Niagara Gazette — If you don’t already know about Deck McGuire, you will soon.
The Bisons righty struck out 10 and scattered three hits over seven innings to lead the Buffalo Bisons to a 5-2 win over Toledo in front of 15, 361 fans on a special School Kids Day morning start.
“The key to the game was Deck McGuire,” said Bisons manager Gary Allenson. “He was outstanding.”
Improving to 2-0 in his three Triple-A starts, McGuire threw 64 of his 94 pitches for strikes and yielding just one walk on the day.
McGuire, the Blue Jays first pick in 2011, also benefited from strong offensive support as the Bisons put up four runs in the first inning. Matt Tuiasosopo (1-for-4) put the Bisons up 2-0 with a double and Ryan Goins (2-for-4) extended the lead to 4-0 when his single drove home Tuiasosopo and Dan Johnson.
McGuire’s lone mistake was a belt high fastball that Jordan Lennerton knocked over the wall in the six inning to make the score 4-1.
McGuire has been more efficient with mixing his pitches this season, but the key the has been being more consistent with his sinker.
“Today same thing, I just tried to pound the strike zone,” said McGuire. “It seems like those day games, the earlier I wake up the better It goes. Just try to keep the ball in the zone. Try to keep it down in the zone and keep attacking the hitters.”
Coming off of a good spring training it looked as if McGuire would start the season on the Bisons roster. But, when the Bisons rotation became more concrete the Blue Jays toyed with the idea of trying the 6-foot-6 McGuire in the pen rather than sending him back to Double-A for a third season. Ultimately that idea was scrapped and McGuire was returned to Double-A New Hampshire, which was fine with McGuire.