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This hasn't been a good start to the season for the Jays minor league system. But one bright light has been Adam Kloffenstein. Kloff delivered another excellent start on Friday, six shutout innings with eight strikeouts. That was enough for a New Hampshire win. Nicolas Deschamps hit an eleventh inning, two run home run, to give Dunedin a win. Vancouver won a low scoring game, Trenton Wallace with five shutout innings. Buffalo were blown out.

Worcester 2 Buffalo 14

Harrisburg 0 New Hampshire 3

Vancouver 2 Hillsboro 1

Dunedin 7 Fort Myers 6 - 11 innings

Three Stars

Third Star - Trenton Wallace

Second Star - Nicolas Deschamps

First Star - Adam Kloffenstein



Buffalo scored two in the top of the first inning and it was all downhill from there. It was as if there was something in the water. Drew Hutchison di pitch four innings but gave up nine hits and five walks. Julian Fernandez followed and the first three hitters went homer, triple, homer. Ouch. Matt Peacock came on for the sixth, the first two hitters went walk, homer. He went on to concede two more runs. Jackson Rees came off the IL to shut Worcester down in the seventh and, to save the bullpen, LJ Talley had a 1-2-3 eighth.

New Hampshire were outhit 8-3 but won 3-0. Will Robertson hit a two run home run. Zach Britton was 2-3 with a walk. Adam Kloffensten went six shutout innings. Also promising was that Adrian Hernandez went two shutout innings, one hit, three K's.

Jommer Hernandez hit his second home run, a solo shot, in the second inning. That would prove to be the winning run in a 2-1 Vancouver win. Trenton Wallace went five shutout innings with seven K's. He allowed three hits. TJ Brock struck out five in two relief innings.

Ryan Jennings struck out eight in 4.2 innings. But he walked four and gave up three hits, including a home run, all leading to four runs. Lazaro Estrada came on in the seventh and looked like he would pick up the win. Through 2.2 innings he hadn't conceded a hit. But a triple allowed a walk to score with the game tying run. It was still a good appearance for Estrada, three innings, one run, four K's.

The game went to extra innings, and to the eleventh where Quebec's Nicolas Deschamps hit a two run home run. It was his second hit of the night.

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GregDufour - Saturday, May 06 2023 @ 09:09 AM EDT (#428496) #
Apparently Dr.Kloffenstein just needed some more time for his monster to arise
Gerry - Saturday, May 06 2023 @ 09:38 AM EDT (#428497) #
Kloff's first start wasn't good but the following four have been excellent.

Here are his numbers for his last four starts, 21 IP, 15 hits, 6 walks (WHIP of 1.00), 26 K's. Thats a K/9 of 11.1.
bpoz - Saturday, May 06 2023 @ 10:17 AM EDT (#428498) #
If Kloffenstein is doing this with a low 90s FB then he has definitely figured out something. Is he tricking the AA batters with his secondaries? All his numbers have improved especially the Ks and HRs allowed.
Marc Hulet - Saturday, May 06 2023 @ 02:16 PM EDT (#428503) #
He's really matured as a pitcher. He threw one ball in his last start that hit 95 mph but it was nowhere near the strike zone, and he was otherwise sitting around 91 mph with arm side run. He's throwing strikes with multiple pitches, showing good movement, working different quadrants, and changing speeds. The slider has been his best pitch but he'll also sneak in some slow curves.
Nigel - Saturday, May 06 2023 @ 03:36 PM EDT (#428507) #
Thatís interesting Marc. In his first (and semi successful) Vancouver stretch he had the Halladay/Carpenter starter kit. 2 seam FB 92-93 (arm side run), thrown down in the zone and to both sides of the plate and a hard (ish) CV. SL and CH were really just for show,
Mike Green - Saturday, May 06 2023 @ 04:32 PM EDT (#428509) #
It should be noted that Kloffenstein is still only 22 and he's in double A. Age isn't quite the factor for pitchers that it is for hitters, but still it is better to be young.
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