Taylor Made In Center But Not On The Mound

Wednesday, June 09 2021 @ 03:02 AM EDT

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The Vancouver Canadians prevented an organizational sweep Tuesday.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 7 Buffalo 5

The Bisons blew a 5-0 lead against the Yankees affiliate. Anthony Kay put up three zeros before getting roughed up for three runs in the fourth another in the sixth. Over 5-2/3 innings, he gave up a home run among five hits, walked two and plunked a pair. Connor Overton kept Scranton in check with a shutout inning that included a punch out. Tayler Saucedo had the blown save and loss by giving up two runs in his one inning. Bryan Baker stranded two runners for Saucedo but gave up a run in the ninth.

Kevin Smith homered in his 3-for-4 night while Jared Hoying also went yard and added a double. Tyler White also had a two-hit night while Christian Colón walked twice. Richard Ureña and Juan Graterol also had base knocks but Cavan Biggio was 0-for-5. Logan Warmoth recorded an assist in right field and walked once but he struck out three times to give him 42 in 89 at-bats. He's hitting just .191.

Portland 9 New Hampshire 1

The Fisher Cats flushed a 7-1 lead in the toilet. Maximo Castillo limited the Red Sox affiliate to a run over the first three innings before serving up a two-run home run in the fourth and a solo shot in the fifth. He was pulled with one out in the fifth after allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out five. Mike Ellenbest stranded a runner for Castillo to get out of the fifth but he allowed two runs on three hits while whiffing three over two innings. Curtis Taylor blew the save and took the loss after coughing up a two-run home run in two-thirds of an inning. Brody Rodning was the only Fisher Cats hurler to escape unharmed by striking out one and allowing one hit over two-thirds of a scoreless frame.

Samad Taylor is now sporting a .900 OPS after belting his seventh homer of the year and getting his sixth double. He also walked three times and scored four runs. Austin Martin tied the game at 8-8 with an RBI single as part of a 2-for-4 night with one walk, pushing his OPS to .820. Otto Lopez lifted a sacrifice fly and added a two-run single.Gabriel Moreno, L.J. Talley and Kevin Vicuña all went 2-for-5 with Talley driving in two and Moreno knocking home one.

Vancouver 8 Spokane 6

The Canadians put up four runs in their first at-bat, capped off by a Luis De Los Santos three-run home run, to knock off the Rockies affiliate. De Los Santos added an RBI single to a three-hit night and needed just a triple to complete the cycle. Tanner Kirwer and Cameron Eden turned in identical 2-for-3 batting lines with a walk and a hit by pitch but Kirwer stole his 19th base to lead Eden by one for the league lead in steals. Spencer Horwitz and Philip Clarke drove in runs but they were also plunked to run up Spokane's HBP tally by four. Tanner Morris was also hit by the rawhide to make it five.

Sean Wymer got the win but appeared to run out of gas. He lasted five-plus innings and was charged with four earned runs out of five, giving up a three-run dinger that ended his outing. That was among six hit and a walk but he struck out four and kept his fielders equally entertained with five outs on the ground and five in the air. Marcus Reyes earned the respect of his team with not only his two shutout innings but by nailing a Spokane batter in the seventh after Eden and Morris were hit in the previous half inning. Sam Ryan surrendered a run in the eighth before Canadian Olympic hopeful Will McAffer struck out two in a perfect ninth for the save.

Lakeland 7 Dunedin 4

Dunedin fought back from a 4-1 deficit to tie the game but the Flying Tigers scored the last three runs to get the win. Jhon Solarte accounted for three of the Dunedin runs with a three-run homer to tie the game in the fifth. Miguel Hiraldo doubled home the first run in the fourth but P.K. Morris was thrown out at home plate and Hiraldo was nailed at third after Leo Jimenez had scored. Hiraldo was also hit by a pitch. Jimenez drew three walks and Morris doubled and walked. Orelvis Martinez struck out three times and went 0-for-4, hitting .250 with a .726 OPS.

Jol Concepion took the loss as he was gonged for two home runs and four in total on seven hits and a walk over three innings, striking out only one. Julian Valdez also served up a long ball and got just one out. He relieved Trent Palmer who pitched two no-hit innings and struck out five but he walked four and gave up two runs after Valdez could not strand those runners in the third. Sean Mellen—the former Dodgers farmhand—scattered two hits and a walk and struck out one over two scoreless frames. The 23 year-old has pitched five shutout innings so far with Dunedin with a 7-2 K/BB total.

*** 3 Stars!!! ***

3. Kevin Smith, Buffalo

2. Luis De Los Santos, Vancouver

1. Samad Taylor, New Hampshire