Jay Blue: Bichette, Larkins, Lopez, Spanberger
April 13, 2019 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Report
By Jay Blue
Blue Jays from Away
The Blue Jays' minor league teams were swept on Saturday, going 0-4 although one prospect in particular had a significant breakout.
Buffalo Bisons 4, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 10
Bo Bichette broke out of his slump in a big way but the rest of the triple-A Buffalo Bisons couldn't produce nearly enough to overcome 10 runs from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in a 10-4 loss.
Bichette had a three-hit night, culminating in a three-run home run in the seventh inning as he went 3/5 with three RBI and a run. Roemon Fields had two hits including a double and a triple with an RBI and two runs. The Bisons had just two others hits with one each from Reese McGuire who also walked and Cavan Biggio who was 1/4. Eric Sogard walked twice and Andrew Guillotte was 0/3 with a walk, a run and a stolen base.
Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) started for the Bisons and gave up four runs on four hits (including a home run) with a walk and four strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings, needing 63 pitches but 41 were strikes. Conor Fisk provided 2 2/3 innings of relief, allowing a solo home run among five hits but that was the only run he gave up as he walked one and struck out two. Zach Jackson went 1 2/3 innings and allowed another four runs on two hits and three walks but one of those hits was a home run and Danny Barnes, coming in with two runners on, allowed both runners to score (charged to Jackson) and allowed a run of his own on a home run but struck out three in 1 1/3 innings.
L: Jordan Romano (1-1)
HR: Bo Bichette (1)
Player of the Game: Bo Bichette
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 6, Hartford Yard Goats 9
While the double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first, the Hartford Yard Goats got four in the bottom half of that inning and proceeded to pummel starter Yennsy Diaz and the Fisher Cats couldn't recover, falling 9-6 to Hartford.
Diaz got through five innings but allowed four home runs among his five hits, walking four and ultimately allowed six runs with five strikeouts. Francisco Rios was also hit hard, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts in two innings. Ty Tice was the only pitcher to emerge unscathed, throwing a scoreless eighth, striking out two.
Alberto Mineo continues to swing a hot bat for the Fisher Cats, and he went 2/4 with an RBI. Chad Spanberger hit his first hoe run of the year, going 1/3 with a walk and two runs. Kacy Clemens was 1/3 with two RBI and a run while Forrest Wall was 1/2 with two walks and an RBI. Santiago Espinal was 1/4 with a run and Vinny Capra was 1/3 with a walk, two runs and a stolen base. Brandon Grudzielanek had a single in four at bats.
L: Yennsy Diaz (1-1)
HR: Chad Spanberger (1)
Player of the Game: Forrest Wall and Chad Spanberger
Dunedin Blue Jays 1, Bradenton Marauders 4
The class-A Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays' offence wasn't in much effect on Sunday as they managed just one run and five hits in a 4-1 loss to the Bradenton Marauders.
The five hits were all singles including ones by Kevin Vicuna (1/3, BB, R), Cal Stevenson (1/3, BB), Cullen Large (1/3, BB, RBI), Christian Williams (1/4) and Norberto Obeso (1/4).
Turner Larkins had a solid start, going five innings and allowing just two unearned run on two hits with a walk and six strikeouts. Emerson Jimenez gave up a run on two hits and two walks with two strikeouts in two innings and Brad Wilson allowed a run on two hits in the eighth.
L: Turner Larkins (1-1)
Player of the Game: Turner Larkins
Lansing Lugnuts 0, South Bend Cubs 6
The South Bend Cubs handcuffed the low-A Lansing Lugnuts, beating them 6-0 in Saturday action.
Jordan Groshans had a double, going 1/4, and that was the only extra-base hit the Lugnuts hit while Reggie Pruitt (1/4), Otto Lopez (Montreal, Que.) (1/4), D.J. Neal (1/3) and Dominic Abbadessa (1/2, BB) were the only other Lugnuts to get a hit.
Fitz Stadler started for the Lugnuts, giving up five runs on seven hits with a walk and a strikeout in three innings. Joey Pulido followed with a scoreless fourth, walking one and striking out three before Cobi Johnson finished the game, throwing four innings and allowing just a run on three hits with one strikeout.
L: Fitz Stadler (1-1)
Player of the Game: None
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