August 3, 2019 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report

Patrick Kivlehan, Photo Credit: Kristen Basnett

With a full slate of games, the Blue Jays saw debuts by two of their trade deadline acquisitions in a 3-5 day.



Buffalo Bisons 9, Syracuse Mets (NYM) 7


The Buffalo Bisons exploded for nine runs on 18 hits to beat the Syracuse Mets 9-7.

Andy Burns had four hits, going 4/5 with a double, an rBI and a run while Patrick Kivlehan was 3/3 with a home run and a walk, driving in four runs and scoring once. Socrates Brito was 3/3 with a double and three runs, stealing a base and four Bisons had two hits each. Jonathan Davis was 2/5 with a run, Richard Urena was 2/5 with two runs, Rowdy Tellez was 2/5 with two RBI and Michael De La Cruz was 2/4 with a double and two RBI.

T.J. Zeuch got the win, going six innings and giving up four runs on six hits (including a home run) and three walks with a strikeout. Kirby Snead allowed a run on a hit and two walks with two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings and Bryan Baker got the save, despite allowing two runs on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings.

W: T.J. Zeuch (3-1)
S: Bryan Baker (2)
HR: Patrick Kivlehan (21)

Player of the Game: Patrick Kivlehan and Andy Burns

Roster Notes: Alen Hanson was released and Santiago Espinal was promoted from New Hampshire. Danny Young was promoted to Buffalo from New Hampshire and Roemon Fields was placed on the 7-day IL.



New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3, Erie SeaWolves (DET) 5


The New Hampshire Fisher Cats fell 5-3 to the Erie SeaWolves as Thomas Hatch made his Blue Jays debut.

Chad Spanberger was 2/4 with a double and a home run, driving in a run and scoring once while Christian Williams was 1/3 with an RBI and a run. Alberto Mineo was 1/3 with a triple and an RBI.

Thomas Hatch made his Fisher Cats debut, tossing four innings and giving up four runs on six hits (including two home runs) with three strikeouts. Mike Ellenbest gave up a hit, which happened to be a solo home run, walking one and striking out one in three innings. Brad Wilson finished it with a hit allowed and a strikeout in the eighth.

L: Thomas Hatch (0-1)
HR: Chad Spanberger (11)

Player of the Game: Chad Spanberger

Roster Notes: Yennsy Diaz was promoted to Toronto while Santiago Espinal was promoted to Buffalo with Jake Brodt getting the call to New Hampshire from Lansing. Danny Young was promoted to Buffalo from New Hampshire and Mike Ellenbest was called up to New Hampshire from Dunedin. Catcher Andres Sotillo was activated off the IL.


Dunedin Blue Jays 1, Bradenton Marauders (PIT) 5


The Dunedin Blue Jays struggled with the bats, scoring just one run in a 5-1 loss to the Bradenton Marauders as another recently acquired pitcher made his Blue Jays debut.

Kyle Johnston got the start, and was charged with five runs on three hits and four walks in 2 2/3 innings, striking out three and leaving the bases loaded for Turner Larkins. Larkins, who didn’t allow a run of his own, allowed two of the three inherited runners to score and allowed four hits and a walk in 4 1/3 innings, striking out four. Sean Rackoski struck out one in the eighth and Emerson Jimenez allowed two hits and struck one batter out in the ninth.

Chavez Young had two of the club’s four hits while Samad Taylor hit a double and walked twice and Nick Podkul was 1/3 with an RBI.

L: Kyle Johnston (0-1)

Player of the Game: None

Roster Notes: Kyle Johnston was assigned to the Dunedin Blue Jays and Mike Ellenbest was promoted to New Hampshire. Hugo Cardona was promoted to Dunedin from the GCL while Josh Winckowski was placed on the 7-day IL.


Lansing Lugnuts 3, Bowling Green Hot Rods (TB) 1


The Lansing Lugnuts finally beat the Bowling Green Hot Rods, opening their series with a 3-1 win.

Juan De Paula continues to be inconsistent but had a good start, allowing just one run on two hits and two walks with two strikeouts in five innings of work. Marcus Reyes continued to dominate the Midwest League, throwing three hitless innings, striking out five of the nine batters he faced. Cre Finfrock struck out one in the ninth to earn his 13th save.

Reggie Pruitt was 2/2 with a stolen base in his return from injury while Griffin Conine hit his 17th home run, going 1/4. Gabriel Moreno was 1/4 with a double and an RBI while Hunter Steinmetz was 1/4 with an RBI. Otto Lopez (1/4, R), Ryan Gold (1/4), Rafael Lantigua (1/4) and L.J. Talley (1/4, R) each had a hit.

W: Marcus Reyes (7-1)
S: Cre Finfrock (13)
HR: Griffin Conine (17)

Player of the Game: Juan De Paula and Marcus Reyes

Roster Notes: Jake Brodt was promoted to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and Reggie Pruitt was activated off the IL.


Vancouver Canadians 1, Tri-City Dust Devils (SD) 2


The Vancouver Canadians fell 2-1 to the Tri-City Dust Devils despite a strong start from Adam Kloffenstein.

Kloff went 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts but both runs, all three walks and one of the hits came in a rough sixth inning in which catcher Philip Clarke was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Luis Quinones inherited two runners and stranded both, tossing 2 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball to keep the Cs in it, striking out four and allowing only one hit.

Ronny Brito provided all the scoring, going 2/3 with a solo home run while Trevor Schwecke was 2/4 and was caught stealing. Yorman Rodriguez (1/4), Cameron Eden (1/4) and Brett Wright (1/3, HBP), each had a hit.

L: Adam Kloffenstein (3-3)
HR: Ronny Brito (3)

Player of the Game: Ronny Brito


Bluefield Blue Jays 4, Johnson City Cardinals (STL) 5


The Bluefield Blue Jays lost again, giving up late runs to the Johnson City Cardinals and falling in another one-run game, 5-4.

Spencer Horwitz had three hits, going 3/5 with a double, two RBI and a stolen base. Joseph Reyes was 1/3 with a solo home run and Leonardo Jimenez was 2/3 with a walk. D.J. Daniels had two hits, going 2/4 with a double and a triple while Miguel Hiraldo (1/5, R) and Eric Rivera (1/4, BB, RBI) had a hit each.

Sam Ryan went five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts, handing it off to Adams Cuevas who took the loss, allowing the last two runs on four hits (including a home run) with four strikeouts in three innings.

L: Adams Cuevas (1-2)
HR: Joseph Reyes (8)

Player of the Game: Spencer Horwitz


GCL Blue Jays 4, GCL Tigers West 3


Anthony Alford had another strong game on the rehab trail as the GCL Blue Jays beat the GCL Tigers West 4-3.

Alford was 3/4 with a double and a triple, scoreing a run while Alberto Rodriguez was 2/3 with two doubles, a walk and two runs. Javier D’Orazio was 2/4 with a stolen base and Jhon Solarte was 1/4 with a home run and two RBI. Yhon Perez was 1/2 with two walks and two RBI. Orelvis Martinez was 1/4.

Kendall Williams struck out three in two innings but allowed an unearned run on a hit and a walk. Sem Robberse got the win, throwing two scoreless innings, striking out one and allowing two hits. His countryman, Jiorgeny Casimiri allowed a run on three hits with a walk and a strikeout in two innings and Jackxarel Lebron threw two scoreless frames, walking one. Brayan Mejia allowed a run on two hits with a walk to get the save.

W: Sem Robberse (2-0)
S: Brayan Mejia (1)

Player of the Game: Anthony Alford

Roster Notes: Hugo Cardona was promoted to Dunedin.


DSL Blue Jays 6, DSL Padres 8


The DSL Blue Jays surrendered two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, giving the DSL Padres their margin of victory in an 8-6 loss.

Gary David had three hits, going 3/4 iwth a home run, two RBI and two runs while Willfrann Astudillo hit a home run, going 2/3 with two RBI and two runs. Emmanuel Sanchez also had three hits, going 3/5 with a double and an RBI, stealing a base while Adrian Montero was 2/5 with a run and a stolen base. Gustavo Gutierrez (1/4, R), Yeison Jimenez (1/4), Gabriel Martinez (1/5) and Juan Pizarro (1/5, RBI) also had hits.

Soenni Martinez went five strong innings, giving up just an unearned run on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts while Joneivy Polonia allowed four runs (two earned) on two hits and two walks in 1/3 of an inning. Alcindo Pontes allowed a run on two hits with a walk in 2/3 of an inning and Raudy Sanchez walked two and hit a batter in 1/3 of an inning Juan Martinez allowed two runs (one earned), walking four and striking out one in the final 1 2/3 innings.

L: Juan Martinez (1-2)
HR: Willfrann Astudillo (1), Gary David (1)

Player of the Game: Gary David


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