Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Drew Hutchison got the start at Coca-Cola Field on Sunday afternoon with the Blue Jays Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons in front of a crowd of 10,380.
Hutchison, 25, leads the MLB with a run support of 7.8 runs per 9 innings, but he didn’t get any help from the Bisons in his 4 innings of work. He was credited with the loss, as the Herd dropped their second straight game to the Syracuse Chiefs, 3-0.
Hutchison pitched 4 innings, using 71 pitches (43 for strikes), allowing three hits, two runs, walking three batters and striking out four. He also added a balk and a home run allowed to his scoring line.
“I thought I was a little rusty in the beginning”, Hutchison said about his performance. “Towards the end I started to feel good.”
Hutchison allowed a home run to Syracuse’s second batter of the game, Matt den Dekker. Later on, Caleb Ramsey hit a triple to lead-off the 2nd inning. After the triple, Hutchison got into a groove, facing only one batter over the minimum.
“I thought I made some good pitches after that,” Hutchison said about his performance after the triple. “I thought the last inning was the best inning I had.”
He holds a 12-2 record with an ERA of 5.06 in 24 starts with Toronto before his demotion to the Bisons on August 18th.
“It’s never a great feeling,” Hutchison said about coming down to Buffalo. “I need to continue to do what I need to do and be prepared to pitch.”
Hutchison will not make another start with the Bisons as he will be scheduled to pitch on Saturday afternoon vs. the Detroit Tigers in Toronto.
Syracuse starting pitcher Paolo Espino really limited the Bisons offense as the Bisons only mustered one hit off of Espino. He went 7 innings, walked 2, struck out 3, and also hit a batter.
Espino set season-low in hits allowed with one (previous high: 4, last occurring on May 30th, at Durham). He also tied a season-low with earned runs allowed with 0, last set on August 6th at Pawtucket.
He also took a no-hitter into the 5th inning, but Bisons RF Ty Kelly led off the inning with a single down the right field line. Kelly’s hit was the first of two by the Bisons in the entire game.
Syracuse’s den Dekker and Ramsey combined for 6 of Syracuse’s 9 hits. Both Ramsey and den Dekker went 3-for-4, while Ramsey was a home run shy of the cycle.
With the Bisons shutout loss to Syracuse today, this marks the 17th shutout, a new team record for the Bisons. The Bisons will go on the road to Allentown, Pennsylvania to face the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Left-hander Jeff Francis (5-2, 2.14 ERA) will get the ball for the Bisons, while Sean O’Sullivan (2-2, 3.86 ERA) will go on the bump for the IronPigs. First pitch will be scheduled for 7:05pm.
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