There were quite a few one-run games in the Blue Jays’ system on Thursday as the club won a few of them, eking out a 5-4 day in nine games completed.
Buffalo Bisons 5, Pawtucket Red Sox (BOS) 4
The Buffalo Bisons were bolstered by the addition of rehabbing lefty Ryan Borucki and got a big, four-run eighth inning to overtake the Pawtucket Red Sox and win 5-4.
Borucki allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits including two home runs, walking two and striking out three over five innings as he works his way back to Toronto. Edwin Jackson, also on a rehab assignment tossed two scoreless innings, facing the minimum and striking out one. Jason Adam, back with the Bisons, walked one and struck out one in the eighth inning and Ty Tice got his first Triple-A save, striking out two in the ninth.
Patrick Kivlehan hit his club-leading 16th home run (although some came with Indianapolis before he came to the Toronto organization), driving in three runs and going 1/3. Billy McKinney was 1/2 with a walk and Reese McGuire had the Bisons’ only other hit, going 1/4 with a run. Andy Burns was 0/2 but walked twice and scored but also made two errors in the field Richard Urena and Socrates Brito each hit a sac fly with Brito going 0/2 with a walk and a run. Jordan Patterson was 0/2 with a walk and a run.
W: Edwin Jackson (1-0)
S: Ty Tice (1)
HR: Patrick Kivlehan (16)
Player of the Game: Patrick Kivlehan
Roster Notes: Jason Adam was returned to Buffalo from his rehab and Jordan Romano was placed on the 7-day IL retroactive to July 9. Ryan Borucki was sent to Buffalo to continue his rehab assignment.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 13, Hartford Yard Goats (COL) 8
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats got the second half off to a rosing start, beating the Hartford Yard Goats 13-8 on the back of 12 hits.
Riley Adams had three of those hits, going 3/4 with a walk and three runs while Christian Williams drove in four, going 2/5 with a home run and a triple. Brock Lundquist also hit a home run, going 2/5 with three RBI and two runs while Vinny Capra was 2/5 with a home run and an RBI. Nash Knight also went deep, going 1/5 with two RBI and Kevin Smith had two RBI, hitting two sac flies, taking a walk and scoring once, despite going 0/2. Chad Spanberger was 1/5 with two runs and Joshua Palacios was 1/4 with a walk and an RBI.
Hector Perez started for the Fisher Cats, giving up four runs on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts in four innings. William Ouellette allowed a run on three hits in one inning, striking out two and Jake Fishman allowed a run on four hits and struck out one in 1 2/3 innings. Jackson McClelland retired all four batters he faced, striking out one and Bryan Baker gave up two runs securing the win in the ninth, allowing three hits and striking out one.
W: William Ouellette (1-0)
HR: Brock Lundquist (3), Vinny Capra (3), Nash Knight (5), Christian Williams (3)
Player of the Game: Christian Williams and Riley Adams
Dunedin Blue Jays 2, Tampa Tarpons (NYY) 8
In Game 1 of their scheduled double header, the Tampa Tarpons ended the Dunedin Blue Jays’ winning streak at 11 games with an 8-2 win.
The Jays had just four hits with Ryan Noda hitting a double for the only extra-base hit, going 1/2 with a walk and two RBI. Cal Stevenson was 1/3 with a walk, Cullen Large was 1/3 and Chavez Young was 1/3 with a run. Kacy Clemens walked and scored and Christopher Bec was 0/1 with a stolen base and a walk before he was ejected in the fifth inning.
Josh Winckowski‘s start was cut short at two innings due to a rain delay and he allowed his first runs as a Dunedin Blue Jay, but none of the three runs he allowed were earned. He gave up four hits and two walks with two strikeouts in two innings, needing 47 pitches to get through the two frames. Mike Ellenbest allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk with one strikeout in three innings and Kyle Weatherly finished the game, allowing a run on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts in the sixth.
L: Josh Winckowski (2-1)
Player of the Game: Ryan Noda
Roster Notes: Jason Adam was returned to the Buffalo Bisons after completing his rehab.
Dunedin Blue Jays 1, Tampa Tarpons (NYY) 2
Game 2 of the double header between the Dunedin Blue Jays and the Tampa Tarpons took eight innings to resolve with the Tarpons walking off with a 2-1 victory.
Maximo Castillo struck out eight in six innings, allowing just one run on a solo home run among only three hits with one walk. Brad Wilson took the loss, giving up an unearned run in the eighth after throwing a scoreless seventh, tossing 1 1/3 innings and giving up a hit and a walk with one strikeout.
L: Brad Wilson (1-3)
Player of the Game: Maximo Castillo
Lansing Lugnuts 3, Peoria Chiefs (STL) 2
The Peoria Chiefs made it closer, scoring once in the bottom of the seventh and once in the bottom of the ninth but the three runs the Lansing Lugnuts had scored stood up for a 3-2 win.
The Lugs had just five hits including two singles from Ryan Gold who was 2/3 with a walk and two RBI while Jake Brodt hit the only extra-base hit, going 1/4 with a double. Otto Lopez was 1/4 with a run and Reggie Pruitt was 1/3 with a walk and a run.
Sean Wymer picked up his fifth win of the year, allowing only one run on six hits (including a solo home run) and a walk with three strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Marcus Reyes allowed a hit and a walk in 1 1/3 innings and Sean Rackoski got the save, giving up a run on a hit and a walk with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings.
W: Sean Wymer (5-7)
S: Sean Rackoski (5)
Player of the Game: Sean Wymer and Ryan Gold
Vancouver Canadians 7, Everett AquaSox (SEA) 3
After their off day, the Vancouver Canadians picked up a win on the road, defeating the Everett AquaSox 7-3.
Yorman Rodriguez had another three hits, going 3/5 with two doubles, an RBI and a run while Will Robertson was 2/3 with a home run, a walk and three RBI. Cameron Eden was 2/4 with a walk and a triple, scoring twice and Philip Clarke was 1/3 with a walk and two runs. Trevor Schwecke was 1/3 with a walk, a sac fly, an RBI and a run and Luis De Los Santos was 1/5 with an RBI while Ronny Brito was 1/4. Tanner Morris was 0/2 but walked three times.
Grant Townsend got the win, tossing 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing only four hits and a walk with six strikeouts while Luke Gillingham allowed two runs on two hits with two strikeouts in one inning. Josh Almonte walked three batters without getting anyone out but Andy McGuire came on, giving up a run on two hits and two walks with one strikeout in 2 1/3 innings to get the save.
W: Grant Townsend (2-2)
S: Andy McGuire (1)
HR: Will Robertson (1)
Player of the Game: Grant Townsend, Yorman Rodriguez and Will Robertson
Bluefield Blue Jays 1, Pulaski Yankees (NYY) 8
The Bluefield Blue Jays were hammered by the Pulaski Yankees, losing 8-1 on Thursday.
Felipe Castaneda went 4 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs (six earned) on six hits (including a home run) with five walks and two strikeouts to take the loss. Gaudy Ramirez allowed a run on solo home run and two walks with three strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings and Meliton Reyes stranded two runners, striking out two and facing the minimum in 2 1/3 innings.
L: Felipe Castaneda (1-2)
HR: Angel Camacho (2)
Player of the Game: Angel Camacho
GCL Blue Jays 8, GCL Phillies East 9
It took 10 innings but the GCL Phillies East completed a comeback and walkoff win, beating the GCL Blue Jays 9-8, finishing a game that was started on July 3.
On the offensive side of things, Rainer Nunez had a big game, going 3/5 with a solo home run, a double, an RBI and three runs. Hugo Cardona was 2/5 with a walk, two runs and two stolen bases (including stealing home). Orelvis Martinez was 2/5 with a run and a stolen base and Jhon Solarte was 2/5 with an RBI and a run. Alberto Rodriguez was 2/4 with a double, a walk, an RBI and a stolen base. Jose Zepeda hit a double, going 1/3 with a walk, two RBI and a run while Hanley Acevedo hit an RBI double, going 1/3 and Javier Hernandez was 1/3.
Rafael Monsion started the game back on July 3 (and, interestingly, also pitched yesterday for the GCL Blue Jays), giving up a run on three hits with three strikeouts over two innings. Justin Maese also got into the game, allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits and two walks with three wild pitches and a strikeout in two innings. Adrian Hernandez allowed two more runs on three hits with a walk in one inning and Maverik Buffo tossed three innings, giving up a run on four hits with five strikeouts. Julian Valdez allowed an unearned run in one-plus innings, giving up two hits.
L: Julian Valdez (0-1)
HR: Rainer Nunez (1)
Player of the Game: Rainer Nunez
DSL Blue Jays 9, DSL Orioles1 6
The DSL Blue Jays won their second game in a row, defeating the DSL Orioles1 9-6.
Juan Pizarro hit his first home run of the year, going 2/4 with four RBI and two runs while Daniel Oliva was 2/3 with a walk, a double, an RBI and three runs. Gary David was 1/4 with a double and a run and Yeison Jimenez was 1/4 with a triple, an RBI and a run. Emmanuel Sanchez was 2/5 with an RBI and Glenn Santiago was 1/2 with a run, coming out of the game after he was hit by a pitch. Amell Brazoban was 1/5 with a run and Gustavo Gutierrez was 1/2 with two walks.
Soenni Martinez started and struck out six in 4 1/3 innings, allowing a run on four hits with a walk. Marc Civit tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings but he did allow an inherited runner to score when he came in with the bases loaded. He allowed two hits and a walk with one strikeout. Raudy Sanchez was charged with five runs (three earned) , allowing a hit and four walks without retiring a batter and Joneivy Polonio allowed all three inherited runners to score over his inning, walking one batter. Junior Guzman got the save, giving up a hit and a walk in the ninth.
W: Marc Civit (2-0)
S: Junior Guzman (1)
HR: Juan Pizarro (1)
Player of the Game: Juan Pizarro and Soenni Martinez
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