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4/16/24 : Minor League Roundup

International League ( AAA ) - Lehigh Valley 7 (7-6) Scranton-Wilkes Barre 1 (10-5)

Moosic, PA - PNC Field

Summary :

Matt Kroon singled to lead off the game, he went to third base on a single by Kody Clemens.  Aramis Garcia singled to score Kroon.  A wild pitch moved both runners up a bat, Darick Hall singled to plate two runs.

SWB scored a run in the bottom of the first on a single and double.

Four walks scored a run for the IronPigs in the sixth inning.   Jordan Luplow doubled in the seventh, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a sacrifice fly by Weston Wilson.

Matt Kroon singled in the ninth inning, he scored on a home run by Kody Clemens.

At Bat : 7 R, 11 H, 5 BB, 7 K’s

Kody Clemens had three hits (two singles & HR- 2 RBIs).  Darick Hall had two hits (singles) and a walk, he posted two RBIs.  Matt Kroon had two hits (singles) and Jordan Luplow doubled.

On The Hill : 1 R, 5 H, 5 BB, 5 K’s

Taijuan Walker pitched 4.2 innings - 1 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 1 K - 78 pitches - 48 strikes.  Michael Mercado pitched 1/3 of an inning, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 0 K’s.  David Buchanan was very good in bulk relief - 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K’s.

Did Ya Know 🤔 :

“The ‘Pigs had trouble in Moosic last year, dropping 9 of 12 to SWB at PNC Field.  LHV lost the season series against SWB last year 9-15, the second most losses for the ‘Pigs in a single season against SWB (21 losses in 2021). LHV hasn’t lost back-to-back season series to SWB since going 8-10 against their regional rivals in 2015 and 2016.” - Sam Jellinek - Manager, Broadcasting & Media Relations - Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Eastern League ( AA ) - Binghamton 3 (4-5) Reading 2 (3-7)

Binghamton, NY - Mirabito Stadium

Summary :

Two singles and a double scored two runs for Binghamton in the second inning.

Kendall Simmons singled in the fifth inning, he went to third base on a double by the Robert Moore and scored on a sacrifice fly by Marcus Lee Sang.

Three singles scored a run for Binghamton in the sixth.

Gabriel Rincones Jr walked in the 8th inning, went to second on a ground out, stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Carlos De La Cruz.

On The Hill : 3 R, 10 H, 5 BB, 7 K’d

Konnor Ash started and pitched three innings - 2 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s. Beau Burrows pitched two scoreless frames - 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s.  Matt Russell pitched two innings, 1 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s. Mitch Neunborn pitched an inning, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K.

At Bat : 2 R, 3 H, 4 BB, 18 K’s

Kendall Simmons had two hits (single & double).  Robert Moore doubled.

Did Ya Know 🤔 :

“This Day in Baseballtown History - April 16, 2018: At Harrisburg, Ranger Suarez picks up his first Double-A victory as the Fightin Phils blank the Senators, 6-0. Suarez allows 6 hits and strikes out 10 over 8.0 innings and does not issue a walk. Zach Coppola goes 3-for-5 with 2 runs and a stolen base while Kyle Martin connects for a grand slam in the 5th inning.” - Jake Starr - Reading Fightin Phils PR/Media Relations Manager and broadcaster

South Atlantic League ( High A )  - Jersey Shore 3 (6-4) Brooklyn 1 (4-6)

Lakewood, NJ - ShoreTown Ballpark

Summary :

Mateo Gil homered for Brooklyn in the third inning.

Leandro Pineda homered in the fourth inning.

Emaarion Boyd beat out a ground ball to short stop for a hit in the sixth, went to third on an errant pick off throw and scored on a ground out by Justin Crawford.

Justin Crawford singled in the 8th inning, stole second base and scored on a single by Otto Kemp.

On The Hill : 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 12 K’s

Braeden Fausnaught was outstanding - set a new career high for strikeouts with nine - 6 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 BB - 77 pitches - 60 strikes.  Nate Karaffa pitched a perfect inning - 1 K.  Wesley Moore pitched a perfect 8th inning - 2 K’s.  Chuck King closed it - 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K’s

At Bat : 3 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 12 K’s

Justin Crawford (single, double), Emaarion Boyd (two singles) and Otto Kemp (two singles) each had two hits.  Leandro Pineda homered.

Did Ya Know 🤔 :

“Going Going Gone - The BlueClaws hit eight home runs in Hickory, including two each by Jordan Dissin and Justin Crawford…Dissin homered on both Friday and Saturday.  Crawford homered on both Tuesday and Saturday.  Additionally, Cade Fergus (Sunday), Zach Arnold (Sunday), Troy Schreffler (Saturday) and Felix Reyes (Tuesday) have gone deep for Jersey Shore, their first HRs of the season.  Crawford hit three last year with Clearwater…Andrick Nava homered last Saturday in Lakewood, the lone home run hit in ShoreTown by the BlueClaws this year coming into tonight’s game.” - Greg Giombarrese - Vice President - Communications - Jersey Shore BlueClaws

Florida State League ( Low A )  - Dunedin 10 (8-2) Clearwater 5 (6-4)

Dunedin, FL - TD Ballpark

Summary :

Devin Saltiban singled in the second inning and scored on a home run over the right field fence by TJayy Walton - the home run was measured at 102 mph off the bat 🔥👀.

Dunedin scored three runs in the fifth inning on two singles, a walk and double.  Cristian Feliz homered for another two runs.

Tucker Toman homered for Dunedin in the sixth.

Aidan Miller homered in the seventh inning.

Dunedin scored four runs in the seventh on a fielding error and two singles and a three run home run by Bryce Arnold.

Avery Owusu-Asiedu hit a two run home run in the 8th inning.

On The Hill : 10 R, 11 H, 7 BB, 10 K’s

Luke Russo pitched four innings - 0 R, 2 H, 4 BB,  3 K’s.  Hunter Loyd went 2/3 of an inning, 5 R, 5 H, 1 BB. Chase Hopewell went 1.1 innings - 3 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s.  Trey Dillard pitched two innings - 2 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K’s.

At Bat : 5 R, 9 H, 2 BB, 7 K’s

Aidan Miller (double, HR), Tjayy Walton (single, HR), Devin Saltiban (two singles) and Pierce Bennett (two singles) each had two hits. Avery Owusu-Asiedu hit a two run home run.

Defensive Gem :

Right fielder Pierce Bennett made a diving catch in foul territory to end the third inning.  Left fielder TJayy Walton made a diving catch to end the fifth inning.

Did Ya Know 🤔 :

“SHARK BAIT (OOH HA HA): on Sunday Braydon Tucker became the first Threshers reliever to top 3.0 innings out of the bullpen in 2024.  He has gone 2.0 or more innings in all three of his outings.  TJayy Walton’s homer was the first of his professional career. He drove in a career high five RBIs.  Luis Caicuto reached base for the fifth straight game to start the season. Saul Teran has recorded six strikeouts in his two saves this year.” - Josh Sperber - Clearwater Threshers Broadcaster

System Transactions :

Lehigh Valley : RHP Nick Nelson (#55) activated.  RHP Taijuan Walker’s (#45) major league rehab assignment has been transferred to Lehigh Valley (from Clearwater).  C Cody Roberts placed on the Development List (retroactive to 4/15)..

Reading : LHP Lachlan Wells placed on the 7-day IL (retroactive to 4/14). RHP Mitch Neunborn (0) reinstated form the Development List.  C Arturo De Freitas (10) reinstated from the Development List.


Jersey Shore : RHP Jonh Henriquez transferred to the 60-day IL.

INF Otto Kemp and RHP Cristian Hernandez had their minor league rehab assignments transferred to High-A Jersey Shore from Single-A Clearwater.

Clearwater : C Lou Albrecht reinstated from the Development List.  OF Ricardo Rosario began a minor league rehab assignment with the Threshers.

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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