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4/14/23 : Minor League Roundup

International League ( AAA ) -  Durham 4 (6-6) Lehigh Valley 3 (5-7)

Durham, NC - Athletic Park

Summary :

Rene Pinto hit a three run home run for Durham in the first inning.

The Iron Pigs loaded the bases in the fourth inning on two walks and a single by Simon Muzziotti, a run scored on a ground out by Jim Haley.

Ruben Cardenas homered for Durham in the sixth inning.

Jordan Qsar hit a two run home run for the Iron Pigs in the 8th inning.

On the Hill : ( see link to boxscore for details )

Louis Head pitched two perfect innings in relief - three strikeouts.

At the Bat : ( see link to boxscore for details )

Simon Muzziotti went 3 for 4 (singles).  Dustin Peterson reached base in all four plate appearances (two singles, two walks).  Dalton Guthrie doubled and Jordan Qsar homered. Vimael Machín walked three times.

Eastern League ( AA) -  Hartford 6 (4-3) Reading 4 (1-6)

Reading, PA - First Energy Stadium

Summary :

Hunter Goodman doubled to score Zac Veen (walked) in the first inning for Hartford.

Oliver Dunn singled in the bottom of the first, went to third on a double by Carlos De La Cruz and scored on a ground out by McCarthy Tatum.  Baron Radcliff homered to score De La Cruz in front of himself.

Hartford scored two runs in the 4th inning on two walks, a wild pitch and a single.   They scored a run in the 6th on a catching error by first baseman Carlos De La Cruz, a stolen base, a throwing error by catcher Max McDowell and a fielder’s choice.

Zac Veen homered for Hartford in the fifth inning.

Cody Roberts homered in the sixth inning.

Colin Simpson led off the 7th inning for Hartford with a home run.

Reading loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth on a single and two walks but could not score.

On the Hill : ( see link to boxscore for details )

Braden Zarbnisky threw two scoreless frames in relief - three strikeouts.

At the Bat : ( see link to boxscore for details )

Johan Rojas went 3 for 4 (singles) and also walked.  Oliver Dunn was 2 for 3 (single, double) and walked.  Baron Radcliff and Cody Roberts each homered.

South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Greensboro 9 (5-2) Jersey Shore 5 (2-5)

Lakewood, NJ - ShoreTown Ballpark

Summary :

Nick Ward led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run.

Jared Carr singled to lead off the third inning.  Nick Ward and Leandro Pineda walked, Anthony Quirion singled to score Carr.  A wild pitch allowed a third run to score.

Greensboro scored three runs in the fifth inning on a single, four walks and a passed ball.

Greensboro scored five in the seventh inning on a single, walk and two run producing double off the bat of Mike Jarvis.   After a walk put two runners on Hudson Head hit a three run home run.

Jersey Shore scored two runs in the eighth inning as they loaded the bases on two singles and a walk, Marcus Lee Sang then hit a two run single.

Tsung-Che Cheng tripled for Greensboro in the ninth and scored on a single by Abrahan Gutierrez.

On the Hill : ( see link to boxscore for details )

Gunner Mayer had a very strong outing as the starter going four scoreless, walking none and striking out five batters.  He threw nearly 70 % of his 58 pitches for strikes.  Chase Antle pitched a perfect inning in relief.

At the Bat : ( see link to boxscore for details )

Nick Ward homered and walked three times.  Casey Martin went 2 for 4 (singles).  Rixon Wingrove had two singles.  Leandro Pineda drew two walks.

Florida State League ( Low A ) Fort Myers 5 (4-3) Clearwater 1 (4-3)

Clearwater, FL - BayCare Ballpark

Summary :

Jorel Ortega led off the game for Fort Myers with a home run.  They scored another run in the fourth on a hit batter, walk and RBI single by Dalton Shuffield.

Caleb Ricketts hit a home run to right field in the fourth inning.

Fort Myers scored three runs in the 7th inning on two walks, three singles and a sac fly.

On the Hill : ( see link to boxscore for details )

Alex McFarlane went 3 2/3 innings as the starter, he was in the 94 to 99 mph range with his sinker and fastball.  Seth Nightingale went 2 1/3 innings in his Clearwater debut, one inherited runner scored on a single but he retired every other batter he faced.  Jack Dallas pitched two scoreless innings of relief striking out three batters.

Former Phillies minor leaguer Gabriel Yanez pitched the final two innings for Fort Myers.

At the Bat : ( see link to boxscore for details )

Gabriel Rincones Jr doubled and Caleb Ricketts homered.

System Transactions :

Reading : RHP Cristian Hernandez reinstated to active roster from Development List.  RHP Zach Linginfelter placed on the Temporary Inactive List.

Jersey Shore : RHP Sam Jacobsak reinstated to active roster from Development List.  RHP Victor Lopez released.

Clearwater : RHP Wen Hui Pan promoted from Player Development Center.  RHP Jean Cabrera transferred to Development List.

Player Development Center Training - Carpenter Complex

Six pitchers threw side bullpen sessions on the seven mounds in front of the David Montgomery Training Center and on the pitching lab mound, pitchers who threw today - Eric Garcia (lab), Noah Song, Jonathan Petit, Micah Ottenbreit, Nicoly Pina and Oswald Medina

Micah Ottenbreit impressed, threw fastball, change up and slider today - about 25 or so pitches.  Fastball was crisp with life and slider had good movement.  Micah is progressing really well working his way back to action after missing the brunt of last season with TJ surgery.

Live Bullpens :

Jace Vines, Erubiel Armenta & Guissepe Velasquez.   Vines is working from rehab assignment, threw a lot of his secondary offerings it seemed today, about fifteen or so pitches.

Simulated Game :

Jose Peña (two innings), Albertus Barber (one inning), Matt Seelinger (one inning) and Daniel Mejia (one inning) pitched. Barber threw well after pitching two innings on Monday in simulated game action.

Kendall Simmons took part in both the live BP sessions and the simulated game, is moving well,played second base today, seems close to being ready to returning to a roster assignment.

Leonardo Rondon is just fun to watch, can tell he really loves playing the game.  The nineteen year old from Venezuela made a really nice defensive play on a slow roller at third base today as well as hitting the ball sharply a couple times as a hitter, had at least one knock.  He’s got really quick hands as a hitter, legit.  He was hit by a pitch in one of his plate appearances and promptly stole second base on the very next pitch, takes no plays off - good stuff.

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

Johan Rojas - photo by George Youngs Jr

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