitches to get through 7 innings, throwing an incredible 55 of them for strikes. He gave up only one run on five hits, walking none and fanning 5. 10 of his outs were via the groundout. Murphy worked quickly, and was around the strike zone all day. He was uncharacteristically wild (4 BB) in his last start, but walked none yesterday. Murphy has walked only 16 in 63 innings this season.
Sean Reid-Foley struggled with his command, but was supported by the Buffalo offence, as the Bisons pounded Rochester 9-4. SRF retired the side in order in the 1st, and got the first two outs in the 2nd, but lost the strike zone, sandwiching a walk around a pair of hits. Reid-Foley then walked in a pair of runs. He regained command of the strike zone for the rest of his outing, but had a brain cramp in the 5th, when he was late covering home after a wild pitch with a runner on 3rd. There are several reasons why Reid-Foley hasn’t returned to the Blue Jays, and you can bet that mistake will not go over well with the front office.
After needing 93 pitches to get through 5, Bisons Manager Bobby Meacham sent SRF back for the 6th, an interesting strategy for a player who was removed with a muscle strain after 4 innings in his last start. The idea obviously is to build SRF up, as he topped 100 pitches for the 6th time in 7 outings.
Dunedin rallied from a 4-1 deficit to force extras with Clearwater, and topped the home team 5-4 in 10, with Ryan Noda Doubling in the winning run. Chavez Young went 2-5 with a Home Run to help the cause.
Lansing was in for a long afternoon, facing two first round picks on the mound from visiting Bowling Green. The first was the resumption of a contest suspended yesterday after a half inning. Shane Baz tossed five shutout innings as the Hot Rods topped the Lugnuts 7-0. In the regularly scheduled game, Reggie Pruitt’s steal of Home in the 6th was the only run they managed against starter Matthew Liberatore, as Bowling Green won 4-1 in a game shortened to 7 innings.