The Blue Jays’ affiliates were 1-3 on Saturday with the Vancouver Canadians coming away with the organization’s only minor league win.
Buffalo Bisons 6, Worcester Red Sox 8
The Buffalo Bisons fell to a 3-2 record on Saturday, falling 8-6 to the Worcester Red Sox despite the return of Riley Adams in a big way.
Adams, who had started the season on the Jays’ taxi squad, joining the big league roster for a few days after the injury to Alejandro Kirk, finally got his season underway with a bang. He hit two home runs for the Buffalo Bisons, going 2/5 with two RBI and two runs. Kevin Smith also had two hits, going 2/3 with a double, two RBI and a run while Forrest Wall was 2/5 with an RBI, a double and a stolen base. Josh Palacios had a double, going 1/4 with two runs and a stolen base while Tyler White was 1/3 with a walk and a double, scoring a run. Dilson Herrera, Logan Warmoth and Cullen Large each had a single.
Despite striking out nine batters in four innings, Jacob Waguespack took the loss, giving up five runs on 10 hits with one walk. Dany Jimenez was also victimized by the Red Sox, giving up two home runs among three hits for three runs with a walk and two strikeouts in two innings. Bryan Baker allowed a hit and three walks in 1 2/3 innings but didn’t give up a run, striking out four while Hobie Harris inherited loaded bases and stranded them all, pitching 1 1/3 innings with a walk and three strikeouts, bringing the total number of strikeouts for the Bisons to 18.
L: Jacob Waguespack (0-1)
HR: Riley Adams 2 (2)
Player of the Game: Riley Adams
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4, Portland Sea Dogs (BOS) 9
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats went to 1-4 after losing to the Portland Sea Dogs 5-1 on Saturday afternoon.
The Fisher Cats had just seven hits on the day with Chavez Young going 2/4 with a double and Vinny Capra adding a double, going 1/4 with the club’s only RBI. Otto Lopez, Demi Orimoloye, Chris Bec, and Kevin Vicuna each had a single. The defense wasn’t great with three errors including one by Jordan Groshans (at third base), one by Samad Taylor (at second base) and one by Austin Martin (at shortstop).
On the mound for his first start of the year was Maximo Castillo who went just three innings, giving up all five runs (three earned) with seven hits, a walk and two strikeouts. Mike Ellenbest was dominant in his two innings, striking out four, facing the minimum number of batters. Brody Rodning had to work around a couple of hits and a walk but also struck out four in his two innings of work while Curtis Taylor worked a 1-2-3 eighth to finish the game.
L: Maximo Castillo (0-1)
Player of the Game: Chavez Young and Mike Ellenbest
Vancouver Canadians 4, Tri-City Dust Devils (LAA) 2
The Vancouver Canadians (2-3) played a solid game to pick up another win against the Tri-City Dust Devils by a 4-2 score.
Starting the game was Troy Watson who tossed three innings of scoreless ball, allowing just a hit and two walks with three strikeouts. Nick Fraze got the win, pitching four innings of one-hit ball, striking out two while Cobi Johnson allowed two unearned runs with one hit and one walk allowed in the eighth. In the ninth, Parker Caracci got the save, walking one in an otherwise clean inning.
Cameron Eden had a big game, going 2/3 with a walk and two runs while stealing two bases but also made a throwing error, playing both third base and center field. Ryan Gold is having a strong early season and played first base, going 2/4 with a double and three RBI. Phil Clarke walked twice, going 0/2 with a run and Ronny Brito, playing second base, made two errors to give him four on the season.
W: Nick Fraze (1-0)
S: Parker Caracci (1)
Player of the Game: Cameron Eden, Ryan Gold, Nick Fraze and Troy Watson
Dunedin Blue Jays 11, Tampa Tarpons (NYY) 12
The Dunedin Blue Jays (0-5) can’t catch a break with their pitching staff or offense. While they scored 11 runs against the Tampa Tarpons, taking advantage of four errors by the Tarpons, they allowed 12 runs and have yet to give up fewer than double digit runs in a game.
It was PK Morris‘s big day as he went 2/3 with two home runs, six RBI, two walks and three runs. Zach Britton also had three hits, going 3/5 with a double, a walk, an RBI and two runs while Eric Rivera had a couple of hits, going 2/5 with two stolen bases. Miguel Hiraldo was 1/5 with a walk and a stolen base while Orelvis Martinez was 1/3 with three walks, two runs and stole home. Mack Mueller was 1/5 with a walk, and RBI and two runs, adding a stolen base while Harry Ray was 1/3 with a walk and a stolen base. Addison Barger was 0/4 with an RBI and a walkl but also made a fielding error.
Starting the game was Winder Garcia, who had a terrific debut season in 2019. The 19 year old allowed five runs on three hits (one HR) and four walks over 2 2/3 innings, throwing 74 pitches and striking out two. Sem Robberse relieved, tossing 1 2/3 innings with four runs (three earned) on two hits and three walks with three strikeouts, leaving the bases loaded for his countryman Jiorgeny Casimiri, who allowed all three runners to score. Casimiri took the loss and a blown save, allowing three unearned runs on his own, giving up three hits (including a home run) with two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings. Roither Hernandez had the best line of the day, giving up just two hits and striking out three in two innings of work to finish the game.
L: Jiorgeny Casimiri (0-1)
HR: PK Morris 2 (2)
Player of the Game: PK Morris
Roster Notes: Tony Rosario was assigned to the GCL Blue Jays from Dunedin and Davis Schneider was promoted to Vancouver. Sebastian Espino was assigned to Dunedin from the GCL.
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