June 23, 2019 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report

Bo Bichette

With six games on the slate, the Blue Jays’ affiliates went 3-3 on Sunday.



Buffalo Bisons 8, Norfolk Tides (BAL) 1


The Buffalo Bisons went to two games over .500 (38-36) by beating up on the pitiful Norfolk Tides 8-1 on Sunday.

Tayler Saucedo got the start, tossing four scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks with three strikeouts while Matt Dermody allowed a run on two hits in the fifth. Kirby Snead went two innings, allowing just a hit and striking out four and Buddy Boshers struck out two, giving up a hit in the eighth and Ty Tice threw a clean ninth, striking out one.

Bo Bichette was the main man again, going 4/5 with a double, an RBI and three runs, stealing a base. Socrates Brito hit his seventh home run for Buffalo, going 2/5 with two RBI and a run. Anthony Alford was 2/5 with a triple, two RBI and a run and Jordan Patterson was 2/4 with a home run, three RBI and a run. Patrick Kivlehan was on base three times, going 1/3 with two walks and a run while Michael De La Cruz was 1/3 with a walk and Roemon Fields was 1/4 with a stolen base and a run.

W: Kirby Snead (2-1)
HR: Socrates Brito (7), Jordan Patterson (10)

Player of the Game: Bo Bichette

Roster Notes: Jordan Romano was optioned to Buffalo and Sean Reid-Foley was recalled by the Blue Jays.



New Hampshire Fisher Cats 2, Trenton Thunder (NYY) 5


The New Hampshire Fisher Cats couldn’t put together a streak and lost to the Trenton Thunder 5-2.

The club had seven hits including doubles from Joshua Palacios (1/4) and Riley Adams (1/3, HBP) and singles from Forrest Wall (1/4, BB), Vinny Capra (1/5), Alberto Mineo (1/4), Logan Warmoth (1/4, RBI) and Chad Spanberger (1/4, RBI). Nash Knight walked twice and was hit by a pitch, scoring a run.

Hector Perez had a solid start, tossing five innings and giving up two runs on six hits (including a home run) and a walk with six strikeouts. Danny Young took the loss, giving up a run on three walks in 2 1/3 innings and Vinny Nittoli allowed two more runs on three hits in 2/3 of an inning. Bryan Baker threw a clean ninth, striking out one.

L: Danny Young (0-1)

Player of the Game: None


Dunedin Blue Jays 8, Palm Beach Cardinals (STL) 0


Josh Winckowski

Josh Winckowski made his Dunedin debut, contributing to a shutout as the Blue Jays beat the Palm Beach Cardinals 8-0.

Winckowski allowed just two hits and a walk over five innings, striking out one on the way to his first Florida State League win. Kyle Weatherly tossed two scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk with two strikeouts and Mike Ellenbest walked two in the eighth, striking out two. Jackson Rees also struck out two in the ninth, giving up just a hit to complete the shutout.

Cal Stevenson did some damage in the leadoff position, going 3/4 with a walk, two RBI and two runs while Chavez Young was 3/5 with an RBI and a run. Demi Orimoloye was 2/5 with two RBI, a triple and a stolen base and Christopher Bec was 1/4 with a double, a walk and an RBI. Kevin Vicuna was 1/4 with a walk, an RBI and two runs while Ryan Noda walked twice, going 0/1 with a run. Samad Taylor was 0/3 with a walk, a stolen base and a run and Nick Podkul was 0/3 with a walk and a run. Kacy Clemenz was 0/4 but drove in a run with a sac fly.

W: Josh Winckowski (1-0)

Player of the Game: Josh Winckowski, Cal Stevenson and Chavez Young


Lansing Lugnuts 9, Dayton Dragons (CIN) 6


Gabriel Moreno. Photo by Pierre Lacasse

The Lansing Lugnuts’ bats came out early, scoring seven in the fourth inning and the pitchers made it hold up in a 9-6 victory over the Dayton Dragons.

Gabriel Moreno was 3/5 with two RBI and two runs, while Otto Lopez (2/5, BB, R), Griffin Conine (2/5, BB), and John Aiello (2/4, 2B, RBI, R, SB) all had two hits each. L.J. Talley was 1/4 with his first professional home run, a walk, two RBI and two runs while Ryan Gold was 1/5 with a double, an RBI and a run and D.J. Neal was 1/4 with a walk, two RBI, a run and stolen base.

Troy Miller allowed four runs on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts before Sean Rackoski took over to get the win, allowing a run on two hits with two walks and three strikeouts in two innings. Juan Nunez (1 IP, 1 H, 1 K), Will McAffer (1 IP, 2 H, 1 R) and Cre Finfrock (S,1 IP, 1 BB) finished up the game.

W: Sean Rackoski (2-1)
S: Cre Finfrock (6)

Player of the Game: Gabriel Moreno


Vancouver Canadians 1, Hillsboro Hops (ARI) 4


The Vancouver Canadians continues to struggle as they scored just one run in a 4-1 loss to the Hillsboro Hops.

Tanner Morris walked three times, stealing a base and scoring the club’s only run and he was driven in by Mc Gregory Contreras who was 2/4 with a double and an RBI. Adrian Ramos was 1/3 with a walk and Cameron Eden was 1/4 with a walk and a stolen base.

Gabriel Ponce made his professional debut, allowing three hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings, striking out one. Randy Pondler took the loss, going 3 1/3 innings and giving up three runs on three hits (including a home run) with one walk and three strikeouts. Josh Almonte walked four and gave up a hit, giving up a run in 1 1/3 innings with one strikeout and Parker Caracci pitched a clean eighth.

L: Randy Pondler (1-1)

Player of the Game: Tanner Morris and Mc Gregory Contreras

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


Bluefield Blue Jays 5, Pulaski Yankees (NYY) 18


Things were looking up for the Bluefield Blue Jays until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Pulaski Yankees dropped eight runs on the Jays, and then another six in the seventh and three in the eighth, defeating the Blue Jays 18-5.

17th-round draft pick Jared DiCesare made his first pro start and was good, giving up just a hit over three innings. Sam Ryan came on in the fourth and worked around a triple and a walk to get out of the fourth unscathed and emerged from the fifth without a run, walking one and giving up a single. In the sixth, however, the leadoff man got on board with an error, then he allowed a double, a single and a single before coming out of the game with the bases loaded. Juan Acosta would let all three runners score leaving Ryan charged with five runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts in two-plus innings. Acosta, meanwhile, allowed four runs of his own (three earned) on three hits including two home runs with one strikeout in the sixth. Gaudy Ramirez gave up another six runs in 2/3 of an inning, but only one was earned as he gave up four hits and a walk with a home run. Aldo Ovando came on for 1 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on three hits with a walk and two RBI to finish the game.

Andres Guerra was 2/4 with three RBI, a double and a run while Addison Barger had two hits in five at bats. Eric Rivera walked four times, scoring once and Spencer Horwitz was 1/4 with two RBI. Scotty Bradley was 1/3 with a walk and two runs.

L: Juan Acosta (0-1)

Player of the Game: Andres Guerra and Jared DiCesare

Roster Notes: Ryan Sloniger was promoted to the Vancouver Canadians.


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