June 12, 2021 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report

Jordan Groshans; Photo: Kristin Basnett

The Dunedin Blue Jays absolutely trashed their opponents as part of a 2-2 split in the Blue Jays organization.

Buffalo Bisons 4, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (NYY) 6

The Buffalo Bisons (17-16) gave up two runs in the top of the 10th to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and fell 6-4 on Saturday night.

On the bump was TJ Zeuch who tossed four innings, giving up two runs on three hits with a walk and four strikeouts, neding just 47 pitches. Casey Lawrence needed 43 pitches to throw two innings, allowing two runs on five hits with four strikeouts. Dany Jimenez threw a scoreless seventh, allowing a hit and striking out one and Patrick Murphy provided two innings of relief, striking out three. Hobie Harris took the loss, giving up the two runs in the 10th (one earned) on a hit and a walk with two strikeouts.

First baseman Tyler White had two hits including a double, an RBI and a run while everyone else in the lineup except for Christian Colon had one hit apiece. Cullen Large (1/5, 2B, RBI) and Jared Hoying (1/5, 2B, RBI) each hit a double and Kevin Smith (1/4, BB, R, SB), Juan Graterol (1/4), Richard Urena (1/3, BB, R), Dilson Herrera (1/4, R) and Logan Warmoth (1/2, 2 BB, SB) had a single each.

L: Hobie Harris (0-1)

Player of the Game: Tyler White and Logan Warmoth

Roster Notes: Lefty Tayler Saucedo was called up to the Blue Jays while Jeremy Beasley was optioned back to Buffalo. Zach Logue was promoted to Buffalo from New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4, Portland Sea Dogs (BOS) 2

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (13-21) got another strong pitching performance from newcomer to the Jays’ organization Johnny Barbato and rode that to a 4-2 win over the Portland Sea Dogs.

Barbato logged seven innings, giving up just one unearned run with three hits and two walks, striking out three but he wasn’t around long enough for the win. Connor Law got into some trouble, giving up two hits and a walk in 1/3 of an inning but Brody Rodning stranded the bases loaded, striking out both batters he faced. Jon Harris picked up the save, giving up a solo home run and striking out one in the ninth.

Playing shortstop, Jordan Groshans had a big game, going 2/4 with a double, a walk and three RBI while Chavez Young was also 2/4. Austin Martin was 1/4 with a double and a walk, scoring a run and LJ Talley was 1/4 with a run. Kevin Vicuna was 1/3 and Brock Lundquist was 1/2 with a walk and a run.

W: Brody Rodning (1-3)
S: Jon Harris (1)

Player of the Game: Jordan Groshans and Johnny Barbato

Roster Notes: Chavez Young was activated from the injured list and Zach Logue was sent up to Buffalo.

Vancouver Canadians 2, Spokane Indians (COL) 5

The Vancouver Canadians’ (20-15) tried to mount a comeback in the late innings but couldn’t get within reach of the Spokane Indians, losing 5-2.

Swinging a hot bat was Cameron Eden who was 2/4 with two doubles and Luis De Los Santos was 1/4 with a double himself. Spencer Horwitz was 1/4 with an RBI and Sebastian Espino was 1/4 while Ronny Brito was 0/2 but walked and drove in a run with a sac fly.

The surprise starter was Sam Ryan, who had been working out of the bullpen all year. He went four solid innings, giving up a run on three hits with one strikeout. Brandon Eisert took over and allowed four runs on three hits (two HRs) with a walk and three strikeouts in three innings. Will McAffer finished it off, striking out two in the eighth.

L: Sam Ryan (0-1)

Player of the Game: Sam Ryan and Cameron Eden

Dunedin Blue Jays 17, Lakeland Flying Tigers (DET) 2

The Dunedin Blue Jays (14-21) went bonkers at the plate, scoring 17 times against the Lakeland Flying Tigers for a 17-2 win.

Three Blue Jays had three-hit games with Zac Cook leading hte way. He was 3/6 with a walk, a double, a home run, three RBI and two runs in the leadoff spot. Orelvis Martinez was 3/5 with two walks, two doubles, three RBI and a run. PK Morris also had three hits with three walks, a double, three RBI and a run. Harry Ray had two hits, going 2/4 with two walks, a double, three RBI and a run. Steward Berroa also had two hits, going 2/4 with two walks, three runs and two stolen bases. Ryan Sloniger was 1/3 but hit a home run, walked three times, drove in two and scored three times. Leo Jimenez was 1/3 with two walks, a double, an RBI and two runs and Miguel Hiraldo was 1/6 with a walk, an RBI and two runs. Mack Mueller had a bit of a rough game, going 0/6 and striking out five times, perhaps showing a bit too much eagerness with the rest of the lineup going off around him?

On the mound, Naswell Paulino was outstanding tossing five innings and giving up just two hits and a walk with nine strikeouts to pick up the win. Elixon Caballero threw a clean sixth while Jefferson Herrera walked one and struck out one in the seventh. Juan De Paula allowed two runs on a hit and two walks in the eighth, striking out one and Julian Valdez struck out one in the ninth.

W: Naswell Paulino (1-1)
HR: Zac Cook (1), Ryan Sloniger (2)

Player of the Game: Zac Cook and Naswell Paulino

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