July 5, 2019 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report

Bo Bichette

The Blue Jays’ affiliates played seven games on Friday, with the Bluefield Blue Jays getting rained out and they won just three with four losses.



Buffalo Bisons 8, Syracuse Mets (NYM) 2


Despite Tim Tebow hitting a home run, the Buffalo Bisons limited the Syracuse Mets’ offensive output, winning 8-2.

Bo Bichette had himself a day, going 3/5 with two doubles, a home run, a walk, two RBI and two runs, adding a stolen base for good measure. Richard Urena also had three hits, going 3/5 with two RBI and a run. Socrates Brito was 2/5 with a walk and two runs while Reese McGuire was 2/5 with a double and two runs, stealing a base. Alen Hanson was 2/5 with a triple and a run while Roemon Fields was 1/4 with two RBI and a sac fly. Patrick Kivlehan was 1/4 with a walk, a sac fly and an RBI.

Conor Fisk had one of his best outings of the year, allowing two solo home runs (among five hits) with six strikeouts in five innings. Corey Copping tossed 1 1/3 scoreless frames, giving up a hit and a walk with one strikeout while Buddy Boshers struck out one in 1 2/3 innings. Edwin Jackson pitched a clean ninth.

W: Conor Fisk (2-4)
HR: Bo Bichette (5)

Player of the Game: Bo Bichette

Roster Notes: Thomas Pannone was optioned back to Buffalo and Jonathan Davis was called up to Toronto.



New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, Portland Sea Dogs (BOS) 11


Chad Spanberger

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats continued their series with the Portland Sea Dogs, losing 11-5.

Chad Spanberger was 2/3 with a double, a walk, an RBI and a run while Joshua Palacios was on base three times, going 1/3 with two walks and a run. Every starter had one hit except for Riley Adams (0/3, BB, R) while Forrest Wall (1/5) drove in two runs. Santiago Espinal (1/5, CS), Nash Knight (1/5), Logan Warmoth (1/4, 3B, R), Christian Williams (1/3, RBI) and Vinny Capra (1/3, 2B, BB, RBI, R) each had a hit.

Justin Dillon was shellacked, giving up eight runs on 10 hits (including one home run) over 4 1/3 innings, walking two. Dany Jimenez allowed a solo home run among two hits with one walk and three strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings and Jake Fishman struck out four in 1 2/3 innings, allowing just a hit. Jackson McClelland allowed two runs on a walk and a home run in 1 1/3 innings, striking out one.

L: Justin Dillon (1-2)

Player of the Game: Chad Spanberger

Roster Notes: Jake Fishman was promoted back to New Hampshire from Dunedin.


Dunedin Blue Jays 4, Lakeland Flying Tigers (DET) 0


Maximo Castillo

The Dunedin Blue Jays shut out the Lakeland Flying Tigers 4-0 in Friday action, getting a stellar outing from Maximo Castillo.

Castillo lowered his ERA to 3.28 thanks to 5 2/3 innings of two-hit, one-walk ball in which he struck out seven. Mike Ellenbest picked up a save, tossing 3 1/3 innings without giving up a hit and walking one, striking out one.

Demi Orimoloye hit his seventh home run, going 1/4 with two RBI while Chavez Young was 1/3 with a triple, an RBI, a sac fly and a run. Samad Taylor was on base twice with a 1/3 game, taking a walk, scoring a run and stealing a base while Kacy Clemens was 2/3 with a double and a walk. Cal Stevenson was 1/4 with a double and a run and Kevin Vicuna was 1/4. Nick Podkul was also 1/4 with an RBI.

W: Maximo Castillo (5-5)
S: Mike Ellenbest (1)
HR: Demi Orimoloye (7)

Player of the Game: Maximo Castillo

Roster Notes: Jake Fishman was sent back to New Hampshire.


Lansing Lugnuts 5, Great Lakes Loons (LAD) 1


Griffin Conine

The Lansing Lugnuts got out to a lead in and just managed to hold on as the Great Lakes Loons staged a comeback in the late innings but the scored ended 5-4 in Lansing’s favour.

It was the Griffin Conine show for the Lugnuts as Conine was 3/4 with two doubles and three RBI, scoring twice. Reggie Pruitt also had two doubles, scoring twice while Ryan Gold (1/4, RBI), Jake Brodt (1/3, RBI, SF), Rafael Lantigua (1/4, 2B) and Hunter Steinmetz (1/4, R) each had a hit.

Sean Wymer had a strong start, going five innings and allowing just a run on three hits (including a solo home run) with three walks and five strikeouts. Sean Rackoski gave up a solo home run as the only run he allowed in three innings, surrendering three hits and striking out three. Cre Finfrock gave up two more runs in the ninth, allowing three hits and striking out two to pick up his 10th save.

W: Sean Wymer (4-7)
S: Cre Finfrock (10)

Player of the Game: Griffin Conine


Vancouver Canadians 3, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (SF) 13


The Vancouver Canadians continue to struggle, losing to the powerhouse Salem-Keizer Volcanoes by a 13-3 score.

On the bright side, newly signed Vanderbilt catcher Philip Clarke made his professional debut and went 1/5 with a solo home run. Cameron Eden went 1/3 with two walks and a run while Tanner Morris was 1/3 with two walks and an RBI. Ronny Brito was 2/4 and Mc Gregory Contreras was 1/4 while Davis Schneider was 1/3 with a run.

Gabriel Started and gave up five runs in two innings, allowing six hits while Randy Pondler surrendered seven runs on eight hits and two walks with one strikeout in 1 2/3 innings. Andy McGuire provided 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief after allowing two of the three runners he inherited from Pondler to score. McGuire allowed two hits and struck out one before Luke Gillingham allowed a run on three hits and struck out two in the eighth.

L: Gabriel Ponce (0-1)
HR: Philip Clarke (1)

Player of the Game: None

Roster Notes: Ryan Sloniger was sent back to the Bluefield Blue Jays and Philip Clarke was assigned to the Vancouver Canadians.


Bluefield Blue Jays, Johnson City Cardinals (STL)


Game postponed due to rain.

Roster Notes: Ryan Sloniger was sent to Bluefield from Vancouver.


GCL Blue Jays 3, GCL Phillies West 5


The GCL Blue Jays scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the ninth but they weren’t enough to overcome the five-run lead that the GCL Phillies West had, losing 5-3.

Jhon Solarte had another two hits including a triple and he drove in three runs, going 2/5 and Erickvi Celedonio was 2/4 with a run. Hugo Cardona was 0/2 but walked three times and stole two bases. Orelvis Martinez was 1/5 with a triple and Jose Zepeda was 1/3 with a walk. Geyber Jimenez was 1/1 with a walk before being taken out of the game.

Michael Dominguez went three innings, giving up three hits and striking out four while Jason Adam tossed a perfect fourth, striking out one. Austin Havekost gave up two runs on three hits in the fifth and Wilgenis Alvarado allowed another three runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. Eliezer Bello came on with two outs in the ninth to finish it off, striking out the only batter he faced.

L: Austin Havekost (0-2)

Player of the Game: Jhon Solarte and Erickvi Celedonio


DSL Blue Jays 6, DSL Reds 8


While they beat the Reds on Thursday, the DSL Blue Jays lost 8-6 to them on Friday.

The Blue Jays had 10 hits, getting two apiece from Juan Pizarro (2/4, RBI, R), Gabriel Martinez (2/3, BB, RBI, R, SB) and Leonel Callez (2/4, R, SB). Gustavo Ruiz was 1/4 with a double and two RBI and Glenn Santiago also hit a double, going 1/5 with a run. Adrian Montero was 1/3 with a walk, an RBI and a run while Daniel Oliva was 1/3 with a walk, a run and a stolen base.

Starting was Soenni Martinez who allowed four runs on eight hits with on strikeout in three innings. Alcindo Pontes allowed a run on a hit and a walk with one strikeout in one inning and Winder Garcia allowed just four hits and a walk without giving up a run, striking out one in three innings. Joneivy Polonia took the loss, allowing three runs on two hits (including a home run) and a walk in one inning and Raudy Sanchez finished it, walking two and striking out one in the ninth.

L: Joneivy Polonia (0-1)

Player of the Game: Leonel Callez, Gabriel Martinez and Juan Pizarro


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