Single-A Dunedin Blue Jays casually score 10 runs in the 5th inning of 18-2 victory
By Eric Treuden
Things haven't quite started off the way the Dunedin Blue Jays would've liked them to in the 2023 MiLB season. The Single-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays sat at 9-10 entering Sunday's doubleheader against the Bradenton Marauders from the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.
Sunday's action featured an offensive explosion in Game 1 for the Blue Jays, highlighted by a 10-run fifth inning for the club. Virtually every single hitter in the team's lineup participated in the shellacking of the Marauders that ultimately resulted in a 18-2 victory by Dunedin. The Blue Jays' run differential entering the day was at +4, but this massive blowout helps that out in a big way.
Single-A Dunedin Blue Jays blowout Bradenton Marauders (Pirates) 18-2 thanks to 10-run inning.
Peyton Williams, a 22-year-old first baseman, started off the action by hitting a two-run home run that scored Rikelbin De Castro. J.C. Masson followed a few batters later by driving in Robert Robertis on an RBI single.
Angel Del Rosario promptly homered, driving in Masson. Before the Marauders recorded another out, Adrian Pinto drove in Nicolas Deschamps before De Castro drove in Pinto and Marcos De La Rosa on a two-run double.
To cap things off, Glenn Santiago hit one more home run, once again driving in De Castro. Santiago, a 22-year-old utilityman, later hit a massive grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning to cement a career day for himself.
While the bats were on fire, the pitching for Dunedin was just as strong. Ryan Chasse got the start and went two innings, allowing a run on two hits while striking out two. His ERA on the season currently sits at 0.93.
Hagen Danner followed Chasse by throwing a scoreless inning in which he struck out all three batters he faced. The catcher-turned-pitcher has turned himself into a promising relief pitching prospect for the Blue Jays and could conceivably see some time in the big leagues as soon as late 2023.
24-year-old Kevin Miranda went three strong innings in relief for the Blue Jays, allowing just one run on two hits while striking out four. He lowered his season ERA to 0.53 in the process.
- Adrian Pinto: 2-for-2, 2 R, 2 RBI
- Rikelbin De Castro: 3-for-5, 3 R, 2 RBI
- Glenn Santiago: 2-for-4, 2 HR, 6 RBI
- Peyton Williams: 3-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI
- Angelo Del Rosario: 2-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI
- Hagen Danner: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 Ks
- Kevin Miranda: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 5 Ks