Down on the Farm: 5/23

High A

Vancouver 5 Hillsboro 4

They made it interesting, but the C’s captured the series from their landlords, 4-2.

Vancouver took a 5-1 lead into the final inning, but a Hillsboro comeback just fell short in a three-run bottom of the 9th.

Starter Paxton Schultz had his best outing since joining the Toronto organization earlier this spring, tossing 6 innings of shutout, two-hit ball. Cameron Eden went 1-4 and stole his 13th base (and was clearly safe on another steal attempt he was called out on) to gain a share of the minor league lead. On-Base machine Spencer Horwitz reached safely three times, with a pair of hits and a walk.


Worcester 4 Buffalo 0

The bats were silent as the Bisons lost their first series of the season. Starter TJ Zeuch took the loss, allowing 6 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), and a pair of walks over 4.1 innings, striking out four. Breyvic Valera and Richard Ureña had a pair of hits each for Buffalo.


Portland 7 New Hampshire 2

Starter Elvis Luciano lasted only six pitches before having to leave due to injury as the Fisher Cats dropped the series finale to the Sea Dogs.

Luciano looked uncomfortable tossing his warm up pitches prior to the 1st inning, and after giving up a one out double, walked off the back of the mound, trying to stretch out what appeared to be some upper body discomfort. After his next pitch, Luciano grimaced and grabbed his right side, quickly bringing out the trainer and Manager Cesar Martin. Reliever Andrew McInvale had to take his place.

Gabriel Moreno continued his mastery of AA pitching, hitting an oppo solo shot in the 4th, his 3rd of the season.

Low A

Clearwater 8 Dunedin 6

The D-Jays apparently ran out of pitchers, losing in extras to the Threshers.

IF Jose Rivas, who had been used sparingly since being promoted from the GCL two weeks ago, was summoned to pitch the 19th and final frame. Starter Rafael Ohashi was touched for three runs (all earned) on 5 hits over 3 IP (fanning 6) before Manager Luis Hurtado went to his bullpen. Four relievers were used by the time the 9th inning had ended. Two of Hurtado’s top bullpen arms over the past week, Adrian Hernandez and Jiorgeny Casimiri, were unavailable. With starters Nick Frasso (Thursday) and Sem Robberse (Saturday) needing piggyback help as they build up their arms, Hurtado likely had little choice to go with Rivas, who gave up a walk-off two-run shot to end the game.

Orelvis Martinez continued his torrid streak, going 3-5 and falling a triple short of a cycle. His 3rd HR of the season was a 410 shot that left his bat at 109.4 mph.

Patrick Murphy was activated earlier in the day, and pitched 1.1 rehab innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, striking out two. Despite the contact, the Blue Jays had to be pleased with his outing:

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