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4/10/24 : Minor League Roundup

International League ( AAA ) - Lehigh Valley 3 (4-4) Durham 2 (4-7)

Allentown, PA - Coca-Cola Park

Summary :

Durham scored a run in the second inning on a single, double and ground out.

Jordan Luplow doubled in the second inning and scored on an infield single by David Dahl.

Jordan Luplow doubled in the fourth inning and scored on a single by Nick Podkul.

Kody Clemens doubled and advanced to third on a balk in the sixth inning, he scored on a sac fly by Darick Hall.

Ronny Simon homered for Durham to lead off the 8th inning.

At Bat : 3 R, 8 H, 0 BB, 9 K’s

Kody Clemens (single & double), David Dahl (two singles) and Jordan Luplow each had two hits (two doubles).

On The Hill :  2 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 6 K’s

David Buchanan was excellent - 8 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 4 K’s - 90 pitches - 60 strikes 👏👍. Jose Ruiz pitched a perfect ninth inning - 2 K’s to close the win.

Notes :

A rare game with no walks issued at all in the contest, there was one hit batter though.

Did Ya Know 🧐 :

“LAST TIME OUT: The good news is the 'Pigs plated a season-high 10 runs on Tuesday. The bad news is Durham scored four touchdowns, trouncing the IronPigs 28-10.  Durham set franchise marks for an opponent against Lehigh Valley - runs (28), hits (26), hits in an inning (10), most consecutive hits (8), doubled, tied (8), homers (7), most runs in an inning (11), margin of defeat, tied (18).  Most of the records came crashing down in an 11-run ninth against position players Esteban Quiroz and Cal Stevenson on the mound.  Other records set included combined game totals - runs, tied (38), runs in an inning, tied (13), hits in an inning (13).” - Sam Jellinek - Manager, Broadcasting & Media Relations - Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Eastern League ( AA ) - Reading 5 (3-2) Portland 1 (0-3)

Reading, PA - FirstEnergy Stadium

Summary :

Matthew Lugo hit a home run for Portland in the third inning.

Bryce Ball doubled in the fifth inning to score William Simoneit (reached on fielders choice). Robert Moore walked and Jose Rodriquez singled to score Ball.  Marcus Lee Sang walked to load the bases.  A wild pitch allowed both Moore and Rodriquez to score - Rodriquez scored from second base - in the little I’ve watched him he’s a very smart player - pays attention, has wheels and makes the right play.

Gabriel Rincones Jr doubled in the eighth inning, stole third and scored on a single by Carson Taylor.

On The Hill :  1 R, 5 H, 5 BB, 7 K’s

Lachlan Wells was good - 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K.  Zach Haake went two scoreless frames - 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s.  Tristan Garnett pitched a scoreless 8th inning - 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s.  Tommy McCollum closed it with a scoreless ninth inning - 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K.

That’s Efficient :

Lachlan Wells needed just four pitches in the fifth inning to record three outs 😳.

At Bat : 5 R, 8 H, 3 BB, 11 K’s

Jose Rodriquez had three hits (two singles and a double) and an RBI, he also stole a base. Carson Taylor had two hits (single & double  with an RBI).  Bryce Ball and Gabriel Rincones Jr each doubled.

Did Ya Know 🧐 :

“Razorback Connection : Casey Martin and Robert Moore are quite familiar with one another. They were both teammates on the 2020 Arkansas Baseball team. They were middle-infield partners at times during the shortened season and this year is the first time they are teammates since that year.” - Jake Starr - Reading Fightin Phils PR/Media Relations Manager and broadcaster

South Atlantic League ( High A )  - Hickory 1 (1-4) Jersey Shore 0 (3-2)

Hickory, NC - L.P. Frans Stadium

Summary :

Originally scheduled as an 11 AM start the game was delayed to a 12:30 start by rain.  The two teams played nine and half innings without scoring - Hickory scored the game’s only run in the bottom of the tenth when a two out single scored the placed runner for the game winner.

On The Hill : 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 HB, 14 K’s

Eiberson Castellano was outstanding - 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 HB, 0 BB, 6 K’s - 54 pitches - 37 strikes.  Jonathan Petit threw a scoreless 6th inning - 1 BB, 2 K’s.  Wesley Moore pitched a perfect seventh inning - 1 K.   Gunner Mayer pitched two perfect innings - four strikeouts.  Danny Wilkinson went 2/3 of an inning - 1 R, 1 H, 1 K.

At Bat : 0 R, 4 H, 3 BB, 8 K’s

Did Ya Know 🧐 :

“Youth Is Served.  Per Baseball America, the BlueClaws have five of the 25 youngest players in the South Atlantic League (based on Opening Day rosters of 360 players): William Bergolla (3rd youngest), Bryan Rincon (9th), Justin Crawford (11th), Hendry Mendez (17th), and Emmaarion Boyd (21st).” - Greg Giombarrese - Vice President - Communications - Jersey Shore BlueClaws

Florida State League ( Low A )  - Clearwater 8 (3-2) Fort Myers 7 (3-2)

Clearwater, FL - BayCare BallPark

Summary :

Trent Farquhar singled in the third inning and scored on a double down the left field line by Aidan Miller.  Miller stole third base and scored on a single by Jordan Viars.

Fort Myers scored a run in the fourth on a double and single.

Nikau Pouaka-Grego doubled in the fifth inning, he scored on a double by Luis Caicuto.  Caicuto scored on a triple by Trent Farquhar.  Farquhar scored on a sacrifice fly by Aidan Miller.

Maddox Houghton hit a three run home run for Fort Myers in the seventh inning. Brandon Winokur hit a two run homer in the same frame.

Fort Myers scored a run in the 8th on two walks and two singles.

Clearwater scored three runs in the 8th inning - Dakota Kotowski was hit by a pitch, Nikau Pouaka-Grego walked.  Devin Saltiban pinch ran for Pouaka-Grego.  Luis Caicuto doubled to score two runs.  Trent Farquhar singled to score another.

On The Hill : 7 R, 10 H, 5 BB, 12 K’s

Micah Ottenbreit pitched 3.2 innings - 1 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K’s.  Brandon Beckel pitched 1.1 innings, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K’s.  Jose Peña Jr pitched two innings - 5 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 5 K’s - he left two curve balls up and out over the plate and they were hit out with a strong wind blowing out to left.  Hunter Loyd pitched an inning - 1 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K.  Cristian Hernandez pitched a perfect ninth inning to close it out - 1 K.

At Bat : 8 R, 11 H, 3 BB, 9 K’s

Trent Farquhar had four hits (two singles, double, triple) and four RBIs.  Aidan Miller had two hits (single, double), a walk and two RbIs including one on a sacrifice fly.  Luis Caicuto hit two doubles and walked, he had three RBIs and scored a run.  Nikau Pouaka-Grego doubled.

Did Ya Know 🧐 :

“SHARK BAIT (OOH HA HA): coming in to tonight’s action Kehden Hettiger has an RBI and an extra base hit in each of his first two games. He led the Threshers with four RBIs through the first four games.  Avery Owusu-Asiedu recorded his second multi-hit game in his first three contests. On Tuesday Aidan Miller stole multiple bases for the first time as a Thresher.  Luke Russo in last night’s game became the second Thresher this season to record nine strikeouts in a game.  He struck out the last seven batters in a row.  Four Threshers starters have struck out nine over the last two seasons.  Clearwater’s bats recorded. ten hits for the third time in four games.” - Josh Sperber - Clearwater Threshers Broadcaster

Today at the Complex :

There was an intra-squad game however I was unable to get to the complex today.  My wife and I took our daughter to lunch to celebrate her birthday 🎂🤓. The game was a four inning event with Wilmer Blanco, Maxwell Hernandez, Danyony Pulido and Adilson Peralta as the hurlers getting in their work.

System Transactions :

Lehigh Valley : LHP David Parkinson (#47) reinstated from the Development List.

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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