The Blue Jays affiliates were nearly swept Wednesday.
Worcester 9 Buffalo 4
The Red Sox affiliate did not lighten up on Bowden Francis who was rocked for four solo home runs and six runs total over four innings on 10 hits and a walk while striking out seven. Dany Jimenez worked a shutout fifth but Curtis Taylor coughed up two in the sixth. Nate Pearson walked one and whiffed one in a shutout seventh. Carl Edwards Jr. served up a solo homer but struck out two in the eighth. Bryan Baker earned his stripes by striking out the side in the ninth.
Christian Colon clubbed his 14th homer of the year as part of a 3-for-3 night with a walk. Otto Lopez was 3-for-5 and threw out a runner at the plate from left field. Forrest Wall singled and walked. Danny Jansen was 0-for-1 with a walk before Kellin Deglan took over behind the plate. He singled in his two at-bats.
Binghamton 7 New Hampshire 5
Maximo Castillo was cuffed around for six runs (five earned) on nine hits that included a home run. He struck out five and walked nobody. Brandon Eisert pitched two shutout frames but Connor Law allowed a home run. Brody Rodning and Graham Sparker contributed a shutout frame apiece.
Samad Taylor, L.J. Talley and Chavez Young all had two-hit efforts. Taylor doubled and stole two bases but was caught once. Talley had a sacrifice fly and Young picked up an RBI single. Tanner Kirwer and Kevin Vicuña singled and walked. Vinny Capra and Jordan Groshans also had base hits.
Hillsboro 11 Vancouver 4
The Diamondbacks affiliate pounded Paxton Schultz for seven runs on eight hits (including a homer) over two innings, walking one and striking out one. Willy Gaston was whacked for the other four runs over three frames. Justin Maese pitched two scoreless innings and Thomas Ruwe put up a bagel in the eighth.
Tanner Morris extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a double, a single and a walk. Orelvis Martinez mashed his fifth tater with the C’s and Spencer Horwitz collected his 22nd double. Eric Rivera was 1-for-2 before being pinch-hit for by Rafael Lantigua who walked in both plate appearances.
Lakeland 3 Dunedin 1 (Game 1)
Sean Mellen surrendered a run over three innings on three hits, a walk and a hit by pitch to take the loss but struck out five. Jefferson Herrera gave up the other two runs over three frames against the Tigers affiliate.
Garrett Spain had the only two-hit game for the D-Jays but was caught stealing. Riley Tirotta singled home the only run. Dasan Brown drew a walk and swiped his 12th base of the year. P.K. Morris singled and walked while Zach Britton had a base knock and took one for the team.
Lakeland 7 Dunedin 4 (Game 2)
Dunedin grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first, highlighted by Steward Berroa‘s fifth dinger of the year and an RBI triple from P.K. Morris. Mac Mueller was 2-for-3 with his 12th steal while Miguel Hiraldo doubled for the 22nd time this season.
Justin Kelly gave back the Dunedin lead by giving up three runs on one hit and three walks with one punch out. Trenton Wallace—the Jays 11th round pick from Iowa—was whacked for four runs in 1-1/3 innings to suffer the loss in his pro debut. Julian Valdez allowed all three Wallace runners to score before pitching two-thirds of a shutout frame. Jays 8th rounder Hunter Gregory struck out one in a shutout seventh inning in his first appearance as a pro out of Old Dominion.
FCL Blue Jays 7 FCL Phillies 0
Leo Jimenez went 3-for-4, J.C. Masson had an RBI double and RBI single and Damiano Palmegiani belted his first professional home run for the F-Jays. Amell Brazoban also went deep and Brock Lundquist added an RBI base knock.
Kendry Rojas scattered three hits and struck out four over three scoreless frames. Soenni Martinez and Colton Laws took care of the next two frames. Rafael Ohashi tossed three no-hit innings, walking two and striking out six. Jiorgeny Casimiri finished off the ninth without a run on his ledger.
*** 3 Stars!!! ***
3. Samad Taylor, New Hampshire
2. Otto Lopez, Buffalo
1. Christian Colon, Buffalo