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4/11/24 : Minor League Roundup

International League ( AAA ) - Durham 10 (5-7) Lehigh Valley 6 (4-5)

Allentown, PA - Coca-Cola Park

Summary :

David Dahl homered in the second inning.

Durham scored four runs in the third inning - two on a home run by Ronny Simon.

Cal Stevenson doubled in the bottom of the third and scored on a single by Weston Wilson.

Darick Hall crushed a three run home run in the 5th inning scoring Esteban Quiroz and Cal Stevenson (they each singled) in front of him.

Durham scored a run in the sixth.

Esteban Quiroz homered in the seventh inning.

Alex Jackson hit a two run home run for Durham in the 8th inning.  They scored three more runs in the inning on a single, error, wild pitch and two doubles.

The IronPigs committed three errors in the game leading to four unearned runs.

On The Hill : 10 R - 6 earned, 12 H, 4 BB, 11 K’s

Max Castillo went five innings, four runs - one earned - 6 H, 1 BB, 8 K’s.  Tyler McKay pitched an inning - one unearned R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K. Taylor Lehman pitched 1+ innings, 3 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 0 K’s.  Andrew Bellatti pitched an inning, 2 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K.  David Parkinson pitched a perfect ninth inning - 1 K.

At Bat : 6 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 7 K’s

Darick Hall, Esteban Quiroz and David Dahl homered.  Quiroz and Cal Stevenson each had two hits, Stevenson doubled.

Did Ya Know 🧐 :

“TRADING PLACES: This series against the Bulls pits a few players against their formers organziations or against players who they have been traded for in the past.  Jordan Luplow was traded from Tampa Bay to Arizona for Bulls infielder Ronny Simon in 2021.  Michael Mercado was dealt this off-season from the Rays to the Phillies for Bulls pitcher Adam Leverett.  Cal Stevenson was a Bull in 2022 while Rob Brantley was a ‘Pig in 2019.” - Sam Jellinek - Manager, Broadcasting & Media Relations - Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Eastern League ( AA ) - Reading (3-2) Portland (0-3) -PPD - Rain

Reading, PA - FirstEnergy Stadium

South Atlantic League ( High A )  - Hickory (1-4) Jersey Shore (3-2). - PPD - Rain

Hickory, NC - L.P. Frans Stadium

Florida State League ( Low A )  - Clearwater 10 (4-2) Fort Myers 5 (3-3)

Clearwater, FL - BayCare BallPark

Summary :

Fort Myers scored two runs in the third inning on a hit batter, single and double.

Keaton Anthony and Aidan Miller singled in the bottom of the third - Otto Kemp doubled to score Anthony.

Aidan Miller and Otto Kemp hit back to back home runs in the fifth inning.

Fort Myers scored two runs in the 6th inning on two walks and two singles.

Avery Owusu-Asiedu singled in the bottom of the sixth, went to second on a ground out and scored on a single by Keaton Anthony.

Fort Myers scored a run in the seventh on a walk, stolen base and two groundouts.

Otto Kemp walked and Devin Saltiban and TJayy Walton each singled to load the bases in the bottom of the seventh.  Kehden Hettiger singled to score two runs. Avery Owusu-Asiedu grounded into a force out to score a run.  Owusu- Asiedu stole second base and scored on a single by Keaton Anthony.

Aidan Miller reached on a two base error in the 8th inning - stole third and scored on a throwing error.  Otto Kemp walked, stole second and scored when Devin Saltiban reached on a throwing error.

On The Hill : 5 R, 5 H, 4 BB, 12 K’s

Taijuan Walker - 4 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 HB, 0 BB, 4 K’s - 47 pitches - 32 strikes - Four seamer - 90-92 mph, sinker - 89-91 mph, splitter, sweeper, curve, cutter. Jake Eddington pitched three innings - 3 R, 3 H, 4 BB, 4 K’s.  Ethan Chenault pitched a perfect 8th inning - 1 K.   Orion Kerkering pitched a perfect 9th inning - he struck out the side 🔥- 97 to 98 mph heaters - 11 pitches - 9 strikes.

At Bat : 10 R, 13 H, 5 BB, 6 K’s

Otto Kemp had three hits and two walks (two singles & HR - 3 runs, 3 RBIs). Aidan Miller had two hits (single & HR). Keaton Anthony had three hits (singles) and two RBIs.

Defensive Gem :

Right fielder Raylin Heredia threw a runner out at the plate attempting to score from second on a single to end the sixth inning!  An excellent catch and tag as well by catcher Kehden Hettiger.

Injury Concern :

Raylin Heredia had to leave the game in the bottom of the seventh after hittting a ball hard off his lower leg.

Did Ya Know 🧐 :

“Notes from last nights game : Trent Farquhar earned the Threshers’ first four-hit game since Jordan Viars hit four against Tampa in August of last season. It marked a new career-high for Farquhar.  Devin Saltiban was Clearwater’s first pinch-runner of 2024. Jose Peña’s five strikeouts were the most by a Threshers reliever so far this season. Aidan Miller has stolen at least one base in every game he played this season.” - Josh Sperber - Clearwater Threshers Broadcaster

System Transactions :

Clearwater :  RHP Orion Kerkering's major league rehab assignment transferred from the Lehigh Valley IronPigs to the Clearwater Threshers.  RHP Taijuan Walker begins a major league rehab assignment with the Clearwater Threshers.  OF Ricardo Rosario returned from his minor league rehab assignment and was re-added to the Jersey Shore BlueClaws' 7-Day Injured List.


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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