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4/29/23 : Minor League Roundup

International League (AAA) - Jacksonville 8 (12-12)  Lehigh Valley 1 (12-13)

Jacksonville, FL - 121 Financial Park

Summary :

Xavier Edwards and Brian Miller each singled for Jacksonville in the first inning, Edwards stole third base and scored on a throwing error by Iron Pigs catcher Aramis Garcia.  A groundout scored Miller.

Jacksonville scored a run in the fifth inning on a walk, stolen base, throwing error by Aramis Garcia and single by Jerar Encarnacion.

Austin Allen singled for Jacksonville in the 6th, went to second on a passed ball, to third on a fly out and scored on a wild pitch.  Two walks and a single loaded the bases - Charles Leblanc hit a grand slam home run.

The Iron Pigs loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth on singles by Jhailyn Ortiz and Scott Kingery and a walk to Weston Wilson.  Dustin Peterson hit a sac fly to score a run.

On the Hill :

A struggle this evening for the first two Iron Pig hurlers. Hans Crouse threw a scoreless 7th inning.  McKinley Moore threw a perfect 8th inning.

At the Bat :

Jhailyn Ortiz had two hits (single & double).

Eastern League (AA) -  Altoona (10-9) Reading (6-14) - Doubleheader - seven inning games

Reading, PA - First Energy Stadium

Game One : Altoona 4 Reading 3

Summary :

Matt Kroon doubled in the second inning and scored on a single by Wendell Rijo.

Matt Frazier walked and scored on a double by Liover Peguero for Altoona in the third inning.

Carlos De La Cruz hit a home run to right field in the bottom of the third inning.

Andres Alvarez hit a home run for Altoona in the fifth inning.  Liover Peguero walked and Henry Davis hit a two run home run.

Johan Rojas doubled in the sixth inning, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sac fly by Matt Kroon.

On the Hill :

Josh Hendrickson went six innings. Andrew Baker tossed a scoreless seventh.

At the Bat :

Carlos De La Cruz had two hits (double & HR).  Johan Rojas and Matt Kroon doubled.

Game Two :  Reading 3 Altoona 1

Summary :

Carlos De La Cruz walked and Johan Rojas laid down a bunt single in the first inning against Altoona knuckleball pitcher Matt Eckelman in the first inning.  They advanced on a wild pitch.  De La Cruz scored on a sac fly by Ethan Wilson.  McCarthy Tatum singled to score Rojas.

Mason Martin hit a home run for Altoona in the second inning.

Pedro Martinez beat out a grounder for a hit in the bottom of the second but pulled a hamstring in the process as he grabbed the back of his left leg in pain after crossing the first base bag.  Wendell Rijo replaced him.

Johan Rojas reached second base on a fielding error in the third inning, stole third and scored on a sac fly by Ethan Wilson.

On the Hill :

Mick Abel was excellent, upper nineties heat, great sequencing of pitches and a put away slider/curve.  Very strong outing going six innings allowing just one run on two hits and no walks while striking out six batters - 88 pitches - 61 strikes.  Brett Schulze finished it with a scoreless seventh inning.

At the Bat :

Nick Podkul reached base in all three of his plate appearances (single & two walks).

Mick Abel - file photo by George Youngs Jr

South Atlantic League (High A) -  Brooklyn (6-11) Jersey Shore (8-9) - PPD - Rain

Lakewood, NJ - ShoreTown Ballpark

Florida State League (Low A)  Clearwater 11 (14-6) St Lucie 4 (5-15)

Clearwater, FL - BayCare Ballpark

Summary :

The game started at 8:25 PM due to a rain delay, almost two hours after the scheduled 6:30 start.

Junior Tilien doubled in the second inning for St Lucie and scored on a single by Jefrey De Los Santos.

Justin Crawford walked in the third inning, stole second and scored on a double by Otto Kemp.  Bryan Rincon singled to score Kemp and Gabriel Rincones Jr (walked).

A power surge occurred in the middle of the sixth inning which took a few of the lights out.  After a twenty minute delay the lights came back and play resumed.

Bryan Rincon walked in the sixth inning and went to third on an errant pickoff throw.  Jordan Dissin walked.  Freylin Minyety put down a bunt for a single on which Rincon scored.  Cade Fergus walked to load the bases. Emaarion Boyd reached on an error on which a run scored.  Justin Crawford hit a two run single.   Gabriel Rincones Jr hit a three run home run.  A seven run inning 😳.

St Lucie scored a run in the seventh inning.

Chad Castillo homered in the 8th inning.

St Lucie loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth on two hit batters and a walk. A double play ground out scored a run. A wild pitch scored another.

On the Hill :

Sam Aldegheri pitched five strong innings allowing just three hits and one walk, he struck out eight batters.  Eduar Segovia threw a perfect 6th inning with one strikeout.  Josh Bortka went 1 2/3 innings and Yoniel Ramirez finished it

Defensive Gem :

Catcher Jordan Dissin threw out two would be base stealers at second base, has a big time arm.

At the Bat :

Gabriel Rincones Jr had two hits (single & HR), a walk and three RBIs.  Bryan Rincon had two hits (single & double) and a walk.  Otto Kemp doubled.   Jordan Dissin & Freylin Minyety each walked twice.  Chad Castillo homered.

Player Development Center Training - Carpenter Complex

Ten pitchers threw side bullpen sessions on the mounds in front of the Montgomery Training Center - pitchers who threw today - Andrew Bellatti, Daniel Harper, Noah Song, Jonathan Petit, Mavis Graves, Christian McGowan, Drew Garrett, Konnor Ash and Elicier Bata

Two pitchers threw live bullpen sessions - Griff McGarry & Nathan Karaffa

Watched Griff McGarry’s session - he threw about 15 pitches or so facing William Bergolla and Yhoswar Garcia with Rafael Marchan catching.  Mostly fastballs in today’s session, still building to the giddy up we’ve become accustomed to seeing from Griff, regardless it was still plenty quick.  Free and easy form, threw a lot of strikes.

Extended Spring Training Game vs Blue Jays @ Bobby Mattick Training Center, Dunedin, FL :

Blue Jays 4 Phillies 2  (4-1-1)

A seven inning contest today - Drew Ellis played shortstop and went 2 for 3 with a double and RBI. Center fielder Jorge Garcia went 1 for 3 with a double and RBI.  Felix Reyes tripled in three AB’s.  Albert Rodriquez, Marco Soto and Diego Gonzalez each had singles.

Jose Pena Jr started on the hill and went 2 1/3 innings (two R, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 K’s).  Matt Seelinger threw three scoreless innings (one hit, 1 BB, 5 K’s) and Saul Teran went 1/3 of an inning (two R, 2 H, 2 BB, 0 K’s).

System Transactions :

Lehigh Valley - OF Dalton Guthrie recalled by Phillies.  OF Dustin Peterson reinstated from the Development Lost.  C Aramis Garcia reinstated from the Development List.  LHP  Nick Allgeyer placed on the Development List.

Clearwater - RHP Jean Cabrera reinstated from the Development List,  RHP Alex McFarlane placed on the Development List.

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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