A walkout win, a blowout loss and two extra-inning setbacks for the Blue Jays affiliates Tuesday. #WeAreBlueJays
Rochester 6 Buffalo 3 (10 Innings)
A Nash Knight three-run home run in the second inning looked like it would be enough but the Nationals affiliate rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the late innings to down the Bisons in Trenton, New Jersey. Knight also drew two walks. Buffalo was a woeful 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position, leaving 11 men on base.
Forrest Wall, Tyler White and Logan Warmoth all had two hits apiece. Warmoth made his first start in right field after making appearances in left and center. He threw out a runner at second base and stole his first base of the year. The Jays 2017 first round pick is hitting .304 with two homers and three RBI but he has struck out 10 times in 23 at-bats with only one walk.
Nick Allgeyer was in line for the win after six solid innings of one-run ball on five hits and three walks, throwing 61 strikes in his 90 pitches. Tayler Saucedo threw a scoreless seventh but Hobie Harris, Kirby Snead and Dany Jiménez could not hold down the Red Wings with Jiménez taking the loss.
New Hampshire 6 Somerset 5
The Fisher Cats frittered away a 5-1 lead but walked off the Yankees affiliate on a walk-off walk by Gabriel Moreno. His free pass capped off a five-RBI night that included his first Double-A home run, a two-run shot, and a two-run single. The Venezuelan backstop is hitting .429 with a 1.234 OPS.
Jordan Groshans had a hit and two walks and scored twice, once on a wild pitch. However, he struck out twice and committed two errors at short. Austin Martin walked once in five plate appearances. Groshans and Martin saw their batting averages drop to .200 and .190 respectively. Samad Taylor had a two-hit night after a 1-for-17 start to the year and swiped a base. Chavez Young also had two hits.
Simeon Woods Richardson was in line for the win after striking out eight over five innings. The only hit he allowed was a solo home run in the fifth inning but he responded by striking out the side to end his outing. SWR walked just two in his 78-pitch outing, 48 for strikes. Brody Rodning pitched the next frames with just an unearned run on his line. Fitz Stadler surrendered three runs in the eighth. Port Coquitlam, BC's Curtis Taylor picked up the win with a shutout ninth that included two punch outs.
Spokane 4 Vancouver 3 (10 Innings)
The Canadians lost their home away from home opener to the Rockies affiliate in Hillsboro, Oregon. Hagen Danner suffered the loss after Spokane executed a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly to cash in their free runner at second base. Vancouver matched the sacrifice bunt part of the equation when Cameron Eden gave himself up but Spencer Horwitz grounded out and Luis De Los Santos flied out to end the game, stranding Tanner Morris who was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.
Tanner Kirwer got Vancouver on the board with his second home run on the season as part of a three-hit night. He stole two bases to give him five on the year in as many tries. Luis De Los Santos had an RBI single and L.J. Talley had an RBI groundout in the sixth to give the C's a brief 3-2 lead. Talley had a hit and a walk and Will Robertson had a hit in his lone plate appearance before being pinch-hit for by Rafael Lantigua. Robertson appeared to injure his wrist on a diving catch in right field the previous half-inning.
Sean Wymer yielded a run in the first two innings in his four-inning outing. He was touched up for seven hits and a walk while striking out three. He threw 65 pitches, 44 for strikes. Marcus Reyes pitched three innings of one-run ball, the run being unearned, while whiffing two. Parker Caracci survived a based-loaded situation on a hit and two walks by striking out one in a scoreless eighth.Sam Ryan had a three-up, three-down top of the ninth.
Bradenton 11 Dunedin 4
Rafael Monsion started this one in Clearwater, Florida against the Pirates affiliate and permitted a solo homer among three hits and a walk, striking out four with 30 of his 46 pitches called for strikes. The rest of the Dunedin staff scuffled beginning with Juan DePaula giving up a three-run bomb among four hits. Julian Valdez surrendered an unearned run in his two innings but things got out of hand when Jiorgeny Casimiro was jolted for five runs in two-third of an inning. Alejandro Melean permitted both inherited runners to score before getting the final two outs of the ninth.
Harrison Ray and Addison Barger both singled and walked. Barger took over at short for Leonardo Jimenez who had an RBI single in three at-bats. Jimenez grounded out to end the bottom of the fifth before being replaced. Orelvis Martinez singled and was hit by a pitch. Miguel Hiraldo walked and stole a base. Dunedin was just 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position, stranding eight.
Zach Britton was behind the plate for this one. He saw his five-game hitting streak but he walked to extend his on-base streak to six. He's hitting .350 with a 1.202 OPS.
*** 3 Stars!!! ***
3. Simeon Woods Richardson, New Hampshire
2. Nick Allgeyer, Buffalo
1. Gabriel Moreno, New Hampshire