5/1/22: Minor League Roundup
Written by Larry Shenk - substituting for the week 👍⚾️
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (13-11) at Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (9-14), PNC Field.
IronPigs 9, RailRiders 3
Home runs by Darick Hall (line drive solo to RCF) and John Andreoli (one on) keyed a 5-run top of the 9th inning that salted the win. Ten players batted in the game for the winners, and everyone got hits (“Woo-hoo, everybody hits”). Team totaled 17 hits and 6 walks. After dropping the first two games of the series, the Pigs rebounded to win the final four.
2B Drew Maggi, 6-0-2-1
C Donny Sands, 3-0-1-0, 2 BB
1B Darick Hall, 4-1-2-1, BB, HR (#10)
CF Dustin Peterson, 3-1-2-1, 2 BB
SS Nick Maton, 4-0-1-0, BB, 2B (#6)
3B Yairo Munoz, 5-2-3-0, SB (#3)
LF Will Toffey, 5-1-2-2, SB (#4)
DH Edgar Cabral, 3-1-1-0
PH-2B Bryson Stott, 2-1-2-1
RF John Andreoli, 4-1-1-2, HR (#2)
RH Colton Eastman, 4.1-2-1-1-3-2
LH Jakob Hernandez, 1.2-2-0-0-0-1
RH Jake Newberry, .2-4-2-2-0-0-0
LH Braeden Ogle, 1.1-0-0-0-0-1. WP (1-1)
RH Nick Duran, 1-2-0-0-0-0
Hall leads the league with 29 RBI; 10 homers rank second by one . . . Next opponent, 6-game series at the Syracuse Mets starting Tuesday night.
Reading Fightin Phils (8-13) at New Hampshire Fisher Cats (10-11), Delta Dental Stadium
Fightin Phils 10, Fisher Cats 9
Closer Brian Marconi stuck out Ryan Gold with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th to end a frantic 4-run rally and preserve the 1-run win. Reading carried a 10-5 lead into NH’s final bat. Big bats for the winners were Josh Ockimey, single, 2 doubles and a home run, Jhailyn Ortiz, double and homer and Vito Friscia, his 4th homer of the series. Friscia and Ockimey went deep back-to-back in the 8th.
DH Vito Friscia, 5-1-1-2, HR (#5)
1B Josh Ockimey, 5-3-4-3, HR (#1)
CF-RF Jhailyn Ortiz, 5-1-3-2, HR (4)
C Jack Conley, 2-2-2-1, 3 BB
2B Sal Gozzo, 5-1-2-1
RH Jack Perkins, 1-2-2-2-1-1
RH Mike Adams, 2-1-0-0-1-3. WP (1-0)
RH Braden Zarbnisky, 2-2-2-2-0-1, 2 HR
RH McKinley Moore, 1.1-1-1-1-0-2
RH Francisco Morales, 1.2-1-0-0-0-4
LH Brian Marconi, 1-3-4-4-3-2
Morales continues to dominate with the move to the bullpen: 7 games, 13.1 innings, 1 hit, 5 walks, 22 strikeouts . . . Reading took the series, 4-2; first series win . . . Fightins continue their New England trip with 6 games in Portland, ME, starting on Tuesday night.
South Atlantic League
Jersey Shore BlueClaws (6-14) at Aberdeen IronBirds (15-5), Ripken Stadium
Game was suspended by rain with Aberdeen leading, 2-1, after 3 innings. It will be completed June 14.
Claws are back home vs. Hudson Valley starting Tuesday night.
Florida State League
Clearwater Threshers (9-9) at Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (11-7), Hammond Stadium
After being rained out the previous two days, the two teams were able to play Sunday afternoon, but the game wound up in a 4-4 tie that was suspended after 10 innings by rain.
Threshers returned home after the game. Next 6-game series starts Tuesday, a 4-mile road trip to Dunedin.
Fort Myers before the rains came - photo by Mark Wylie