Down on the Farm: 6/4

Low A

Dunedin 12 Bradenton 2

RHP Sem Robberse had his best outing as a pro in the D-Jays win.

One of the youngest players in the Low A Southeast, Robberse allowed only a walk and two hits over four shutout innings. Robberse missed a number of bats (7Ks) or induced a lot of weak contact (5 GB outs). Alejandro Melean, who came in to relieve Robberse, was just as impressive, allowing only one run and striking out six over 4 IP.

The game was relatively close until a 7-run bottom of the 8th opened things up for Dunedin. 9 Bradenton walks added to the cause, along with 11 D-Jays hits. Mackenzie Mueller led the Dunedin offence with a pair of hits.

AAA

Buffalo 5 Syracuse 4

Syracuse 6 Buffalo 3

It was a tale of two games for the Bisons. They walked off the opener on a Dilson Herrera single in the 8th inning. Riley Adams had earlier homered twice in the game.

In the nightcap, it was a tale of two innings for Nate Pearson. After retiring the side in order in the 1st, he gave up three runs in the 2nd on a two-run homer and RBI double.

Pearson settled down over the next two frames, recording five strikeouts, but things came apart in the 5th. Pearson allowed the first two hitters he faced to reach base, and was replaced by reliever Jackson McClelland. A wild pitch brought home one of the base runners, and a home run counted two more as the Mets scored three times in the inning.

AA

Binghamton 11 New Hampshire 4

Jordan Groshans hit his second round-tripper in as many nights, but in a losing cause as the Fisher Cats dropped another decision to the Rumble Ponies.

New Hampshire starter Zach Logue, coming of a 12 strikeout performance in his last start, was tagged for 3 runs on 6 hits over 4.1 innings. 4 walks did not help his cause .

High A

Eugene 10 Vancouver 5

A four-run Eugene 9th broke open what had been a close game up until that point.

C’s starter Nick Fraze started the game with three shutout innings, but Eugene scored 4 runs in the 4th, two of them unearned.

Sebastian Espino had two hits for Vancouver, including his first High A West HR.

Sixty Seconds with Andrew McInvale

Hard-throwing reliever Andrew McInvale has opened some eyes with his work out of New Hampshire’s bullpen.

We caught up with McInvale this week, and asked the 2019 37th rounder a few questions.

  1. I see you went to three schools before you were drafted. Can you tell us about that? I went to Baylor as a freshman and was able to get a decent amount of innings but things just didn’t work out so I transferred to Howard junior college in west Texas. Had a rocky year there with a few minor injuries thrown in the mix. I had a few power 5 offers during this time, but Scott Jackson up at Liberty came calling and I took my official visit. The rest was history. I’m so thankful for those last two years at liberty and forming that relationship I still have with Coach Jackson.
  2. How long have you been pitching? I’ve been pitching since kid pitch or whenever you first start around like 8 or something, but I really started to focus on it in my later years of high school.
  3. Were you surprised the Blue Jays drafted you? To be honest a little but I am so glad they did. They have treated me great and have given me every opportunity to succeed.
  4. What’s working for you? It’s not a great CF camera there at The Tooth in Manchester, but I’m seeing a fastball with some late life, and maybe an arm slot that’s tough on RHH. As of right now I’m just trying to stay in attack mode. Get ahead of the hitter and put them away. I feel like if that’s my mentality I’ll have success. Fastball has been playing up with some late life and my slider has been good but I feel like it all comes down to not beating yourself when you’re out there.

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