August 15, 2019 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report

Nate Pearson, photo credit: Kristin Basnett

The Toronto Blue Jays minor league affiliates were 5-1 in six games on Wednesday, getting strong pitching performances in three games at the highest levels of the organization.



Buffalo Bisons 2, Toledo Mud Hens (DET) 9


Andrew Sopko had a rough start as the Toledo Mud Hens beat the Buffalo Bisons 9-2.

Sopko went just 2 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on six hits, including a home run, with two walk before giving up the ball to Tayler Saucedo who allowed three runs on five hits with two walks and a strikeout in 2 1/3 innings. Jackson McClelland stopped the bleeding, allowing a hit and walking two in two innings, striking out two while Bryan Baker struck out six, walking two in the final two innings.

Richard Urena continues to swing a hot bat, going 2/4 with two doubles and a walk while Andy Burns was 1/3 with a triple, a walk and an RBI. Santiago Espinal was 1/3 with a walk and Socrates Brito was 1/5 with a run and a stolen base. Patrick Kivlehan was 1/5 with an RBI and Roemon Fields was 1/4.

L: Andrew Sopko (1-6)

Player of the Game: Richard Urena

Roster Notes: Danny Young was sent to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.



New Hampshire Fisher Cats 1, Binghamton Rumble Ponies (NYM) 0


The New Hampshire Fisher Cats came out on top of the Binghamton Rumble Ponies with another 1-0 victory, this time on the back of a Nate Pearson performance and some rain that shortened the game.

Pearson tossed 5 2/3 innings, giving up four hits and three walks while striking out six, needing 101 pitches (60 strikes) to get the job done and get his first win with the Fisher Cats. Vinny Nittoli walked one and struck out one in 1 1/3 innings before the game was called.

The Fisher Cats had just two hits, getting a triple from Cullen Large, who scored on Joshua Palacios’s sac fly. Palacios also walked and Christian Williams was 1/3.

W: Nate Pearson (1-4)

Player of the Game: Nate Pearson

Roster Notes: Mike Ellenbest was sent from New Hampshire to Dunedin and Danny Young was sent from Buffalo to New Hampshire.


Dunedin Blue Jays 0, Clearwater Threshers (PHI) 6


While the Dunedin Blue Jays beat the Clearwater Threshers 6-0 on Wednesday, the Threshers turned the tables on Thursday, winning 6-0, limiting the Blue Jays to just four hits.

Kevin Vicuna had two hits, going 2/4 while Kacy Clemens and Ryan Noda were each 1/4. Reggie Pruitt was 0/2 but walked twice and stole a base.

Turner Larkins allowed all six runs, surrendering eight hits (including a home run) and two walks with two strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. Mike Ellenbest allowed three hits and struck out two in 1 1/3 innings and Kyle Weatherly gave up a hit with two strikeouts in two innings.

L: Turner Larkins (5-5)

Player of the Game: Kevin Vicuna

Roster Notes: Mike Ellenbest was sent from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to the Dunedin Blue Jays.


Lansing Lugnuts 4, Fort Wayne Tin Caps (SD) 12


The Lansing Lugnuts were hit hard and made four errors in losing 12-8 to the Fort Wayne TinCaps.

Troy Watson allowed five runs but only one was earned as he allowed five hits and three walks with two strikeouts over five innings for the loss. Will McAffer gave up two runs on three hits and one walk with three strikeouts in two innings while Juan Nunez allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits with three strikeouts in the eighth. Jose Espada finished things off, making his first appearance with Lansing this year, allowing two runs on a hit batter and a home run with one strikeout in the ninth.

Otto Lopez continues to get hits, going 2/5 with two RBI while Ryan Gold was 2/4 with a double and a run. Rafael Lantigua and Jake Brodt were 1/4 with Brodt hitting a double while L.J. Talley was 1/4 with a run. D.J. Neal was 1/3 with a run.

L: Troy Watson (6-4)

Player of the Game: Otto Lopez and Ryan Gold

Roster Notes: Jose Espada and Brody Rodning were activated from the 7-day IL and Joey Pulido was sent to the Vancouver Canadians.


Vancouver Canadians 1, Spokane Indians (TEX) 0


The Vancouver Canadians had just two hits but managed to score a run while limiting the Spokane Indians to two hits, winning 1-0.

Cameron Eden was 1/3 with a stolen base and a run and Dom Abbadessa drove him in, going 1/2 with an RBI.

Adam Kloffenstein was dominant, allowing just two hits and a walk in five innings, striking out eight. Nicolas Medina walked three in 2/3 of an inning and Gage Burland tossed 1 1/3 innings, walking two and striking out two. Grayson Huffman earned the save, walking one and striking out four in the final two innings.

W: Adam Kloffenstein (4-4)
S: Grayson Huffman (3)

Player of the Game: Adam Kloffenstein

Roster Notes: Joey Pulido was sent to the Vancouver Canadians from the Lansing Lugnuts.


Bluefield Blue Jays 2, Greeneville Reds (CIN) 9


The Bluefield Blue Jays were hit hard, falling 9-2 to the Greeneville Reds.

Andres Guerra had an outstanding game, however, going 4/4 with a run while D.J. Daniels was 2/4 with two doubles. Eric Rivera was 1/3 with a triple, an RBI, a run, a sac fly and an outfield assist. Justin Ammons, Spencer Horwitz and Ryan Sloniger were all 1/4 while Miguel Hiraldo was 1/4 with an RBI.

Sam Ryan took the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits with four strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings and Yunior Hinojosa allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits with a walk and a strikeout in 1 2/3 innings. Aldo Ovando gave up a run on a hit and two walks with two strikeouts in one inning and Adams Cuevas finished it off with two strikeouts over the final two innings.

L: Sam Ryan (0-3)

Player of the Game: Andres Guerra


GCL Blue Jays 4, GCL Phillies West 8


The GCL Blue Jays coughed up their lead in the bottom of the eighth inning, allowing five runs in the frame and losing to the GCL Phillies West 8-4.

Sem Robberse allowed just one run on five hits without walking anyone (although he did he a batter) and striking out three in four innings before Jiorgeny Casimiri allowed two runs on two hits (including a home run) in one inning. Jackxarel Lebron allowed a hit and hit a batter (the same batter that Robberse hit), striking out one in two innings and Brayan Mejia allowed five runs on four hits (including a home run) and hitting a batter (the same batter that both Lebron and Robberse hit) in 2/3 of an inning. Williams Moreno finished the game, retiring the only batter he faced.

Hugo Cardona was 2/5 with an RBI and a stolen base while Erickvi Celedonio was 2/4 with a double, an RBI, a run and was caught stealing. Dasan Brown was 1/2 with three walks, a double, an RBI and a run and Alberto Rodriguez was 1/4 with a walk and an RBI. Pedro Hurtado was 1/3. Jhon Solarte walked twice.

L: Brayan Mejia (0-1)

Player of the Game: Dasan Brown


DSL Blue Jays 2, DSL Padres 6


The DSL Blue Jays fell 6-2 to the DSL Padres.

With seven hits, the Blue Jays had just one extra-base hit, a double coming from Juan Pizarro who was 1/4 with a run. Gustavo Ruiz was 1/3 with a walk and Marcos De La Rosa was 0/2 with two walks and a run. Gabriel Martinez was 1/4 with a stolen base (but was also caught stealing) and Emmanuel Sanchez was 1/4. Daniel Oliva was 1/3 with a walk and a stolen base while Adrian Montero was 1/2 and Gustavo Gutierrez was 1/3.

Soenni Martinez pitched just one inning, allowing a hit while Marc Civit took the loss, giving up five runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk with one strikeout in 2 2/3 innings. Gerardo Santana finished the fourth inning, walking two and hitting a batter before getting one out and coming out for the fifth inning walking two and throwing a wild pitch before coming out for Jorman Gonzalez. Santana was charged with a run on four walks and a hit batter with two wild pitches but Jorman Gonzales walked three and struck out one in three innings, without giving up a run. Alcindo Pontes threw a scoreless eighth.

L: Marc Civit (2-1)

Player of the Game: None


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