June 16, 2021 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report

Nate Pearson

The Blue Jays’ two A-ball teams picked up wins while the Double-A and Triple-A clubs dropped all three games they played.

Buffalo Bisons 0, Rochester Red Wings (WAS) 2

The Buffalo Bisons (18-18) couldn’t get their offense started to support a solid Nate Pearson outing in a 2-0 loss to the Rochester Red Wings.

Big-armed (and -bodied) righty Nate Pearson took to the mound and fired six solid innings, giving up just two runs on two hits (one HR) with two walks and three strikeouts, taking the loss. Hobie Harris gave up just a hit in his inning and Kirby Snead struck out two in his inning to finish the game.

The Buffalo Bisons had just two hits including one from George Springer, serving as the DH in this one while Christian Colon had the other hit.

L: Nate Pearson (1-3)

Player of the Game: Nate Pearson

Roster Notes: The Blue Jays reinstated Patrick Murphy from his rehab assignment and sent Travis Bergen back to Buffalo.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4, Hartford Yard Goats (COL) 6

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (14-22) and the Hartford Yard Goats completed their game that was suspended on Tuesday, with the Yard Goats coming out on top 6-4.

Simeon Woods Richardson, who had started on Tuesday, struck out the side in the first inning before Troy Miller (Wednesday’s scheduled starter) took over with the resumption of play. Miller did not fare as well, allowing six runs on 10 hits (one HR) with six strikeouts in five innings. Fitz Stadler allowed a hit and struck out two in two innings and Mike Ellenbest struck out one in the ninth.

Otto Lopez was 2/5 with a double and a run while Jordan Groshans was 2/4 with a double and two RBI. Vinny Capra was 2/4 with a double and Samad Taylor was 1/5 with a double. Austin Martin (1/5, R), Gabriel Moreno (1/4, BB, RBI, 2 R), LJ Talley (1/3, BB) and Brock Lundquist (1/3, SF, RBI) each had a hit.

L: Troy Miller (1-2)

Player of the Game: Jordan Groshans, Vinny Capra and Otto Lopez

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 7, Hartford Yard Goats 8

The Fisher Cats (14-23) took the Hartford Yard Goats to extra innings in their regularly scheduled game but weren’t able to come away with a win on Wednesday, falling 8-7.

Curtis Taylor got the start but the Yard Goats hammered him for four runs on three hits (one HR) with a walk and two strikeouts in two innings. Kyle Johnston calmed things down a bit, throwing three scoreless innings with two hits and two walks and three strikeouts. Brody Rodning allowed three more runs in just 1/3 of an inning, giving up four hits with a walk and a strikeouts while Jon Harris walked three in 2 2/3 innings but kept runs off the board, striking out two. Andrew McInvale pitchd the ninth, allowing an unearned run on a hit and a walk with three strikeouts.

Offensively, Samad Taylor continued his insane run, going 2/4 with two more home runs to give him 11 on the season and drove in four runs, taking a walk. Otto Lopez was 3/5 with a double and two runs while Jordan Groshans was 2/3 with a double and a walk. Nick Podkul was 2/4 with an RBI and a run while Chris Bec (1/4, R) and Reggie Pruitt (1/3, R) each had a hit.

L: Andrew McInvale (1-2)
HR: Samad Taylor 2 (11)

Player of the Game: Samad Taylor

Vancouver Canadians 4, Everett AquaSox (SEA) 3

The Vancouver Canadians’ (22-16) scored four early runs and held on to defeat the Everett AquaSox 4-3.

This time the offense was led by Ryan Gold (2/4, 2B, RBI, R) and Sebastian Espino (2/4, 2B, 2 R), while Spencer Horwitz (1/4, 2B, RBI) and Luis De Los Santos (1/4, 2B, RBI) also had doubles. DJ Neal was 1/2 with a walk, an RBI and two stolen bases while Cameron Eden was on twice, going 1/3 with a walk and a stolen base. Tanner Morris was 1/4.

Starter CJ Van Eyk was strong through five innings, giving up a run on three hits with two walks and seven strikeouts for the win. Brandon Eisert gave up a run on six hits with four strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings while Parker Caracci got the save, allowing an unearned run on a hit with two strikeouts in the final 1 2/3 innings.

W: CJ Van Eyk (2-1)
S: Parker Caracci (5)

Player of the Game: CJ Van Eyk

Roster Notes: Nick Fraze was placed on the 7-day injured list.

Dunedin Blue Jays 6, Clearwater Threshers (PHI) 3

The Dunedin Blue Jays (15-22) doubled up the Clearwater Threshers, winning 6-3 after a big bottom of the seventh inning in which the Jays scored five runs.

Starting the game, Nathanael Perez only went two innings, giving up two runs on two hits (one HR) with three strikeouts. Alex Nolan came in to do a heroic job in relief, allowing a run on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts over five innings. Elixon Caballero struck out three and gave up a hit in the eighth and Roither Hernandez struck out one in the ninth to earn the save.

Mack Mueller had the big punch of the seventh inning, going deep for his second home run of the year, making it a 1/4 game in which he drove in three runs. Zac Cook hit his third of the year in the first inning to lead it off, going 1/4 with the solo shot. Orelvis Martinez walked twice, going 0/2 with a run and PK Morris was on base twice, going 1/3 with a walk. Harry Ray was 1/4 with an RBI and a run and Jhon Solarte was 1/2 with a walk and was caught stealing.

W: Alex Nolan (2-0)
S: Roither Hernandez (2)
HR: Zac Cook (3), Mack Mueller (2)

Player of the Game: Mack Mueller and Alex Nolan

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