June 5, 2021 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report

Samad Taylor

In four games, the Blue Jays’ affiliates won just one with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats the lone victors in the system.

Buffalo Bisons 6, Syracuse Mets (NYM) 7

The Buffalo Bisons (14-13) couldn’t score the final run to tie the Syracuse Mets after they finished off their comeback against the Bisons in the top of the seventh, going ahead after being behind until the sixth inning. The Bisons would ultimately fall 7-6.

Riley Adams had another big game for The Herd, going 2/3 with another home run (his third in two games), a double, an RBI and three runs. Kevin Smith also went deep for his sixth home run, going 1/4 with two RBI. Nash Knight was 1/3 with a double and a run while Forrest Wall was 2/4 with a double and a stolen base. Tyler White was 1/4 with an RBI and Christian Colon was 1/3 with a double, a walk, a run and an RBI. Cullen Large was 1/4 with an RBI.

Nick Allgeyer had a solid start, allowing just two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in five innings. Casey Lawrence was blasted in the sixth, allowing four runs on three hits (one HR) and a walk getting just one out and Kirby Snead finished the inning, getting both batters he faced. Patrick Murphy took the loss, giving up an unearned run on three walks with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings and Hobie Harris walked one and struck out three in 1 2/3 innings.

L: Patrick Murphy (0-1)
HR: Kevin Smith (6), Riley Adams (6)

Player of the Game: Riley Adams

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 8, Binghamton Rumble Ponies (NYM) 3

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (10-18) got out to an early lead and held on, getting some insurance in the bottom of the eighth to beat the Binghamton Rumble Ponies 8-3 on Saturday.

Three home runs bolstered the Fisher Cats’ offense with Gabriel Moreno (1/3, HR, 3 RBI, R)hitting a two-run blast in the first inning to help the club take the lead. Samad Taylor (2/4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R) went deep twice, once in the fourth and once in the eight. Nick Podkul was 1/2 with a walk and a run while Reggie Pruitt was 1/3 with a double. Jordan Groshans was 1/4 with a double and a run and Otto Lopez was 2/4 with two runs. Austin Martin was 0/3 but walked and scored.

Joining the Blue Jays’ organization was Johnny Barbato, a recent minor-league free agent signing. Barbato started for the Fisher Cats and gave them 5 1/3 innings of solid pitching, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Curtis Taylor got the win, allowing an inherited runner of Barbato’s to score but shutting things down the rest of the way, walking one and striking out four over 2 2/3 innings. Andrew McInvale struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth.

W: Curtis Taylor (2-1)
HR: Gabriel Moreno (4), Samad Taylor 2 (6)

Player of the Game: Samad Taylor

Roster Notes: Johnny Barbato was added to the roster.

Vancouver Canadians 4, Eugene Emeralds (SF) 7

The Vancouver Canadians’ (16-13) fell again to the Eugene Emeralds, losing 7-4.

One of the Jays’ top pitching prospects, Adam Kloffenstein, was on the mound but he struggled, allowing four runs (two earned) on three hits and four walks with five strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. Willy Gaston gave up another three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings while Parker Caracci allowed a hit and struck out three in two innings.

With two hits each, Tanner Morris (2/4, 2B, BB, RBI) and Luis De Los Santos (2/4, 2B, R) led the way offensively. Tanner Kirwer was on base twice with a single and a walk, scoring a run. Ryan Gold was 1/5 and Philip Clarke was 1/3 with an RBI. Ronny Brito was 1/3 with a walk and a run and DJ Neal was 1/3 with a walk, a run and a stolen base.

L: Adam Kloffenstein (1-3)

Player of the Game: Luis De Los Santos and Tanner Morris

Dunedin Blue Jays 1, Bradenton Marauders (PIT) 11

A day after the Dunedin Blue Jays’ (9-20) beat the Bradenton Marauders by 10 runs, the Marauders returned the favour, beating the D-Jays 11-1.

With three of the Blue Jays’ six hits, Leo Jimenez (3/5) was the offensive leader while Zac Cook (1/5, SB), Mack Mueller (1/4) and Ryan Sloniger (1/4, RBI) had the other three. Zach Britton walked three times.

Lazaro Estrada had a solid start, giving up just a solo home run and a walk for one run in four innings, allowing four hits with three strikeouts. Rafael Ohashi walked two and struck out two in two scoreless innings before the wheels fell off when Elixon Caballero came into the game. Caballero walked four batters, who all scored and left the game before getting an out. Adrian Hernandez allowed five runs (two earned) and allowed all three inherited runners from Caballero to score. Hernandez only got one out, allowing two hits and two walks, striking out one before Sean Mellen came on to staunch the bleeding with the bases loaded. While he didn’t give up any runs of his own, Mellen allowed all three inherited runners to score but struck out three in 1 2/3 innings. Alex Nolan made his first appearance of the year in the ninth, allowing an unearned run on a hit and a walk.

L: Elixon Caballero (0-1)

Player of the Game: Leonardo Jimenez

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