July 12, 2019 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report

Kevin Smith

In eight games on Friday, the Blue Jays’ affiliates won four and lost four with Buffalo playing a double header and Dunedin having their game rained out.



Buffalo Bisons 4, Pawtucket Red Sox (BOS) 3


Reese McGuire

The Buffalo Bisons won the first half of their double header with the Pawtucket Red Sox, getting a 4-3 lead to hold up.

Billy McKinney had two hits, doubling twice and scoring a run while Roemon Fields hit his first home run of the year, driving in two and going 1/3 while Reese McGuire hit his fourth home run of the year, also driving in two. Socrates Brito (1/3), and Jordan Patterson (1/3, R) also had doubles for the Bisons.

T.J. Zeuch started, allowing three runs over 5 2/3 innings, giving up five hits (including a home run) and two walks while striking out two and getting 11 outs on the ground to just one on a fly ball. Buddy Boshers finished it off, walking one and getting the save in 1 1/3 innings.

W: T.J. Zeuch (2-1)
S: Buddy Boshers (5)
HR: Roemon Fields (1), Reese McGuire (4)

Player of the Game: Billy McKinney, Roemon Fields and Reese McGuire

Roster Notes: T.J. Zeuch was activated off the 7-day IL and Ryan Feierabend was placed on the IL.


Buffalo Bisons 2, Pawtucket Red Sox (BOS) 6


In Game 2 of their double header, the Buffalo Bisons fell 6-2 to the PawSox.

Socrates Brito hit the only extra-base hit of the game, going 1/2 with a triple, a stolen base and a walk, driving in a run and scoring one while Richard Urena was 1/3 with an RBI. Andy Burns and Michael De La Cruz each had a single each. Bo Bichette was held hitless again but was 0/2 with a walk and a run.

Conor Fisk got the start, allowing all six runs over 2 1/3 innings, giving up five hits and two walks with two strikeouts and leaving the bases loaded for Tayler Saucedo. While Saucedo didn’t give up any runs of his own, he did allow all three runs to score, allowing two hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings. Corey Copping finished the game with a 1-2-3 sixth, striking out one.

L: Conor Fisk (2-5)

Player of the Game: Socrates Brito



New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4, Hartford Yard Goats (COL) 2


The New Hampshire Fisher Cats got a strong start from Yennsy Diaz as the ‘Cats beat the Hartford Yard Goats 4-2.

Diaz tossed five innings, allowing two runs on six hits (including a home run) with two walks and two strikeouts to earn the win. Justin Dillon allowed a hit and struck out one in one inning and Dany Jimenez allowed a hit over two innings. Danny Young picked up his second save, striking out the side in the ninth, allowing a hit and a walk.

Kevin Smith had a big day, hitting two home runs and going 2/4 with three RBI and two runs. Nash Knight had two hits, going 2/3 with a double and a walk while Riley Adams hit a solo home run, going 1/4. Chad Spanberger was 1/4 with a run and Joshua Palacios was 1/4.

W: Yennsy Diaz (8-6)
S: Danny Young (2)
HR: Riley Adams (5), Kevin Smith 2 (10)

Player of the Game: Kevin Smith


Dunedin Blue Jays, St. Lucie Mets (NYM)


Game postponed due to rain.

Roster Notes: Christopher Bec was suspended by the league after being ejected the other day and Javier Hernandez was activated off the IL.


Lansing Lugnuts 8, Peoria Chiefs (STL) 2


Hagen Danner

The Lansing Lugnuts beat the Peoria Chiefs for the second day in a row, coming out on top by a score of 8-2.

Troy Watson allowed just one run on six hits and a walk over six innings to get the win while Joey Pulido gave up a run on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts over two innings. Juan Nunez walked two in the ninth.

Hagen Danner had three hits, going 3/4 with a walk and four RBI while Gabriel Moreno was 2/4 with a home run, a sac fly and two RBI. Jake Brodt also had two hits, going 2/5 with two runs and D.J. Neal was 2/4 with a double and an RBI. Reggie Pruitt was on base three times, going 2/4 with a walk, an RBI and a stolen base while Otto Lopez was 1/5 with a double and a run. Rafael Lantigua was 1/2 but walked three times and scored twice.

W: Troy Watson (4-2)
HR: Gabriel Moreno (7)

Player of the Game: Gabriel Moreno and Hagen Danner

Roster Notes: Cobi Johnson was placed on the 7-day IL and Tanner Kirwer was sent to the GCL for rehab.


Vancouver Canadians 9, Everett AquaSox (SEA) 4


Yorman Rodriguez

The Vancouver Canadians moved their record to 8-20, winning their second game in a row and beating the Everett AquaSox 9-4.

Yorman Rodriguez followed up a three-hit game with a four-hit game, going 4/5 with a home run, three RBI and three runs while Dom Abbadessa was 3/5 with a triple and an outfield assist. Tanner Morris was 2/5 with a double and two runs while Mc Gregory Contreras was 2/5 with a double, a triple and an RBI. Will Robertson was 2/5 with a run. Catcher Jesus Lopez was 1/3 with an RBI and a run and Adrian Ramos was 1/4 with two RBI while Luis De Los Santos was 1/4 with a run.

Gabriel Ponce lasted just 1 2/3 innings, throwing 48 pitches and walking three, allowing a run on one hit with one strikeout. Randy Pondler allowed another three runs, tossing 4 1/3 innings, giving up five hits (including a home run) with four strikeouts. Grayson Huffman allowed two hits, striking out two in two innings and Parker Caracci struck out one in the ninth.

W: Randy Pondler (3-1)
HR: Yorman Rodriguez (2)

Player of the Game: Yorman Rodriguez


Bluefield Blue Jays 3, Pulaski Yankees (NYY) 9


Alejandro Melean

The Bluefield Blue Jays lost their second game in a row to the Pulaski Yankees, falling 9-3.

Eric Rivera was 2/5 with a double and a run, stealing a base while Miguel Hiraldo was 2/4 with a double, an RBI and a run. Patrick Morris hit a solo home run, going 1/3 with a walk. Angel Camacho was 0/1 with two walks and an RBI on a sac fly. Joseph Reyes was 1/4 with a stolen base and Spencer Horwitz was 1/4.

Alejandro Melean got a start, tossing five excellent innings, allowing only one run on three hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. Luis Alvarez allowed five runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk with a strikeout in one inning to take the loss while Adams Cuevas gave up three unearned runs in the seventh, allowing four hits and striking out one. Kyle Huckaby struck out two in the eighth.

L: Luis Alvarez (0-1)

Player of the Game: Alejandro Melean


GCL Blue Jays 5, GCL Yankees West 6


The GCL Blue Jays fell behind the GCL Yankees West early but clawed back and eventually tied the game in the bottom of the fifth and then again in the bottom of the seventh but had no answer in the bottom of the ninth as they ultimately fell 6-5.

Tanner Kirwer, on a rehab assignment, got into the game, going 1/3 with a walk and two runs and threw out a runner from the outfield while Alberto Rodriguez had a big game, going 3/3 with two walks, two RBI and a run, stealing a base. Jose Rivas was 1/3 with a stolen base and Orelvis Martinez was 1/4. Rainer Nunez and Jhon Solarte each had a sac fly.

Wilgenis Alvarado allowed four runs on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts over 3 2/3 innings while Jose Brito finished the fourth, getting one out. Michael Dominguez allowed a run on a hit (a solo home run) and two walks with six strikeouts in three innings before Williams Moreno took the loss, giving up a run on two hits with one strikeout over the final two innings.

L: Williams Moreno (1-1)

Player of the Game: Alberto Rodriguez

Roster Notes: Tanner Kirwer was assigned to the GCL for rehab.


DSL Blue Jays 2, DSL Orioles1 11


The DSL Blue Jays couldn’t keep up their momentum as their two-game win streak was stopped with an 11-2 loss at the hands of the DSL Orioles1.

Adrian Montero was 2/4 with a double while Daniel Oliva also hit a double, going 1/4 with a run. Emmanuel Sanchez was 1/2 while Wilfrann Astudillo was also 1/2. Leonel Callez was 1/4 with a stolen base and a run while Gustavo Ruiz was 1/4 with a double and an RBI. Yeison Jimenez was 1/4.

Fernando Chacon went four innings, giving up three runs on four hits (including a home run) with two walks and two strikeouts. Edgar Castro went two frames, allowing only a solo home run and striking out four. Francis Mercedes allowed five runs (four earned) on two hits and three walks and committed an error and threw a wild pitch over just 1/3 of an inning. Bejardi Meza allowed both inherited runners to score, and allowed two runs of his own to score (both unearned) as he finished the game giving up four hits over 1 2/3 innings.

L: Fernando Chacon (2-3)

Player of the Game: Adrian Montero


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