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It hasn't been a good start to the season for the Dunedin Blue Jays but it got worse on Saturday when they were no hit by Bradenton. They held Bradenton to just two runs, their second best pitching performance of the year, and all for naught. Conner Overton made his second "emergency" start and pitched six shutout innings as Buffalo won again. New Hampshire took a bullpen loss. Austin Martin had two hits but was pulled from the game in the sixth. Vancouver won behind Adam Kloffenstein.

Rochester 3 Buffalo 7

Somerset 5 New Hampshire 3

Spokane 2 Vancouver 4

Bradenton 2 Dunedin 0

This is what I noted from yesterday's games.

Conner Overton was thrust into the starter role last week and he threw four shutout innings. That earned him another start and this time he threw six shutout innings. He gave up two hits, didn't walk anyone and had three K's. He just needed 63 pitches for his six innings. Curtis Taylor, just called up from New Hampshire, was responsible for all three runs although Kevin Smith made two errors on the same play to make all the runs unearned.

There were no big offensive blows in this game. Five of the runs scored on singles, one with a ground out and one on an error. Breyvic Valera led the offense with three hits. Kevin Smith had two.

Through four innings the only base runner by Somerset reached on an error. The first hit conceded by Zach Logue came in the fifth. Somerset scored two off Logue in the sixth with two infield singles and a double. His final line was 5.2 4 2 2 0 8. In his last start he also started strong and gave up runs late. He either needs more stamina, a changed repertoire the second time through the order, or he could be headed for a bullpen role. Mike Ellenbest took the loss by being taken deep, twice.

Austin Martin was 2-3 with a stolen base but he left the game in the sixth for an undisclosed reason. Otto Lopez was 2-4 with a walk. Gabriel Moreno went 1-5 and saw his average drop by 45 points. Jordan Groshans had the night off.

Adam Kloffenstein went six innings, throwing 79 pitches. He allowed one run on two hits with two walks and four K's.

Mitch Horwitz and Phil Clarke each drove in two of the four runs. They had two hits each.

As noted above, the Dunedin Jays had no hits. The only hitter of note was Justin Ammons who walked three times.

Sem Robberse started and pitched three shutout innings with two hits allowed. Alejandro Melean gave up the two Bradenton runs.

Three Stars

Third Star - Breyvic Valera

Second Star - Adam Kloffenstein

First Star - Conner Overton


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bpoz - Sunday, May 16 2021 @ 09:30 AM EDT (#398035) #
Due to injuries there are a lot of pitching opportunities. Long relievers, 3-5 innings are in an interesting competition. Health and results will determine who advances. Kay, Zeuch, Thornton, Stripling and Allgeyer for now.

E Rivera has earned a promotion to Vancouver.
ramone - Sunday, May 16 2021 @ 10:38 AM EDT (#398039) #
Looks like New Hampshire has the same injury problems as the Jays. Groshans now out of the lineup for the 2nd day in a row, Martin not in the lineup after being removed last night and Young and Lundquist may both be hurt as well according to the broadcast yesterday.
bpoz - Sunday, May 16 2021 @ 10:43 AM EDT (#398041) #
I hope Rafael Ohashi is pitching today.

Sem Robberse had a very good game. Just 3 innings and threw 40 pitches. I hope to see him up to 70 pitches within the next 3 starts.
hypobole - Sunday, May 16 2021 @ 11:49 AM EDT (#398050) #
Along with the Rivera promotion bpoz mentioned, infielder L.J. Talley moves up from the C's to NH. Seems like at least one of Groshans or Martin might be out a while.
Gerry - Sunday, May 16 2021 @ 12:00 PM EDT (#398052) #
Neither Groshans or Martin have been placed on the IL, yet.

Remember Monday is an off day so a day off today means two days off to recover from any minor ailment they may have.
Gerry - Sunday, May 16 2021 @ 12:20 PM EDT (#398055) #
Buffalo are starting Kirby Snead against Stephen Strasburg today.
Gerry - Sunday, May 16 2021 @ 01:47 PM EDT (#398059) #
The Ohashi bus just blew a tire. Five walks, three runs in the first two innings.
bpoz - Sunday, May 16 2021 @ 04:48 PM EDT (#398097) #
A little disappointed in Ohashi. He has lost a bit of his shine. I still see him as a phenom and expect him to be in the Jay's rotation in the 2nd half of 2022.
Mike Green - Sunday, May 16 2021 @ 05:43 PM EDT (#398108) #
The affiliates are 3-0 so far and Vancouver has a 1 run lead in the middle innings.  Carl Edwards Jr. got the win with a scoreless 7th inning for the Bisons.  SWR threw 5 shutout innings with 4 walks and 7 strikeouts.  Samad Taylor homered among his 3 hits and Otto Lopez doubled twice and walked to lead the Fisher Cat offence.   
John Northey - Sunday, May 16 2021 @ 05:51 PM EDT (#398109) #
This year the big farm focus has to be on Manoah and SWR (both good so far). #2 focus on Martin & Groshans. I'm thinking of Pearson as already pretty much ML or rehab in minors, not development.

Guys like Gabriel Moreno, Otto Lopez, and Zach Britton are all trying to move up the prospect lists and become the primary focus in 2022 although if in AA/AAA they might be dreaming of the majors for 2022.

No question some decent players are going to be lost this year due to a 40 man crunch and the difficulty in finding people willing to take multiple 40 man slot guys for non-40 man guys or for one quality prospect.
hypobole - Sunday, May 16 2021 @ 07:45 PM EDT (#398111) #
Dunedin arm-strength guy Roither Hernandez with his 1st career save. Raw 18 yr old sign out of the D.R., then 3 yrs of Rookie ball. Turned 23 in March.

Season line now 4 G, 8.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 13 K. How quickly he moves up should indicate what the FO thinks of him.
GabrielSyme - Monday, May 17 2021 @ 04:07 PM EDT (#398139) #
I'm less convinced about the impending 40-man crunch costing us decent players.

Much of the 40-man is being taken up with pretty marginal relievers: Beasley, Cole, Payamps, Bergen, Tice. Milone and Zeuch are quickly falling off the starter depth charts as Hatch and Pearson's returns approach, and Manoah shows he's ready in AAA.

Among the pitchers, if we DFA Milone, Zeuch, Beasley and (say) Cole, I don't think that's much of a loss. And I think it's likely that someone who's looked okay or good in the early going (Payamps, Bergen, Castro, Mayza) may just turn into a pumpkin, and no tears will be shed.

We will lose McGuire at some point, but if he performs decently there's every likelihood that some team is going to be dealing with injuries and willing to give a modest return.

I haven't mentioned Panik, because while I wouldn't be shocked if the FO eventually decided Valera is a better player (which he is), that wouldn't actually clear a spot. Perhaps eventually the team will be comfortable with Espinal as the backup and Lopez as depth, but that's seems further down the road.
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