Jordan Groshans has played eleven professional games. He has at least one hit in every one of them. Among the affiliates, Buffalo and New Hampshire did not get good starting pitching and lost. Dunedin scored three runs total and swept a doubleheader. Patrick Murphy pitched a complete game. Lansing and Bluefield lost. Vancouver and the GCL Jays won.
Nick Tepesch started and was hit around the park and out of it. In his 4.1 innings he gave up three home runs, two to Clint Frazier, and eleven hits in all. He was charged with seven runs. Tepesch started the year in AA where he pitched OK, but now he has a 6.26 ERA in AAA. The two new guys on the block followed. Zach Stewart 2.2 innings and conceded two runs. Brandon Cumpton pitched a 1-2-3 inning.
The Bisons lost 9-6. Danny Jansen got back in gear with two hits including his sixth home run, a two run shot. Richard Urena was 2-5 with two doubles and two RBI. Anthony Alford was 0-4 and cannot put together a consistent run of hits. Reece McGuire was 1-4 to keep his run going.
New Hampshire were beat up, 13-3. Each team had three home runs, New Hampshire had three solo shots while Reading's three homers drove in ten. Connor Panas, Harold Ramirez and Cavan Biggio hit the home runs. For Biggio it was number 18, and badly needed as his offensive numbers have started to come down. Jon Berti had two hits. Bo Bichette picked up a double.
Taylor Saucedo made his first AA start and it was not a success. He went five innings but was charged with six runs. Nick Hartman and Kirby Snead gave up three runs each. Nash Knight was called on to pitch the ninth.
Dunedin played a doubleheader to make up for yesterdays rain-out. Both games were low scoring. In game one, Dunedin won 2-1. Patrick Murphy pitched a complete game, three hitter (7 inning). One of the hits was a home run. Murphy picked up six strikeouts. a two run home run by Kacy Clemens was the difference in the game. Clemens, who has been struggling, also had a double.
In game two, Dunedin scored a run in the top of the seventh to win 1-0. Yeltsin Gudino singled with one out and Josh Palacios walked. Santiago Espinal singled but Gudino was thrown out at the plate for the second out. Kevin Smith came through with an RBI single. Espinal and Ivan Castillo had two hits each. The Jays used three pitchers who held Fort Myers to just three hits. Connor Eller started and pitched four innings. Andy Ravel and Jake Fishman pitched three perfect innings to hang on for the offense to get going.
Lansing lost 6-2. They were down 6-0 early. It was a bullpen game and Andrew Deramo started but gave up five runs in three innings. Three relievers gave up one hit but the Lugnuts walked 12 in the game.
Lansing did have ten hits, Brandon Grudzielanek, Norberto Obeso and Kevin Vicuna each had two hits. Obeso and Freddy Rodriguez each drove in a run.
The C's finally broke out the big bats and won 8-4. Jesus Severino is not known for his power but in the second inning he launched a grand slam to make it 4-0. Later in that same inning Yorman Rodriguez singled in a run and Griffin Conine doubled in two more and the C's were up 7-0. Tanner Kirwer doubled and scored the eighth run in the seventh inning. Kirwer, Conine and Rodriguez each had two hits.
Jordan Barrett started and went 5.2 innings. He was charged with all four Everett runs but on the bright side he had seven strikeouts. Three relievers brought the heat by recording strike outs on seven of the ten outs. Juan Nunez, Denis Diaz and Connor Law were the guys providing the top quality relief.
Bluefield went ahead 3-0 in the top of the first. Cal Stevenson singled, DJ Neal walked. A double steal brought in the first run, then Alejandro Kirk drove in number two. The third run scored on a sac fly from Patrick Morris. The big Bluefield offense were held to just six hits. Kirk had two of them.
Felipe Casteneda went three innings and gave up three runs. Joey Pulido followed and gave up two more. Jsoh Almonte is getting more work and pitched an inning without allowing a run to bring his ERA down to 8.10.
The GCL Jays won 13-4. They were down 2-0 after three innings but they scored in each of the last five innings for the win. Hector Guerrero tripled in the first run and scored the second. Guerrero is a 20 year old Mexican infielder. He is now hitting .296. Jordan Groshans was 2-4 with four RBI. Groshans is hitting .400. He has played eleven games and has a hit in every game. Francisco Ruiz, an 18 year old catcher from Puerto Rico, drafted in the 38th round this year, was 2-3 with three RBI.
Rafael Monsion started and went five innings, allowing two runs. Three other relievers worked the game without doing anything notable.
The DSL Jays lost 2-1 in a game where they had just three hits. Top DSL prospect Miguel Hiraldo did not play. Jhon Solarte was 0-4, his second hitless game in a row. Erickvi Celedonio went 1-4. Jose Zepeda. Zepeda was moved up to the second spot in the order but went 0-3. He did drive in the only run with a sac fly. The Jays used just two pitchers, starter Lazaro Estrada , a 19 year old Cuban, went six innings. He had six K's and now, on the season, has 34 in 26 innings.
3rd star: Jesus Severino
2nd star: Jordan Groshans
1st star: Patrick Murphy