May 27, 2021 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report

Jordan Groshans; Photo: Kristin Basnett

It was a soggy day in the northeast as only two Blue Jays minor league affiliates completed their games, losing all three.


Buffalo Bisons 2, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders (NYY) 4


After their game was suspended in the fourth inning with a 2-0 lead for the Buffalo Bisons (12-8), the Scranton/Wilkles-Barre Railriders rallied for four in the fifth to overcome the Bisons and win 4-2.

Starter Jacob Waguespack left with a clean slate, having pitched three innings with one hit and four strikeouts before Nate Pearson came in after the resumption of play and gave up four runs on four hits (one HR) with two walks and seven strikeouts in three innings to take the loss. Dany Jimenez walked one and struck out two in two innings to finish.

The Bisons had just four hits with Nash Knight going deep for his second home run of the year, going 1/3 with the solo shot. Forrest Wall (1/4), Breyvic Valera (1/3) and Riley Adams (1/3, BB) had the other hits.

L: Nate Pearson (0-1)
HR: Nash Knight (2)

Player of the Game: Nash Knight and Jacob Waguespack

Roster Notes: Anthony Kay was sent to Buffalo for a rehab assignment while the Blue Jays selected Alek Manoah’s contract and recalled Jeremy Beasley.


Buffalo Bisons 2, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders (NYY) 3


The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders completed their sweep of Thursday’s game with a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Bisons in seven innings.

Casey Lawrence got the start, allowing three runs on three hits with a walk and six strikeouts in three innings to take the loss. Carl Edwards Jr. struck out two in the fourth while Hobie Harris also struck out a pair in the fifth. Kirby Snead finished it off, striking out one in the sixth.

The Bisons had just one hit, a solo home run from Christian Colon who was 1/3 while Tyler White was 0/2 with a walk and an RBI.

L: Casey Lawrence (0-1)
HR: Christian Colon (5)

Player of the Game: Christian Colon


New Hampshire Fisher Cats 10, Somerset Patriots (NYY) 8


The first game of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats’ (8-12) double header against the Somerset Patriots was a wild one with the ‘Cats finishing the game on top 10-8 in 11 innings.

Gabriel Moreno led the hit parade, going 3/6 with a triple, an RBI and a run while Jordan Groshans, making his return to the lineup, went 2/5 with a home run, two RBI and a two runs. Otto Lopez continues to hit, and went 2/4 with a double, an RBI and three runs while LJ Talley was 1/4 with a double, a walk and four RBI. Demi Orimoloye was 1/6 with a double and a run and Kevin Vicuna was 1/3 with a walk and a stolen base while Vinny Capra, Talley and Samad Taylor each had sac flies.

Maximo Castillo couldn’t get out of the first inning, giving up four runs on three hits (one HR) and three walks in 2/3 of a frame. Graham Spraker stranded both inherited runners and walked two with three strikeouts in 2 1/3 while Cre Finfrock struck out one in his inning. Fitz Stadler struck out the side in his inning and Willy Gaston had a scoreless inning, striking out one. Curtis Taylor gave up three runs (two earned) on two hits (both HRs) with two walks and five strikeouts in three innings while James Dykstra allowed an unearned run and struck out two in 2/3 of an inning. Jon Harris finished it off, getting the win and allowing a hit and a walk in 1 1/3 innings with two strikeouts.

W: Jon Harris (1-2)
HR: Jordan Groshans (1)

Player of the Game: Gabriel Moreno and Jordan Groshans

Roster Notes: Brock Lundquist was activated off the injured list.


New Hampshire Fisher Cats 1, Somerset Patriots (NYY) 2


The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (8-13) had a brief lead over the Somerset Patrios but the Patriots scored two in the bottom of the sixth to beat the ‘Cats 2-1.

The offense only provided tow hits with a double from Austin Martin (1/3, R) and a single from Samad Taylor (1/3).

Troy Miller had a strong Double-A debut, going five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Brody Rodning took the loss, going one inning and giving up two runs on three hits with a strikeout and a walk.

L: Brody Rodning (0-3)

Player of the Game: Troy Miller


Vancouver Canadians 5, Everett AquaSox (SEA) 4


The Vancouver Canadians (13-8) walked it off, scoring one in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Everett AquaSox 5-4.

Leftfielder DJ Neal led the offense with a 2/4 game including a double while Spencer Horwitz was on base three times, going 1/3 with two walks and an RBI. Cameron Eden was also 1/3 with two walks and a run, adding a stolen base while Tanner Kirwer was 1/2 with three walks, a stolen base, an RBI and three runs. Tanner Morris was 1/3 with a walk and an RBI while Luis De Los Santos was 0/2 but walked and drove in a run with a sac fly.

Luis Quinones made his season debut, allowing just one unearned run (the Canadians made three errors) on one hit with two walks and five strikeouts. Sam Ryan allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits with two walks and one strikeout in two innings and Hagen Danner tossed two scoreless for the win, walking two and striking out two.

W: Hagen Danner (1-1)

Player of the Game: Luis Quinones and Tanner Kirwer

Roster Notes: Luis Quinones was assigned to Vancouver from Dunedin.


Dunedin Blue Jays 7, Tampa Tarpons (NYY) 10


The Dunedin Blue Jays (6-15) lost again to the powerhouse Yankees affiliate, the Tampa Tarpons, this time giving up 10 runs in a 10-7 loss.

Starter Nick Frasso was solid in just two innings of work, allowing only one hit, one unearned run, one walk and striking out four. Jefferson Herrera allowed three runs on two hits (one HR) and three walks in one inning, striking out one and Wilgenis Alvarado allowed four runs in two innings, giving up a hit, two walks, hitting two batters and striking out one. Gabriel Ponce struck out five in his two innings, allowing a hit and a walk and Roither Hernandez gave up two runs in two innings, striking out three but hitting a batter and allowing three hits including a home run.

Third baseman Miguel Hiraldo had the big bat on this day, going 1/3 with a home run, two RBI and two walks. Addison Barger, playing first base, was 2/5 with two doubles and a run while Zac Cook was 1/4 with a double, a stolen base and a walk. Leonardo Jimenez was 1/4 with two RBI while Orelvis Martinez was 1/3 with two walks and an RBI. Zach Britton was 1/4 with a walk, a run and an RBI while Justin Ammons was 1/4 and Steward Berroa was 1/3 with a walk, two runs and a stolen base.

L: Wilgenis Alvarado (0-1)
HR: Miguel Hiraldo (2)

Player of the Game: Miguel Hiraldo

Roster Notes: Luis Quinones was promoted to Vancouver.


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