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3/31/24 : Minor League Roundup


International League ( AAA ) - Worcester 6 (2-1) Lehigh Valley 2 (1-2)

Allentown, PA - Coca-Cola Park


Summary :


Worcester scored twice in the third inning on a double, walk and two run triple (Romy Gonzalez).


Nick Podkul singled in the bottom of the third and Kody Clemens tied the score by going yard.


Worcester scored three runs in the fourth inning on three hits including a two run home run by Nathan Hickey.


The WooSox scored a run in the eighth inning on two hits.


At Bat : 2 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 8 K’s


Kody Clemens homered.


On The Hill : 6 R, 8 H, 6 BB, 10 K’s


David Buchanan went four innings yielding five runs on six hits and four walks - he used a six pitch mix with the cutter and sinker being dominant (both in the 89-92 mph range).  Taylor Lehman was excellent in relief - two scoreless frames with four strikeouts - curve was really good and fastball touched 94 mph.  Sinker baller Zac Houston threw a scoreless frame.  Griff McGarry yielded a run on two hits in one inning of work.  Jose Ruiz pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts (four seamer was 95-97 mph 🔥).


Did Ya Know 🧐  :  notes supplied by Sam Jellinek - Manager, Broadcasting & Media Relations


“David Buchanan returns to the IronPigs after nearly a decade in between appearances.  Buchanan pitched with LHV every year from 2013 to 2016 including multiple stints with the Phillies.  He left to play in Asia in 2017, pitching with Yakult of the NPB from 2017 to 2019 and Samsung of the KBO from 2020 to 2023.  Buchanan now resides in the Allentown area, having met his now wife during his first stint with the IronPigs.


Manager Anthony Contreras known as AC to all, returns this season to lead the 'Pigs for a third straight year after overseeing the first 80-win season for the ballclub since 2018 and second consecutive winning season.  Hitting Coach Joe Thurston returns for a third straight season.  He played  for the Phillies during 2006 season. Joe had a 16-year (1999-2015) playing career that spanned parts of seven seasons in the big leagues.


Pitching Coach Ryan Buchter begins his 1st season as Pitching Coach after serving as 'Pigs Asst. PC under Cesar Ramos in 2023, his first year as a coach after seven years in the big leagues.  Assistant Pitching Coach Tyler Higgins starts his first coaching post after a 12-year playing career, reaching as high as Triple-A as well as playing in Japan.   Bench Coach Chris Adamson - known as Tank, was the bench coach for High-A Jersey Shore in 2023. This is his fourth season in the Phillies org as a coach. He managed JS in 2021 and the FCL Phillies in 2022.”



System Transactions :


RHP Nick Nelson recalled by Philadelphia from Lehigh Valley.


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️


Kody Clemens - photo by Cheryl Pursell


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