For the first time in 2021, the Blue Jays organization completed a sweep of their games and that’s a beautiful thing. The other wonderful aspect was that the pitching staffs gave up a combined 6 runs in the 5 games, making it really easy to win ball games
Buffalo (5-3) - 12-0 Win over Rochester (WSH)
Jays prospectors likely tuned in to watch Alek Manoah’s start, which was solid, but also go to see Logan Warmoth & Christian Colon drive the ball all over the park.
Manoah took the ball and went 6 shutout innings, allowing only 1 hit and 2 walks, while hitting only 1 batter this time. Manoah picked up 5 strikeouts, 5 ground outs and 5 fly outs to keep things relatively symmetrical. James Dykstra (who made an appearance with NH last week, but has moved up to Buffalo), Jackson McClelland & Bryan Baker each followed with a shutout inning of relief.
On offense, Logan Warmoth provided all the offense Buffalo would need on this night, as he hit a 2-run HR in the 2nd, his 2nd of the season. Warmoth went 3-4 with a double, a walk and 3 runs batted in. To be fair, his line wasn’t the biggest of the night, but Christian Colon’s grand slam came with Buffalo already up 7-0. Colon finished the day 3-4 with 3 runs scored and 4 RBI’s. He also added a double, walked once and is currently slashing .583/.667/1.917. Juan Graterol also drove in 3 runs, going 2-4. Brevic Valera (added 2 walks), Tyler White & Richard Urena each had 2 hits as most of the Herd hitters had a fun night at the plate.
New Hampshire (3-5) - 7-2 Win over Somerset (NYY)
Elvis was in the building, as Elvis Luciano made his second start of the year, and this one went much smoother. Luciano gave up 3 hits and a walk over 5 innings, allowing 1 earned run. Unfortunately, Luciano didn’t pick up a win because the bullpen came in and gave up a run before the bats were able to seal the deal. Elvis struck out 5 and got 6 ground ball outs in this one. Andrew McInvale made his first AA appearance, giving up 1 run on 1 hit and a walk, while striking out 3. Mike Ellenbest finisihed with 2 shutout innings, allowing a hit and 2 walks, striking out 2.
Brock Lundquist had a fun night for the FisherCats as he went 2-4, scoring 2 runs and driving in 5. Lundquist hit a grand slam in the 6th inning, his 2nd HR of the year, to break a 2-2 tie. Lundquist had driving in the first run of the night on a single as well. Gabriel Moreno had a good night at the plate, picking up 3 more hits, and was also hit by a pitch. Moreno is currently slashing .500/.586/.750. Otto Lopez picked up a double, while Jordan Groshans, Kevin Vicuna & Samad Taylor each had a hit. Taylor & Chavez Young each had 2 stolen bases on the night.
Vancouver (4-4) - 2-0 Win over Spokane (COL)
Vancouver’s pitching staff had a strong night, as they allowed only 3 hits, 5 walks and hit 2 batters in their shutout. Troy Miller started and went 5 innings, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks. Canadian Brayden Bouchey made his 2021 debut hitting 2 batters and striking out 1 in an inning. Cobi Johnson threw a shutout inning with 2 walks and 2 K’s. Will McAffer finished the game and added to the CanCon with 2 innings, allowing a hit and a walk, while striking out 3. One thing to watch is that Spokane was 4-5 in stolen bases on the night.
At the plate the C’s did just enough with 9 hits and a hit batter. Cameron Eden, Ryan Gold & LJ Talley each had 2 singles in the game. Gold drove in Eden in the 3rd to provide the insurance run. The first C’s run came on doubles from Ronny Brito & Luis De Los Santos. Spencer Horwitz added a single.
Dunedin (2-6) - 4-3 Win over Bradenton (PIT)
Dunedin and Bradenton traded runs early and then the D-Jays added a single run in the 7th that turned out to be the winning run. The pitching staff allowed only 6 hits on the night, but had to dance around 10 walks. Naswell Paulino started and allowed 3 earned runs on 3 hits and 5 walks. Paulino struck out 4, but struggled to find the strike zone. Lazaro Estrada, the Cuban Estrada followed, allowing 3 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 4 in 2.2 innings. Roither Hernandez finished the game with 2.2 shutout innings, allowing no-hits, 2 walks and 2 K’s.
The D-Jays were able to do just enough to win this one, as Orelvis Martinez, PK Morris, MacKenzie Mueller, Sebastian Espino and Eric Rivera each had 2 hits. Mueller & Martinez each had a double. Zach Britton added a double and Miguel Hiraldo singled. Eric Rivera is currently sitting with a video game like .529/.636/.588 slash line.
Buffalo sends TJ Zeuch to the mound in his 2nd AAA start of the year. The game starts at 6:35 pm
New Hampshire is starting Kyle Johnston to the mount at 6:35 pm. The interesting piece of this one is the opposing starter is the aptly named Janson Junk
Vancouver starts at 10:05 pm. The starter is TBD
Dunedin goes again at 6:30 pm. The D-Jays starter is TBD