Buffalo 10 Worcester 1
The Bisons/Thunder received their third straight dazzling performance from a starting pitcher and ran their record to 3-0 by pounding the Red Sox.
2019 1st round pick Alex Manoah was dominant, fanning 12, walking none, and allowing only a pair of hits over six innings. Manoah pounded the strike zone, throwing 50 of his 81 pitches for strikes.
Forrest Wall, Cullen Large, and Christian Colón paced the Bison attack with three hits apiece. Logan Warmoth banged out his second round tripper of the young season, while Rowdy Tellez hit his first.
Portland 9 New Hampshire 6 (Game One)
The Fisher Cats staked Simeon Woods Richardson to a five run lead before the took to the mound for the bottom of the 1st against the Sea Dogs, and for the first three innings, Woods Richardson was electric, surrendering only one hit while striking out six.
Things unraveled for SWR in the Portland 4th. After giving up a pair of hits to start the inning, Chavez Young’s throwing error on a sacrifice fly allowed a run to score. Woods Richardson settled down and struck out the next batter, but allowed a two out walk. An error by 3B Samad Taylor was followed by a double, and before the inning ended, the home side had struck for three runs.
Port Coquitlam, BC’s Curtis Taylor made his Blue Jays debut the following inning, but lasted only two-thirds of an inning after allowing 5 runs, 4 of them unearned as a result of another Samad Taylor error.
Gabriel Moreno had an RBI double and Nick Podkul a bases clearing triple to pace the New Hampshire offence.
Portland 4 New Hampshire 3 (Game Two)
Elvis Luciano made his AA debut, and while he struck out 6 in 4 innings, the 2019 Rule 5 pick had command issues with three walks and as many wild pitches, two of which led to Portland runs.
The Fisher Cats fought back to tie the game at 3 with a pair of runs in the 5th, but the Sea Dogs took the lead for good when 2015 1st round pick, making his first appearance of the season out of the ‘Cats pen, gave up a sixth inning homer in his second inning of work.
Vancouver 5 Tri-City 2
The C’s rode excellent pitching and timely hitting to their first win of the season over the Dust Devils.
Troy Miller started on the mound for Vancouver, tossed four shutout innings to start the game, and had retired ten in a row before he gave up a lead off home run in the last of the fifth. Miller left the game with two out in that frame after having given up a second run in the inning. Parker Carracci (who picked up the W in relief) came on to shut the door for 2.1 innings, setting the stage for a four-run, two-out rally in the 8th to take a 5 run lead. Converted catcher Hagen Danner, the Blue Jays 2nd round pick in 2018, made his mound debut in the last of the 8th, and threw a pair of scoreless innings, fanning four, to pick up his first pro Save.
2020 2nd round pick C.J. Van Eyk makes his first start as a pro for the C’s tonight.
Tampa 10 Dunedin 6
It was another long night for D-Jays manager Luis Hurtado and his bullpen, as hot off the heels of a 19 run outburst the night before, Tampa put up 10 on the beleaguered Dunedin pitching staff.
A sole bright spot was the performance of middle reliever Rafael Monsion, who fanned 6 in 2.1 innings.
Zach Britton continued his strong start for the D-Jays with a 2-3 game, while Orelvis Martinez smacked his first homer of the year. The loss dropped Dunedin to 0-3.
The news did not get much better for Hurtado and the organization earlier in the day: