May 27th Blue Jays Minor League Recap: Patrick Kivlehan perfect for Fisher Cats

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The Blue Jays minor league system went 1-for-4 with home runs being hit at all level except for Lansing.

 

Triple-A

Buffalo Bisons (19-26)

 

The Bisons’ offense couldn’t get it going today. They were held to 5 hits, losing 5 to 0. Fisk made a spot start and allowed a run in the 2nd inning and two in the 3rd inning but did a good job, all things considered.

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Conor Fisk 3.0IP, 5H, 3R, 1BB, 5K on 60 pitches

 

L- Fisk (1-2, 5.81ERA)

 

Tuesday, May 28th starting pitcher- Sean Reid-Foley

 

Double-A

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (23-25)

 

The Fisher Cats avoided the 4-game sweep at the hands of the Hartford Yard Goats with a big 9 to 2 win.

 

HR-Patrick Kivlehan (3) and Forrest Wall (2)

 

Starter- Hector Perez 5.2IP, 6H, 1R, 2BB, 4K on 90 pitches

 

W- Perez (4-2, 5.44ERA)

 

Tuesday, May 28th starting pitcher- Patrick Murphy

 

Advanced-A

Dunedin Blue Jays (29-20)

 

Off Day

 

Tuesday, May 28th starting pitcher- TBD

 

A-Ball

Lansing Lugnuts (21-28)

 

The Lugs scored 2 runs in the 1st inning and 3 runs in the 8th innings, thanks to a pair of 2-run homers. Lake County outhit Lansing 13 to 7 and scored a run in the 9th inning to pull to within one run and make it interesting but Lansing held on for a 5 to 4 victory.

 

HR- Gabriel Moreno (2) and Jake Brodt (6)

 

Starter- Sean Wymer 5.0IP, 8H, 2R, 1BB, 1K, and 2HRA on 79 pitches

 

W- Jackson Rees (2-0, 0.40ERA)

 

H- Will McAffer (3)

 

SV- Cre Finfrock (1)

 

Tuesday, May 28th starting pitcher- Cobi Johnson

 

Top Performers:

  • NH’s Hector Perez (see above), Vinny Capra (1-for-5, 2R, 2B), Nash Knight (2-for-5, 2R, RBI, K), Forrest Wall (4-for-5, 3R, HR, 4-RBI), and Tayler Saucedo (2.1IP, H, BB, 3K)
  • Lansing’s Otto Lopez (2-for-4, 2R, K), Jake Brodt (1-for-2, 2R, HR, 2RBI, 2BB, K), Gabriel Moreno (1-for-4, R, HR, 2RBI, K), Jackson Rees (2IP, 0H, 0BB, 5K)

Player of the Day

Monday, May 27th POD goes to Patrick Kivlehan

 

I’m not going to lie, today’s POD was going to Forrest Wall until Kivlehan picked up hit number 5. The purpose of the POD is to highlight a prospect or to keep the fanbase up-to-date on some of the lesser-known prospect, rather than just the top performer for the day. But 5-for-5 cannot be ignored.

 

The Fisher Cats welcomed the 29-yr-old Patrick Kivlehan on May 14th after he was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash. He’s played 10 games for the Cats, occupying the 3rd spot in the batting order and playing all over the diamond. Heading into Monday’s action, Kivlehan owned a .333 BA with 3 doubles, a pair of longball (his 2nd was hit on Sunday), and a 4/3 BB/K ratio over 10 games.

 

Playing 1st base and batting 4th for the Fisher Cats, Kivlehan doubled (4) in his first at-bat in the 1st inning. He singled in the 2nd inning, scoring Nash Knight from 2nd base but was thrown out in his attempt for 2nd base.

 

The former Seattle 4th round selection doubled (5) in the 5th inning, scoring Knight again and pushing New Hampshire’s lead to 6-1. He led off the 7th inning with his 3rd long fall of the year. NH 8 to 1. In his final at-bat, Patrick Kivlehan finished his perfect game with a single to left field, bringing Forrest Wall in from 3rd base for the cherry on top of a 9 to 2 win.

 

Patrick Kivlehan finished a perfect 5-for-5 with a run scored, two doubles, an HR, four RBI, and pushed his batting with New Hampshire to .421.

 

On-Base Streak

Outfield prospect, Anthony Alford extended his on-base streak to 14 games with an 8th inning single. The 24-yr-old finished 1-for-4 with a strikeout. Over his last 10 games, Alford is batting .325. Today’s single bumped his batting average up to a point to .219. He has 5 doubles, a pair of triples, 4HR, 7SB, and a .668OPS in 40 games.

 

The Santiago Espinal and Alejandro Kirk Show

 

Santiago Espinal played CF and batted 6th for the Fisher Cats. This was the 4th time Espinal has played CF (pause) in his professional career. He hit a single in four plate appearances with a pair of runs scored (19) and a stolen base (4). The 24-old Espinal is riding a 5-game hit streak and has reached base in 8 straight games. Unfortunately, Espinal is batting just .167 over the last 10 games but has maintained a .269 batting average over the past 3 games.

 

Alejandro Kirk and the D-Jays did not play Monday. They will be back in action on Tuesday. The 20-yr-old catch is batting .326 with 7 doubles, 8 RBI, 7BB, 7K, and a .947 OPS in 14 games with the D-Jays.

 

 

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