The Toronto Blue Jays’ minor league affiliates picked up three wins in four games on Saturday, getting a big game from one of their top prosects, Austin Martin in New Hampshire.
Buffalo Bisons 8, Rochester Red Wings (WAS) 6
While the Rochester Red Wings jumped out to an early lead, the Buffalo Bisons (21-18) rallied back and took the lead with four runs in the seventh and kept their victory intact.
Rehabbing George Springer started again in center field for the Bisons but he only had two at bats before coming out of the game. Richard Urena swung the big bat, going 3/5 with a double and three RBI while Cullen Large was 1/3 with a walk, two RBI and two runs. Kevin Smith was on base three times, going 1/3 with two walks, an RBI and a run while Christian Colon walked three times, going 1/2 with two runs. Breyvic Valera also walked twice, going 1/3 with two runs and Logan Warmoth was 1/3 coming on for Springer.
Starting was Connor Overton, and he allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts in five innings. Casey Lawrence allowed two more runs on two hits (one HR) with two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings and Hobie Harris allowed just a hit and sruck out three in 1 1/3 innings. Kirby Snead picked up the save, allowing a run on a hit in the ninth.
W: Casey Lawrence (1-1)
S: Kirby Snead (2)
Player of the Game: Richard Urena
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 15, Hartford Yard Goats (COL) 2
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (16-24) brought the lumber in a 15-2 rout of the Hartford Yard Goats.
Top prospect Austin Martin struck for five hits, going 5/6 with two doubles, four RBI and two runs, stealing a base while the perenially hot Samad Taylor was 4/5 with two doubles, four RBI, a walk and three runs. Vinny Capra is also red hot and went 4/5 with an RBI and three runs while Otto Lopez was 3/5 with a double, a walk, and two RBI. Gabriel Moreno was no slouch either, pushing his batting average to .375 with a two-hit game, hitting a home run and driving in three runs. Reggie Pruitt was also on base several times, going 2/4 with a walk, an RBI and three runs. Jordan Groshans took an oh-fer, going 0/4 with a walk and a run while Chavez Young was 1/5 and LJ Talley was 1/5 with two runs.
Elvis Luciano was activated off the injured list and went 1 2/3 innings, throwing 32 pitches, allowing just a hit and two walks with three strikeouts. Jon Harris finished the second, retiring the only batter he faced. Maximo Castillo took over, throwing another six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and striking out five without walking anyone. Fitz Stadler finished the game, walking two and striking out two in the final frame.
W: Maximo Castillo (4-1)
HR: Gabriel Moreno (7)
Player of the Game: Austin Martin, Samad Taylor and Vinny Capra
Roster Notes: Elvis Luciano was activated off the injured list.
Vancouver Canadians 4, Everett AquaSox (SEA) 12
The Vancouver Canadians’ (23-18) dropped another game by a big score, losing 12-4 to the Everett AquaSox.
Cameron Eden lodged another multi-hit game, going 3/4 with a double and a stolen base, scoring twice to lead the ofense. Philip Clarke (1/4, R), Spencer Horwitz (1/3, 2 RBI) and Eric Rivera (1/2, BB) had the club’s other three hits.
Sam Ryan was shelled in his start, allowing six runs on seven hits (one HR) with three walks and four strikeouts over just 3 2/3 innings. Sean Mellen struggled in his 2 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on three hits with three walks and one striekout and Justin Maese allowed another three runs on three hits and two walks in just one inning. Willy Gaston gave up a walk but also struck out one in his two innings, finishing the game without any more damage.
L: Sam Ryan (0-2)
Player of the Game: Cameron Eden
Dunedin Blue Jays 9, Clearwater Threshers (PHI) 4
The Dunedin Blue Jays (17-23) got a big six-run sixth and held on to win 9-4 against the Clearwater Threshers.
Leadoff hitter Harry Ray smacked three hits including two doubles, and drove in four runs for the D-Jays while Mack Mueller had two hits, drove in two runs and scored twice. Miguel Hiraldo was 2/5 with a double and a run, stealing a base while Addison Barger was 1/5 with an RBI, a run and a stolen base. Zach Britton was 1/3 with a double, two walks, an RBI and a run and Leonardo Jimenez was 1/3 with two walks. Jhon Solarte scored three times, walking once.
Starter Naswell Paulino continued his excellent run, and went six scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Elixon Caballero allowed three runs on two hits and two walks with one strikeout. Jefferson Herrera threw a scoreless eighth, striking out one and Geison Urbaez made his season debut, allowing a run on two hits and a walk in the ninth.
W: Naswell Paulino (2-1)
Player of the Game: Naswell Paulino
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