May 25th Blue Jays Minor League Recap: Nick Podkul, double trouble

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The Blue Jays minor league system went 2-for-4. Not that it matters, the minor league system could’ve all been shutout and we would’ve fine with it after the way the Blue Jays performed losing 19 to whatever.

 

Triple-A

Buffalo Bisons (19-25)

 

The Bisons lost 8 to 5 with Socrates Brito and Teoscar Hernandez leading the offense.

 

HR- Brito (1)

 

Starter- Turner Larkins 6.0IP, 8H, 7R, 2BB, 3K, and 3HRA on 93 pitches

 

L- Larkins (0-1, 10.50ERA)

 

Sunday, May 26th starting pitcher- Shawn Morimando

 

Double-A

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (22-24)

 

The Fisher Cats lost 5 to 4, surrendering 2 runs in the 8th and 9th innings. The Fisher Cats did all their damage with a 4-run 5th inning on back-to-back jacks.

 

HR-Patrick Kivlehan (2) and Riley Adams (2)

 

Starter- Nate Pearson 2.0IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 0K on 28 pitches

 

L- Bryan Baker (1-3, 2.93ERA)/BSV(1)

 

H- Jackson McClelland (3)

 

Sunday, May 26th starting pitcher- Yennsy Diaz

 

Advanced-A

Dunedin Blue Jays (29-19)

 

The 1st place D-Jays won 7 to 5, all Dunedin’s runs were scored between the 1st and 3rd innings.

 

HR-Christopher Bec (1)

 

Starter- Joey Murray 5.0IP, 4H, 1R, 3BB, 7K on 96 pitches

 

W- Murray (1-0, 1.86ERA)

 

Sunday, May 26th starting pitcher- TBD

 

A-Ball

Lansing Lugnuts (20-27)

 

The Nuts and Bolts won 10 to 3, collecting 15 hits, including 3 doubles.

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Josh Hiatt 5.0IP, 2H, 1R, 1BB, 8K, and 1HRA on 68 pitches

 

W- Hiatt (1-1, 3.00ERA)

 

H- Troy Watson (1)

 

Sunday, May 26th starting pitcher- Troy Miller

 

Top Performers:

  • Buffalo’s Socrates Brito (3-for-4, R, HR, 2RBI, BB, K) and Teo Hernandez (2-for-4, RBI, BB, K, SB)
  • NH’s Kivlehan (2-for-4, R, HR, RBI), Nash Knight (2-for-3, 2B, BB, K), Riley Adams (2-for-3, R, HR, 3RBI)
  • Dunedin’s Murray (see above), Cal Stevenson (2-for-4, 2R, 3B, 2RBI, BB, K), Kevin Vicuna (1-for-4, R, 2RBI, BB, SB), Ryan Noda (1-for-2, RBI, 2BB, K), Christopher Bec (1-for-2, R, HR, RBI, 2BB), Norberto Obeso (2-for-4, 2R, 2B).
  • Lansing’s Hiatt (see above), Luis Santos (4-for-4, R, CS), Tanner Kirwer (2-for-4, 2R, K), Ryan Gold (2-for-4, 2B, 3RBI, BB), Reggie Pruitt (2-for-4, 2R, RBI, BB, K, CS)

Player of the Day

Saturday, May 25th POD goes to Nick Podkul

 

This the 2nd POD in a week for the Notre Dame alumni. The 22-yr-old was hitless (0-for-6 with 3 walks) in his last two games and batting just .237 over his last 10 games.

 

Nick Podkul was playing 3rd base and batting 3rd for the Lansing Lugnuts. He singled in his first at-bat but was stranded as Jake Brodt struck out to end the frame. He worked a 4-pitch walk (27BB) in the 3rd inning, scoring on Ryan Gold’s 2-run single. Lansing ahead 3 to 1.

 

Podkul struck out for the 27th time in the 5th inning. With three-run across in the 6th inning, Podkul hit a double (10) to drive in Rafael Lantigua for Lansing’s 8th run. Nick Podkul hit another double (11) with two-outs in the 8th inning. He came across to score on a fielding error which allowed Jake Brodt to reach base, pushing the lead to 9 to 3 for the good guys.

 

Podkul finished with a single and two doubles in four at-bats, driving in RBI’s 11 and 12. He also walked and struck out.

 

Lansing’s infield is batting .277 with a .784OPS in 39 games. Despite seeing his batting average dip over the past 10 games, from .301, Podkul is enjoying a solid May. For the month he is batting .321 with a .874OPS, 10 doubles and 14/14 BB/K in 22 games.

 

On-Base Streak

Outfield prospect, Anthony Alford has struggled for much of the season; however, things might be trending upward for the native of Mississippi. On May 9th, Alford went 0-for-5 with a strikeout and run scored. That run was a result of a HBP which allowed him to reach base. Alford went on an 8-game hit streak between May 10th and May 21st. He went hitless on May 23rd but walked twice to extend his on-base streak to 10 games. Alford went 3-for-6 on May 24th and 1-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, and an RBI on Saturday to extend his streak to 12 games.

 

Anthony Alford is batting .300 over his last 10 games. He owns a .210 batting average with a .652 OPS, 4 doubles, 2 triples, 4HR, and 7SB in 38GP. After batting .138 in 19 games in April, AA is batting .274 in 19 games in May. Fingers crossed the rest of the season is filled with many more months like May.

 

The Santiago Espinal and Alejandro Kirk Show

 

Santiago Espinal played 2B and fell down the Fisher Cats batting order to 6th. He picked up a double in four plate appearances. The 24-old Espinal is riding a 4-game hit streak and has reached base in 7 straight games. Unfortunately, Espinal is batting just .146 over the last 10 games, seeing his batting average dip to .269 from .301.

 

Alejandro Kirk did not play in Dunedin’s win. The 20-yr-old is batting .357 with 7 doubles, 8 RBI, 7BB, 6K, and a .973 OPS in 13 games with the D-Jays.

 

 

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