The Blue Jays’ affiliates had nine games on Thursday and went 5-4.
Buffalo Bisons 4, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (NYY) 6
The Buffalo Bisons lost the first game of their double header with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, falling 6-4.
Andy Burns was 2/2 with a home run and a walk, driving in two runs and scoring once while Socrates Brito was 1/4 with a two-run home run in the third. Richard Urena was 1/1 with two walks and a run while Jordan Patterson was 1/4 with a stolen base. Bo Bichette was 0/4 but stole a base and scored.
T.J. Zeuch got into trouble early, needing 86 pitches (47 strikes) to get through 4 2/3 innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits (including a home run) while walking six and striking out one. Buddy Boshers allowed a walk in 1 1/3 innings.
L: T.J. Zeuch (1-1)
HR: Andy Burns (6), Socrates Brito (8)
Player of the Game: Andy Burns
Roster Notes: Anthony Alford was placed on the 7-day IL.
Buffalo Bisons 1, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (NYY) 0
The Buffalo Bisons did better in their second game, holding the RailRiders to just five hits and no runs in a 1-0 win.
Tayler Saucedo didn’t get the win but not because he didn’t pitch well. He threw 4 2/3 innings, allowing three hits and striking out two while Ty Tice vultured the win, going 1 1/3 innings, allowing a hit and two walks with a strikeout. Jordan Romano earned the save, giving up a hit and striking out two in the seventh.
Alen Hanson drove in the game’s only run, going 1/2 with an RBI and a stolen base while Richard Urena added a single. Bo Bichette walked and stole a base and Jonathan Davis (1/2, 2B, BB) and Jordan Patterson (1/3, 2B, R) each hit a double.
W: Ty Tice (2-0)
S: Jordan Romano (5)
Player of the Game: Tayler Saucedo
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4, Trenton Thunder (NYY) 2
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats scored three runs in the eighth and held on in the ninth to defeat the Trenton Thunder 4-2.
Kevin Smith was 2/4 with a double and a home run, driving in a pair and scoring twice to the lead the club on the offense. Vinny Capra was 2/3 with a walk and an RBI and Logan Warmoth had three hits, going 3/4 with a triple, an RBI and a run. Santiago Espinal also had two singles and Forrest Wall and Nash Knight had a single each.
Yennsy Diaz had a stellar start, allowing just one run on six hits with five strikeouts over six innings. Justin Dillon struck out one in the seventh and Danny Young ran into trouble in the ninth after throwing a scoreless eighth. He tossed 1 2/3 innings, giving up a run on two hits before Jackson McClelland came on to retire the only batter he faced for the save.
W: Justin Dillon (1-0)
S: Jackson McClelland (1)
HR: Kevin Smith (8)
Player of the Game: Yennsy Diaz, Kevin Smith and Logan Warmoth
Dunedin Blue Jays 0, St. Lucie Mets (NYM) 3
The St. Lucie Mets got the drop on the Dunedin Blue Jays as the Jays fell 3-0, getting only three hits on the day.
Turner Larkins was on the mound to start, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in five innings. Graham Spraker allowed three hits but no runs in two innings, striking out one and Connor Law struck out the side in the eighth.
L: Turner Larkins (5-4)
Player of the Game: None
Roster Notes: Justin Maese was sent to the GCL for a rehab assignment.
Lansing Lugnuts 4, Lake County Captains (CLE) 9
The Lansing Lugnuts fell 9-4 to the Lake County Captains.
Cobi Johnson‘s ERA bloated to 5.26 after allowing four runs on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts over six innings while Will McAffer took the loss, giving up five runs on three hits and four walks in just 1/3 of an inning. Sean Rackoski came on with the bases loaded and allowed one of the three inherited runners to score before shutting down the Captains without giving up a hit or a walk in 2 2/3 innings, striking out one.
Reggie Pruitt was 2/5 with two stolen bases and a run while Hunter Steinmetz was 0/4 but also stole two bases. Griffin Conine was on base twice, going 0/2 but walked and was hit by a pitch, scoring once. Gabriel Moreno was 1/4 with a double, an RBI and a run while Ryan Gold was 1/4 with an RBI and a run. John Aiello was 1/3 with a walk and L.J. Talley was 1/4.
L: Will McAffer (1-3)
Player of the Game: Reggie Pruitt and John Aiello
Roster Notes: Eric Pardinho was assigned to the GCL Blue Jays for rehab.
Vancouver Canadians 1, Everett AquaSox (SEA) 7
The Vancouver Canadians dropped to a 3-11 record on the year, scoring once and only getting five hits in a 7-1 loss to the Everett AquaSox.
Trevor Schwecke (1/4), Luis De Los Santos (1/4, R), Will Robertson (1/4) and Mc Gregory Contreras (1/3) each had a single and Yorman Rodriguez (1/4, R) hit a triple. The Canadians didn’t take a walk and struck out 12 times as a club.
Grant Townsend took the loss, giving up three runs on three hits (including two home runs) and two walks with four strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. Andy McGuire allowed just two hits in 2 1/3 innings, striking out two while Grayson Huffman gave up four runs on three hits and two walks in 2/3 of an inning, striking out one before Adams Cuevas came in with the bases loaded, letting two of three inherited runners score in 1/3 of an inning.
L: Grant Townsend (1-1)
Player of the Game: None
Bluefield Blue Jays 8, Danville Braves (ATL) 6
The Bluefield Blue Jays held on after a five-run fourth inning gave them the lead and beat the Danville Braves 8-6.
Lazaro Estrada started, giving up just two unearned runs in four innings, allowing four hits and one walk with five strikeouts. Juan Acosta got the win, despite walking three and giving up a run with one hit in 1 2/3 innings. Aldo Ovando surrendered two runs on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings and Yunior Hinojosa gave up a solo home run over two innings with one walk and one strikeout for the save.
Spencer Horwitz had a day of days, going 4/5 with a home run (his first pro blast) while Patrick Morris was 1/2 with three walks and two runs. Eric Rivera was 1/3 with two walks, an RBI and a run while Scotty Bradley was 0/1 with three walks, two RBI, a run and a sac fly. Miguel Hiraldo was 1/3 with a walk, an RBI anda run and Andres Guerra was 1/4 with an RBI.
W: Juan Acosta (1-1)
S: Yunior Hinojosa (1)
HR: Spencer Horwitz (1)
Player of the Game: Spencer Horwitz
Roster Notes: Elixon Caballero was promoted to Vancouver from Bluefield and catcher Anthony Morales was assigned to the Bluefield Blue Jays.
GCL Blue Jays 7, GCL Phillies West 2
With the help of yet another rehabbing pitcher, the GCL Blue Jays got the job done, scoring runs in each of the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth innings to come away with a 7-2 win over the GCL Phillies West, fielding an entirely Latin-American team with only one player acquired through the draft.
2015 fifth-round draftee Jose Espada was on the mound to start in his first action of the year, tossing one inning, allowing a hit and striking out two. Rafael Monsion came on to pitch four strong innings, giving up just a solo home run among two hits without walking anyone and striking out two in four innings while Alexis Carmona allowed a run on two hits with one strikeout in four innings to get the win.
Erickvi Celedonio was 3/4 with two doubles, two RBI, a run and a stolen base for the Blue Jays while Javier D’Orazio had two more hits, driving in a run for the Jays. Gabriel Martinez was 1/4 with a double, a walk, an RBI and a run and Alberto Rodriguez was 1/4 with a double and two RBI. Jose Zepeda was 1/2 with two walks, two stolen bases, an RBI and a run and Hanley Acevedo was 1/3 with a walk and a run. Jhon Solarte was 1/5 with a double and a run and Jose Rivas was 1/5 with a run.
W: Alexis Carmona (1-0)
Player of the Game: Erickvi Celedonio
Roster Notes: Eric Pardinho and Ryan Borucki were assigned to the GCL for rehab.
DSL Blue Jays 2, DSL Padres 1
The DSL Blue Jays got a walkoff win, scoring one run in the bottom of the ninth thanks to a sacrifice fly by Yeison Jimenez who drove in Daniel Oliva to score the winning run in a 2-1 win by the Blue Jays over the DSL Padres.
Francisco Fajardo hit the first home run of the season for the DSL Blue Jays, going 2/4 with an RBI and a run while Glenn Santiago (1/4), Yeison Jimenez (1/3, RBI, SF) and Gary David (1/3) each had a single. Gustavo Ruiz was 0/2 with two walks and stole two bases.
Jose Quintana started, going 2 2/3 innings, giving up a hit and three walks with three strikeouts before giving way to Joneivy Polonia who gave up a run on a solo home run and a walk in 1 1/3 innings. Edgar Castro got the win, shutting down the Padres with just one hit and one walk, striking out five over the final five innings.
W: Edgar Castro (1-0)
HR: Francisco Fajardo (1)
Player of the Game: Edgar Castro and Francisco Fajardo
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