June 1st Blue Jays Minor League Recap: Espinal drives in a pair

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The Blue Jays minor league system went 0-for-3. The Lugnuts game was suspended due to weather. Buffalo’s Anthony Alford and New Hampshire’s Brock Lundquist both left their games with potential injury. Lundquist and Kevin Smith collided on a shallow fly with both players walking/jogging off the field and batted in the next inning. Alford left after one at-bat

 

Triple-A

Buffalo Bisons (21-30)

 

The Bisons fell 7 to 2. Buffalo will look to avoid the sweep on Sunday. Joey Pulido pitched 2.2IP in his Triple-A debut, making the jump from Lansing. He allowed 4 runs on 3 hits and walk while striking out 2. Not sure how the organization saw this promotion working out, as Pulido owned a 6.57ERA with an opponent batting average of .294 in 12.1 innings as a member of the Lugnuts bullpen.

 

HR- Teoscar Hernandez (4)

 

Starter- Conor Fisk 4.0IP, 2H, 1R, 3BB, 5K on 73 pitches

 

L- Pulido (0-1, 13.50ERA)

 

Sunday, June 2nd starting pitcher-Sean Reid-Foley

 

Double-A

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (24-29)

 

The Fisher Cats lost 4 to 3.

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Hector Perez 6.0IP, 4H, 2R, 2BB, 5K on 95 pitches

 

L- Vinny Nittoli (0-1, 2.57ERA)

 

Sunday, June 2nd starting pitcher- Patrick Murphy

 

Advanced-A

Dunedin Blue Jays (33-21)

 

The D-Jays lost 3 to 0, Dunedin was held to 4 hits,  striking out 14 times, and no walks.

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Turner Larkins 5.0IP, 7H, 3R, 0BB, 3K, and 1HA on 68 pitches

 

L- Larkins (4-3, 2.68ERA)

 

Sunday, June 2nd starting pitcher- Maximo Castillo

 

A-Ball

Lansing Lugnuts (24-29)

 

The Lugs game was suspended after an inning. Some pretty nasty weather with some tornado warnings. The game is expected to resume tomorrow.

 

 

Sunday, June 2nd starting pitcher- Sean Wymer and TBD

 

Dominican Summer League

Blue Jays (0-1)

Lost 5 to 0

 

HR-none

 

Starter- Wilgenis Alvarado 1.2IP, 2H, 4R, BB, 0K, and 1HRA

 

L- Alvarado (0-1, 81.00ERA)

 

Top Performers:

  • Buffalo’s Teoscar Hernandez (1-for-3, R, HR, RBI, BB, 2K), Socrates Brito (2-for-4, K, CS), and Conor Fisk (see above)
  • NH’s Perez (see above)
  • Dunedin’s Ronny Brito (2-for-3, K) and Graham Spraker (2IP, H, 0BB, 0K)
  • DSL Emmanuel Sanchez (2-for-4, R, CS), Edgar Castro (3.0IP, H, 4K)

Player of the Day

Saturday, June 1sth POD goes to Santiago Espinal

 

The 24-yr-old infielder played CF for the 4th time and batted 2nd for the Fisher Cats. Espinal singled in the 3rd inning and stole 2nd base (5) but was stranded after Nash Knight hit a fly ball to CF for the 3rd out.

 

Espinal walked to lead off the 6th inning, advanced to 2nd base on Riley Adams‘ single to left field. Unfortunately, Alberto Mineo grounded into an inning-ending double play with New Hampshire trailing 2 to 0.

 

The Fisher Cats finally got on the board in the 7th inning. Christian Williams and Kevin Smith drew back-to-back walks to start the frame. Brock Lundquist and Vinny Capra failed to advance the runners but Forrest Wall loaded the bases with a single to LF, setting the table for Santiago Espinal. The former 10th round selection of the Boston Red Sox hit an infield single to the 2nd base. The ball kicked off the 2nd baseman’s glove which allowed Espinal to score and two runs to cross the plate. A wild throw home allowed the speedy Forrest Wall to scored from 1st and Espinal to advance to 2nd base.

 

That was it for the Fisher Cats scoring and for Espinal as he did not have another at-bat. Espinal finished 2-for-3 with 2-RBI, a walk, and a strikeout. He is .275 for the season and is .275 over his last 10 games. He’s scored 20 runs while collecting 9 doubles and 2 HR in 48 games.

 

On-Base Streak

 

Forrest Wall extended his hit streak to 13-games with a 7th inning single. Wall scored on Espinal’s single and a throwing error. The former 2012 1st rounder is batting .500 over the last 10 games, bumping his batting average from .255 to .308.

 

Wall has 32 runs scored, 15 doubles, 2 triples, 3HR, 18 RBI, 27/39 BB/K, and 8 stolen bases to go along with his .870OPS.

 

The Griffin Conine and Alejandro Kirk Show

 

Griffin Conine was in RF and was penciled in to bat 3rd for the Lugnuts before the game was canceled. In three games, the 21-yr-old is batting a healthy .615 with 3 doubles, 1 triple, and 2 HR.

 

Alejandro Kirk went hitless in four at-bats. Kirk caught and batted cleanup for the Dunedin Blue Jays. The 20-yr-old’s O’fer dropped his batting average from .393 to .367. He has 10 doubles, 14RBI, 8/9 BB/K in 18 games.

 

 

 

 

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