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4/8/23 : Minor League Roundup - No Hitter by Clearwater!

Sam Aldegheri - spring training photo taken by Cheryl Pursell

International League ( AAA ) -  Lehigh Valley (4-4) Scranton Wilkes-Barre (5-4)

Allentown, PA - Coca-Cola Park - Doubleheader - seven inning games

Game One :  Lehigh Valley 3 Scranton Wilkes-Barre 0

Summary :

In the second inning Esteban Quiroz walked and then stole second base, he advanced to third base on a single by Jordan Qsar.  Quiroz scored when first baseman Jake Bauers missed a pickoff throw to first attempting to get Qsar.

Weston Wilson doubled in the fourth inning, Dalton Guthrie walked.  Jordan Qsar reached on an error when first baseman Jake Bauers threw a fielded ground ball into left field attempting to get Guthrie at second base, Wilson scored on the play and Guthrie advanced to third base.  John Hicks hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Guthrie.

TJ Zeuch was excellent on the hill, he pitched six scoreless innings and has yielded just one run this season in his two outings totaling eleven innings - seven of which have been perfect frames. Jakob Hernandez struck out the side in a 1-2-3 seventh inning to close out the win.

On the Hill : 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 6 K’s

RH TJ Zeuch - 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s - 68 pitches - 46 strikes - Sinker (91-94 mph), Slider, Changeup

LH Jakob Hernandez - 1 perfect IP - 3 K’s - 18 pitches - 12 strikes - FB (89-92 mph), Curve, Changeup

At the Bat : 6 H, 3 BB, 6 K’s

Weston Wilson doubled, Scott Kingery hit the ball hard in two of his three AB’s despite only having one hit to show for it, a hard line drive to right field was caught. Dalton Guthrie also scolded the baseball but they were at’ em balls.  Esteban Quiroz walked twice.

TJ Zeuch - photo by Cheryl Pursell

Game Two :  Scranton Wilkes-Barre 7 Lehigh Valley 5

Summary :

Jamie Westbrook doubled to score a run for SWB in the first inning.

Weston Wilson singled in the second inning, went to third on a double by Jim Haley.  Esteban Quiroz grounded out to score Wilson.  Dustin Peterson doubled to score Haley.

Jamie Westbrook homered in the fourth inning for the RailRiders.

Esteban Quiroz walked in the fourth inning and scored on a double by Dustin Peterson.

Michael Hermosillo hit a two run home run for SWB in the fifth inning. Andres Chapparo went back to back.

Billy McKinney homered for SWB in the sixth inning.  They scored another run on a walk and two singles.

Esteban Quiroz doubled in the sixth inning, advanced on a ground out and scored on another ground out.

Dalton Guthrie doubled in the seventh inning and scored on a double by Weston Wilson.

On the Hill : 7 R, 8 H, 3 BB, 8 K’s

LH Nick Allgeyer - 3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K’s - 52 pitches - 32 strikes - FB (86-89 mph), Changeup, Slider, Curve

RH Jeff Hoffman - 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - 19 pitches - 14 strikes - FB (96-97 mph), Slider, Cutter, Changeup

RH Hans Crouse - 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 0 K’s - 28 pitches - 15 strikes - Sinker (89-92 mph), Slider, Changeup

RH Jake Jewell - 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K - 20  pitches - 10 strikes - Sinker (91-93 mph), Slider, Changeup

LH Kyle Hart - 1 perfect IP - 1 K - 7 pitches - 6 strikes - Sinker (90-91 mph), Slider, Changeup

At the Bat : 9 H, 3 BB, 5 K’s

Dalton Guthrie, Weston Wilson and Dustin Peterson each had two hits. Dustin Peterson (2), Esteban Quiroz,Dalton Guthrie, Weston Wilson and Jim Haley each doubled.

Eastern League ( AA) - Reading (0-2) Richmond (2-0)

Richmond, VA - The Diamond - Doubleheader

Game One : Richmond 4 Reading 3

Summary :

Johan Rojas and Carlos De La Cruz both reached on fielding errors in the first inning, Wendell Rijo doubled to score them both.

Ethan Wilson tripled to begin the third inning, Carlos De La Cruz walked. Wilson scored when Wendell Rijo hit into a 6-4-3 double play.

Patrick Bailey doubled to score Luis Matos (singled) for Richmond in the third inning.

Luis Matos hit a two run home run in the fifth inning for Richmond.

Richmond scored in the sixth inning on a single, hit batter and two walks.

On the Hill : 4 R, 9 H, 2 BB, 8 K’s

RH Tyler Phillips - 4 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 0 BB, 4 K’s -  53 pitches - 35 strikes

LH Ethan Lindow - 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - 15 pitches - 11 strikes

RH Andrew Baker - 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 HB, 2 BB, 2 K’s - 24 pitches - 10 strikes

RH Tyler McKay - 1/3 IP - retired only batter faced on ground out - 6 pitches - 3 strikes

At the Bat : 7 H, 3 BB, 10 K’s

Wendell Rijo had two hits including a double with two RBIs. Baron Radcliff had two hits in three AB’s as did Ethan Wilson.  Wilson tripled.

Game Two : Richmond 3 Reading 0

Summary :

Richmond scored two runs in the first inning on a single and four walks.  They scored another run in the fifth inning on two walks and a single.

Reading loaded the bases in the seventh inning on three walks. Max McDowell walked to force in a run. Cameron Canning singled to score a run.

On the Hill :  3 R, 2 H, 9 BB, 8 K’s

RH Mick Abel - 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 4 BB, 2 K’s - 33 pitches - 13 strikes

RH Braden Zarbnisky - 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s - 33 pitches - 18 strikes

LH Keylan Killgore - 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 BB, 2 K’s - 30 pitches - 16 strikes

RH Adam Leverett - 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - 23 pitches - 15 strikes

At the Bat : 3 H, 5 BB, 13 K’s

South Atlantic League ( High A ) - Jersey Shore 8 (1-1) Brooklyn 6 (1-1)

Brooklyn, NY - Maimonides Park

Summary :

Rixon Wingrove tripled to center field to lead off the second inning, he scored on an RBI single by Nick Ward. Jared Carr doubled to send Ward to third base.  Troy Schreffler scored Ward with an infield single.  The BlueClaws pulled off a double steal to score their third run, Schreffler stole second while Carr stole home 💨.

Omar De Los Santos doubled for Brooklyn in the bottom of the second inning, he then scored all the way from second base on a wild pitch 😳.

Kevin Parada homered for Brooklyn in the third inning.

Casey Martin reached on a two base fielder error by the center fielder in the fourth inning.  He scored when Jared Carr reached on a two base error by Brooklyn’s first baseman.  Carr advanced to third on a balk and scored on a fielder’s choice on which Troy Schreffler reached. Marcus Lee Sang walked to advance Schreffler to second who then scored on a single by Hao Yu Lee which sent Lee Sang to third base, he later scored on a wild pitch.

Chase Estep doubled to score two runs for Brooklyn in the 5th inning, Joe Suozzi doubled to score Estep.

Troy Schreffler was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning, advanced to second on a walk to Marcus Lee Sang and scored on s single by Hao Yu Lee.

Brooklyn scored a run in the seventh on a single, fielders choice reach, passed ball and a double steal with Cesar Berbesi stealing home.

Carlos Francisco threw really well going the final two frames to close out the victory.

Defensive Gem :

Third baseman Nick Ward made a quick backhand stop on a sharply hit grounder in the first inning and threw across the diamond to record the out.

Robbing ‘em blind : 9 stolen bases

Troy Schreffler stole a whopping four bases in the game 👀 .  Marcus Lee Sang stole two bases. Leandro Pineda, Hao Yu Lee,

and Jared Carr each stole a base.

On the Hill : 6 R - 5 earned, 10 H, 5 BB, 11 K’s

RH Gunner Mayer - 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K’s - 36 pitches - 21 strikes

RH Chase Antle - 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K - 24 pitches - 13 strikes

RH Matt Russell - 2 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s - 45 pitches - 28 strikes

LH Jordi Martinez - 2 IP, 1 unearned R, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s - 36 pitches - 20 strikes

RH Carlos Francisco - 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - 30 pitches - 23 strikes

At the Bat : 8 H, 4 BB, 10 K’s

Hao Yu Lee had two singles and a walk in five plate appearances, had two RBIs.  Marcus Lee Sang walked three times.  Casey Martin, Jared Carr and Leandro Pineda each doubled.  Rixon Wingrove tripled. Troy Schreffler singled and was hit by a pitch in four plate appearances, he had two RBIs.

Hao Yu Lee - file photo taken by Michael Dolcemascolo

Florida State League ( Low A ) Clearwater 3 (1-1) Bradenton 0 (1-1) - NO HITTER

Bradenton, FL - LECOM Park

Summary :

Freylin Minyety and Erick Brito singled in the third inning, Minyety scored on a throwing error.

Justin Crawford singled in the 8th inning, stole second, went to third on a single by Emaarion Boyd and scored on a throwing error.  Boyd advanced to third on a ground out and scored on another ground out.

Sam Aldegheri was outstanding as the starting pitcher, he threw four perfect innings and struck out seven batters 👀💪👍. Eduar Segovia threw two hitless innings behind him.  Andrew Walling pitched a hitless seventh inning, Orion Kerkering struck out the side in a hitless 8th inning 🔥. Wesley Moore completed the no hitter with a scoreless ninth frame!

On the Hill : NO HITTER ! - 0 R, 0 H, 4 BB, 16 K’s

LH Sam Aldegheri - 4 perfect IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 7 K’s - 51 pitches - 36 strikes FB (90-94 mph), Sinker, Slider, Curve, Changeup

RH Eduar Segovia - 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s - 35 pitches - 20 strikes - FB (92-95 mph), Sinker (94 mph), Slider, Changeup

LH Andrew Walling -  1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s - 17 pitches - 10 strikes - FB (94-96 mph), Slider

RH Orion Kerkering - 1 Perfect IP - 3K’s - 11 pitches - 10 strikes - Sinker (97-99 mph), Slider

LH Wesley Moore - 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s - 17 pitches - 10 strikes - Sinker (92-94 mph), Changeup, Curve

At the Bat : 5 H, 5 BB, 6 K’s

Emaarion Boyd had two singles.  Freylin Minyety singled and had two walks in three plate appearances.

Player Development Center Training - Carpenter Complex

Side Bullpens :

Fourteen pitchers threw side bullpen sessions on the seven mounds in front of the David Montgomery Training Center, pitchers who threw today - Albertus Barber, Victor Vargas, Wen-Hui Pan, Matt Seelinger, Jake McKenna, Erubiel Armenta, Eric Garcia, Oswald Medina, Jose Acuna, Daniel Mejia, Nicoly Pina, Jhordany Mezquita, Drew Garrett and Ranger Suarez

Observation : Wen-Hui Pan showed really good life on his fastball, just makes a different thump when it hits the catcher’s mitt.  Also the break on his slider is sharp and the changeup has a downward run, strong session today from my perspective - if he throws strikes like he was today he’s gonna be tough on hitters.

Live BP & Simulated Game :

Estibenzon Jimenez threw a live bullpen session on Ashburn Field, prior to that there was a mini simulated game utilizing the pitching machine as the hurler on Roberts Field.  The simulated game was a fun contest to end the week.

Observations :

Center fielder Ricardo Rosario made a strong throw to plate to nail a runner.

FCL Skipper Shawn Williams played RF one half inning - he had a putout on a fly ball and an assist on a throw back behind a runner to 1B after a single - showed the young lads he can do as well as teach 👏⚾️👍

Catcher Jack Conley is a good fella and teammate, upbeat.  Watched him a bit today and noted that his actions from chatting with a young pitcher about pitching on the side bench to chiding a teammate to look alive in the field to kidding coach deArmas about filling up the strike zone as he fed the pitching machine during the simulated game he’s exemplary of a veteran player with a great attitude.  Jack is staying focused as he waits his chance for a team assignment - in his words “just keeps working hard”.  Good stuff.

Also cool to see the interaction with young players shown by Ranger Suarez - he’s obviously a very popular teammate - players migrate to him and his playful nature.

During the scrimmage Cole Moore crushed two balls off the left center field fence and Gavin Tonkel and Albert Rodriquez each homered.  Rodriquez also homered in the live BP session.

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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