On Tuesday night, the Baby Jays were all back in action in game 1 of their weekly series, and it wasn’t a strong night. The affiliates went 1-3 on the day, with a big win, 2 big losses, and a walk-off loss in extra innings. It was an interesting evening, as two of the Baby Jays clubs were the visiting teams in the ballpark they are playing home games in this year.
Buffalo (9-4) - Loss 9-4 to Worcester
TJ Zeuch started for Buffalo and it was not a good outing. Zeuch gave up 4 HR’s in 4.2 innings, allowing 7 earned runs. Zeuch also allowed 5 other hits (including a double) and a walk, while striking out 5. The plan was to piggy back with Nick Allgeyer to get him some work and be prepared to start later in the week. Allgeyer went 1.1 innings, allowing 2 runs on a double and 2 walks. All told, the Herd saw the number of runs allowed go up by about 30% on the season in this one, which was to be expected sometime.
Offensively, Buffalo had 8 hits and 3 walks, but most of their offense came on a 3-run HR by Kevin Smith, his 2nd of 2021. Riley Adams added a single and a triple, scoring a run. Tyler White & Richard Urena had a single and a walk. Forrest Wall doubled, while Christian Colon & Dilson Herrera each had singles.
New Hampshire (5-8) - Loss 12-6 to Portland
New Hampshire jumped out to a quick lead, but then proceeded to allow runs in every inning from the 4th to the end of the game. The 8th inning was the big blow, as the Cats allowed 5 runs. Elvis Luciano started this one, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits and 3 walks in 4.2 innings. Emerson Jimenez allowed 3 earned runs on 3 hits and 2 walks in 2 innings of relief. Sam Ryan was hit hard in his inning of relief, allowing 5 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks. 2 of the hits were HR’s, which led to all of the damage.
At the plate, Otto Lopez continued his hot streak, adding his 5th straight game with multiple hits. Lopez had 2 singles and a double, while scoring a run, stealing 2 bases and driving in a run. Gabe Moreno had the biggest blast of the night for the Cats as he hit a 3-run HR in the 7th, his 2nd of the season. Jordan Groshans started at SS after missing the last two games, picking up a hit, but was replaced in the 6th inning by Vinny Capra. Capra had 2 walks in his 2 plate appearances. Samad Taylor doubled and walked. Reggie Pruitt tripled and scored a run. Nick Podkul had a double. LJ Talley and Demi Orimoloye each singled. Austin Martin did not play in this one, and has not played since being removed on Saturday.
Vancouver (9-4) - Win 13-4 over Hillsboro
A 6-run 3rd inning was all the offense Vancouver needed as they were able to beat Hillsboro. Every C’s started had a hit in this one, with Ryan Gold, Cameron Eden & Tanner Morris leading the way. All 3 had 3 singles in this one. Gold doubled twice and scored 2 runs. Eden added a walk, scored 3 runs and stole 2 bases. Morris added 2 walks and scored twice, while driving in 2. Luis De Los Santos had 2 singles, scoring 2 runs, driving in 2 and striking out twice. Phil Clarke and Tanner Kirwer each had 2 singles and scored a run. Clarke picked a runner off first. Spencer Horwitz had a single and walked 3 times. Rafael Lantigua had a double and a walk, driving in a run. Sebastien Espino was the only C not to get on base twice, but he added 3 RBI’s in his High-A debut.
Sean Wymer started for Vancouver, going 4 innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 5 hits and 3 walks. Wymer struck out 4 as well. Canadian Brayden Bouchey continued his rough start to the year, as he followed Wymer and lasted one-third of an inning. Bouchey allowed 2 walks and hit 2 batters to allow a run. Marcus Reyes had a solid appearance, going 2.2 innings of shutout relief. Reyes allowed 2 hits and struck out 3 and has not allowed an earned run over 10.1 innings in 2021. More CanCon from Will McAffer finished the game, as he went 2 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 5.
Dunedin (3-10) - Loss 5-4 in 10 innings to Clearwater
Dunedin got a better start from their starting pitcher than they have seen most games so far this year, but saw the bullpen fritter away the game, allowing the tying run in the bottom of the 8th and then seeing Clearwater score one with the extra runner. Naswell Paulino started for the D-Jays and allowed 2 earned runs on 5 hits and 4 walks over 4.1 innings. Paulino struck out 4 and got 7 ground outs in this one. Julian Valdez followed allowing a solo HR as the only damage he allowed over 2.2 innings of relief. Valdez struck out 4 as well. Adrian Hernandez gave up the tying run in the 8th and then the winning run in the 10th as he pitched 2+ innings. Hernandez allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4.
On offense, the D-Jays got 2 hits from Jhon Solarte, including a double. Solarte scored a run on an Orelvis Martinez 2-run double in the third. Martinez also added a walk and a stolen base in this one. PK Morris then singled home 2 in the 6th for all of the D-Jays runs. Justin Ammons had 2 walks and scored a run. Miguel Hiraldo doubled and scored a run. Zach Britton and MacKenzie Mueller each singled and walked in this one. Addison Barger added a single.
Buffalo sends Alek Manoah to the mound. Game time is 6:35
New Hampshire starts Kyle Johnston. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35
Vancouver hasn’t named a started yet, game will get underway at 9:35
Dunedin is showing a TBD so far. Game starts at 7:00