August 25, 2019 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report

Santiago Espinal

It was “Big Nate” day in Buffalo on Sunday as the Blue Jays’ top pitching prospect put on a show while the affiliates went 3-3.



Buffalo Bisons 5, Pawtucket Red Sox (BOS) 4


The Buffalo Bisons scored in the bottom of the 11th to walk off with a 5-4 win against the Pawtucket Red Sox on Sunday, thanks to a bases-loaded single by Roemon Fields.

Fields was 2/5 with the RBI, a run and a stolen base while Santiago Espinal continues to swing a hot bat, going 3/4 with a solo home run and a stolen base. Patrick Kivlehan was 2/5 with a home run and a double, driving in two runs and scoring once while Michael De La Cruz was 2/4 with a walk and a run. Jonathan Davis was 1/5 with an RBI, a run and a stolen base while Socrates Brito was 1/5 with a stolen base. Kevin Vicuna was 1/2 and Andy Burns, coming in for him, was 1/1 with a double.

Nate Pearson struggled a bit early to find his release point, allowing two runs on two hits in the second inning including a two-run home run. But Pearson loosened up, firing in the high 90s (hitting 99 on the radar gun) and retired the next 10 batters before hitting Bryce Brentz. He then got the next four batters before Michael Chavis struck out but reached first on a wild pitch. He retired the next batter finish his outing at six innings. In total, Pearson allowed two runs on two hits without walking anyone and striking out seven over six innings. Kirby Snead gave up a run on two hits and two walks with one strikeout in 1 1/3 innings and Ty Tice allowed a run on two hits (including a home run) with a strikeout in 1 2/3 innings. Bryan Baker got the win with two scoreless innings, striking out three.

W: Bryan Baker (1-1)
HR: Patrick Kivlehan (28), Santiago Espinal (1)

Player of the Game: Santiago Espinal

Roster Notes: Justin Shafer and Brock Stewart were optioned to the Buffalo Bisons.



New Hampshire Fisher Cats 1, Binghamton Rumble Ponies (NYM) 5


The New Hampshire Fisher Cats lost again to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, falling 5-1.

The Fisher Cats had just six hits on the day including singles from Cullen Large (1/4), Joshua Palacios (1/4), Christian Williams (1/4), Riley Adams (1/4), Alberto Mineo (1/3, R) and Vinny Capra (1/3, RBI).

Joey Murray took the loss, surrendering four runs on six hits (including a home run) with one walk and six strikeouts in six innings. Corey Copping allowed a run on two hits (including a home run) with a strikeout in two innings and Danny Jimenez allowed two hits but struck out three in the ninth.

L: Joey Murray (2-3)

Player of the Game: None


Dunedin Blue Jays 0, Florida Fire Frogs (ATL) 1


It was a tough day for the Dunedin Blue Jays’ batters as they managed just four hits and lost 1-0 to the Florida Fire Frogs.

Reggie Pruitt hit a double, going 1/4 while Chavez Young was 1/3 with a walk. Demi Orimoloye and Christopher Bec each had a single, going 1/4 while Kacy Clemens walked twice.

Nick Allgeyer had a strong start, allowing just a hit on six hits with five strikeouts in six innings. Kyle Weatherly allowed only a hit with three strikeouts in two innings.

L: Nick Allgeyer (10-6)

Player of the Game: Nick Allgeyer


Lansing Lugnuts 3, Great Lakes Loons (LAD) 2


The Lansing Lugnuts scored late to overcome a 2-1 deficit and beat the Great Lakes Loons 3-2.

The Lugnuts had just four hits including a double from Otto Lopez (1/4, R) and a home run from L.J. Talley (1/3, HR, RBI, R). Rafael Lantigua was 1/3 and was caught stealing and Ronny Brito was 1/3 with a run.

Troy Watson didn’t give up any runs, allowing two hits and four walks, hitting two batters and striking out five in 5 2/3 innings. Marcus Reyes allowed two runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings, striking out two and Brody Rodning walked one in the eighth, striking out two. Cre Finfrock allowed just a hit in the ninth, striking out two for his 17th save.

W: Brody Rodning (2-0)
S: Cre Finfrock (17)
HR: L.J. Talley (5)

Player of the Game: Troy Watson


Vancouver Canadians 7, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (SF) 1


The Vancouver Canadians won with a convincing, 7-1 victory over the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.

The pitching was strong with Nick Fraze allowing only three hits with four strikeouts in three innings while Luis Quinones struck out a whopping nine batters in four innings, allowing a run on three hits and a walk to earn the win. Luke Gillingham finished the game, allowing three hits and striking out two in two innings.

Tanner Morris had an excellent game, going 3/5 with a double, two RBI and a run while Luis De Los Santos also had three hits including a double, with two RBI and two runs. Spencer Horwitz hit his first Vancouver home run, going 1/5 with two RBI while Mc Gregory Contreras was 2/3 with an RBI and a run and was hit by a pitch. Philip Clarke was 1/3 with a walk and Jesus Lopez and Will Robertson were both 1/4 with a run.

W: Luis Quinones (2-1)
HR: Spencer Horwitz (1)

Player of the Game: Luis Quinones, Luis De Los Santos and Tanner Morris


Bluefield Blue Jays 0, Kingsport Mets (NYM) 3


The Bluefield Blue Jays lost again to the Kingsport Mets, falling 3-0.

The Blue Jays had just three hits with a 1/3 game from Justin Ammons who added a walk and was hit by a pitch and a 1/2 game from Joseph Reyes who walked and was hit by a pitch. D.J. Daniels was 1/4 and Eric Rivera was 1/5. Davis Schneider was 0/1 but walked three times.

Felipe Castaneda threw 2 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on a hit but he walked four and hit two batters, striking out one. Meliton Reyes allowed just a hit and struck out one in 3 2/3 innings and Austin Havekost allowed a run on two hits with a strikeout in two innings.

L: Felipe Castaneda (3-4)

Player of the Game: None


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