June 8, 2021 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report

Samad Taylor

The Blue Jays’ minor league affiliates opened their week with a win and three losses although Samad Taylor led the charge for the Fisher Cats with a huge day.

Buffalo Bisons 5, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (NYY) 7

The Buffalo Bisons (15-14) opened their series with the powerhouse Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders with a 7-5 loss.

The Blue Jays signed outfielder Jared Hoying, who has major league experience and has played parts of three seasons in Korea, and assigned him to Buffalo where he went 2/3 with a home run, a double, a walk, two RBI and a run in his first game. Kevin Smith went 3/4 with a home run, an RBI and two runs, adding a stolen base while Tyler White was 2/3 with a double, a walk, two RBI and a run. Richard Urena and Juan Graterol each had singles. In rehab news, Cavan Biggio was 0/5 with two strikeouts.

Anthony Kay was on the mound and had a so-so start, allowing four runs on five hits (one HR) with two walks and five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings and Connor Overton went one inning, striking out one. Tayler Saucedo had a rare rough outing, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in one inning and Bryan Baker allowed a run on a walk over the final 1 1/3 innings.

L: Tayler Saucedo (2-1)
HR: Jared Hoying (1), Kevin Smith (7)

Player of the Game: Kevin Smith

Roster Notes: Riley Adams was called up to Toronto by the Blue Jays and Jared Hoying was placed on the Bisons’ roster with Forrest Wall going on the 7-day IL.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 8, Portland Sea Dogs (BOS) 9

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (10-20) went back and forth with the Portland Sea Dogs but ultimately fell 9-8.

The offense was in fine form as Samad Taylor went 2/2 with three walks, a home run and a double, scoring four times and driving in one as the center fielder. Austin Martin was 2/4 with a walk, an RBI and two runs at shortstop while Gabriel Moreno was 2/5 with an RBI. LJ Talley was also 2/5 with two RBI and Kevin Vicuna was 2/5 with a double. Otto Lopez was 1/4 but drove in three runs and scored one while Demi Orimoloye had a single and Nick Podkul was 1/4 with a double and a run.

Maximo Castillo was on the mound, throwing 4 2/3 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits (two HRs) with a walk and five strikeouts. Mike Ellenbest gave up two more runs, allowing three hits and striking out three in two innings and Curtis Taylor took the credit for the loss, giving up two runs on three hits (one HR) with two strikeouts in 2/3 of an inning. Brody Rodning finished it with a hit allowed and one strikeout in the final 2/3 of an inning.

L: Curtis Taylor (2-2)
HR: Samad Taylor (7)

Player of the Game: Samad Taylor

Vancouver Canadians 8, Spokane Indians (COL) 6

The Vancouver Canadians’ (18-13) held off the Spokane Indians to win their 18th game, finishing with an 8-6 victory.

Shortstop Luis De Los Santos missed the cycle by a triple, going 3/4 with a double, a home run, four RBI and a run. Tanner Kirwer was 2/3 with a walk and two runs, adding his 19th stolen base while Cameron Eden was 2/3 with a walk and two runs. Spencer Horwitz was 1/4 with an RBI and two runs.

Sean Wymer battled and went five innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on six hits (one HR) and one walk with four strikeouts. Marcues Reyes followed with two scoreless innings and Sam Ryan allowed a run on a hit and a walk with one strikeout in one inning. Will McAffer, returning from pitching with Team Canada in the Olympic qualifiers, struck out two in the ninth for his third save.

W: Sean Wymer (1-2)
S: Will McAffer (3)
HR: Luis De Los Santos (2)

Player of the Game: Luis De Los Santos

Roster Notes: Will McAffer was activated off the temporarily inactive list and Adrian Hernandez was promoted to Vancouver from Dunedin.

Dunedin Blue Jays 4, Lakeland Flying Tigers (DET) 7

The Dunedin Blue Jays(10-21) dropped the opening game in their series with the Lakeland Flying Tigers by a score of 7-4.

The D-Jays had just three hits (and eight walks) with PK Morris going 1/3 with a double, a walk and a run while Miguel Hiraldo was 1/3 with an RBI and a double. Jhon Solarte was 1/3 with a home run, driving in three. Leonardo Jimenez walked three times, scoring once.

Trent Palmer gave up two runs on four walks but didn’t allow a hit and struck out five in 2 2/3 innings and Julian Valdez allowed both inherited runners to score, giving up a home run and a run of his own in 1/3 of an inning. Jol Concepcion took the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits (two HRs) with a walk and a strikeout in three innings and Sean Mellen gave up two hits and walk with one strikeout in two scoreless frames.

L: Jol Concepcion (1-4)
HR: Jhon Solarte (2)

Player of the Game: Jhon Solarte

Roster Notes: Adrian Hernandez was promoted to the Vancouver Canadians.

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