May 9, 2021 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report

Otto Lopez

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 4, Worcester Red Sox 1


The Buffalo Bisons (4-2) got back into the win column on Sunday, getting strong pitching performances on a bullpen day and defeating the Worcester Red Sox in the final game of their series 4-1.

Connor Overton got the start and threw four outstanding innings for The Herd, allowing only one hit and striking out six without walking anyone. Jeremy Beasley followed with 2/3 of an inning, walking one and striking out one while Jackson Rees allowed Worcester’s only run, giving up a hit and a walk in 2/3 of an inning. Jackson McClelland made his season debut, allowing only a hit and striking out three in two innings while Kirby Snead earned the save, giving up just a hit and a walk in 1 2/3 innings with one strikeout.

The Bisons scored four runs on 10 hits with Josh Palacios getting two hits in two at bats including a double and a run before he came out of the game. Cullen Large pushed his batting average on the season to .400 with a 2/4 game and Juan Graterol was 2/4 with a double and a run. Breyvic Valera drove in three runs, going 1/4 while Kevin Smith was 1/4. Tyler White was 1/4 with a double and a run and Christian Colon was 1/3 with a walk, two stolen bases and was caught stealing and picked off.

W: Jackson McClelland (1-0)
S: Kirby Snead (1)

Player of the Game: Connor Overton

Roster Notes: The Toronto Blue Jays promoted Nate Pearson to Toronto and Jackson McClelland must have been activated at some point (as he wasn’t on the roster initially) but I’m not seeing it in the International League transactions.


New Hampshire Fisher Cats 6, Portland Sea Dogs (BOS) 12


The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (1-5) lost their fifth game in a row, allowing six runs in the bottom of the eighth to the Portland Sea Dogs and falling 12-6.

Starter Zach Logue‘s second outing of the year wasn’t as good as the first (although it’s interesting to see how other starters will fare as they face the same team twice in the same series) and he allowed five runs on four hits (two HRs) and one walk in 4 2/3 innings, striking out eight. Jon Harris allowed a run on three hits (one HR) with two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings and Emerson Jimenez took the loss, allowing four walks in 2/3 of an inning, striking out one, with all four runners coming in to score. Connor Law came in to relieve Jimenez and he also walked four without getting anyone out and allowed a hit, getting charged with two runs of his own. Vinny Capra came in with the bases loaded and got the final out of the inning on a fly out to stop the bleeding.

The offense put up six runs on eight hits, with Demi Orimoloye going 2/4 with a double, a walk, an RBI, a run and a stolen base. Otto Lopez was 2/4 with a double, a walk and a run, adding a stolen base while Jordan Groshans was 1/5 with a double, an RBI and a run but also struck out three times. Chavez Young was 1/5 with a double and three RBI and Kevin Vicuna was 1/4 with a walk and a run, stealing two bases. Gabriel Moreno was 1/4 with a walk.

L: Emerson Jimenez (0-1)

Player of the Game: Otto Lopez and Demi Orimoloye

Roster Notes: Cre Finfrock was placed on the 7-day IL.


Vancouver Canadians 7, Tri-City Dust Devils (LAA) 2


The Vancouver Canadians (3-3) have won their last three games to draw their record even, beating the Tri-City Dust Devils 7-2 on Sunday.

Tanner Morris led the 12-hit attack for the Canadians, going 3/4 with a sac fly and an RBI while Ryan Gold continues to swing a hot bat, going 2/4 with a double, a triple, a walk and an RBI. Rafael Lantigua also had two hits, going 2/5 with a double and two runs. Luis De Los Santos was 1/5 with a double and a run and Will Robertson was 1/3 with a walk, two RBI and two runs while Andres Guerra was 1/2 with a walk, two RBI, a run and a sac fly. Tanner Kirwer was on base three times, going 1/3 with two walks and Cameron Eden was 1/4 with a walk, an RBI, a run and a stolen base.

On the mound, staff ace Adam Kloffenstein threw three excellent innings, allowing just a hit and two walks with five strikeouts but needed 66 pitches to do it. Paxton Schultz took over, picking up the win and giving up two runs on three hits and two walks with six strikeouts in four innings and Justin Maese allowed just two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in two innings to finish the game.

W: Paxton Schultz (1-0)

Player of the Game: Tanner Morris

Roster Notes: DJ Neal was placed on the injured list and Brayden Bouchey was activated off the IL.


Dunedin Blue Jays 4, Tampa Tarpons (NYY) 1


Not only did the Dunedin Blue Jays (1-5) win their first game of the year, but they kept the Tampa Tarpons to fewer than 10 runs in a 4-1 win on Mother’s Day.

Brazilian 18-year-old righty Rafael Ohashi made his professional debut and impressed, throwing three innings and retiring all nine batters he faced, striking out four. Willy Gaston tossed two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk with three strikeouts before giving way to Gabriel Ponce who allowed the Tarpons’ only run (on a solo home run), giving up the one hit and one walk with seven strikeouts in three innings. Adrian Hernandez got the save, allowing a hit and striking out two.

The offense was relatively quiet, getting their four runs on just five hits. Addison Barger hit his second home run of the season, going 1/5 but striking out three times while Ryan Sloniger hit his first big bang, going 1/3 with a wallk, the home run and two runs. Miguel Hiraldo was 1/3 with a double and Mack Mueller was 1/3 with a run. Jhon Solarte was 1/4 with an RBI and a stolen base and Justin Ammons got on with a walk and stole a base.

W: Willy Gaston (1-0)
S: Adrian Hernandez (1)
HR: Addison Barger (2), Ryan Sloniger (1)

Player of the Game: Rafael Ohashi, Gabriel Ponce and Ryan Sloniger


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