The Toronto Blue Jays’ minor league affiliates swept Sunday, the final day of the minor league regular season, winning all four games.
Buffalo Bisons 5, Rochester Red Wings (WAS) 1
The Buffalo Bisons’ (71-46) turned things around on the final game of the regular season, heading into the playoffs on a high note, beating the Rochester Red Wings 5-1.
First baseman Tyler White was on base four times, going 2/3 with a double, two walks and two runs. Richard Urena had a pair of hits, going 2/5 with an RBI and Cullen Large was 2/4 with a double. Christian Colon was 2/3 with a sac fly and two RBI. Santiago Espinal was 1/3 and Nash Knight was 1/2 with a run. Gregory Polanco was 1/4 with a double and an RBI and Cavan Biggio was 1/5 with an RBI and two runs.
Lefty Zach Logue allowed an unearned run on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts over four innings of work before the Bisons’ excellent bullpen took over. Kyle Johnston got win, pitching the fifth and only hitting a batter. Kirby Snead gave up two hits and struck out one in his inning and Rafael Dolis allowed two hits and a walk but no runs in the seventh, striking out one. Bryan Baker struck out one in the eighth and A.J. Cole gave up a hit and struck out one in the ninth.
W: Kyle Johnston (1-0)
Player of the Game: Tyler White and Zach Logue
Roster Notes: Tayler Saucedo was recalled by the Blue Jays.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 6, Harrisburg Senators (WAS) 4
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (52-55) finished up their year with a 6-4 win over the Harrisburg Senators.
First baseman Spencer Horwitz has done nothing but hit all season long, and finished off with a bang, going 2/4 with a double, a home run, an RBI and two runs. Ryan Gold also hit a home run, going 1/4 with three RBI and a run. Steward Berroa was 1/4 with an RBI and Chavez Young was 1/4. Anthony Morales was 1/3 with a run and Reggie Pruitt was 0/2 with two walks, a run and a stolen base. Kevin Vicuna drove in a run with a sac fly, going 0/2.
On the mound, Jeremy Beasley got the game started by allowing three runs on two hits (one HR) with a hit batter and four strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings. Johnny Barbato kept things clean over 3 1/3 innings, striking out four and Curtis Taylor struck out one in the sixth. Brandon Eisert pitched the seventh and gave up a hit and struck out two while Sean Rackoski allowed a run on three hits and a walk with one strikeout in the eighth. Graham Spraker struck out one in the ninth.
W: Johnny Barbato (3-4)
S: Graham Spraker (2)
HR: Spencer Horwitz (2), Ryan Gold (2)
Player of the Game: Spencer Horwitz
Vancouver Canadians 8 , Hillboro Hops (ARI) 2
The Vancouver Canadians (55-64) closed out their season on a high note, winning 8-2 over the Hillsboro Hops.
Right fielder Eric Rivera had a stellar game on his birthday, finishing his season strongly, going 3/4 with three runs while Tanner Morris was 2/3 with a home run, an RBI and two runs. Davis Schneider drove in two runs, going 1/3 with a double, two RBI and a run, adding a walk and Will Robertson was 1/4. Zac Cook was 0/2 with a walk and a run.
On the mound, Alejandro Melean allowed the Hops’ two runs, going 5 2/3 innings and giving up seven hits (one HR) with a walk and three strikeouts. Justin Maese gave up two hits in 1 1/3 innings and Gabriel Ponce walked one a struck out two. Hagen Danner finished it off, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.
W: Alejandro Melean (1-1)
HR: Tanner Morris (7)
Player of the Game: Eric Rivera
Dunedin Blue Jays 5, Clearwater Threshers (PHI) 0
On the final day of the minor league season, the Dunedin Blue Jays (57-63) came away with a shutout win, beating the Clearwater Threshers 5-0.
Despite the win, the club only had four hits (and 10 walks) with Mackenzie Mueller going deep for his fourth home run of the year, going 1/4 with an RBI and a run. Leonardo Jimenez walked four times, going 0/0 with two runs scored and Miguel Hiraldo was 1/3 with a walk, two RBI and a stolen base. Adriel Sotolongo was 1/4 and Victor Mesia was 1/4 with a double and a run. Dasan Brown was 0/3 but walked twice, stole two bases and scored. Rainer Nunez was 0/3 with an RBI and a walk and Riley Tirotta was 0/2 with two walks.
Starter Naswell Paulino finished off with a bang, throwing five innings without giving up a hit, walking three and striking out eight. Harry Rutkowski allowed the Threshers’ only two hits over two innings and Jiorgeny Casimiri pitched a clean eighth. Jefferson Herrera pitched a clean ninth, striking out one.
W: Naswell Paulino (7-4)
HR: Mackenzie Mueller (4)
Player of the Game: Naswell Paulino
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