Dunedin 4 Tampa 1
For the Dunedin Blue Jays, the light at the end of the tunnel no longer looks like a train. Manager Luis Hurtado had worn out a path to the pitcher’s mound as the D-Jays gave up a whopping 77 runs to the Tarpons in losing the first five games of the season to the Yankees affiliate, but Brazilian hurler Rafael Ohashi was brilliant in leading the club to their first W of the young season.
Making his pro debut, Ohashi retired all nine men he faced to start the game, fanning 4. Meanwhile, the D-Jays bats handed a four run lead to Willy Gaston, who whiffed 3 in 2 innings. Gabriel Ponce struck out 7 over 3 innings, and Adrian Hernandez pitched a scoreless 9th to record the Save. Addison Barger hit his 2nd round tripper of the season, and Ryan Sloniger hit his 1st.
Buffalo Worcester 1
With scheduled starter Nate Pearson called up to start for the parent Blue Jays, Bisons manager Casey Candaele was in need of an emergency starter. Enter reliever Connor Overton, who had made only two starts in his minor league career.
Overton, who struck out six over four innings, had joked to pitching coach Jeff Ware on Saturday night that he was ready to step in for Pearson, according to MiLB.com:
“Once we find found out that Nate was going up, I had asked Jeff if I could be the starter and I was kind of joking you know,” said Overton. “He took it into consideration and then at the end of the game last night he let me know that I was going to be the starter.”
Old friend Jackson McClelland, recently activated and sent to Buffalo/Trenton, pitched two scoreless innings, and was credited with the Win.
Vancouver 7 Tri-City 2
The C’s rode excellent pitching and timely hitting to earn a split with the Dust Devils.
Adam Kloffenstein had his second consecutive scoreless start, tossing three innings of one-hit ball, walking two and fanning five. Paxton Schultz, recently acquired from the Brewers, threw four innings and got the W. Justin Maese, who had pitched just 5 innings since 2017, had his second straight scoreless outing as well, striking out four over 2 IP.
C Andres Guerra drove in a pair of runs, as did RF Will Robertson. 3B Tanner Morris had 3 hits on the night for the C’s.
Portland 12 New Hampshire 6
An 8-walk 8th inning meltdown by the Fisher Cat bullpen opened the door for a tie-breaking 6 run inning by the Sea Dogs.
Chavez Young had given New Hampshire a 6-3 lead in the top of the 6th with a bases clearing double
But Portland tied the game with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning, and the contest remained tied until the walk-around 8th.
Otto Lopez had two hits for the Fisher Cats, and Jordan Groshans drove in his first AA run with an RBI double.
More on Ohasi
Ohashi was reportedly signed out of CT Yakut Academy in Brazil on 2019 IFA Day (July 2) for $10K, although it appears that the transaction was not official until last week.
Ohashi was named to the Brazilian national team as a 14 year old. Listed at 6’1”/185, the now 18 year old sat 92-93 with his fastball, 78-79 with his curve, and 82-83 with his slider. He was throwing all three pitches for strikes yesterday – 27 of his 40 pitches were strikes.
Our good Twitter friend @MinorLeaguer did some detective work on this Brazilian-Japanese man of mystery:
And here’s some more bonus Ohashi content!
His dashboard from yesterday:
From Baseball America: